When I started out I noticed that every runner I passed for the first 3 miles was Asian. As an Asian, I am usually aware of the presence of fellow continent-men. One friendly Japanese man asked me about my tattoo. He could read Korean. He knew the other Asian men passing us going the opposite direction. It turned out most of them were training for the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Pennsylvania in early October, followed by New York City. We only chatted for a couple of minutes and then I moved on.
At Mile 5, I almost stepped on a little, gray mouse. Ew.
Yesterday, while at the beach I had a good amount of pineapple and melon. I knew then when I was chowing down that I would likely pay the price during this morning's run. I was right. There are no bathrooms for the first 7 miles on the Massapequa/Bethpage bike trail. Not fun. I will never eat so much fruit the day before a long run, make that any run more than one mile.
I found where the bike trail continued past the Bethpage State Park parking lot and continued another mile north. At 8 miles, I turned around. The run home went quickly, but the chafing on my inner thighs was almost unbearable. My loose shorts were soaked from sweat which caused huge welts on my legs. It looked as though someone branded me. When I got home, I thought a shower would relieve the pain. Note: Showers exacerbate the pain TWENTYFOLD!
Some readers have asked if they would able to track me during Hood to Coast. I was hoping the organizers would have an online tracking system like most larger marathons, but they do not. I will run with my iPhone and will probably use Map My Run. I will let you know how to track me through the Facebook page.