39 thoughts on “Tackling all the Hills: 8/31 – 9/6 WRD

  1. I noticed a load of leaves falling yesterday when out running and my maple is starting to change … We have a fair amount of local history here and Tolkien sites a few miles away. And where I live is higher than the surroundings, so it’s ALWAYS a hill to get home …

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      1. He lived in Moseley, which is not far from me, and the mill I run by regularly and which I did that virtual race for is his mill in the books, plus the whole area is the Shire. I can get to where I can see both Towers easily enough and Mordor is the Black Country, 10 or so miles away.

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    1. Remember we’re only about 3 hours or so away from Canada!

      I don’t have a lot of choice on the hills. Now that it’s getting cooler, though, I may try the park. It’s not very shady, which is why I didn’t feel like running there in the Summer.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your photos of the beautiful flowers! Those photos always make me smile 🙂 Our trees here aren’t turning colors yet but I can’t wait until they do because they are always so pretty.

    Kudos to you for tackling so much hill running lately. I usually stick to fear roads when I can because inclines tend to aggravate my old ITB injury, but I know that running hills is great for endurance so I really should do it more often.

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  3. Gotta laugh (and sympathize) with you on the hills. Yesterday’s ride was probably hillier than ideal, given my conditions, but it went well overall. My quads could really feel it afterwards. Your pics are so pretty!

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    1. Thanks Kim! Hills aren’t really hard to find here. The flat bike paths are still often just too crowded for my taste. As it gets cooler, though, I should have some more options — that & the fact the bugs are disappearing have helped a lot!

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  4. Looks like a beautiful weeek for you! It is mostly flat here–which I appreciate after running all those hills in my trail runs! I am starting to see signs of fall. Not sure how i feel about that!

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  5. Have you toured the Schuyler Mansion in Albany?

    I prefer the flat of course. And run most in the bike paths as you know.

    The highlight of the week is always my time running and walking with friends. And today. The weather is perfect on the lake and the water still warm enough to swim.

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    1. No, I haven’t toured Schuyler Mansion in Albany. As I said, in general that sort of thing doesn’t interest me a whole lot. Did you know about the Eliza Hamilton scavenger hunt? That’s one of the stops.

      I’m surprised the water was still warm enough to swim — lucky you!

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  6. Very pretty scenery this week! It is pretty flat where I live. You have to purposely seek out hills! We are kind of cat sitting too… we have a pair of “kittens” that we are fostering! We just picked them up and they are really skittish. They are also older kittens (4 1/2 months) so they really need to get friendly so they can get adopted. We have our work cut out for us!

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    1. Fostering kittens would be so much fun! Except I’d worry about the dogs (although we’d have to confine them to a room anyway). I’m actually going to my friend’s home every morning for a few days.

      4 1/2 months isn’t so bad. I used to volunteer at my friend’s really small rescue — she more than once socialized feral cats!

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    1. Since I’ve been running in my neighborhood, I just have no choice. I have a 1.5 mile loop that’s relatively flat, but the rest is hilly. Very hilly! Oh well, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

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  7. I am ready for cooler weather but not fall colors! How need to visit the Schulyer place. I didn’t cancel Disney+ so we gave them even more $$ to watch Mulan this weekend. Not a bad way to spend time on Labor Day weekend. 😉

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    1. I love the Fall colors. Didn’t miss them when I lived in TX, but it’s still so pretty.

      I just couldn’t justify the $$ for Mulan, even though I’d like to see it. You’ll have to tell me if it was worth it! We kept Disney+ for 2 months so I could watch Hamilton multiple times, LOL!

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  8. Hamilton country. I love that phrasing. Rockland had a lot of Revolutionary War sites that are still extant. Manhattan, as you know, is more “history happened here” but many of the spots are gone. Fraunces Tavern is a cool reconstruction. I want to get out to Green-Wood one of these days. Love the fall colors. We have some leaves down here but ot really changing

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    1. I looked up who had the most battles in the Revolutionary war, because yeah, I’m not the history nerd my brother is — NY & NJ are right up there on the top! Who knew?

      I think NYC is actually even more Hamilton country than upstate, but hey, this is where I live & we do have Hamilton & Washington counties here.

      Further north you go the sooner leaves change. Remember, I almost lived in Canada long ago (VT).

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  9. Sometimes I do wished it was a little more hillier where I live. Chicago is flat so it is hard to do hill workouts here.

    I’ve noticed a few trees have different color leaves. It looks so pretty!!

    Lots of history here too in Chicago. 🙂

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  10. Yep! Colors are most definitely changing here too. I feel like they won’t be as pretty in October if they’re changing now. Like Wendy said, it’s very flat here, however my trails are not. I do enjoy the climbs on them.

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  11. How fabulous that you got to check out the Schuyler estate!

    So, I live in the oldest city in the country. We are surrounded by so many cool things. We had lunch at the Fountain of Youth on Saturday, as a matter of fact. Our city has so many forts and historical buildings and even streets. We also have the lighthouse and the oldest jail and schoolhouse. It’s pretty cool.

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  12. To answer your question about the flower sizes, those are two different varieties of Hostas and one grows much larger than the other variety.

    Your visit to Hudson Crossing Park sounds lovely. Living in the DC area, we have lots of history surrounding us from the DC history to the civil war battlefields that are all around us in Virginia.

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    1. I do realize there were 2 different hostas in that photo, but I have also seen significant differences with the same type planted around one tree.

      DC has oodles of history! I used to love to walk around it with no particular place in mind when I lived in MD (which is 30+ years ago).

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