Yoga for Runners

Saturday morning Adam and I went to a local restaurant, Core Life Eatery for a free Yoga for Runners class. The class was led by Sophia Tashkovski, a local yoga instructor. We started with a small group run with some other participants taking the class. This was my first time running in a group that was not a race. I really enjoyed chatting with other runners and hearing about their experiences in races they have participated in during the run. I enjoy running, but have only done a small handful of races so far. While I enjoy participating in races, they can be packed with people which doesn’t always allow you to run your best. They can also be expensive to do. I know they are expensive to participate in because they are expensive to put on, and often they are supporting a charity of some type. However, running for me is often just a free way to get exercise, spend time with Adam and Porter, and done on my own time. Since I have started running I have done 1-3 races each year.

The yoga class was amazing! It was an hour and fifteen minutes of great stretching and learning new yoga positions and techniques, while working on form and practicing some positions I have become familiar with. The teacher, Sophia, was very knowledgeable about the muscles runners should pay close attention to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The restaurant that put on the class, is a newer restaurant in the area that serves delicious, healthy food. Probably my favorite part of what they offer is their juice selection! My two favorite juices they offer are the Cranberry Cayenne Lemonade and their Beet Lemonade! I’m not going to lie, sometimes I go there just for the juice. We were getting hungry, so we stayed for lunch! I had the steak, bacon and bleu cheese salad and Adam had the Tuna Poke bowl. Both were very tasty! It felt great to have such a healthy meal after our workout.

You can check out a short video of the class here.

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so after we got back home from Core, we grabbed Porter and headed to Onondaga Lake Park to run a little bit more and have a relaxing walk! We ran 2.5 more miles and then walked about 5 miles. There were tons of people at the park enjoying the beautiful day!

I wrapped up my week 6 marathon training on Sunday morning with a 12 mile run. This was the longest run I have done in quite some time! It felt great! The sun with bright and beautiful and the weather was perfect! Looking forward to more long runs in the near future!


Week 6 Marathon Training

Monday- 3.1 Miles Treadmill
Tuesday- 10 Miles Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.3 Miles Outside
Thursday- 6 Miles Treadmill
Friday- 4.1 Miles-Treadmill
Saturday- 5.9 Miles Outside
Sunday- 12 Miles Outside

Valentines Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day whether you were celebrating the love you have for your significant other, friends or yourselves! I know some people think Valentines Day is corny and you should really show love for those special people in your life on a daily basis. I agree that you should always show love and appreciation for those special people in your life daily. However, I also think it’s nice to have a particular day that inspires you to express your exceptional love and appreciation. It’s just fun! You don’t have to spend a lot of money- actions can be much more meaningful!

I read a great blog post about the importance of loving yourself. I read this blog a lot and find Monica both very informational and humorous!

10 years ago this Valentines Day Adam proposed to me. He cooked shrimp scampi and steak for dinner. It was a very snowy evening and my apartment had a huge picture window that over looked a busy street in the living room that we sat in front of. He nervously sat down and started reminiscing about memories we had had together. Then he popped the question. I was extremely excited. And the rest is history. 🙂 Every year on Valentines Day we recall the events of that night. This June we will have been married for 8 years!

This Valentines Day we woke up to no electricity in our house at about 3:35AM. I’m not sure what woke Adam up at first, but he felt cold so he got up the check out what happened. Our house was down to 60 degrees. I had planned to complete 10 miles on the treadmill that morning and worried that I would have to postpone my run. At 4:20AM the electricity came back on. Thank goodness!

I got up, got dressed and started running on the treadmill. I have been watching Nashville on my runs. It took me a while to warm up to the show, but I’ve been enjoying it. I was really happy to get this run in because I had felt awful for missing it on Sunday. After running 10 miles, I came upstairs to find beautiful flowers and a lovely card from Adam. Then I went to get ready for work and find these adorable pillow cases!

During my lunch I went to the Cheesecake Factory to grab us both a piece of cheesecake for our dessert. The Cheesecake Factory is one of our guilty pleasures that we treat ourselves to pretty often.

Adam learned how to make risotto from a co-worker and was excited to make it for dinner along with shrimp scampi. I was pretty helpful with the dinner, as I prepared the steamed broccoli. 😉 The dinner was most delicious! There are leftovers I am definitely looking forward to!

It was a very relaxing night with great conversation. What did you do for Valentines Day? Is there any yearly tradition you have for celebrating this day?

Winter Wonderland

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you’re in New York, I hope you were able to dig yourself out of all the snow we got between last night and this morning! I think I woke up to more snow this morning than all of January! In January we had a record low of 8 inches in Syracuse! Syracuse has not seen this little of snow in January since 1950! Pretty crazy stuff! These pictures are from my walk this morning with Porter.

I was unfortunate enough to get yet another cold last week. I am never one to get colds! The cold medicine in our house expired in 2011- that’s how little we get colds. Needless to say we had to purchase some new meds. I have been trying to drink a ton of fluids, take my Emergen-C tablets to get some extra vitamin C, resting, going through tissues like there’s no tomorrow, and sucking on cough drops. I finally feel like I’m on the upswing! Friday and Sunday I actually had to skip my runs. I felt awful for skipping them. Friday was only a 3 mile run but Sunday was suppose to be a 10 mile run. I am going to try to do a 10 mile run this week to make up for it. Those are the important runs that make a lot of difference for me. There was just no way I could have done them.

This weekend Adam and I had planned to go to the Finger Lakes for some wine and beer tasting and we scheduled a brunch at our favorite winery for Sunday morning. Our hotel reservations could not be refunded, so we still went and tried to make the best of it!

We left Saturday after we both got our 4 mile runs in. We started with Prison City Pub & Brewery. Their Mass Riot IPA was named the best IPA on the East coast. They have a limited supply of it, and just tapped a new keg on Saturday morning. Adam is a huge fan of IPA’s so we stopped there for lunch on our way to the Finger Lakes. I stuck with some green tea. Their food is delicious! I had a butternut squash soup with a grilled cheese and apple sandwich. Definitely helped my throat!

We checked our also went to Serenity Vineyards, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Climbing Bines Hop Farm, and Belhurst Castle Winery. It was a good day. We enjoyed checking out new places and revisiting some places we go to often. Then we went and checked in to our hotel. Once we got settled Adam picked up some take out for us. Eating take out is nothing like eating at the restaurant!

On Sunday we slept until 9AM. I can’t tell you the last time I slept in that late! I am usually such an early bird! We got around and went to brunch at Fox Run Vineyards. They had the most amazingly beautiful spread! Everything looked like it was from a magazine! All of the food was delicious! They had a pastry and yogurt bar that you could go up to anytime to get food, and then you ordered your main meal with the waitress. We both had eggs benedict with crab cakes. We each got two tickets for their blanc de blanc which you could have plain or you could have cranberry juice or orange juice added to. This was the second event we have gone to at this winery and they do not disappoint!

After brunch, the rain had started to turn into snow. We decided it would be best to head home. I’m glad we left when we did. Once we got home, we already had a couple inches of snow.

Marathon Training Week 4:

Monday-Rest Day
Tuesday- 6.1 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.5 Miles- Outside
Thursday- 4.4 Miles- Treadmill
Friday-Rest Day
Saturday- 4 Miles-Treadmill
Sunday- Rest Day

 

Goals

Good morning! Happy February to everyone! The groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter so I’m trying to make the very best of it. But I’m still waiting in anticipation for warmer weather. I feel like a little kid waiting for presents on Christmas morning!

Week 3 Marathon Goals

I wrapped up week 3 of marathon training last week. It feels good to be accomplishing goals and staying focused!

Monday-Rest day!
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles
Wednesday- 5.5 Miles
Thursday- 6.1 Miles
Friday- 3 Miles
Saturday- 4.4 Miles
Sunday- 9 Miles

Monday I took full advantage of my rest day. Porter and I had a nice long relaxing walk in the morning. I truly enjoy drinking my coffee and listening to my audiobook or a podcast while walking with Porter in the morning. For a while, we worried about Porter’s poor paws when we were walking on very cold mornings. Every once in a while he would hop on three paws because one was too cold and hurt to touch the ground. We would cut our walks short so it wasn’t torture for him. But he loves his walks in the morning! He’s a true sniffer and is always excited to check out new footprints in the snow. Our neighbor told us about this wax he uses on his dog, Brooklyn, so that the coldness of the ground doesn’t affect Brooklyn. The day after telling me about this wax, our neighbor brought me over a tin of it for Porter. He spoils Porter with treats all of the time, and it was super nice of him to get the wax! Porter is not a fan of putting it on his paws, but it definitely helps protect this feet!

I ran everyday inside on the treadmill this week except for Sunday. It was a cold and snowy week. Sunday was still cold, but I couldn’t fathom running 9 miles on the treadmill. At least on Sunday we could run in the daylight. So we bundled up and went for a run. We took Porter with us for about 6 miles, then dropped him off at home and kept going.

One of my favorite post run breakfasts last week was Chobani Dulce De Leche yogurt with fresh fruits! It was so delicious! Chobani has a good amount of protein in every cup which keeps me fuller longer and is great for recovery after exercise. This one has 12 grams of protein.

New Years Goals

Last week we moved into February, which means moving into a new month to meet my new years goals. In January we went to a couple new restaurants. We went to Viva Taqueria in Ithaca, NY with my mom and aunt for my birthday. Mexican is one of my favorite types of food and I really enjoyed that restaurant. We also went to Notch 8 for my birthday. I loved the atmosphere at Notch 8! We ate at The Evergreen downtown Syracuse which has a fantastic beer menu and some yummy food!

We also went on a couple new hikes! We hiked at Clark’s Reservation in Jamesville, NY. We also hiked a new waterfall in Ithaca, Potter’s Falls on Six Mile Creek. We did the Creekwalk downtown Syracuse. I’d say we did really good on the 1 new restaurant and 1 new hike a month goals!

I did a lot of searching for Century Rides that I am interested in signing up for. There are some good ones out there, but I haven’t quite decided yet. I am hoping to officially sign up for one this month to lock it in. There was one in NYC that I was pretty excited about, and the website has been down. Hoping it comes back up soon!

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How are you doing on your New Years Resolutions/Goals? Are you looking forward to anything coming up in February?

 

 

 

Overcoming Sciatic Pain

For the past week and a half I have battled sciatic pain, known as sciatica. Sciatica is known as a common pain from the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back down each leg. My pain is on the right side of my lower back and goes down my right leg.  Have you ever experienced this pain before? If so, what did you do to get rid of it?

They say some symptoms of sciatica are: lower back pain, pain in the butt (literally) or leg, you can experience hip pain, a burning or tingling down the leg, a weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot, a constant pain on one side of your butt, and a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up.

Have you ever experienced these symptoms and not known what might be the problem? The symptoms that are bolded are the ones I have been experiencing. When I first started running a couple years ago, I began to experience sciatica. The first time I had it, I stopped all exercise to try to rest my body and let it heal (I didn’t know what it was). One night I was experiencing a large amount of pain from my lower back going right down my leg. It hurt so badly I couldn’t sleep. At about 3AM I finally had enough and asked Adam to take me to the emergency room. The pain was so intense and I had no clue what it was. At the emergency room, they were very familiar with what I was experiencing. They gave me two shots of pain medicine, suggested I see a chiropractor, prescribed some pain medication and sent me on my way. We were there less than an hour total.

The shots quickly worked to relieve my pain. However, once they wore off my pain came back. I made an appointment to see a chiropractor. I had never been to a chiropractor before and was interested to see what they could do for me. Conveniently, we have one right at the end of our street. I went three times within a two week period. I didn’t notice any change in my pain after seeing him. The chiropractor did however give me a sheet with some stretching moves to try at home. This led me to looking on YouTube to see if anyone had stretching videos I could try. I quickly found some great stretching videos for getting rid of lower back pain. It turns out there are TONS of them out there. If you do experience this pain I highly suggest you find a video that works for you and do it often! Some videos are only 10 minutes long and some are 45 minutes or more. Find one or two that work for you and save them. My favorite ones are Fitness Blender and Yoga for Sciatica. I have also done other videos from those same people an enjoy them.

Whenever I get sciatic pain it is always so difficult to keep moving and going on with my days. All I want to do it rest it until it gets better. I have found the more I sit or lay down stiffer and more sore my pain becomes. The past week and a half I have been doing a lot of stretching both by myself and with YouTube videos. I have been in a lot of pain during my runs, but just keep powering through. Taking Advil before a run definitely helps, but it wears off quickly.

Luckily today I am feeling a lot better!

Birthday Weekend

Last weekend was my birthday weekend and the weather was beautiful! Saturday I saw it get up as high as 58 degrees and Sunday I saw it get to 55 degrees! I was loving the weather and wanted to be outside as much as possible!

Friday was my birthday and that night Adam and I went to see the Syracuse Crunch play the Binghamton Senators. My work gave away over 200 tickets for the game to local fire fighters and we were lucky enough to get tickets as well! It was a lot of fun!

After the game, we went to a local bar called Wolff’s Biergarten to hang out. It is a German style pub. They offer a free boot of beer on your birthday. The boot holds 2 liters of beer! They fill it with Hofbrau Munchen Original which is a pale lager. You do not have to finish the boot in order to get it for free, you do have to give them your license and a $40 deposit incase you break the glass or try to steal the boot. Adam and I shared the boot while we watched some basketball and played a couple games of darts. I managed to win both games of darts we played! It took about 3 hours to finish the beer. The male record time for finishing the boot is 17 seconds! The female record is about 2 minutes and 41 seconds. I cannot imagine drinking it that quickly!! The bartender showed us the video of the guy who drank it in 17 seconds and he didn’t even have any beer dripping down his chin!

    

     

    

I must say, that was the latest I had been up in a very long time!! We got home about 1:30 AM and attempted to watch Top Chef, but mostly fell asleep on the couch. 🙂

Saturday morning Adam made crepes! They were delicious! They were filled with whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries.

    

 

We went for a 7 mile run at the canal with Porter. It was a beautiful day for a run and it felt so great to get out and get some fresh air! It was nice to see quite a few people out enjoying the nice weather.

We went to Clark Reservation State Park and did some hiking. Clark Reservation is a glacial lake with lots of amazing rocks you walk across, rugged cliffs and a 175 ft overlook. This was our first time at the reservation and I look forward to going again soon! There are lots of trails to choose from. Most of the trails are pretty short, but you can link them together and make longer hiking trails. We hiked about 2 miles altogether.

    

After hiking, we went to 1911 Distillery in Lafayette, NY to have a drink, listen to some live music and enjoy the view! It was very relaxing listening to the music. I had a Moscow Mule made with their house made vodka. They use their locally grown apples to ferment and make into vodka. Adam had one of their hard ciders. Both were delicious! The view was amazing! In the fall, we usually pick apples at their orchard.

    

We had dinner at Notch 8 Cafe & Bar. I loved the atmosphere there! The décor was really neat. I had the Roasted Beet Salad with mixed baby greens, feta, grilled apple/cranberry compote, roasted thin beet slices with an IPA vinaigrette. Adam had the Big Caboose Burger which had black angus ground beef, pulled pork, fried egg, crispy onion, smoked bacon jam, cheddar and lettuce with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious! Adam’s burger was very big and juicy! I won’t lie, I ended up liking his meal a little better. 🙂

    

After dinner we went over to our friend’s house and played Cards Against Humanity. There were about 10 of us playing! By the time the winner got 10 black cards, I had only gotten 1!

We went home and had some of the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Adam made for my birthday. It was amazing!

Sunday we ran 4.2 miles outside. Then we showered up and went to Ithaca to hike one of the waterfalls. It was another gorgeous day! A couple years ago Adam and I discovered that Ithaca has many waterfalls in the area with great hiking trails around them to explore. We are trying to get to them all. Sunday we brought Porter along and hiked Potter’s Fall on Six Mile Creek. Most of the hike was easy going walking trails. There were a few parts that were challenging and muddy. There were so many amazing views along the trail!

    

    

    

    

Afterwards, we met my mom and aunt at Viva Taqueria for an early dinner. The food was fantastic! I had the Chicken Mole Burrito. It was very filling and delicious! I would definitely go there again.

We had a busy weekend! We stayed up much later than usual for us each night and was able to get a lot of great exercise in due to the amazing weather. So we went home to relax for the night!

 

 

 

Week 2 Marathon Training + Running Fuel

Yesterday officially wrapped up week 2 of my marathon training. I was so happy that we had great weather in upstate New York for January! I was able to run mostly outside.

Monday- 3.1 Miles on the treadmill
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles on the treadmill
Wednesday- 6.1 Miles outside
Thursday- 5.5 Miles outside
Friday-Rest Day
Saturday- 7.0 Miles outside
Sunday- 4.2 Miles outside

On Wednesday I was able to run with Adam and Porter in the morning before work. It is hard getting up so early, but knowing you can have a family run AND get your workout completed before work is very motivating for me! When I wait to run after work, I’m more likely to find excuses throughout the day not to work out.

About 3 miles into our run, I tripped and fell. I scraped up my hand and both knees. Luckily, I was wearing pants, two layers of long sleeve shirts and gloves so my skin was mostly protected. The areas that hit the ground stung for about ten minutes after. I still managed to make it another 3.1 miles. I felt so good for not giving up! When I got home I made sure to clean the cuts well.

On Thursday, my right knee that got the worse of it was pretty sore to walk and run on. It was a tiny bit swollen. I really wanted to keep it moving and not let it get stiff. I ran a lot slower that morning.

Friday was my rest day. However, I walked on the treadmill in the morning and I took Porter for a walk after work. It was a pretty relaxing day- workout wise. It’s good to take rest days, although, sometimes I get into the groove and don’t want to.

Saturday, we went to the Erie Canal for our run! It was a beautiful day. It got up to 58 degrees! I could have ran all day! But we had other things we wanted to do, so we capped it at 7 miles.

Last week I added sit-ups to my morning routine. I did 45 regular crunches, and 45 side crunches on each side. My stomach felt it by mid-week! On Friday, Porter wanted to help me with my sit-ups. He’s too cute!

All week I was loving eating oatmeal for breakfast! This bowl has oatmeal, Chocolate P2B, chia seeds, about a tablespoon of maple syrup, 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk and bananas.

We roasted a pumpkin earlier in the week, so some of my oatmeal had, pumpkin, chia seeds, cinnamon, about a tablespoon of maple syrup, and 1/4 C unsweetened vanilla coconut milk. Both were delicious and very filling! What do you like to eat after a hard workout?

Beginning of My Birthday Week

It is tradition in our house to have a birthday week. The week and starts and ends in any 7 day period that surrounds your birthday. The birthday person gets to choose when they want their birthday week to start and end. This year, I chose for my birthday week to start on Saturday 1/14 and end the following Saturday. During your birthday week the other person does things to make the week extra special, you don’t have to cook or doing any cleaning if you don’t want to!

Friday we had date night! We went to the mall and did a little looking around and some shopping. Then we had dinner at Gordon Biersch. I had a delicious Grapefruit Moscow Mule. It was super refreshing. We split an order of the garlic fries. Those are something everyone around you must eat if you’re going to have some. Otherwise you will be the only person reeking of garlic! Then I had the California Cobb Flatbread. I took most of the flatbread home because I was so full from the fries!

We went to Revolutions for some bowling! It was our first time there and I look forward to going again! Besides bowling, they have darts, ping pong and shuffle board. They have lots of projectors, projecting different sports, and a couple bars. The place is HUGE! I’m excited to go again sometime! Adam won all three games we played, but I got better as we played!

Saturday we did a lot of house stuff. We did laundry, cleaned, started fixing up the closet in the guest bedroom, and went grocery shopping and to Home Depot to get additional supplies needed to finish the project. I also ran and did some reading. Porter and I ran 6 miles outside. He loves running in this weather!

Sunday morning I started looking at different events that are hosting century bike events around NY and the surrounding states. Right now we are considering doing either the NYC Century or the Harpoon Point to Point Ride. Both look like great events! This will be our first time doing a 100 road bike event.

Adam and Porter joined me for my run on Sunday outside. We ran 7.3 miles. The sun was out and shinning and some points during the run, but the wind was cold!

After we got cleaned up and had lunch we went to Stout Beard Brewery. They recently re-did their tap room so we wanted to check it out! It looked really nice! They had five beers on tap, so we split a flight. My favorite was their Black Ben Wheat.

Then we went downtown to ice skate. I was nervous because I have not gone ice skating in a few years. After about 15 minutes I got the hang of it. Until I got more comfortable, it gave me a great excuse to hold Adam’s hand while we skated. 😉 Once it got a little bit darker, the Christmas tree and surrounding Christmas lights looked beautiful surrounding the ice. We skated for over an hour. Then it was time to go home and warm up!

Adam baked a chicken we had. We had the chicken for dinner last night and then the rest of the chicken will be used later in the week to make Coconut Curry Chicken Noodle Soup. I haven’t had this recipe yet, but it looks delicious and will be perfect to warm us up on these cold winter nights!

This morning Porter and I walked about 3 miles while I drank my coffee and listened to a podcast. It was very relaxing and a great way to wake up. Once we got back I jumped on the treadmill for 3.1 miles. Monday is usually a rest day for my training, but I think I want to take a rest day later in the week when my schedule gets busier, so I ran this morning. We are going into week 2 of marathon training.

What did you do fun this weekend? Do you have any birthday traditions you carry out with your family?

Finding motivation

Hope you are all having a good week!

As we continue through the week and head towards the weekend I keep thinking of my marathon training that we’re starting on Monday. Mondays are actually rest days according to the schedule, so it will really start on Tuesday. I am hoping that we have warmer weather and can start running outside for most of the runs. Yesterday the wind was crazy and I wanted no part in being outside! It was garbage/recycling day in our neighborhood and when I got home from work there were garbage cans and recycling bins all over the road and in people’s yards.

On New Years Day, Adam and I had an awesome run outside! The sun was shining and we completed 8 miles together. Porter loved getting exercise with us! He is so cute, sometimes he will run right next to us and look up at us from time to time. I’m not sure if he’s checking on how we’re doing and thanking us for getting him out. I’ll go with both?

Before our run, I really didn’t feel like running on the treadmill for another day. I talked Adam into doing a “short run” outside and then if we didn’t want to continue we could finish inside. Whenever I don’t have the motivation to exercise I always tell myself that I will just do it for a shortened period of time and then if I’m not into it I will stop. The majority of the time I continue to get my full workout in rather than stopping short. I just know will feel better if I do something rather than regretting it later.

I try to change up my workouts to give myself something different to look forward to and stop myself from getting bored. In the winter in addition to running, I row and find YouTube workouts that I like. I usually do Jillian Michaels workouts on YouTube, but I have done different Zumba and yoga videos.

What are things you enjoy to stay active throughout the winter months?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you!

I hope that you all had a very happy and safe new years eve last night with your friends and loved ones! I had a very relaxing and adventurous day! I woke up early to enjoy a nice quiet cup of coffee and catch up on email and look around on the internet. We got a little bit of snow over night, so Porter and I went outside to shovel before going for a walk. It was so peaceful out! We ran into Porter’s favorite neighbor while he was walking his dog, Brooklyn. Porter is very much a people person and loves seeing people, but we have one neighbor he gets particularly excited about seeing. I think it has something to do with all of the treats he gets when we run into him. 🙂

Once we got back I had some cereal and jumped on the treadmill for 5.3 miles. I want to try to run outside even when it’s chilly to get more use to it. When we start marathon training, it will take too long for Adam and I do separately run on the treadmill for some of the longer runs. So it will be important to run outside. However, it was pretty slippery. There was lots of snow on the roads and some ice patches. Better to be safe than sorry, so inside it was! I watched Whiskey Tango Foxtrot while I ran. I love Tina Fey!

Adam and I went out to Highland Forest for a horse drawn sleigh ride. They are doing sleigh rides every Saturday and Sunday thru February as long as there’s snow. It’s first come first serve and when we got there at 2:30 they were already booked for the day. We had brought coffee with us, so we just enjoyed it while looking at the amazing views.

Then we drove to Chittenango Falls to look at the falls and take a short hike. We had planned to hike the Gorge Trail which goes down along the falls and has a bridge that gives an amazing view of the falls, but we found it was closed due to icy conditions.

We found a couple other trails that we didn’t know existed. It was a lot of fun exploring these new trails. We wouldn’t have even found them, had it not been for the tracks we found in the snow. It was so peaceful out. The freshly fallen snow was beautiful. We could hear a few birds chirping and enjoyed listening to the flowing stream that wrapped around the trail we were taking. We were the only ones at the park when we started. By the end of our hike it was starting to get dark out. We were ready to get a drink at one of the local breweries and warm up from the cold!

We went to Empire Farmstead Brewery. When we got there, they were just about to give their last brewery tour of the day so we hopped on the tour to check it out! Our tour guide had a lot of great information about the history of Empire Brewery, their brew process and ways they are trying to utilize sustainable resources.

After the tour we enjoyed some of their beer! I had a sample size glass of their Deep Purple which is a pilsner base with NYS Concord grapes. I also had their Apple Harvest Ale which they made in collaboration with a local apple orchard, BEAK & SKIFF ORCHARD. They used fresh pressed cider from Empire and Honeycrisp apples. I also had a sample size glass of their roasted pumpkin ale which they brew with pumpkins from a local farm just down the road. The Deep Purple was my favorite of the night!

Next we went just around the corner to The Brewster Inn for dinner. The Brewster Inn is an elegant inn right on Cazenovia Lake. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays inside. We were seated right next to the stunning fireplace. I loved the cozy atmosphere. They were serving a select menu which offered a four course meal. All of the food was delicious and I was happily stuffed afterwards.

This is a ruby red stacked salad with pistachios and Lively Run goat’s milk feta.
This is their delicious Colorado Rack of Lamb with a potato terrine & a rosemary mint chimichurri.
This was a warm bread pudding with candied cranberries and eggnog ice cream on the side.

After dinner we went home to watch the ball drop! We made it home at about 11:30, so we had just a short time to put some comfy clothes on, get the champagne ready and cuddle up on the couch.

What did you do for New Years Eve?