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
Around the time I ran the entire Maryland portion of the NCR Trail, I became interested in checking out the connecting Pennsylvania portion of the trail, too: the York County Heritage Rail Trail. The Pennsylvania portion starts where the NCR Trail/Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail ends, at the Maryland-Pennsylvania state line, and continues to York. … More 2019 Running Travels: All aboard the York County Heritage Rail Trail
I’ve been wanting to run at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for years, and I finally made that happen this month. Years ago, I saw the area featured in Runner’s World. There have been many beautiful spots highlighted as part of the Rave Run feature, but usually, they were far away. This … More 2019 Running Travels: Philadelphia’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is beautiful
As part of my job with Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, I attend Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance meetings and annual MATPRA Media Marketplaces. Our county is one of numerous members, who are each from different tourism organizations in the Mid-Atlantic states. MATPRA brings us all together for a common purpose of promoting the … More 2019 Running Travels: Two trails in Pennsylvania’s Greater Americana Region
Follow @vanessajunkin During the last week of September, I traveled to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania for work. But I wasn’t going to travel somewhere I’d never been before without getting a run in. I stayed an extra night on my own, and was able to get in three runs during my trip, along with … More Running in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania: The Great Allegheny Passage and more
It’s April Fools’ Day, but this post has nothing to do with April Fools. Really. It also happens to be the day after the last day of March, so I’m wrapping up my March running. I ran 79.21 miles. While less than January and February, I expected March’s total to be less because I did take … More Nine facts about my March running
Follow @VanessaJunkin Marathon training doesn’t stop just because of vacation. And since I love running in new places anyway, it was a no-brainer to get my eight miler done while on vacation in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. My boyfriend, Mike, and I stayed at a beautiful place in Dutch Country called The Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast … More A quiet, hilly run in Dutch Country, Pa.