|Montauk: The End|
Yesterday’s run (treadmill): 4 miles
Montauk is a beautiful and relaxing place, especially during the off season that is devoid of both crowds and intense sunlight. The East End has a vibrant running culture and I struck up a conversation last night with a local woman who’d noticed my LI Marathon running hat. She has run the LI Half a number of times and will again participate on May 6. We noticed lots of runners along the Montauk Highway and other local roads. I just wish these people would run against traffic!
With the gorgeous surroundings and long straight roads, it would have been fun to do a run by the ocean. But the weather was raw at 7:30 AM, with cold winds and threatening skies. I opted for the fitness center that had a nice selection of high quality Life Fitness machines. I hopped on a treadmill and set the speed to 6.6 MPH to start. The solid platform and wide tread encouraged me to pick up the pace and, by the 5 minute mark, I was up over 7 MPH. I felt great and decided to extend my run from 3 to 4 miles.
About halfway through my workout, two guys came in and got on elliptical machines. They didn’t seem to familiar with the concept and I was amused to watch them struggle with the motion and controls. I would have helped, but it wasn’t a practical option. Before long, I had reached half my planned distance.
I continued to increase my speed and finished the last couple of minutes in a sprint. The machine had a “cool down” button that dropped the speed in increments. It was a strong effort, not that far off from race pace, and a perfect way to finish my taper. I’m feeling ready for Sunday’s race.
|Getting high (up) in the Hamptons|
Later that morning we headed to the Montauk Lighthouse and climbed the 137 steps up and down. It was a nice bonus workout and a wonderful view from the top.