As I ran through the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 21, there were people cheering for me by name and plenty of fun signs to look at. It had been more than a year and a half since my last road marathon, which took place March 1, 2020, only a couple weeks before everything started shutting down because of the pandemic, and I missed the amazing crowds that come out to support runners in big cities. … More The Philadelphia Marathon was a great return to big-city marathons
It’s hard to be disappointed in a race performance when you don’t set a time goal. So, as I made my way up and down the hills of Atlanta during the Publix Atlanta Marathon on March 1, I was never miserable. … More America’s Marathon Weekend Part 2: My mindset made all the difference at the Publix Atlanta Marathon
I know I just wrote a Runner Reads post, but here’s another one for you! There are only so many hours left in 2019, and I have some end-of-year/new year-related posts to write. Next up after “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail” by Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek, was “26 Marathons: What … More Runner Reads: “26 Marathons” by Meb Keflezighi with Scott Douglas
I accomplished the second of my five 2019 goals in October — I ran a race on my birthday. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet that one last year because two races were canceled on my birthday. So, even though the Marine Corps Marathon four days ago was my slowest marathon, I was able to accomplish one … More My October Running: Lots of miles and a birthday marathon
One of the signs set up along the Marine Corps Marathon course read something like, “Yesterday’s weather was perfect,” with a frowny face. I faced the same terrible weather conditions as every other runner at the Marine Corps Marathon, but I finished. I had various issues starting early on in the race, which I ran … More Mission Accomplished: I ran the Marine Corps Marathon on my birthday
On Saturday morning, I left my house, and after running for six minutes, I was at the start line of the Salisbury Marathon. I’ve run to a race before, but I’ve traveled at least an hour for my previous marathons, so this was certainly a change. The race didn’t quite go past my house, but … More Salisbury Marathon: A flat marathon for No. 10, and my first as coach!
I’ve been super involved with running for a while, so it would have been tough for me to spend even more time on running-related things, but in 2018, I made that happen. At the end of 2017, I became a BibRave team captain for the East Region, a role that I held throughout 2018 and … More 2018: A year I somehow became even more involved in running
I enjoy traveling to other states to explore and run marathons, but this spring, for my 10th marathon, I’ll only be traveling about a half mile to the start line. I have decided to run the Salisbury Marathon in Salisbury, Maryland, on April 6. I knew that I wanted to run the race in some … More Staying local for Marathon No. 10: The Salisbury Marathon
Follow @vanessajunkin Disclaimer: I received free entry to Freedom’s Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews! I was running up a hill at Murphy Farm in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, early in the Freedom’s Run Marathon when I soon … More Freedom’s Run Marathon: A literal uphill battle among beautiful battlefields
Disclaimer: I received free entry to Freedom’s Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews! I finished my second 20-miler of my Freedom’s Run marathon training this morning, which means it’s now time to taper for the remaining almost-three weeks … More Freedom’s Run Marathon training: Time to taper!