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Running With Santa Each year =PR= Races’ Run With Santa 5K is more like a party in Reston Town Center that just happens to have a race around its outer perimeter. It’s the perfect start to the holiday season, and many of my friends and I now make this race an annual tradition. This was my […]

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2018 Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K Race Recap

About the Race Once again, on Thanksgiving morning my family joined our friends for the 25th annual Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K. It’s a fun tradition that’s become the perfect start to our Thanksgiving. The event is broken up into a 10K, 5K, and 2K so there’s a distance for everyone! Here a little information from the […]

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2003 LAWS Run For Shelter Half Marathon Race Recap

Fifteen years ago today I lined up with my Cruiser friends to run the 9th Annual LAWS Run For Shelter Half Marathon in Leesburg, Virginia. Proceeds from the race went to help support the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), a shelter that has been in place for thirty-four years serving the needs of Loudoun County. […]

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Breakfast Before My First Road Race Versus Today’s Races, Pre Timing Chips; And Three 1980 Fredericksburg Race Recaps

I ran high school track for five years (eight grade was high school for me), then ran intramural track at Virginia Tech, but I never had the wherewithal to consider joining the Virginia Tech cross country team. At the time, cross country was a club sport at VT so I’m sure the coach wouldn’t have […]

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1997 Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 8K Race Recap

It’s the race where I ran my 8K PR, yet I don’t have a single picture from the 1997 Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest 8K. I do; however, have a lot of fun memories to share from this race I ran 21 years ago today!   The summer of 1997 was the year I started racing […]

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About the Firecracker 5K 2018 was the 9th running of the Firecracker 5K, and my 6th consecutive year running what has become one of my favorite races. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the celebration of our nation’s birthday than with a fun morning of running with my friends. The race website […]

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2018 Grand Teton Half Marathon Race Recap

  Sometime last summer the Grand Teton Half Marathon popped on my radar and it didn’t take very much arm twisting to get my husband on board with a trip back to where we’d honeymooned many years earlier. As part of the National Park Half Marathon Series put on by Vacation Races, I was confident that it would […]

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1989 Herndon Festival 10K Race Recap

Three weeks after running the Nike Women’s 8K on Mother’s Day, I ran the Herndon Festival 10K on June 4th. The race wove it’s way through historic downtown Herndon, VA, a quaint little town not too far from the health club where I worked. 1989 marked the 9th year of the Herndon Festival which is still going […]

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2009 Girls On The Run 5K Race Recap

Back in 2009, my good friend Craig approached me to see if I’d be interested in being a buddy runner for his eleven-year-old daughter Marina in her Girls On The Run 5K while he ran with his eight-year-old daughter Katrina. Not only did he offer to pay my registration fee, but he also offered to […]

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Those Were The Days Wearing a tucked-in cotton shirt, florescent yellow shorts hiked up to my belly button, and cotton crew socks under my Nike Air Pegasus, I lined up with women, from elites to casual runners, to run the Nike Women’s 8K in DC way back on Mother’s Day, May 14, 1989. It had […]

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2018 Fiesta 5K Race Recap

On Saturday morning, my friends and I lined up with about three hundred other runners for the Fiesta 5K and 10K which just happened to land right on Cinco de Mayo. The race was put on by Ashburn Village and benefited Smashing Walnuts, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood brain cancer. Packet pickup […]

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  It had been two years since my last trail race, but once I learned about the Hungry Mother 25K, I knew I wanted in on the action. Hungry Mother State Park is near where I grew up, and my husband Bill and I have enjoyed running the well-manicured trails around the lake for several […]

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In honor of one of the few races I’ve run in the snow, I’m recapping the 2010 Cloud Snapple Half Marathon from eight years ago today. This particular race stands out because my Cruiser friends and I started out looking like normal people and finished with white Groucho Marx eyebrows. The race was run on […]

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I usually prefer not to run winter races… It’s not that I don’t have a lot of fun once I get going, but rather, I don’t like freezing while standing around waiting for the race to begin that’s the deterrent. When running a 5K, though, I always go on a one-mile warmup run timing it […]

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It’s hard to believe that it was six years ago that Bill and I joined our friend Lolly for the 2011 Ringing In Hope 10K in Brambleton, VA. We were the only Cruisers to run the race, but not the only in attendance because our Cruiser friend Jerome was working the event for Capital Running […]

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2017 Run With Santa 5K Race Recap

=PR= Races’ Run With Santa 5K has become one of my favorite annual races, especially since Erin and I declared it one of our races three years ago and the shenanigans ensued. Monday evening, just five delivery days prior to the race, Erin texted with updated pictures of her sugarplum fairy race costume. Peer pressure is […]

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Once again, on Thanksgiving morning my family joined our friends for the 24nd annual Ashburn Farm Thanksgiving Day 5K. It’s a fun tradition that’s become the perfect start to our Thanksgiving. The race has 10K, 5K, and 2K distances so there’s a distance for everyone! One of the things I love about this race is that we […]

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For some of the Cruiser ladies, the OBX Half Marathon was a race eleven months in the making. I started our race story with my post, But First, We Had To Have A Birthday Party, last week when I explained that the idea of running this particular race first came about at a Christmas party […]

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The Race I Didn’t Run:  2017 Army Ten-Miler Race Recap

These days, I don’t usually sign up for a race too far in advance, and this year’s Army Ten-Miler is a perfect example of why that’s a good thing. Surprisingly, after all the races I’ve run, I never signed up for the Army Ten-Miler even though it was a staple race for many of my […]

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Two years before I realized I had back issues of my own, I ran in the We’ve Got Your Back 5K. It was a small race in Reston, VA put together by the Virginia Spine Institute (VSI). Not only was packet pick-up right there at VSI, but the race started and ended in their parking […]

 
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