Weekly Rundown 6/10-6/16

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

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Weekly Rundown 6/3-6/10

Finally, nice weather!

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.

Weekly Rundown 5/20-5/26

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.

                                                                                      Gorgeous!

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.

 

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 4/1-4/7

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.

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!

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!

 

Lesson….

…..not learned?

I mentioned to my co-worker Wendy the other day that I was thinking about doing a Burpee Challenge again, and was she interested? Ten minutes later we had this:

I did my 2 for today, ony 746 more to go!

Why, you ask? Spring is coming. While I don’t much care what my bathing suit looks like, I do want to be able to race up hills and ensure that my kayaking shorts still fit.

This is a good way to jumpstart my spring training and strengthen my core. I went for a run outside on Friday for the first time, in, well, a long time. And I immediately noticed the difference between the hilly terrain I live in and the treadmill. Outside is harder!

Taking advantage of the (almost) warmth, I put a sweater on Daisy and took her for a walk this morning too.

Isn’t she cute? And led me on a 17 minute mile. Not bad, what with the sniffing and the pictures!

While the temp was only in the 20s, the blue sky and sun more than made up for it.

Weekly Rundown

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.

Weekly Rundown

Ah, the first rundown of the year. Might be a bit more exciting if I wasn’t so worn out from the holiday season.  I have decided that five days a week is ok right now. Amazing what our bodies can convince us. Of course, it wasn’t able to convince me to just give up on exercising right now–and it did try!

Monday- New Year’s Eve, but I got to work anyway. And I took the day off from exercise, per usual. And went to bed at the same time. Can’t remember the last time I saw the New Year at the start!

Tuesday: New Year’s Day, which I did have off. Took it easy with the exercise, doing one of the presets on the treadmill.  It was a 30 minute run, with intervals between 5.9 and 6.5 MPH, ending with 2.7 miles and a fairly relaxed me. I followed up with 16 minutes of yoga to loosen the muscles and I was ready to face the new year!

Wednesday: another easy day (lets face it, it was an easy week) with only 13 minutes of stretchy yoga after a long day at work.

Thursday: off again, just plain exhausted.

Friday: back on the wagon again–at least, trying to be! There is a 20 minute/1 mile interval walk on the treadmill that I did twice, with 1 lb weights in each hand, altering between overheads, bicep curls and just carrying. I did 25 minutes of free yoga after, mixing in strength poses (plank, reverse plank, scale, warrior) with stretchy moves.

Saturday: still feeling relaxed, I did a 40 minute interval run on the treadmill, with speeds alternating between 5.3 and 6.8 MPH. The run was 3.7 miles and felt really good.

Sunday: I did a “fast” walk for 15 minutes, although my warm up period was a bit too slow to do an entire mile in the 15 minutes. Then I dragged the standing punching bag out for the first time in years and went through my punch/kicking routine.  Took about 20 minutes and it did get me warm. Fun though, love kickboxing!