Long Treadmill Runs and Food Galore

Greetings, from Leesburg, Virginia.

(Ok, I wrote that while I was actually IN Leesburg, Virginia...now I'm home). 

I just wanted to check-in and let the world know that I ran on a treadmill today for the first time in approximately- I don’t even know, MONTHS!

I didn’t just run on the treadmill for a half hour.

I ran on the treadmill for an hour. 7 miles.

And weirdly enough, I didn’t hate it!

I didn’t even listen to music, or watch TV.

I think I liked that my pace was whatever number I set my speed to. So I didn’t have to think about it. And I run slower on a treadmill, so it was a pretty relaxing pace.

After 7 miles, I headed outside and finished my remaining 3 miles on the resorts golf course, just to get some fresh air.

But I guess the moral of the story is the treadmill isn’t as evil as I usually think it is.  At least, it wasn’t this morning, after months without using it.

20 miles done in the last 2 days, 6 tomorrow, and then I am looking forward to using the resorts gym to lift some weights!! Something I haven’t been doing as much as I’d like because of the amount of time training for this marathon is taking up!

Edit: Monday I ran 6 miles on the treadmill, and again, it wasn't too terrible.  Tuesday I woke up and did 20  minutes on the bike, an arm circuit with a minute of jump rope in between each round, and a fast mile on the treadmill! 

I figured I'd add a little bit to this Virginian post about my trip. 

Or really, just say that it was pretty there and the food was good, and then post pretty pictures and foodporn. 

Started the strip off with a delicious breakfast at the airport

The first night, we went off the resort property to a restaurant called Sweet Water Tavern, where I had the Mahi Mahi special- served with GRITS! Which is a food I have been wanting to explore more and more. At Sweet Water I also learned about what are apparently called "Ozzie Rolls." As soon as these were placed down in front of us, I knew they were going to be a) Extremely unhealthy and b) Beyond delicious. I was right.  Turns out they are basically fried balls of bread, like a little doughnut, with some sugar on top and served with whipped butter. Yolo.

Every morning we had an amazing breakfast buffet and I LOVE BREAKFAST. If I could only eat one day for the rest of my life it would definitely be breakfast. Needless to say, I could never pick one thing I wanted, so it usually ended up looking like this- some of the hot options (eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, omelet, etc), some fruit and greek yogurt/cottage cheese, OATMEAL (obviously with all the fixings), and ya know- some casual smoked salmon and capers or banana bread with apple butter. Nothing like a light meal to start the day. 

This beautiful pavillion outside under the sunset was where we had our dinners every night. The first night was a BBQ and the second night, dinner featured a fish boil! Yummo. 

(Fish boil with a side of mac and cheese and allllll the vegetables I could find) 

After dinner we enjoyed a glass of wine and a game of corn hole- along with a beautiful sunset over the golf course. 

On Day 4 of doing nothing but eating non-stop (no joke, there was a constant rotation of chips, nuts, trail mix, cookies, granola bars, smoothies, candy, soda, coffee, fruit at 3 different stations around the hotel! AND I COULDN'T STOP EATING IT ALL!) it was time to board a lil baby plane and head home.