Not only have I not posted in, you know, forever, I have not been as motivated to exercise. Wonder if the two are connected? I mean, this blog is kinda my accountability. I am going to guess the answer to that is a resounding yes!
But, just in time for all that yummy holiday food, I am back!
I have a new treadmill, and Runner’s World is doing a holiday run streak from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Thirty seven days of running. The suggested streak is you commit to just a mile every day and then do whatever more you can as time/energy allows.
I did the spring streak and really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment at the end. I think this time I am streaking 2 miles a day. I feel that part of my problem of not running as much is that I allowed myself to get into the habit on running only a mile before work. Not that I couldn’t run more, either time or energy-wise, it was just easier to convince myself that was all I needed to do.
I think that a 2 mile commitment will get me back into the running mode. And back into a bit more shape! I admit that running is not quite as fun as it was since it is not quite as easy as it was. Just lets me know where I need to go!
So before I go to family to eat, drink an be merry this Thursday, I will be running at least 2 mile 🙂
Ok, it seems I am not a reliable blogger during summer months. Frankly, it’s because I am so exhausted! After the busy weekends, I come home after my ten hour days and I don’t even open my computer. I am starting to look forward to winter so I can sleep 😛
Fine, I am not really looking forward to cold snow and ice. But I am already drinking Pumpkin Spice coffee. I do love fall. The brisk air will re-energize me. The cool nights we are already having at marvelous for sleeping, although having to wear a fleece around the firepit August 10th does seem a tad early.
I am only two weeks behind now, so I am going to do a two-fer:
Monday: I started off the week with weights. I don’t particularly like weights. But I feel that they are necessary. I did do 2 reps, but only of 15. I separate the reps with my 3-way plank (push-up frame, then one handed on each side), which I have been doing with weights to increase the difficulty of the T Plank. My favorite part of this workout is finishing with five minutes of yoga stretches.
Tuesday: a quick mile run on the treadmill to start my day.
Thursday: Another quick mile before work.
Friday: Long workout on the treadmill while watching American Ninja Warrior. So easy to run on a flat treadmill while watching amazing athletes make impossible leaps and climb 30 foot spider chutes. I did 46 minutes, running 4 miles and then a .80 cooldown, slowing to a walk by decreasing speed with each tenth of a mile.
Saturday: A nice ride on Charby early in the morning. I have been tackling actual ring work, instead of wandering up and down the road. I did take her out around the field and then back to the ring every couple rotations to keep her interested. Later in the morning we took a ride downriver to Boothbay for lunch before coming back to anchor for the last set of fireworks on the Kennebec for the summer.
Sunday: off (mostly due to exhaustion)
Monday: I had planned a morning run, and even put out my exercise clothes for it. But I just wan’t feeling it and took time to watch the news with coffee before work instead. When I got home I did yoga instead. I admit that I usually do yoga in front of the tv, but this night I turned off everything, took off my glasses and did most of the moves with my eyes closed. So very relaxing. And perfect after a long day.
Wednesday: I did a slow treadmill mile before work. The weekend prior and the workweek was catching up to me, and I was feeling just a tiny bit tired.
Thursday: I had taken the day off for a long 4 day weekend, so I actually got to run outside. It seemed to inspire me, as I ran a PR of the two mile course. My first mile was slow, only 10:40, but I kicked it up for the second and ran 8:54. That’s practically treadmill speed!
Friday: a nice easy ride with Charby out in the ring before we loaded the boat and headed to Boothbay Harbor for the night. We joined some family members from Colorado, and had a marvelous time cruising with them around after dinner.
Saturday: a great 4 mile run around the Harbor. I have actually run in Boothbay enough that I wanted to try something different, so I ran across the footbridge and turned right (usually I head left to go back to town) to go out to the point. Found some gorgeous old houses and a massive flock of ducks down a dead end road. Thunderstorms were threatening, so we headed back early. I did get a 10 minute kayak around an island. And we only saw a few flashes of lightening on the way back.
Sunday: Weights and treadmile mile early. Tried to ride Christopher Robin, but he was ornery and we settled on training instead. I still got to spend time with him 🙂 More boating on the Kennebec in the afternoon.There is a long tradition of the Whatever Race, where people would put whatever contraption they thought would float and trying to get from Augusta to Gardiner. In the mid 2000s, the powers that be decided it was a not particularly safe endeavor and discontinued the event. Not to be stymied, there is now a “Float Downriver” from Hallowell to Gardiner. Kayaks, canoes and any manner of pool floatation is welcome. We generally go up in our boat to watch the participants. I think most of them make it……
Two weeks into my running streak and I am still loving it. I do, however, feel that the “I need to run a mile” mentality means I am only running a mile frequently. I definitely need to up my milage a bit. I am also hitting the treadmill wall, which means once I hit a mile on the treadmill I am soooo ready to turn it off. If Mother Nature was a little kinder, I would be able to run outdoors more. Not that I am looking forward to hills.
Monday: the quick morning mile–although I did slow it down and use 9:30 to do it with a little walk cool down after. I planned an evening walk with Daisy, but between weather and life she just got a snuggle instead.
Tuesday: A little faster mile, in 8:14.
Wednesday: a bit more of a workout in the morning, I did the quick (8:23) mile and then did 2 x 10 reps with my weights. I had increased my weight, so I decreased the reps to start. In the evening I took Daisy and Bruce for a brief 10 minute walk. We didn’t go quite as far as I had planned, and I was glad since Bruce was favoring his leg as we neared home.
Thursday: I didn’t get to run before work, but I was determined not to break my streak, so I got on the treadmill after work and did a mile and a half at an easy pace before starting dinner.
Friday: a fairly nice day! Finally. I went to town to get groceries and ran 5 miles on the rail trail. I was happy that I did them in 48 minutes and they felt pretty good. Somehow Daisy’s walk got lost in the shuffle of the day, but I did get to ride Charby–out back in the ring, no less–for 20 minutes. The bugs were not too pesty, and she seemed happy to get moving. If only Christopher Robin hadn’t wandered through the ring in our path at random….
Saturday: I took it easy, and did a medium (8:43) mile on the treadmill, and then 2 x 12 reps with the weights. I am planning on increasing the number in the rep by a couple each time until I am doing the same I was with the lighter weights. In between my sets (I do three arm and two leg moves in a set so I always working while the other muscles rest), I do my “three-way plank”. I start in plank, with my hands resting on the weights. Then I do a one-hand plank with the other hand stretched up to the ceiling with the weight. Definitely working my core more with those heavier weights. I was doing a slow five count, but I decided I need to up that too, so I am doing a slow ten count.
Sunday: a morning ride on Christopher Robin. He didn’t spook like he did the previous week, but he was a bit obstinate, particularly about trotting. Unfortunately for him, I am more obstinate! We had a good ride, because he really is a good pony. I had to do some errands first, so I didn’t get to run until later. I have to say, the break that lets your muscles relax and get sore from the first exercise makes the second set of exercise oh so much more difficult! My 2 mile run was hard. I took Daisy for a 2 mile walk for recovery and had to keep her
The trees and bushes have popped out green everywhere, grass suddenly needs to be mowed and everyone’s mood is improved by the blue sky.
Monday: a slow mile (almost a day off) early before work. I wanted to do slow, so I set the treadmill for 6 MPH. Gotta say, it is hard not to speed up. I mean, I know I can do it faster and be done, so it is more difficult to not do just that! I had planned on riding that night–I really need to ride more–but ended up walking Daisy. We did a relatively easy mile in just under 17 minutes.
Tuesday: 2 miles before work, a bit faster. I set the speed at 7 MPH and tried again to not touch it.
Wednesday: finally, a quick mile! I played with the speed as I ran and finished the mile in 7:45. I was supposed to do weights and yoga when I got home, but that did not happen. Life gets in the way.
Thursday: another 2 miles in 16:23, so not quite as quick. When I got home I took Daisy and Bruce for a little stroll down to the bog below our house. One thing I really noticed while he was gimping around on three legs is that Bruce is out of shape! He had never enjoyed walking (far), but I think he needs to build some muscle. So the occasional half mile walk will be good for him. This night we went about a quarter mile–gotta work up to it. He did enjoy it. Notice the waving tail 🙂
They walk so well together. Except Daisy would like to go a little faster…..
Friday: errand Friday again. So once I spent all my money (food for us and the horses), I ran on the Rail Trail. I did 4.05 miles in 39:52, which I was fairly happy with. I wasn’t aiming for speed, I was aiming for 10 minute miles, which turned out fairly well. When I got home I took Daisy for a nice recovery walk–although there were a LOT of hills involved in the recovery. But we did just over 2 miles and it did take 38 minutes.
Saturday: started with riding Char early and took her out back to see if it had dried up any. It had, but the mosquitoes had taken advantage of all the water and they were brutal. Every time we went near shade, she came out covered in them. Fortunately, trotting seemed to keep us ahead of them, but we only lasted 15 minutes. I figured that since I had done 1 mile on the treadmill Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday, I should finish the trifecta with 3 miles. Since I had been working on speed on the first two workouts, I did the 3 miles in 23:45; with the last mile being the fastest (that I have so far this year, actually) at 7:35. I finished with a .25 mile cooldown.
The view from Charby. She is such a pretty horse.
Sunday: started my day with Christopher Robin. He was feeling frisky, spooked four times *sigh* The last time was at a vicious white dandelion puff (he doesn’t like white, for some reason) glaring at us from roadside. But we had a good ride, and saw both wild turkeys and a bunny out on the road (neither of which were spook-worthy). I followed with a very slow mile–it felt pretty good, but when I hit the first hill I backed off because I thought I should be tired, and that just ruined my time. I did get to take Daisy for another 2 miles, up to the top of the hill where we can see all the way to Mt Washington in NH. And we could! Haven’t seen it much so far this spring with all the rain and clouds.
Last week seemed so quick! It was still dreary, but warmer. I got to walk outside during my break almost every day. And my running streak started.
I don’t run every day, I usually plan to let my knees rest before stressing them again. But I was curious to see if I (my knees) could do it, and hey, it’s only a mile! After doing a Burpee Challenge–two, actually–and committing to yoga everyday for a month, it seemed like it was time I did a running challenge!
Monday: Memorial Day, so it was a day off from work. I hopped on Charby early (6:30 AM) again, and rode on the road for 20 minutes. She was surprisingly cooperative before her breakfast. The Runners World Streak started, so of course after my ride I did a simple 2 mile run. My legs are going to be super strong after riding without a saddle and then running. It didn’t bother them as much as the first time 🙂 Improvement already!
Tuesday: a quick run before work. Since I am running everyday, I decided I should focus on form and speed while on the treadmill. I ran my mile in 8:38, which isn’t terribly speedy, but a good start.
Wednesday: another mile before work (in a similar time), with a set of squats and heel raises after. Burpees seem to help my knees, I think they strengthen the muscles and tendons. I figure squats and heel raises should be a similar enough movement to help as well. Still doing Burpees too–but heel raises and squats are easier.
Thursday: and another quick mile before work. I usually start the treadmill at 6.0 MPH and work my way up in speed, but I decided to try starting at 7.0 and seeing if knocking out the minutes it takes to get to 7.0 from 6.0 helped my time. It seemed to, as my mile was 8:13.
Friday: I had to go to town for errands, so I decided I might as well run on the Rail Trail. I took Daisy for a quick walk first, so she wouldn’t feel too bad about being left behind. We did a brisk 1.4 miles in 22 minutes. After my multitude of errands, I ran 4 miles in 39:26 on the Augusta end of the Trail. It was a difficult run, I guess my legs were tired. Imagine my surprise when my app informed me I’d had the best time for a 5K (29:55) so far this year. After two more stops, all I really wanted to do was go home, put everything away and eat. What I got to do was go home and pull porcupine quills out of Bruce. Apparently he tangled with a baby that morning, and we hadn’t noticed as the pieces sticking out were white in his white fur–and he didn’t act like anything was wrong. Fortunately, there were only about eleven, and since it was a baby, they were fairly small and flexible. Not that that made his leg feel any better.
Glad he didn’t meet Mama.
Saturday: Following my plan, I got on Christopher Robin nice and early and took him out. He was happy to explore, and we went further down the road than I had planned. I followed that with 18 minutes of good stretch-y yoga, then we headed out to hang out with our boat for the day. It was cloudy, but warm (ish) and dry, and we got a lot of projects at the marina taken care of before taking her out for a short ride and dinner. How fun to run up the river five minutes, dock and walk to the restaurant. Definitely a better commute than a car.
The sun finally showed–in time for sunset!
Sunday: Still warmish, but not dry. I took Daisy out for a walk and it started sprinkling at the end of my driveway. Deciding not to be put off, we kept going. By the time we reached the top of the hill, it was a bit steadier, but at that point I was annoyed at the weather and we were walking, dang it! So we did just a hair over a mile, and not even that fast–17 minutes. Daisy didn’t mind, she trotted along happy as could be. I came back and ran my mile (in 7:55, apparently that rain got me fired up), did some Burpees and weights. Since I seem unable to convince myself to do more reps (I really don’t like weights), I chose a heavier dumbbell.
Another week with mostly lousy weather. I expect spring will warm us up eventually. I did get to do most of what I wanted to do outdoors, as there were more clouds than actual rain.
Monday: I always rough out my week ahead of time so I don’t forget what to do by the time I get to Wednesday or Thursday. But this week I forgot what I had planned on Monday! I planned on weights and yoga before work; but as I stumbled down the stairs, still half asleep–I drink the coffee after the workout–I automatically headed for the treadmill. After a quick mile, some squats and heel raises, I realized I was doing the wrong thing. (Not that any exercise is ever wrong.)
Tuesday: another morning run, 2 miles this time. I wanted to take Daisy out for a walk after work, but Mother Nature was not helpful and it was both raining and thundering when I got home. My treadmill miles are getting faster, however, and that makes me happy. Both miles this morning were sub-nine minutes. Now I just need to translate that out on the road!
Wednesday: I finally got around to doing weights. I didn’t do any yoga (beyond the normal stretching after), but I did 2 reps with Burpees in between the sets and plank after. I started with a lunge stretch I saw in Runners World that looked sooooo simple. But my legs didn’t think so! Step back into lunge, and hold while stretching forward twice. Then stretch to each side, twist at the waist to face each direction and straight up. Follow by switching legs and repeating on the other side. Then convince your body to do it’s normal workout.
Thursday: I planned on taking the day off, but maybe a ride at night. However, my plans were derailed (again. Are you sensing a pattern here?), and I ended up helping to clean the boat so we could put it in for the holiday weekend.
Friday: I was heading down to see my mom, who lives an hour and half south of me. I did an easy 3 mile run on the treadmill before heading out with Daisy. My mom has her sister from the same litter, and they like to see each other. Although, to be fair, Daisy is always happy to see any puppy.
My mom’s cat threw her, I don’t think she has ever seen a cat before and he is probably twice her size. And fluffy! He’s a long hair Norwegian Forest cat. Beautiful, but a bit intimidating to my girl. Fortunately, he treated her with true feline disdain as she sniffed around him.
And it was amazing that a simple 90 minute trip gained me 14 degrees of warmth, and the sun. I found the sun! Unfortunately, I forgot my sunglasses.
Saturday: I decided that I needed to start riding early now that boating season is under way. Last year I had a hard time balancing trying to exercise while being in the boat as much as possible. The horses, in particular, lost out. So, much to Charby’s chagrin, I went out and hopped on at 6:30 in the morning before their breakfast (and mine). We did a short ride out on the road and she was surprisingly good. I also discovered to bonuses to riding that early: less bugs and no cars. Afterwards Daisy and I took a 2.84 mile walk with a friend with a retired Greyhound on the Rail Trail. He walked so lackadaisically, her quick little steps matched his super long legs easily and we had a marvelous walk. And, of course, in the afternoon there was the boat ride.
Sunday: I went for a long run. I’d like to say it was a long, easy run, but it is a fairly difficult course. The first mile is roughly 80% uphill, and the second mile is mostly downhill, but that means–you guessed it–the third mile is uphill again. And there are some serious hills: in the first mile one hill is half mile long, the third mile is mostly a gradual rise to a bit shorter, but much steeper end. Of course, the best part is the fourth mile is downhill 🙂 And I was happy that I knocked 3 minutes off my first attempt at this route, 47 minutes for the 4.57 mile run.
Another week with teases of spring. At least it rained instead of snowing!
We have reached the point in April that I detest: days on end of gray. I find sunshine is directly connected to my mood, and not seeing it for days does have an adverse effect on me. Cranky and tired, that was me!
My back still bothered me for most of the week, which probably didn’t help my mood either. I avoided Burpees and weights in an effort to not antagonize it (my back, not my mood!) further.
Monday: off. I had planned to do my Yoga Challenge that night, but that didn’t have any energy when I got home. Even telling myself that I would feel better after didn’t help.
Tuesday: a quick morning run before work, and yoga after work. I just did a mile run, but managed it in 8:22, which is a fairly good time for me right now. Would love to be able to do that on a road, instead just the treadmill! Guess that is a goal for this summer. I did my Yoga Challenge when I got home, and stretching out definitely released the day’s stresses. I am doing 5 breaths per move this week, although many of the poses aren’t “hold” poses, so the practice is still a short one.
Wednesday: Took Daisy for a walk when I got home. She was right ready to go so I let her control the pace and we did the 2 miles in 30:57. The first time we walked that route this year we did it in 36 minutes, then 33 minutes the second time. This was the third time, I guess she is getting in shape! I stretched for a few minutes on the porch with Bruce when we returned– that is the deal, he doesn’t want to walk but he does expect to get some alone time outside with me whenever Daisy and I get back. Doesn’t matter what we do:stretch, fill the bird feeder, feed the horses, he’s happy just getting his time.
Thursday: Another morning run, just a mile and a half on the treadmill. I did the Yoga Challenge when I got home, really relaxing into the poses, and it took 13 minutes.
Friday: I took Daisy for a slightly longer walk since she was in such good shape. I did make her go slower, especially since I decided we could do some hill work. We walked down Blinn Hill, then turned around and faced the half mile incline back up. The total walk was 2.47 miles, taking 49 minutes. My back was bothering me again, so when I did my Yoga Challenge I added more stretching poses to help flex my back.
Saturday: A lovely 40 minute treadmill run. I hadn’t done this preset workout for a while, it has one minute intervals from 5.3 to 6.5 MPH, then 5.3 to 6.8 PH for the last ten minutes. I felt really good afterwards 🙂 Even without sunshine.
Sunday: I wanted to walk Daisy, but due to the rain it was just a muddy mess. And it threatened showers off and on all day. I decided to run on the treadmill instead and did 3.6 miles at mostly 6.5 MPH, although I did up it to 7.0 for the last five minutes. And, of course, I followed up with the Yoga Challenge!
Weather was actually (fairly) decent and I not only got in some walks outside at work, but Daisy got some walking in too.
I also started my Yoga Challenge with a few friends. I always feel better after I yoga, but I don’t always push for the time to practice. Too many other things pulling on me. This way, I have to do it, because I am fairly compulsive about being challenged to do, well, anything.
Monday: a quick mile run on the treadmill to start my work week, and yoga to relax when I got home.
Tuesday: I went outside during my break and did a rapid walk around three-quarters of the hospital. I only get 15 minutes, it is fun to see how far I can get and still return to work presentable (and not, um, fragrant). It was still nice when I got home, so I snagged Daisy and we did a fairly brisk (16:30) mile walk. I didn’t really want to, but having her little face made me see the need to get her out and I felt soooo much better after. Hopefully she did too!
Wednesday: off, but I did do my Yoga. For the first week, I am holding each pose for 3 breaths, and it takes about 10 minutes. And a great way to relax when I get home from my chaos at work.
Thursday: weight day. No enthusiasm before I went to work, so I had to do it while dinner was cooking. I did only do 1 rep of 20, but I added 10 Burpees with push ups and 20 “plank roll-ups.” I got those out of a magazine a couple of years ago and throw them in every once in a while to make sure I can still do them. Start in plank, and raise one leg, holding yourself with the other. Walk your hands back and stand up fully on the grounded leg with knee bent on the lifted leg, then bend over and walk your hands back into plank. Excellent for both core and balance! If I feel like cheating, I switch legs with each roll-up, but on this night I did 10 on each leg without switching.
Friday: Took Daisy out first thing before the ice melted into mud (I try to avoid her getting wet and cold halfway through the walk) and we did just over 2 miles in 35 minutes. I decided we were ready for the big hill and walked half way down Blinn before turning around and heading up towards home. When we got back, I went down to the treadmill and ran my 30 minute, 2.5 mile preset interval workout. Finished, of course, with the Yoga Challenge.
Saturday: Another early walk with Daisy, a little shorter and easier so she had a recovery day. Like us, we can’t expect dogs to sleep all winter and then hop up and do excessive amounts of exercise without soreness. So I am trying to work her into it and keeping an eye on her for any stiffness. She will go as far as I let her, so it is up to me to make sure she doesn’t hurt herself. In the afternoon I went grocery shopping and took a run on the Rail Trail, since it starts right in the parking lot of the store. Wasn’t sure how far I was going to run, although I can always go further on the Trail, as it so much flatter than the terrain around my house. I ended up doing an exact 5K (yes, I ran off the trail around the parking lot until I hit 3.1). It felt really good and the weather was lovely. Plenty of people also had the idea of playing on the Trail, and there were happy dogs and kids and bikers everywhere. Made for a very positive run. And I wore way too much and was very hot by the time I made it back to the car. I stretched briefly before getting in the car, then completed my Yoga Challenge practice when I got home.
Sunday: I took Daisy out in the sunshine for another 2 mile walk. She was still on a tear, even after the previous days and we did the 2 miles in 35:22. Probably would have been even faster if we didn’t stop to sniff. And take pictures. Then I helped my husband for a few hours cleaning up the barnyard with the tractor. He moved the manure pile, and then we worked on some irrigation as one of the field streams had re-routed itself through the barnyard. And then into our driveway, which made quite a mess. It took a route under my hay barn, ruining the bottom layer of hay bales as well. Eventually we came, muddy and tired, and had lunch. It wasn’t until after dinner I realized I hadn’t done my Yoga Challenge, and it was the last day of the week, so I couldn’t do it the next day. I got up from my chair and did the 10 minute routine (it might have taken 8 that time!) before plopping back down.
The ice is out!
Last week there was ice right up to the edge where the stream went under the road.
This week seemed to fly by! And the weather got nicer and nicer. Well, warmer and warmer, we did have a bit of rain. Dang, I hate mud season.
First there is there’s ice so I can’t ride, and now there is the mud, so I have nowhere to exercise them. Blech. But I did get to run outside, so progress is being made. Not so much for Daisy, our dirt road was too muddy for her to walk on often. But soon.
Monday: mostly off. I did do 16 minutes of stretching yoga when I got home for work. Absolutely made me feel better 🙂 Just the few minutes of breathing and simple stretches relaxed me and made me ready to take on the week. Which was good, since we were super busy at the lab!
Tuesday: a morning workout before I headed to the office. I decided to keep doing those Burpees. I think they not only help my core, but my knees seem more flexible too. Definitely worth doing, so I started with 10, ran 2 quick miles (17:26) and did 10 more Burpees (sans push ups this time).
Wednesday: another morning workout. So nice to get it out of the way and not have to figure out how to fit in exercise when I get home from work. Especially with feeding the horses, dogs and hubby 😛 I did weights, 1×20 and 1×15 reps, before ending with some stretching.
Thursday: planned another morning run, but ran into a time crunch instead. So when I got home I grabbed Daisy and my husband and we did a lazy mile walk. It was nice to get her out and watch her sniff!
Friday: finally, a day out! I did my personal “5k” route and noticed immediately the difference between an open route in Maine and a treadmill! But the hills just added to the fun of being outside, and I was very happy when I got home. Especially since each mile was a hair faster than the previous.
Saturday: once more I started with Burpees, 10 of them (with push ups). Then I walked a brisk 13:39 mile on the treadmill before finishing with 2×20 weights and yoga. A great way to start my day. We took off Portland and the Boat Builders Show and gawked at some really cool boats. Two bathrooms!! And classic wood everywhere.
Only one bathroom, but two bedrooms and a sunroof!
Sunday: another walk, this one 2 miles at a fairly brisk pace on the treadmill. Then a slightly longer yoga practice, 21 minutes. Left me feeling pretty wonderful. Which was great, because then I had to clean the house!