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

I’m back as a St. Michaels Running Festival ambassador — save $10!

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!

A police chase I signed up for: Foot Pursuit in the Park 5K recap

Follow @vanessajunkin One of the signs at the Foot Pursuit in the Park 5K read, “Run Like You Stole It! But don’t steal, because that’s bad!” The 5K course, held last Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Salisbury City Park as part of National Night Out, was filled with fun motivational signs. I appreciated them, and … More A police chase I signed up for: Foot Pursuit in the Park 5K recap

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

Breaking the 2:14 barrier at the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon

Follow @vanessajunkin Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for the St. Michaels Running Festival.  Prior to Saturday, the last three half marathons I had run on my own, not pacing, had been 2:14-something. I wanted to see a different — and lower — number after that 2. On Saturday, May 19, at the St. Michaels Running … More Breaking the 2:14 barrier at the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon