Weekly Rundown 4/28–5/10

I got lost last week and never posted. I think I overdid the weekend  before (the weather was, well, decent!), and each night I got home from work and thought about it. Then I fed the horses, made dinner, fed the dogs, made lunch for the next day and collapsed in front of the tv. With an occasional Daisy walk at night too.

Then I was just as busy the following weekend, and the pattern repeated. Eventually I will get used to it!

I think I will get it all over with and give you two weeks so I can catch up 🙂

Monday: off

Tuesday: I decided to run minutes instead of miles as a goal. So I did 10 minutes, which equaled 1.3 miles at 6.5 and 7.0 MPH. It was a quick start to my day before heading off to work.

Wednesday: I took Daisy for a walk when I got home from work. The sun was not really around, but it was mostly warm and she had a great time. We saw two neighboring dogs and that made her night. She does love friends. And, to her, anybody (two or four legged) she sees is a friend!

Thursday:  I wanted to do another timed run, this one for 20 minutes. However, by the time I made it downstairs to the treadmill, I didn’t have enough minutes left before work. So I did a weight workout instead (2×15  reps with 10 Burpees in between  the reps). I wanted to try the run that night, but work just wiped me out.

Friday: the day promised rain, so I tried to get ahead of it. I did early errands in town and ran 3.63 miles on the Rail Trail before heading home.  The run proves my theory that I really am a long distance runner- each mile was a hair faster than the previous. The other thing I noticed is that last miles  feel slower so I work harder. I am always surprised when I get done and see the times for each mile. I came home and put away the groceries before snagging Daisy and taking her for a slow walk. We did 2.1 miles in 41 minutes, which is much slower than our usual pace! And we almost beat the rain, just the last quarter mile was wet.

Saturday: Daisy and I went out in the morning for a hill workout. We went mostly  uphill til we hit the paved road, then down Blinn hill to the bottom (our road comes out half way in the hill) and all the way up to the top before heading home, which totaled 3.69 miles in just over an hour. Per our agreement, I put her inside and let Bruce out for his one on one time. He wandered around sniffing while I did 3×15 heel raises and squats (I am trying to strengthen the muscIes around my knees so they won’t hurt as much). I  tried to ride Charby, but it was really muddy out back and we only lasted 11 minutes. On the bright side, it was a great workout for my legs, trying to hang on as she slid and chugged through the  mud.

Sunday: I ran 4.51 miles down over–and back up!– the hill,   in 50 min.  I am finding the downside of a winter of treadmill running is that, while I can run that far, I am actually a bit uncomfortable going out on the road. There are hills, and if I need to stop I just can’t get off. Of course, I am still going 🙂 I rode Christopher Robin out on the road  in the afternoon , but only did 18 minutes since it was our first time.  He  was a good boy and seemed to enjoy getting out of the barnyard.

Monday2: off–thank goodness!

Tuesday2: Another treadmill run before work, I wanted to do 20 minutes. But I only made it 17 minutes (1.73 miles) before another morning body function interfered. But still a good run!

Wednesday2: Evening walk with Daisy. I am trying to push myself in the evenings, Daisy really needs to get out more, and now that it is light and somewhat warm, I don’t have any excuse.  We did  2 miles in 30 minutes, and she rested on the couch while I made dinner.

Thursday2: Another timed morning run,  this one a brief 10 minutes. I was going to follow up with weights but my arm was tweaked from something, and I decided to give it a break. Normal movement wasn’t an issue, but twisting my arm in a bent position (ya know, pulling up pants, hooking female garments behind your back) was downright painful.

Friday2: A lousy rainy day and since I was asked to work a half day, I figured I might as well. By the time I got home, all my good intentions flew out the window and I crashed on the couch with the puppies.

Saturday2: Busy day off!! I guess I was making up for Friday. Walked Daisy a hair over 2 miles before heading off to town for errands. I did another Rail Trail run while out, 3.84 miles in 40 minutes. Then I came home and put everything away before catching Charby and doing 20 minutes on the road. MUCH better than our last ride out in the muddy field.

Sunday2: Easy day. Walked Daisy 2.06 miles in 34 minutes and rode Christopher Robin for 21 minutes.

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Weekly Rundown 4/22-4/28

Nothing very exciting happened last week. I ran, walked Daisy (she’s up to 3.5 miles now) and shook my fist regularly at the sky as the rain continued to fall. My knees were a pest and achy again–I blame the rain and damp.

We did have our American Heart Association 5K in Lewiston.

Since his heart attack, my husband has trained to be an advocate for them, and he was asked to speak before the walk. In true Stevie fashion, the speech was at 9AM and we got there at 6:45. Which was fine except the sunshine we were promised went away by 8 and I was left freezing.  Fortunately, the rain didn’t fall, but I definitely learned a lesson about taking more layers!

It was pretty empty when we got there, so we volunteered to help set up.

However, the rest of the day went well. The speech was great, and he even got nabbed by the local news to speak. We had a team of 10 walkers, so it was fun to talk with everyone that came to support us as we strolled. Some people (like our neighbors!) we hardly ever see, and it was wonderful to catch up with them.

The sky was gray, but the crowd didn’t mind as we headed off on the start of the walk. 

The walk took us along the Androscoggin River, and the falls were definitely thundering after our rainy spring

We can’t wait to do it again! Which is good, because apparently we are doing it again in Portland at the end of May 🙂

 

Weekly Rundown 4/8-4/14

Well, the calendar said April, but Mother Nature disagreed–or just didn’t care. We had two days of snow to start the week. I had to clean my car off 4 times. I am so done with that! Also, it prevented outside activities for the most part.

Monday: off–big smiles! Until I went outside and had to warm  up the car while brushing off snow.

Tuesday: AM 1 mile run with a brief  warm up and cool down in 11 minutes. I followed up with my Yoga Challenge and was reminded why I don’t like yoga in the morning– I was so very unflexible! And halfway through I remembered I was supposed to add a breath with the new week. Ooops! I added that on as I finished. I did my stair drill at work during my break: 14 flights but I didn’t jog this time. But my legs were feeling it when I went back to my office. And, oh yeah, it flipping snowed again!!

Wednesday: I had planned yoga and a brisk walk, but I was feeling just a bit whupped from work. I did do the yoga, but had absolutely no balance in tree. Four breaths seems really long when your leg is wobbling under you. Still, felt proud and relaxed that I had done it.

Thursday: Planned an outside walk with Daisy, but the snow had left a mucky, muddy mess behind. I did do a brisk walk on the treadmill, 1 mile in 12:52 with 12 Burpees (with push ups) after.

Friday: Daisy and I did a brisk 2 miles in 33 minutes early before the mud had all defrosted. Then I was off to town to get all my errands done, so I decided to run the Rail Trail while I was there. Ran bridge to bridge, satisfying my need from symmetry 🙂  Running from the Augusta bridge to the Hallowell Bridge and back was a nice 4 mile run. I started with the idea that distance, not speed, was what I was going for.  Of course, on the way back I decided I could do a little faster, and the last two miles knocked a bit of time off the first two. I am really only competitive with myself! After finishing my errands, I went home and did my Yoga Challenge. I had been hurrying through it all week, even with the same amount of breaths. Amazing how much longer it can take if I relax into each pose and take deep, slow breaths.

Saturday: My outdoor plans were shot to heck again, but at least it was rain and not snow. Did I mention that April is not my favorite month? I did a fairly brisk walking mile on the treadmill (13:48) and 1 x 20 rep of weights. Since I was cheating on the reps, I made sure to do each move slowly and in good form.  I finished with 15 minutes of my Yoga Challenge, which felt wonderful.

Sunday: a nice walk up to the top of Blinn hill with Daisy. We did just a hair over 2 miles in 36 minutes.

Then I decided to clean up the barnyard by digging some irrigation channels to drain all the rain. I thought I was using my legs and core, but after sitting down for lunch I realized that I had not. My back was quite stiff, and rather unhappy with me for the rest of the day. I did do my Yoga, which helped stretch out the muscles, and followed up with some ice and couch time. The dogs thought that was a marvelous idea!

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 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 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.

Walk for Hope

The hospital where I work has an annual 5K walk for Cancer. I seem to have missed it for the last two years, I want to do it, but then it happens and….I didn’t. This year, I got organized early and  joined a team– Butterflies for Hope. It was started by one of the lab technicians that is a survivor.  Over a thousand other people stood with us on the starting line.

It wasn’t a great day (rained all the way back from the halfway point), but it was marvelous. Everyone was in a great mood, and the air practically pulsed with good vibes. I had a wonderful time with my co-workers on my team, and saw many familiar faces.

I may have stopped for a few good pics 😛  Fall in Maine is a wonderful time, with color even on gray days.  The walk was along the  Kennebec Rail Trail, which gave quite a few opportunities for pictures.

Wings were in evidence everywhere! I particularly liked the rainbow wings. I hadn’t realized that every cancer has a specific color for their ribbon, being most familiar with Pink for Breast Cancer and simply Purple for Cancer itself.

Not only was a  ribbon provided for each, the bibs had room for each person to write who they were walking for, whether it was for themselves or (and) a family member.  And our CEO not only made the expected speech before the walk, he drove one of the carts for survivors who wanted to participate  but could not make the full walk.  I thought that was pretty cool.

A glimpse across the river  to Fort Western

It was a large crowd with pink  in abundance in clothing, hair and beards; puppies everywhere (with pink bandanas and tutus); and children bouncing around with footballs and high spirits.

Weekly Rundown

I had a good week, getting my exercise in, and in some nice weather too.

Spring actually came to our corner of Maine this year, unlike the last two years when it was like living in Seattle (nothing against Seattle, but if I wanted their weather, I’d move there). I got to walk outside in the sun three out of four days at work, which made me very happy. As long as I get some sun and fresh air, I am a pretty happy person.

Monday: an evening walk with my husband and Daisy after work. We did  1.4 miles at a fairly brisk pace, getting ready for our 5K walk on Sunday.

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: I planned on a morning run on the treadmill, but that fell apart. The good news is that I got to run 2 miles out on the road when I got home from work. Outside is always better.  My knee felt very strange as I started down the driveway, badly enough that I decided I would stop if it didn’t get better. It hurts occasionally as I run, sometimes in different spots in the same run, but never for long. This ache was different, but also wore out before I went my first quarter-mile. I have decided that if I can run it out, I will keep going since if I stop every time it twinges, I will never run! Afterwards I did a (very) short yoga session to stretch out.
I follow that immediately, of course, with: if you are seriously hurt and it does not go away in a few minutes, STOP!! Better to rest now than not be able to do anything later! Or permanently hurt yourself.

Thursday: a quick morning run on the treadmill. Now that I have my 2 miles below 18 minutes, if I make my lunch the night before, I can stay that extra five minutes in bed. It’s the small things, really! I did a fairly slow pace, doing the first in 9:10 and the second in 8:40.

Friday: I went out for a long, relaxing run. I did my favorite path that takes me 5.22 miles, and I was surprised I managed to cut off 2 minutes from the last time I ran it. Guess those quick miles on  the treadmill are helping! There are quite a few really large hills in the route, which makes it odd that it is my favorite. I think perhaps I just like that I can do it.  Later in the afternoon I took Christopher Robin out to the riding ring. I rode bareback, and while he did fill out a bit over the winter, hanging on was definitely a good workout for my legs.  He did exceedingly well, considering our normal disagreements about what we should be doing. He must have decided he likes me!

Saturday: I took Daisy out for a brisk 2 mile walk and then did an extraordinary amount of weights. No, it wasn’t really all that much, but seeing how I have been only doing 15 minutes recently; when I stopped and realized I’d done 38 minutes, I was like, wow. I did an extra set of reps and added some floor exercises to my session, which added up. In the afternoon, I slipped a saddle on Charby and went out to the ring with her. It all went well until I spontaneously decided to canter. Christopher Robin, who’d been grazing next to the ring, immediately decided he must race about too. I pulled Charby in before he decided to run circles around us, bucking and kicking. Ponies! I’ve been thinking about fencing the ring, and now I just might.

Sunday: my husband and I went down to Portland for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. They push a lot of cardiac research through, and my husband feels (quite rightly) that AHA probably saved his life. We didn’t raise as much as we had wished, but every dollar helps 🙂  As we got out of the car and I stretched, I said “huh, what did I do to make my arms and shoulders hurt?” Then I remembered the weights Saturday. Oops.  The walk was wonderful, however. It was billed as a 5K, but they admitted upfront before they sent us out that it was really 3.5 miles. It looked a bit like rain, but it never did. Which was great because it was pretty warm and we would have baked if the sun had come out.

Weekly Rundown

I decided not to do a rundown two weeks ago because  I had a cold and, well, my exercise was not terribly exciting. I did exercise, but it was a lot of walking and yoga. Then last week, I’m not sure what happened except life was busy and I was onto this week before I even knew it. Now it’s Saturday and I better get posting or I will be in next week!

I am working with a mix of outdoor and treadmill runs now and I am loving it. I get out for my long runs and then do some quick speed sessions on the treadmill. Hoping that will translate to faster miles on my long runs too. Those hills are slowing me down  🙂

And, as usual, it is hard to get a balance in my workouts. I wanna run. Hard to make time to do yoga (which is important to stretch out my muscles so I can keep running), and the weights have pretty much gone by the wayside. Now that it is–finally–warmer, I have to fit in Daisy walks and horse activities. I know, it is a terrible life I lead.

Monday:  was once again my day off.

Tuesday: Following a ten-hour day, it is hard to get home and do anything besides feed the horses and eat dinner. Now that the days are longer I would like to do more but our dinner time is fairly strict, and, sadly, I have the mindset that once I eat, I am done for the day. I guess I need to get over that! Meanwhile, I did do a 1 mile walk in 20 minutes on the treadmill between horses and dinner.

Wednesday: I snuck in a quick easy mile (10 minutes) on the treadmill when I got home. I followed that with 15 minutes  of stretchy yoga. I have been doing a short routine  that fits in easily and on the weeks that I do it four or so times, I am actually quite flexible. I came up with it for a friend who had never ever done yoga before,  so I am rather proud of how well the flow works and accomplishes its goal, which is to calm and increase flexibility.

Thursday:  I did manage to do weights, but only 2 sets of 10 reps with 5 burpees in between sets. I only do weights to help with my running, so they are never a priority for me to do a lot or even more than I have to.  I followed the weights with my 15 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Friday: My long run. I picked my destination, which was a 5.22 mile route filled with lots of big hills. It was one of my favorite routes earlier in my running career, but I hadn’t actually run it since the accident. I did walk it last year with Daisy, and I have run parts but not the whole route. I was actually nervous as I laced up my sneakers.  Telling myself that it would be fine, and that I could turn around sooner if I felt the need (while knowing in the back of my head that I would never do that after I had set a goal), I headed out the driveway. It was a fabulous run. It wasn’t a fast run, my splits averaged around 11 minutes and it took 58:19, but it was still a fabulous run.  The hills really didn’t bother me and once again I realized just how much more in shape I am than I was last year. I think all the flights of stairs I made sure to get in during my walks at work really helped with the hills, although my lower back ached slightly after the run, telling me I need more core work so my back is supported better going up hills. More planks and burpees are in my future.

Saturday: I did a quick treadmill run. As I mentioned above, I am trying to increase my time, and I did 2 miles in 18 minutes. Which is pretty dang good for me! Maybe on a relatively flat trail, I could come close to that outside.

Sunday: A busy day–I managed 21,000 steps and, yes, I slept very well that night! I started off with a long “relaxing” run. It was meant to be relaxing, anyway. I did 4.31 miles, and I didn’t hurry much with the first three. But I have always considered myself a distance runner, as my miles naturally tend to get faster on long runs. So I spontaneously decided to see how fast I could do the fourth mile. It was certainly my fastest, and it felt pretty good. But the hill made my heart rate spike about 10 beats higher than my friend the cardio RN had freaked out about last time. Oops. Maybe I shouldn’t work quite so hard going up hills. Happy to say it does drop immediately when I reach the top. Stupid hills. Later in the day I  got on my horse for the first time this spring. About time! Of course, I spent half an hour cleaning the mud and spring shed and trimming her mane. My ride lasted about 10 minutes since the ground is still mucky and soft everywhere. But I had a great time playing with her, and she seemed to enjoy the attention. Last thing I did was finally get Daisy out for a walk. I had promised her, and she had a blast, sniffing up and down the road for our 1.44 mile walk. I’m starting her out with short distances since we are just beginning for the season and she needs to get in shape for longer walks.