Saturday was the Bethpage 3x2 relay race. I arrived at the park at 8am to do a 10 mile warmup before the race. Not recommended, but I missed my 12 mile run the day before. I headed north 5 miles on the bike path. It was a nice change of scenery than the usual southern route I have run in the past. Once I got into Plainview, I recognized the Holiday Inn along the parkway. This is the same path I ran on during the GLIRC group run back in December. I turned around at the Cold Spring Harbor laboratories.
I got back to the Bethpage parking lot at 9:20. I met up with The Emerging Runner (ER) and his wonderful family. His wife, also a runner, is so sweet and easy going and his children are adorable. It made me wonder how he got so lucky. Could they be hired actors? (Ha, just kidding! ER is really just as awesome as his family, as I'm sure you know from his blog). Our friend and other teammate, The Petite Pacer (TPP) arrived minutes later. She was fighting off a fever, but still showed up because she's a trooper and a little cray cray (Of course she is! She's a runner!). ER gave us our numbers and I quickly changed because I was sweaty from my warmup and knew I'd be freezing waiting for my turn. I was freezing, anyway.
left to right: TPP, Center, and ER
This was a trail race that started on a large field. TPP went first. She said she could only manage 10 minute miles, however she came in faster than expected. She's pretty amazing. ER took off next. TPP gave me a quick overview of the terrain. I was a little nervous because I have a history of
It was a fun experience. It kind of reminded me of Hood to Coast. I hope my friends and I do more relays together in the future.
Sunday Long Run
Sunday morning I slept in. I had an 18 miler on the calendar. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel since I had run 12 the day before. I got out the door a little before 1pm. I took my usual route north. After 2 miles at an 8:35ish pace, I picked it up. I needed to run 14 miles at Marathon Pace, which was 8:17 for me. There was a good wind coming at me from the north so I was surprised every time Map My Run announced my split paces. I brought two packages of Sport Beans with me, but only ate one. I stopped at King Kullen, the 10 mile mark, for some Gatorade. The last 8 miles would be rolling hills. I want my long runs to mimic the Boston elevation. I wound up doing the 14 miles between a 7:32 and 8:55 pace, and my overall pace for 18.35 miles was 8:19. I was tired at the end, but I got through it without a struggle.