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!
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
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 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
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
Follow @vanessajunkin I’m excited to be back for the third year as a St. Michaels Running Festival ambassador! The race isn’t till May, but in my opinion, it’s never too early to start thinking about future races. It’s exciting to plan what and where you’re going to run, and it’s generally more affordable to sign … More I’m back as a St. Michaels Running Festival ambassador — save $10!