Oh no. I’d looked back, and the horses were right behind us. The horses that we had to stay in front of to finish the Algonquin 50K in eight hours. … More The Algonquin 50K: I didn’t finish the race, but I finished the course
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
I had heard there were running trails by Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore County, but I finally got a chance to run there three weeks ago. While in the area, I decided to do a run there that would finish the 26.2 cumulative miles of the Run Happy Fest and get me to 30 miles … More Loch Raven Reservoir trails offer “choose your own adventure” paths
I’ve participated in the Pemberton 24 each of the three years it’s been held, and for the first two years, I ended up with painful blisters and chafing that were worse than other runs. I tried a new strategy — and it worked. I also ran my highest number of 5Ks at the event. … More I tried a new strategy for this year’s Pemberton 24 — and it worked
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 always like to explore new trails or running spots when I’m out of town, and I decided to run on one of the trails at Prettyboy Reservoir last weekend, when I was visiting my family. Although I grew up in Hampstead, which is not far from the Prettyboy Reservoir Cooperative Management Wildlife Area in … More I finally explored one of Prettyboy Reservoir’s trails
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