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It’s always a good time when Bull City Running Co. hosts an event.  They were visited by the Run Happy Island submarine in April.  I had a gait analysis done and they recommended Brooks Ravenna’s for me — giving me a tad bit of stability.  I’ve added a pair to the mix and they feel great!  I still run in my Brooks Ghosts and have a pair of Saucony Cortanas and a pair of Saucony Triumphs to round out the quartet.

The bottom half of this page is dedicated to a fun run for the troops hosted by Run Raleigh Races.  Paula knows how to put on a fun run!  We met at Tir na nog in Raleigh and were given routes.  Along the way we were instructed to run to certain points where we received a flag and dog tags, we also had different photo ops along the way like Lincoln’s theatre and a canon.  After the run, Jamie, Anne, and I enjoyed a meal and our celebratory beer.runiversary album 2-002

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Just before April, the Run this Year group posted a challenge for the month.  It included a daily running related challenge and you were supposed to take a picture to fulfill the challenge and post it to instagram.  Since I run every day, I decided to make sure I also posted at least one of my daily run distances along with the photo.  It was a bit complicated since I needed to use the Nike app to save the picture with my distance and then upload the photo via instagram, but it was definitely fun and it shook things up a bit for me in April.  I definitely did things I probably would have skipped out on like dynamic warm ups, cross training, trail running, and running without a watch.  Even better, I won the challenge!  I ended up with three tubes of NUUN energy which I am absolutely loving.  It is a caffeinated version of NUUN.  *did anyone notice what is cool about my layout here?runiversary album 2-001

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March was an epic running month.  I managed to get in over 200 miles which is always exciting.  It’s my second time achieving that since starting running in 2010.  Interestingly, it was in March of 2013.  This page represents a variety of running fun that I experienced in March.  Sometimes if I can’t get a run in, my oldest will do a run:walk with me for up to 5k.  Hopefully as he gets a bit older he’ll be able to run a little bit more and walk a little bit less.  In honor of Pi Day we did a 3.14 mile run and had pizza pie.  The RunBuds enjoyed a couple post-run outings and we celebrated Leslie, Jamie, and Ginny’s birthdays.runiversary-078

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Every year towards the end of RunBuds the group registers for a couple of goal races.  For the Great Human Race we had a dedicated group of Buds show up on a rainy day for a 5k and 10k.  It was the first time they had a 10k option for this race so I was pretty excited.  Kara Fowler and I ran it together and kept it under an 11:30/mile pace.  I was so impressed with my Bee Balms who rocked it out at the 5k.

For Florence Forth we had won an award for the largest group which was a gift card to the Pit BBQ — so we were able to celebrate that race together with a nice assortment of appetizers.

Finally, on this page, my first ever trail race.  The Mountains to Sea is a 12 mile and 50k race put on by Bull City Running Company.  I went out for the preview run as well and had a really nice time running with my buddies Adrien and Karen.  They were so sweet to run slowly with me.  For the actual race, it had rained HEAVILY the day before, and the trails were SUPER muddy.  I ended up running with Robin and Sarah for most of the race.  I started out with some of the other RunBuds but just before the one mile mark, I ran into my buddy Adrien on the side of the trail with a broken leg.  He had a couple of folks helping him so I wished him well (after giving him a hard time about breaking his leg so early in the race) and told him I’d check in on him at the end of the race.  Luckily Sarah and Robin were coming up just as I headed out, so I was able to join them.  The whole thing took us over three hours which was well over our initial estimate, but it was SO muddy and it was hard to have any traction on the trails.  I was so happy to be on solid ground again that I went out for a road run later in the evening with some other RunBuds.runiversary-077