I knew it was a good sign when I went out for a casual 5K evening run last week, a couple days before the Mike Sterling 10K, and ran the first mile in 10:54 without expending all my effort. In this summer’s heat and humidity, struggling through 12-, 13- and 14-minute miles has been the … More On a beautiful day, I beat last year’s Mike Sterling 10K time by four minutes
When I toed the starting line at the Run for the Animals Half Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 29, it was the first time I was attempting to run a half marathon for speed in nearly a year. … More Run for the Animals an opportunity to test my speed at the half marathon distance
I didn’t feel my best at the Mike Sterling 10K on Labor Day weekend, but I appreciated the feeling of heading toward that finish line — marked by a crab pot arch. That feeling is something I just don’t think can be duplicated in a virtual event. Plus, I, along with my blog, got a … More Out of racing practice: My ninth Mike Sterling 10K
Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon. I had a range of days to pick from for my virtual St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon, but I decided I wanted to run on the day the race was originally scheduled — today, May 16. It was the first day … More Virtual St. Michaels Half: The heat is here!
I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon for four months, so I was disappointed that I didn’t have a great day. I’m still proud to have finished another marathon, and it was a well-organized race, but I didn’t have quite the experience I wanted. It wasn’t just that I ran the race much slower than … More Consistent pacing leads to a comeback at the Veterans Day 10K
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!
For the second year in a row, I got up early and left Salisbury for Columbia around 4:30 a.m. for the Maryland-Washington, D.C. RRCA Club Challenge 10 Miler, hosted by the Howard County Striders. Road Runners Club of America running clubs based in Maryland and Washington, D.C. compete in various team categories at this race. … More RRCA Club Challenge: Fun with ESRC and 10 seconds away from last year’s time
Follow @vanessajunkin The month of September was a busy one for me, when it came to running, racing and training. I ran my highest monthly mileage ever — 155.43 miles. In August, I ran my then-highest monthly mileage of 150 miles, and then I surpassed that in September with my total of 155.43. I ran … More A strong September: Another record mileage month!
Follow @vanessajunkin The best part about my race performance at the Mike Sterling 10K last weekend wasn’t my time — it was how I felt. Heading toward the finish line, I felt strong, and this made me happy for a while afterward. This was my seventh year running the Mike Sterling 10K, held annually on … More Feeling strong at the Mike Sterling 10K
Follow @vanessajunkin There are not hills on the Eastern Shore. At least, not significant ones. So, my legs were in for a shock today, Feb. 25, at the Maryland-District of Columbia RRCA 10 Mile Club Challenge, hosted by the Howard County Striders. Runners must be members of an RRCA club in Maryland or Washington, D.C. … More RRCA Club Challenge: An ESRC flatlander running hills