Did you run today?
Happy National Running Day
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!
A whole new month already!
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!
Teases of spring this week 🙂
I was able to walk outside in the afternoons on my breaks without my coat and without freezing! Then, naturally, Thursday morning we got up to 4 inches of snow. Snow showers overnight indeed.
Best thing about March is that snow melts quickly.
Tuesday: a quick mile on the treadmill in the morning. I stretched out with 7 minutes of yoga afterwards, before getting ready to trudge off to work.
Wednesday: I decided to go a little further before work, running 2 miles in 17.44. I really need to start working on my milege. Doing just 2 miles seems so short to me, and I would like to get up to 15-20 miles a week this summer. If my knees cooperate. I don’t foresee doing a 100 mile month, but that would be so cool. Just once. Maybe a good goal for September?
Thursday: I am trying to work weights back into my rotation. I have been kinda ignoring strength training over the winter. But I know it will help my running and keep me balanced, so I did just a bit before work. I love mixing my yoga with the weights. I start in mountain pose and do some stretching of my arms and legs, then do my first set (okay, so I only did one set, but it was 1 x 20!). I break the sets by my “3-way plank”– a regular plank for 5 breaths, then one arm planks on each side for 5 breaths. A set is five moves, three arm moves alternated with two leg moves. I generally do 2 sets, but, as I said, I have been slacking big time. I finish with Down Dog and Warrior before floor stretches.
Friday: I was so tired. Not sure exactly what I did this week, but it hit me on Friday. I get Fridays off, and I had no ambition at all. I wanted a longer run, and even thought about going to the Rail Trail for an outside run. But Mother Nature brought in some rain and sitting in a chair reading sounded so much better. That also put the kabash on walking Daisy. Fortunately she likes the chair too. I managed to drag myself up around mid morning, ran some errands in town with the pups, then came home and read a little more. Finally, in late afternoon, I did get on the treadmill and did 3.6 miles, which was about what I wanted. I finished off with some Burpees (yup, I figured I should still do those occasionally) and stretching before getting around to house cleaning and dinner.
Saturday: we went snowmobiling, probably for the last time this season. There is still a ton of snow up north, off trail was probably two and half feet deep. Since I am only five feet, I tried hard to stay on trail! It was bright and shiny when we got on the sleds, but when we got up into the mountains the clouds came out, the wind gusted and snow flew. Had a great time! I did do a brisk mile walk on the treadmill, with intervals of carrying weights, before we left. Of course, my Fitbit counts steps as I ride the sled. Since I am fighting to steer and shifting weight for curves, not to mention holding on with my legs–and standing when the trail got quite rough, which was a lot that day–I think I am going to take all those steps. As we were in the mountains, the Fitbit also thought I climbed 408 floors, which is pretty amusing 🙂 And still, after all of that, I wasn’t as tired as I was on Friday!
Sunday: Mother Nature ruined my plans once more. The sky was bright but the air was cool and the wind was biting. I managed to take Daisy for a mile walk, but I decided the treadmill was a better place for my run. It was one of those days when I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I got on the treadmill. Once I got past 2 miles, I thought it would be nice to run a 5k. So I did! I had also planned on stripping the horses, and lunging them to get some early spring work in. However, the wind is so brutal, it seemed mean to take their blankets off. Also, I didn’t really want to stand outside while lunging them. They didn’t seem to mind taking the day off.
I missed another week’s rundown! But nothing exciting happened that week except it was warm enough to take Daisy for an outside walk. This past week was a little busier, with more and more burpees and a trip north on Saturday. My knees have been a little achy, and I blame the cold!
Monday: Treadmill run for 2.6 miles in 23 minutes. I did a .20 warm up and cool down on either side of the run. I never used to do that, especially if I was active before the run. But I think it helps my knees, so I have been trying to be better about adding it in. I finished off with 18 burpees, a 30 second plank and 6 minutes of stretching.
Tuesday: off! An easy day and only 1 burpee required 🙂
Wednesday: I hopped on the treadmill before work for a brisk walk. I have been trying to get more walks in to save my knees. I am aiming for fast miles, and I worked my way up to 4.7 MPH for a 13:35 mile. Followed, of course, by 2 burpees.
Thursday: Pretty much off. I had planned for weights and yoga, but life did not comply. I did manage 11 minutes of relaxing yoga (necessary after the long day) after finishing 24 burpees.
Friday: I had to go town for an appointment for my husband, then planned to go back for errands. I didn’t want to be worrying about getting my exercise in, so I snuck a quick workout first thing. I did pretty much the same as I did on Monday–warmup, 2 miles and a cool down. And, of course, the perpetual burpees–26. But no push up, it felt like I was cheating! I did just “regular” burpees without the push up, although to me burpees with a push up are the regular ones. But my shoulders objected, and I decided it was better to do any burpee than not be able to do them after pushing too hard.
Saturday: We went snowmobiling bit further north in Maine. It was a lovely day. I did walk a quick mile (I’m improving, 13:13 this time) on the treadmill before leaving, just so I felt I got something done. I also broke my burpees into 2 sections to make life easier, with 13 before the walk and 13 after. Still no push up, didn’t want to stress my upper body before fighting with the snowmobile all day. We rode out several hours to a restaurant for lunch and then back. The ride took about 5 hours, then we had to drive home!
Sunshine was gorgeous, and the trail was perfect.
Sunday: Fortunately, another 1 burpee day. And a bit of rejuvenating yoga. Followed by a nap!
Another week gone by. I took it easy, not because I was hurting, but because I was lazy! Guess we all gotta do that sometimes.
I did pick up towards the end of the week. I learned (again) the difference between a treadmill mile and a mile on the hills in my area. Took longer, and was a just a smidge harder. Think I need to do more outside miles. Now, if Mother Nature would only cooperate.
Tuesday: a fast walk to start my day. I worked my way up from 3.0 MPH to 4.5, and finished the mile in 13:50.
Wednesday: just a five-minute stretch, so pretty much off 😛
Thursday: Ok, I was slacking this week. I did 15 minutes of yoga, then 1 x 15 weights (I know, big slacker). I did hold my plank for a minute. I got my husband Alexa for Christmas and she is most useful as a timer!
Friday: A run outside! I had to take my car down to the mechanics, so I thought I would drop it off and run home. He is 1.85 miles from me, so I ran a bit extra just to make it an even 2 miles. The forecast was for rain and clouds, but they said once the rain stopped, the sun would come out. What do they know! The rain stopped, so I played around in the driveway for 15 minutes or so, then decided to get ready. Halfway to the mechanic’s it began to rain again. I just love Mother Nature! Then I made the decision to go back and get the car when it was done. The second run (which I also ran a bit extra to make it 2 miles) was much harder. I figure running hills for the first time in months, then letting my legs stiffen before heading out again was probably not the best idea. On the other hand, I did finish both runs without any stops or walking. Oddly enough, the second run was about a minute faster.
Saturday: rest day–kinda. I knew my legs needed to be stretched, so I did 40 minutes of slowish, interval walking, and 20 minutes of yoga. I came up with a new yoga routine, that is both stretching and strength. My first yoga routine takes about 10-15 minutes, depending on how many breaths you hold the poses for, and is mainly stretching.
Sunday: first, a walk with Daisy, who was most excited to get outside. Then onto the treadmill. I did an easy 30 minute run, which my legs mostly didn’t object to. I finished with the start of my Burpee Challenge. First day was only 2, so easy enough!
So, its Saturday. Three years ago today I had a really bad day. I didn’t know it was going to be a bad day. Started out just fine.
I remember feeding the horses, and I have a clear view of Daisy sitting on the rug, waiting for me as I came back in. I told her as I went by that I had to work and couldn’t stay home with her. I took a shower, and I remember deciding to take my running stuff so I could run at the hospital, knowing that by the time I got home in the early afternoon I wouldn’t want to run (an unfortunate decision, as I lost my running gear).
That is my last memory for about a week. They tell me some idiot (driving for a school with kids in the van) ran the red light and slammed into my driver side door doing 50 MPH. Totaled my car. Paramedics got me out and took me to the hospital where I work (fortunately I was only about a mile from work at that point), and apparently I got a Life Flight ride to the bigger hospital down state. It does irritate me that I got a helicopter ride for the first time ever and I wasn’t awake to enjoy it!
My lung was punctured, ribs were broken and my pelvic girdle snapped in three places, along with various lacerations. After they stabilized me, my mom asked why my right foot was hanging at a really odd angle, and they realized my knee needed some help too. Strangely, that last thing they found is the longest lasting effect of the accident–besides me being a really bad passenger. I mean, seriously. You do NOT want to put me in a car and take me on the highway unless you have a lot of patience.
I was hospitalized for two weeks, one week in CCU and one week at rehab in my home hospital after my surgery for my knee. A marvelous surgeon rebuilt my knee, added some bone grafts and stuck a metal plate under it to hold it all together while I healed (he did another surgery a year later to take the plate out). I spent two months home, using a walker and unable to put any weight on my leg. I was very happy when my home therapist put a basket on my walker–I couldn’t even get carry a cup of coffee til then.
Gonna say, it was boring! And daytime tv is awful. The doc okayed me to put weight on the leg on a Friday and I gratefully went back to work the following Monday (with a cane). I used the cane until I started leaving it in patient rooms, then I decided I must not need it anymore.
I followed the surgeon’s rules (and added a few of my own), and have seen great improvements in my knee in the last three years. He thought I needed to look two years out before seeing how my knee would recover. I have actually made great improvements in this, my third year.
My best moment came when I sat on the floor and unconsciously folded my legs into a cross-legged seat. I’m short, and that was always my favorite position–on the floor, on chairs, wherever. It’s not a tight cross, but I am sitting with my knees bent. I never thought I could do that again. My running expanded this summer too, I ran better times and even a 10K this summer.
Not that everything is perfect. My knees (yes, plural) did not react well to my pushing this summer, and I had to take most of September off from running. My left knee has been achy too, probably the effect of taking the brunt of, well, everything in the last three years.
But I am fine tuning my workouts to keep my knees happy, and I believe that I am seeing the full ability that my right knee will have. I can’t bend it completely, but when doing a quad stretch, I can at least hold the heel now. I may not run a 10k again, but I am already planning my 5Ks for this summer. Now it is not so much about pushing my limits as much as it is just running.
Can you believe we are so far into January 2019 already?? I guess this year will go as quickly as last year did. So we better stay focused!
Of course, much easier said than done. There is illness floating around everyone I know, and I got hit with the simplest variety two weeks ago. I developed a cold over the weekend that wasn’t too troublesome, but on Monday I lost my voice late in the day. I did go to work on Tuesday and Wednesday, since I felt fine otherwise it seemed silly to call out. But I didn’t register any patients, since I couldn’t talk to them. Felt pretty weird being there and not helping patients, actually. On the other hand, got a lot of the paper work we never get done, done.
I was worn down that week, so I did a lot of walking on the treadmill that week, with a dose or two of yoga. I bounced back this week.
Monday: I had planned on a 3 mile run before work. This was a bit adventurous as I have never done more than 2 in the amount of time I have in the morning. And I didn’t give myself quite a bit time, so I ended up doing 2.25 in 19 minutes. I rushed through the stretching and got ready for work.
Tuesday:off, planned and grateful!
Wednesday: I did a brisk walk on the treadmill, .95 mile in 15 minutes, first thing in the morning. Next time I wanna get a little brisker, so I can do an actual mile, not just close. I did have time for 5 minutes of stretching after, which is good since my knees were a little achy.
Thursday: almost a day off, just did 13 minutes of stretchy yoga. Relaxed me when I got home before tackling dinner.
Friday: I decided that maybe my knees were achy because I had tried to go too fast on Monday. I had run the second mile at 7.5 MPH, and it felt fine while I was doing it. But I think that is what happened this summer too, when I couldn’t run much in September. I think I went too hard, too fast, and that my knee just couldn’t take it. But I wanted to run, so I ran at 6.2 MPH for 4 miles. That speed seemed to work ok.
Saturday: Planned on snowmobiling up north, but it was waaaay too cold, so I got back on the treadmill. I did a 20 minute “interval” walk, alternating speeds with the show I was watching. I fast forward through the commercials, so each I time I fast forwarded I changed the speed until the next commercial set. I finished with 22 minutes of weights mixed with yoga. I did strength poses as well as stretching, and, since I can’t seem to add that extra rep, I did 2 x 20 instead of 15.
Sunday: Back on the treadmill for another long run. I did 5 miles at 6.2-6.5 MPH, keeping it slow to help my knees. I also did a warm up and cool down, which I think probably helps my legs more too. I made sure to stretch fully, doing 20 minutes of yoga to relax all my muscles.