Marathon #16: Running to Honour Alex Rach

My Baltimore marathon adventure will take me back home to the city where I was born and grew up. Memories of steamed crabs, snowballs, the Orioles and visits to the Inner Harbour are already bubbling to the surface, reminding me of the good times spent in my home city. Baltimore has its share of problems,…

#LubecPartyOfThree

What started off as an innocent suggestion by my friend Lashell (in September 2016) to run the Adams County Half/Full Marathon in 2017, snowballed into a lobstah and hill-fueled race-cation full of shenanigans in the easternmost point of the US this past June with our ‘#LubecPartyOfThree.’ A girl’s getaway to allow the three of us…

Suffering from Runner’s Brain

When I ran the Chattanooga Marathon, I crossed the finish line, got my water, beer and a bite to eat, then I decided to buy a couple items from the event store. It was a bit chilly, and I’ve been in need of a new sweatshirt, so I found the the correct size but realized…

One Word 2017

As is typical on New Year’s Eve, people start getting philosophical in anticipation of the new year ahead. I mean, a blank calendar filled with 365 days of possibilities stretching ahead, waiting for us to fill them with activity, meaning and purpose. If you are like the majority of people, you probably make a resolution…

Where will running take me in 2017?

I confess: I’ve been planning my 2017 running calendar for the last six months or so. Yes, I know that means 2016 wasn’t even half over before thoughts were focused on the new year and the future. This is nothing new for me, though. I am a planner; I enjoy researching, anticipating, looking forward to…

I run because I get to

A couple months ago, a company called Fellow Flowers had a special ‘flower it forward’ promotion, where participants would order their flowers to give to someone else as a way to promote the unity and community that is seen in the running circles. I posted the question on my Facebook page, asking people which flower…

After You Cross the Finish Line

In 1998, I spent 79 days backpacking the Appalachian Trail, hiking a total of 1,318 miles from mid-Virginia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. My whole goal for that summer was to climb Mt. Katahdin and have my picture taken with the famed sign that proclaimed that spot as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.…

Lessons from ugly feet

For years, I have been not OK with my feet. When I was younger, I took dance and beat the heck out of my feet. The summer after I graduated from college, I hiked the Appalachian Trail for 2 1/2 months, hiking through rainy days, hot conditions and rough trails. For the last couple years,…