✓ Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps
✓ Mental Health and First Aid Cert. Exp. 6/22
✓First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Exp. 5/21
✓ (2x) AmeriCorps Alum
Montgomery County, MD
Community Use of Public Facilities (C.U.P.F.)
- County Resident Representative 

Derek L. Ross

✓ (C.E.R.T) *Certification


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Pacing Yo'self

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I would probably say one of the hardest things about running is establishing a consistent breathing pattern. When I'm done with a race and I check out the times. I'm like man we have been running for a long time. Assuming, your body has been running the length of a race, well that could be 20 min to over 4 hours. Running for 40 minutes straight can do a number on your body. That is not only physically taxing, especially if you are not use to it, but the various strain it can put on your le...

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10K, 12K Recovery

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes we can all let our ego's and expectations get way too big. I've been running a race almost every weekend, and grant it, I've have made my racing excursions slightly harder. But, this past weekend March 17th and 18th, I got a little ahead of myself. The 10K on Saturday was a race I have run for the past few years. It is exactly what I want a flat double out and back. Flat surface races are a runners dream. Last year, I ran the race in about 48:40 minutes. This year, I ran the race...

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Memberships, Groups...Networking

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)
I have really been one of those people who truly does way too much. "What are you doing this weekend Derek?" My answer everything..lol. But, even with all this energy, that I'm thankful to have, in my past it has been misused. I would be doing a lot, but they all didn't make sense. It's like trying to cook dinner for 500 guest and having a menu of over 40 items to prepare at the same time. Now, if you can manage it, you can prepare all those foods. Well, my life at times was all about do...
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My Fear of Trail Runs

Posted on February 27, 2018 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (1)

My most recent race allowed me the chance to see a runner, a very fast runner, basically lose his spot in 1st Place. At the ArticHalf, I lived out one of my worse fears through another runner. Here I was luckily, holding down 3rd place for much of the race. Now, I must point out wooded, trail runs bring a totally different level of difficulty. I'm not talking terrain, competitive runners, lack of water stations. I'm talking paying attention to every damn sign you see. Not unless you have r...

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Dental Recovery Feeling Good!!

Posted on February 12, 2018 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I think I have finally come to a clear understanding that our body must work as one together. But, in my case, I need to give my body something to do. Having teeth extracted and understanding infections, and what it can do to the body/organs over time is kind of scary. It's taken me month's to be able to run two plus races almost every weekend. I just wanted my body to feel good. Yes, my body is sore and I was truly making things worst by avoiding the dentist, but that's what this #200Race...

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Operating as if it was all good. The Dental Saga

Posted on February 1, 2018 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

If I was to say, "I'm a pretty healthy person" Would you believe me? Well, if you were going based off my website, you would probably say yes. Visually, or optics, or just the good old eye test would give most people that say "yes" answer too. Well, it was all a lie. I was overlooking dental work. My teeth were in bad shape. Really, really, bad shape. Almost to the point that it was a little embarassing to talk about. Well, here's the deal folk's stay up on your dental checkup's. My reasea...

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Questioning Being In Pain or Just Hurting???

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

For a few weeks, I was dealing with some IT Band related issues. As we finished up 2017, my last few races had my left knee sore. So, of course I started doing everything to check and see if it was serious. I do consider myself a fairly tough guy, I mean running all these races better toughen me up. But, I'm not afraid to admit being hurt or sore. My knee was definitely sore. After all my focus of being a Running Specialist, I had to go back to my books and focus, so I could get to the roo...

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Taking 2018 Seriously..It just got real

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I was able to reach 85 races in 2017. That was a huge leap for me in regards to trusting my body. My goal for 2018 is to participate in over 100 races. Complete 100 5's and start focusing on loger distances. I absolutely want to do a Marathon, but I had to take my body seriously. I recently want to get a full body check up. I'm talking blood work, organ checks, all that and then some. To be honest with you ever since I started running, I never took a physical. I just jumped in and started ...

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Feeling Injured

Posted on December 24, 2017 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So, as I continue on this race mission, I find myself encountering those am I hurt moments. My previous race weekend was going to be epic. One race on Saturday, and two races on Sunday. My December 16th and 17th were going to be intense. But, it didn't happen. I was angry at myself. I had my first "I don't know if I can run moment," so I decided to play it safe and not run my Sunday races. I took a suggestion that made absolute sense, but I don't think my body was ready for it. I decided t...

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A Change of Scenery

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)

 Now, I can add California to my list of states that I have raced in. Don't get me wrong there were other things on my to-do list while vising LA, but of course I had to add in a few races. I already had the Los Angeles Spartan Sprint on my list of races, but I was being greedy when I added a 7 a.m. 10K before the Spartan Sprint. Yes, it was an amazing change of scenery. Yes, I was loving the beach and the Castaic Lake terrain. But, to be honest the fires scared me, and put in perspec...

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