After I didn’t finish the Algonquin 50K earlier this month, I was disappointed, but not crushed. I definitely planned to sign up for next year, but I didn’t plan to run the distance on my own. … More We didn’t finish our 50K. So we ran our own.
Of course, 2020 has been an odd year. But this year, I got to participate in one annual tradition for many that was new to me — running a Thanksgiving Day race! For the past five years or so, I have volunteered at the Turkey Trek 5K that my work, Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism, … More I ran my first Thanksgiving Day race ever — in 2020
There are challenges that come with an event like the Pemberton 24 that aren’t found at many other types of races.
One challenge is that unless you plan to do all 24 of the 5Ks offered, there is no real “finish” that you must meet. You stop running when you meet your goal — but, you can skip a 5K, or a few 5Ks, and come back to the race course. You can use strategy to get extra points during the middle-of-the-night 5Ks. Your goal can change at any time. … More Pemberton 24 Take 2: I completed 10 5Ks in 24 hours
I’d been wanting to make it back to the trails at Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster, Maryland, for a while, and I finally made that happen last month, on Sept. 6. I grew up about 30 minutes away in Hampstead, and I remember going to Hashawha — which is north of the Westminster city limits … More I ran the trails at Hashawha for the first time in more than a decade
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
At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to run six new-to-me places in the Washington, D.C., area, since I live in Salisbury but write for RunWashington. Of course, that was before COVID-19. Since everything started getting canceled and shut down in mid-March, I’ve only even been on the other side of the … More She Runs by the City: Exploring Montgomery County’s Rachel Carson Conservation Park
Feeling bummed and worried about the novel coronavirus and the uncertainty that comes along with it, I needed a change of scenery this week. Of course, I wanted to be safe about it. So, I decided to finally check out a park I’ve been wanting to return to for a while — Janes Island State … More Social distancing an easy feat at Somerset County's rural Janes Island State Park
I’d been wanting to check out the Blades trails since I learned about them. I didn’t make it to last year’s Blades Trail Race, but I was able to make it to a training run set up by race organizers two weeks ago and enjoyed checking out the trails with a group. This year’s Blades … More I ran on the beautiful Blades trails in Worcester County
With less than 10 minutes to go until the start of the PHUNT Trail Race, I emerged from the warm activity hall with fellow runners who would be taking on the 25K or 50K course. We stepped into the 20-something-degree air outside. We were greeted by the song “Highway to Hell.” A few snowflakes fell … More PHUNT Trail Race: Highway to Hills
I started the book “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail” knowing what would happen at the end. But what led up to that on Scott Jurek’s trek to break the Fastest Known Time record for the Appalachian Trail was interesting to read about. I got this book as a Secret Santa gift … More Runner Reads: “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail” by Scott Jurek with Jenny Jurek