Weekly Rundown

I had absolutely no ambition last week.

I think the busyness of the last month had finally caught up to me. So my work out life wasn’t terribly exciting–I even took two days off and didn’t care! Halfway through the week my husband decided that perhaps we should just have an  “at home” weekend. I gratefully agreed.

Monday: the first day off

Tuesday: a fairly easy day, weights mixed with yoga. I did my 2×15 reps with planking in between the sets. I do three arm moves alternated with two leg strengtheners, and then my  “3 way” plank–regular plank held for five, then one arm plank held for five on each side to “rest” the muscles before starting the next rep . When I first started, I kept both sets of toes on the floor for balance, but now I can stack my feet properly and not fall over. And a friend just told me about the “star” plank, where one lifts the top leg as well as the arm. New goal!

Wednesday: my alarm went off at the proper time, but instead of hitting snooze, I apparently turned it off. Thankfully, my husband asked if it was ever going to go off again. Unfortunately, that was about 45 minutes later! So we rushed around, getting ready for work, and the exercise plan went out the window. When I got home I hopped on the treadmill for quick 8:35 mile, followed by 3 minutes of a cool down walk and a bit of stretching.

Thursday: I decided I was just too wiped and took it off as my second day.

Friday: I had decided I should start do more hill work, so I did Blinn Hill bottom to top. Twice. Turns out running to Blinn, then down it and back up twice and then home is a nice little 5 mile run. I did the second time just over a minute faster, and my mile home was the fastest mile of the run. Which proved what I always have maintained: I am a long distance runner. The longer I run, the stronger I get. Or maybe I was just happy it was almost over!
I rested a bit, then had to get the hay barn organized. It’s haying season and my husband had brought home twenty-five bales and just emptied the truck at the front of the barn. I had to get them all stacked at the back of the barn for the fifty we were going to get that night. A very sweaty forty minutes later, I decided I would just lunge Christopher Robin and do some ground work instead of a full ride.

Saturday:  I did some weeding my garden and got it organized–tomato trellis’, herbs out of the greenhouse into the garden, slug hunt. While weeding I found some volunteer tomato plants from last year. I didn’t think tomatoes could make it through the winter here in Maine. Just goes to show, life will find a way! I trellised them and am waiting to see which ones they are, as I did Roma, cherry and some full-size reds last year. I took Charby out for a quick ride up and down the road with the bareback pad. Using the pad is comfy and makes my legs work harder. After I did my weights ( 2×15) mixed with yoga.

Sunday: I had planned  a long run for the day. But I was not feeling it at all. So I decided a run on the treadmill would work well. I did one of the presets, a 30 minute run with varying speeds. It was a good decision as the run felt fabulous.
Later in the afternoon I took Daisy down to introduce her to the boat. She had been in our last one once, and I have never taken her swimming, so she got a new life jacket before we went out. I put it on her and took her to the gangplank down to the dock.  She needed encouragement  to step on the ramp, and then she froze. I had to carry her down to the dock, where she revived enough to trot down to the boat. After sniffing every inch of the boat and going down the dock to the other ramp, she raced right back to the first ramp and down it like a pro. What a funny dog!

 

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Weekly Rundown

 

Due to a small technical issue — and the fact that it’s summertime and I didn’t have the time or energy to fix said issue in a timely fashion — this is really last week’s previous week’s rundown.

Last week was a good week, but a bit chaotic. There is an event in Boothbay Harbor each that my husband and I used to go to regularly, but we have slipped in the last few years between injuries and jobs.

With our new boat, we planned an overnight trip down to Boothbay  on Wednesday.  As usual, however, Mother Nature did not cooperate and we were forced to come back on Wednesday instead of hanging out til Thursday.  Since we were determined to do an overnight in the boat, we went back Friday afternoon and stayed until Saturday.

And, of course this messed a bit with my scheduled exercise. The weather also messed with it, as it was just a bit warm. I gave the horses the weekend off. When it gets hot and humid, it just too much to ask for them to put on tack over their fur coats and then carry me around at varying paces. I tried to beat the heat by doing my routines in the morning, which also cramped the length of them. But at least something got done.

Monday: since I knew we’d be out on Thursday, I didn’t take the day off like I usually do.  I did do it when I got home from work, but since it was just yoga the heat didn’t bother me. And stretching after a busy day at work felt great.

Tuesday: I hopped on the treadmill for a 10 minute mile, then picked up my weights for 2 reps of 15.  I mixed the weights with some stretchy yoga and I was ready for my day!

Wednesday: I got on the treadmill early as we planned on leaving on the boat first thing in the morning. I did a quick 2 miles before we headed down to the marina. We were about the only ones on the water–although I did spy a deer looking at us from the river’s edge.  Besides a few seals, the river was smooth and empty.  After a lovely trip we arrived in Boothbay harbor.  We cruised around a little to the outer bays, then settled in at our mooring to watch the ships come in.

Thursday: I got on the treadmill first thing in the morning since we were home. I had planned on doing one of the preset workouts I hadn’t done in a while, but as soon as the treadmill leapt from a walking pace (3.4 MPH) to the first running pace (6.2 MPH), my knee rebelled. I tried it twice before throwing in the towel and just running at 5.0 MPH. It took a few minutes, but my knee sorted itself out and I ran 2 miles before walking for 9 minutes as a cooldown, followed by 11 minutes of stretchy yoga.

Friday: I had planned to do some hill running, but got sidetracked into planting the last of the Christmas trees and our pumpkin patch. It was pretty warm and two hours  later I was dripping sweat and my legs were shaky.  I figured that was enough exercise for one day!

Saturday: we had come back down to Boothbay and slept in the boat. After waking up and enjoying the calm ocean while drinking the coffee my husband had percolated, he took me to  land and I went for a run around the harbor.  I could feel how warm the day was going to get, but the air was pretty nice as I ran; and the views were spectacular (I had to keep stopping to take pictures!)

The start of my run, a footbridge across the harbor

 

Sunday: finally, a day off! I did try kayaking for the first time and paddled around for 40 minutes or so. My first pass I believe I looked a bit drunk, as my kayak could not find a straight line. But, I didn’t dump myself and I did kinda figure it out. It was a blast too! Definitely hooked.      

Weekly Rundown

Since I have missed about, oh, about four weeks, I thought I would do the highlights. I had some very good runs, and met a few of my goals.

My days have been packed. See, we bought this boat.

 

Between work, getting the stuff for the boat, putting said stuff on the boat, cleaning the boat, riding in the boat (ok, that part is fun), exercise and squeezing in horse time, by the time I sit at night and stare stupidly at the tv while eating dinner, I had no brain left .

The first week included Memorial Day, and I forgot the 25% rule.  The idea is that one doesn’t increase their exercise by more than 25% in order to not overstress muscles and/or hurt oneself.  But I kinda forgot that I usually don’t exercise on  Monday , and since I got the holiday off, I ran.  Then I forgot to take that run into account when I did my long runs on Friday and Sunday.  I leapt from 10-11 mile weeks to 18.5 miles.

Strangely enough, I didn’t want to run Monday or Tuesday of the following week. Fortunately besides being a bit tired, I didn’t have any other side effects.

I spent most of the weeks following the same pattern: Mondays off, a couple of morning treadmill runs, mixed weights and yoga Tuesday thru Thursday, with long runs on Friday and Sunday. On Saturdays I took Daisy out for walks, and rode the horses Saturday and Sunday. Frankly, it has been a wonderful few weeks!

Monday 1: a marvelous run around my loop. I hadn’t tried it yet this year, which occurred to me as I ran the other side of Blinn Hill a couple of weeks ago. The loop is 5.59 miles and not a bad trail except for the really, really big hill. I thought I would cheat, and run down Blinn  instead of hitting it at the end. But there is a hill going the other way too, and after measuring them, I realized that both are a steep four tenths of a mile. No cheating allowed. It was a good run though, I felt strong and I did it 1:03 hr, which is not bad for a first time and those dang hills.

Friday 1: I decided to do a long run on the rail trail before heading off into town for errands. I do love that mostly flat trail — I did 5 miles in 50 minutes. I felt great during it, seems so easy after all the hills in my area!

Sunday 1: another long run, this one to the other end of my road and out around the gravel pits to another dirt road. It was a long (5.42), relaxing run.

The following week was a bit boring, just regular runs and yoga. I was psyched that I did my fav 5.16 mile run and shaved 2 minutes off.  The beginning of the following week was pretty basic as well, but I did have a good weekend.

Friday 2: I have been wondering recently if I can run all the way up Blinn hill. From the corner where it hits the main road (as main a road as you get in rural Maine), it is about 3 miles to the top, then I live just over a mile back down the other side (off to the left).  I had to drop my car off at the mechanics who is about 2 miles from the end of the hill, so I figured, what the heck? I ran down from there, and then turned around at the  main road and ran back up and home. So basically, an uphill 5k, with a total just over 6 miles. And it didn’t feel too bad, so now I just have to do it faster, right?

Saturday 2:  a short weight/ yoga session followed by a ride. I took Char out to the ring  and had a great ride.

Sunday 2: a short run (when did 2.5 miles become short?!) and another good ride. It got pretty dang warm, so I took Christopher Robin out back and did a lot of walking. He was a bit stubborn , but we gently worked out that he should go where I asked him.

The following week was mostly noticable by my tiredness. I even took two days off,  with Monday planned and Thursday well,  I was just beyond tired.

Friday 3: I did a long slow run on the rail trail. I worked hard at not caring how fast my miles were, and did a nice 6.01 mile in 1:07. I did meet my uncle on the trail and stop for a quick chat 🙂 And I felt pretty dang good doing it, enjoying the view of the river and the flowers as I ran by. And that night we took the boat upriver to watch a few fireworks.

 

Saturday 3: an easy day of of weights and stretchy yoga, followed by a long day of getting the boat ready for our trip the following week. Apparently, walking back and forth over a 23′ boat does not garner one a lot of steps, I barely cracked 4000 for the day!

Sunday 3: it was kinda yucky out in the morning, so I decided run on the treadmill. I did one of the presets that I had been doing over the winter and realized how much easier it was now! I did the 40 minute varied intensity and barely noticed when it changed from the easy (5.0 MPH) to the difficult (6.8 MPH). How cool is that? Guess those quick 2 miles at 7-8 MPH are really helping me out.

 

 

Weekly Rundown

Before last week isn’t  a mere memory, I thought I should do my recap.

It was a good week. The weather was lovely, and  I had another 5K at the end.  I decided to run regularly  this time and see if it help or hindered my race.  Based on my run results, it definitely didn’t hurt. My legs didn’t feel tired, and I beat my previous 5K by  1:46….yippee!

Monday: day off, of course

Tuesday: another quick 2 miles on the treadmill.  I didn’t pay attention to my splits, but the 2 miles took 17:28. That seems to be about my average now, thinking I need to add another mile in the mornings. Of course, that is nine minutes I don’t get to sleep….

Wednesday: back to weights. I only did 2×15, but it felt pretty good and I planked in between sets. I am on Burpee hiatus. I think I should do them, but I just don’t wanna! I figure planks are as good for my core. I followed up with my short routine of stretch-y yoga.

Thursday: 2 more miles on the treadmill before work. I used my songs as timers this run, leaping speed after every song. I started at 6.0MPH, then 6.5 after one song, 7.0 after the next til I ended at 8.0. Oddly enough, my run took the exact same time as Tuesday’s, 17:28. But doing by song made it more interesting!

Friday: I did a 5k in preparation for tomorrow’s race, although my route was a lot hillier than the RailTrail the race was on. Which is only a good thing, of course! I didn’t rush it (33:16), I was doing it more for the feel of the distance than speed.  I went out shopping for annuals with a friend later in the morning, then we took Daisy for a short walk when we got back–it was very hot. Not that she cared, but I didn’t want to overheat her.

Saturday: Race day! The day dawned cloudy with the promise of rain, which normally I would never run in. But I met my friend at the race site anyway. It was the Mutt Strutt 5K for a local humane society, so there were dogs everywhere! Dogs in tutus, dogs as unicorns, dogs who walked (the 5K was a walk or run) and dogs who dragged their owners through the run. It was marvelous. The run itself was terrific, I cut almost 2 minutes off my previous 5K race, to come in with 27:28. And it started to rain, but I still ran (I really DON’T like getting wet!), and I felt like I had a really good handle on how I ran it. I picked places to give myself a “breather” before picking up the pace once more, and my second half felt terrific.

            

Sunday: strangely, I decided not to run. I did take Daisy for  a nice 2 mile walk, reining her in so it was mostly relaxing–took about 39 minutes. I followed that (while she plopped on the couch)with 19 minutes of yoga mixed with weights. I did 2×15 reps again, with strength and balance poses between the reps and stretching after.  In the afternoon I saddled up Charby and took her out to the ring for a 26 minute ride. The increased fitness in running translates well into the riding: posting downhill or around corners is much easier and smoother this year.

 

Weekly Rundown

Last week was a good week, but  it just flew by. I never seemed to have quite enough time to exercise. Looking back, most of my sessions were fast and short, but I felt pretty good after doing them.

Monday: as usual, I took Monday off. I did get home and lunge Charby and do some groundwork for 15 minutes, much to her annoyance. But then I gave her dinner and she forgave me.

Tuesday: I did another morning run on the treadmill. I am still seeing just how much I can push it–although a little less cuz the previous week did tire out my legs. Need a little break before I go too hard again–but this morning I did my first mile in 9:03 (which is faster than my normal first, usually I push harder in the second), and my second was 7:44. I was pretty excited with my first sub-eight minute mile 🙂 When I got home that night, I stretched out with 13 minutes of yoga before heading out to feed the horses.

Wednesday: I hopped on the treadmill to walk before work for a simple 20 minute mile, and it felt pretty relaxing! A good way to start the day.

Thursday: I had planned on a morning run, but of course that didn’t work out. So when I got home I did a quick (9:30) mile, followed by 11 minutes of stretch-y yoga.

Friday: Usually, I have the day off but I worked half the day. And I had a vet appointment for Daisy in the afternoon (which is why I only worked half a day). I wanted to run in town on the rail trail before heading home, but I was worried about being late at the vet. I decided I better run in the morning, so I did 2 more miles on the treadmill in an easy 17:50–I wasn’t paying attention to my splits.  And good thing I did, after running around doing all my errands, I really didn’t have anything left in me to exercise.

Saturday: we had suddenly gotten 200 hundred Christmas trees to plant. I mean, we ordered them, but they called the previous Saturday and said they were ready, and we needed to come get them. I knew I was going to be worn out, so I got on the treadmill early. I decided to see just how fast I could do a 5K. I know I can’t do it out on the road, but one of my friends has a workout mate who did a 5K on the treadmill recently, and of course I wanted to beat her time. Not that I am competitive, or anything 😛 Anyhoo, I did a 25:40 5K, which put me in a great mood for the day. Which is good, because pulling a sled filled with soil amendments and trees around a field, and planting said trees, made my muscles revolt. We only got 138 planted, so there will be more to do later. But I slept exceedingly well that night.

Sunday: I had planned on doing a mid-length run, so I dragged my weary bones out the door, and was rewarded with a deer waiting a mile down the road. It was actually quite a beautiful morning, and I enjoyed the fresh air and blue sky as I ran. I decided to run my entire road, which is 2 miles to one end and back, and 1.4 miles to the other end and back, giving me a 3.4 mile run. I rode Charby later in the morning out in our ring (first time this year), she was very good and seemed to enjoy herself. Even Christopher Robin behaved himself, staying out of our way.  I did sneak in a two-hour nap with Daisy in  the afternoon, but I think I earned it!

 

Weekly Rundown

I spent a lot of time pushing my speed on the treadmill last week. Now, I want to point out, these times are good for me. They are not necessarily good times 😛 And I can’t do them out on the road yet…yet.

But, in all honesty, they make me happy, and they are probably the fastest I have ever run. The good thing the accident did for me is, first, I wanted to get back to running as I had been, and then, second, I wanted to test my boundaries to see what my knee could do. So I actually push far more than I did previously.

And the better I do, the more I want to see what I can do.

Monday: no pushing, I took the day off!

Tuesday: so  a little bit of pushing. I decided to get on the treadmill before work (why, I still don’t know), and do a quick 2 miles. For me, it was quite quick, as the first mile was 9:46 and the second 8:43. I always feel good if it is the second (or third) mile that is faster, because anyone can speed through the first one, but how in shape they are determines how the second mile is run 🙂 Since I worked out in the morning, when I got home I had time to play with a horse. I lunged Charby and did some groundwork with her, before giving her some love and a treat.

Wednesday: weights and yoga. I did 2 x 15 reps, with 7 burpees in between the sets–I’ve been adding an extra burpee a week, so the number isn’t very high right now, but think what it will be in three months. I followed with 12 minutes of stretchy yoga, holding  each pose an extra breath.

Thursday: another morning on the treadmill with a bit more pushing–first mile was 9:10 and the second was 8 flat. Oddly enough, I was even able to walk away from the treadmill without tripping and work all day! That night I did 20 minutes of yoga, with both strength and stretch poses. Felt pretty dang good too.

Friday: I am running a 5K in a couple of weeks and I wanted to get a feel for the hill that it ends on, so I ran on the Rail Trail. I hit the hill on the way out as well as on the way back (it’s a turn off the trail that leads up to the YMCA, where the race will start and end.) Fortunately, it is not a huge hill compared to my locals.  And I was  really happy that I managed to do a hair over 4 miles in under 40 minutes, which was a first for me.

Saturday: I did another 2 miles on the treadmill, but I took it a bit easier, doing each mile at 6.5 MPH in 18:48. I took Daisy out for an easy mile after to cool down.

Sunday: I planned a long, easy run. I really did NOT want to do it, but I made myself and 3.32 miles later I was pretty proud of myself. Of course, it took almost as long as the 4 miles on Friday, but it really wasn’t about the time. In the afternoon I took Daisy for another walk. I figured she was getting shape and we could do a bit longer, so we did 2 miles. Afterwards I took Christopher Robin out for a little ride. I just hopped on bareback, and he has filled out a little bit, which made it easier to hang on with my legs. He was a really good boy, and we had a nice short ride without any resistance from him. We will see what happens when the rides get longer and more demanding!

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.

Weekly Rundown

Last week in March! There is definitely a spring vibe in the air, even if it is only wishful thinking. The days get bright earlier and stay light longer.

I find that I am not quite as ready for bed as I was two weeks ago–although I still sleep as well, and almost as quickly! I also find that I am more ambitious  with my workouts, willing to work harder and longer.

Monday: in the spirit of getting ready to run outside, I decided to go at a faster pace. I had been using the presets, which are great for conditioning as they vary the pace, but I wanted to see if I could run a solid 2 miles at a continuous pace. Turns out, I can! It was only 10 minute miles, but it is a good start at this time of year. Especially since I didn’t pass out when I was done, and I did it after a 10-hour work day 🙂

Tuesday: took the day off, except for my walk at break.

Wednesday: As I don’t have all that much time when I get home from work, especially since the horses seem to want to be fed and their stall cleaned like every night, I squeezed in a 20 minute walk on the treadmill. Twenty seems to be the magic number, since it was a 20 minute run on Monday after work too.

Thursday: I kinda took Thursday off too, although I did a brisk 15 minute walk at work during my break. Getting out of my office and striding about the hospital for 15 minutes (especially when it is nice enough to go outside) refreshes me and helps me get back to work in a relaxed mood. I also did 10 minutes of stretching yoga after work for further relaxation. It is a short routine, but I have been doing it more regularly and I can see that I am getting more flexible than just by doing long practices twice a week.

Friday: Still thinking I needed some solid runs behind me, I decided to run a 5K on the treadmill.  I did the first mile at 6.0, the second at 6.2 and the last at 6.4 MPH.  I felt incredibly good afterwards as I stretched it out. My first race I signed up for is at the end of the month, and I feel pretty positive about being able to finish it decently now.

Saturday: going back to the preset workouts, I did a 30 minute run (about 2.5 miles). I followed that with a 10 minute walk. I had discovered previously that I could do arm dips (reverse pushups?) on the treadmill (did I mention how short I am?) using the side handlebars. I hadn’t done any in quite a while, and for some reason I thought 4 sets of 4 dips spread throughout the 10 minute walk was a good idea. I mean, it was, but oooh, my muscles reacted the next day!

Sunday: another run on the treadmill. Funny how I no longer dislike the treadmill as much as I used to. I will be happy to get back outside, but I won’t really mind the days weather forces me inside. And I am very happy that I have the treadmill, so weather no longer controls my exercise routine. Now if Mother Nature would just let it be spring!

 

Weekly Rundown….

…..kinda

I haven’t been putting out my weekly posts, and not only because I have been busy with my husband’s health issues. I also changed my work schedule  and, of course, the first week of the new schedule was the week after my husband’s heart attack, so getting used to that during stress was, um, fun.

I am more used to it now, and have less stress. I was offered four ten-hour days with Fridays off, so of course I took it! The beauty is I get three days off in a row…..the downside is that I work 6:15 to 4:45, which means it is hard to get in a decent amount of time before or after work for exercise.

Also, I have been doing pretty much the same thing for the last few weeks, which makes it hard to think of new ways to write about it.  Basically treadmill running interspersed with yoga. I haven’t even been doing weights as I have been cleaning the horse barnyard every other night as each layer of ice lets go of muck. I  figure the heavy wet mess is a good substitute for weights, plus my shoulders and arms hurt enough. Good for my core too, as I have to stabilize before slinging the pitchfork load onto the manure pile.

I did start running the three days in a row, which was pretty exciting that I could do that weekly without my knee giving out. It has been six weeks so far, and I even added a short run before work once a week for the last two weeks. The first run on Friday always seems hard, but by Sunday I am loving it.

The weather has been slowly turning (after three snow laden Nor’Easters in three weeks), and it feels fresh and almost warm out there.  I am really excited to start running outside now. If only Mother Nature will cooperate! The good thing is that it is light until after 7pm now, so once I can get outside I can do a quick 2 mile run after work once or twice a week.

Happy Accidents

I was doing my yoga last week and I had a thrilling moment when I sat down, absently and automatically placing my legs in Lotus.

One of the things I miss most in the two years since the accident shattered my knee is sitting tailor  fashion with my legs crossed. I don’t think I have mentioned this before, but I am, as one friend likes to say, vertically challenged–5’0″ on a good day. So I frequently sat cross-legged when my feet didn’t reach the floor, or when I had to sit on the floor, or any opportunity that it would seem comfortable.

They did a fabulous job getting my knee back together, but the muscles are very tight and I still can’t bend my knee enough to sit on my heels. At least, not without some hysterical screaming from the pain. I try to avoid that.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t really been trying to increase the bend. I can ride, and run, and work around most yoga moves, so I figured it is what it is. When I stretch out, I push the leg to bend as much as possible, but I wasn’t doing any special PT to make it bend more.

I still have to wear a light brace everyday to give it support.  I use a pull-on neoprene for most daily use, and a bit heavier one for actual exercise. I have tried twice to give it up, once last March (my leg didn’t like it at all), and once last August (my leg was fine the first week but quite unhappy the second). I will probably try again this summer, but if I have to wear a brace on my leg for the rest of my life in order to be active, I can live with that.

But I am gleeful beyond description that an ability I figured lost to me forever has returned. It’s not perfect, my right leg is three or four inches in front of the left one if the left one is tucked in properly. But it IS a cross-legged position 🙂 and-

-I can sit in Lotus at the end of my practice, breathing deeply and happily.