I set out on a 70 mile long journey across one of New Jersey’s longest single foot trails to set a FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the trail and to remember and honor the lives lost due to Covid-19. This would be a run that would change my life.
It started almost overnight as the week after I ran the Caumsett 50k in Long Island and then started back to work, Covid-19 would begin to grapple the world and forever change us. First it was the beginning of cases in Washington and California, which soon became cases in New York and the East Coast. My wife and father who both work at Princeton University were sent back to working from home.
What is it like to run 50 Miles around a homemade 4 mile loop?
Well, I would say it is really not that sexy, nor absolutely breath-taking. No mountain peaks, no ocean views, no beautiful wooded trails, just pavement around some buildings take shape the beauty in the mundane.
I have run Caumsett 50k a few times before. Once in 2016, 2019 and again in 2020. Every year I have run it, it has been a Road USA 50k championship, where the top finishers under 3 hours -earn automatic qualifying times for the National team.