Snacks To Keep You Going During Your Mid-Afternoon Hunger Atta...

Snacks To Keep You Going During Your Mid-Afternoon Hunger Attacks

I’m kicking off  National Nutrition Month with one of several posts about diet and nutrition.  As a health and fitness blogger I tend to focus on my first love, running.  During March, I’ll share a few posts about nutrition with the hopes of leaving my readers with tools for eating well and feeling the best […]

You Never Know When You’re Running With A Future Friend – 2012 BCC 5K Re...

You Never Know When You’re Running With A Future Friend – 2012 BCC 5K Recap

Today’s Broadlands Community Church 5K (BCC 5K) recap is as much about friendship as it is about a race, and it all started with a shirt. But first, let’s talk about the race….. One of my clients ran in a local low-keyed community race in 2011, and was so excited to get a really nice […]

Five Reasons I Love Doing My Business Ta...

Five Reasons I Love Doing My Business Taxes

It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  While you’re there, be sure to check out other bloggers who are participating in the linkup, too.  This week, the DC […]

Moms RUN This Town, My Local Chap...

Moms RUN This Town, My Local Chapter

On a cold January morning in 2014 while out on a Saturday morning group run with the Cruisers, we saw our fellow Cruiser friend Amanda running with a group of ladies we didn’t know.  We stopped to say hi, and I teased her about two-timing the Cruisers.  Later that day, she asked me if I […]

The Cruisers, And How They Came To...

The Cruisers, And How They Came To Be

I took over the marathon coaching position at Worldgate Sport and Health in the summer of 2000, and held it until I left the corporate gym world to start my own personal training business in the fall of 2006. When I left, Worldgate had no coach to replace my position, so I offered to allow […]

Happy Birthday To The Monster I Creat...

Happy Birthday To The Monster I Created!

When Bill and I were first married we were much better fit for hiking together than running together.  Bill played a lot of basketball and tennis, and was great at sudden short explosions of speed, and considered his run finished after a quick mile.  I preferred to run around five miles, at a 9:00 pace. […]

Races I’m Most Looking Forward To This Y...

Races I’m Most Looking Forward To This Year

It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  While you’re there, be sure to check out other bloggers who are participating in the linkup, too.  This week, the DC […]

Fresh Powder And A Go...

Fresh Powder And A GoPro

It’s rare that we get fresh powder in the mid-Atlantic region, but when we do, Bill and I don’t miss the opportunity to play in it!  We’re under the grips of an Arctic blast (it was 14° when we ran this morning), and the upside to that cold air is precipitation in the form of […]

For The Love Of It 10K Race Re...

For The Love Of It 10K Race Recap

100 races – that’s got a nice ring to it!  The Valentine’s Day =PR= Race Series For The Love Of It 10K was my 100th race.  Before you get too impressed, I ran my first race in 1980, and just happened to have all of my race info squirreled away on lists, in a scrapbook, […]

Happy Valentine’s ...

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  For a little Valentine’s Day fun, I thought I’d share some fun photos that I’ve seen on Facebook, captioned by the organization that posted it.       Questions: Do you like those chalky little Valentine heart candy? How about the cinnamon red hots shaped like little hearts? Who’s racing today […]

Five Things I Love About My Favorite Run...

Five Things I Love About My Favorite Runner

It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  This week, the DC Trifecta chose All About Love as the Friday Five theme.   Since I think about running most […]

How To Throw An Italian Dinner Party For Fourteen Gue...

How To Throw An Italian Dinner Party For Fourteen Guests

Our annual Italian Dinner Party each February is my weekend to shine and make my husband both happy and proud.  Happy that he’s getting a good home cooked meal; and proud that I try my hardest to replicate two of his favorite childhood dishes that his Italian grandma made for him. I suppose I’m a […]

Fitness Snapsh...

Fitness Snapshots

By now everyone is well aware that I became injured in early December and wasn’t really able to run again until last week.  If suddenly I’m posting cyclies instead of runfies on Instagram, something must be up, right?  I mean – I’m Deb Runs, not Deb Spins! I took the last half of December off […]

A Family Of Runn...

A Family Of Runners

My husband Bill started running my longer training runs with me to keep me company and before he knew it, he was up to 16 miles. One day I saw a new marathon in our area and decided to sign up for it. He was at work when I called to see if he wanted […]

From Football To F...

From Football To Feet

It’s weird that I get so excited about the Super Bowl since the Redskins haven’t been close to playing in it in a couple of decades. I have no skin in the game this year, but I’ll be cheering for Kam Chancellor and Nick Sorensen (both Hokies) to have a good game, so by default, I’m […]

Working My Way B...

Working My Way Back

Today’s run was one of those runs.  One of those runs I’ll remember forever….. I’ll remember it because it was so sweet.  So sweet because I hadn’t really gone for a run in about five weeks.  There’s a saying that goes: distance makes the heart grow fonder; we runners say: injury makes the comeback sweeter. […]

Planning, Organization, and Fam...

Planning, Organization, and Family

It’s time for Friday Five linkup with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run!  Be sure to stop by their blogs and say hello!  This week, the DC Trifecta chose Things About Me to be this week’s Friday Five theme.     My regular readers […]

Bill’s Mountain Trail Run To Maryland Heig...

Bill’s Mountain Trail Run To Maryland Heights

Bill and I have been trying to do more trail runs in the last year, and we have received a lot of inspiration from local running groups and friends posting on Instagram. There are some good trails and even mountains a relatively short drive away. After seeing some photos of a local group running Maryland […]

It’s Not What You’d Exp...

It’s Not What You’d Expect

Sometimes I pull the trigger on my Friday Five post late on Thursday evening and publish it, but usually I’m a rule follower and publish my linkup on Friday.  Friday Five, get it.  This week I’m way behind on life, so I’m lucky to get this week’s written by Saturday mid-day. It’s time I’m late […]

A Girl Can Dream…...

A Girl Can Dream…..

Sometimes it’s hard being a Hokie football fan – like during the 2014 season, and when I was a student. This past fall, Virginia Tech played Ohio State early on in the season, and I was nervous.  Many of our friends went to Columbus to watch the game.  Bill and I didn’t.  I refused to […]

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2015 Race Schedule

February 14 - For The Love Of It 10K
April 4 - Algonkian Regional Park PR Trail Run
April 26 - George Washington Parkway Ten Miler
May 9 - Burke Lake Park PR Trail Run
May 17 - River Bend Park PR Trail Run
May 30 - ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon
June 6 - Lake Fairfax PR Trail Run
June 19 & 20 - Ragnar Trail Appalachians, WV
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
August 16 - Leesburg 20K
November 26 - Thanksgiving Day 5K
December 6 - Run With Santa 5K

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - favorite trail marathon

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