Run the ‘Run for the Health of It’ 5K on 5.11.19

Hello! This morning I ran for the first time since Sunday’s NJ Marathon: 4.72 miles at an eeeasy pace. I’m back, baby! I’ve been feeling eager to get back into it since Wednesday but wanted to give myself a solid five days off.

Monday was the only day I was too sore to run – I spent most of the day limping and avoiding stairs. By Tuesday the limp was gone. I’ve had a bit of a tight left hamstring, but not much else to complain about. I’m kind of shocked at how good I feel.

Now that I’m done with the NJ Marathon, I’m putting my focus on my next race: the Run for the Health of It 5K in Northport, NY (my hometown!) on Saturday, May 11th. Northport is a lovely, quaint, nautical village on the north shore of Long Island. It is also where I spent much of my childhood. I lived there again from December 2016 to May 2018 to help take care of my mom at the end of her life.

My mom spent her last six months being cared for by Visiting Nurse Service. They played a huge part in her comfort and my and my family’s peace of mind during that time. I can’t thank them enough for all they did. There were weekly visits by a nurse, an acupuncturist, a social worker, and anytime we needed anything all we had to do was call. They provided a hospital bed, supplies, valuable advice, and a caring touch.

Visiting Nurse Service is sponsoring the Run for the Health of It 5K.

I wanted to run this race two years ago, but my mom had a seizure and went into the hospital the night before the race and I thought it more important to be at the hospital. I wanted to run it last year, but it was held on the day I moved to NYC, and moving kind of took up most of my day.

So, finally, I am running it this year. If you are on Long Island (or it’s easy to get to for you), please join me!


The Run for the Health of It 5K is both a run and a walk – anyone at any level of fitness can participate.

This year’s race will be honoring two very special people who will both be there in person. I am SO EXCITED about this!

NINA KUSCSIK: First woman to officially win the Boston Marathon in 1972. Winner of the 1972 and 1973 NYC Marathon. Co-founder with Kathrine Switzer of the Crazylegs Mini Marathon (now called the Mini 10K, the oldest all-female road race in the United States). Read more about Nina.

Nina Kuscsik

GARY MUHRCKE: Winner of the first NYC Marathon in 1970. Winner of the first Empire State Building Run-Up in 1978. Former NYC fireman. Founder of Super Runners Shop. Read about Gary’s amazing 1970 NYC Marathon win.

Gary Muhrcke

Holy cow, I think I’m more excited about meeting Nina and Gary than running the race. I hope they are okay with selfies.


LOCATION: Visiting Nurse Service, 505 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768

DATE: Saturday, May 11, 2019

  • 7:30 am: Check-in
  • 8:30 am: Kids Fun Run (untimed)
  • 9:00 am: 5K run/walk (rain or shine)

REGISTRATION: Sign up at Elite Feats

AWARDS: Cash prizes for top 3 overall male & female runners, top male & female masters, top nurse, top team. Prizes for top 3 finishers in each 5-year age group & wheelchair racers.

COURSE: “A challenging rolling hills course includes 1.6K of the historic Cow Harbor course.” (Note: I have run along this course, and it’s not too hilly. There are some nice downhills, especially in the first mile which takes you down Norwood Avenue. Waterside is flat. There’s a very short hill coming up Main Street. The last mile takes you back up Norwood, an incline, but not what I would call steep. Trust me, the Cow Harbor course is 10 times harder.)

FUNDRAISING: Participants may run or walk in memory of a loved one or as a corporate team. With the support from a generous donor, anyone who raises $150 or more will have their donation matched 100% up to a total of $5000!

QUESTIONS: Contact Susan Bruder at 631-930-9310 or


I am proud to be raising money for VNS’s Hospice House in memory of my mom, Joan. If you’d like to donate to Hospice House in her name, please visit my fundraising page. I have already surpassed my goal of raising $250, so thank you to those friends and family who have donated!

Joan Taber, slightly older young woman_cr

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