Archive - August 2015

A Mid-Summer Half…The Perfect Fall Marathon Tune Up

For those of us running a fall marathon, we often try to look for a summer half marathon. 13.1 Is about the training distance (more or less) most fall marathoners are running at this point and we all know that nothing is better than real race experience to assess your training progress.

However, the summer half marathon has become sort-of like the Easter Bunny. We know it exists, but we’ve never been able to find one. After checking the calendars and websites, we actually found one and did it last weekend. And boy was it perfect…..well, sort of.

Running this race was like making love to someone that is a whole lot better at doing it than you are…You absolutely love it, but its overwhelmingly exhausting, so you just try to hold on till its over.

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Places To Run: Sandy Hook

Imagine if you could be running on a piece of history. That’s what you can get when choosing to get your daily dosage of cardio in at Sandy Hook National Park, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The long stretch of hook-shaped beach is easily accessible, whether by bus, car or even ferry. Nestled right in between the Highlands and the Atlantic Ocean, this is a great spot for all kinds of running.

Want to test yourself? Go ahead and try to run the near 6 miles all the way to legendary Fort Hancock. Or if you really want to see what your body can take, try running on the beach sand. Although, that task should be saved for the fall and winter when it isn’t swarming with beachgoers.…

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Race Preview: The Jersey Shore Half Marathon Sunday, October 4th

The Jersey Shore Half Marathon may the perfect Autumn half to put on your race calendar. Whether you want to do it as a tune up for NYC or Philly or you just want a great half in an awesome location, check out this race.

The race has a history that places it as one of the oldest distance events held in New Jersey. The first Jersey Shore Marathon was held January 9, 1972. This year’s event marks the 43rd in the rich history.

Basics: Sunday, October 4th. 9 AM for the Half; 9:05 for the Lighthouse 5k. …

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The Belmar Chase…What a grand pursuit it was!

Eleanor Roosevelt once said ” America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, bad-ass speed.” She would have absolutely loved the Belmar Chase, brought to you by the team at Runner’s High. 

The setting was a perfect one, as Belmar’s iconic Ocean Ave played host to most of the 3.1 mile race course. The conditions were also close to perfection as a light breeze came off the water keeping temps reasonable.

This event brought out tons of the best runners in the state to the shore. Former college stars…

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Recovery Can Be Hard Work

Hard Work is the key to success in every physical endeavor from making a youth travel hockey team to completing an Iron Man Triathlon. Feeling sore for a day or two after a hard training session or competition is not only normal, but a sure sign that the individual is working hard enough to actually improve at the given task. However, keep in mind that there is a difference between “pain” and “soreness” and while soreness can be overcome with a variety of recovery techniques, “pain” should be treated by the appropriate medical professional as soon as possible.

Learning the difference between “pain” and “soreness” is an integral part of the training experience and the sooner an individual can differentiate between the two, the sooner they will be on their way to improved performance and attaining their goals.

While normal soreness can be addressed with a variety of protocols the goal is always the same: optimize the body’s natural healing …

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This Saturday: The Chickie & Pete’s 5K In A.C.

Crabfries and 5K Runs, that’s what Chickie and Pete’s does! Mark your calendar for this Saturday, August 22 at the Trop in Atlantic City for the 2nd Annual Chickie & Pete’s Boardwalk Run.

Yes, it’s an iconic setting.

Yes, there will be live music.

Yes, you get a souvenir mug.

Yes, you even get a free Yuengling.

But that’s not the best part… …

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Race Spotlight: The Belmar Chase (This Saturday)

Like Running? Like The Beach? Oh, and are you a fan of Meb? Then get to the starting line for this weekend’s Belmar Chase. A flat and fast 5K with two-thirds of the course on Ocean Ave. The race is brought to you by the team at Runner’s High…so you know it’s going to be awesome.

Pre-registration is available online here. One of the unique (and exceptionally cool) things that sets this race apart from the others is the virtual appearance from Meb Keflezighi. …

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I Finally Tried Running on the Beach. Here’s What I Learned:

Two of my favorite things in the whole world are running and going to the beach. As a lifelong Jersey Shore resident, I love nothing more than a day of sand and sun. And as a fitness buff, I love nothing more than the rush I get from a good run. So you would think that I’d have been going for beach runs for years.

After all, what’s more Run Jersey than a few miles in the sand, right?

Nope.

Until a few weeks ago, I’d never tried running on the beach. Maybe I couldn’t get past the idea of running barefoot.…

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Meet The Old Bridge Road Runners

It’s hard to attend any race in Central NJ without noticing a sea of bright green shirts donned by the Old Bridge Road Runners. This group always seems to be well-represented and often finds their members towards the front of the pack.

IMG_7835The group is led by former Marine John Schwartz (Pictured left…Side note: I’m sure glad that guy was fighting for our side). In a typical week, they usually meet on Tuesday evenings for a hill run and on Thursdays for some track work as well. On the weekends, Sundays usually play host to another group run unless they have a race marked on their calendars.…

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