I remember a fun comment from a student in the application materials for Western Maryland College when asked about her fondness for running.
"I only run when chased."
I could not agree with her more. However, I also have tried to dissolve my phobia for running, as doing so can only help toward my fitness goals. The best athletes cross-train, no? Yes.
That was why I skipped this week's from Macculloch Avenue and headed to Central Park of Morris County, where the NJ Trail Series holds weekly 5K (three-mile) runs starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Kendra Arnold, founder and friend of Patch, insisted on the awesomeness of the weekly event. Who am I to argue with her?
Founded by Jennifer McNulty, the NJ Trail Series holds events throughout the state, with the Central Park weekly run a more relaxed, all-inclusive run for all athletic abilities, according to organizer Rick McNulty, Jennifer's husband.
Despite the heat, a brief rain and my general lack of running acumen (except, yes, when chased), the 5K was a fun time. And, if it can help me train to get through those nasty Morris County hills in the , all the better. I'm still chasing that dream.
For more information, visit www.njtrailseries.com.