So to start off, please forgive my absence lately. Thursday night M and I drove up to Watkins Glen State Park in the Finger Lakes to camp for a few nights, do some hiking, drink some wine, and for me to do a 20 mile training run. As I mentioned, I registered for the Wineglass Marathon with the intention to use it as a training run and just drop out at the 20 mile mark. Well, I kept thinking and thinking about it and I realized that it would be really hard (and embarrassing) for me to just drop out of a race for really no reason at all. So in my head I had pretty much decided I was going to run the whole thing. We’ll eventually get to that all though, back to the trip for now.
Thursday night we got up to the campground we were staying at pretty late, set up the tent, and sat by the fire before getting some sleep. It started raining during the night and the forecast was looking pretty miserable for the entire weekend. Friday morning we got up, ate some breakfast, and headed out for a run/hike on the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park. It was an unreal experience, you walk past 19 waterfalls and there are all these steps and bridges carved into the stone. It was truly one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been. We headed back to the campground, showered and then were off to taste some wines. There are well over a hundred wineries up there so picking was a little hard to do, since we were staying on Seneca Lake we decided to test out a few of the wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. To be honest, I didn’t love the wines we tried but it was nice to get out of the rain, drive around, and visit some wineries. While we were out the rain started and then just kept on going all night long. We tried to make the best of it and sat in the tent with some music, wine and cheese but everything was wet and going to bed that night was a little rough.
We woke up on Saturday to the creepiest mist in the woods and soupy, damp air. At that point I think M and I had both had it with camping in the rain and the “h” word got brought up. I really didn’t want to wuss out on camping but as soon as I began to think about a hotel with a hot shower and a warm bed, the decision was really made. We drove to Corning, NY for the expo and decided to just stop by (and by stop by I mean definitely try to book) a few hotels to see if they had any availability. After a couple of stops and a few phone calls, we had found a hotel with a room, and it was now ours. We drove back to the campground, packed up our stuff in record time, and then drove to Taughannock Falls State Park to do some more hiking. The trail there was nice and you got to walk around in the water bed which was cool but the gorge at Watkins Glen definitely had this one beat. Once we were done there, we drove to Corning to check into our hotel and I had the best shower of my entire life, I kid you not, it was warm, in a beautiful bathroom and the water pressure was perfect. I loved Corning (home of the Corning Museum of Glass) the moment we drove around it and was so excited to eat dinner there and walk around. It’s such a beautiful little town with lots of character, handmade glass pieces everywhere, shops, restaurants, and bars. We ate dinner at a place called Gaffers which was delicious and then went back to the hotel so I could rest up for my run the next day. I’ll give you all the details about the race in the next post so stay tuned to hear all about it!
And better late than never…last week’s running summary:
Monday (9/30): REST
Tuesday (10/1): Ran 5 easy miles and did an ab and arm circuit
Wednesday (10/2): 7 mile run with 4 miles at tempo for an average of 7:50 pace
Thursday (10/3): REST
Friday (10/4): Ran/hiked 3 miles
Saturday (10/5): Hiked a few miles
Sunday (10/6): Ran 26.2 miles!
Total for the week: 41 miles