Happy Boston Marathon Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We took advantage of the holiday and some fantastic weather and left New York City for one of our favorite places.
Rock had to work on Friday, so we loaded up the car and I did something I have never ventured to do before. I drove Mary and I out of New York City (my first time driving there) and up to Fishkill about 90 minutes north of the city. We discovered this area in Dutchess County several years ago and just fell in love. Anytime we have had a weekend off from work, this is the place we typically like to head for.
As soon as we arrived, Mary and I had a second breakfast at Panera and then hit the rail trail. While she generally doesn’t sit still very well, she is usually really awesome on a run in the city or anywhere that she can be entertained. The weather was fantastic (in fact, I over dressed) and the path was busy with families, dogs, and cyclists. Mary had a blast saying hi to all of the dogs and passersby.
The Dutchess County Rail Trail is one of my favorites. Just over an hour outside of NYC, and you are surrounded by beautiful wooded areas, lakes, streams, and bridges carved into the rocks and foothills of the mountains. Eight miles later I felt refreshed and Mary hopped on her scooter. This is her new favorite activity. She loves to wear her “hel-meat” and shout, “I scoot!”
Later in the day we picked up Rock at the train station in Cold Spring. This is one of my absolute favorite towns. If you didn’t know any better you would think you were walking down “Main Street USA.” Unique shops, antique stores, and eateries line the hilly streets. Commuters, and tourists piled off of the train. Local inns and bed and breakfasts were busy this weekend with those looking to relax and others who came specifically to hike the many traills (including the Appalachian Trail) just dow the road.
We took a pizza back to the hotel and ate in the lobby. Mary then proceeded to scoot all around the building, to the amusement of the staff.
Our personal alarm clock was up and ready to go on Saturday at 6:00am. After a quick breakfast, we hit the trail again and logged another eight miles as a family.
We took a quick drive to Bear Mountain. Years ago Rock and I ran a North Face Enudrance Challenge there. We’ve also spent several weekends enjoying Oktoberfests, hiking up to the top of the mountain, and wandering the historic Revolutionary War grounds. This time we took Mary to see the Merry-Go-Round and the zoo. It was a perfect family adventure.
We finished the evening off at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Maya Cafe. After way too many chips and some delicious street tacos, we left with a special gift. The owner brought Mary a tiny purse to take home. We absolutely love that place. If you are ever in the area, you must go!
We woke up on Sunday to beautifully warm weather. Rock hit the rail trail and Mary and I took a nice long walk together. She also spent some time scooting around and playing on the “choo-choo.”
I have to give a major thanks to the Residence Inn of Fishkill. This hotel just opened up three months ago and the place is fantastic. From the huge gym full of top of the line cardio equipment, to the full breakfast and family board games in the giant lobby, this place really takes care of it’s guests. We had a lovely one bedroom suite and they kindly gave us a late check out.
We arrived back at our room earlier than expected, so Mary and I went to let the front desk know they could clear our room. The manager offered for Mary to partake in an Easter Egg hunt. It was actually her first real egg hunt and I was pleasantly surprised by the kindness of the entire staff!
I would by lying if I said that I wasn’t bummed about not running Boston. Seeing all of the buzz and excitement on social media this weekend definitely made me realize just how close I got to running this year. I typically have a race scheduled for this time of year and I just love training for something. While I am a little sad to not be running today, it was really wonderful to spend a special weekend with my family. When the time is right, we will go for Boston again.
Happy race day to everyone running Boston. We will be cheering you on from New York City today!