Mile + Mile = Mile

The “recap” & promotion of two 1-mile races

First, I’ll take you on a quick journey to last July and August, then we’ll quickly recap what happened at the 2019 edition of the same race. Finally, we’ll look at the Pop Up Mile that I’m putting on.

The Murph Mile DNS x 2
Murph Mile DNS

Murph Mile 2017

The Murph Mile has once again eluded me. Last year, I was in good shape and ready to break 5 minutes. I had done some good workouts and knew I was ready to go under. About 10 days prior to the race, while on vacation, my calf cramped during an interval workout. I took precautionary measures, but the pain lingered until it got much worse. Of course, I had already signed up for the race. On race day, I limped half a mile before throwing in the towel for a DNS (Did Not Start).

2 August Mile Races
Two 1-Mile Races

Murph Mile 2018

Fast forward to this year and I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time. I was ready to give a crack at getting close to 5 minutes (I don’t think I’m quite there) but this race would put me in a good spot to build from and gain confidence from.

As most of you NJ natives know, it’s hot, muggy and humid in August. So I knew my chances weren’t great in the weather department. Unfortunately, little Pelerin wasn’t feeling well and keeping her in the sun for any extra amount of time would be counterproductive. We opted for a quick return home where we could keep a better eye on her.

Recapping the Murph Mile + Promoting the Pop Up Mile
Race Recap + Mile Promotion

Needless to say, another year has gone by where I’ve paid for this race and not been able to do it. So, now I’ll be looking for a much earlier mile race so that I don’t have to take my chances on the Murph Mile – no offense Cape May!!

Pop Up Mile

I’m hosting a “Pop Up Mile” – which really just means, let’s get together, run a mile, and donate some food & money to a local food pantry. The race concept came to me from 2 friends: Craig and his store’s Mile Series and Jon and his mile at altitude. Now, I don’t know if either gave to a food pantry, but that was my spin on the event.

My goal for the race is to obviously break 5 minutes in the mile. That’s my goal every year and this might be my last “official” race attempt.

I want it to be a fun experience for everyone – including me – and so I’ll be working on some giveaways (anyone interested in raffling something off?) and making the experience an enjoyable one for all who come.


About the event:

Held at Cherry Hill East High School

August 16th @ 6:00 pm

Minimum of $5 food donation to the Cherry Hill Food Pantry

All abilities and paces are welcome!

Link to Facebook event:


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13 thoughts on “Mile + Mile = Mile

  1. deborahbrooks14 August 8, 2018 — 7:47 AM

    That does sound fun and gives people an opportunity to go all out for a mile. As you say, running in the August heat is challenging. Good luck


  2. Love the idea of the pop up mile event and that is benefits a great cause!


  3. I love the idea of the Pop Up Mile and the fact that the proceeds go to charity! What a fun way to get people together for a great cause 🙂


  4. Thanks! I’m excited to get the community out and running.


  5. Yeah, the heat will be interesting, but hopefully we catch a break.


  6. Sounds like fun! I wish I could come!


  7. The Pop Up Mile sounds like a fun idea! I hope you can break your 5 minute goal. I’ve never done a mile race. These days I have no idea what time I’d get. When I was a youngster of 40 I might have been able to run 6 minutes. Maybe. 🙂


  8. I have only done one 1-mile race, and I was pleasantly surprised how well it went for me (a habitual middle-of-the pack runner than I typically am). I wound up placing 3rd out of 76 (in my AG)…still a good 3 minutes slower than the actual winner LOL


  9. That’s the great part about running – you CAN be three minutes behind the winner and be absolutely thrilled by your own race.


  10. So far, I have 9 or 10 people “officially” signed up, but I’ve talked to others who are coming who haven’t/won’t sign up, so it should be good!

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  11. Thanks! I race well, but I’m not sure I’m in great enough shape to make a run for it, but I’ll try, of course. Hopefully, a friend joins who can pull me around the track for half a mile so I don’t have to run it all by myself.


  12. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets August 10, 2018 — 6:46 PM

    Argh, DNS’s are so frustrating! This sounds like a really great event and going to an awesome cause. And if you break 5 in the process it’ll be even sweeter! Enjoy!


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