So as some of you may know I received a pretty cool Christmas present from my mom this year! So last weekend we spend the weekend in Columbus doing all sorts of fitness related activities.
So I left work at noon and then my mom and I started out our journey to Columbus by meeting one of my bestfriends at her work to learn a little more about our bodies before we headed off to the cabin we were staying in. Rose is pretty amazing and has a lot of fun machines to play with at work! We started off by getting into the “Bod Pod” to figure out what our body fat was. This is one of the most accurate ways to find out what your body fat % is. I can’t disclose all my personal information because well I don’t want to but I will say that I have a little way to go to get to my ideal % but my mom was pretty impressive I’ll tell you that! We looked pretty funny but had a great time!
And Rose was totally a professional talking us though all of the ins and out of how these machines work! It was nice to have Rose doing these tests because it made us so much more comfortable which really helped things go by faster!
After the Bod Pod, both my mother and I completed metabolism test to figure out how many calories we burn at rest. We had been pretty much fasted and had been sitting in the car still on our way to Columbus so we figured it would be relatively accurate. My breathing was so steady and so spot on that I actually finished the test in 10 minutes! Mom took just a few minutes longer but Rose sent us a spreadsheet of our results to us that evening and we were all ready to head out to the running clinic in the morning.
Plus, it is just nice to see your friends doing their jobs! Rose is so impressive.
Before the night was over we managed to get in a quick 3.3 miles run on the running path around the campus of the McConnell Heart and Health Center. After the run I spent a little bit of time resting outside of our cabin! The one bedroom, one bathroom cabin was fantastic! Equipped with a fireplace in the living room, a sink, a fridge, and a pretty impressive sized restroom!
After the run and a few minutes of relaxation we headed out the “Fish Market” which was only about 5 minutes from the cabin. There we had a very satisfying dinner of Lobster Bisque Soup and an assorted of tilapia, salmon, scallops, and shrimp. A true feast! Plus, the atmosphere was pretty fun… full of fiish all over the walls!
We got to bed pretty early and had no problem sleeping! When we woke up in the morning, we had a great day with our Chi Running instructor Jeanette. Chi Running is essentially a running technique that reduces the amount if impact that causes injury in running. It had you align your pelvis and your body together so that running becomes almost effortless because gravity and the road end up doing most of the work for you. You can read more about Chi Running here so learn the basics if you would like!
Our class was great! There were a few other beginning runners in our class like my mom and I, there was a tri-athlete, and a couple who has run quite a few marathons. Everyone had really already established their way of running but we were all committed to learning the best way to enjoy our hobby!
We got video taped running a before and after. We did exercises to help align our bodies the way they should be and we essentially tried to train our bodies into a new way of running. It was HARD and since then I have tried to really implement this technique into my runs and I think I manage to get it for maybe 1 mile of my 4-5 mile runs!
It was a pretty great weekend! By far one of the best Christmas presents I have ever received! It really helped me focus on my health and took my running to the next level I have been waiting for!
If you want to read even more about our trip you can check out my mom’s blog here!