Friday, September 16, 2011

Countdown to Cow Harbor

Hills are larger than they appear
It's almost time for the Great Cow Harbor 10K, a 6.2 mile race that can feel a lot longer than that. Besides regularly tackling the hilly sections at Bethpage over the last six weeks, I probably haven't done enough to prepare for James Street, AKA, "Widow Hill." That hill, and the long time spent going uphill on Waterside Drive, make this a challenging event. The saving grace may be that temperatures are predicted to be in the low 50's at start time, with the humidity percentage in the 50-60% range. That contrasts to last year when the heat and humidity were so high that seven people were taken away by ambulance due to dehydration issues.

Tonight I need to go to Northport to pick up my race bib. The race volunteers do a great job handling the 5,000+ registrants, but it's a nightmare to find a place to park and it's tough getting through downtown Northport on a Friday night. I look forward to seeing some of the elite and semi-elite runners who participate in this high profile race. Deena Kastor will be racing on the same course as me!

I'll file a full report tomorrow after the race. It's less than 24 hours from the start. I hope I'm ready.


  1. Good luck tomorrow. Remember to hold back a bit during the 1st mile and it will be easier to climb that big hill! The difference in temperature can easily improve your pace from last year by up to 30 seconds per mile.

  2. Hi Paul, best of luck to you as well. That's good advice, it's tempting to fly down Scudder but I'll hold back and conserve my energy. Let's hope the cool dry weather prevails tommorow. See you guys there.


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