One of My Favorite Places

So I wrote this post a while ago and forgot to post it. Better late than never! šŸ™‚

On July 4th Adam and I were meeting a friend in Ithaca. Ithaca is one of my absolute favorite places in the world! There are so many parks and trails with the most beautiful views, it’s surrounded by wine country and breweries, Cayuga Lake is beautiful, everyone is always friendly, and there are so many great places to eat! And you can’t forget that “Ithaca is gorges”!

We woke up at my normal early time, packed up the car and headed out. I enjoyed my coffee on the ride down.

It’s not a far drive from our house. We decided to make the day of it. I love running and walking the trail that goes from Cass Park to Stewart Park.

The route that we ranĀ is about 8 miles round trip, but it goes so quickly! There is so much to look at. I spend most of the time admiring the views. Adam and I have probably ran this trail 10 times and it never gets old! Porter enjoys the run as well!

 

After we completed our run, we hung out in the shade and gave Porter some water while we also hydrated and ate our current favorite breakfast: fruit and yogurt. It’s surprising and delightful how much protein Greek yogurt has in it. Normally we add granola, but we forgot to pack it that day.

We got our sailboat ready and took it out on Cayuga Lake. This was our third sail total, and first time out of this lake. It was a perfect day for sailing. We ended up being out for about 3 hours! It was so relaxing that I’m excited to take it there again. Our boat doesn’t have a motor, so we got a good workout rowing out to the lake. Porter joined us for the first time and he loved it! He loved getting up on the edge and looking at the water.

We had a late lunch at Ithaca Bakery- one of our favorite places in Ithaca. Then met our friends at Buttermilk State Park where they were camping. It was great weather for camping.

By the time we were arriving back in the Syracuse area we could see fireworks from the highway in a couple different places on the horizon. It was a really pretty view.

This was one of the first days I actually felt like it was summer. We’ve been cooped up inside so often this year due to all of the rain. Speaking of, its currently pouring outside-no surprise!

Have you been to Ithaca, NY? What is one of your favorite things about Ithaca?

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Race Day is Almost Here!

Hello there!

Two days until my marathon in Buffalo! I am getting excited and nervous! You can’t ever predict how your body will feel the morning of a race, you just hope it’s good! You cross your fingers that you trained enough, ate the right foods, drank plenty of water, that you’ll have good weather, and that everything will go smoothly. But life isn’t perfect, so you’ve got to know that something could go wrong.

The weather in Buffalo is looking like it will be in the lower 60’s during our race and could possibly rain in the later morning. I hope we can finish before the rain hits! They are predicting possible thunderstorms, so hopefully that will hold off untilĀ the raceĀ is over!

This week I have been drinking extra water trying to keep myself more hydrated than I usually do. We have also been tapering quite a bit. After dedicating so much time to running it feels weird to scale back. Take time to relax, or sleep. Somehow I always manage toĀ fill the time doing something.

On Sunday instead of a run, Adam and I took our sailboat out. We just got it a few weeks ago and it was our first time taking it out. The weather was very windy and it rained a little while we were out on the water. When we got back in, the weather completely changed. It became calm and the sun came out.

Last night we watched a webinar from one of the people planning this marathon. He walked us through the whole race mile by mile. Little did I know when I booked our Air BNB that the race will be going right past where we are staying. My mom is staying with us, and will be keeping an eye on Porter for us while we’re running. Lucky for her, she can sleep in a little and walk right outside to see us going by!

Does anyone have suggestions for things to do in Buffalo or places to eat? We’ve only been to Buffalo a handful of times, and aren’t too familiar with it. There was a place we enjoyed eating a couple of times, but it closed a few years ago. We’ll probably be pretty tired while we’re there. But I would still like to explore a bit. I definitely want to visit the falls! The last time I visited Niagara Falls was in high school on a band trip. I don’t remember it all that much.

Wish us luck! I’ll be sure to write a post letting you know how it went when we get back!