Now that I've been running consistently for a while, I've taken particular enjoyment from one specific aspect of the sport - not the cute running outfits or the race bling or the metrics and pace times. It's the feeling of fitness and strength knowing that I am stronger and that I can do more and more. It's running 11 miles in the morning and then playing soccer in the evening and not feeling like I've been run over by a train. It's hiking all day and coming home quiet and content, but not completely drained. It's the confidence that I could keep going, the simple affirmation of I CAN.

I remember what a tough time I had when I first started logging higher miles. Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen miles - these seemed impossible distances the first and second times. Now I'm training these distances for a third time as I ramp up for the Not So Normal half marathon and the Tar Heel 10 Miler this spring.

"Liz, putting a magnet on your car doesn't make you run any faster." Aww, I can still hope, haha

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On Sunday during my long run the 11 miles still seemed grueling, but not as bad as I remembered. They were a little bit better, just a little bit easier.

Let's hope that training always gets just a little bit easier. In the meantime, if you haven't signed up for the Tar Heel 10 Miler check out this link to register and use the code "FriendsRun" for $5 off the registration fee!

https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/ChapelHill/TarHeel10MilerfeaturingtheFleetFeet4milerun?raceRefCode=g1o0Vyhk&utm_source=RunSignUp&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=g1o0Vyhk

(Note: I get $5 off my registration fee if you use the link. Please and thanks!).

Oh yeah. And don't forget I'm fundraising!


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