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

2019 Running Travels: The trails of Tuckahoe State Park really are a treasure

The trails of Tuckahoe State Park seem to have it all — single track trails, a wider stretch of trail, hills and a water crossing. I went to the Tuckahoe State Park trails for the first time on Saturday, July 13, for a Tuckahoe 25K training run. This new race, set for Nov. 2, sold … More 2019 Running Travels: The trails of Tuckahoe State Park really are a treasure

Twenty-four hours of 5Ks are coming to Wicomico County — join us for another training run this week

Through my job at Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, I get to be part of marketing an exciting new event coming to Pemberton Historical Park this September. It’s the Pemberton 24 – Festival of 5Ks, which will consist of 24 5Ks, starting at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The event will continue until the … More Twenty-four hours of 5Ks are coming to Wicomico County — join us for another training run this week

2019 Running Travels: Philadelphia’s John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is beautiful

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

2019 Running Travels: Exploring the Chapel Branch Nature Trail in Seaford

I set a goal to run in a new-to-me location each month during 2019, and by March 30, I still hadn’t run in a totally new location in March. I did run on a new-to-me part of the NCR Trail when I ran the entire trail, which I do think counts. However, I didn’t go … More 2019 Running Travels: Exploring the Chapel Branch Nature Trail in Seaford

2019 Running Travels: The Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract

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

2019 Running Travels: Two trails in Pennsylvania’s Greater Americana Region

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

Scenic Run: The trail around Austin’s Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake)

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)

Traveling the trails of Washington D.C.’s Theodore Roosevelt Island

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