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About the Firecracker 5K Like most other races the 11th Annual 2020 Firecracker 5K, hosted by PR Races, had to switch to virtual this year. It was my 8th consecutive year of running what has become one of my favorite races. Truth bomb – due to injury I walked the 2020 Virtual Firecracker 5K. I […]

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About the Race I won a free entry to the 42nd Annual Virtual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K from one of my blogging friends, Darlene, who was one of this year’s race ambassadors. Prior to this year, Darlene had run this Albany, NY based race for twelve years straight and this year was going to […]

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2013 Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon Race Recap

Today was the third annual Virginia Wine Country Half-Marathon and my third time running this race that winds through beautiful Loudoun County. Once we’d arrived at Doukenie Winery, the location of the start and finish, the Cruisers gathered for our mandatory pre-race picture. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find Vamshi or Amit before the race.   Little […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Keeping the Virtual Mother’s Day Four Miler Fun If I was going to wait 31 years to run another Mother’s Day race, why not wait until a global pandemic to make it more interesting? With all races switching to virtual to help slow the spread of the corona […]

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About Turkey Dash Charlotte The 2019 Turkey Dash Charlotte was held at The Village at Robinson Farm in Charlotte, NC on a gorgeous Thanksgiving morning with near perfect racing weather. The event is a family run labor of love described on their Facebook page as “… a way to celebrate and give thanks for all the […]

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2019 Marine Corps Half Marathon Race Recap

  The seeds for running the Marine Corps Half Marathon in Camp Lejeune, NC were sewn back in February when my Cruiser friend Beth told me about last year’s race being canceled after Hurricane Florence ravaged the area. As a result, Beth’s registration was deferred and she invited me to join her for this year’s race. The […]

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About the Firecracker 5K The 2019 Firecracker 5K, hosted by PR Races, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Independence Day. It was my 7th consecutive year of 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 […]

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FOMO While reminiscing through texts with my friends about how much fun we had at last years New Year’s Day race, I signed up to bring in 2019 with equal fanfare at the New Day New Year 5K. Because I’d been experiencing some pain in my right glute/hammie, I had waited until the Friday night […]

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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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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

Running Experience Prior to Road Races 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 […]

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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 its 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 […]

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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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