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Barefoot Training

I mentioned this briefly in one post back in February and think it’s time for an update! I’m running the Music City Half Marathon again this year and it’s 19 days away!! Last year I ran because I was jobless and had nothing else to do. This year I’m just really loving running AND had a great cause to support. Insert Barefoot Republic. I met Candace when she started interning at work and it was an instant friendship. I had heard of Barefoot Republic and had actually been to the camp to help build before their first summer opening the new location, but Candace was the expert and the passion behind the run.

As the Run Barefoot team, we are raising money for kids to go to camp. 75% of campers to Barefoot receive some kind of financial assistance in order to go. As a team, we have raised over $13,000 so far!! Now I must admit, I didn’t hate training and running by myself last year. But running with a team with a purpose is ten times better. I may not be completely crushed when the race is over…7am runs on Saturdays are not exactly ideal, let’s be real….but I have definitely formed friendships and had a great time in the 3+ months with this team. And am so proud of every person on our team – us halfers ran 11 miles on Saturday! Woot!

There’s still time to donate and there’s still plenty of room for us to reach our team goal!! Interested? Check out the Run Barefoot site and if you like what you see, Support a Runner! And check back after April 30 for final fundraising results and pictures of us beautiful people after 13.1 miles 🙂

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Training Barefoot

For the few of you that follow, you maybe have noticed my blog has not been updated in a while. I apologize. My life recently has been a lot of work, training for the half marathon, and sleeping. Nothing too exciting.

But I will update you on the training! Although I ran the Music City Half Marathon last year, I decided to train and fundraise with a group this year…and it has been fantastic. No, I’m not training with or using the creepy-looking barefoot toes shoes. But I AM raising money to help support Barefoot Republic, a nonprofit here in Nashville. Because they state their own mission better than I ever could : To facilitate the development of Christ-centered relationships between individuals who represent diverse racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, through an equally diverse platform of artistic, athletic and team building programs.

They really are an amazing organization and have amazing facilities for summer camp. I am proud to help raise money to help kids, who may never otherwise get to go to camp or interact with youth outside their own communities, have the opportunity to go to Barefoot Camp this summer. And training with a team, including my friends and beginning to form new friendships, is just an added benefit.

So check out their website and our team website, Run Barefoot Now, then if you feel like supporting, feel free to make a donation through the team site!


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Training Update

A little less than 3 months until the 1/2 marathon!! I’m really excited but also a little intimidated by the training. My first official week of training was last week (before that I was training for training, hehe). Of course, as training started the snow storm of the decade hit Nashville, which forced me to run at the gym on the treadmill (sorry, not THAT hardcore to run in ice). I had been doing SO well in the cold and was actually enjoying it, especially for a southern gal, but now I’ve gotten used to inside and am much less tolerant of the cold, even after only one week!!! It’s devastating!

Anyway, this week’s goal is going to be running outside again. It was still really wet and snowy this morning, so I gave in and went to the Y….maybe tomorrow??  And I am going to Atlanta mid-week, so it should be at least a few degrees warmer and I’ll have my beautiful parks to run around, so that will definitely be good! I am committed to this training and that is that. May not do it again……but you never know 🙂 Wish me luck!