I didn't have many options for my long run on Saturday because of all the snow and ice. I knew from the Greater Long Island Running Club's Facebook page that the SUNY Old Westbury campus was plowed. I decided to check it out. The campus police have been ticketing runners' cars so I parked at St. Paul's Church across from Route 107. I started my run at 11am. It was a calm, sunny 23 degrees.
The campus roads have gently rolling hills. It is perfect training grounds for runners and cyclists alike. I saw both of them, but mostly groups of cyclists. Since I was doing a 20 miler, I had time to explore. I took a detour early on which led me to the Empire State College campus and a gorgeous horse farm.
Some time around the 5 mile mark, my toes on my left foot started cramping up. I could feel the third toe jutted in an odd angle to the top of my sneaker. This forced me to run on the outside of my foot. It was awkward and painful. I tried different postures, but nothing seemed to help. I was pissed. This is becoming a recurring theme during my runs. I did another loop of the campus and then returned to my car at 10.78 miles. I had some Super Candy and Gatorade. I didn't feel like doing two more loops so I set out to do the next 9+ miles on the streets. Miraculously, the cramping ceased. I headed one mile north on 107 and turned right on Fruitledge Road for another mile. I turned around and headed south on 107. At 16.5 miles, my iPhone went dead. Ugh! I had to guess the remainder of my mileage. I ran down to Muttontown Road and turned around back to the car. When I mapped the route on Map My Run, my guess was almost spot on. The run ended up being 20.22 miles, somewhere around a 9:10 pace. Last night I googled toe cramping. There are some toe exercises I'm going to experiment with. Hopefully, they help.
Last week at the gym, I checked my heart rate while running on the treadmill. At ten miles, the heart rate monitor read 95. Um, this seemed unusually low. Blogger and techie friend, Emerging Runner said most treadmill monitors are inaccurate. I checked my resting heart rate at home. My resting heart rate of 55 apparently is great for a 42 year old female, putting me at "athlete status". I'm psyched about that. Even if my toes are falling off, at least I have a healthy heart!
Do you have problems with your feet or toes cramping during your runs? Any solutions?
How is your heart? February is Healthy Heart Month!