The Women's Distance Festival, the Road Runners Club of America's three-month celebration of women's distance running, continued Sunday with the Baltimore Road Runners Club's Women's Distance Festival 5K at Goucher College.
And Stacey Nicholson, despite an inflammation of her foot, continued her domination of area running.
This year, Nicholson successfully has defended her championship in the Lady Avia Classic, set 5K personal records in the GBMC Father's Day Run and the Bel Air Town Run with 17-minute, 15-second finishes and set an 8K PR in the Rockville Twilight Run.
And despite a scheduled operation this month for plantarfascitis -- an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot -- that already had sidelined her for five months, she ran only six seconds off her 5K PR with a 17:21 finish and successfully defended her title in the BRRC Women's Distance Festival.
"I'm still hurt, but I'm still running," Nicholson, 29, said. "I tried cortisone [for the injury]. It helped, but not enough. I get operated on on the 24th."
Will she be back?
"Definitely. I want to run a marathon again," said the three-time marathon finisher who last year ran a 2:49 in the Twin Cities Marathon.