A Running Book Per Month: Five recipes I tried from “Chocolate-Covered Katie”

I decided to try my hand at some recipes in July for the “A Running Book Per Month” series, and I’d say it was a success. I had fun making new things, and I enjoyed tasting them. So far, I’ve made five recipes from Katie Higgins’ “Chocolate-Covered Katie:” the Ironman Muffins, The Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake (which I … More A Running Book Per Month: Five recipes I tried from “Chocolate-Covered Katie”

A Running Book Per Month: “Chocolate-Covered Katie”

I’m trying something different for my A Running Book Per Month series for July, and it involved buying some muffin tins and ingredients today. I was reading an issue of Women’s Running magazine when I came across an article about “Chocolate-Covered Katie” by Katie Higgins: a cookbook of healthy desserts. Well, anyone who knows me — … More A Running Book Per Month: “Chocolate-Covered Katie”

A Running Book Per Month: “Once A Runner” finished

Follow @VanessaJunkin// I will most definitely never be anywhere close to running a four-minute mile, and probably not even close to running a six-minute mile, but I just finished reading John L. Parker Jr.’s “Once A Runner,” and despite the book being fictional, the life of Quenton Cassidy, the protagonist, seemed realistic. I saw in … More A Running Book Per Month: “Once A Runner” finished

A Running Book Per Month: “The Running Dream” finished; “Once A Runner” next

For April in my A Running Book Per Month series, I read the first fiction book about running that I can ever remember reading — certainly in recent memory. And I really enjoyed it. The book was Wendelin Van Draanen’s “The Running Dream.” I had to venture into the young adult section of the Wicomico … More A Running Book Per Month: “The Running Dream” finished; “Once A Runner” next

A Running Book Per Month: “Eat & Run” finished; “The Running Dream” next

Follow @VanessaJunkin// The book “Eat & Run,” written by well-known and accomplished ultra runner Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman, provides insight into the life of an ultra runner. And, while it’s interesting to read about, I still don’t want to become an ultra runner yet — at least nothing beyond a 50K, or 31 miles. (And … More A Running Book Per Month: “Eat & Run” finished; “The Running Dream” next

New Series: A Running Book Per Month

When I was in elementary school, I wrote a diary entry about reading seven chapter books in one day. I can’t make the time for that anymore as an adult with a full-time job. However, I should be able to read at least one book a month — but I don’t. I love reading, but I … More New Series: A Running Book Per Month

August Running Wrap-Up: A hot, humid month with lots of miles

I just finished a double-race weekend, but before I get to writing about that, I’m going to wrap up my August running. This was the fourth month in a row that I hit 100 or more miles this year, and it was my highest-mileage month of the year so far. I ran 116.25 miles. I … More August Running Wrap-Up: A hot, humid month with lots of miles

What do you get when you combine running and escape rooms? Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus

Although of course I really enjoy running, sometimes it can get boring. For me, some things that help break up potential monotony are running with friends, changing up routes or trying new workouts. This month and last month, I got some extra motivation and entertainment by trying the Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus experience. … More What do you get when you combine running and escape rooms? Run to Escape: Mission Mt. Olympus

Runner Reads: “Running the Dream” by Matt Fitzgerald offers a look into what it’s like to train as an elite

Most of us recreational runners never get the chance to train like a pro. Matt Fitzgerald got that opportunity, and he wrote about it in “Running the Dream: One Summer Living, Training, and Racing with a Team of World-Class Runners Half My Age.” This was our latest BibRave Pro Book Club book, and I listened … More Runner Reads: “Running the Dream” by Matt Fitzgerald offers a look into what it’s like to train as an elite

The virtual Race Across Maryland kept me running through the hot summer

I had 60 days to run 250 miles in the virtual Race Across Maryland. This was about 30 miles a week, and I figured it would pose a good challenge, as it’s a little more than my usual mileage. So, it would be a stretch, but doable. But I got behind, and did something I’m … More The virtual Race Across Maryland kept me running through the hot summer