Race report: New Jersey Marathon/Long Branch Half-Marathon Relay

“I wasn’t even supposed to be here today.” —Dante, Clerks (spotted on a motivational sign along New Jersey Marathon/Long Branch Half-Marathon course on Sunday, May 5)

I spotted this quote from Clerks, that quintessential Monmouth County, N.J., movie, near the end of my 6.9-mile leg of the Long Branch Half-Marathon Relay on Sunday, May 5. I almost laughed out loud, thinking about how I almost didn’t run the race, and about what a mistake that would have been.

I went into the race with no expectations, hoping to feel strong and steady but prepared to feel shaky and pukey. I ran it because my mom was there to cheer me on, and because Steve was there to run the relay with me.

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I ran so I could exchange hugs and good-luck wishes with my lovely friend Alexis, running her second half-marathon, at the start line. Amy_Lex

And I ran so I could surprise myself, which I did.

It was a perfect day to run, in the 50s and overcast. It was a perfect course, pancake-flat and scenic, filled with bridge-crossings and spectators. And it was an incredibly well-organized event, with the perfect amount of time between corrals, well-spaced aid tables and seamless parking/expo plans.

My leg of the relay was over before I knew it—in part because I ran much faster than I could have imagined, but mostly because I was just having so much fun. As Steve and I hugged and chatted at the transition point, I kept thinking: I could run more! In my mind, that’s the best way to feel upon finishing a race: hungry for more, and eager for the next challenge.

I hadn’t even planned to check our results. You can imagine my surprise when Steve told me that we finished pretty well, 11 out of 65 teams in the mixed-open category. Isn’t it nice when results are just the icing on the race cake?

11 20287 Steve Is My Llama                   MIXED OPEN       1:55:43

 

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2 responses to “Race report: New Jersey Marathon/Long Branch Half-Marathon Relay

  1. Your team name was “Steve Is My Llama?” LOL. I love this race. I’ve done the marathon twice and it’s a great course. So glad you were able to get out there and be a part of it!

  2. Congrats on a great half marathon Amy! Having fun is, as you point out, a REALLY important part of racing. If you can’t figure out how to do that, your racing days are numbered. Glad you and Steve had a fun and fulfilling one!

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