Today was a huge day for the Cruisers!!! First I want to give a shout-out to Vamshi, Amanda, and Kim for their great performances at the Rock ‘N’ Roll USA Half-Marathon in D.C. this morning! All three Cruisers did great, and two set a new PR!


Vamshi, proudly wearing his medal!


Amanda, our newest Cruiser!


Kim, ready to rock another half-marathon!

Back home, Bill and I met Beth on the trail for a long run. She is training for the Paris Marathon in three weeks and wanted to do a final long run of 20 miles today. She had already completed five miles before Bill and I met her at the trail. The three of us ran together for four miles, and then Bill turned back because he had to go into the office for a while today. I continued with her and ran my first 15-miler since my injury in January of 2012! Six hours later, I still feel great; and I’m loving my compression socks (well, actually Bill’s because I need to order some for me)!

Before we let Bill head home, we took these mandatory pictures.



Beth and I have been running together for ten years!


Bill loves getting creative; and I need a camera with a flash!

Beth and I continued and less than a mile from our turn-around point, a man stopped us to warn us that the man up ahead (walking away from us, but within sight) was angrily talking to himself, and for us to be careful. Thanks to Beth’s Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sport Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Pink), we were able to turn around there and figure out our mileage without using the trail’s mile posts. We decided it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Beth and I were so happy to see that the buds on the bushes along the trail are starting to have a significant green sheen to them!


We were thrilled to see this new porta-potty addition to the trail. Thank you Bike DePot!


Thank you to the Regional Park Authority, Friends of the W&OD, or whomever is responsible for installing this new water fountain along the trail!


This old stone chimney has always been one of my favorite sites along the trail. Don’t you love the “one knee bent, hand on hip” pose I’m striking? πŸ™‚


  • Questions:
  • Did you race this weekend? If so, how did you do?
  • Have you ever encountered a scary person when you’re out on a run?
  • Do you get as excited as I do to see new porta-potties and water fountains on your running trail? πŸ™‚