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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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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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National AIDS Marathon Training Program:  My First Coaching Job

As a coach for the National AIDS Marathon Training Program in 1998, I trained my runners – the majority self proclaimed couch potatoes – to successfully run their first marathon at the end of their 26-week training cycle, all the while raising money to fund AIDS research and to bring an end to the AIDS epidemic. […]

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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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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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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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1998 And 2002 Sunrise 5K Race Recaps

Shortly after I was hired as a trainer for Worldgate Sport & Health, the annul Sunrise 5K, sponsored by Worldgate and conducted by the DC Road Runners Club, was held. I hadn’t planned to run it – it was only a 5K and at the time I had never run a race that short, instead […]

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2004 Leesburg 20K Race Recap

Bummed that I won’t be joining my friends at this Sunday’s Leesburg 20K – one of my favorite races and a race I’ve run the last three consecutive years – I thought I’d take the opportunity to write a throwback recap from the 2004 Leesburg 20K.    On that hot August 8th morning, Bill and […]

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2002 Rock ‘N’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

In honor of today’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, I’m writing my final throwback race recap. Final, that is, unless I find more old pictures from another race from yesteryear…   In 2002, five of my runner friends from the group I coached at Worldgate Sport & Health, my husband, and I signed up for […]

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2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, And 1997 National Capital 20 Miler Race Recaps

My first race of any distance was the DC Road Runners’ National Capital 20 Miler.  My marathon training was at the mercy of my friend Miles, and he suggested that running a 20-mile race a month before the Marine Corps Marathon would be a great way for me to gauge how prepared I was for […]

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2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Recap

Only four weeks after running Boston in 2010, one of my friends sent me an email about an upcoming event just two weeks away, The North Face Endurance Challenge.  The two-day event included 50-Miler, 50-K, marathon, marathon relay, half marathon, 10K, and 5K races. I immediately decided to enter the marathon despite telling the Cruisers […]

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2004 Potomac River Run Marathon Recap

In celebrations of today’s 11th annual running of the Potomac River Run Marathon and Half Marathon, I’m recapping when I ran the 2004 marathon and Bill ran the half.  When we ran the race, it started and ended at Belle Haven Park in Alexandria and ran along the Mount Vernon Trail next to the beautiful […]

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2006 Frederick Marathon Recap

In recapping the 2006 Frederick Marathon, I must first mention that there have been three races that I registered for, but didn’t run… There was the 2000 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run when Bill and I woke up to a light snow and let the sweet call of our warm bed pull us back in. […]

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2001 Big Sur International Marathon Race Recap

Good luck today to all of the runners participating today in the 29th Big Sur International Marathon!  Back in 2001, Bill and I met our friends Miles and his wife Jeani in California to run this bucket-list marathon. Big Sur advises that this will not be a PR marathon for runners; in fact marathoners need […]

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The Tortoise & The Hare 8K; From The Race Director’s Perspective

I’ve run a lot of races over the years, 89 if you only count the ones listed on my Race Results tab. A few more, if you count the others that I ran way too long ago for me to remember the race names or distances… I’ve run enough races to make me appreciate a […]

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