Author - Andrew Richter

A Walk To Believe: 5K For Eric LeGrand

Folks have a lot of reasons for running 5Ks. It’s a challenge to get off the couch. It’s a way to test your fitness without the grueling aspect of a marathon. It’s just flat-out fun to be part of a race. But the best reason to run a 5K is for a cause that’s near and dear to your heart.

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Rutgers football fans have one such cause. They’ve been with the Scarlet Knights through some down, down times. There was a winless season. There was a year they lost to the worst team in the country and then a lower-level team in successive weeks. There’ve been at least two heartbreaking losses with major bowl games on the line. But the most gut-wrenching day for every Loyal Son and Daughter was on October 16th, 2010.

That Saturday, Rutgers took on Army at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It was a close game in which Rutgers mounted a late comeback. On an …

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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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How the Heck Do I Run a 5K?

I’d like to think that I’m a reasonably knowledgeable runner and racer. I’ve read countless articles about running form, volume, intensity, and training plans. I know all about intervals, hill repeats, tempo runs and even fartleks. I have no problem rolling out of bed at some ungodly hour of the morning and logging six, eight or even ten miles. I’ve done four half-marathons and one full marathon. But one thing totally baffles me.

How the heck do I run a 5K?…

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A Walk to Believe Adds Official 5K Race

On October 16, 2010, the Rutgers football program suffered the biggest loss in program history — a history that dates back to the very first college football game. Covering on a kickoff, defensive lineman Eric LeGrand collided head-on with Army returner Malcolm Brown, fell to the turf and was unable to get up. He’d suffered a catastrophic spinal-cord injury that left him unable to move any muscles below his neck.

But anyone who knows anything about Eric LeGrand knows about his spirit, his unflappable optimism and his drive to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries. And the following summer, the very first A Walk to Believe was held on the Rutgers campus. Hundreds of walkers lined up sponsors to cover a 5k, with the proceeds benefiting Eric and research programs. Each year, the event has grown, and it has raised thousands for organizations such as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

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And this year brings the biggest …

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Can You Run a Half-Marathon Without Training?

I’ll save you the suspense. Yes, you can run a half-marathon without training for it.

A friend of mine is training for a marathon, and the two of us had agreed to run the E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon in Lincroft, New Jersey. Though my friend is significantly faster than I am even on my best day, I wanted to support his efforts, because he was a big supporter of mine when I was in marathon-training mode a year ago.

My friend Dan and I before the race.

My friend Dan and I before the race.

The problem was, I didn’t train for it.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve maintained my fitness over the winter. But the weather has limited my outdoors time, and piriformis syndrome kept me from running for a while. In the first two months of 2015, I’d logged 65 miles total — that’s about 8 per week. Not optimal when you’re looking to go 13.1.

Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go. I …

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Don’t Call Him a Hero: A Jersey Runner’s Inspiring Battle With Severe Osteoporosis

Don’t call Patrick Alcasid a hero.

He didn’t ask for three stress fractures in a row. He didn’t ask for hypercalciuria. And he didn’t ask for severe osteoporosis at age 37. All he ever wanted to do was run.

But despite his modesty, his calm voice and his even-tempered demeanor, make no mistake: Patrick is tough as nails. Jersey tough.…

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Running With Your Dog – A Love / Hate Relationship

I love my dog. I swear.

After all, I must love her to take her out running with me as much as I do.

Lily is a special kind of dog. Not a special breed — she’s a Humane Society mutt. She’s simply a unique combination of athleticism, enthusiasm, loyalty and willingness. That’s a polite way of saying Lily loves to run, loves to run fast, and will drag you along for as long as you can keep up.

Do you have a four-legged running partner? Maybe some of this will sound familiar. …

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