A Cure for Treadmill Boredom

Hello, hello! If your holiday weekend has begun already like mine, happy weekend! If not, hang in there, you’re almost there!

Brian and I have some exciting plans for this weekend. We’re heading up to our old stomping grounds in Alexandria, Va. tomorrow after a special CrossFit class (more on that another time) for the weekend. Then on Memorial Day I will be braving the traffic to drive up to Connecticut to stay with my family for three weeks while Brian is in a training school in Quantico, Va. I am so lucky to have a job that allows me to travel whenever I want to – as long as I can bring my computer.

I’ve got some big plans for while I’m in Connecticut:

  • Buying a new car! (hence the 9-hour drive rather than a quick flight)
  • Trying a new CrossFit gym
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Cuddling with my family’s adorable pooches, a Bichon named Porkchop and a teeny-tiny poodle named Lily
  • Baking!!!! I have I so missed having an oven. I will be baking inappropriate amounts of delicious treats and bringing them back to Virginia Beach.
  • Downloading $100 million worth of books onto my mom’s IPad and holding it hostage for the duration of my stay

I’m going to miss my hubby, but I am really excited to get to spend some time with my family and friends. My schedule has been so crazy that I’ve only spent a total of about seven days in my hometown in the last two years!

Anywayssss, after all of that blabbering, it’s finally time to get to the title of the post, treadmill boredom. I often suffer from treadmill ADD when I go to the gym. Even if I’ve got a good book on the IPad or something good on t.v., I really can’t handle more than 45 minutes on the treadmill without going nuts. After that point, I start counting down the 0.01 miles on the treadmill which just makes the workout feel a billion times longer and more difficult.

Whenever I’m feeling especially ADD, like I was yesterday, I come up with a fun treadmill workout to keep things interesting. Yesterday’s workout was a good mix of jogging, sprinting and walking on some serious hills.

Because I am a huge dork, I like having some sort of “scheme” to my treadmill workouts. The idea behind this one was matching the sprint speed to the hill incline, which gave me something to mix up on the treadmill settings every minute or two and kept my boredom at bay. The walking portions of the workout did feel a little tedious compared to the sprints, which just flew by.┬áThis workout covered 3.5 miles including warm up and cool down in about 40 minutes and got me nice and sweaty.

If you want to try it out, please feel free to adjust the settings to your fitness level.

I’m off to do a fun partner WOD at CrossFit and then spend the rest of the day being a beach bum.

Enjoy your weekend!

How do you battle treadmill boredom???
Pandora, books and music on the IPad, and switching up the speeds and inclines

Dog Day

Happy Saturday! Don’t you just love Saturdays? They are my favorite day of the week. To me, Saturday is the only day that is 100 percent weekend.

Brian and I woke up bright and early this morning to participate in the EQUI-KIDS 5k Cross Country Run here in Virginia Beach. EQUI-KIDS is a local organization that provides therapeutic riding programs for the special needs community. The run was held at EQUI-KIDS’ 92-acre facility, which meant we were running on trails and around the riding facilities and benefitting a great cause. Double-score!

The run was definitely more of a “fun run” than a competitive race, which was perfectly fine with me. I just realized as I was writing this that this was my first race of any sort in almost a year and a half! I was just itching to do some sort of race and this was the perfect way to ease back into that.

The race was fairly small, with only 272 finishers, but the narrow trails were jam-packed as we were starting out. I wasn’t too frustrated by the crowds since I knew I wasn’t going to PR on the soft trails anyways, so I just focused on enjoying myself and the scenery.

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I ended up finishing in 29:18 with a 9:27 pace, which was little slower than I’d expected, but not surprising with all of the congestion throughout the race. I placed 6th in my age group, which sounds pretty impressive until I tell you there were only 37 runners in that category. Whatever, I’ll take it!

After the race came the real action – and my true motive for singing up for this particular race – the Hound Run! Runners could also sign up to run with their dogs on a 1-mile course. Of course I was there to watch all of the sweet pups come bounding toward the finish line.

There were big dogs:

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Small dogs:

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And everything in-between:

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Have I mentioned how badly I want a dog? I am obsessed with dogs, but we can’t get one until we move into a bigger place in the fall, so for now I just have to stalk other people’s pooches. I am especially obsessed with pugs, French bulldogs and Pekingese, but I love all breeds, so if any of you have adorable dogs that you would like to send me pictures of, I will be happy to tell you how cute your dogs are and maybe even post their pictures on the blog!

After the Hound Run, Brian and I headed over to the stables to meet some of the horses. Brian loves horses and used to go riding a lot. I, on the other hand, am terrified of anything bigger than a Great Dane and almost had a panic attack the one time I rode a horse (in Costa Rica during a thunder storm). I did manage to muster up the courage to pet this sweet pony though.

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All that Bananas was concerned with, however, was trying to drink Brian’s complimentary Yuengling. No joke, that horse (pony?) wanted some of that delicious brew. P.S., my husband is not an alcohol who normally drinks at 9 a.m., but we got free drink tickets with our race registration and didn’t want them to go to waste ­čÖé

This was a really fun event and a great way to start a Saturday. Next on our list is CrossFit, beach time and dinner at a new restaurant. See ya!

Copperhead Snakes and a Japanese Garden

It’s a weird post title, I know, but it will all make sense in a minute.

I decided to do some exploring today and headed to a nearby park to go for a run outside in this beautiful weather. The Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department website claimed that Redwing Park was 97 acres in size and had a mile-long trail. A 3-mile run sounded perfect for today so I figured I would jog the trail a few times.

I arrived at the park and my first thought was that it seemed a lot smaller than 97 acres, but oh well. I also realized that the trail was not so much a trail as a poorly maintained path through the woods. I was jumping over logs and sort of foraging my own path the entire way, which would’ve been fine for a walk but it made running a little difficult. I basically just wandered around the woods for half an hour, sometimes following a path, sometimes not. The thought occurred to me that this may not have been the best idea since I was alone and get lost really easily, but I pushed that thought out of my head and kept trucking on.

After I was done playing Pocahontas, I emerged from the woods and nearly ran into a park ranger who stopped me and asked exactly where I had come from. I pointed to the wooded area behind me and was then informed to be careful since he had just spotted a huge copperhead snake where I had just been running. Scary!

I was a little freaked out by that, especially since I was by myself and there were hardly any people around to hear my cries if I did get bitten by a snake. Luckily, I found a nice little place to recover from my mini panic attack when I discovered that the park had a cute Japanese rock garden.

According to one of the plaques, Virginia Beach is the sister city of Miyazaki, Japan. Who knew?

The garden was so pretty with lots of different foliage and a little pond with a waterfall. The space was quiet and relaxing and I wished I could hang out there all day.

Please know that I do not have a disgusting rash on my chest, I just get splotchy there when i run.

Anyone know how to read Chinese?

Unfortunately, there was this little thing called work that required me to head back home.

All in all, I would say my trip to the park was a success. I spent some time outside, broke a sweat and discovered a cool new place. I probably won’t go back for a run, but I will definitely be dragging Brian there for a stroll through the garden and perhaps a little meditation. He’s gonna LOVE that bahaha.

Enjoy your the rest of your Tuesday!