Trip to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Some Treadmill Running

Recent Workouts

You guys, I ran 2 miles on the treadmill at a 9:13 pace. I know, most of you are thinking, sooooooo??? But for me this is a huge deal! Last year my miles were creeping up to the 11-12 minute mile range. I have started running faster in very very small increments, and am finally up to 2 miles at this pace! Today’s workout: .5 miles at 3.5mph, .5 miles at 4.0mph, 2 miles at 6.5 (9:13 minute miles), and 1 mile at 4.0 mph. I have also been doing spin class at EWU 2x per week, and GRIT class, which is a HIIT (high intensity interval training) 2x per week, which has contributed tons!

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Also, recovery is huge, especially when doing weight training. I have been trying to add in a protein shake after most workouts. I love the Orgain Organic Protein you can find at Costco, it’s fairly inexpensive and tastes great! I bring the powder in a shaker bottle with me, then after my workout, I just add water. BOOM!

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Also have been trying to squeeze in yoga when I can. I love stretching, it’s my favorite ❤

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Ainsworth Hot Springs, Nelson, and Kaslo British Columbia

We set out last Saturday for a trip to B.C. for Dan’s birthday! Since Dan just got his passport, we decided to put it to use and check out Canada! I love road tripping with this guy! You know, you can always tell if a relationship is going to last but how well you travel together!

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First stop was Nelson. We were starving and stopped at the first restaurant we found called Finley’s. A cute little bar and grill.

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OMG had probably one of the best burgers I’ve had in years. It was called the Wise Cheddar Truffle Cherry Burger. It had pacific rock cheese, cherry jam, truffle aioli, pickled red onion, lettuce tomato and a ciabatta bun. So.Good. Even the side salad was loaded with veggies.

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We also did some thrifting and walking around downtown, look how cute their City Hall is (they also had a big modern one next door). They have some awesome hippy shops downtown too!

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Next stop was Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. The drive was gorgeous by the way, after you pass Nelson, you take the road along Kootenai Lake, which is surrounded by the Rockies. Breathtaking. We decided to check in , take a silly picture, and hit the hot springs right away.

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The coolest thing about the hot springs here are the caves. It’s a horseshoe shaped cave. Very hot and dark inside but they have a few small lights similar to garden lights that give a romantic ambiance… ooohhh la la… It was too dark, so I stole a couple pictures from the net. I loved it here, but what struck me as odd was that the water was odorless. When we went to Quinn Hot Springs, the water smelled like rotten eggs. Call me weird, but I loved it, it made me feel like there was a very high mineral content and my body was being healed, well not really but you get my drift. You could tell the water felt different at Ainsworth, but it just wasn’t as strong.

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This is not me… haha

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The view was insane!!

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Next stop, Kaslo, which is another 20 minutes or so North of Ainsworth.

wp-1488835198307.jpgWe stopped at the most quaint little cafe called Bluebelle Bistro. It was adorable and even had an old wood stove inside.

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Can’t go wrong when you have coffee with the one you love ❤

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Normally not a pastry person, but this butter tarte was to die for

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View from the edge of town…

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One last stop on the way home. Brilliant Bridge.

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This handsome devil

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Road trips are the best! Well any trips are the best really ❤

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Has anyone tried these chips, it’s a Canadian thing… I’m not really a fan, but when in Rome…

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Hope you have a great weekend y’all!! Anyone else doing the St. Paddy’s 5 miler on Sunday? If so, hit me up, I’m doing it and don’t have a running buddy yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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