The weekend started Friday night with girls' night out to dinner and a movie. Food was good, movie was cute and company was great! Of course, starting the weekend with a bedtime approximately three hours later than usual set me up for a lot of yawning over the next couple of days!
After waking up to another cold and blustery day, the thought of running outside was not appealing at all. Somehow, I convinced hubs to join me on the gym treadmills for our long run. But first I had to get to the gym for my usual Bootcamp class. After an hour of jump squats, lunges, jumping jacks, burpees, mountain climbers and more, I headed home for a quick bite and change. Half an hour later, hubs and I were on our way back to the gym.
We grabbed treadmills side-by-side and settled in for the looooong trek ahead. It was time to channel my inner Emz. FYI, 13 miles + is a long way to run in one place - by far my longest distance ever on the 'mill. I passed the time by trying to read (unsuccessful), staring at the TV's hanging overhead (nothing good on), people-watching, chatting with hubs occasionally, listening to tunes and breaking the run down into shorter chunks. I sipped water every mile and ate a Shot Blok every 3, and increased the speed at regular increments.
The treadmill switched to cool-down mode automatically after an hour so I had to reset and get started again. In the first hour I had run 6.3 miles, so I set a goal of hitting 13 miles total by the end of the second hour. This kept things a lot more interesting for the second half as I constantly cranked the speed. I ended up running 7 miles in that second hour, finishing off at 7.5 mph.
13.25 mi (21.3 KM)
I can honestly say that it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought running for so long on the treadmill. It's not something I would choose to do often, but it was a good alternative to the freezing cold and nice to get the long run done before a night on the town!
First stop was the Bier Markt (an interesting choice for two non-beer-drinkers, but the food and atmosphere are great!).
After dinner we had some time to kill (and food to digest) so we took advantage of being downtown and wandered the city streets, taking in the festive sights.
But at one point we turned a corner, and things started getting bizarre. Suddenly the vendors wanted to
free our possessions from "spiritual contamination", cure us of "a horrible compote of toxicity in an unprecedented assault on our health", treat our ADHD through vaporization, take us on "an inner journey from darkness to light" and - my personal favourite - photograph our "aura and chakra."
It was an experience, to say the least. We made our way through each aisle, as the exhibitors became more and more unusual, avoiding eye contact so as not to get sucked into any pitches. We eventually made our way out, baffled at how bizarre it had been but having a god laugh over the experience. At least we had free passes!
After the expo, we headed to a trendy local vegetarian joint for lunch - Fresh.
The food was great and satisfied everyone - even meat-loving hubs. Unfortunately I started to feel extremely ill on the way home. I'm not 100% sure if it was the random assortment of taste tests I had
How was your weekend?
What's the longest you've run on a treadmill?
Have you seen Wicked?
Ever experienced something like the "Whole Life Expo"?