Asbury Park 5k Wonder Bar


Last summer I decided to start running as a challenge to myself.  After a couple days, running became my therapy.  I would get up before sunrise, drive down to the beach, run a couple miles, take pics of the sun coming up over the ocean and think about how lucky I was to live here and being healthy enough to run.

This summer will be my second year as a runner.  I’m pretty excited but nervous at the same time because I have set a goal for myself that I hope I can meet.

The Jersey Shore Running Club has Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix races and if you complete all five you receive a special award.  Since I did seven 5k’s last year I figured, “I got this”!

The Golden Grand Prix includes two 5 milers and three 5K’s starting Memorial Day Weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend.  I also signed up for the Philadelphia Tap ‘N Run that has three beer stops along the way.  I always like to throw a fun run in!  Here’s the run down if you want to join me:

  • Spring Lake 5 Mile – May 24
  • Tap ‘N Run – Philadelphia – June 7
  • George Sheehan Classic, Red Bank – June 14
  • Belmar 5 Mile – July 12
  • Asbury Park 5k – August 9
  • Pier Hours 5k, Long Branch – Sept. 1

I have to admit I haven’t done any training or stuck to a healthy diet.  Motivation has ceased to exist lately and can’t seem to find the extra push to get me out the door.  When I was in the healthy zone it was so easy to keep up with.  I had planned my workouts for the week as well as meals.

It’s time to get serious becuase what I’m doing now is not working for me.  It’s time to get back on track and remind myself this is good for my physical and mental health!  I know that many people struggle with motivation so what’s your best advice to getting started on a healthy path?  What helps you push yourself out the door?


*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with the Smart Ones brand and received compensation for my participation. However, all opinions given here are fully my own.




5 thoughts on “Summer Goals

  1. I walk my dog everyday, I started doing this about 2 years ago she was 8 then now she’s 10 and the exercise keeps her young, knowing that I’m doing that for her as well as myself is what gets me out the door even on the days when my Fibromyalgia is at its worse. We walk about a mile and a half everyday working up to two and up.

  2. Grand Prix series like the one you describe can be great motivators. My husband participates in the NH & New England Grand Prix series, and even if there are days when he doesn’t fell 100% committed to running, he IS committed to finishing the series! Have fun with yours. Stay healthy!

  3. What motivates me is just a basic understanding that I have to take care of my body. Sitting at a computer for work all the time is NOT healthy, not what humans are designed to do. We are supposed to be active, eat healthy, balanced diets. It just makes sense. Our bodies are not trash cans, its amazing what we can eat and how much we can consume, but every time we eat bad things or consume too much, …its toxic! Also for our minds…

    I remind myself that this is my body, I only get one shot at it. I’ve got to take care of it ,its my responsibility, I can be in control of my own health. “too much of anything is always a bad thing”. That means too much sedentary time, too much ice cream, too much beer- think about it. Well hold on…. too much positive self talk is never a bad thing! 🙂

    I like feeling good, and thats a motivator. Most of all, smile, enjoy life, and have fun! :)~ Enjoy it Liz!

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