Today was my day to help coach as well. It was exciting for me. Tomorrow I will be getting him a bat, a T (to hit off of), and some little league sanctioned hardballs. He decided that he wanted to put the glove in his right hand, so that makes him a lefty thrower. A future in the infield might be tough for him, unless he plays first base, but he could be an everyday outfielder. Then again, he could wind up to be a pitcher like his older brother too. One thing for sure. I'm going to teach him how to be a switch-hitter. Starting tomorrow!
Afterwards, i dropped him off at the gym where Karen was, came home and decided to go for a long run. And long it was. I had my heart monitor on, which is so tight and uncomfortable. I decided I would stop to recuperate if my heart rate ever went above 160. And I did. Many times unfortunately.
I'm still out of shape (though losing weight) and it was hot outside today. The temperature reached a high of 84. I also got a bad sunburn on the arms and neck. The arthritis in my neck flared a little (on Naproxen now as I write this to you all).
I decided I would do a half-marathon, as I have one coming up in Brooklyn.
I haven't run through Port Washington in quite awhile, so I decided to do an out and back course. I ran south on Glen Cove Road, hooked a right onto Northern Boulevard.
|That looks like one helluva climb up ahead!|
|This is the end of the inlet separating the north shore necks between Oyster Bay/Glen Cove and Port Washington|
|A long and very hot stretch of lonely road!|
From there I went all the way west until I got to Center Drive. I made a quick right onto Ridge Drive East, and headed northward on it until I got to Woodland Road, where I made a left. It was nice seeing all of the beautiful houses, which were being built, back in 2003-2005, fully completed.
I continued my journey through Flower Hill by turning right onto Birchdale Lane. Such pretty streets. I continued northward until I got to Hewlett Lane, and made a left onto it, a quick short right onto Country Club lane, and then back onto Hewlett Lane, where I would run all the way until I got to the cross street of Greenbriar Lane. I was excited as I looked at my watch and noticed I had already done more than what was needed for a half-marathon's worth of running. And I was a little tired too when I noticed a sign on the corner for a race next week Saturday (see below)
I'm already running the Long Island 10k race in East Meadow on Sunday, but I need all the work I can to get me ready for Brooklyn. Or as the Beastie Boys say it best, "No Rest Til' Brooklyn!"
I started running back, and I could tell I was winded. Not used to running so much in one offering since last year. Being overweight didn't help either, however I know I'm closer now to 170 than to 180 (my goal weight is 160).
I went back the way I came, and at one point stopped at Grace's Marketplace in Greenvale, and bought a Core Hydration drink and a Blood Orange (two things that I never had before)
Happy to report that both were very well received by my body.
In the end, i got home 14+ miles later. As I write this, I've done over 30,000 steps today. So that makes more than 50,000 over the last 2 days, and 110,000 since Monday. Not bad when you consider that I only did about 3,000 steps on that fateful Tuesday in Atlanta a few days ago.
Karen has decided not to do the More Half in NYC because she feels she is not ready for it. I agree. I think she has made a wise decision by instead opting in to doing the Alley Pond 5miler tomorrow. I was going to sit the kids while she ran, but as it turns out, a lot of my Forest Park Road Runner friends, including Jack and Tom, will be onhand. Jack's girlfriend has graciously offered to watch David and Kayla, so I will be running it too. That will mark my 310th race (hopefully).
Well time to get some shut-eye. Goodnight, fans. :-)