This is a picture of the lake where we stayed in Northeast PA last week. What a gorgeous place, but it's definitely in the middle of nowhere! Kayaking was so much fun, and it was a more difficult upper body workout than I expected. I guess once you cross the lake a few times, you don't really realize how much you are working until you stop paddling.
This was the first time I've run with my sister in a few years. She has a much faster pace than me since she's been running on a regular basis. On Thursday, I started off too fast, and my first mile was over a minute faster than I usually run. Which would've been great, except we hit some major hills. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/47533750/ It didn't help that my feet were wet from the rain and I got blisters. I'm glad I didn't realize how hilly this was until after it was over! I'm not ready to be a cat. 5 hill runner yet. The most amazing thing about this run was that we saw a black bear! That's the first one I've ever seen outside of a zoo. Even after all of these years of camping, no bears until my sister and I see one crossing the road. He didn't even look at us. We kept going, and I wasn't worried about him.
Our Saturday run was much less strenuous. I wouldn't have been able to tackle those hills again! http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/47535436/#climbs What I surprise that when I checked mapmyrun.com, this route is also considered pretty hilly. I'm not sure exactly what the climb ratings mean, but this is a 5/1, the other route was 5/2. This gives me confidence, as my pace on this run was my best ever for a 3 mile run, and these are some of the steepest climbs I've done. Wow! The photo below is the view we saw at the end of this run - the sun coming through the trees. It was really wonderful, and I had to run inside the lodge to get my camera to get this picture.