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Buehler?……Buehler?

I woke up at an ungodly hour to put in a few miles in honor of National Running Day!  My injury has been much better the past couple weeks, so I felt safe running a little.  My trail of choice for a 6am run was the Al Buehler cross-country trail that surrounds the Washington Duke Inn on Duke’s west campus.  My car was one of two when I got there a little before sunrise, and when I left 45 minutes later, there was a line to find a parking spot.  Obviously, it’s the place to be!  Probably because it’s supposed to get up to 98 degrees today (seems like Durham has confused itself with south Florida) and running at 6am provided the best temperature option.

The trail itself is great, with scenic views of the WaDu’s golf course.  However, there are a few hills that no matter how many times I run them, I will always mutter certain 4-letter words under my breath because they are HORRIBLE.  I walked them all today, and even still, they’re a bit ridiculous.  But, among the soft sunlight and chirping birds, I had a very peaceful run.  

Go outside and get a run or walk in today!  Or, read through the list of 10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day and do the one that’s best for you.  It’ll make you feel good!

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Doughman is My Homeboy

I am officially one satisfied Doughman volunteer.  The race went off according to schedule on Saturday morning (Mother Nature cooperated!) and I was lucky enough to be stationed at the VIP tent, which was right in the middle of all the action!

From the start line…

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…to the food tables…

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…to the super heroes and hospital patients having gown issues…

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…I saw it all.

I spent my morning serving corndogs, vegetarian tamales, vegan spaghetti and meatballs, lamb sloppy joes, cupcakes, brownies, bread pudding, and popsicles to the VIPs.  And they started eating all this at 8am.  

Not my cup of tea, but hey, Doughman only comes once a year.  The VIPs were smart and bought tickets so they could not only watch the racers, but also eat while the racers ate.  Very cool.

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Here are some of the eats:

CorndogsHuge corndogs from Dain’s Place.  Racers ate a full one, not half.  And a fun fact:  Dain and his team are the founders of The Doughman!

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Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs from Four Square….as in spaghetti squash, quinoa meatballs, and a tomato salsa sauce.  Really yummy.

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Hello, Gorgeous!  A variety of cupcakes from Nosh and Daisy Cakes.

The foods I missed pictures of were Six Plates’ famous Lamby Joe Sliders, a tamale from Dos Perros, bread pudding from Piedmont, and gourmet popsicles from Locopops.  All in all, a fabulous showing of all the foodie offerings in Durham!

And the best part about volunteering?

Attending the banquet Saturday night that featured even more local restaurants, breweries, and food trucks!  Talk about heaven in a parking lot.

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My favorite items for the night were both from Four Square — a watermelon slice topped with arugula salad and a white bean ratatouille.  (I think that means that I should visit the restaurant soon as I also loved their vegan meatballs from the race!).  All that finished off with a Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale from Fullsteam Brewery (which uses basil from local farmers!) led to a very happy belly.

I think I’m still digesting.  See ya next year, Doughman.

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**If you’re interested in dough-nating to The Doughman, there is still time to do so!  Just click this link, and then on the orange button that says, “Dough-Nate.”  Your money will go to two local charities that help keep kids busy after school by teaching them how to grow an inner-city garden (SEEDS) or design works of art (Seesaw Studio)!

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SatDOUGHday

It’s Doughman day!  The Doughman is an annual charity eating/exercise quadrathlon that brings smiles to the faces of everyone in Downtown Durham.  It is a ridiculously fun day — filled with teams dressed in silly costumes, stuffing local delicacies down their faces and then running, biking, or swimming different portions of the race.  Eating comes before exercise, so the #1 rule in The Doughman is:  DO NOT THROW UP.  If you do, you are disqualified.

I competed last year, and my team and I dressed as Richard Simmons.  We actually won the Best Costume award out of 70 teams!

 

This year, I am volunteering instead due to an injury that’s keeping me out of the race.  But, it will still be fun to see all the teams and be in the midst of the competition.

Have a great SatDOUGHday, and if you want to donate to the causes (two awesome local charities:  SEEDS and See Saw Studios), here’s where you can do so:  http://www.seedsnc.org/.

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How is it already April?

The first four days of April have just about passed, and I’m still in disbelief that we’re already in the fourth month of the year!  Maybe it would help if I changed my calendar from March to the proper month.

The past four days have been very unique — I’ve gone from temperatures in the 30s and scraping ice off my car to spending my Sunday outside hiking and touring a local vineyard in 80+ degree weather.  I love the extreme weather changes that come with spring in the Carolinas.  (Not really).  But at least it’s pretty.

Highlights from the past week:

1.  I hosted 220 business school students and Special Olympics athletes for a nice dinner and drinks event on Saturday night.  Very fun and something new as I’ve never spent any time with Special Olympians.

 

2.  Yesterday morning as I opened my door to get the Sunday paper, I knew that I had to spend the day outside.  It was warm, sunny, breezy, and flowers were blooming everywhere.  So I decided to treat myself to an omelette at a local German cafe and bakery called Guglhupf, and then make a trek out Lake Jordan and discover some new hiking trails.  I got a little lost, but it was such a beautiful day to climb some rolling hills right along the water. 

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3.  Today hit the 80-degree mark.  83 to be exact.  That’s the highest the temperature has been so far this year.  Now if it wouldn’t go any higher in the next couple months… 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, and get outside!

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Rock Your Asana

I was in a bit of a funk most of today.  Not enough energy to go for a run, but enough energy to get annoyed by just sitting around the house all day.  I decided to attempt to fix my frustrated mood by trying something new:  a Rock Your Asana yoga class at Franklin St. Yoga in Chapel Hill!  It was the perfect cure and reminded me that nothing like a good bit of exercise and a new challenge can cure any blah moods.

Rock Your Asana was really fun!  And a lot harder than I thought it would be.  🙂  It’s considered a “power yoga” class, so you tend to flow consistently without taking many breaks between asanas (which simply means poses).  I learned a lot of new poses and also bended in ways that I didn’t know I still could.  For example, I did this (which I don’t think I’ve attempted since elementary school P.E. classes)…

Wheel pose...mine did not look that pretty.

And this…

Crow pose....really fun.

 

The main difference between the yoga you typically see and the yoga in this class?  Instead of hearing calm, instrumental music throughout the class, the instructor played a mix of popular songs from his iPod.  Queen, Hall and Oates, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin….they all helped me rock my asana!   Very fun, relaxing, and I have a feeling I’ll be a tad sore tomorrow.   

I’ll leave you with a quote from the instructor today…

In yoga practice, we subtract something each day.  We subtract worry, anxiety, work, and the past in order to make room for new growth.  It is a continuous process.

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