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.
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).
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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2015513285371480/
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