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In exactly seven days I will be participating in the the Seneca 7. A 77.77 mile relay race around the beautiful Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes Region. Here you will find hillsides surrounding the lake dotted with vineyards, farmland, quaint villages, ice cream shops, antiques, summer and year round homes. I am super excited for this race. However a small part of me feels intimidated. Why you ask? On occasion I get this way before a race, especially one I have never done before. It feels like those butterflies you get when you meet someone that you really like. I know it is weird and trust me I’m no monarch.
So here is how it works “I Think”? Seven person team three legs per runner for a total distance of 77.77 miles. Sounds easy, right! Well the topography in some places says otherwise. My first adventure will be leg four beginning at Anthony Road Winery http://www.anthonyroadwine.com. A 3.2 mile down and up along the west shore http://www.seneca7.com/course/leg4.html.Next I will be assaulting leg eleven, a 4.5 mile steep up hill out of Watkins Glen, New York which is the southern point of Seneca Lake http://www.seneca7.com/course/leg11.html. Hey I’m looking on the bright side here as this portion ends at Silver Spring Winery in Burdett, New York http://www.silverspringswinery.com. Finally after a nice glass of cab-sav and a few fist pumps as the other runners race on by I’m off to my final task, leg eighteen. Leg eighteen is a mostly flat 3.3 mile run along the east shore of the lake http://www.seneca7.com/course/leg18.html.
In the end I’m looking forward to a fun day in a beautiful place with friends. Hope to be able to update you after the race.