Spring Break at Boyne Mountain

Well, the family and I headed up to Boyne Mountain for spring break this year.  It wasn’t our first choice in vacation destinations, but we had just returned from a trip to Arizona a few weeks ago.  So this was basically a “use it or lose it” vacation…plus we also wanted to get away with the kids during spring break.  We had purchased a “sampler” package from Bluegreen resorts last year and it was going to expire in a couple months (this is worth a whole other blog post in itself).

Anyway, Bluegreen’s resort at Boyne Mountain was one of the only resorts within driving distance that had open availability.  We’ve been talking about going to the Avalanche Bay indoor water park for quite some time now, so this seemed like a good opportunity, especially since the resort is only about a half mile away from Avalance Bay.

After checking in at the resort on Saturday afternoon, we headed directly to our room.  We were presently surprised at the accommodations.  We had a 2-bedroom unit with a fireplace, full kitchen, and a large jetted tub in the master bath – much better than a cramped hotel room.  We hadn’t really planned any activities for this vacation besides the water park, so having some extra room to sprawl out and relax ending up being a huge plus.

My wife and I have never been skiing before, and being as the temperature was still in the 30’s and 40’s, that’s really what people come here for.  The slopes were still snow covered and there were quite a few people out there.  It looked like a lot of fun, I’d like to try it at least once.  Maybe next time – assuming we are a little more prepared and bring some appropriate attire (it is supposed to be spring, right?).

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Work in Progress

I decided a couple weeks ago that I would punish my body and try the Fifth Third Riverbank run coming up in May.   Since it would be my first “race”, I thought I should stick to the short, 5k run.  But I’m a glutton for punishment and am up for a challenge, so I decided I should give the 10k a shot.

Being that the temperature has been, on average, below 20 degrees for the last couple weeks, I’ve been limited to only running on the treadmill so far.  All I can say is that I hope it’s a lot easier running on solid ground as opposed to a thin piece of rubber moving at a high rate of speed.  The longest I’ve run since I’ve started this adventure is only a little over 2 miles…I’ve got a long way to go.

Last night I made the mistake of trying to see how fast I could run 1 mile…I really need to have my head checked.  I hit the start button and hit the psuedo-pavement at 8mph…20 seconds later…9mph…a few seconds more…up to 10mph.  I proceeded to put my life in danger for about a whole minute and thirty seconds, before promptly going back down to 8mph….then to 7…then to 6, which is where I ultimately finished.

My Arch Enemy

    My Arch Enemy

So, how did I fare you ask?  Well, I didn’t even make it a whole mile; I stopped at about 3/4 of a mile.  I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.   So tonight, it’s back to normal…hopefully I can settle down and find a nice pace and try to make it 3 miles tonight.