A good friend of mine lives in Brooklyn. We don't get to see each other often but keep in touch. He started a masters program in project management. Most of it is online, but once a semester, he has to go up to Poughkeepsie, which isn't far from us. He stays with us when on the weekends he has training and we try to get a run or two in. Last time I took him on the Sea to Summit route, which he enjoyed (see previous blog for S2S description).
This time we did a 4-miler on Saturday AM, a nice hilly loop that included one of the 5k routes. He was up for a longer run on Sunday, so I took him on the Storm King 10k route. It is an out and back route along NY Rte 218, a narrow and picturesque route along the Hudson River. (It is so nice, it is often included in top 10 most scenic drives, see: www.thecountysbest.com/r
). We live about a mile, mostly uphill, from the start, which stretched the run to about 8.2 miles. The road is closed to traffic most of the winter and after big storms, so we had the route mostly to ourselves (except for another runner, two bikers and about 6 deer).
I had my watch but forgot to start the timer. I think we were out about 80 min, which included enjoying the view at the turn around point, which has an amazing view up river towards Newburgh and Beacon and down river towards West Point. I brought DS2 along in the buggy, he was mostly happy just cruising along.
Here is a map an elevation profile (from mapmyrun.com). Almost 1200 ft of elevation gain mostly over 4 climbs.
My friend didn't come empty handed, he brought up a cheesecake from Juniors in Brooklyn. I had never heard of it, but it is apparently a big deal, it is supposed to be the best cheesecake in NY. It is pretty darn good! After the 8 miler, I didn't even feel that guilty about having a piece!