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“We run because it makes us feel like winners, no matter how slow or how fast we go.” – Florence Griffith Joyner and John Hanc, Running for Dummies

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Attacking the hills at Bethpage

View of the recently re-opened bike trail head
Today's run (Bethpage State Park): 5.3 miles

I was up very early with hopes of getting to Bethpage before 7:00 AM. I couldn't get my act together and ended up stalling until almost 8:00. Although I felt okay, I was experiencing some of the symptoms that caused me to cut my run short yesterday. I debated whether to stick around and run closer to home, rather than heading to the park.

This is the last weekend I have to train for the upcoming 5K and I knew that I'd be better off running at Bethpage because it provided the best resource for hill training. When I arrived I saw a crowd of people setting up for the "Lean on Me" 5K Walk and Talk that benefits the Breast Cancer Network. It looked like it was going to be a fun event.

Walking and Talking today at Bethpage
My plan was to run the longest hill of the bike trail a couple of times. The hill goes on a bit, one trip up and down equals a mile. After I reached the top for the second time, I headed north and ran the upper trail to Haypath Road and back. Like the rest of the bike trail, the upper section is rolling and it has a few hills. One hill is fairly steep, but its relatively short length makes it manageable.

Once I got by those hills it was easy running and I reached the end having covered 5.3 miles. When I got back to the trail head I saw that the crowds had grown at the Walk and Talk event and the music was booming. I hoped the rain that was predicted to move in would hold off and I'm guessing that it did.

Despite feeling a little off, I had a decent run and the hill practice will hopefully pay off next Saturday. I'm not sure what type of workout I should do tomorrow. That will be determined by the weather and the way I feel. I probably should do some speed work before I taper off, but I don't want to push hard if I really need the rest.

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