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So Many Miles

Yeesh! I feel like 3 days ago it was March. I’m fairly certain April was about 26 hours long and May went by just as quickly. Despite my intentions with keeping up with Try Something New Every Month and Adventure in Making’s DIY challenges, time just wasn’t on my side.

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Strawberry Distance Challenge – 5k

One major reason behind this has been my newish commitment to running. I’m apparently a glutton for challenges (and punishment), because I agreed to join a team effort to run 2,016 miles in the year 2016. There are 3 of us, so I only need to run around 800 miles this year. Since I don’t want to be left in the dust by my team, I am doing my best to keep up with the leader.

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Super Hero Run – 5k – With HRC members

So far this year, I’ve logged 260 miles. Which means I’m a little behind despite participating in piles of 5ks. As a team, we are nearly to 800 miles for the year. I’ll pop in with updates throughout the rest of the year.

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My favourite races are the locally hosted runs that support local non-profits and schools. They don’t provide the flashiest bling, but knowing that a local school gets new band equipment or the women’s hospital gets needed supplies balances that out for me.

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Post Race Selfie

I’ve also joined Hogwart’s Running Club because, yes, I am a Potter geek (Go Hufflepuffs!) Their entire mission is to do so much good. It’s a virtual non-profit club that is based on the book series. To track miles, we use Charity Miles. This means that every mile we run creates a little donation to a charity of our choice. HRC also hosts virtual runs that raises money specifically for particular charities. These all come with very fancy, very awesome medals.

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Carillon Classic – Bok Tower Gardens

This weekend, I was able to participate in a race with my mom. We both had a great time. I ran and created a new personal best. My mom discovered how fun 5ks can be (apparently this was her first race). We both also earned 2nd in our age division.

I’m now also in training for my first half marathon. I won’t be running it until the fall. I’m training during the summer so I will think it’s easy when the cooler weather hits.

I started posting pre- and post-race selfies to my Instagram feed, you can follow me there to see my accomplishments as well as other projects I have going on in life. Link: 64colorbox

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Scarves and a 5K

The year we married, I started running for exercise. I had no goal or plan or ambition, it was just an inexpensive way to exercise. Since we live in Florida, I can run outside nearly all year, so I didn’t need to join a gym.

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After about a year, I let work and life push running out of the picture. I was enjoying being married. Work was extra stressful. I really just couldn’t be bothered.

One day someone from one of my internet friends posed a challenge. He wanted to create a team to pledge to run 2,016 miles in 2016. I knew I wanted to start running again, so I joined in. I’m sure I’ll mention our progress again as the year goes on. We are right around 200 miles already.

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To add to the inspiration, I discovered a Hogwart’s Running Club. I had to join. I’m now a proud member of the Hufflepuff team. You are welcome to follow the link to find details on joining.

HRC does virtual 5Ks throughout the year. Each run is done in support of a charity. In tandem with the race is a challenge that each house competes in. The first run of the year is the Molly Weasley Ugly Jumper Run. The charity of choice is One Warm Coat.

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Each house is challenged with gathering scarves to give to One Warm Coat who can then give out the scarves with the winter coats. I cannot speak for the other houses, but us Hufflepuffs go right to work. Wizards and witches were shopping, knitting, and sewing scarves left and right.

I was finally able to sit down and stitch up a pile of scarves myself. I rooted around for my excess collection of fleece and got to work.

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The only fleece that was long enough to be scarves was the black fleece. However, I didn’t think it was long enough to cut fringe into the ends. I opted to add colorful squares and rectangles to the ends of each scarf.

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Each scarf got its own design of squares. With the limited choices I had to be a little creative. I managed to stick to my resolution for yet another project. I had these fleece on hand from when I made Angry Birds. I always have thread.

Now I just need to sort through my collection and pull out the scarves I no longer need.

 

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