Inlet Shore Trail Star Posts

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I didn’t quite succeed at timing my run between showers but the cooler temperatures today sure make for better challenge attempts than last week’s!

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I decided to try out the waterfront trail today before the heat set in this weekend. It was a gorgeous trail especially by the water and the cool breeze made it so pleasant.

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After the run we stopped by Island Health for a short workout and my daughter chose a protein smoothie from their cooler.

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I had to drop Phoebe the Rabbit off at the vet for a vaccination this morning, so I used the opportunity to do this course on the way home. I thought I’d beat the heat of the day but I didn’t beat the humidity! I’d never been on the north part of this course and it was beautiful. Hardly anyone else out, so the trails were nice and empty. Fewer people for me to sweat on!


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I parked in the Greenstar parking lot so dashed in after my run to get a mango juice. Man, that was refreshing.

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Well, it was a hot and humid day to run this course, and I got started later than I wanted, so I decided to run the “hottest” part first, so I’d benefit from the lake breezes as the temp climbed during the run. I parked at the Children’s Garden and did the Greenstar leg first, then ran down Floral Ave, and saved the marina loop for last. It also meant I got to check on the progress of the yurt that is going up this summer at ICG (I’m the the board and we can’t wait for what this means for kids’ programming all year). Down at the marina, I saw an osprey perched atop the tallest tree on the lake side where I’ve often seen a bald eagle. The other osprey was in the nest.



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On my way home, I swung by Agway for some container plants as well as tick tubes and tangle-foot tree wrap and sticky goo to control the spongy moth caterpillar infestation. Here’s hoping it works!

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Perfect running weather today after yesterday’s rain! I did not see any other challengers on the course, but I had the company of the Cornell rowing team and my most consistent training partners… the geese! :duck: :rofl:


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Well, my left hamstring is toast after the Thom B on Sunday (my first trail race ever, so much fun, but how to people run THAT fast on the downhill of a trail run?!??). I had planned to attempt the Long Loomis this week, but my friend convinced me to run a flat, easy 5 miles today.

I decided to give the Inlet Course a go, with the intention of seeing how I felt as to whether or not I would complete the entire course. I parked on the West side of the inlet, across from Cayuga Health & Fitness and headed South along the inlet toward Floral Ave. I then ran to the start/finish sign near Green Star and back. On the Treman Loop, I mixed it up again by staying to the right and running counter clockwise.

My first few strides were brutal, but then I settled into a rhythm. I had many negative thoughts wondering how I’m going to get enough trail miles in to prepare for the Fingerlakes 50s 25K, but if I end up injured then I’ll be behind in my other running challenges, and what about the Gorges Half …… and on and on and on for 6.2 miles.

Run complete, almost 6 minutes slower than my PR from a couple of weeks ago, but I accomplished what I set out to do today.

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Beautiful morning on the Inlet trail. Lots of adorable baby geese.


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Ready to “bulk up” after our run.
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This morning, when it stopped raining, it was perfect running weather. So, I decided to run 10 miles, incorporating the Inlet Shore Trail course. The most exciting part of the run was meeting this big turtle on the Treman Park Lake Loop!

Or is it a tortoise, reminding us of the Tortoise & Hare race coming up? :wink: I’d say second-coolest wildlife encounter after that massive beaver I saw on the Jim Schug Trail! The turtle was kind enough to pose for the picture, though!

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I’m headed to GreenStar to pick up some groceries and then to the Finger Lakes Running store to pick up my BIB for the Gorges Ithaca Half Marathon and buy some more running gear.

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wish we had a passenger train

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kale from Greenstar

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Ben and I decided to further procrastinate packing our stuff by going on a run (me)/bike ride + outdoor gym (Ben) on the Inlet Shore trail course. Nothing better than running away from my responsibilities :rofl:


My most consistent training partners—the geese—were out in full force!


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We conveniently ended the workout at Purity where I literally dipped my face in whipped cream :icecream:

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Kieran’s training plan called for a 10K this morning so I told him I knew the perfect place. We dropped Jamie off at the office downtown (as one of our cars is in the shop), and headed to the Inlet shore. Our rather uneventful run passed quickly thanks to our stimulating conversation. I wish Jamie could have joined us but the CDC took precedence.

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Made a trip into Greenstar after our run to bulk up, since it is Thursday :wink:

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