I met up at the Arboretum this morning with @KimJ and @jennarice for my first challenge effort (but Kim’s second - way to get started early!!).
I’ve set a goal to #RunEveryStreet in the City of Ithaca by Memorial Day, so yesterday I had been ticking off the side streets that go north & south from East Buffalo on the hillside. My legs were feeling pretty trashed from all the vert in that run, so I was not too happy to see the stairs up the hillside a couple hundred meters in.
@KimJ made the executive decision that we would power-walk the stairs - not too bad - but after we crossed the stone bridge over Beebe, we saw the three flights of stairs leading up to the Observatory. Power walk again! I guess this is a trail run after all.
Heading north toward Jessup, it started getting pretty hot and sunny. We were glad to duck into Palmer Woods and be under a little tree cover, then we headed out into Cayuga Heights. Fortunately, the course goes over the more rolling hills of the Heights, not the really steep ones, but less fortunately, it never really seems to go downhill…
We ran past frat houses for a mile or so, then across the suspension bridge - not my favorite - and up another flight of stairs as @KimJ wondered what Adam could possibly have been thinking (“I need you all ready for cross-country!” was the only part I’m at liberty to repeat). From the bridge, we headed straight past my office on Central Ave, then past about a thousand undergrads taking pictures with all the pink blossoms in the sunshine. Maybe it’s a grad photo, maybe they’re influencers, who knows.
No more stairs on campus - instead you get a little breather over the flat Arts Quad, then our quads got engaged as we went up Tower Road toward the greenhouses. @jennarice pointed out her grains to us, then we were very, very happy to see Arboretum Rd and its nice, shallow, actually paved downhill toward the parking lot.
This course may only be 5.2 miles with 450ish feet of vert, but we all agreed at the end that it felt more like 7-8. Was it the heat? Was it all the Buffalo Street hills on my legs from the day before? Only another trip will tell…