So how was everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend??
We had a great weekend. First on Friday, while Brandon was still working, I went for a 9-mile run at Suwanee Creek Greenway.
I’ve mentioned before that Georgia has way more hills than Ohio, but I’ll say it again.
Georgia has way more hills than Ohio.
I felt great for most of the run, but by the end, the sight of another hill made me physically (and mentally!) cringe in anticipation. And after completing the run, my face was a lovely shade of tomato-red.
(That’s actually an old picture, but it’s a very accurate replica of my look on Friday!)
So since I’m a newbie to running hills, I decided to do a little research on hill running and share it with all of YOU!
Some good news about hill running? It makes you stronger and faster!
- From an assistant professor of exercise: “Do it week after week, and your body begins to adapt to the stresses … in other words, it gets stronger.” (Source)
- From a running coach: “There’s nothing better for developing speed and muscle power.” (Source)
Another interesting thing I found? Running hills lessens the risk of injury!
- “And hills by their nature lessen the risk of injury because the slope shortens the distance you have to ‘fall’ or land, reducing impact. ” (Source)
How cool is that???
All that being said, what are some strategies on how to run hills properly?
I like that this article explains what to do with each part of your body while running a hill. Some examples from the article:
LEGS: “Push your legs off and up, rather than into, the hill.”
FEET: “Get up on your forefeet and take shorter strides … Run with punctuation.”
Check out the rest of the article for many more great tips!
OK, so back to my weekend (because it’s all about me, right? )
After a nice long shower, I gave myself a manicure.
Being the trend
setter follower that I am, I read somewhere that purple was the “cool” color for the spring, and I decided to try it out. I think I’m a fan!
On Saturday morning, Brandon washed the cars, while I planned out the rest of our day.
I had found this coupon for wine tasting a while back, and I thought it would be a fun thing to do on St. Patrick’s Day … especially because I saw that the winery was planning a whole “St. Patty’s Day celebration” at their Irish Pub!
Chateau Elan is the largest winery in Georgia. They also have an inn, spa, multiple golf courses, and several restaurants on the grounds!
Brandon (reluctantly) posing in front of the vineyards.
I like to think I’m funny …
Inside the winery, there was a cute little store with plenty of fun things to check out. We also bought our tickets for the tour and tasting here … with my coupon, it was only $10 total for both of us!
The tour itself would have been interesting … if I could have heard our tour guide. He was an older gentleman, and it was a big group, so his voice didn’t carry to the back.
But I did learn that the difference between red wine and white wine is that the skin is left on the grapes when making red wine … who knew?! I guess that makes sense, since red wine is supposed to be healthier for you. They always say that most of the nutrients are in the skin of the fruits and veggies, right? (I’m just so smart, aren’t I? )
We had a small taste of 5 different types of wines.
Brandon’s favorite was the “Scarlet 211,” which was a dry, red wine. My favorite was the Muscadine, because it was super sweet and fruity (no big surprise there, right? ).
And for once in my life, I didn’t get carded! Maybe I’m starting to finally look like I’m of legal drinking age?!
After the wine tasting, we headed over to the Irish Pub to check out the festivities.
They had a bunch of games set up for the kids (and the adults … I may have shown Brandon up in one match … ).
They also had live Irish music …
… and green beer!
Of course, someone (cough Brandon cough cough) may have been more interested in the Ohio State basketball game than the St. Patty’s Day festivities. We ended up watching most of the game in the pub with some other fans.
After we had our fill of St. Patrick’s Day fun, we headed back south to Suwanee for some Mellow Mushroom pizza!
Vegetarian readers, I’m afraid this post just isn’t for you. We got the “Mighty Meaty” pizza, which came with pepperoni, sausage, ham, ground beef, and applewood smoked bacon!
All in all, it was a pretty great weekend!
Now a question for you …
What did you do this weekend? Did your weekend involve any St. Patrick’s Day celebrations?
Any thoughts or advice on hill running?
Favorite kind of wine?