I hadn’t run on the Naylor Mill Forest Trail since last year’s Naylor Mill 7K, but I felt surprisingly good on the trail Friday, Aug. 2, for the annual Bacon vs. Scrapple event. Feeling good didn’t mean that I was running fast. I was several minutes slower than my usual race pace for a distance … More Naylor Mill 7K: Tough trails, good friends and, of course, bacon
The trails of Tuckahoe State Park seem to have it all — single track trails, a wider stretch of trail, hills and a water crossing. I went to the Tuckahoe State Park trails for the first time on Saturday, July 13, for a Tuckahoe 25K training run. This new race, set for Nov. 2, sold … More 2019 Running Travels: The trails of Tuckahoe State Park really are a treasure
“Vanessa!” I would hear my name three times from behind as different people found me along the Baltimore 10 Miler course. One was someone I’ve seen at different races, another was a fellow BibRave Pro who had traveled to Maryland for the race, and one was a middle school teacher who I reconnected with on … More Feeling good during the Baltimore 10 Miler
With the end of the month approaching, I needed somewhere new-to-me, yet close, to run in May. I’d considered checking out a new-to-me trail with a group, but I decided to stay close to home because I painted the living room last weekend and wanted to finish that project. I decided on Powellville, where I … More 2019 Running Travels: A Powellville run for a fallen hero
Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon. During Mile 11 of the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon, I stopped to use a porta-potty. I probably could have made it to the end of the race without stopping. However, part of me just needed a break — and the … More St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon: I battled the heat and enjoyed the after party
You know you did a good job pacing when people ask to take their photo with you after the race. That’s what happened to me last Saturday, April 27, after the OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon. Two people asked to get a photo with me, which was fun. One of them was a runner … More On-point pacing at the OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon
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 just finished my last run before the Salisbury Marathon, which is coming up Saturday. I’m a Road Runners Club of America certified coach, and I wrote my own training plan for this race, which I shared with the public (see it here). I also wrote beginner training plans for the half marathon and marathon, … More Salisbury Marathon: 493.54 miles down, 26.2 to go
After coming in just 10 seconds slower than last year’s time at the Maryland-District of Columbia RRCA Club Challenge in February, I wanted to beat last year’s time at the Tim Kennard River Run last Sunday, March 24. The RRCA Club Challenge and the Tim Kennard River Run are very different courses. The Tim Kennard … More Tim Kennard River Run: A little faster than last year!
I started in the snow by a welcome sign in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. More than four hours later, I would reach Mile 0 of the NCR Trail in the community of Ashland, near Hunt Valley, Maryland. I’ve been wanting to run the Northern Central Railroad Trail in full — about 20 miles — for a … More I ran the entire NCR Trail!