Isabela grackle

Running In Isabela, Puerto Rico

You know you’re a running NERD when you’re geeking out over a new running trail days after finding it. But we already knew I was a running nerd. The question is: are you a big enough running nerd to geek out with me? Let’s find out! Pat and I went to Jobos Beach in Isabela, PR over the long weekend because he wanted to check out the surf break. Surfing is still a little too scary for my taste, but my enthusiasm for the trip shot up when Pat told me there were a couple running options near our...

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Puerto Rico running

In Which Jenn Has A Nifty New Running Trail

I’ve found a new running trail! It (mostly) hugs the beach all through Piñones, and features some pretty sweet views of the ocean and sometimes even the mountains.  I tried to take a video during my last long run during my favorite portion of the trail. I can’t say it turned out great, per se, in that it a bit herky-jerky and I didn’t always control the camera as well as I would’ve liked. In my defense I was also partially concentrating on not tripping and falling on my face. All the same, this video will give you the...

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An allegory

In Which Jenn Creates A Running Allegory Or Whatever

Sometimes training runs are easy. And sometimes they’re hard. Some days you love running and some days you hate it. Sometimes you start off fine and then, suddenly, you run into an obstacle. Sometimes you can see it way far ahead in the distance and it makes you nervous and tense. How can you possibly handle this issue? And then you get closer and you’re like, yeah, that’s a problem. But luckily, nine times out of ten, if you look around a little you’ll find a new path, and you can go on your merry way.   I hope...

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Running path

In Which Jenn Notices New Running Paths

One phenomenon I have noticed increasingly over the years as a runner is that I have become hyper aware of running paths. Anytime I’m driving along and I see a trail, I immediately begin to parse out its running potential. This is a great way to suss out new places to train, except that the tragedy is that often I never seem to get there! Oh, not always. I’ve run on Assateague Island now (and it was awesome!). And I’ve run a portion of the trail by Pat’s brother’s house. But a lot of paths are still on my...

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All Star Music

In Which Jenn Goes On All-Star Runs

It’s trip report time! You can see all the posts in this report here. In a Walt Disney World trip diaspora dominated by races, there’s not usually a ton of room for training runs. When you’re pounding out a half or even a full marathon (or both and more!) you don’t exactly want to pile it on. And so when I planned my most recent trip with my mom and there was no race in sight, I knew I needed to squeeze in some early morning solo miles. My runs took place mostly on the sidewalk that connects all three...

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Jasmine horses

In Which Jenn Runs On Assateague Island

I noticed something very interesting last time Pat and I went to Assateague Island: there is a running path. And so when Pat suggested another pilgrimage last weekend, I was bound and determined to go for a run on it. In case you’d like to take a crack at this somewhat unique experience yourself, here are some notes: ABOUT ASSATEAGUE ISLAND First, about Assateague Island. Even if you’re not a MD/VA/DC native, you might be familiar with it – ever heard of Misty of Chincoteague? Marguerite Henry’s books made Assateague and its sister island Chincoteague famous. Specifically, Assateague is...

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Treadmill broken

In Which Jenn Runs OUTDOORS and Makes Her Own Pocket Shirt

DID NOT LIKE. The end. Oh, I kid, I kid. But seriously, I do almost all my training indoors on the treadmill. I know that’s not considered the world’s best way when races are, y’know, not, but I like the climate control (to a point) and the quantifiable data and the way you can regulate your speed and the fact that at the end I can maybe watch some TV and the machine holds my water bottle and my energy chews and it just works for me. Unfortunately for me, a tragedy occurred on Sunday: I went down to...

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