Sunday, October 21, 2012

10K training run on the old Bethpage route

I'm going to stick with the SPIbelt
Yesterday's run (treadmill): 35 minutes
Today's run (Bethpage State Park): 6.2 miles

It's been a busy weekend but I did get in a few runs. Yesterday morning I had to get blood drawn as part of my annual checkup, so I elected to do a moderate length run on the treadmill. I've learned from past experience that losing blood, even small amounts like this, can effect your stamina. I didn't suffer fatigue at any point in the run but I capped my time at 35 minutes. I needed to reserve some energy for the day ahead.
 
The Emerging Runner family headed into the city to see my dad, along with my aunt and uncle who are visiting from France. Later, we were excited to meet up for dinner with Adventure Girl, who was in town this weekend for a friend's wedding. They are all great people and we had a great time with everyone. I was glad that I didn't push myself too hard in the morning, because I was exhausted by the time we arrived back home.

I headed over to Bethpage State Park this morning to get in some extra miles and to take on a few challenging hills. I love the new trail extension to the north but I had not run it in the southern direction in a long time. I headed down the bike trail feeling energized by the crisp fall air, but I was regretting my decision to take the RooSport to carry my phone instead of my SPIbelt.

The RooSport hangs over the top of your running shorts and stays secure with magnets that connect the inside and outside flaps. I had some issues the last time I ran with it, but I thought it was related to the shorts I was wearing. I had on different shorts today but, from the start, I felt like the pouch was slipping. I feared that it might disconnect and fall off, so I took it off and ran with it in my hand.

Other than that, my run went very well. I covered the first three miles barely breaking a sweat. My heart rate was only 84% of max despite the hilly route. On my way back I boosted my glycogen with half a GU Roctane that I had diluted 4:1 with water in my gel flask. The helped take the edge of the first of two challenging hills that need to be managed on the way back.

There were less runners and running groups today than I expected to see. Friends TC and FS, who are running the ING NYC marathon in a couple of weeks, are doing their 10+ mile workouts this weekend.. I thought I'd see more marathoners doing the same but it was mostly cyclists, including a woman who was riding a tall unicycle.

After last week's 14 mile total (due to running the 5K race and two less training workouts), I wanted to get back up to 20 miles this week. I think I might have made it but I'll have to check Daily Mile. I have a month to train for my next race, the Long Beach 10K Turkey trot. Today's 10K base run was a great start to that training.

3 comments:

  1. Where do you park and get into the new part of the trail? I have only run there during the Summer Series, Ocean to Sound and the Massapequa Turkey Trot so I just followed traffic but for solo running I would love some place more north as I live in South Huntington. Thanks.

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  2. You can get to the trail extension within the park from an entrance located straight ahead after passing the toll house. It's blocked by an orange webbed fence but you can easily go around that.

    From outside the park area, you can park you car on Haypath Rd. between Evelyn Drive and Cindy Drive and go north all the way to Old Country Rd. I think from there it's only dirt trails up to Washington Ave and beyond but it'll eventually bring you into Syosset where you can cross Jerhico Tpk. into TrailView park, through Stillwell Woods and all the way up to Cold Spring Harbor.

    If you go south, you'll be on the first leg of the Bethpage bike path extension that will take you all the way to Massapequa Preserve.

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  3. Better to test it out twice just to make sure its still sucks. nice running!

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