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!

 

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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.

Runner?

My wonderful husband got me Runner’s World  magazine for Christmas. One issue in, and I have learned two things.

One, it’s a great magazine and I am totally enjoying reading people who focus on running even more than I do.  It does seem to be aimed more at long distance runners, which I don’t really aspire to. For one thing, with my knee damage, I would rather run short distances for a longer period of time than long distances for a short time. For another, not sure that UltraMarathoning is truly good for a human body. We weren’t really built for that. Which, of course, is why it is so amazing that runners can do it. But most of the articles apply to all running, and are right on point.

The other thing I learned was that I am a runner. As I read the article by the young lady who ran a marathon (and placed) in a different brand of shoe than she had been in love with for several years and felt oddly like she had betrayed her previous sneakers,  it occurred to me that if I only had time to run or ride the horse, I would be waving to the mare on the way out of the driveway for my run.

Running comes first. And I think that is what defines a runner, not the mileage or the speed, just the intent.

I enjoy yoga, I do weights because it helps with running, kickboxing is a great way to blow off steam, kayaking is pretty and I love my horses. But I would rather run than do any of those. And I hope everyone has that one activity that they would just rather do more than anything else, because running brings me peace. And everyone needs that.

 

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!

 

So tired….

Here it is the new year, and we all have these fresh resolutions…..and we are so exhausted!

Or is that just me?

I had a wonderful holiday season. We did something almost every weekend, which was rather unusual for us. But we kept busy from Thanksgiving to Christmas and even beyond, visiting the Garden’s Aglow on New Year’s weekend.

It was fantastic, and if you are ever near Boothbay in the month of December, I highly recommend it. We have been trying to go for a number of years, and this is the first time we got there.

      

Meanwhile, between the family get togethers, friends, dinners and actual holiday celebrations, I seem to be a bit weary. So I gave myself permission to slack off a bit this week.

I mean, I took two whole days off. And just did a bit of yoga stretching on some of the other days.

Why do I mention this? For two reasons.

One, it is quite important to listen to your body and not push when you are worn out. Even if you have a new program that demands it of you. Two, it is also important to be flexible. We all know what happens to the best laid plans. If you can be flexible about which day you are taking off, how many days a week you take off as well as what day you are doing which exercise routine, I can guarantee you will be a happier exercise-er (is that a word? Did I just make it up? 😛 )

Now, that doesn’t mean you give yourself permission to take the majority of days off each week, or do the “easy” workout every day. It just means you cut yourself a break once in a while and listen to your body.

Weekly Rundown

You know, it’s a good thing I make copious notes about everything. These run-downs  are getting further and further away from the week, and I would never remember what I did, much less why I did or didn’t do something.

We went away on Friday and came home late yesterday, so there wasn’t much time for writing, especially since before I was trying to get everything (dogs, horses, luggage) in order before we left. So as I sit here and watch my football team get badly beat, I thought it would a perfect time to do my post.

Monday: off. As usual, although it once more was busy at work so I was happy to rest. Apparently, Monday has become the day to fast and then come in for lab work. Does make the day go by fast.

Tuesday: I made my own workout for the treadmill–it would nice to be able to set it so I didn’t have to pay as much attention to the clock. But not on this treadmill, maybe the next one! I started running 5 minutes at 6 MPH, then alternated 2 minutes at 6 and 2 at 7 MPH. I finished with 1 min at 4 MPH, then down to 3 MPH for another minute; with a total of 15 minutes and 1.46 mile. It would have been great to do more, but there was this thing called work….and Tuesdays are usually busier than Mondays.

Wednesday: I took the night to do yoga while cooking dinner. After a long day, then rushing home (in the dark now) to feed the horses, it is nice to slow down and have a yoga session. It was only 13 minutes, but it was thirteen minutes of deep, relaxing breathing and thinking of nothing but the twist or stretch of my body.

Thursday: I used one of the presets on the treadmill, a 20 minute mile with brisk intervals for walking. And since I am contained to walking in the hospital again-it has been both cold and wet once more-I have started doing stairs again. I went up 8 floors. The hospital only has 4, but I go from bottom floor to roof in one set of 4 flights, then I work my way from the bottom to top with steps scattered throughout the hospital so my legs have a bit of a break in between the stairs. I finished the day with 10 minutes of stretch-y, relaxing yoga when I got home.

Friday: a day off from work, but still soooo many things to do! I took a family member in for a scheduled appointment, and ran all my errands in town for the couple hours it took. I hopped on the treadmill first thing in the morning since I knew how busy the day would be. I did another preset workout, this one running for 30 minutes and a  total of 2.6 miles. It set me up well for the day of running from the car to stores and back again in the rain!

Saturday: I ran again on the treadmill, which was kinda a test for me since I haven’t run two days in a row since the summer. Fortunately it, felt really good! I did a 30 minute run, also 2.6 miles, with different speeds. Then, since the show I was watching still had 10 minutes left, I finished walking those minutes at 3 MPH.

Sunday: the sun came out!
                        Daisy and I had shadows again. And we have never looked so tall!

We did  a brisk 2.13 miles in 36:24. The shadows were a little chilly, but the sun felt wonderful whenever we got back out in it. Afterwards, I put the kids out back while I fixed the fence (someone had broken a middle line, probably by trying to reach just one more bite of grass through the fence). There were thundering hooves and excited kicks, and then those birdbrains tried to follow me back in when I left. It’s nice that they like me that much, but I told them stay out and eat some green grass.  I had to help a bit with stacking wood (otherwise known as weightlifting!), and then I reorganized my library–again. Seems to be an annual occurrence  as I try to squeeze out just a little more space in the same old room.

 

Weekly Rundown

Another week flew by. And a cold week at that.

We went from 70s to 30s with no intermediate temperatures this year. So some are making their (annual dream) plans to move to a warmer clime, while others are pulling the snowmobile logo jackets out!

Monday: off. Thought about yoga when I got home, but no. Some days, even though I know it will make me feel better, I just can’t get up the gumption after work.

Tuesday: Planned on a 2m morning run. But decided to change it since my knees were a bit achy. The fall weather is not being kind to them. So I started with  a 5 minute warm up at 3 -4 MPH, then 1.5 miles at 6 -7 MPH, then a 1 minute cool down. I did a nice yoga stretch session when I got home that night. And the knees survived!

Wednesday: off. I had planned on an evening workout of yoga and weights, but my husband had had a bad day and we ended up talking til it was time to feed the horses– and ourselves.

Thursday: Did a morning treadmill walk preset for 20 minutes, which has several different intensities and equaled out a mile. Short, but I had planned to walk Daisy that night to get a bit more distance. Unfortunately, fall is upon us and it was just too dark. Not that she would have cared, but I did!

Friday: Wanted to do an outside run, but it was windy and cold. So I took Daisy out for a short walk and we ended up doing 2.10 miles  (watching her little ears flapping in the breeze as she trotted along) in 35 minutes . I followed that with 3 miles on the treadmill running at 6 MPH for the first mile, 6.5 for the second and 7.0 for the last. After resting for a bit, I took Charby out in the back field for 26 minutes. But no posting while trotting, as I figured my legs had done enough for the day!

Saturday: Rain. Cold, wet Rain. We finished  our project of covering the boat.  We decided not to shrinkwrap it since we wanted to be able to get in and make improvements over the winter. Ok, my husband wants to get in and play with stuff over the winter. Meanwhile, over the course of Friday and Saturday we built a pole shelter that should be reusable for several years. Although we put so many screws in to make it secure, it may take three days to take down next spring! After all that, I just did an easy 30 minute walk on treadmill. The rain came in shortly after we finished the shelter, so riding was not an option. Somehow, I doubt Christopher Robin was unhappy about that.

Sunday: More rain. Blech.  So it was the treadmill again. I gave Daisy a hair cut and bath–she looks so cute– before getting on to do 32 minutes at 3 to 4 MPH intervals. And then house cleaning. Not exactly a relaxing day, but I felt good about the upcoming week.

 

Weekly Rundown–again

So life got in the way again. Imagine that.

I made it about three-quarters of the way through Yoga Month in September before it all fell apart.

Wasn’t Yoga Month supposed to relax me?

Fortunately, nothing large or tragic got in the way, just the everyday busyness of life. So we are getting back on track. I am happy to say that I am a wee bit more flexible after the yoga; and all the resting up I did for my knees in September has worked in that I am running more comfortably. Shorter, slower distances, but running!

I am going to try a Yoga month again–probably AFTER the holidays. And I will challenge everyone to do the Yoga month with me, so get ready!

Monday: Usually I take Monday off, but I hadn’t run since Friday and my weekend seemed pretty easy.  So I did  a morning run on the treadmill of  2 miles  in 19:27. And went off to my day at work feeling motivated. Which was good as it was one of our busiest days in weeks.

Tuesday: off but with 12 minutes of yoga to stretch out after work.

Wednesday: 20 minutes of yoga with weights, 2×15 reps. I love mixing my weights with yoga. I stretch out first, then do a rep–a mix of three arm and two leg movements–with a plank (typical and with a single arm on each side) in between before starting the next rep. And finish off with several  yoga stretches after.

Thursday: A slightly easier morning treadmill session with a 5 minute warm up, 9 minute mile and 1 minute cool down before heading off to work. To  a day that equaled Monday in its busyness.

Friday: Dropped car off for an oil change, then walked home with Daisy, taking a side trip  down the backside of Blinn hill to increase the distance (and add some serious hill work). We did 2.97 miles in 55 minutes, followed by 9 minutes of yoga stretch–for me. Daisy lay on the couch watching.

Saturday: I ran back down to get the car from the mechanic’s, going a bit past to get more distance since the run felt good. Managed  2.70 in 29 minutes. Since it was mostly downhill (except for the first mile, which is about 80% uphill), it seemed pretty easy. And the trip back up over the hill in the car, that was the easiest return trip I’ve had. Quickest too!  Then I took an afternoon ride on Charby, wandering around the back field for 20 minutes. Deciding a saddle might be a bit cold after sitting the barn, I put on the bareback pad and still posted during the trotting. OOOOh, my thighs! But great leg workout.

Sunday: I took Daisy out for a walk. We did  2.7 miles in 43:25, with two sub-16 minute miles. That little doggie sure can trot along. If it wasn’t for the sniffing, she would be a great running partner.  I took Christopher Robin out for a ride in the afternoon. We ended up in the back field by ourselves, since Charby came in and hung out at the barn even we went back out.  We had a few moments when he thought he needed to go in to see her, but he agreed with me when I insisted we were fine by ourselves. He really is a good pony 🙂

Balance

I love tree pose. It’s peaceful to look out my window at actual trees and emulate them, stretching tall and straight towards the sky.

It also gives me balance and strength. I was carrying the vacuum, with hose in one hand and canister in the other, and I needed to close the bathroom door so I could vacuum behind it. After brief thought, I simply raised a leg (high enough to clear the tub wall since the door was against it) and moved the door forward with my foot.

Really, what more do you need from a yoga pose?

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I used to be able to tuck my foot above my knee and open my hips fairly well so that my bent leg was straight (mostly) out to the side. After my accident, by the time I tried Tree again, my left leg was not as straight out (plus it didn’t go quite as high up my right leg as it had previously) and my right foot had to lean against my left ankle.

My right leg is now up to left knee height, but I don’t feel my hips are flexible enough and my bent legs are more towards the front than the side. That will be the next thing to work on 🙂