On Monday morning I woke up for my planned 9 mile run. I don’t know why, but I was pretty nervous about this one. Its the longest mileage I’ve run in a while since coming back from my injury and I’m always afraid the familiar knee pain is going to kick in when I run longer distances. But with the perfect weather and the quiet roads, combined with some motivation from the awesome twitter-world, I convinced myself it would be fine.
I ran a route similar to the one I described yesterday, with lots of livestock, trees, and mountain views. Safe to say, it was MUCH nicer than my typical runs in Brooklyn with cars everywhere, stoplights, and mean people. I tried to avoid the super hilly roads, but up in Vermont its impossible to stay away from them all together. It was a perfect morning for a run and was so relaxing. Also my asthma stayed well under control (which it didn’t during my 5 mile run this morning.. ugh) and I ended up completing 9 miles with NO knee pain. Win!
After my run, I threw on my Aspaeris compression shorts and had a nice breakfast filled with lots of carbs and protein (of course). By the way, these shorts are the best ever, they really work for recovery and make my legs happy. Plus I knew Karl and I had a bike ride planned for later so compression was 100% necessary. After a little bit of relaxing, we headed out with our bikes to meet up with Karl’s other aunt who lives near Burlington.
We rode along a dedicated bike path in Burlington which was incredible! I’m so jealous we don’t have anything like this near me. Its a lane completely for bikes (with some runners sprinkled in) and has great views of Lake Champlain. It was such a pleasant, fun ride. And it was flat, thankfully, since I had run all morning already!
We ended up biking around 16 miles total, but stopped halfway in downtown Burlington by the pier for an early dinner. Its really nice in downtown with a marina, restaurants, and a gorgeous promenade. I’m convinced everyone there either rides their bikes, runs, eats healthy, and has dogs. Is there anything better?! I fell in love.
Apparently in Vermont they also have a type of soft serve ice cream called creemee’s, with a maple flavored version. One word: addicting. If they had maple creemee’s near me, I’d probably eat it every single day. SO good its not even fair! We also stopped by one of the restaurants located right on the water and I had a salmon salad which hit the spot. Everything just tastes so fresh in VT and its not overpriced either like in NY.
Afterwards we biked back along the pathway to Karl’s aunts house, where we hung out for the evening. And she gave us some amazing fresh vegetables from her garden. I’ve been eating tomatoes non-stop since I got back, they are so tasty. 10000 times better than from the supermarket.
The next morning we woke up and had a nice big breakfast before saying goodbye to everyone, including this cutie who I was so sad to leave… look at that face!!
We also stopped by Shelburne Farms for some fresh bread and cheese to bring back with us before heading back to the Essex Ferry. VT has the BEST cheese and bread, its unreal. I stocked up and hope I never run out, there’s nothing like it. I wished I could have brought home more, but there wasn’t enough room in my insulated bag.
I was so sad to leave VT not only because it meant my trip was over (forcing me to snap back to reality) but also because I really, really love it up there. I think that’s where I’m meant to be eventually! Its so laid back and relaxing… totally me. Anyway, I’m planning on going back in the winter to ski at Stowe. It can’t come soon enough!
Did you go on any vacations or trips this summer?
Have you ever had a creemee?
Did you run this labor day weekend?