By Thursday I had uncovered about 2/3 of the driveway with the help of Mr. Judy — although poor Bandit didn’t get any paths in the backyard. Too frozen, not enough sun, and the driveway was the priority. I wasn’t really that sore from all that work, which kind of shocked me. I don’t life heavy weights, but I guess I do enough to keep myself in some kind of shape. Gets the heart rate up too!
It took over a week of work to get that driveway clear of ice and snow. The backyard is still snowy & icy but Bandit does his business outside and I worked really hard on that driveway this week, since I had to go out quite a few days and also had to walk down it finally on Saturday to run.
- Monday: Yoga (30 min), Barre (20 min), Still shoveling ice!
- Tuesday: Yoga AM (30 min), 4 miles easy, Still Shoveling Ice! (sorry Bandit, no walk for you), Yoga PM (20 min)
- Wednesday: Yoga AM (20 min), STILL shoveling ice (which will probably take some more days and may not be fully done before the next cold snap), but Dogwalk finally
- Thursday: Yoga (10 minutes), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Ice Shoveling, Yoga PM (20 minutes)
- Friday: Yoga (30 min), Walking with PB, Short walk at Olana
- Saturday: Yoga (30 min), Peloton Cycle WU (10 min), 3 miles easy including 5 x 30 sec strides at end, finally finished up clearing the driveway — enough, anyway
- Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Filming some videos but otherwise relaxing!
Running Mileage: 10 (+1)
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
Tuesday Intention: go long-er
I know my runs are short and sweet, but it is what it is — although this was one of those tough short runs, the kind where your body is just not really enthused to be out and running. It’s also the first day I was able to get out of our neighborhood since our ice/snow storm Friday. Yes, the driveway is still almost completely ice but with temps hovering just above freezing (in the morning, when I ran), it’s beginning to soften. A little.
Thursday Intention: take it easy
I considered going a tiny bit longer today, and then shook myself mentally. I’ve been spending at least 30 minutes, often more, shoveling ice every day this week. If you’ve never had the pleasure, that’s damn hard work!
I wore my “fast” shoes and sure enough the run was significantly faster than my run on Tuesday.
Saturday Intention: a little speed
The forecast was for rain when I headed out, but thankfully I did not get wet! Except for my feet a little from the puddles. I took it nice and easy and then tacked on some strides after 2.5 miles. Then more shoveling — but success! A relatively clear driveway & I forgot to take a photo of it — I was a bit tired by this point and really hungry, too.
Favorites of the week
Another gift to myself arrived today — the plant above. I ordered it online from a place that actually denotes which plants are pet friendly, even though I plan to keep it in my Yoga room. It’s supposed to be easy to care for but I tend to forget to water in there since the rest of the plants are in the dining and living rooms.
ICYMI: I actually have an almost restorative-feeling Yin Yoga practice today, aimed at strengthening your back while deeply relaxing you, too. I practiced it several times this week myself after all that shoveling and it also helped me to sleep great! I highly recommend it! I’m also rambling a bit about aging in a vlog since I turn 60 tomorrow.
Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I think I’m going to write about my last decade of running. Friday I’m sharing five reasons you may want to try oils in your beauty routine.