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Enjoyed workouts at Bull City Crossfit and WODs inspired by Bull City Crossfit at home in May as well as a lovely overnight the beach with some of the women from the gym.

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Page Thirty Two 2016

The Esprit de She in Cary has the worst luck.  For two years it was too hot for anyone to complete the 10k, then this past year even though the race was moved up to May, we had a freak storm roll in and they had to cancel the event.  While a few of us ran anyway, the rest of the ladies grabbed their boxes of food and headed home.  We were happy to get a run in though.  Two weeks later, the Esprit folks hosted a make-up event in honor of National Running Day at the Lifetime Fitness in Cary.  That event was very nice.  A 5k run followed by wine and a chance to receive our medals.

In the middle of the month, we celebrated another fun run, this time in honor of the movie Sixteen Candles.  We went on a run and then watched the movie and had snacks and a cake to celebrate.  It was fantastic.

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April brought other fun times.  The boys school did a 5k and 1 mile run.  I did the 5k and the boys did the mile.  I also picked up some Margarona glasses for the summer beach trip, so a bunch of the girls came over so we could take them on a test drive.  We also went to the Mexican restaurant we frequent to get the real thing.

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Page Twenty Eight 2016

One of my favorite parts about running the Tar Heel 10 Miler is doing the practice runs ahead of time with the RunBuds.  We did two practices, one on March 26 and one on April 10.  It is so much fun to leisurely run the course in preparation for the big day.  I have run the Tar Heel 10 Miler every year since I started running.  It is a great test of fitness and it is one of my favorites.  This year I have the honor of being one of the Tar Heel 10 Miler ambassadors.  If you want to check it out this year (it’s the 10th annual) please use my code to save $5 off the price of registration.  $5 off code, TH10NAN   Register Here!  I also have an entry to give away so please comment on my blog post to be entered.  I will draw a winner next week!

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Page Twenty Six 2016

Coaching Girls on the Run is one of the most fun things I do.  It is a huge sacrifice of time with twenty four sessions, a race, coach training, and CPR certification class, but the rewards are immeasurable.  I enjoy seeing the girls learn how to be plugged into the positive Girl on the Run cord.  For our community service project this season, we decorated race medals for hospital patients for an organization called “We Finish Together,” they commented that the kids in particular got a kick out of getting medals from the Girls on the Run team. runiversary-2016-026

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The biggest challenge of the “Year of the Fun Run” was definitely the 16 hour run.  I thought it would be fun to see how many miles we could run over the course of sixteen hours.  I challenged everyone who participated to set a goal a little bit farther than their farthest run.  Tracy decided in honor of her birthday she would run 56k.  I thought I would go for at least that and ended up with 36mi.  I ran instead of using a car all day.

A group of us ran 5 miles in the morning, then Tracy and I ran to downtown for the Girls on the Run 5k.  We both ran as running buddies at the GOTR 5k.  Afterwards Tracy continued on to do a long run through Duke Forest while I fueled up with lunch with Dana at Moe’s.  After lunch I headed back on the trail to go to my boys’ soccer games.  After the games I ran via the running store to head home for a shower and a bit of recovery, then it was off to the mall to meet up with Kellye for dinner.  She said we had to wait a bit for a table so I should run some laps while we waited.  When our table was ready, I headed in and enjoyed a nice leisurely meal.

While we were eating, Tracy was out on her final run with Susan on the bike leading the way.  After dinner, I took a slow jog back to the house the most direct way possible leaving me with a total of just over 36 miles for the day.  Tracy and I agreed that even though it was fun, we don’t ever want to do that again.  It was harder than any recovery from a marathon and the next day, the six or so mile run I did with Kathy was challenging.runiversary-2016-025

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I am thrilled to represent “Not So Normal” as a race ambassador again this year (2017).   Enter my code: Nan17 to save $5 off of registration for any of the race distances in 2017.   I also have one entry to give away.  Post a comment on this blog post to enter.  I will draw a winner in one week.

This race was a fun, homespun event.  The weekend occurred less than two weeks after my marathon, so it was tough to compete, but worth every minute.  On Saturday, we had a bit of rain for the 5k, but I enjoyed getting to run with Tracy and Vickie.  At the half, I ran a hard effort, finishing the two loops in 2:21:29 which I think is my third or fourth best half marathon time.  So many folks came out to race so it was fun to see people and it was great to be able to hang out after the race in downtown Carrboro.  I am looking forward to this years race!  If you register, be sure to say I referred you!

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