Lake Placid Road Trippin

What a fun weekend and a great trip overall. I haven’t done a road trip in a really long time so I forgot how much fun they can be … if you go into them with the right attitude and excitement (ie. coffee!) The way home is always a different story. Mom and I woke up at 4something on Saturday morning. Actually I was up all night because I didn’t sleep so technically I just got out of bed. We packed up and headed out the door right on time at 5:30. Pre-coffee…

I’m not going to lie, I had to go about 5 miles out of the way to hit up Sbux. Misto-Must!! After that I felt much better and was ready to roll. We took our time on the way up and stopped when we needed. Post coffee, much happier…

Once in NY, it was much more scenic and we started seeing a lot of motorcyclists making the trip up that way with us. We figured out later that there was some type of convention or get together in Lake George.

Me giving the bikers a nice view…

Don’t worry, Mom gave them the finger a glare.

Heading through Keane was the best part. All of a sudden you just hit gorgeous views and mountains. Lots of spots to pull off and take pictures. Hikers, bikers (the cyclist kind this time) were all over enjoying the scenary. At this point we had about an hour left and were getting really excited. Although a little nervous because my gas light was on E and apparently there is no cell service at ALL going through this area. Good luck if you ever get lost hiking.

So we finally made it to LP in just about 7 hours. Super cute, really tiny town. We parked the car and walked around for a bit. Found the old Olympic buildings and speedskating rink – where the race would be starting and finishing up.

You can basically walk the length of the town in about 10 mins so after doing that we picked a lunch spot – which wasn’t exactly the best choice. Don’t make food decisions when you are super hungry and thirsty. Salads sucked so we had beer for lunch instead. Oh well at least the view and company was good 🙂

By that point the ‘Expo’ was open. I say this lightly because it was basically one small room where you picked up your race packet. Seriously – that was IT! Newton had a booth out front and they may have had like 5 Lake Placid Marathon T-shirts for sale inside.

So after the big excitement of the expo we checked into the hotel and got ready for the Team in Training inspiration dinner. Inspirational… as always. Not as big or powerful as SD by a stretch but the meaning was there and it means a lot. I also found out that I raised the most money out of our group! Score to me… actually to YOU all who donated. Thank you again.

This is what happens when nervous energy kicks in… I turn into a weirdo…

The speaker was a Leukemia survivor who was in his 50’s – there with his family and his daughters were running the Half in his honor. His speech was great. Everything sort of started to hit me when he said how everyone running the race will go back to their office on Monday with some little aches and pains but a blood cancer patient will be in the hospital waiting for their doctor to come in with news. News – whether or not their bone marrow transplant worked or not. And how long they have left. And THAT is reality.

Reason to run… race day. And then it was time to celebrate. We showered up and ‘hit up the town’ again. Picked a great spot this time to sit outside and enjoy a nice lunch complete with cocktails. And here’s a thought… what can you wear with compression socks that look’s cute? Nothing really but oh well I tried. Guess that’s why I’m holding hands with this dude.

So we pretty much just walked around the rest of the afternoon, had some more drinks and then headed back to the hotel to enjoy the view one last night.

And then it was time to head home… thumbs down to a 7 hour drive with a hurting groin muscle. So not cool.

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