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
When I know I’m going to have a day off to myself and don’t have any holiday plans, I start thinking about new places to run. On Presidents Day this past Monday, I had off work. I thought it would be fun to go to Corner Bakery in Onancock, Virginia, for some doughnuts, but since … More 2019 Running Travels: Mutton Hunk Fen Natural Area Preserve on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
Even though we’re already more than a third through February, I’m going to continue my monthly wrap-up posts. Here are some things to know about my January running. I ran 131.67 miles. That’s a pretty high-mileage month for me, so I figured it may be my highest January mileage ever logged. I looked back through the logs I’ve kept since 2011 on Excel … More I started out 2019 with my highest-mileage January ever
In my 2019 goals post, I mentioned that one of my goals for this year is to run in a new-to-me place at least once a month. I got to work on this goal early, with a long run on the Mount Vernon Trail in Northern Virginia on Jan. 6. I write for RunWashington and … More 2019 Running Travels: The Mount Vernon Trail in Northern Va.
Follow @vanessajunkin I traveled to Austin, Texas, from last Thursday through today for The Running Event, and once I knew I would be going, I knew I wanted to run at Lady Bird Lake, known as Town Lake by locals. I’d heard about this lakeside trail before, which is about 10 miles long. It was … More Scenic Run: The trail around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)
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 I took a half-day of work Monday to go to Peter Sagal’s book tour in Washington, D.C. (more on this in a later post). I wanted to avoid traffic and get there with time to spare. And, since I was making a two-plus hour drive each way, I figured I would get a … More Traveling the trails of Washington D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt Island
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
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