I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had beautiful weather here on the east coast and a rare full weekend off. Saturday we hopped in the car and headed north towards Poughkeepsie to the Walkway Over The Hudson. This is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world and such a beautiful day adventure. Sometimes we runners forget that a nice pretty walk with the ones we love can be a great workout as well. Being injured for the last few weeks we have had the opportunity to spend many afternoons and evenings together just walking and chatting.
The bridge itself spans 1.25 miles across the Hudson River. We started on the east side of the river and walked across. On the other side there are 4 miles of beautiful rail trails that wind through the woods with streams and rivers and abandoned rail cars. We were surprised to see that there was a new trail on the east side that spans for another 12 miles.
Last year when we were training for a marathon we went away every Saturday and tried our long runs on a new rail trail each week. There are so many beautiful trails within an hour of New York City and we looked forward to every week’s new adventure. Trying a new trail allowed us to break up the monotony of long slow running. Over the past few years my husband and I fell in love with the Hudson Valley of New York and did several runs on area rail trails. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail was still under construction but we did our 18 and 17 mile runs on this trail and absolutely loved it.
During our weekend wander over the Hudson we realized that this path now connects with the Hudson Valley Rail Trail. We calculated that it was 19 miles long from start to finish. So I guess if I ever decide to train for an ultra, I know where to go for an out and back. Just kidding! I think.
We then went on what was supposed to be an easy shopping trip to a local mall. When we got there we found out that the only store that had what we were looking for was in Times Square. I can honestly say that Times Square is one of my least favorite places anywhere. If you have ever been to New York City you will know that this is just about the most crowded place you could find. For a runner who likes to speed her way around, this place forces you to move at a snail’s pace. Funny enough I had accidentally wandered down that way the day before and vowed that would be my last trip there before we head back home to Chicago. So….vow broken. We drove back to the city earlier than expected to continue our adventure over to the craziness of Times Square.
I had no problem forgetting about that portion of the weekend because my patience and self care had finally paid off and I was able to do my first real run in over two weeks. I did a nice slow 3 mile run on Sunday morning followed by lots of stretching and massage. Nothing feels better than sweat and burning lungs after an injury!
I also have to share one fun thing that I came home to this weekend. When we arrived back from our rail trail excursion I found this post card in the mail.
At first I thought it was an advertisement. Then I realized it was me!
On the back was a sweet message from my husband. He used this really fun app called Snap Shot Postcard. All you do is take a pic and then send it as a postcard straight from your phone. We both love sending postcards to people when we go on vacation, and sometimes even just to let someone know we are thinking about them. This was such a great idea!
I found out that he had sent a postcard to both of the young runners and myself after our half marathon the previous weekend. So our students got cards and I was lucky enough to receive one too. What a fun surprise and what a great way to send a card to someone when you find yourself in a really cool place. All you need is your phone! Can you imagine sending a postcard while you are out racing on a course?!
You can find Snap Shot Postcard in your App Store on your phone.
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Congrats to all of the runners who raced or did a long run. A special congrats to my friends Kyle, Jerry, Leigh, Shandy, Mike, Pete, and Darcy and anyone I missed who did the Bayshore Full, Half and 10k runs this past weekend.