Marguerite and friends at the Superhero Half Marathon in New Jersey!!
For those of you who read my blog last month, you’ll remember that I had enrolled in the Cross Fit Ramp course to prepare for the Superhero Half Marathon in Morris Township, NJ. Between the weight training, sprints and Paleolithic diet I hit the race start seriously motivated to clock a strong time.
I arrived at the race with my two local running buddies Tim Allison and Jim Connolly. We became friends last summer at the 92-mile relay team event called “River to Sea.” Since that race, we’ve maintained a bond as runners and support each other in as many local races as possible to gear up for the next relay, which is fast approaching in July! We positioned ourselves in the front of the pack and crossed the start on schedule at 8:30am. Tim joined me for the first 2 miles of the race. As a veteran Ironman and gifted coach he made sure I didn’t run faster than an 8-minute mile and deplete all my energy too early. Once he was sure I knew my pace he galloped off in to the distance on his way to running a 1:42 race.
Earlier in the morning Jim had confessed that he had been up late at a wedding and was not really feeling that “running magic”. He ran a more than respectable 1:54 but had he been drinking Gatorades instead of beers the night before it would have posted his usual 1:40+! Selfishly… I was happy to have the company. I ran a solid 1:53 which for me is lightning speed while Jim remained behind me the entire time. One suggestion for improvement I have for the race is to add more mile markers - there were only markers for mile 2 and mile 12 on the course. (Maybe the guy who was in charge of those was at the same wedding as Jim and just wasn’t on his A game?)
Fortunately, as we neared the end of the race, Jim would periodically reference his Garmin watch and quietly give the pack of surrounding runners an update on mileage. Every once in awhile I’d see a flash of his Island Green Metal Vent Tech shirt out of the corner of my eye and it would inspire me!
We’re not sure when our next race will be but we all plan to improve our times as we train for the big relay in July. My personal goal is a sub 1:50.
Thanks to the Superhero, the devoted runners of northern NJ finally have a genuine half marathon taking place in the heart of our community! I've lost track of how many times I’ve had to travel to a borough of Manhattan or hamlet at the Jersey shore to participate in a legitimate half marathon. We all know how hard local races are to sanction and organize in suburban towns so I give these race officials high marks for pulling this event off with aplomb. And notably, while runners enjoyed the competitive course and comradely, funds were raised for the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation. A win win on all fronts!
This blog was written by Marguerite, the assistant manager for the Summit, New Jersery showroom. She is passionate about family, health, and fitness with a new soft spot for Crossfit!