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One Mile With A Smile - 12 Hour Endurance Event

As I pulled into Heather's driveway to make some repairs in her bathroom, a large box was in front of the door...  reading the logo on the box, I pulled my phone from my pocket and sent a text.

"Did you order a cooler?"
"Yes! Surprise!!  For our event this weekend!"

I brought it in, unboxed it for her and made those repairs!! This was going to really help us out this Saturday to help keep of our drinks super-cold! Awesome purchase!

The One Mile with a Smile 12 Hour Endurance Event would be a first for Heather and myself. A timed event in which the clock runs down from 12 hours and participants see how many miles they can get in during that time. The event accommodated fifty people, each with a different goal in mind! Ours... Do 50 miles in 10 hours or so... and stopping at that point, not running the full 12 hours unless of course it would take us that long to cover the 50 mile distance.... I honestly did not think it would!

With two seventy mile weeks back to …


I remember a morning in 2010, I was a new runner and it was just two years after a bout with cancer.. I was meeting a few folks for a run. Rachel Lee Johnson,Ed Beckleyand Andy Garza. 5 -7 miles was on the schedule and we took off to the north side of Manteo to partake in one of the only trails this town has to offer. As we were moving along the trail, I was in last place.. or behind every one. I remember Ed, just up in front of me, telling Rachel about one of the runners he was coaching and how he was up to seventy miles a week! I was up to maybe 15. I remember my jaw dropping at the idea of running seventy miles in one week. Like wow! I could not even image that. Seventy Miles?? No way!! Well last night... several years after that 5 mile run... I have reached a seventy mile week! I didn't know I was going to do it this week... it was very unexpected. But the urge came and it happened. And so it is. Seventy Miles!!! Once unimaginable. Once so far out of reach... and once.. absolu…