-SEPTEMBER RUNNER SPOTLIGHT –
Each month we will highlight you. A local trail loving runner. Every other site is highlighting the stars, we want to highlight OUR stars!
1. Why trails: Some of my fondest memories growing up were going to Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area with my family and camping, hiking, hunting, picking apples and just enjoying the woods. Trail running brings me back to that time, while adding good friends, exercise, and challenging, ever-changing terrain.
2.Tips on injury prevention: I don’t buy into the “Fight Through the Pain” philosophy. Pain is my body telling me that something needs attention. A steady diet of ibuprofen and pain relieving creams can mask problems pretty effectively, but it is only a matter of time before I will break. Take care of the little things.
3.Favorite Race: There are some amazing races in this area – WTF, 0 SPF, Sehgahunda, Mess the Dress – and I enjoy each of them for their unique challenges. But if I had to pick a favorite I would go with the Dam Good Trail Race. It was my very first longer distance trail race and introduced me to the half marathon-ish trail distance. Beautiful trail with some sections that challenge without being absurd.
4.Favorite Trail: The Seneca Trail in Victor is my hands-down favorite trail. Most trails are in parks but this trail weaves in and out of commercial and residential areas. To me, the Seneca Trail shows that we don’t need a government-provided area to enjoy nature, we just need people that care. Hills, mud, single track, shared use paths, creeks, fields, this trail has amazing variety.
5. What to do in Rochester when you aren’t running: One of the benefits of running is the ability to intake more calories. Luckily Rochester has a lot of great places to eat. Lately I find myself drawn to early morning runs that promise a finish at a nearby bakery. Pretty sure that this isn’t helping me get any faster on the trails but great companions and tasty breakfast treats with coffee sure makes me happy.