Today was my 1:45 run. I decided to finally explore the Massapequa/Bethpage bike trail. The Emerging Runner, a fellow local blogger, posts regularly about this park. It seemed like the perfect venue for a long run. I parked right off of Merrick Road at the foot of the Massapequa Preserve. I got on the paved bike path and headed north for six miles. I t was a little after 2pm and most of the path was shaded. There were a lot of people out, either walking or on their bikes. Only a handful of runners.
I had to cross five roads (both ways), the busiest being Sunrise Highway at Mile 1. The last three were exit ramps from Bethpage State Parkway, but I didn't even have to stop since it's a pretty quiet roadway. Thankfully, these roads barely interrupted the run. The path isn't as hilly as I expected. I think if I ran farther north, I would have hit the hillier terrain. The highlights of the outing were the goose and swan families waddling and swimming around. I can't get enough of those fuzzy babies. Overall, it is a scenic, peaceful route that I'm looking forward to running again very soon.
Swan family in the distance.