Summer is suppose to be that wonderful time of going outdoors, playing in the water, soaking up the sun, traveling and vacay vacay vacay. I have to be out there honest and say that this summer in Albany has been less than lovely, complete with Thunderstorms, 94% humidity and a lack of sunny skies. However, when those good days come you literally spring at the opportunity and start to feel itchy being inside on such a beautiful day. My case in point: This past Saturday.
I was planning on spending the day with my boyfriend Ryan since he was leaving for a work trip to Colorado the following day – rough work life I know. We had a few ideas of how we wanted to spend that Saturday and basically ditched them all the morning of, when we realized how nice the weather was outside.
Let’s be clear, that doesn’t exactly happen in the state of California.
It is without doubt something I had to get used to, where the weather actually has a say in your plans. But then it just makes those days that much more valuable, and humbles you a little bit by reminding you that as much as you want to and try to, you can’t control errythang in this world ;) So I digress.
About this hike. I was excited to hike b/c experiencing nature in this way is one of my favorite things ever. It’s also a FANTASTIC way to incorporate a little cross training into that marathon (or half marathon, or 5k for that matter) regimen of yours!! But we’ll get to that in a bit. For our hike we took a short little drive up to Lake George and hiked up Prospect Mountain.
The app we used, is a convenient free app called ‘AllTrails Hiking’ to locate trails in your area. It gives you a nice little summary with the distance, difficulty level and people share helpful tips about the hike. This hike was about 3 miles and considered an
easy leveled hike. I think the app gods were a tad bit mistaken and in fact this is probably a slightly more on the difficult side. You all probably think I’m wimpy at this point, but I’ll just throw out there that it is 1.5 long miles up with an elevation gain of about 2000 ft. I know. So there’s thatttttt. If you don’t believe me read the reviews! Anyways, enough yammering, here are a few pics from the top b/c it was obviously worth it and I’m pretty sure Ryan got tired of me complaining with ‘Are we there yet??’ 18 times. What can I say, I’m a child.
Also this is what happens when you go hiking with someone that gets bored easily. yes pullups on like every hanging branch. Trust me I did not partake, as fun as pullups sound.
I don’t know about you (I’m feelin 22), but there’s just something about getting away from the noise of a city, having limited cell service and climbing to the top of a mountain, knowing that the view on top is almost always 100% worth it. You just need that sometimes, a little bit of life, beauty and perspective.
I enjoy the feeling of being sorta lost, on a trail where the path isn’t clearly marked out and just going. There’s a certain bit of adventure and risk in that I think all of us seek. I’m a big fan of this one from one of those camping outdoor bloggy sites:
So back to cross training. Yes I am telling you to go hiking every now and then to help train for that big race. And quite honestly I would never argue at that chance. I utilize Hal Higon’s training plans, they just work for me and I know that it differs from person to person. But in ALL training plans there need to be a day off and cross training days to change things up a bit. One of my favorite things about those is that you throw a little bit of different exercise into the mix, not only to give your body a rest, but to keep it guessing, keep it working and keep yourself interested. Let’s be real, that’s the most important ;) There are also so many trails to be had out there, and so much of God’s beautiful creation to see, so go HIKE HIKE HIKE!
Oh real quick if anyone is wondering what other fun things Upstate NY has to offer this time of year, i recently went BERRY PICKING for da first time eva! Well I think it’s my first time. I picked out these gems and cannot wait to eat them all :D
And last last thing (I promise) since I’ve apparently become one with nature and hike and pick my own fruit, I also joined a farm share type of CSA program where I get veggies from local farmers every week. I’m pretty stoked, it’s almost a little bit shameful I appreciate fresh vegetables that much. You can see a picture of my first week’s gatherings on my insta which is all the way at the bottom of the blog. If anyone is interested in that type of program the CSA link is below.
Now that I’m basically an environmental loving hippie, I’m gonna go drink some kombucha, eat some kale and hug a tree. Have a wonderful week!