26.2 miles is too many. Running tops the list of things that I should like, but don’t. Also on the list is fireworks, blueberry muffins, yogurt, board games, and v-necks. It may seem like I don’t like a lot of things, but I do like to hike. That’s why I jumped at the chance to participate in Lake George’s first ever Hike-A-Thon last week. The event was to mark the 25th year anniversary of the Lake George Land Conservancy. Over 400 hikers (including at least one dog) took to the trails and simultaneously hiked in nine different preserves managed by the Conservancy which is dedicated to protecting the natural resources of the Lake George region.
Truthfully, I only hiked 5.2 miles, but I did clock 26.2 miles because the distance from the apartment where we are spending the summer to the trailhead is approximately 13 miles each way. It was a nice drive.
I didn’t get a medal for participating, but there was no participation fee, and I did get a free t-shirt and a goodie bag with a magnet, some brochures, and coupons for free beer. I don’t like beer (also on the list above); however, I’ve recently taken up couponing (future post) so I walked away as one happy hiker. It also helps that I found a bag of unopened Chips Ahoy! in the road as I was leaving the lot. I ate every cookie as if I had just run a marathon, and my body needed each crumb to compensate for calories burned.
I can’t say that I’ve ever done a marathon, and I probably never will, but I can say that I participated in the inaugural Lake George Hike-A-Thon. Rumor has it that it will become an annual event, and if I were a drinker, I’d drink to that.