So, I never thought that this would be the sort of thing that I would be interested in, but I recently had a really fun experience that I feel like sharing. Friends of ours came over, and they brought with them a 360 camera. We were very interested in it, as they showed us all of the neat things that you can do with it, and we decided to go out and get one of our own for our next hiking trip. I don’t know if you know this, but we absolutely love hiking. Anyway, I was so amazed by the results.
It seems like this technology has come from nowhere and become very advanced in a very short amount of time. You can even get these neat headsets, which allow you to engage with your 360 degree panoramic contents in a really amazing way. Wow, I can’t believe that this technology even exists these days. Anyway, this may go without saying based on how I’ve been gushing about it, but I absolutely recommend giving this new strain of Technology a shot. It’s really interesting, and it totally exceeded my expectations. Actually, I actually had no idea what to expect at all, but still, I would not have ever thought that this sort of amazing technology would just end up at my disposal by some strange stroke of luck.
I’m so grateful to have friends who exposes to interesting things like this. Sometimes, when you grow up, things outside of your echo chamber never seem to enter your reality. This, however, has made a nice little impact and will totally change the footage that we capture on our hikes and nature walks. I’m excited to see what else we do with it and how else it impacts Our Lives. Thanks for reading, as always, I appreciate you so much.
With Utah being such a winter loving state (especially Park City) I’ve had to opt for some indoor training trail running tips (try saying that 5x fast!). Running on a treadmill or around an indoor track have always been just about 2 of the most boring activities I could find myself doing. Unfortunately, I don’t always have a choice, so I figured I might as well be doing it right if I’m going to be doing it. I found these two great treadmill workouts from Caitlin Chock, a former Professional Nike Runner, at TrailRunnerMag.com
The Long Haul: Three-Mile Hill Climbs
The workout should be completed at a pace that is difficult but sustainable for the entire three-mile repeat.
Warm-up 15 minutes at 1.5-percent grade
1st mile at 4-percent grade
2nd mile at 6-percent grade
3rd mile at 8-percent grade
Cool-down 15 minutes at 1.5-percent grade
Zero-Drop: Flat Speed Sessions on the Belt
The goal is to run slightly faster than you could on the track because you are running sans any grade or wind resistance. For example, if your hard 800-meter pace is 3:00 outside, aim for 2:55 to 2:57 reps on the treadmill.
Warm up 15 minutes at a 1.5- or zero-percent grade. With treadmill on a zero-percent grade, run six to 10 x 800 meters hard with a 400-meter recovery jog between each. Cool-down 15 minutes at a 1.5 or zero-percent grade.
Warm up 15 minutes at a 1.5- or zero-percent grade. With treadmill set to a zero-percent grade, run 10 to 20 x 400 meters hard with a 200-meter recovery jog between each. Cool down 15 minutes at a 1.5- or zero-percent grade.
Tonight I am going to attempt The Long Haul: Three-Mile Hill Climbs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that because it’s new and not repetitive I can finish before I die of boredom.
The good news though, is that while I have been off the running trails I’ve been stepping up my snowboarding game on the ski trails. I’d like to think that has kept me in pretty good shape but I guess my run tonight will be a testament to that.
Me when I was just a newbie snowboarder last year. My outfit has come a long way since then! I would like to think I no longer look like the Michelin Man.
I did The Long Haul: Three-Mile Hill Climbs as my cardio workout last night. Holy cow are my legs burning today! I ended up having to cut the warm-up and cool-down a little shorter than 15 minutes because of a time constriction, but I think my body is secretly thanking me for that. It’s a cardio workout that I will definitely be keeping in the rotation to get ready to hit the trails this Spring!
Happy Friday! I really need to step up my blogging game lately, I am just always so exhausted outside of work, running and feeding myself. I’ll work on it! My running this week has looked like this:
Monday – 4 miles outside
Tuesday – 4 miles outside / 3 miles outside after work
– I ran a 5:55 mile on my lunch run, I have no idea where it came from! But it felt awesome!
Wednesday – 5 miles I ran up to the Olympic Park, I haven’t done that in forever!
Thursday – Rest Day. I didn’t plan on it, but I feel like I pulled something in my quad from my hill run on Wednesday and I didn’t want to push it 2 weeks before race day
Today – snowboarding this morning, planning on 5 miles this evening
A few pictures from Wednesday’s run. You can never beat running while the sun is setting in Park City.
This week’s running is going surprisingly well and I am loving every minute of it! I’ve also been making sure each run is not flat…and bonus they’ve almost all been trail runs!!
Tuesday – 4 trail miles up to Olympic Park, 450ft elevation gain
Wednesday – 4 trail miles, 600ft elevation gain
Thursday – 3.5 miles before work (on the road bc it was dark)
Friday – I am planning to do a trail run with a couple of coworkers during lunch
Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope you all ate too much and relaxed even more.
My little Thanksgiving break from work started Wednesday afternoon with a quick and hard workout at the gym. I felt like I severely pulled my hamstring after the gym on Tuesday so I started the day off on this new stretch machine at my gym. It looks a lot like a luggage cart so I felt awkward on it the entire time.
I finally made it back to the gym for a hard workout and it felt great! I haven’t had that feeling in a while after a workout, but I’m glad it’s back because it definitely makes it easier to get back into a routine.
Ran on the treadmill for 35 minutes (3.75 miles) at different speeds/inclines.
I like to change things up to make sure the treadmill doesn’t bore me into a walk. It’s happened more than I’m proud to admit.
After running I did a 10 minute stretch routine and an ab circuit that I mostly just made up as I went. Which means it definitely needs some tweaking before it makes a regular appearance in my routine.
I received my New Balance 890v4′s in the mail last week but today was the first time I was able to wear them. I will have a full review of them later – they still need to be worn on a longer run, but as a trial run today I absolutely loved them. They felt much lighter (6.64oz) than my other pairs of New Balance but still kept that cushion feel in the heel. They are also sportin’ an 8mm heel to toe drop which is one of my favorite heel drops.
The nice post it that came with my shoes Don’t mind the peanut butter stain…I couldn’t stop myself from digging into the jar after my workout.
My plan is to make it back to the gym in the morning so I have 0 obligations after work tomorrow! Tomorrow evening is decorate the house in Christmas day and I need my schedule cleared for that!
Well, helloooo! Is it the weekend yet? Just kidding! I hope you all got some good, long runs in this weekend (especially if you’re some where that had this beautiful weather) because I did not. Not 1 run. Notta. Didn’t even snowboard. I did however get in a 7.5 mile run during my lunch on Friday and another 2.5 at the gym after work and I guess I just decided that was good enough for a couple of days. I finished the run (7.5) in right under an hour, which was a faster pace than I anticipated. By the way, my race is in about 2.5 weeks and I have not run more than 8 consecutive miles in 2014…so things are really looking good for that.
I woke up today with a super, super sore calf so logically I went out and ran 4.5 easy miles. I came home and did a lot of foam rolling and stretching. I don’t have anything calf specific as far as foam rolling goes, so I just used what I had and hoped for the best! It’s still pretty sore, so instead of going out for another run (which was my original plan) I opted for an at home workout from the Sarah Fit book. I pretty much just mashed about 3 workouts into one and skipped the ones that made my calf hurt. I also gave myself a nice little pat on the back for getting in some strength training. These arms are looking prettyyyy ripped. Just kidding, I can barely lift a piece of paper.
Lately, I haven’t been minding Monday’s as much as usual because I have a lot of stuff going on (traveling wise) and they are somehow the day’s that I get the most done. However, a Monday during the last week of April when I wake up and there are inches of snow on the ground is not my favorite thing in the world. Talk about a buzz kill. Luckily the rest of the week is supposed to gradually get nicer and eventually end in Spring-like weather. Now to cross my fingers that it actually sticks around this time.
I had a pretty uneventful weekend given the amount of rain/snow/ice we were getting. Saturday morning I woke up and laid in bed all morning reading my book (finally finished Divergent) and I did not mind it one bit. The afternoon was spent car shopping (in the rain) and then a quick pizza and salad dinner at an Italian restaurant near the house. The rest of the evening was spent reading and watching TV. Told you, very uneventful
Sunday was supposed to be as gross as Saturday, but I lucked out and got out early enough to beat the snow. I went into town and did my own little version of a hill run. I did a 5ish mile loop that ended up being around a 900ft elevation climb overall. I found a 1.5 mile loop that climbed and then had a really nice downhill (I wanted the downhills for my upcoming race). Right after I finished my run, it started snowing and continued to do so until my drive into work today. Yayy. I took a detour for a quick rest after one of the hills and found this neighborhood I never knew existed. I could live there. Yep.
I conveniently ended my run next to the bookstore on Main Street so I could pick up some goodies.
Books not sold on Amazon are really expensive, for anyone not aware. Probably just me. But I couldn’t resist, the bookstore atmosphere is awesome and I hadn’t been in one in a really long time. I’d say it was worth it (kind of:))
Although the weather slightly made this Monday morning a downer, I stopped by the grocery store on my way to work to pick up some fruit for the day and LOOK WHAT I FOUND! 2 packs of Halo’s!
I sincerely hope someone was promoted for this genius idea.
Today’s planned run is an easy but longer run. During my morning routine of watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, I threw in a little bit of stretching and core work. There has been a significant drop in my workout routine that is anything but running since ending my gym membership so I am trying really hard to get back into a routine that includes it again. I have a few random P90x cds that I hope can help me out.
I decided to run the Park City Trail Series 5K this weekend, and I am really glad I did! I was incredibly nervous going into it, like more nervous than I have ever been for a race. I think it was mainly because while a 5K is a short race, that is the exact thing that makes it so hard. During a long race you have time and miles to settle into a comfortable pace, but in a race as short as 3.1 miles there is no comfortable pace – you have to push as hard as you can the entire time, and that’s not a challenge I have really put myself through and I am oh so glad it’s over