On Monday, I turned 25. A quarter of a century. Halfway to 50.
I was actually on a work trip to New York at the time, staying in a hotel in New York state, about 2 hours out of the city. We were at the Mohonk Hotel, a beautiful, camp-like hotel set in some amazing grounds around a lake.
I decided to take advantage of my jet lag, and explore the grounds with a Birthday Run. I asked at reception whether they had any jogging trails of about 6 miles, the flatter, the better. My route was highlighted for me in yellow, and looked far longer than 6 miles! The guy at reception warned me that one part was uphill and the rest was mostly flat or downhill, perfect.
I set out onto the path and discovered that it was thankfullly mostly shaded, and had numerous lookouts providing stunning views across the surrounding forests and mountains.
However, I also discovered that flat, also means, slight incline almost the whole way! Needless to say, along with the heat, my pace was not all that fast. My goal was to keep it in the 9’s (min miles) which I did succeed with.
|One of the ‘flat’ bits|
The path was gorgeous, and I didn’t see another person on the trail the whole time. It felt like I had it to myself (aside from a few bugs that gave me some birthday bumps!)