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December 9, 2011

Oh dear. The Internet is upside-down again.

In the loopy world of blogs, this is the first post you'll see. For us, it's the last.

From the time this blog launched with several contributors, it has always been in a bit of a gerrymandered space between the sports and health worlds, with some transportation and food thrown in.

We've lost some voices in the year since then, so it's with some relief that those of us still active move to Picture of Health this month. We hope you'll come with us so we won't have to miss you.

It's been fun. Thanks for all the comments!

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December 1, 2011

Running/walking events for December 2011

Happy December! Here are this month's running and walking events in Maryland:
PGRC weekday runs at National HarborRepeatsNational Harbor
Rockville All-Comers Group Fun RunRepeatsRockville
BRRC Group runs at GoucherRepeatsTowson
NCR Trail Snails Saturday training runsRepeatsFreeland
Baltimore Pacemakers morning track runsRepeatsBaltimore
4th Annual Walk to BethlehemRepeatsEllicott City
PGRC weekday runs in BowieRepeatsBowie
ESRC daily runs (Salisbury area)RepeatsSalisbury
Walking programRepeatsGlen Burnie
Mommies in MotionRepeatsWhite Marsh
Wiggin Winter Dash 5KDecember 3rd, 2011 Frederick
Hot Chocolate 15K / 5K D.C.December 3rd, 2011 National Harbor
Frozen Slopes XCDecember 3rd, 2011 Derwood
Southern Bulldog 5K Run & 1 Mile WalkDecember 3rd, 2011 Harwood
Rudolph Run 5k or 2 Person RelayDecember 3rd, 2011 Elkridge
Dancer Dash 10KDecember 4th, 2011 Westminster
Running with the Reindeer 5KDecember 4th, 2011 Havre de Grace
DCRRC Bread Run 10KDecember 4th, 2011 Glen Echo
RASAC Charity 5KDecember 4th, 2011 Bel Air
BRRC Master's 6 MileDecember 4th, 2011 Sparks
HCS WS Legends of the Fall Race #6December 4th, 2011 Columbia
Wednesday Night LightsDecember 7th, 2011 Columbia
Fort Meade Run Series Reindeer 5K Run/Fun WalkDecember 10th, 2011 Fort Meade
Santa's Sleigh 5KDecember 10th, 2011 Churchville
Rockville Jingle Bell Jog 8KDecember 11th, 2011 Rockville
Anniversary Run 15KDecember 11th, 2011 Annapolis
DCRRC Gar Williams Half MarathonDecember 11th, 2011 Carderock
RASAC Run to Mama 5 MileDecember 11th, 2011 Havre de Grace
Wheaton Park XC OrienteeringDecember 17th, 2011 Wheaton
Celtic Solstice Five-MilerDecember 17th, 2011 Baltimore
Baybrook Park 3 Mile Cross Country ChampionshipDecember 17th, 2011 Baltimore
Berlin Reindeer Run 5K & 1 MileDecember 17th, 2011 Berlin
HCS WS Legends of the Fall - Series AwardsDecember 18th, 2011 Columbia
RASAC Holiday 5KDecember 18th, 2011 Bel Air
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November 17, 2011

Remaining running/walking events for November

Here is a roundup of the remaining Maryland running and walking events in November.

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October 24, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be off running in the mountains, far, far away. Let me know if you have any tips. (Regarding running as a tourist, Anica has already provided a good start on advice.)

What I recommend: I know nothing about it, but the Trick-or-Trot 5K gets points for original naming in what will soon be a sea of turkey trots. On the other end of the distance spectrum, the Fire on the Mountain 50K is something ultra runners can sink their mesh-lined, waffle-soled feet into. (All links after the jump, as usual)

Full list of Maryland options this month:

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October 17, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably just relaxing this weekend after a couple weeks of big events. That is likely to mean a quick training run on Saturday, then brunch.
 
What else I recommend: The Ma and Pa trail run looks like fun. My newsroom neighbor, Chris Kaltenbach, also had a nice writeup on the Run for your Lives this week. It looks like running registration is closed, but spectators can still sign up.
 
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October 11, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I'm doing: I'll be blogging from the Baltimore Marathon on Saturday morning. Other than that, this is lazy time for me. Next week I might start some cross-training or light running again.

What else I recommend: I would find it tough not to push the stilt-walking class. Who doesn't like stilt-walking?

More Maryland running events this month:

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October 4, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be running the Steamtown Marathon this weekend.

Why: The race is known for great community support on its relatively rural route, along with a fast, downhill grade. As a result, the point-to-point marathon has made several critics' top-pick lists, including this one.

What else I recommend: Assuming you can't make it to Scranton or Chicago, I'd be interested in hearing about your experience at the stilt-walking lessons on Saturday.

Full list of Maryland options:

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September 26, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Taking it easy.

Why: This weekend will be the last one before the Steamtown Marathon. (I'm getting pretty excited.)

What else I recommend: I did the Falls Road 15K last year, and despite a few oddities, I remember writing at the time that it was a pretty enjoyable event. (Event links after the jum, as always.)

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September 19, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Light training all week.

What I recommend: I enjoyed last year's Great Prostate Cancer Challenge quite a bit. (Assuming the course is similar this year, you'll love it if you're looking for hill practice.) If you're doing a winter or spring marathon and want a tuneup, I'd suggest considering the Chestertown race.

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September 12, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be at the ROCKS 5 Miler on Saturday.

Why: I've already raced in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. On a really shallow level, I want to be able to say "I've run in Virginia." (After that would come North Carolina, I suppose -- not sure if that's ever going to happen.)

What else I recommend: I like the flexible appearance of the BRRC Gunpowder Keg Ultra Trail Races. If you're feeling like lunch after your race, I'd also suggest trying the RASAC Just Milling Around Susquehanna 5K Trail Run. After last week's opening of the floodgates on Conowingo Dam, the Havre de Grace area is finally drying out, and their restaurants probably appreciate the visitors after days of lost business (links after the jump, as usual).

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September 7, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Training with friends over the weekend, assuming Hurricane Katia doesn't foil our plans.

Why: The Steamtown Marathon is a month away, and a bunch of us are planning to run there.

What else I recommend: I did the Run to Remember a couple years ago, and I recall it being a quite scenic race, despite the precipitation. Even without a hurricane, it was pretty wet then too, but if anything, that made the side streets of Federal Hill even easier on the eyes. There was a pretty good turnout that year, considering that it was on a weekday morning, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's huge this time around.

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September 2, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Working on Saturday, then maybe running the Thorpewood Trails 10K on Sunday as the last part of a distance run.

Why: Western Maryland has been calling to me for at least a few weeks. I imagine that's especially the case for other city dwellers, with traffic from the Baltimore Grand Prix providing a strong impetus to get out of town for awhile.

What else I recommend: Ellicott City! It's scenic, and the Knights of Columbus 10K is a nice length for anyone doing a late-fall marathon.

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August 25, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably enjoying one or two last day trips with my wife, who will soon be on a Czech Republic teaching gig for 10 months.

What I recommend: Back when I worked in Annapolis, I always meant to see a game at the Baysox stadium. I still haven't done that, so whether out of curiosity or guilt, I'd urge runners to check out their 5K on Sunday. (And please, if you go, tell me how it is.)

EDIT: The Annapolis 10-miler is off, thanks to Irene.

Full list of Maryland options:

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August 18, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Seeing friends from out of town. (I'm hoping I can convince them to go and peek through the watery fence at Saturday's Bill Cosby show.)

What I recommend: I like the spirit implied by the flyer for the "almost annual" Run for the Pie 10K. If you want to go farther west, you can explore the Volvo campus with a race in Hagerstown.

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August 11, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably just a quiet weekend.

What I recommend: I have to admit that I considered leaving early to see what the Hagerstown Donut Alley Rally was like. In the same vein, several of the state's weekday night series are starting to wrap up. If you haven't gone to one yet, now's the time.

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August 2, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Looking forward to the Dog Days 8K.

Why: Friday night's Howard County Striders 5K made me realize how much I missed actual cross country. I ran nearly seven minutes slower than my personal best on the HCS course, which included three small, unbridged stream crossings in each direction, and I would happily do it again. An 8K in a wooded, trail-based setting will hopefully be quite enjoyable.

What else I recommend: The Moonshine Classic 10K looks like a good excuse to get out into Western Maryland a bit. On the opposite end of the convenience spectrum, I've just started going to the Monday night Federal Hill runs again, so I'm hoping to keep that up.

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July 28, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I might go to the Howard County Striders meet on Friday.

Why: I don't believe I've ever been to the neighborhood in Columbia where the race is being held. It's always fun to explore. And, of course, weekday night races tend to be good deals.

What else I recommend: While I'm talking about weeknight races, the Annapolis Striders have a 5K at Arundel High School tonight. I would be there, but for a scheduling conflict. As for Saturday, the Blue Crab Bolt series intrigues me. I'd love to try another trail 10K sometime, probably after October's Steamtown Marathon.

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July 21, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Entertaining guests most of the weekend.

What I recommend: Based on last year's event, I'd say there's nothing quite like the Baltimore Road Race in Park Heights 5K. (Semi-full disclosure: I think I won something other than a medal there last year, though I don't remember what exactly it might have been.) Highlights last year included a guy walking on his hands to receive his prize, some rather blue language on the loudspeakers -- which were, blessedly, not exactly playing the usual 70s 5K mix -- and a guy standing in front of a row of abandoned houses with a garden hose, cheerfully spraying anyone who asked, along with the occasional passing bus. Hopefully all of that will be back this year.

With news last week that the Owings Mills Metro Center will finally break ground, I lose yet another excuse to avoid visiting that area for Thursday night hikes. (The fading "coming soon" sign was giving me an illogical but annoying feeling of gloom about Owings Mills and Reisterstown. Now there's actually something coming soon.)

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July 6, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Depending on whether my wife feels like a drive to Western Maryland, I might like to do the Lisa Wade 5K. I'm now hoping to run the FSK 6K.

Why: While I have essentially no chance of setting a course record myself, I like the way the Wade 5K organizers have created incentive for such record-breaking runs: They offer a prize that goes up by $50 for every year of unbroken records. I would love to go and support their race, if our household schedule allows, but I just remembered that I work on Saturday, so no Wade 5K for me.

What else I recommend: Friday night races are almost always wonderfully laid back (and cheap!), and there are several of them around the state this week. As for the weekend, I recall that the Pikesville 5K was a well-run event when I ran it last year. Independence Day Duathlon gets points for guts, simply for having the temerity to be held on the 10th.

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June 29, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably a trip to train with friends on Saturday, then maybe a race on the 4th.

Why: I'm always terrible at nailing down Independence Day plans, so as usual, I have little idea of this year's household itinerary.

What else I recommend: I've run the Dundalk 6K twice, enjoying it both times. Let anyone who tries it, be warned: While the start and finish lines are relatively near each other, the Dundalk route is not a looped course. I'm also curious about the Williamsport and Carderock options on the same day. (All race links are after the jump.)

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June 24, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

Start of the 2011 Dreaded Druid Hill 10K (photo added after initial post)

What I’m doing this weekend: This week's Havre de Grace Sprint Triathlon has been cancelled, and I had to drop my own race plans because of illness, but anyone feeling spunky can still go and support coworker Jerry Jackson as he takes part in the Celebration event. (Registration closed.)

What else I recommend: I might go to watch the Dreaded Druid Hills start/finish -- again, no participation, thanks to a temporarily bummed-out respiratory system. I'll probably watch the end of the USATF action as well, since they've offered the courtesy of televising it. The Baltimore Women's Classic is also a big local event, though I'm inclined to poo-poo it, for obvious reasons. One cool twist: A group of soldiers is doing a partner event overseas.

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June 16, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be at a family gathering in Virginia over the weekend.

What I recommend: While overbranded mud races generally bore me, I have to give the Rebel Race credit for their site. I've designed more social media buttons than I can count, and theirs are more interesting than most. (I know -- that's the most superficial reason ever for recommending a race. For those shaking heads in disgust, there's always the Baltimore 10 Miler.) For a more frugal option, the Howard County Striders kick off their insanely cheap summer cross country series on Friday night. I've been to these before, and I very strongly recommend them. (As usual, all links are after the jump.)

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June 9, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Most of my exercise time this weekend will be spend wimming -- hopefully in some open water.

Why: In the run-up to a late-June race, I've at least shown myself that I can do the required distance in a pool at this point: The next step is to do it somewhere less hospitable.

What else I recommend: I keep meaning to try a Thursday night hike. If I felt like traveling this weekend (but staying in-state), I might be inclined to run in the Blue Crabs 5K. (Links are after the jump, as always.)

CORRECTION: The Survivor Harbor 7 is on Sunday. Thanks to reader Hal Laurent for pointing this out.

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June 2, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: If I'm able to do a morning swim, I might go to Howard County for the HCS 2M/10K.

Why: If I restart running on my own, I'll go way too slowly. A nice, short, 2-mile race might be a way to avoid that.

What else I recommend: I like that the ZOOMA Annapolis event is aimed at women but makes it very clear that they welcome men as well. They get points for that alone, and while I haven't seen the course, you'd have to bungle an Annapolis-based event pretty badly to make it anything other than gorgeous. It's probably a pretty safe bet.

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May 26, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Having family over and swimming. I might also check out the Mission Possible 5K on Monday, since it's fairly close to home.

What else I recommend: Weekend options are spread over three mornings because of Memorial Day, so there are fewer local races to choose from on any particular day. The Gunpowder neck 10-miler looks intriguing.

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May 19, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Going to the Y to swim.

Why: I need to get ready for the Celebration Sprint Triathlon, for which I'm ridiculously unprepared.

What else I recommend: While I don't have any firsthand experience with it, the Warrior Dash is getting attention all over the country. I heard people talking about the event on an RTA train in Clevelend last weekend.

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May 9, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Even when attempting months ago to choose a big race for this time of year, there were a lot of options: Cleveland, Wilmington and Pittsburgh all have out-of-state marathons this weekend, and the Maryland Half Marathon offers something closer to home. (I ultimately went with Cleveland -- links after the jump).

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April 29, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Training (but not too much).

Why: The Cleveland Marathon is two weeks away, so I'm winding down my mileage (and none too soon -- I've sort of done the opposite of the Hansons' plan, so my distance days have been a bit ridiculous lately.)

What else I recommend: This is a good week for fans of running in eastern Pennsylvania. The two biggest events outside of the Philadelphia Marathon are arguably the Broad Street run -- sold out and scheduled for Sunday -- and the Penn Relays (on which I'm tweeting occasionally here). If you'd rather go south than north but still want a long Sunday race, the Potomac River Run Marathon is a closer-to-home choice (all links after the jump).

Other options:

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April 21, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Either running with friends or walking in Delaware. (I'm considering both the James Hall Trail and the Christina Riverwalk Pedestrian Walkway

Why: I've never been to Wilmington, which is sort of embarrassing, considering that I've now lived in Maryland for nearly half of a decade.

What else I recommend: If you're looking for something to do on Easter Sunday within the state, pickings are pretty slim. On the other hand, there's a marathon in New York that day, for people who are willing to travel. Saturday offers more options, including the GORUCK Challenge (linked after the jump).

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April 11, 2011

Weekly walking/runing roundup

What I’m doing: I'm likely to belatedly take Steve Mellott's advice next weekend and walk out by Fort Frederick with my wife.

Why: The Western Maryland Rail Trail runs right near the fort, which saw its first major action in the French and Indian War. We'll probably check out both the fort and the trail.

What else I recommend: If you're willing to travel out of state a bit, Hershey is hosting a stair-climbing race for the American Lung Association. I always find those interesting.

Please note that the Chesapeake Beach Duathlon appears to have been canceled.

Other options:

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April 8, 2011

A couple more events

It looks like I missed a couple of this weekend's events in my Monday roundup.

From this space walk's page:

Ever wonder what the solar system looks like up close? Well now you have the chance. On Saturday, April 9, scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. will team up with the Friends of Anne Arundel (AA) County Trails and the Anne Arundel Community College to shrink the 3.7 billion mile solar system down to 4.6 miles along the Baltimore & Annapolis (B&A) Trail.

And, at College Park's Terps for Troops 5k:

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March 28, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Not sure yet. A couple friends are probably doing the Cherry Pit 10 Mile Race.

What else I recommend: The "We're Looking For Trouble 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run" probably has the most interesting title in a few weeks. The Kent Island Metric & Half Metric Marathon might be an option for people who want something longer. (All links after the jump)

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March 21, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be going down to watch the National Marathon on Saturday, then probably doing some makeup mileage on Sunday.

Why: I've never seen this relatively new race -- this will be its sixth year -- and while it's not as big as autumn's Marine Corps Marathon, I respect the ambition that it takes to call yourself the National Anything right out of the gate.

What else I recommend: The Keep Your Colon Rollin 5K gets 10 points just for its name. I know nothing else about this race. I'm also curious about the Great Escape 5K in Cumberland (both links after the jump).

Other options:

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March 14, 2011

Walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: 21 miles of training on Saturday (probably with a short stop for some breakfast around mile 9), then maybe the Howard Striders 5K if it feels feasible. (That last part is unlikely.)

Why: I've been looking forward for months now to the time when my distance days get long enough that I can use the run itself as transportation -- never mind that hopping on a bike would give me a better result.

What else I recommend: If you missed last weekend's Irish action, the Shamrock Marathon is within driving distance. In the other direction, the 5th Fight for Air Climb Philadelphia, which is a big stair-climbing race, will take place on Saturday in Pennsylvania.

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February 28, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Not sure yet. Probably tonight's Federal Hill run, at the very least.

Why: I'm tempted to drag myself out of bed and cheer for some friends doing the B&A trail races next weekend. Then again, I'm tentatively scheduled for 24 miles the day before, so I might just phone it in and bring brownies to our next training run. We'll see.

What else I recommend: A lot of people will simply want to recover from last weekends club challenge. For those who don't, there are a couple of pretty distance-heavy options in the RASAC and Seneca Creek runs, along with the first hint of the spring season for shorter races (WRRC prediction run, Get Pumped for Pets, etc -- see links on full list below).

Other options:

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February 21, 2011

Walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably just distance training this week -- no races likely.

What I recommend: If you're able to somehow squeeze yourself into the club challenge in Howard County -- see the link after the jump -- it seems to be the big event for the coming weekend. It's officially full. Good luck.

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February 15, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: The Olney Country Road Race looks viable, if I'm up for a Sunday event.

Why: Last weekend's race started a bit late for my taste, at just after 10 a.m.. While I'm normally a big fan of the HCS afternoon runs, I like the Olney race's 8 a.m. start time.

What else I recommend: The GW marathon is a bit out-of-the-way for me, but it looks exciting: It's in its 50th year, so they must be doing something right.

Other options:

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February 7, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Heading up to Philadephia to run a 5K race up that way.

Why: Held at 10:00, the race is late enough in the day that it won't be too tough to get there on time. (It's also right across the river from the country's oldest zoo.)

What else I recommend: If I were around, I would probably crash one of the breakfast runs on Saturday or maybe head up to Carroll County for the McDaniel group run on Sunday. The Howard County Striders' Sunday race also a appears to be a nice, low-key, non-heart-and-flower event, if past iterations are any indication, and with most of the Striders races charging less than five bucks for registration, it's probably the best deal in the area -- probably cheaper than some training runs, when you factor in gas or food.

Other options:

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January 31, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably just running around the B&A trail's BWI loop over and over to get my required mileage. One happy point: If I appear a bit suspicious but still behave in a civil manner, the TSA mall cops are now officially legally unable to arrest me just for being there and looking weird, according to a court decision reported last week. (On second thought, I'm not sure I really want to memorize legal decisions just to feel comfortable running without a passport -- maybe I'll jog in Towson instead.)

What else I recommend: Brian Hand, a professor of exercise physiology at Towson University, will be hosting a fairly inexpensive "Basics for Beginning Runners" workshop at Falls Road Running Store on Saturday morning at 11. If you're interested in information, he's available here.

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January 18, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably heading down to Glen Burnie

Why: An old buddy is resurfacing at our breakfast runs. I want to stop in and say hello.

What I recommend: In the spirit of supporting breakfast get-togethers, I suggest trying out the Saturday bagel run if you're in the Howard County area.

Other options:

Weekdays - Glen Burnie weekday walking program, MCRRC weekday workouts, Open track workouts, Frederick weekly breakfast runs, Federal Hill Monday runs, Reston all-comers group run, Weekday runs at Goucher, PG Thursday run, ESRC weekday runs

Saturday - California Myrtle Point Park 3K, Howard Striders bagel run,

Sunday - BRRC GPS 8-miler, Howard County Striders winter series race #2, RASAC North Harford Loop 6.7 miler, Group runs at McDaniel, BAH3 Sunday run (caveat: HHH groups are by definition a bit off-color)


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January 10, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'm tempted to trek way our to McHenry (the town, not the fort) for the Snowflake Chase.

Why: A drive through western Maryland a couple weeks ago took us through some beautiful areas. I'm not sure I'll be able to make it out there this week, however. (Edit: My wife and I will probably be heading down to Washington this weekend instead for a family visit. If we're lucky and take the right walking route, we might catch the unusual site of a crowd in Guy Fawkes masks at the Wikileaks rally).

What else I recommend: I'll be at the Federal Hill run tonight for the first time in months, and I imagine that they're receiving a little bump in general people working to get rid of holiday pounds.

Other options:

During the week - Glen Burnie daily walking program, USATF instruction for coaches,
Weekday runs at Goucher, Federal Hill Monday run, Rockville all-comers group fun run, PGRC weekday runs, ESRC weekday runs

Saturday - Silver Spring Shooting Starr 4-miler, BRRC Saturday long runs, McHenry Snowflake Chase 5 miler, NCR group run,

Sunday - Howard Striders Operation Iceburg #1 (2M/6M), WRRC group run, Jarretsville RASAC North Bend 6.5 miler, BAH3 Sunday run (caveat: Groups like this are by definition a bit off-color)

EXTRA NOTE: The John Lewis Memorial Run has a new date. See steeplechasers.org for details. As always, please refer to each linked page for up-to-date information on any event.

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January 4, 2011

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Going skating with my wife. (I know, this isn't exactly walking/running, but we don't yet have a Sun skating blog, and it seemed seasonally appropriate.)

Why: When we first moved to the city, we had hoped that Northwest Ice Rink might become a regular habit. Unfortunately, our timing was off: Not only did Northwest close around that time, but we also found that a couple of downtown outdoor options were no longer operating. This year, however, we were happy to discover Mount Pleasant Ice Arena, almost completely by accident. Our first visit was quite enjoyable.

What else I recommend: While I had to miss it this week because of a sick day, I'm hoping to start meeting with the Federal Hill runners again. Having a group makes it a lot easier to stick to a routine, even if you only see that group once per week.

Other options:

During the week - Glen Burnie daily walking program, Weekday runs at Goucher, Federal Hill Monday runs

Saturday - Frozen Finger 5 Miler,
American Odyssey- Relay 101 and other tips, 2011 Al Lewis 10 Miler, CBRC Trail Runs - Kings Landing Park 5K, RASAC long-distance training run, NCR group run

Sunday - Mighty Medford Freeway 5K, Sunday group runs at McDaniel, RASAC North Harford 10K

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December 27, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: The Resolution Run in Baltimore

Why: I hate to admit this, but I have never run a race in Patterson Park

What else I recommend: I have been seeing the PHUNT event on calendars for weeks now, and I look forward to doing one of them soon.

Other options: Annapolis walking ghost tours, Glen Burnie daily walking program

Gaithersburg New Year's Day 5K, Howard County Resolution Run 8K Prediction Run, Patterson Park New Year's Day Resolution Run 5K/Walk and 1 Mile, Father Time Frolic,
Winfield Mile, RASAC Fallston New Year's Day 10K, Run For Vinnie, NCRTS Group run, SMCN Prince Frederick Resolution 5K Run/Walk, NY Program for beginning runners


50K PHUNT Run, Group run at McDaniel College

Federal Hill Monday run


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December 20, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Going home to Michigan for Christmas, memories with my family and skating at Campus Martius. (Maybe some running too.)

Why: I thought about crashing the headlamp run tonight, then decided against it in favor of a colleague's going-away party.

What I recommend for those staying here: Go to a movie on Saturday. There's literally nothing scheduled for Christmas.

Other options:

Glen Burnie daily walking program, Annapolis walking ghost tours

Dowell Nutcracker 5K, WRRC weekly group run

Monday runs in Federal Hill, Rockville all-comers fun run

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December 13, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Most likely running on my own

Why: There's a wedding on Saturday, and I probably have a skating event on Sunday.

What else I recommend: It kills me that I'll probably go another year without taking part in the Celtic Solstice. It looks like a few hardy souls have staged other events as well, all of which I would like to attend eventually.

List of options:

Glen Burnie daily walking program, Annapolis daily ghost tours

Celtic Solstice five-miler, Rudolph 5k XC Run, 400 meter kids run and adult walk, Frederick Alliance for Youth's Frosty 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run, NCRTS group run

Group run at McDaniel College, RASAC Holiday 5K, RASAC Holiday 5K, Virtual Holiday Run

Federal Hill Monday run

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December 6, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Not sure yet. I might head down to the Figgy Pudding race if time and budget allow.

Why: It's been months since I took part in a Baltimore race.

What else I recommend: The Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis also looks like a fun city event. A couple friends have also mentioned interest in the Anniversary Run.

Other options:
Daily Glen Burnie walking program, Annapolis walking ghost tour

Frederick Reindeer Rescue Run, 4th Annual Fells Point Figgy Pudding Race, NCR Trail Snails group run, Berlin Reindeer Run 5K & 1 Mile, HCI Santa Shuffle 5k Run/1 Mile Fun Walk

Westminster Sunday group run, Rockville Jingle Bell Jog 8K, Anniversary Run 15K, Baltimore Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis, Glen Echo Bread Run 10K, RASAC "Rocky" 5-miler, Legends of the Fall series (final event)

Monday run in Federal Hill

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November 29, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: After a week of on-again-off-again cross training, I'll probably start running a bit on Saturday, most likely joining friends in Anne Arundel County for a short piece of their longer route.

Why: It's generally a good idea to recover slowly from a marathon -- Philadelphia, in this case. Additionally, I have to return some Thanksgiving Tupperware down in that direction.

What else I recommend: There are jingle bell runs throughout the country, but very few of them are in places as well-suited as Ellicott City, which looks like it could easily host Santa's workshop. If you go to their Jingle Bell 5K, be careful: Part of what makes the downtown picturesque is its location in a valley, and that means lots of hills are almost a certainty.

Other options:

Glen Burnie daily walking program, Annapolis ghost walk, PRR all-comers group runs

Family nature walk, Frozen Slopes Cross Country, BYRON 15k Mountain Run, BYRON 15k Mountain Run, Ellicott Jingle Bell 5K, Reindeer Run, Santa Shuffle 5K, http://athlinks.com/CalendarItem.aspx?centryid=147810">Gar Williams Half Marathon, Wright Stuff 5K Fun Run & Walk, RASAC Long Distance Run, Southern High School Bulldog 5K Run and 1 mi Walk, Frozen Foot 50K, Share the Holiday Spirit 5K Run/Walk In Memory of Laura Gondeck, NCR Trail Snails Saturday Group Run, Solomons Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5K

Master's 6-miler and Holiday Social, Legends of the Fall #6, Sunday Morning Group Runs, Dancer Dash 10K, RASAC Charity 5K, Iron Fitness 140.6 min indoor triathlon

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November 22, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Touring a friend around Baltimore

Why: I don't even attempt to run the week after a marathon. Many coaches recommend a week off of exercise after a big race, followed by some light cross-training before finally running in week three.

What I recommend: Take your pick from the list below. There are a gajillion turkey trots on Thanksgiving itself, a few events on Saturday and not much of anything at all on Sunday.

Gobble Cobble Turkey Trot, Annapolis walking ghost tour, Daily walking program, 4th Annual Bulle Rock Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 10K Prediction Run, 16th Annual Towson Y Turkey Trot, Turkey Chase 10K, YMCA Camp Letts Turkey Chase 10K Run- 5K Fun Run/Walk, Inaugural Carroll County Y Turkey Trot, 15th Annual Bel Air Turkey Trot, 7th Annual Catonsville High School Turkey Trot, 2010 Emmitsburg Wattle Waddle - Thanksgiving Day 5-Mile Run, 1-Mile Fun Walk, Green Valley North Turkey Trot, Westernport Thanksgiving Day 5K, Waystation Turkey Trot 5K & 1K Fun Run/Walk, Hagerstown Community College Turkey Trot, 6th Annual Thanksgiving Morning 5K Turkey Trot to Benefit LARS, Salisbury Turkey Trek 5K 2010

Fells Point Haunted PubWalk, 21st NCR Trail Marathon and Marathon Relay, Turkey Burnoff, Mount Vernon GhostWalk, NCR Trail Snails Weekly Group Run, Tom's 9th Annual 5K Reindeer Run

Westminster Road Runners Group Run

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November 15, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be picking up my Philadelphia Marathon packet on Saturday, then running the race on Sunday.

Why: Thanks to the Philly's proximity -- along with my wife's willingness to drive for a day trip on Sunday and a $3.50 round-trip ticket on megabus for Saturday -- I won't have to get a hotel room. That makes this race a pretty good deal, if you're considering it for next year. (This year's event is sold out.)

What else I recommend: My coworkers have been raving about the JFK 50 for weeks now. The Battle of the Potomac also caught my eye.

Other options:

Tidal Basin 3K & 1500m

2nd Annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Walk/Run, St. Jude's Give Thanks. Walk., Fells Point PubWalk, Run Under the Lights 5K, Lights on the Bay 5k Fun Run, Stone Mill 50-mile, Mount Vernon GhostWalk, Howard County General Hospital Dazzle Dash (run), Bita's Run 5K, Rampace 5K, Bobbi Jo Memorial Turkey Chase 5K, RASAC Gunpowder 50K, One World Run a 5K to benefit Project AIDS Orphan, Toys for Tots Turkey Trot, Battle of the Potomac XC Championship

Legends of the Fall 2M/10K/15K, Cold Turkey 10K, JFK 50 Mile, Flying Feet Burk Memorial 5K, Stone Mill 50 Mile Run, Howard County General Hospital Dazzle Dash (walk), King of the Road 5K, Wounded Warrior 5K Run/Walk,

Daily walking program, Annapolis Ghost Tour

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November 8, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Not sure of much yet, but I might try to drag my wife to the Mount Vernon Ghost Walk.

Why: I walk through that area at least twice per week anyway, and with the Philadelphia Marathon on the 21st, I'm definitely going to avoid anything race-like this weekend.

What else I recommend: I have at least one buddy who's looking forward to the metric marathon. Additionally, Patuxent River Park Orienteering looks fascinating.

Other options:

Tom LaMonica Memorial 5K Trail Run, Mount Vernon GhostWalk, Candy Cane City 5k, Rosaryville Veteran's Day 50k, IMA World Health 5K run/walk for Haiti, Mother Seton School 5K run/walk, Frederick County Habitat for Humanity "No Place Like Home" purse auction and 5K run, Fort Meade Turkey Trot 5K, CCR Training, Runner's Clinic, Family Turkey Waddle, Speed/Form clinic, Little Bennett Prediction Run, Body Styles By Mel 5K, St. Benedict’s/St. Elizabeth’s 5K Run /1 mile Fun Walk for the “WELL” of it, 8th Mariner's Bethel 7m / 5k Trail Run, Westfield Annapolis Mall 5K

First Annual Restoration Run, Casey Cares Green 5K, Family Fun Walk and Jammie Jog, Run 4 Life Dustin Bauer Memorial 5K/ 1 Mile Walk, GPS Cross Country Meet, Metric Marathon & 5K, Jingle Bell Run/Walk, 2nd Annual Colonel Ripley Memorial Fuel 4 Life Race, RASAC Lost & Found 6 Miler, Men in Kilts 5K, Patuxent River Park MD Orienteering, Holton-Arms 5K run for wellness, RASAC Run to Mama 5-miler

GB walking program, Annapolis ghost walk, Fells Point haunted pub walk


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November 1, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: I'll be spending Saturday morning churning out the longest of my pre-Philadelphia runs. This will likely be followed by a painful Sunday with as little movement as possible.

Why: With Philadelphia coming up on the 21st, it's time to start tapering down.

What I recommend for others: I really enjoyed last year's Down's Park 5 Miler, as it's a perfect way to view the changing leaves near Gibson Island. I was a big Joe Shafran fan when I worked in Annapolis, so if I feel inclined to get up on Sunday, I'll probably go talk to people at the Joggin' Joe Memorial 5K.

Other options:
Tuerk House Annual 5K/1 Mile Walk, Down's Park 5 Miler , Frizzellburg 3-mi XC @9AM, Feronia Funrunium, 5-Mile Trail Run for Healthier Babies, Cardinal 5K, MCCA-Colombo 5K, Jug Bay 5K/10K for Wildlife and 3K Fun Walk, Be True to Your School 5K, RASAC distance training run, 10th Annual Step-by-Step 5K, One Step Closer Autism Walk

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October 25, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Checking out the Marine Corps Marathon (as a spectator).

Why: While the Suntrust National Marathon is growing, it's a spring race, and the Marine Corps event is what my running buddies all get excited about.

What else I recommend: I'm very curious about the Fire on the Mountain 50K. If it weren't for family being in town, I would almost be tempted to take a trip to Allegany County.

Other options:

Teach, Learn, Play 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Miles for Megan 5K and Family Fun Walk, Fire on the Mountain 50K, Seaside 10, Turkey Trot training, KidsPeace 5K run and 1 mile walk , The Calverton School 2nd Annual 5K Halloween Run, Ghost Runners 5k - Walkersville, MD, Big Vanilla 5k for St. Judes, Headless Horseman 5K/1K, Mustang 5K Stampede and Scream & 1 Mile Zombie Walk, Baltimore Crossroads Cross Country Challenge, RASAC Run to Mamma, Pumpkin Pursuit 5K, Kemptown Elementary Fall Festival 5K, Halloweeny Fat Ass Ultra
at Spookhill
, Union City Grill Halloween 5K, Field of Screams 5K Run/Walk, Teach Learn Play 5K, Monster Dash, St. Michael's School 5K Fun Run & 1.5 mile Walk

Susie's Cause 5K Run and Family Walk, Middletown High School Field Hockey Team 5K Run / Walk, Seawitch Fall 5k Classic & 1 Mile Walk, Harford Community College Ecology 5K & 1 mile walk

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October 18, 2010

On dozing with Miss Darby

While finishing the weekly event update a few hours ago, I noticed that one of these things was not like the others.

Doze with Miss Darby is one of a few "non-races" I've seen in the last decade, and while I don't generally like non-event events, I'm a sucker for alliteration: The name ultimately caused me to move the event into the "evil genius" category of my personal taxonomy. (It doesn't take much to please me.)

My preferences aside, do you think the organizers will get much of a not-really-responding response, as it were? In your opinion, is this just lazy fundraising all around, or is it a respectable way to gain a bigger audience? I'm curious about how people feel on this.

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Weekly walking/running roundup

What I’m doing: Probably catching up with some buddies in Anne Arundel County. Maybe interviewing people at a race on Sunday.

Why: Last weekend was the running festival, and next weekend will be the Marine Corps Marathon, so this weekend is the best week to take things easy and meet for a relaxed Saturday run/brunch.

What else I recommend: If you just ran the marathon or half-marathon, I recommend not racing at all. Assuming that's not the case, I like the student-public-hybrid nature of the Raven Classic Cross Country 5K (in list below). I would also be interested in how the Goddard Running and Orienteering Club Fall 10K turns out, especially for anyone using it as an offbeat tune-up for the Marine Corps 10K. For a Friday option, there's the MPRC 5K Walk/Run.

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October 11, 2010

About the weekly roundups

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October 4, 2010

Weekly walking/running roundup

What I'm doing: Going down as a spectator to check out Bita's Run for Wellness.

Why: Everything I've seen leads me to believe it is a well-organized event that's likely to attract a big, interesting crowd.

What else I recommend: Vibrant Life 5K in Hagerstown, Little Bennett's Revenge in Derwood, Berg-Man Triathlon in South Germantown.

Other options: Celebrate Your Style 5K, Bowie Run for a Cause 5K, Marian House 5K run, Walk and Talk, SMHS Run for the Bathroom 8K, Race for the Ribbon 5K, Crop 5K, IMA World Health 5K Run/Walk for Haiti, Autumn Glory 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk, Arundel 5K and fun run/walk, Pink Ribbon 5K, Clemens Crossing Cougarthon 5K fun run, IOCC 5K Run/Walk, Riverfest 5K Run & 2 Mile Walk, Caribbean Sounds 5K Walk/Run 10K Race, Lightning Running Club YOUTH Cross Country 4K/3K/2K/1K, Ellen's Run 5K, 4 mile 5 hill run Legends of the Fall #3, Lower Potomac River Ten-Mile Run, Renie Amoss 5K Memorial Run/Walk, Dimes for Lyme's 5K & 1-mi

(Added later: 10.10.10 run)

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September 27, 2010

Weekly running/walking roundup

What I’m doing: Falls Road 15K on Sunday, October 3. Why: As the Philadelphia Marathon approaches, I’m moving toward longer races. This will be a good tuneup. It could serve the same purpose for those planning to run in the Baltimore Distance Festival. What else I recommend: The Great Allegany Run looks interesting, as does the Rocky Gap Adventure Race. That said, I’ve never been to either one. More options: Memory Walk Harford County, Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes, Gunston Centennial 5K Run/Walk, Great Allegany Run 15K & 5K, BAFC 5K run and 2 mile walk, Becca’s Run, Race to End Violence 5K, GBIA 5K, Rocky Gap Adventure Race, Run for Autism, Dragon Dash 5K and mile walk, Odenton Day 5K, Bobcat Invitational 3-mile, Eagle 5K Run, Osprey Sprint Triathlon, Ridgeway ES Digital Dash 5K RASAC Ma and Pa Run (6K-15K), Donna Brashears 10K and 5K, Falls Road 15K, CBTF Superhero 5K run/walk, Charm City Run Kids XC series, Holy Child Tiger Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, NCR Half Marathon, Annapolis Striders Metric, Marathon, Komen 5K, Gulf Coast Relief 5K, Home Run 10K and 5K

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