Running on a dirt track solves foot problems.

For nearly a year, I had foot and ankle problems while running. The trouble began after a series of winter snow storms kept me off the road for some months. when I tried to resume my regular mileage too quickly, a nasty case of plantar fasciitis — an irritation of the tendon connecting heal to toes — was the result. This forced me to switch to bicycling for regular exercise.

As the foot pain lessened, I resumed jogging about 3 miles once a week. Whenever I tried to run longer distances or two days in a row, pain returned.

I started jogging on a dirt track a couple of weeks ago. As if by magic, all foot troubles have disappeared. I’ve done over 6 miles on consecutive days without any soreness at all — while running or the next day.

Regular running on the concrete and asphalt of the city streets just seems to have been too unforgiving for the injury to heal. The dirt track has just enough “give” to cushion the pounding that the feet get on the road. It’s to be expected that the softer surface will also aid in the prevention and rehabilitation of ankle injury, shin splints, and knee pain.

According to the heart rate monitor, as a workout, running on the track is equal or better than the streets.

There is a problem with running on the dirt track: going around in circles is boring! The solution is an iPhone packed with MP3s of the Brian Jonestown Massacre!

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Entrance to the NJ side of the Bayonne Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway

The entrance to the NJ side of the Bayonne Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway is across from the corner of Margaret and 4th Streets, near Kennedy Boulevard http://t.co/6oTjNRxL

The Bayonne Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway is accessed by stairs. Do watch out on coming into NJ as the exit is by the same set of stairs. Though there is a small sign providing a warning, there is no barrier. Falling off the ramp and down the stairs is a hazard for a bicyclist, especially before dawn, after dusk, or other conditions of poor visibility. An unassisted person with a handicap is very likely to find it impossible to ascend or descend safely.


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Jogged 3.91 miles in 42:49

I jogged 3.91 miles in 42:49 this morning, from Griffith Street to McGinley Square and back.

In the late-80s I ran 10 miles every morning and often did a longer run on Saturday afternoon. Then, biking to the George Washington Bridge and back was a bit of an effort. Now, with biking every day, the 20 mile ride takes no special effort.

Running is a different story. As my knees and lower legs just can’t take too much pounding, I only was doing 6.6 miles 3 times a week. Snow and then plantar fasciitis put a stop to running for over five months this year. With hamstrings sore from a short jog, it looks like getting back into some sort of stride is going to be hard work.

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The New York City entrance to the George Washington Bridge south bike path and pedestrian walkway

The New York City entrance to the George Washington Bridge south bike path and pedestrian walkway

The New York City entrance to the George Washington Bridge south bike path and pedestrian walkway is on 178th Street, a few blocks west of Fort Washington Ave. To reach it from the Greenway, take the 181st Street exit of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway (north of the bridge) and then go right on Riverside Dr. Take a left on 181st St. and then right on Fort Washington Ave. At 178th St., make a right.

The GWB south bike path and pedestrian walkway is closed from 12AM (midnight) until 6AM.

As the picture shows, the ramp at the NY side is steep; an unassisted person with a handicap is very likely to find it difficult to ascend or descend safely.


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Access hours for the George Washington Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway

George Washington Bridge south walkway entrance NJ side

The NJ entrance to the south George Washington Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway

The south George Washington Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway is closed from 12AM (midnight) to 6AM.

The north George Washington Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway generally is closed at all times.

The ramp at the NY side is steep; an unassisted person with a handicap is very likely to find it difficult to ascend or descend safely.


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New E-Mail and Text Alerting System for George Washington Bridge Users

Users of the George Washington Bridge sidewalk can now have free alerts about sidewalk closures sent to a cellular phone, PDA, pager, or e-mail account. Simply select the “Bicyclists/Pedestrian” as “Customer Type” on our Bridges and Tunnels Alerts subscription page.

Subscribe here
http://btt.paalerts.com/

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I biked to the George Washington Bridge and now I am going over to NYC

George Washington Bridge south walkway entrance NJ side

The NJ entrance to the south George Washington Bridge bike path / pedestrian walkway


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I biked to the GWB and now am going over to NY. The day is cool and grey, but dry. Let’s hope the rain stays away!

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