Get Fit in the New Year?

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Are you still working on putting together your New Year’s resolutions list?  Is getting fit in the New Year on that list? How about travel, enjoying life, or have you ditched the list already and plan to pick and choose your resolutions as you go along!  If “get fit” was on your list, you will find an abundance of ways to push your fitness limits (inside and outside of the gym) whether you are a seasoned athlete or a fitness beginner.  Training for and running in a 5k, half, or full marathon will certainly test you.  On the other hand, you can get even crazier with a mud run!  There is no better motivation than signing up for a race.

5K Races, Marathons and ½ marathons

Here at Fox Hill, we love 5k races for many reasons.  First, a 5k race (around 3.1 miles) is a realistic goal for everyone.  You can begin training about seven weeks before a race and devote about 3 days per week for training. Running a 5K Some of the training health benefits include raising your heart rate, lowering your blood pressure and relieving stress all while toning your glutes and abs!   Of course, you want to ease into getting in shape.  Start slowly,  alternate between walking and running for equal intervals of distance.  During the training weeks, gradually decrease your walking time each week and eventually you will be able to run up to 30 minutes consecutively.

Deciding which training schedule to set for yourself will keep you motivated and focused instead of making excuses not to visit the gym. To keep you going – post your training schedule at work, on your refrigerator, or on your phone calendar.   We recommend the Active online site for training schedules and steps for 5k beginners to marathon running get their Couch to 5K training Guide

Because a 5K is a relatively shorter race, runners find that they can really tap into their adrenaline. Even if you train at a very slow pace (and hey, there is nothing wrong with that) chances are that the thrill and excitement of race day will pump you up and keep you going.

Lastly, by helping yourself you can help others, too.  Since 5k’s are such a realistic goal, many charities and non-profit organizations have adopted them as fundraisers and community events.  A few of the races we are looking forward to are listed below:

Mad Anthony Mud Run

logo-mad-anthony mud run February  23 – 9am-12pm –  Waynesboro
A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park as homage is paid to the City’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, with the 8th Annual Mad Anthony Mud Run! All finishers will be awarded a custom-made Mud Run Medal as a reward for battlefield victory.

 

 

Run of the Mill (5K)

April 13 – 9 am – Brownsburg

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2017 Winner Meghan Beard

A point-to-point race in slightly hilly terrain through farmland, crossing Hays Creek on various occasions and arriving at Wade’s Mill.  Awards and activities will take place at the Finish.  Shuttle buses will return runners to the start of the race.  The top three male and female finishers will receive prizes.  The top three in all age groups will receive medals.  Proceeds benefit the community projects and events the Brownsburg Community Association supports.

 

 

Rockbridge Area Hospice Hustle 5K Run

September 21 – Buena Vista
(5k Night time “Glow Run and Walk” and half-marathon) All proceeds support end-of-life patient and family care so that everyone who needs hospice services has access to care, regardless of the ability to pay.

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Chessie Trail 5K

(Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K)

Saturday, October 19, 2019, McKethan Park Lexington, VA   The seven-mile Chessie Trail parallels the scenic Maury River and connects Lexington, Virginia, with Buena Vista.  You’ll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams.

Running Gear

To get your feet really moving, you are going to need a great pair of running shoes!  We recommend a visit to the Lex Running Shop, located in the heart of downtown Lexington.   They offer quality running shoes, apparel, lrs-round-logo_origaccessories, and nutrition for fitness enthusiasts of all abilities.   Their trained staff will take the time to lead you through the proper shoe fitting process.  Alternatively, if you are in the Staunton area, make a visit to the Sole Fsole focus runningocus Running Store.  They are a “run, walk, be active shop”.  They too offer personalized shoe fitting services.

One of our favorite acronyms is DNF > DNS. Simply put, it means that it is better to attempt and fail than to not try at all.  A DNF (Did Not Finish) Is Greater Than a DNS (Did Not Start).  We have on occasion come out of the starting gate full of race day adrenaline, only to lose our steam towards the finish line.  We never quit, we just walked rather than ran over the finish line!  DNF > DNS!

If you are a YMCA member, you will be able to get in pre or post workout at the Rockbridge Area YMCA.   You can make use of their full circuit room, free weight equipment, plus treadmills and elliptical machines.

Have we motivated you?  We would love to see many of you enjoying our local races!  Pick a race, book a suite, and of course, we would love to see you show off your race medal at breakfast the next day!!!!

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Looking for a Stress-Free Holiday?

Stress Relief for the Holiday Season

Reset with a Countryside Escape

Take some time for yourself during these hectic fall months and book a stay at Fox Hill. Our suggestions for a Hiking in the woods at Natural Bridgestress free visit include: tour the quaint towns of Lexington or Staunton; hike along the picturesque trails just a few miles from the inn; relax with an in-room massage; or lounge outdoors and enjoy the serenity of the evening stars and the warmth of our fire pit.

A two-night trip can result in a recharging of the batteries.  Such a break allows you to return refreshed with more productivity and a readiness to resume your regular life.  The experiences you get during your quick getaway will make you a more interesting person in the eyes of the folks you work and socialize with.  They’ll want to know how your trip was and are very interested to hear your recommendations of the activities you enjoyed.

Unwind with a Luxury Massage

Whether you indulge in pampering for two with a couple’s massage or 60 minutes of solo relaxation, you won’t masseuse giving an in room solo massage have to go far to find your serenity. Conveniently located in the privacy of your suite, our massage therapists offer the perfect services to recharge for a busy holiday season.

There are surprising benefits of massage therapy besides helping you to relax.  For starters, it counteracts all the sitting you do at your desk job – think of all the tension in your shoulders, neck, and low back.  It eases sore muscle pain by increasing and improving circulation.  Who wouldn’t want their stress level reduced and to feel much more relaxed and happy after a massage.  Not only can a massage encourage a restful sleep-it also helps those who cannot otherwise comfortably rest.    Lastly, a massage boosts immunity and relieves headaches.

If you prefer a day-spa experience, we suggest scheduling an appointment at either Breezy Hill Day Spa in Staunton or Encore Salon 215 Spa in Lexington.  Both offer massages, manicures, pedicures, body wraps, waxing, and other specialty services.

Spark Some Creativity with Glass BlowingGlass blower cutting the tip off of a vase

Experience live and up-close glass blowing demonstrations at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, VA.
Feel the heat of the furnaces as you sit close enough to ask questions and chat with the artists.  To make your art happen, glassblowers will assist you in making your very own glass blown piece of art.

Carve out time for yourself. Our spacious suites and inn amenities make it easy to unwind. Book today to start planning your stress-free getaway!

RESET, UNWIND & SPARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting the Sleepy little town of Fairfield VA

PastureNestled in the Shenandoah Valley is the sleepy little town of Fairfield VA. There are a few small shops in the center of town, a post office, a couple of auto repair shops. You’ll find many dairy farms (cow, sheep and goat) providing local cheeses to many of the businesses close by. It is also home to the Lexington Carriage Co (horse drawn carriage rides) and the beautiful dog friendly country Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast that cures its own bacon and makes its own sausage.

Just twelve miles north of Lexington (VMI, W&L, and Lexington Horse Center etc.) and twenty miles south of Staunton, Fairfield VA is a throwback to simpler times. If you are looking for GOD’s country, look no further than Fairfield VA. You can also buy fresh cheeses in this town from a local farm. There are also a few vineyards close by as well as a brewery. There are many interesting places to hike, bike, swim and fish and the people are super friendly. Google Fairfield VA and visit this peaceful little community, you’ll be glad you did.