Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon Special Offer

I am excited to announce a 15% off Friends and Family discount code for you to use when you register for the Asheville Marathon, Half Marathon or even the challenge and VIP packages!! This is the BIGGEST % discount we will offer all year long. The code is only good through July 31st so you will want to act fast!! Register now and start training for this fun event!! #ama #avlmarathon

A few notes to keep in mind:
1. The discount code MUST be applied at the END of the checkout process (not in the invitation code box in the beginning of the registration) .
2. The discount is NOT good retroactively, sorry.
3. If someone forgets to use the code or sees it after they have registered we cannot go back in and put the code in.
Here is your discount code to use at check out:

DEANNE2017AMAROCKS


http://ashevillemarathon.com/

Come run with me!!






Monday, June 27, 2016

The ultimate birthday!!

I am thankful to have another year. I celebrated my 38th birthday on June 26th! Birthday's are a gift!

We celebrated on Friday night with friends at Granite Falls Brewery! Yum! One of my all time faves!

On Saturday James and I enjoyed a nice date night out at Larkins on the Lake in Lake Lure. Lake Lure is one of our favorite date night destination locations. It is just beautiful. We have been going there for special nights out for our entire relationship! Following a delicious dinner we drove to a local road side ice cream stand and walked along the lake eating our ice cream as the night set in.


Sunday we slept in, and by slept in I mean slept in, It was 9:30 or 10:00 before I got out of bed! That was much needed! I woke up to a huge stack of Birthday presents, birthday wishes and hugs from my girls and hubby!



They did soooooo good!!! I love birthdays!! I got these amazing goodies for my birthday!

The Stick

Several Pairs of the Ultra Light Tab Features Socks

The 13.1 Shirt from 73 threads

The Runner Kid Shirt from 73 Threads

The red and blue striped ProCompression Socks

Yeti Rambler

Head Up Wings Out Trucker Hat

American Runner Trucker Hat

Another runner Tank

Chevron Athletic Skirt

On top of that my little mini me also got me a super cute shirt from a local outdoor store that says "The river is calling and I must go, Catawba River, NC"!

We also enjoyed the day with two family cookouts! One at my dads and one with my husbands family!

I am beyond blessed!! Here's to another year!




Side note:

You just have to love Google :)




Friday, June 24, 2016

High Five for Friday June 24, 2016 #H54F

TGIF!

1. It's my birthday weekend!!! I love birthdays!! I am certainly thankful for another great year! 38 here I come!




2. I was selected to be a 2017 Asheville Marathon Ambassador!!! I am super excited!!

AMA2015

3. Coming home from vacation and getting back in to the grove this week has been, well, not as great as just lying on the beach soaking up the sun but I did get to come home to all my cuddly fur babies!!



4. I have quickly gotten back into my running routine and hit the asphalt M-Th this week and have a long run planned for tomorrow!



5. In addition to some great runs a friend and I went to HIIT this week at the gym and my girls and I went to a Yoga class. My arms and back hurt so good this week!





I am looking forward to a great weekend of time spent with family and friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

Friday, June 17, 2016

High Five for Friday, June 17, 2016


This Friday I am feeling so thankful for a wonderful weeks’ vacation in the Outer Banks but I am also feeling a little sad as it comes to an end. Today is our last full day here. The highlights from this week are more than five but these are certainly a few of the top. 

1.       We have had a week of the most beautiful sunrises


2.       We have had a week of the most beautiful sunsets


3.       Our 5K on the Beach


4.       Beach Bonfires



5.       On Thursday Madie arrived and I love having my precious family all together for a little R&R 











Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Outer Banks Sunrise 5k Race Recap

It's vacation week for the Avery's and we have ventured to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the week. It is absolutely gorgeous here and unlike anywhere I have ever been! 

Of course I checked in advance of our trip to see if by chance there were any races going on down here the week we would be here and BINGO I found the Sunrise 5K!

I quickly signed Tess, my youngest daughter, and I up!

The race was held on Wednesday June 15th at 7:30 am in Nags Head, NC. Packet pick up was the day before in Kill Devil Hills, NC. This is all about 20-30 minutes north of where we are staying but we made a day of packet pick up and visited lots of landmarks and places to see along the way. The packet was really just the T-shirt, Bib and a Bumper Sticker. Registration was $38.00 for adults and less for kids and veterans. 

The T-shirt is super soft, 100% polyester and the bib is super cute with wild horses on it! (The Outer Banks is known for having wild horses living a roaming on the various islands.)



On race day we arrived around 7:00 am for the 7:30 am start. That was plenty of time. There were 188 runners so it was a small race but that was great for us, big enough to feel like an event but small enough to just enjoy running it and not feel crazy overwhelmed. The course was along the coast line and with the natural slope of the shore there was really just a narrow path to run without feeling greatly off kilter.



I found these super cute tanks on ETSY! (Side note here, I ordered these on Monday, we were leavign for the beach on Saturday, I let the etsy shop know and they had these in my mail box on Thursday! Great service and no extra charge!!! Check them out: SheSquatsClothing)



For being a smaller event the race was very well organized. They had a DJ/Announcer Tent and a very clearly marked Start/Finish. It was an out and back and at the ½ way point they had a water station and volunteers along with a marker indicating that this is where you turn. 

Tess and I didn’t really race this event, we ran it just to enjoy it and so we took our time and ran for fun and really enjoyed the beauty of the location and atmosphere! Runners where there from all over, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina, and of course North Carolina so that was fun!


The sun was rising and the weather was great! The course started out on the soft sand above the high tide mark but quickly ran down to the shore where the sand was more packed and easier to run on. Of course we decided that running 1 mile on sand has to be the equivalent to running 3 on pavement. Ha Ha! It is definitely different. 


The finish of course was back up a slight “hill” or incline back up to the start but otherwise the course was flat and did I mention gorgeous! 


All finishers received a medal and there was breakfast at the finish for runners. Water was in abundance. The only thing that went wrong was somehow I was given last years medal. I have since talked to the race director and he has already put the correct medal in the mail to me! He was so quick to respond to me and for that I am greatful!




This event was really fun and I am so glad I found it! If we are ever back here again I would certainly run it again and I highly recommend this race if you are ever in the area. 

The Outer Banks Running Company offers several events throughout the year! Be sure to check them out if you are traveling this way!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Training update five months in to 2016

Whoa nelly it's already June?? It's my birthday month!!! We can begin the celebration today and celebrate all month long lol!!!




I'm feeling a little bummed about my 1,000 miles goal. I don't think I'm going to make it! But it's my party and I'll cry if I want to!! Ha!!

To get to 1,000 miles I needed to have run about 84 miles a month or nearly 20 miles a week! I have ran quite a bit already and I will certainly get closer than I ever have before so I am not giving up but I am accepting that this just might not be the year and I am ok with that! 

So far this year I have logged 335.6 miles! That's already more that my total miles in 2013 and more than my total miles in 2014 and I am getting close to what I ran in all of 2015. At this point if I make 1,000 that'd be great and if I don't it's no big deal I will still have covered more miles than ever before! Woot Woot!

In the month of May I logged 52 miles. I have this darn peroneal tendon issue that is making me crazy!!! Last week my foot was so super swollen my ballet flat (super comfortable shoe) made an imprint on my foot! Geez!! When my foot is swollen it doesn't hurt but is heavy feeling and when it's not swollen it hurts! I am taking this week off of any hard, long or fast runs and going to take it easy for a few days!

I am excited to see what June holds! June is my favorite month!


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