Weekly Rundown

I gave myself some goals for the new year, which I (surprisingly) have been keeping up on. One thing I wanted to do was do a longer run at least once a week. So I planned a 30 minute run weekly on the treadmill, which usually equals out to 3.5ish miles.

I also knew I needed more interval training, I have a problem slowing down, as I mentioned last week. I also hate having to time my run in minutes–so many on, so many off–since that makes me concentrate on just how long I have been running, and how much further I have to go. I am much happier not looking at the clock! Especially on a treadmill. So I made a goal to do a program on my treadmill once a week, which makes me do interval training, but I can still throw a towel over the clock and not have to pay attention.

In January I managed to do it every week 🙂

In February I am going to increase to a 35 minute run. For the interval training, I have about 30 on my treadmill, so I am just picking one at random. I haven’t repeated any yet, I am guessing it will be a while before I do. My treadmill can vary both speed and incline, so each program is a mixture of each. My legs don’t always enjoy it, but it is definitely helping!

Monday: off

Tuesday: I did a mile on the treadmill as a warmup. I used #5 incline at 6.5-7.2, which made my mile 8:37, and the hill not too bad. I cheated and only did half of my resistance training, but that is still better than none. I was squeezing it in before work, and didn’t give myself quite enough time.

Wednesday: an evening workout with my resistance training. I did set B at 1×14, and finished with yoga stretches. I had planned on a run, but I was talking to my husband as I put my shoes on. Then realized I hadn’t put my braces on. Argh. Now, I could have run upstairs, grabbed them, taken the shoes off and then back on. But I thought it would be much easier just to do the resistance training. Certainly quicker.

Thursday: off again. This is becoming a habit! I guess I need to rework my plan for the week.

Friday: the day arrived with an ice storm. I was thankful I didn’t have to go to work in it, as I have Fridays off. I got on the treadmill, doing my 35 minutes, instead of 30, at a steady 6.6 MPH for 30, then I sped up a bit for the last 5 minutes at 7-7.5. I finished with a five minute cool down walk, making the total work out 4 miles. My feet hurt–I think my sneakers are not going to be good for long distance- and I felt tired. But I was so glad I did it.

Saturday: a chilly but bright day, and I took Daisy for a walk, 1.86 in 34 minutes. It might have been a mite quicker if I hadn’t had to take pictures of all the ice. Daisy was getting frustrated that I kept stopping–now she knows how I feel about her sniffs! After we finally got back, I stretched out with Candlelite yoga for 35 minutes.

She was on the move, enjoying the fresh air

Sunday: I finished the week with the program run on my treadmill. The program ran about 1.9 miles, with speed intervals of 4.9 to 6.8 mixed with 3.0 MPH. The inclines varied from 4, 6, and 10. I will say, 10 is tough. The others I don’t notice much–most likely thanks to the hills I am surrounded by!

A Whole New Year

Well, here we are mostly through the first month of the new year already. My streak has ended and I am on to a Burpee challenge for this month.

And it looks like winter has finally arrived in our neck of the woods.

After having more snow in the month of November than December or January (so far), we finally got dumped on. A wet layer on Monday and a fluffy layer Wednesday night. Might be good for some winter sports. What a pity I prefer summer sports!!

I finished my Streak on Christmas feeling stronger than I had in a while. I had clearly been slacking and the first couple of weeks were, um, not fun. I didn’t succeed in 2 miles everyday, but I did do 2 miles or more 80% of the streak. Now I am just trying to keep it going.

Even before the snow there was enough ice that running outside wasn’t going to be safe. It would be warm, everything would melt and then it got cold and everything froze again. Repeat ad nauseum. But my treadmill and I have become best friends. And my husband got me an Alpha Ball for Christmas, so I have been doing resistance training as well.

My Burpee challenge is not as, well, challenging as previous ones, but it is keeping me going. I started with 10, and every other day I Burpee (can I use that as a verb??) and add one to the count. Currently up to 21 — 22 tomorrow.

Now I have to figure out what I am going to do next month! Definitely need to keep my momentum going so I am shape for spring. I didn’t do many 5Ks last year, but I think this year I am going to aim for one a month. I don’t tend to make New Years resolutions, but I find that having a plan absolutely is key for me. Guess I am going to add some 5K tees to my collection!

Weekly Rundown 4/15-4/21

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!

 

Rundown 3/25-3/31

We had a bit of rain in our area, so I didn’t get to walk Daisy in the evenings as planned. On the bright side, it wasn’t snow! It was a good week, just cool and damp.

I keep threatening the horses with actual work, but the weather has not cooperated. The ice has given way to mud, so I still don’t have a good spot to exercise them. I have let them out in the  back field and enjoyed the thundering hooves up the hillside. Christopher Robin is a nimble little guy, I think there were points in his twisting bucks that all four feet were off the ground. Char was happy just to race up the hill and immediately start nosing the brown grass hopefully while ignoring his antics.

Monday: off 🙂

Tuesday: A morning run on the treadmill, 2 miles in 17 flat. Which is odd, I never hit flat even numbers! My OCD quite appreciated it. Doubtful that I will ever do it again. It was a good start to a very busy day at work.

Wednesday: A brisk walk in the morning before work. 1 mile in 13.03 minutes, followed by Burpees. I am quite proud they are still part of my regimen, given how much I dislike them! I did 15, some of them with push-ups for extra credit.

Thursday: A bit of a time crunch before work, but I did manage to get in a quick 1 mile run with a little stretching afterwards. Some days it is just hard to get up, feed the horses, exercise and still get ready for work. I have started making my lunch the night before, which is helpful both time-wise and not tripping over my husband–and he over me–as he makes his lunch in the morning.

Friday: an exercise in why we should be flexible in our workouts. I started my #5 preset workout on the treadmill. It has about 3 minutes of warm up walking with 2.5 miles of interval running and 3 minutes of cool down after. I made the running about a minute and then decided I really just didn’t want to do it. My stomach was not enjoying the bouncing (although it had felt fine up til that point) and my knees were cranky and I decided to simply walk instead. I did 30 minutes, the first 15 minutes with 1 lb weights, the second mile in 12:30, and a final few moments slowing down as the cool down. So much better than running, and still a good workout!

Saturday: Took Daisy out for a walk, and she was ready to go! We did 2.12  miles in 35:44, and that is because she had the lead straight out between us the entire way.  17 minute miles are pretty good when one considers the hills we went up. When we got home, she found the couch and I went downstairs to the treadmill. I tried the same preset workout from the day before, and it felt MARVELOUS. What a difference a day makes.

Sunday: I started with Burpees (again!), 10 with push ups, then a quick 1 mile run at 7.0 MPH. I did do a 3 minute warm up and cool down on either side of the mile, then finished off with a set of 15 reps of weights. And, of course, stretching. I do love my stretching after!

Weekly Rundown, 3/18-3/24

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!

And on the third day of Spring….

….I ran outside!

I know I have done a couple runs, but they were generally to get somewhere. Today I ran just to have a nice long run out on the road.

I am proud I did because it was spontaneous and the weather was not promising. Blue sky and sun always invites us out to play. It is harder to motivate yourself to get out the door (instead of downstairs on the treadmill where you can watch tv) when there are looming gray rain clouds out there. I thought it would be raining when I got up, and when I realized that it was light out and still dry, I thought I should actually run outside.

I ran my personal 5k route (it is actually a hair over, 3.3 miles, so a good trainer) and made it up all the hills (there are nine of varying size). I am betting it was the stairs I did throughout the winter on my walk breaks at work. My time wasn’t all that great, but with hills and first run of the season, I can live with it.

I almost beat the weather. I had just hit the 2 mile  mark when I saw the first floating snowflake. At least it wasn’t rain! Within half a mile it was a steady snow/sleet mix hitting me in the face. But it was still a wonderful run, and being outside was fantastic. And now on to the rest of spring (sans snow).

 

Weekly Rundown 2/25-3/4

Another cold week in Maine. I am definitely waiting for Mother Nature to relent so we can get outside on a regular basis. There is this wild rumor going around that next week should be in the 40s (farenheit). Sometimes I think the weather people just tell us these things so we don’t stone them when they walk the sidewalks!

Trees were so beautiful on a sunny day.  But I can’t wait until they have leaves on them!

I had planned a progressive run week. I feel like I haven’t been running as much or as long as I want to. So I planned 1 mile, then 2 mile, etc. Unfortunately, my knees were pretty achy and I decided discretion was the better part of valor. They have had a hard winter, and I think it is the cold.

 

 

 

Monday: A quick workout before I headed off to work. It was a snowy day, so I was rather hoping that the lab would be quiet most of the day. One bonus of going in so very early is that on stormy days, there isn’t anyone else out there to worry about! I am still going on the Burpee Challenge, and we are up to 36. I am not doing the push up Burpees, my shoulders revolted and I am giving in to them. So I did 18, then an 8:45 minute mile run and 18 more before getting ready to head out on the slippery roads.

Tuesday: off….except for those pesky Burpees. I split them again, doing 18–every other one with the push up–before feeding the horses. I came back in and realized we were supposed to do 38, not 36 (it was early, and I hadn’t had coffee yet) and did 20 more without the push ups.

Wednesday: another quick workout before work. I did a straight run of 40 Burpees then hopped on the treadmill for a brisk 12:55 mile walk.

Thursday: I got my Burpees out of the way before work, doing a set of 42. I always walk during my 15 minute break in the afternoon, it relaxes me to be active and just get away for a few minutes. In warm weather I walk outside, but I have been stuck inside for several months now. I am getting creative with my paths around the 4 floors. And I always try to get as many stairs in as I can, they’re going to help when I start on those hills this spring. On this day, I went up 3 flights, then back down 1 to walk a short path around the floor before going up 2 flights again. I repeated this all the way down to the bottom, then walked the 4 flights to the rooftop. And because I don’t like an odd number (stupid OCD), I decided I might as well walk along the bottom floor and back up to the first floor where I work for a round total of 14 flights of stairs (really, the OCD was just a good excuse to get one more flight in). When I got home I did 15 minutes of slow, stretchy yoga. It felt sooooooo good.

Friday: A marvelous day–only 1 Burpee! And it actually was warm-ish, so I got to take Daisy out for 26 minute, 1.4 mile walk. I also hung out with the horses. The blacksmith was coming to trim their toes, so I went out and petted them and took the blankets off before giving them a brush.  While I waited, I cleaned the stall and barnyard. That was a workout right there!

Char was happy to see me!

 

Saturday: Blankets were back on the horses as it was more than a little chilly again. So I got on the treadmill again, after doing 22 Burpees (with push up). I did a preset run that took 30 minutes for 2.7 miles. Then I finished the Burpees, doing 22 more without any push ups and ended with 10 minutes of stretchy yoga.

 

 

Sunday: A slightly shorter Daisy walk–I am trying to build up gradually so she can get in shape for the longer summer walks–as a warm up, then walked more briskly on the treadmill for another 1.79 miles. I split the Burpees again, doing 23 with push ups before the treadmill and 23 more without push ups after. I finished the day with 15 minutes of mostly stretchy yoga.

Weekly Rundown 2/18-2/25

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!

Weekly Rundown

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.

Monday: off

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!

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week where I learned my body will always get what it wants. Sometimes I just need to listen. I decided that since I was doing pretty much all treadmill, I should use the incline so that the hills weren’t such an obstacle in the spring. My knees did NOT agree. I did it twice before realizing that I should maybe not do that.

Monday:off.

Tuesday: I got on the treadmill before work and tried a mile at the incline. When I got the ‘mill, I believe it said it had two incline levels. Never have figured out how to do more than the one, and I am not sure of the degree of the incline. But I did a mile at 6MPH, keeping in mind that going to fast isn’t good for my knees. It seemed to go fairly well.

Wednesday: didn’t get up early enough to exercise so hopped on the treadmill when I got home from work. I am always so proud of myself when I exercise after a ten-hour day! Not that I did all that much, just 1 mile walk and then 14 minutes of stretch-y yoga. But I did, in fact, do it.

Thursday: another morning run at the incline. I kept the same goal, just 1 mile at 6 MPH.

Friday: my day off, so normally I do a long run. But I went out to do errands early in the day, and I was exhausted by the afternoon. I did go out and clean the horse stall, and that actually took about 2000 steps, not to mention the weight of tossing the manure. They had been busy!

Saturday: Still bouncing back from the week, I decided to do one of the preset runs on the treadmill. I did 30 minutes, that ended  up being about 2.65 miles. I followed up with a 10 minute walk at 3.0 MPH.

Sunday: I had planned another long run, but the knees were definitely not feeling good at that point. So I did another preset, a walk that does a mile in 20 minutes, and continued another 10 minutes after. Realizing that I hadn’t done weights yet during the week (they are the easiest thing for me to forget), I did 2 x 20 session.