I’m a little behind on posting – here’s a mini-review of one of two locations I ran in Westchester County, NY, (about 1 hour north of NYC) in late August.
For my long slow distance (LSD) run this week, I did 14 miles of 1.5 mile loops in Pound Ridge Town Park, which was not quite as mind-numbing as it sounds. I enjoyed the company of my niece for the first 6 miles (she was kind enough to slow down for me), then promptly fell down, then finished another 7 miles before driving back home and doing nothing for the rest of the day (some things never change).
Yes, I fell during this run. Hard. But let’s run a few loops first, shall we?
We started the 1.5 mile loop by running along the small pond in the park (the same pond over which the town shoots their amazing 4th of July fireworks every year). It’s a mostly shaded paved path that has a couple of minuscule hills, heads past the police department, then unfortunately dead ends at Fancher Road. We’d double-back at this point, continue past the pond and head up a gravel fire road-type thing, through the trees uphill of the baseball fields, then turn right and up another gravel road to pass the basketball courts. Then we’d head into the woods for a couple short blocks downhill before spilling out onto the tennis courts. We’d run on/past the courts, veer left on the paved road, run past the playground, past the grassy field, around the parking lot, and start the loop all over again. One loop down, 8.5 loops to go…
After my niece finished her miles with me and went to the playground, I was feeling pretty good as I headed into the woods for the downhill trail portion. I decided to pick it up a bit on the downhill – just for fun, you know? I promptly tripped on a rock and went tail over teakettle. I had a split-second moment of clarity as I went airborn, knowing I was going to fall and trying to figure out how best to fall without seriously injuring myself. My years of being a terrible snowboarder helped me, as I was able to roll once before coming to a stop, relatively unscathed. I sat there for a few minutes, pressing hard on my scraped leg and palm, as that always seems to help the pain for me. I stood up, brushed off, used my hydration pack to irrigate the small wound on my hand, and slowly walked downhill out of the woods back to the tennis courts. That’s where I shook out my legs and tried trotting around the safe, stable surface of the courts. I felt fine, no worse than during any other long run, so I continued running the remaining 7.5 miles to finish my LSD run of the week.
Pound Ridge Town Park is not a bad place to run. We saw several other runners that morning, lots of dog walkers, and lots of people playing on all the various courts and fields (little league, basketball, and tennis). I’d definitely run there again, but next time I’ll watch my footing.
Where do you run in Westchester? Are you annoyed I posted this route review almost a month after I ran it, or do you not mind? Are you being inconvenienced by the Pope today? Share in the comments!