Ok, so Waveny Park is in Connecticut, not Westchester, but it’s close enough. And I did this run in late August, a little over a month ago (the week before my long run in Pound Ridge Town Park). The color of the leaves might have changed in a month but the trails are still there!
In a turn from the usual, I’m trying to do at least a little training before my next marathon (Twin Cities in Minneapolis/St. Paul on October 4th). So this week I forced my lovely family to go to Waveny Park so I could do my long run and they could run, too (… and wait and mess around on the exercise equipment and wait and watch the model airplane people and wait).
Wavney Park is in New Canaan, Connecticut, not far from the downtown and just off the Merritt Parkway (you can actually see cars on the Merritt while running). The high school is inside the park, along with a track, a pool, tennis courts, a grand old house, and a
theater theatre. I did my entire run inside the park on the various trails – I did not run on the roads as it seemed dangerous and I seem overly cautious.
Unfortunately, the trails in the park do not form any sort of coherent loop or route (see map here). So I spent 10 miles going up and down and back and forth and left and right depending on my mood and how crowded certain sections of the trail seemed to be at the time.
- The trails were easy, in the sense you could wear road shoes and be fine.
- Hard to get lost, despite all the random turns and dead ends.
- Lots of shade.
- There’s a real bathroom inside the park (near where they fly the model airplanes – it looks like a maintenance shed and isn’t too far from the parking lot near the “house”).
- No loop! Surprisingly frustrating and made the miles creep by.
- Kinda crowded. If you start early in the morning or go on a weekday, I imagine it would be much better.
- No loop. Seriously, I decided to run in Pound Ridge Town Park the next weekend because I just couldn’t face running random paths in Wavney again.
I also tried listening to a book on tape for the first time during the run (Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan – it’s ok, but his stand-up is better). I enjoyed the experience enough that I listened to Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch during parts of my next two long runs (Girl was easier for me to listen to than Dad, for some reason). Right now, it’s more appealing for me to listen to comedy than music during my long runs, since I have such a slow pace and upbeat music can be irritating after a while (well, anything can be irritating after a while, which is why mostly I run in silence). Anyway, if you’re looking for something to pass the time while running, I’d say try it out! There’s usually a special on Audible memberships (at least one month free but often you can find deals like 3 months for $3 or something), and their different membership levels are explained here (1 credit is basically 1 book).
After the run we all went for a big lunch at Le Pain Quotidien and then bought candy at a candy store, where I found my future everyday outfit:
Back to real time = Tomorrow is the Bronx 10-Miler! See you there!
Do you run on open roads? What do you listen to while you run? Where should I try running next time I’m in Westchester? Share in the comments!