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Hiking and Running

  • November 3, 2013
  • By Brittany
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Hiking and Running

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Did you enjoy that extra hour of sleep on Saturday night?  We certainly did at my house with ten hour sleep!  In all fairness we had a big day on Saturday.  The Hubs and I headed upstate for a hike.  I mentioned a few weeks ago that we went hiking when we were in Palm Springs and we both really enjoyed it so I started investigating hiking trails around NYC.  Saturday morning we drove up to Woodbury, NY to hike Shunemunk Mountain.
The drive was incredible.  The trees were so vibrant with all of their colors!  Once we arrived at the trail, we hiked across a massive field and then made our way to the base of the mountain.  The total hike was 6.4 miles, mostly uphill.  It took about 4 hours to hike the entire trail and I burned about 1,065 calories!  Although I think that was offset by the food I ate while hiking. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hiking 1

The views at the top of the mountain were pretty incredible!  But you’ll notice from the dark clouds that things began to look a little bit iffy for our hike back down.  We did end up getting rained on but it just made the hike a bit more of an adventure!

Hiking NYC 3

Hiking NYC 5

Hiking NYC 4

The drive home was pretty amazing as well.  The setting sun cast a warm glow on the trees reflecting their gorgeous red, orange and yellow tones.  So pretty and relaxing. 

Sunday morning marked the ING NYC Marathon.  We live on the East Side and can actually see the race go by from our apartment window.  I shot a few photos of the leaders as they whizzed by.  Did you know that one of the male leaders spends 75% of the race airborne?  Isn’t that crazy!?  I don’t think I could ever run a marathon but I have a lot of respect for people who do!

NYC marathon 1

NYC marathon 2

And of course, because I am not obsessed with the fact that we can play tennis at the US Open grounds, we headed to Queens Sunday night to hit some balls!  A weekend full of activity! ๐Ÿ™‚

Readers, what did you do this weekend?  Have you ever run a marathon?  Any cool marathon stats?

By Brittany, November 3, 2013
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 3, 2013

    Love hiking in upstate New York! So beautiful and even more so with the leaves changing. So cool you got to watch the marathoners run by.

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      I really haven’t been to upstate before (well besides to go to the outlets) but I need to go more. It was a lot of fun!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 3, 2013

    Love hiking in upstate New York! So beautiful and even more so with the leaves changing. So cool you got to watch the marathoners run by.

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    November 3, 2013

    Love hiking in upstate New York! So beautiful and even more so with the leaves changing. So cool you got to watch the marathoners run by.

  • Maureen@Scoops of Joy
    November 4, 2013

    Hi, the views of autumn in NY always made my heart smile. They never fail to make me miss NY especially upstate NY.
    I’m not a runner but always admire those who does.
    Glad to found your blog through Alison ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      Hi Maureen. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love Alison’s blog! I have not spent enough time in upstate NY but being there over the weekend was amazing. I can’t wait to go back!

  • Maureen@Scoops of Joy
    November 4, 2013

    Hi, the views of autumn in NY always made my heart smile. They never fail to make me miss NY especially upstate NY.
    I’m not a runner but always admire those who does.
    Glad to found your blog through Alison ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maureen@Scoops of Joy
    November 4, 2013

    Hi, the views of autumn in NY always made my heart smile. They never fail to make me miss NY especially upstate NY.
    I’m not a runner but always admire those who does.
    Glad to found your blog through Alison ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Holly
    November 4, 2013

    It looks like you had the whole mountain to yourself when you went hiking. How can a marathon runner be airborne during a race such a large percentage of the time? Very interesting!

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      I guess because of their stride. They are running so fast with such long strides they are airborne. It’s only the elite runners! I’m pretty sure my feet would be on the ground 75% of the time.

  • Holly
    November 4, 2013

    It looks like you had the whole mountain to yourself when you went hiking. How can a marathon runner be airborne during a race such a large percentage of the time? Very interesting!

  • Holly
    November 4, 2013

    It looks like you had the whole mountain to yourself when you went hiking. How can a marathon runner be airborne during a race such a large percentage of the time? Very interesting!

  • Allie
    November 4, 2013

    I love that you live in NYC and still go hiking to somewhere that beautiful! That is very cool. I’m also inviting myself to your apartment next year so I can watch the marathon!!!! WOW!!!!! That is so amazing. I had to watch on TV (yes, I actually did that) and I couldn’t get enough. I would love to someday run the NYC marathon but with the major duathlon I’m doing in Spain next year I think I have to put it off once again. Sigh.

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      I think the major duathlon is a good consolation prize! ๐Ÿ™‚ The fastest runners just whizz by so quickly so we have to watch on tv and then go to the window when we see that they’ve made it almost to our street. It is pretty cool to watch.

  • Elise @ 9toFit.com
    November 4, 2013

    I couldn’t run a marathon either my knees wouldn’t be able to handle it! ( I blew out both my ACLs playing college basketball) But I did run a 5K this weekend, and all the proceeds went to finding a cure for ALS!

  • Elise @ 9toFit.com
    November 4, 2013

    I couldn’t run a marathon either my knees wouldn’t be able to handle it! ( I blew out both my ACLs playing college basketball) But I did run a 5K this weekend, and all the proceeds went to finding a cure for ALS!

  • Elise @ 9toFit.com
    November 4, 2013

    I couldn’t run a marathon either my knees wouldn’t be able to handle it! ( I blew out both my ACLs playing college basketball) But I did run a 5K this weekend, and all the proceeds went to finding a cure for ALS!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 4, 2013

    The colorful trees are so beautiful! It’s always nice to spend some time in nature.

    How cool that you could see the marathon runners from your window. They look so fast! I can’t believe that statistic about male runners- that’s crazy. It amazes me how fast some of them are. I struggle to have a 9 minute pace and they’re out there running almost half that!

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      I know, I couldn’t believe it either. I’m pretty sure if I can a marathon I would spent 75% of the time with my feet glued to the ground willing me to stop!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 4, 2013

    The colorful trees are so beautiful! It’s always nice to spend some time in nature.

    How cool that you could see the marathon runners from your window. They look so fast! I can’t believe that statistic about male runners- that’s crazy. It amazes me how fast some of them are. I struggle to have a 9 minute pace and they’re out there running almost half that!

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    November 4, 2013

    The colorful trees are so beautiful! It’s always nice to spend some time in nature.

    How cool that you could see the marathon runners from your window. They look so fast! I can’t believe that statistic about male runners- that’s crazy. It amazes me how fast some of them are. I struggle to have a 9 minute pace and they’re out there running almost half that!

  • Kimberly
    November 4, 2013

    I totally forgot about the extra hour of sleep and ended up getting to church 1hr early on Sunday. Womp Womp. No extra sleep for me. I haven’t run a marathon before… let alone a full mile. lol. Maybe one day!

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      Whomp whomp is right! I’m sure if you decide to run a mile or a marathon, you’ll do it. You’re strong! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shawna
    November 4, 2013

    I just ran my first marathon (after running a whole mess of half marathons) 3 weeks ago in Upstate NY, and it was an amazing experience — from the decision to run it, to the summer of training and long runs, to the actual race itself. I’d totally do more and hope to run another next year!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    November 4, 2013

    That pic of you hiking on the cliff is AMAZING. I don’t think I could ever get that close to the edge. I guess that means I have a fear of heights?! I love your marathon pics!! The closest I got was ABC7 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      It actually looks a lot more perilous than it is because there were a ton of other cliffs underneath it there was not the huge drop that the photo appears to be showing but nevertheless, I didn’t want to get too close to the edge!

  • Nicole
    November 4, 2013

    You might have caught on from reading my blog, but I LOVEEEE hiking! It’s seriously one of my favorite pastimes and forms of exercise. It looks so pretty with all of the autumn colors so vibrant and beautiful! Weirdly enough, even though I grew up on the East coast, I didn’t discover my love for hiking until I moved to California, so I’ve never hiked in New York before. Too bad it’ll probably be freezing temperatures and snowing by the time I get back to NJ next month, or else I’d fit it into my schedule!

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      That’s the downside of the east coast. It gets sooooo cold! I only really discovered hiking recently and now I’m kind of obsessed.

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    November 4, 2013

    Wow your pictures look so pretty! Looks like a fun hike. Tucson doesn’t do the time zone change so I didn’t get an extra hour ๐Ÿ™ But at least in the spring we don’t lose one either! I cant’ get myself to like running enough to do more than a 5K….props to marathon runners! They are crazy awesome.

    • FitBritt
      November 4, 2013

      I forgot that Arizona and Hawaii are the only two places without the time change and then I heard it on the news over the weekend. You’re lucky! It gets dark here now at 5pm! ๐Ÿ™

  • Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy
    November 5, 2013

    What an absolutely gorgeous hike!! How cool that you got to burn over 1,000 calories doing something so beautiful. I’ve never run a marathon before, but I was just thinking today that I would LOVE to run the NYC marathon someday. I love New York!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    November 5, 2013

    That hike looked pretty amazing. I don’t run marathons but I respect the athletes that do. What a fit weekend you had. Mine was jam packed with social activities. I appreciated the extra hour tremendously!

  • Catherine Gacad
    November 5, 2013

    what a gorgeous hike! i am big on hiking, but have been pretty lax due to the pregnancy. i ran my first marathon (chicago) with zero training. i’d signed up for it before i started grad school and figured i would have plenty of time to train. it was obviously more important to me to drink beer and eat french fries with my classmates! when the time came around for the marathon, i figured i’d pass, but several of my other classmates signed up and were like, “you signed up, you have to do it!” so i did and i finished. pretty crazy.

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