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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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Meet Elite Virginia Runner and Potomac River Running Store Owner Ray Pugsley

  I first met Ray Pugsley shortly after he and his wife Cathy – along with Cathy’s sister and husband – opened one of their two first Potomac River Running Stores in Ashburn, Virginia in 2003. At the time, I was coaching marathoners for Worldgate Sport & Health and approached Ray and Cathy to see […]

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2016 Leesburg 20K Race Recap

I don’t remember much about my first Leesburg 20K back in 2004 other than it was hot, humid, hilly, and left nothing to make me want to run it again. Fast forward to 2014 and then 2015 when I decided to give the race another chance and quickly learned that I really liked the change in the course and […]

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2016 Firecracker 5K Race Recap

After stalking the weather forecast for the last few days leading up to Independence Day, I ran in the seventh annual =PR= Races Firecracker 5K hosted by Potomac River Running and Leidos on the morning of July 4th. It was my fourth time running this fun race which has become one of my favorites. In a bold move for me, I wore […]

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2016 Run Your Heart Out 5K Race Recap

I hadn’t planned on running a winter race this year until I won an entry into the Run Your Heart Out 5K back in January when I posted a picture of me running in the snow to Instagram and tagged @PotomacRiverRunning. My picture won, and on Sunday I found myself toeing the starting line with the air temperature at a […]

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2015 Run With Santa 5K Race Recap

Peer pressure may usually have a negative connotation, but in this case it was a good thing and worked out in my favor. Erin couldn’t stand the thought of missing out on all of the fun, so she signed up for the Run With Santa 5K at the last minute! She even picked up my […]

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2015 Firecracker 5K Race Recap

For the third year in a row, I started my Independence Day off with a BANG by running in the =PR= Race Series Firecracker 5K put on by Potomac River Running. PRR always does things right, and today’s race was no exception!  Their website says it best when explaining why runners should participate in the […]

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2014 Run With Santa 5K Race Recap

Last year I ran my first Run With Santa 5K in softly falling snow, and couldn’t have been happier!  Just before the race started, snow started falling and it snowed throughout the entire race.  It was glorious, and I dreamed of a repeat this year.  The day before this year’s race brought pouring rain to […]

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2014 Leesburg 20K Race Recap

I hope you like lots of pictures, because today’s 2014 Leesburg 20K recap is chock-full of them!  Proceeds from today’s race benefited the YMCA of Loudoun County’s youth programs, and it’s always nice to run a race that benefits something I find important.  I ran this race back in 2004, and I can’t believe that […]

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2014 Firecracker 5K Recap

On Thursday I picked up my race packet for the Firecracker 5K in Reston Town Center.  Packet pick-up was at Potomac River Running and I got in and out in a breeze!   Since last year’s shirt was a little tight, I ordered a medium this year and it fits perfectly.  The color is a […]

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2014 Loudoun Half Marathon Race Recap, And A New PR

Today was the Inaugural Loudoun Half Marathon and as expected the Ashburn Area Running Club did a fabulous job in putting this first-time race together.  I first heard about this new race at the Reston Ten Miler and decided that I wanted to add it to my race calendar, mainly because the race proceeds were […]

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2013 Run With Santa 5K Race Recap

  Earlier this week I started stalking the Run With Santa 5K website when I saw the messy weather coming across the country with an ETA in the DC area on Sunday morning about the time the race was to start.  This is what I found…   And then last night Weather Bug had this […]

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2013 Firecracker 5K Race Recap

Happy Fourth of July!  We started our morning off with a BANG by running in the =PR= Potomac River Running Firecracker 5K.  They do things right, and today’s race didn’t disappoint!  The following quote is from the race web site: This is a wonderful opportunity to give thanks and show your support to our local […]

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Motivational Monday

I couldn’t have said the above quote better myself…  Of course I couldn’t have; Mr. Burfoot is a running legend, the winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon, and is an editor-at-large at Runner’s World. There are many reasons my clients hire me to help them get fit and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.  […]

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2013 TKO Melanoma 5K Race Recap

This morning two of my Cruiser friends and I ran in the TKO Melanoma 5K.  This race was in memory of Theresa Kay O’Conner, a loving wife and mom who lost her battle with melanoma last fall.  This race was very near and dear to me as a melanoma survivor, and also because I lost […]

 
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