Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saved the Best for Last

Truth be told, I knew this run was out there, I've been wanting to do it for months, but the weather had to be perfect in order to truly enjoy it. Considering today was about 40 degrees when I left for my run and about 60 degrees when I returned...TODAY WAS THE DAY! Not only is today the LAST of the long runs before Paris, but it was an absolutely gorgeous day to run past the most beautiful scenery in LeRoy. . . check this out!

This is Buttermilk Falls. Isn't it gorgeous??? You would think I ran to Niagara falls, but NO, this is nearly in my backyard. (no guardrails, no signs, no tourist stops....just smack dab in the middle of nowhere.) You have to do a bit of tresspassing to get there, but everyone does it and no one seems to have ever been told to get off the property, so it tends to be favored hang-out of young couples and high-school kids. My friends and I spent a lot of time at Buttermilk Falls when we were young.

we would actually climb down the embankment and get right down next to the waterfall - always cold, but quite a rush. Today, I figured my luck would find me floating face-down in the whitewater....too much time invested in the marathon to risk it.

So my nine miles were hard today. I am at the tail end of a chest cold that has left me tired and coughing a lot (mostly tired of coughting, but at this point, it's all the same.) I am hoping that it will be a thing of the past by monday and I can continue to reserve my energy for the trip across the pond.

Maegon, our third runner, leaves tomorrow for Vienna. She will be meeting us in Paris on Friday night. It is nearly here! Thank you all for following our journey, it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without you!


  1. Go Laura! You can do it! The marathon will be amazing!

  2. Beautiful pics and a very smart call to skip the possible white water floating mishap. We need you in Paris.

    6 days. WOOT!!!!

  3. Wow, that is beautiful. When I first read, "Buttermilk Falls" I thought you meant the ones in Ithaca and was like, wow, that is one far run... and then I figured it out.

    I can't believe the marathon is so close, you must be so excited!! I'm excited for you! :)

  4. For some reason when I was looking at these amazing photos I started hearing the song STAND BY ME in my head...

  5. gorgeous k.
    I got on the treadmill today (and almost died) and thought of you :)

  6. what a beautiful way to wind up your long run training. i am so excited to read about how you and K cream the course!!!! remember the mars bar. it's magic.

  7. I've got the mars bars on the shopping list! :D All set for mile 17!!!

  8. Erika, you work that dreadmill!! :D

  9. wow that is so gorgeous!

    I can't wait to read about Paris - all the best :)