Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Thanks everyone for your marathon wish. I found this race quite by accident, I was happy it were for a good cause. I love running long on Saturdays, my favorite day to run a marathon. The New Jersey Shore Relay distance run was a more difficult run than I'd expected. This was the first year they let individuals run the full 26.2 miles.

I missed registration so I emailed the race director more than once. I was happy to see this response "Dawn if you are desperate to run we'll let you in". I got registered and was happy.

Lets just say I did not get to bed until 1:30AM Saturday and had to be on the road by 4:00am to make the 6:45 bus to the start of the race, a 2 hour drive.

We started in different groups. I was an 8:30 start. The course took me by surprise , in and out of the board walk, we ran along streets that were open to traffic, across a field , across gravel and the endless board walks, the last three miles was all board walk almost killed me. After my first three miles I knew it wasn't going to be pretty. My only goal was to finish what I had started.

My finish time was 4:41 I had to fight for that because they had me in the system with an 8:00AM start!!! after many emails my time was finally adjusted correctly. I must say the course is very scenic, but honestly I would not pick a boardwalk to run a race. I think my idea of running the shoreline would be running along not on the beach for 26.2 miles!!!

have a great week everyone and for those that did Boston YOU ROCK!!!


rundangerously said...

wow dawn - running the entire relay distance was so cool! even more amazing, sounds like the logistical stuff, getting in and getting the result corrected was tougher than the running ;)

last year i lucked out by emailing the rd for lake placid after it had closed. he let me in b/c there had been a few cancellations!

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Nice job finishing that race. Sounds like it wasn't the best marathon ever put together. I've done a few races like that, too.

Running on a boardwalk for three miles doesn't sound fun at all.

Bob Gentile said...

I know that boardwalk and have run it many times.... I grew up in Monmouth County of NJ...a few towns over in Belmar!!

Running the boardwalk actually was less pounding for me then pavement and has a bounce feel :-)

Chalk up another great Race Dawn and I am glad u got in and ran it...BIG CONGRATS!!

YOU are such a dedicated runner, very inspirational to me...thanks!!

peter said...

Love your "in for a penny, in for a pound" attitude. You got 'er done, in a nice time for the strange course.

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bill carter said...

Congrats Dawn!

I can honestly say that "You Rock!". As always, I am so impressed by the way you just get things done. You are a problem solver and there are far to few people like that in this world.

Congratulations again on a great time.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

My goodness. Nice running and working out all the details. You are something! Very inspirational.

Sunshine said...

Desperate to run!! Well, congratulations.

Dusty said...

So cool that your persistance paid off! It does in your running and looks like in your entries too! Good job!!! congrats!

robtherunner said...

Way to go, Dawn! Sounds like a varied course. I have run some marathons with stretches on a boardwalk, but short stretches. Three miles is a long way on a boardwalk.

Just12Finish said...

Congrats on another finish!