|Post-run photo at the Emerging Runner HQ|
Today’s run (Stillwell Woods): 4.25 miles
It’s hard to believe that a couple of weeks ago I was cursing the August heat and humidity. This morning our local station reported a temperature of 58° at 6:00 AM, signaling fall is truly here. I was pretty psyched about that because my friend and financial guru Steve was coming by to discuss the Emerging Runner family portfolio. We planned to follow that with a run.
|Near perfect conditions during our run|
Steve is a dedicated CrossFit guy who has focused lately on weight training. Although running is only a component of his workout regime, he is always up for a run on the road or trail. A few years ago, when we both had offices in midtown Manhattan, we’d meet for runs along the West Side bike path and around Central Park. Steve and his family moved to Atlanta a couple of years ago, but he comes up frequently to see his clients in the NYC area. We’re always talking about fitting in a run when he comes up, and today was the perfect day to do it.
We decided to run at Stillwell Woods today. It’s been months since I’ve done a real trail run and the cool conditions made it a perfect choice. I wore my Brooks Cascadias but Steve had his Brooks Glycerins, so I routed us along a less technical section. Giant Bicycles was running a clinic at the western end of Stillwell and I feared that we’d be overrun by mountain bikers. That didn’t turn out to be the case, but we ran into swarms of high and middle school cross country runners who frequently blocked our path.
Considering my current struggles with speed, we moved along nicely and I was able to maintain my end of the conversation. The weather clearly helped both my breathing and my energy level. Although Steve hasn’t run in a while, he had no trouble with the course or the distance. We ended up covering 4.1 miles per Garmin, but I mapped the route using Gmaps and determined that we’d actually covered about 4.25 miles.
Considering the fact that one trail mile equals 1.18 road miles in terms of effort, it was as though we ran 5 miles today. Actually, I made that up, but I’ll bet you believed me, I may aim for an actual five miles tomorrow. If weather conditions are anything like today’s, I might even do more.