I completed the Naylor Mill 7K on the hottest day of the summer

The Algonquin 50K seemed to fall on the most brutal day of the winter, and the Naylor Mill 7K fell on what I’m pretty sure was the hottest day of the summer. This fact has not been lost on participants of both events, according to Facebook. The race was last Friday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 … More I completed the Naylor Mill 7K on the hottest day of the summer

I ran my first in-person race since March: The Naylor Mill 7K

The week of the Naylor Mill 7K, I received my race bib and a cloth mask in the mail. That’s something that would have been pretty odd if it would have happened last year. But this year, this mailing was a way for the race to avoid a gathering at packet pickup, help keep runners … More I ran my first in-person race since March: The Naylor Mill 7K

Naylor Mill 7K: Tough trails, good friends and, of course, bacon

I hadn’t run on the Naylor Mill Forest Trail since last year’s Naylor Mill 7K, but I felt surprisingly good on the trail Friday, Aug. 2, for the annual Bacon vs. Scrapple event. Feeling good didn’t mean that I was running fast. I was several minutes slower than my usual race pace for a distance … More Naylor Mill 7K: Tough trails, good friends and, of course, bacon

August Wrap-Up: My highest mileage month ever!

Follow @vanessajunkin Even without looking back at the post, I’m pretty sure I had a wrap-up post with a similar title last October, when I hit my then-highest monthly mileage of 140.5. But I hit 150 miles this month, which certainly calls for some excitement! I ran 150 miles. As noted above, this is my highest-mileage … More August Wrap-Up: My highest mileage month ever!

August running wrap-up: Reaching the elusive 100 miles in a month!

Follow @vanessajunkin I’ve reached 100 miles in a month before, and last year I even averaged just more than that per month. This year, though, has been a different story: I had been finding it hard to get to that point. I finally did it in August! Here’s my running wrap-up for last month. I … More August running wrap-up: Reaching the elusive 100 miles in a month!

Gear Review: Under Armour Horizon RTT trail shoes

Follow @vanessajunkin Disclaimer: I received a pair of the Under Armour Horizon RTT trail shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find and write race reviews! I’d never worn a pair of trail shoes before, so it was … More Gear Review: Under Armour Horizon RTT trail shoes

Bacon before, during and after: On The Bacon Trail – The Naylor Mill 7K

Follow @vanessajunkin I didn’t have the fastest time at the On The Bacon Trail – The Naylor Mill 7K, but I did have a delicious time. Sticking with the bacon theme, I had bacon before, during and after the race. I also wore a tank that said “I’m already planning what I’m going to eat … More Bacon before, during and after: On The Bacon Trail – The Naylor Mill 7K