Throwback Thursday {link-up}

I am loving this Throwback Thursday link-up. I’ve been going through old posts and reading race re-caps. It’s been fun!

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Here is the re-cap of my very first half marathon, it’s also one of the first posts I wrote so it’s kinda blah. Not too many pictures and the paragraphs are all run together. It was on the Blogger platform and now I’m on WordPress, so things are a little wonky.

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Patriot Half marathon 2012 re-cap

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Find your strong: Patriot Half Marathon recap

This race is in my blood it seems. I know how tough it is, but I love it because it was my first half.  I set out to run this race and get a PR. I have been training toward that goal and I know I have it in me. That being said, I did not accomplish my PR, but I fought for every mile and every step on Monday. I came very, very close to that PR and I will get it.

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I rested all of last week because of my ankle. I got 4 miles in Saturday morning as a test run. I knew if I couldn’t do it pain free, then Monday was out of the question. I ran it pain free and so far still no ankle pain. I will not forget to stretch and roll like a rock star every single week, pretty much every other day for the rest of my life.

The expo was on Sunday, I volunteered to work our Moms Run This Town booth for a few hours. I grabbed mine and Ally’s packet the day before and we were set. That night we had dinner with a few friends and I got to bed early. I wasn’t too nervous yet. I didn’t realize it yet but I wasn’t drinking enough water. I had the minimum amount but really should have had more. Hind sight, right?

I had to be at the race at 6:15 on Monday to work packet pick-up. I got up at 5AM, got dressed, had breakfast, had a few minutes to sit (pace). Then grabbed my friend Lisa and we drove the 5 minutes to the race. We helped out and then the picture taking ensued. I don’t even know how many group pictures we took, it was like the paparazzi or something.

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The weather called for rain and what we thought would be a downpour. It ended up being super cloudy at the start at 7:45 AM, temperate felt ok at that time. I never checked the humidity but I’m told it was in the 80% range.

I met up with my pacer, Melissa. We’ve been running together for about a month or so, she offered to pace me to what I had hoped would be my first 1:50 half. We did a little warm up, I talked with Ally once more about where she was going to line up. (She was running the 5.75 mile leg of the half relay). We had the prayer and we were off.  First few miles were good. We tried to start on pace so we wouldn’t have to make up time at the end. I’d rather keep even splits than have to worry about how to make it up later. I decided not to carry water this race. I went back and forth on not wanting to have to carry it vs having the water when I wanted it. I did pretty good for the first few miles.

I got to mile 4 and it was like I hit a wall. This wave of heat coming off my head and chill bumps, I was seeing spots. I couldn’t figure out where this was coming from. I got some Gatorade and started on my Advocare Rehydrate Gel. I was planning on waiting til mile 5 at least but decided I needed it. We walked a minute, Melissa assuring me we were fine on time. I was having trouble getting my breathing under control so she was reminding me of that as well.

We started up again and were coming into the first hilly section of the race. I was feeling better and breathing was getting under control. I never thought to check my heart rate on my watch, but I knew there were times it was high.

Here we are heading into mile 5 or 5.5, I’m smiling and starting to think I had a grip on things.

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After the turn around at the park I got to see Ally and cheer her on right before I started up a series of 2 hills. This was also about the time it started raining. Looking back I think the rain helped keep my breathing under control and heart rate down. If I think about when the rain stopped it was about the time things got bad. I had moments of greatness in this race, I was running like a champ. Then there were times when Melissa was literally telling me to take deep breaths, keep my arms down and relax.

We got these hills done and got a nice big downhill and a little bit of flat-ish running before heading into the last of the rolling hills to the finish. If I remember right mile 10 was pure greatness. I felt good, I took the hill with great form. We were still on pace, I was telling myself and Melissa how much I wanted this PR. I knew I could do it. Mentally I was ok. Physically I wasn’t but I kept on. Melissa was dumping water on my head and chest, trying to keep me cool and focused.

We took the last of the hills and made the next to the last turn, we were in mile 12 and my body gave up on me. I had to stop in the road and Melissa had to take hold of me. A guy I didn’t know came up behind us and grabbed my other arm. We stood there a few minutes, I knew enough that I was letting my PR slip out of my grasp.

This is the worst and best photo. I got to experience first hand what a great running community I’m a part of. Literally being held up to finish a race. Words cannot express my emotion. I have never, ever fought so hard for every step, every mile. I wanted this so bad and I can honestly say I left it all on the course.

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I had no idea how bad off I was at this point. I only knew I wanted to finish. We tried telling the guy to go on, I didn’t want to ruin his race too. But there was no way he was leaving us. So we took off running, really slow, but running. I had to keep moving. We rounded the last corner, the finish line was in sight but might as well have been 3 miles away. I had to walk again, being held up.

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I had enough fight to finish the race running but as soon as we crossed the line they both grabbed me and the medics had hold of me pretty quick. I don’t remember much, other than them telling me I didn’t look good, my eyes were red, they were dumping water on me again, laying ice packs on my neck.

I had to stay put for a while. I did get to eat an icee and a few small cupcakes, I guess the sugar was what I needed. They took my blood pressure and just watched me for at least 20 minutes but it seemed like forever. I missed my friends finishing and I felt so stupid at the time. But looking back I am a fighter, I went after what I wanted and even though I didn’t get it (this time), I didn’t give up.

And somehow through all that I took 1st place in my age group, something I have never done in a half. I am able to be excited about that now! Final time 1:52:22. It’s a course PR but, Allstate from last year holds my PR at 1:52:02.

Ally ran her relay like a rock star! She had the 1st leg, 5.75 miles, at a 9:10 per mile pace. I am so very proud of her! I cannot wait to see the things she will accomplish!

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If you are in the Dallas area or willing to get there, the Patriot race is a tough course but one I highly recommend. The crowd support and finish line area is great. The parking is easy to get in and out of. It’s mentally and physically challenging but can bring out the fighter in you! Registration for 2015 is already going on and it’s at a great price.

You never know how you might affect someone in a race. I got to be the recipient of someone giving their time in a race to help me. And someone else emailed me to tell me I helped her early on in the race when I didn’t even know it. Sometimes all it takes is a positive attitude and a look of determination that someone needs to keep going.

Try to remember that the next time you feel like giving up.

Happy running!

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I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Race recap: the (not) Too Hot to Handle!

Sunday was my first 15k race, the (not) Too Hot to Handle! By it’s name it should have been a warm and humid race. We had this crazy cold front come through Saturday which brought rain and cooler temps. It was welcomed with open arms!

This also means that next year’s Too Hot to Handle time probably won’t be as good!

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My Flat Mama for race day!

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I set two alarms, I’m always afraid I’ll sleep through one of them. The race started at 7:30, it was about 30 minutes from our house but we had no idea how busy the parking would be so we headed out early. I’m glad we did. We literally got a parking spot 5 minutes from the start/finish line. The race was capped at about 4000 runners but it didn’t feel crazy crowded.

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They had a 5k and 15k option. I was running the 15k and Ally the 5k. They had the 15k racers line up first. We were off on time. It felt mostly flat but there were a few obvious hills. When I got home and looked at the data is was very much up and down the whole way. The race is on the trail along the lake. There were a few bikers trailing along but the traffic wasn’t bad. It’s an out and back course which I actually liked this time, I could tell when I was close to the end!

It started drizzling before the race started, but I think the rain didn’t actually start until about mile 4. It was a light rain and very welcome! I actually kinda enjoyed it. Right after I finished the heavier rain started, I’m not sure I would have liked that!

It was a tough race, I ran it fast (for me). I pushed myself. But I’m very happy with my results! Ally had several hills in her 5k, which she isn’t used to running. She ended up with 27:45 and placed 7th in 10-14 year olds. I’m proud of her!

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Here are some of my running and training buds before the race!

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After the race we went and grabbed breakfast tacos and yes, donuts. Some very, very yummy donuts!

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It was a great experience and I think I will run it again. Even though I’m sure I’ll never get a repeat of this weather in July!

Ever run a race in the rain? Like or dislike it?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

#GoalsCheck, weekend in review and giveaway!

Had a pretty exciting weekend. Ally and I both placed in a 5k we ran on Saturday. I had a 8 mile training run, then ran a 5k to get 11 miles in. Ally placed 1st in her age group and I came in 1st overall female. I am still shocked! We both have some new goals now.

Ally wants to get her 5k under 26 minutes, which should be doable, she’s done it before. And she has decided to run a 10k this summer, most likely in July.

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This might be the hardest 5k I’ve ever run and the first one I wanted to quit. I know I didn’t hydrate well on Friday, and yes I had just run 8 miles. I had about 30 minutes to rest in between though. I got about 1/2 way through and my sides were hurting so bad I actually stopped for about 3 seconds and thought about just walking.

I had just passed someone from the running club who told me I was the first female and I think that was the only thing that got me going again. Could I really win this race? I didn’t realize I had this competitive streak in me!

I knew I had only about a mile left and I knew the course so that made it a little easier but I was worn out. It took a while to recover  and I’m pretty sure dehydration was setting in. But I’m proud I “sucked it up” and kept going.

And I’m super proud of my daughter!

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#GoalsCheck Monday!

  • Run a good 5k – check!
  • I was supposed to run that 8 miles at a 10 minute pace, I’ve been sore and decided to slow things down but that didn’t work out.
  • Water – good for the week, but not good on Friday
  • Weights – good, upped my leg press to 95 pounds
  • I’ve put on a few pounds I need to get off, I know it’s not just muscle. I tried on some clothes from last summer and a few are too tight…YIKES!
  • So that brings me to food….need to get back on track!

Active Accessories Giveaway!

*I received a complimentary product from Active Accessories but all opinions are my own. 

Have you heard of Active Accessories? They make some fun workout/running accessories ~ hair ties and an accessory pouch (more on this one later!). They sent me a set of the On The Go Hair Bands to try out and a set to give away! The hair ties are bright colors and they have a few in there that say RUN so I’m kinda partial to those. They are made from a soft, stretchy elastic ribbon. I have been using hair ties for a while but I have basic colors like black, brown and grey, so these are quickly becoming my favorite ones! I wore the RUN ones as a bracelet this weekend.

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My nice, slow, flat recovery walk/run on Sunday!

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If you want to try to win a set of these awesome hair ties you just have to enter via the Rafflecopter below. You can also order a set here, they ship for free!

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The sweepstakes will run from Monday, April 29 at 8AM until Friday, May 3 at 8PM CST. The winner will be announced Saturday, May 4. No purchase necessary to enter. Must be a resident of the US to enter and void where prohibited by law.

Hope you all had a great weekend! Did anyone race? Reach any new goals?

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I don’t have a runner’s body, but I have a runner’s heart – and that is all you need.

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April Arms

It’s April 1 and April Fools Day! Don’t worry, no practical jokes here. Are you ready for a new month of goals and workouts? Shelly, Sara and I are starting a few new things to help keep us in line.

  • Each Monday you will see a #GoalsCheck post. Just a check-up on where we are with our goals. It can be any goals you have~ fitness, financial, work, etc. 
  • #EarnYourShower ~ shout it out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and get out there and Earn Your Shower!
  • Water check up. It’s important year round, but it weighs more heavily on me as it gets warmer. You have to drink water. Even if you work out indoors, you can still get dehydrated.
  • As always~ motivation and support!

April Arms: Week 1, Shoulder Press

Who’s ready for tank top weather? The first arms exercise is the Shoulder Press. I’m a big fan of this weight workout, I do them several times a week. You can use any weight amount, go slow and work your way up. I use 5 pounds at home and 10-12.5 at the gym. Usually I do 3 reps, 12-15 each rep. Here’s a great video on exactly how to do this exercise.

Let us know you are participating:

  • Comment on a blog post or Facebook page
  • Twitter and Instagram #GoalsCheck and #EarnYourShower

My #GoalsCheck

  • Blogging: Doing pretty good with my goals there, need to get more organized though. 
  • Fitness: Still working those weights, slowly building up. I love the way my arms look!
  • Abs: That’s a constant, some days good, some days bad.
  • Water: Eh, some days good, some days bad. This is a big goal for me to concentrate on!
  • Running: I’m knocking it out here! Set several PR’s so far this year!
  • Full Marathon: This is a category all its own. I’ll be running my first run past 13.1 miles in a few weeks. I’ll keep you posted on that one.

Weekend in Review

Ally and I ran a 5k near our house on Saturday. I love the local races, they are so easy to get to and park. Love seeing people I know! My 5k followed a 6 mile very humid training run. It seems I race better after a long run, not sure why? I hit a PR and 1st place in my age group. I was hoping for under 24 minutes, maybe next time. I’ll take 24:28 and that 1st place medal!

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Ally ran a good race. She barfed at about mile 2.9 but kept going and didn’t quit. That makes me a proud mama, even if it wasn’t her best time!

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What are your goals? Are you completing them? Did you workout today?

Link up your Goals blog post here and join us in #GoalsCheck!


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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Dallas Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon!

It’s done! I was so looking forward to this race and now I couldn’t be happier it’s done. I knew a lot of people running it and really enjoy seeing everyone running and our running family out there cheering!

The weekend started with the expo on Saturday. Rock N’ Roll really knows how to put on a great expo! I’ve never seen one like this. It was great to see Brooks there, Ally and I both got on the treadmill and got our gait analysis done. Looks like she needs new shoes ASAP! My favorites also included Nuun and Yurbuds. I went with my friend Angie and she got all fixed up at the KT Tape booth. ‘

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Our group made shirts and got these great pink skirts from Lily Bomb!

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And the back!

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I did not, however, enjoy the wind. The main reason I was looking forward to this race is because I thought the weather would be perfect…it was not. Now, some runners may have thought today’s weather was perfect, and I tip my hat to you. The temperate wasn’t the issue, it was the 20-25 mph wind, which made the temp feel much colder.

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Race day started at 4:40AM, I was carpooling with friends and meeting at 5:30AM. We got to Fair Park at 6AM and rode the bus to the start line. I haven’t done very many one-way races, it went really well. The buses were nice and warm! We got dropped off at Dallas City Hall and proceeded to wait along with everyone else in the cold wind. We took a bathroom break and took some pre-race picture. I also used bag drop for the first time and it was easy and I feel comfortable using it in the future.

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I was running with a good friend and training partner, we were in Corral 8. Our friends were spread out over just about all the corrals. We stopped at each one dropping off friends and taking pictures. We got to start about 8:10. We had originally discussed keeping our pace about 10 minutes per mile at first, then stepping it up later, hoping to finish about 2:10. That plan quickly became a sub-10 start and sub 9 finish! We hit a little over 1o a few times but didn’t stay there long.

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I was feeling really good for the most part, finally warmed up about mile 3, tied my jacket around my waist. We saw some friends cheering at mile 3, but I didn’t think to give them our jackets, oops! Never did take the gloves off, my fingers never stayed warm enough. Grabbed some Gatorade at mile 7 I think, then ate our chews. Everything is a blur, I did get a few pictures along the way early on.

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At about mile 11-12 I wasn’t sure I was going to make it, we had kept our pace in the low 9′s, hitting a few sub-9′s at times. I knew we were set to PR and didn’t want to quit but it was hard. I can’t even imagine how much harder it will be to get under 2 hours. It’s on my long term goal list. I say long term because once I get sub-2 I want to be able to stay there. That means ramping up my speed on all my runs, different training and I’m not quite ready for that. I have a lot to accomplish this year and I’m not sure I want to push that yet. We will see what life brings. Right now I’m ecstatic with 2:03:07. I’m beyond happy!

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5k time: 31:06

10k time: 1:01:05

10 mile time: 1:36:17

Official pace: 9:24 per mile

Chip time: 2:03:07

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I had a great run, had great company and yummy food today! I will rest until Wednesday, go to the gym, then back to 5@5 on Thursday. My next half marathon is almost 2 months away. The Patriot is here in my hometown and it’s the 2nd year for it. It’s on Memorial Day!

Have a great week and don’t forget to enter the Empower Fitness giveaway here!

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A long run and a 4k!

Saturday was busy, busy! I am officially 2 weeks from Rock N’ Roll Dallas half marathon, so yesterday’s long run was 10 miles. Straight into the wind. And it was humid. It was a rough run.

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That was followed up by the Tap N’ Run 4k at 5PM. The weather here was threatening crazy storms so they moved the start time to about 4:30, I think the first wave went at 4:45pm. The packet pick-up and start line were hosted at the Sandbar in Deep Ellum. Things were a little crazy as one would expect at a race like this. It was great people watching! It was fairly organized considering the weather, the number of people and that we were at a bar!

Random stranger in an apron.

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One complaint I heard was in the registration form it wasn’t clear about asking for your name on your bib. I missed it, my running partner missed it and I saw a lot of other people that did too. But no big deal, just an observation.

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Each stop that served beer was enclosed in barricades, you had to give them a ticket off your bib to get in and you had to drink the beer in the barricade. They also served water. 1 out of 4 beers I really like, 1 was pretty good and the other 2 were not good. It was all Sam Adams. While I’m not a beer aficionado, I do like it really cold on a hot day, especially after a run! My favorite was Angry Orchard Hard Cider.

Here’s the start and finish line.

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Our “costumes” were last minute, so we went with housewives and Alisha embroidered our shirts to say “Running shoes are my high heels”. We wore our aprons and pearls. We got called Betty Crocker, bakers and our favorite was “fast runners”! We’ll take it. I think we were one of the few people actually running the race.

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The finisher’s medal is a bottle opener!

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We had fun and are already planning a team costume for next year’s race!

I got a few new things to try this week ~ Almond butter and Coconut Oil. Anyone already using these?

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Don’t forget to check Friday’s post for the giveaway from Albion Fit!

Are you doing the squat jumps? What was your workout today or this weekend?

5k race, training and a new recipe!

Today’s 5k race was Ally’s one year running anniversary! She ran her heart out this morning, I’m so proud of her! Packet pick up was a breeze, they were extremely organized!

She came in 2nd place in her age group. Still waiting on results, but her unofficial time was 27:53.

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 My training and 5k results

I’m getting ready for another half at the end of this month, the Rock N’ Roll Dallas on March 24. I’ve never run 2 halfs this close together so I don’t really have a plan for miles this month. Today I ended up with 9 miles (6 plus a 5k). Next week I think maybe 10 and then 8 miles, then the next weekend is the race.

I ran a really good pace for the 5k today, but I didn’t place. Let me just say the age group spanned 10 years and I was up against the guys! However it was a really good time for me, I’m happy with it!

Check out my average heart rate for the 3.1 miles!

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 Trying new foods ~ Spaghetti Squash Casserole

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Last night’s dinner was a new recipe and it was a major hit! I found the original recipe from Peas and Thank You, and I made a few changes.

  • I added 99% fat free ground turkey
  • Used spinach instead of broccoli
  • I used low fat cream cheese, I’m sure it would have worked with fat free

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Anyone tried the lateral jumps from Friday’s kick-off to March Madness? Any awesome Spaghetti Squash recipes I should try?

March Madness!

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this has been a long week. I’m ready to rest. (ha, ha)

It really is March madness around here. Just running a few races this month!

  • 5k March 2, with Ally
  • 4k Tap N’ Run, March 9
  • Rock N Roll Half, March 24
  • 5k March 30, with Ally

The 5k tomorrow at Ally’s school is their 2nd annual, last year this race was her very first 5k. I’m so proud of her!

Yesterday after running 4.7 miles in 34 degrees and a light wind of about 8mph, we had a little plank party!

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March brings March Madness and we have a new exercise to introduce…..Lateral jumps! Today’s post is from Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs.

Let us know you are participating!

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I’ve recently been selected to be a blogger for Team Pretty Muddy! I’ll be running their mud run in Dallas on June 1! Come join me!

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And don’t forget about the Tap N’ Run entry giveaway, ends Sunday at noon!

 

Let’s get this party started!

Anyone heard of a 4k by Tap N’ Run? Well, I’m running it in Dallas next week and one of you lucky peeps will be running it with me!  Well, we might be walking since the “water” stops have beer instead! No worries, it’s a 4k, so that’s only 2.49 miles. Give me your best costume ideas and yes keep it PG please!

The race is Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 5:00PM in Dallas, TX.

You can find all the info about the event here! They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

 Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter! It’s only open from Midnight tonight until Sunday at noon CST. I’ll announce the winner Sunday.

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*Please only enter the contest if you live in the DFW area or can travel here. All travel expenses are your responsibility.

If you don’t win the entry there is a discount for $5 off with the code MYWORLDRUNS.

 

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