I am going to New York on Thursday. Yay! I am very excited for time with my parents, some quality time with two of my daughters, a break from my job, and the opportunity to see some family and friends that I very rarely get to see. I leave on Thursday and am home on Sunday so it will be very fast, but it will be great.
Now the big question I have is... which is the lesser of two evils?
1. Running 18 miles on the streets of New York (Long Island) by myself, in heat and humidity I am REALLY not used to
2. Running 18 miles on a gym close to my parents house?
On one hand, I like running in new places and I much prefer to be outside. But right now, even the LOW temps of the day in NY are a good 20 degrees higher than what I am used to running in. And what do people do when they have to go to the bathroom on a long run in NY? Do you have to carry money and buy something so a store will let you use their restroom?? Will they let me pack my runner's mace in my checked luggage?
A treadmill in an air conditioned gym will take care of the heat issue, and the mace issue and the bathroom issue. But then there is that whole "bored to tears" thing (and a day pass will cost $10). I can't decide if running at a gym is a smart idea of wussing out.
I did find a decent 18 mile route from my parents house and back on roads that shouldn't be too dangerous but also should take me past an ample amount of convenience stores for emergency pit stops, and I found a gym just half a mile away that opens early, has tons of treadmills and has no time limit for using the treadmills. So what do you think? Take it slow, suck it up, be adventurous and run outside while I am in NY (probably one 8 mile run and one 18 mile run) or be safe, keep cool and run in a gym??
If it wasn't six weeks out from the Pocatello Marathon I would probably just switch things up or skip the runs, but this weekend is just six weeks before race day and this is an important part of the training for me.
So help! Give me some advice and tell me what to do. :)