Marathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long Run

first_imgMarathon Pursuit (2/3): Going for the Long RunThe day was ambitious indeed. 15 miles is no easy jog in the park. The sore feet and achy knees, the long stretch of road, and the shear amount of time to keep yourself entertained; a lot goes into running the same distance as a 20 minute car ride. The forecast was calling for rain and rain it provided. It seemed the moment I started using the running shoes on my feet, a steady drizzle was there to accompany it. And two hours later, the rain never stopped.Somewhere between the start and end of the 15 miles, discouraging thoughts drifted between my tired legs and weary mind. The hills kept coming and the rain never stopped. For a moment it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t until my shuttle picked me up on the wet road and I climbed into the heated front seat did I began to appreciate the feet at hand.It wasn’t the farthest I’ve run or even the fastest. An inevitable nasally cold followed the 15 miles of running in the rain, but I knew in the back of my head I gone out and done what I had set out to do; go for the long run. I went to sleep easy that night with the day’s progress putting me to bed. I had managed to stay on track. I had crossed a new finish line and with the red-tape behind me, I woke up one day closer to the Big Race (Richmond Marathon, November 10th).Finish LineWith the new sun and the long run the day before, I was able to rest easy and kick my feet up; progress had been made. With running and training for a marathon, progress can be easily measured. Distance and time, that’s all you really need to know. But running, and seeing the value of that progress, allows me to see there are other achievements that get lost in the name of the Big Picture.It is important in marathon training to track your progress so that the 26.2 is just another long run in the history of many. But perhaps that same logic applies outside of the long runs and time on the road. A lot of people have secret ambitions, dreams they have night after night, unnoticed or not, that they strive for in the daytime, a naked ambition that lies under uniforms and clothes. Everyone has this, somewhere deep down and possibly hidden, and the only way to climb higher to your goals is to occasionally look beneath your feet to see how far you’ve come. To take that time to see what you have built and to know you are closer to the clouds then you were a day before.Get outside and play, understand your true-progress, and go for the long run.-Bradlast_img read more


Glamping Resort with tree houses opened in Plitvice

first_imgGrabovac, a picturesque place near the Plitvice Lakes, this summer has become richer for a completely new concept of vacation – glamping, which is part of Plitvice Holiday Resort. The real attractions are five wooden houses, which are a complete novelty on the Croatian market, and nine smaller holiday houses with an artificial lake suitable for swimming in the summer months, and this camp turns into a first-class location for a luxurious holiday all year round.Located high in the pine canopy, these luxurious cottages of unique design are perfect for stepping away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and provide the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. Their interior is designed for comfort and relaxation, and due to its equipment will provide each guest with a sense of comfort and luxury. Five specially equipped wooden houses extend on three levels, with two bathrooms, two bedrooms, living room and kitchen, and provide comfortable and luxurious accommodation for four people.Cottages on the lakeOn the other hand, on the lake itself there are nine smaller houses with double beds and a bathroom. Privacy is guaranteed by the surrounding trees, which also offer pleasant shade on hot days, and it is certainly an interesting fact that due to good insulation and central heating they are available all year round. Contractors from Croatia participated in the construction of these houses and the complete zone, so we can say that they are entirely a Croatian product.The conceptual concept of this glamping edition is signed by the Zagreb Abstracto studio, which is responsible for the complete arrangement of the camp, the design of the exterior and interior of the houses and their environment with the lake.”We are faced with a great challenge in the very development of the concept due to the desire of investors to make the project something unprecedented in our area and beyond. However, many years of experience and trust of investors and camp managers Grabovac, with whom we have successfully cooperated before, made it easier for us to create this project and now, with a step back, we can say with certainty that we have fulfilled this wish.. ” pointed out Ivan Plemenčić, head of the architectural team of Abstracto studio.It should be noted that the gastronomic offer has not bypassed this modern edition of glamorous camping, as this new age concept is called, so at the entrance to the camp there is an à la carte restaurant serving traditional Croatian cuisine, of which specialties should be emphasized. from Lika like homemade lamb. All visitors to the camp can enjoy their meals in the dining room or on the spacious terrace, and it is possible that they return to their terrace with breakfast and thus enjoy the view of nature.PHOTO GALLERY / Photo: Abstracto studio, Plitvice Holiday Resortlast_img read more