Scenic Run: The trail around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)

Follow @vanessajunkin I traveled to Austin, Texas, from last Thursday through today for The Running Event, and once I knew I would be going, I knew I wanted to run at Lady Bird Lake, known as Town Lake by locals.  I’d heard about this lakeside trail before, which is about 10 miles long. It was … More Scenic Run: The trail around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)

Scenic Run: The beauty of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Follow @vanessajunkin I took a photo during a run at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County back in February 2014 and captioned it “Why I love running” on Facebook. I enjoyed a run there with a group of friends, which was very early in the morning, around sunrise. It was beautiful, and I’ve been … More Scenic Run: The beauty of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

I ran the state cross country course — and I would have finished behind every competitor

Follow @vanessajunkin Eleven years ago, I ran Hereford High School’s cross country course at the Bull Run Invitational. I ran cross country during my senior year. I was a lot faster in high school than I am now, but I didn’t make it to states. I covered the state meet for RunWashington on Saturday, Nov. … More I ran the state cross country course — and I would have finished behind every competitor

Traveling the trails of Washington D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt Island

Follow @vanessajunkin I took a half-day of work Monday to go to Peter Sagal’s book tour in Washington, D.C. (more on this in a later post). I wanted to avoid traffic and get there with time to spare. And, since I was making a two-plus hour drive each way, I figured I would get a … More Traveling the trails of Washington D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt Island

Running in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania: The Great Allegheny Passage and more

Follow @vanessajunkin During the last week of September, I traveled to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for work. But I wasn’t going to travel somewhere I’d never been before without getting a run in. I stayed an extra night on my own, and was able to get in three runs during my trip, along with … More Running in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania: The Great Allegheny Passage and more

Scenic Run: Tackling more hills on Westminster’s Wakefield Valley Trail

Follow @vanessajunkin The day after my hilly run on the MA & PA Heritage Trail in Bel Air, I ran an even hillier route. Although I don’t run it often, the Wakefield Valley Trail has become a go-to running spot for me when I’m in Westminster, Maryland. My sister lives in downtown Westminster, and it … More Scenic Run: Tackling more hills on Westminster’s Wakefield Valley Trail

Scenic Run: Exploring Harford County’s hilly MA & PA Heritage Trail

Follow @vanessajunkin This past weekend, I went to Bel Air, Maryland, for a CPR and First Aid class, and I was excited to finally run on the MA & PA Heritage Trail. I heard about this rail trail a while ago, but just hadn’t really been in the area or had a good opportunity to … More Scenic Run: Exploring Harford County’s hilly MA & PA Heritage Trail

Washington & Old Dominion Trail a great place to explore on a run

Follow @vanessajunkin I attended an out-of-town work meeting on Friday, and when I looked up the location on Google Maps, I saw that it was next to two running trails. I was in the Shirlington neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, for a quarterly MATPRA — Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance — meeting. The meeting was at … More Washington & Old Dominion Trail a great place to explore on a run