Ok, so I’ll be real for a moment: I’m nowhere close to where I should be in my challenge. I’ve accepted it and I’m fine with it. In fact, I’m looking at this as an opportunity to better plan for my next running mission. (Haven’t picked a destination yet.)
So as you can see, I’m right outside of Buffalo, which is a little more than halfway to my destination. Not a good place to be when you have around two months left. Not to be a dead horse, but I can pinpoint the exact timeframe where I fell behind: the holiday season. I lost at least two solid months of running between December and February, directly causing this scramble to the finish.
The bright side? I’ll be able to say I ran around 400 miles in one year. Not too shabby for my first time tracking! At the end of this challenge, I’ll post an average for each month for you to see. Not sure if I’ll be able to find any useful information in this data, but it doesn’t hurt to check.
So, for imagination’s sake, let’s pretend I’m actually running on interstate 90 into the town of Buffalo. What would I do?
- Hit up Niagra Falls! I’ve always thought this would be the coolest vacation. I’d definitely have to board the Maid of the Mist like you always see in the movies.
- I might visit the Japanese Garden of Buffalo. According to the tourist site Visit Buffalo Niagra, in December of 1962, the city of Buffalo joined the United States Sister City International initiative by connecting with Kanazawa, Japan and a wonderful history of sharing resources has grown. In 1996, Kanazawa was largely responsible for the major renovations to the Japanese Garden of Buffalo providing us with trees, shrubs, paths and the unique stone lanterns.
- I’d definitely make my way down the Niagra Wine Trail. Apparently this region consists of unique geographical characteristics and a micro-climate which is suitable for the production of fruit. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet and Riesling are grown in this region. All within the area, a tourist can enjoy the town, restaurants, historical sites, farm markets, and antique shops. Sign me up!