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!
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
Follow @vanessajunkin I knew going into the Naylor Mill 7K that I would not be going at a fast pace — and I was right. But despite the tough terrain, this race is a fun one. This was the second year this race was held, and this year, participants could be part of Team Bacon … More Tough Terrain: Repping Team Bacon at the Naylor Mill 7K
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
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