2019 Running Travels: Exploring the Chapel Branch Nature Trail in Seaford

I set a goal to run in a new-to-me location each month during 2019, and by March 30, I still hadn’t run in a totally new location in March. I did run on a new-to-me part of the NCR Trail when I ran the entire trail, which I do think counts. However, I didn’t go … More 2019 Running Travels: Exploring the Chapel Branch Nature Trail in Seaford

2019 Running Travels: The Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract

Last Thursday, Feb. 28, I traveled to Laurel, Maryland, for a Maryland Recreation and Parks Association awards luncheon. Once I found out I’d won an award, I — of course — looked to see if there were any cool places to run nearby. But it wasn’t until I saw this RunWashington article on the North … More 2019 Running Travels: The Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract

2019 Running Travels: Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

When I know I’m going to have a day off to myself and don’t have any holiday plans, I start thinking about new places to run. On Presidents Day this past Monday, I had off work. I thought it would be fun to go to Corner Bakery in Onancock, Virginia, for some doughnuts, but since … More 2019 Running Travels: Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve on Virginia’s Eastern Shore

2019 Running Travels: Two trails in Pennsylvania’s Greater Americana Region

As part of my job with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, I attend Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance meetings and annual MATPRA Media Marketplaces. Our county is one of numerous members, who are each from different tourism organizations in the Mid-Atlantic states. MATPRA brings us all together for a common purpose of promoting the … More 2019 Running Travels: Two trails in Pennsylvania’s Greater Americana Region

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