Last Long Run – Preparation for the Long Branch Half and Full Marathon

I am just re-posting what one of my favorite people wrote about today’s run.  She had hoped to run 22 but had some stomach issues so it just wasn’t working for her today.  Here’s what she wrote.  I couldn’t agree more, and it’s why I do what I do!

“I went to the reservoir this morning with full intentions of running long. I am a firm believer that “things happen for a reason.” Well, as it turned out, and I can’t even blame it on things beyond my control, because I really could have avoided my issues this morning…..ANYWAY…..I had to walk back (quickly) and call it quits soon after starting my second loop, so I was there with Moira when all of you ladies came in from your runs.

My inability to complete my run was not unfortunate, as it afforded me the opportunity to witness the milestones for many of you running today, and I am thrilled. There is a lot to be said about strength in numbers, and you all proved it today. Each and every single one of you ROCK!!! and a very special shout out to Missy Serbonich! What drive and determination you have Missy, and I will be your Number Two Cheerleader at the finish, because no one can replace Moira Easton Horan as their Number One Cheerleader and Coach! Great job today ladies!!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Susan!  The end of another perfect day.

The Manasquan Reservoir, so peaceful!

Ironman Training Run

What a great day today!  Fortunate enough to live close enough to the course for the Ironman New Jersey that I can train on it.  Drove up there today and ran 13.5 miles of the loop.  It’s a challenging course but definitely “doable”.  Two loops of hills on the Palisades side is manageable – first loop will be tough, second loop will be “glad I don’t have to do that again.”  We ventured over the George Washington Bridge today — that was a first ever.  It was a good run, could be very crowded on race day depending on your pace.  But, I got to a point on the bridge, looked out over the New York side and thought that this is where on race day I will get that “I can do this” feeling.  Still 9 or so miles to go but those of you who have done long distance racing know what I mean.  The swim (2.4 miles), the bike (112 miles) and about 16-1/2 miles of the run are done.  It’s all relative.

Running the course today with friends was awesome.  Thanks so much Susan, for everything!  Knowing that you and all my Jersey Girls will be at the finish line waiting will mean more than any one of you can possibly imagine.

I read Jason Shortis’ blog the other day and this resonated so strongly with me:  “So in Ironman, as in life, when the times get tough, remember never to turn your back on it, because you’re better off being in the game than not playing at all!”

We are all in the game . . . . fast, slow, skinny, fat, experienced, newbie, winning, or hoping to make the cut off.

George Washington Bridge