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My Very Own Central NJ 5 Borough Marathon

NYC marathon was canceled so I ran my own Central NJ 5 Borough Marathon and completed 26.2 miles through Westfield, Mountainside, Kenilworth, Cranford, and Garwood.

As you may know, the NYC marathon was canceled, which was quite disappointing for me after training for months...I even pick up the number on Friday a few minutes just before the cancellation announcement.

Today I set up to run with my husband 10 miles that he was scheduled to run for his training for the Philadelphia half marathon. As I was running I first met a few ladies from (I am pretty sure) Jennyfit working out in Echo Lake. I told them that I was supposed to be running the marathon and they gave me a big cheer (thank you girls!!!). That lifted my spirit. Later on, on Nomahegan park, a guy asked if we were supposed to be running the marathon, so we had a little chat about our disappointment, and his friend who came all the way from Hawaii to run in this day. All these chance encounters got me thinking "why not run my own Central NJ 5 Borough Marathon"...when we got back home I changed into my orange NYC marathon t-shirt and put on my number and set out to run and complete 26.2 miles through Westfield, Mountainside, Kenilworth, Cranford, and Garwood. Along the way I had a few people cheer me, I saw a few other girls running also with their numbers....even a guy in the gas station line honked and cheered when I passed. The hardest part was going up the stairs of the Westfield train station to take my picture...the best was running the last mile with my dog Harley.

NJ ROCKS!!!

Life gave me lemons.....and I still have some lemonade left!

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Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Hi Gloria, congratulations! You are an inspiration!
Gloria Safar November 05, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Thanks Liz!
Jody November 05, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Awesome, Gloria! I'm sure the crowds just "weren' the same" (!), but your determination certainly was!!! ~Jody Bohrman
Gloria Safar November 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Yeah, but they were as warm as ever! Thanks Jody!!
Diane Quinn November 05, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Go Gloria!
Gloria Safar November 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Thanks Diane! I'm sure you would have done the same!!!
Lisa J. November 06, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Great story! Congratulations!
Gloria Safar November 06, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Thanks Lisa!

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