I walked into the activity hall at the Fair Hill National Resources Management Area on Jan. 15 for the PHUNT 25K to hear Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again” playing. I’m not sure whether this was coincidence or not, but I found the song funny, as it was true. Oops — I’d signed up … More “On your left!” My hilly, frozen experience at the PHUNT 25K
Since the pandemic began, there have been fewer races and, of course, fewer pacing opportunities. So, when I held up my 2:45 sign in the corral of the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon on Saturday, Dec. 4, it would be my first time pacing a half marathon in two years. My last time pacing was … More After two years, I had a successful return to pacing at the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon
As I ran through the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 21, there were people cheering for me by name and plenty of fun signs to look at. It had been more than a year and a half since my last road marathon, which took place March 1, 2020, only a couple weeks before everything started shutting down because of the pandemic, and I missed the amazing crowds that come out to support runners in big cities. … More The Philadelphia Marathon was a great return to big-city marathons
The opportunity to run across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge returned last month after a three-year hiatus. This year, the race had a new name, the Bay Bridge Run — which was basically its unofficial name anyway — and new management, Corrigan Sports. I had a fun weekend, and although it was the largest event I’d … More Oct. 31 was a beautiful day to run across the Bay Bridge
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!