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Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

Virginia Beach it’s good to be back! It has been a yearly tradition to have this race during Labor day weekend. I ran the Rock ‘N’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon last year and was so frustrated that this race put me in crutches, so I made it a goal to come back this year injury free! (and thankfully I did just that!) I had just run the DC Spartan Sprint the weekend prior which was one of my best…

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Mount Rogers

Mount Rogers

Mount Rogers is most famous for being the highest point in Virginia with a height of 5,729 feet (1,746 m) above sea level! There are a few different trail options you can take leading to the summit. This includes the Elk Garden Trailhead which approaches Mount Rogers from the west and is a 9 mile round trip hike. The Mount Rogers Trail approaches the summit from the north and is 12 miles round trip. The most popular hiking route to the summit is from…

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DC Spartan Sprint

DC Spartan Sprint

Oh Spartan, I have fallen in love with obstacle course racing and have become quite addicted! This was my second year doing the DC Spartan Sprint and my first time ever competing in the competitive division. The DC Spartan Sprint is a 4+ miles run with 24 different obstacles. This year’s event came out for 2 days instead of just the one day compared to last year.  Pictured below is a map of the course. I decided to volunteer the…

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Ragnar Trail Appalachians West Virginia

Ragnar Trail Appalachians West Virginia

My second time running a Ragnar Trail race! I originally was not planning on doing this race, but there were a few last minute drop outs and I was offered a spot on a team so I joined! I had a really good time running Ragnar Trail Richmond back in April so I was excited to see what West Virginia had in store for us! Let me reiterate a little from my last Ragnar post for those who have not…

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The Fjällräven Classic USA 2016

The Fjällräven Classic USA 2016

The First Annual Fjällräven Classic has officially made its way to the US and I am beyond thankful to have been invited out to be a part of this incredible event! Three glorious days and two nights under the glistening stars backpacking through the remote wilderness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Over 100 people from all over the US came out to this event and trekked 20+ miles in the back country of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the 71,000 acres…

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Goðafoss

Goðafoss

Goðafoss in Icelandic means the waterfall of the Gods and flows from the Skjálfandafljót river located in North Central Iceland. This waterfall has a height of 12 meters and width of 30 meters. Goðafoss is easily located just off the main ring road which gives you no excuse not to see this beautiful Icelandic waterfall! This waterfall can be seen from both sides of the bank and has a horseshoe like crescent. I visited this waterfall around mid May and…

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Pennsylvania Spartan Super

Pennsylvania Spartan Super

Oh Spartan, one of my favorite obstacle course races around. This was probably the first race I seriously considered skipping (yes, you heard me right). Now I am not one to quit, but please believe me when I say I felt like I was dying from the plague just the week prior. I had just returned from Costa Rica and my body had completely shut down. The amount of hiking, running and waterfall chasing throughout the entire country was finally…

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Catarata Llanos del Cortés

Catarata Llanos del Cortés

Llanos de Cortez is a hidden gem in the northwestern portion of Costa Rica in the Guanacaste region. This region is known for being dry and flat so finding waterfalls out in this area are a nice treat.  Llanos de Cortez is a beautiful 12m high and 15m wide waterfall that you can hear as soon as you step foot into the parking lot. Accessing this waterfall is relatively easy compared to the other waterfalls I chased throughout Costa Rica. The parking…

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Great Falls National Park (Maryland Side)

Great Falls National Park (Maryland Side)

Tucked away in the bustling metropolis of Northern Virginia is Great Falls National Park. Just a 30 minute drive from DC gets you a great escape from the hustle and bustle of life in the city. Great Falls features both a Virginia and Maryland side. My personal favorite is the Maryland side. The picture above was taken on my birthday back on May 5th at one of the overlooks. I couldn’t think of a better place to spend my birthday…

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Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls is located in the George Washington National Forest and is known for being one of the tallest sets of waterfalls in the United States East of the Mississippi River. This waterfall features a set of five different cascading waterfalls with the tallest one being 400 feet (120m). The combined height of the waterfalls is around 1,200 feet (370m). As an avid waterfall chaser I had to add this one to my list. I woke up very early to hike this…

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