Parks Half Maratohn

In Which Jenn Runs The Virtual Parks Half Marathon

I’ve said this before, but just to reiterate: I’m not really a virtual race kinda gal. I only generally do them if a premium is REALLY good or if a race gets virtual-ized and it’s the only option available if I want to recoup my investment. However, when the Parks Half Marathon went virtual, I signed up even though I wasn’t registered for the live version. I mean, it’s one of my former favorite hometown races, it was only $25, and the premium WASN’T just another race tee! Score! Unfortunately, when plotting out my training schedule that month, I accidentally...

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Race bibs

In Which Jenn Has A Rough Sketch Of A Race Schedule?

And now for race schedule that might get cancelled. Kidding! Kidding. Hopefully they all happen. Certainly the virtual ones will. I’ve never been a virtual race girl. Kudos if they’re your jam, but I find the medal without the full experience of a race attached to be underwhelming. Still, the world being but it is in the age of COVID-19, I’ve adjusted my outlook a little. For starters, the Rock ‘n Roll Race Series has started a virtual race experience where everything is free! I mean, you can order medals to accompany your accomplishments if you like, but it’s...

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Parks Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Swims The Parks Half Marathon

“It’s a biathlon,” said man behind me to his running companion around mile 4 of the Parks Half Marathon. “We’re swimming AND running!” Indeed. Not that any of us could be surprised – the forecast had called for rain on the day of the Parks Half Marathon for at least a week. It had rained the night before. When I woke up that morning, there was a steady stream raindrops coming down – but luckily nothing torrential.  So I slapped on a ballcap and a jacket, shoved my phone in a plastic sandwich bag, and headed out into the...

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National Capital 20 Miler

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/11

Heeey! So after a largely uneventful August, September begins to ramp things up. I had a successful (if damp) half marathon last Sunday – recap coming soon of course – and this Sunday I head out for the Outer Banks (theoretically – Florence, be kind… Pat thinks you might be mean so prove him wrong). Then after that, it’s time for the National Capital 20 Miler, and after that… well, there are lots more things, but then it’s October, so they aren’t relevant to the theme of this particular paragraph. September has a canal in it and everything! Perhaps you are nodding...

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After Parks

In Which Half A Marathon Wasn’t Enough

Don’t judge his grammar here; he’s not a morning person. (Also: pork butt.) One of the perks for locals of running the Parks Half Marathon was historically that the race ended right in downtown Bethesda. You could finish your race and then stroll straight home! But then they do say all good things must come to an end, and so it was: scarcely a week after I signed up, I received an email that the course had to be changed due to construction work. The start line moved further up the Metro line and the finish, by consequence, bottomed...

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Parks Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Has An Excellent Parks Half Marathon

I didn’t mention this half much in advance of my running it, and here’s why: I didn’t want to jinx myself. I’ve gone into races with fanfare before, bellowing about how I was going to crush it, and wound up crushingly disappointed. Which is guess is tangentially related, but not really what I’m going for. Well, the Parks Half went great. But I don’t feel 100% good about it. Run with me. I woke up to a near perfect race day: morning lows in the mid-50s with a predicted high of the low 70s, meaning a brisk morning perfect...

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Mickey running

In Which Jenn Finally Has A Race Schedule In Place

I’ve been putting this post off for quite a while due to chronic boredom. Not that I’m bored with running and racing, but rather my race schedule was boring. For some time my first planned race wasn’t until September. September. Ugh. What kind of runner can wait that long??? Well, the kind who didn’t enjoy last year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and doesn’t want to brave the potentially perilous weather of March for Rock ‘n Roll anything. And more importantly, the kind of runner who is trying trying TRYING SO HARD to guard her wallet for once. (You’re still hurting...

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Parks Half Marathon

In Which Jenn Recaps The Parks Half Marathon

I was standing under an eave watching the rain come down when Pat picked me up to take me to the Parks Half Marathon start line (have I ever mentioned that my boyfriend is the best ever?). This would seem an inauspicious beginning, I needn’t have feared – it was to be a perfect day for running. The Parks Half begins at the Metro station in Rockville, MD, about 15 traffic-free minutes away from where I live. It’s a small-ish affair, run by a county road running association, and there’s no big expo or anything. Still, it’s enough of...

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Princess Bride

The Fairest Week In Review: 9/15

JENN: Did you run last week after our collective week of rest? MOON: Once?? I will not bore the internet with my tales of working FOREVER ALL THE TIME. I know that you ran, though!! ❤ JENN: Hey, once is better than nothing! Yup, but very gently – I did four 5 mile runs a very easy pace indeed. Pleasant, but not very rigorous. To a purpose, though, as I was prepping for the Parks Half Marathon on Sunday. More on that later this week. But… SPOILER ALERT: Nailed it! MOON: Haha, yay! And! You got to do it on a beautiful morning. I...

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Running shoes

In Which Jenn Has Her Race Calendar Planned For Real This Time

And now for another topic where you can ignore everything I said about it before. I’m talkin’ bout my race schedule! I’ve been alluding to it in bits and pieces over the past couple weeks, but now that it’s all settled I like having it all set out in one place. It looks so tidy, no? 1. Tessitura Network 5K, August 18 (I think). This went pretty well last year! Very low key affair but a nice little practice run. Especially since it’s in Orlando this year. 2. The Parks Half Marathon, September 13. Starts in my general backyard-ish...

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