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Yesterday morning I met 94monkeys, feistyred, and veggielife at Grand Central bright and early. Dressed in our super hero finest, we grabbed some coffee before hopping the train to Tarrytown. We made the short walk from the Tarrytown station to the adorable and legendary little town of Sleepy Hollow.
The morning was absolutely perfect for a run — sunny, crisp fall weather. The course was beautiful though really, really hilly. Just when you started to think the hills couldn’t get any worse or that there couldn’t possibly be any more of them, they did and there were. (Central Park has got nothin’ on some of the hills we ran yesterday.) The support along the course was fantastic. The course was residential so families stood in their front yards, coffee in hand (and some sporting costumes of their own), cheering runners on.
The race started with an appearance by Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman. It could not have been more fitting. He was also stationed at various points throughout the race watching runners as they passed.
My race was a lot of fun and this might be my favorite race I have run to date. My legs felt great at the start and I felt really strong. I had a lot of fun getting dressed up and had some good feedback on the costume. The mask was a bit much at times, and I took it off around the 5k mark before replacing it around mile 6.
Though the hills were much more than I had bargained for, I managed to finish only 5 minutes slower than my I-still-don’t-know-how-I-did-that 10k PR at the Scotland Run. This surprised me since the hills nearly brought me to my knees and I hadn’t anticipated going out to do anything but have fun. Sure, it wasn’t a PR, but it was a reminder of what fun I have while running.
After the race, we went to Old Dutch Church and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Alice, who had been to Sleepy Hollow before, knew much of the history and served as our own tour guide! Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the final resting place of Washington Irving, whose famed headless horseman from Legend of Sleepy Hollow, has immortalized the small town in American folklore. Rumor has it, the Hessian soldier who lost his head when he was hit by a cannonball, and who Irving based his headless horseman character on, is actually buried near Old Dutch Church. Among the other notable interments: Elizabeth Arden, members of the Astor family and members of the Rockefeller family.