We’ll be meeting in a new location tomorrow for all the loops. We’re at Braelinn Elementary School so don’t show up at Drake! The C25K will also be meeting at Braelinn (don’t let this deter you from continuing on your path to success). It’s still not too late to come out and start the C25K program and now is a great time for some of the ones we lost to return!

Here are the loops:

6:30 – 60 min

7:30 – 30 min

8:00 – C25K Run 2:30 Walk 1:00

6/16 -HNLiens Summertime Loops

Summertime fun tomorrow! Old school Fla Vor Ice pops tomorrow for all the loops (while supplies last). We'll be at Drake for all the loops but there will be a new location NEXT SATURDAY so you C25Kers get your mind right now to commit to showing even though it's a new spot.

We need some love on our social media sites. If you've not joined the HNL run group on Facebook or liked the HNL, Inc. page there, please consider doing so. It's a great way for us to get lots of info about our organization out there. We've also got a super cool Instagram page with some new content. Be there!

Thanks to all the people who came out and helped at the HNL events last week. The Hotlanta Half marathon water station was really fun. I contacted the race director after the event and asked if we could have the same spot next year and he's already locked it in. Don't miss it! The bag stuffing event was equally fun and we had lots of people come out to help. Thanks to all who came out to make sure kids have a Saturday option this summer.

4th parade motivation is needed. Talk to me tomorrow if you can help out. Sign up on the Facebook event if you can make it or talk to me if you can be there. We need at least 10-15 people on board for this to happen!

The C25K group is doing really great things! Tomorrow we'll be on the same intervals we were last week. Don't give up! Keep showing up and getting stronger! WORK! BTW, Linda is leading tomorrow!

All loops from Drake tomorrow:

6:30 - 60 min

7:30 - 30 min

8:00 - C25K 2:00 on 1:30 off

6/13 Wednesday run

Mid-week run on 6/13! We'll have a mash up of HNLiens and First 500 Bootcamp runners starting at 5:30 at Drake for a 45 minute loop. Don't forget the bag stuffing event tonight at Fayetteville First United Methodist gym at 5:00 PM.

6/9 – HNL stuff for days – C25K Coach Linda is hired! – HNL Runtoberfest 5K

Pop a bag of popcorn and settle in for your weekly update. HNL has lots of stuff going on and we need your help. Our HNL Run Group page on FB topped 500 people this week. We sure could use some help getting the lurkers out of the shadows. I think most lurkers feel that they aren’t fast enough or they don’t know anybody so they don’t show. Come give us a try! Be brave! You’re guaranteed to have fun and 94.2% guaranteed to not get lost.

This Sunday HNL is responsible for the mile 4 water station at the Hotlanta Half Marathon. For those running, enjoy that heat! If you’re available, we have about 8 people heading to the event as water hander outers. If you’re interested, we will meet at the north PTC Kroger (AKA Target Kroger) and group up into cars at 5:00 AM. Bring signs if you have them and bring sidewalk chalk if you have that. I’ll bring the stencil and we’ll decorate the road in front of our station. Please wear HNL gear you have. If all you have is a sticker, bring a towel for the car ride. Side note: if you ordered an HNL shirt and still have not picked it up, the clock is ticking. I will sell the hell out of your shirt if I’m still toting it around after school starts.

On Tuesday HNL will meet at the Fayetteville First United Methodist gym for a bag stuffing party. We’ve teamed up with Keller Williams PTC and Smart Lunch Smart Kid to provide a Saturday option to kids over the summer. Kids on free lunch during the school year need access to lunch during the summer and Smart Lunch Smart Kid delivers said lunch every single weekday to kids all over Fayette. Keller Williams purchased 10,000 individually wrapped snack items for the kids to have weekend food. HNL organized the bag decoration effort and now will stuff the 10,000 items into 2,000 bags. Meet at 5:00 PM, kids are welcome, come when you can.

HNL’s The Dignity Store had a big development today in the form of a meeting with North Clayton Middle. Amanda DeBuc and Cummins Power South have stepped up to make our sixth location happen at NCM. We met with an AP who is psyched about the idea and really wants to make this happen. We’ll learn more next week but the need at NCM is right in our wheelhouse and the space they have offered is really awesome. As you know, The Dignity Store is a free store located inside a school (or other area) where kids can get needed hygiene items in a safe and private environment. We’re currently operating at Rachel’s Ray of Hope, Flat Rock Middle, Hope Hill Elementary, Asa Hilliard Elementary, and Cowan Road Middle. This project has wheels and we’d love for more people to be involved. Let us know if you want to help!

I was gone last week and Linda led the C25K group with gusto. Let’s just put it out there, people love Linda! I’ve asked her to lead the group from here but she’s got some commitments which would prevent that so we’ll alternate weeks. This is still in the beginning stages so if you want to join in, now is the time! We’ve started by alternating running and walking intervals working up to an eventual solid 30 minutes of running. This is a great program to involve your kids in. Running can be difficult. Sometimes it sucks because it’s hot or your tired or your lungs are burning. This is the beauty of running. Enduring the temporary pain or discomfort for the reward of feeling great at the end is one of the great parts of being a human! Bring out your kids and show them what tenacity and grit looks like. Get after a goal and suffer on purpose to show them that it’s possible to push past your limits…even when it’s not easy.

There will be a HNL Runtoberfest 5K meeting soon. We’re working out the website and registration right now. Hope to have it up and running by the 4th of July where you all come out and walk the course with HNL and throw swag which gets us to our goal of 300 racers.

Tomorrow is a Drake day. That means we meet at Drake. If the weather tomorrow is like the weather today, it’s going to be great. If you are a 6:30 or 7:30 loop runner, please consider sticking around for the C25K session for the run walk intervals, we need your help!

All loops Drake

6:30 – 70 min loop (we’re going to run the Runtoberfest 5K route in the loop)

7:40 – 30 min loop

8:10ish – C25K start 2:00 run 1:30 walk

FINALLY… This week Fayette County DFCS called HNL for some help. Earlier in the week a local mom lost her child in a tragic accident. In the midst of her grief, she awoke the next morning to a car with a flat tire and no spare. DFCS thought to call us first for help and we got her tire on a tow truck with the quickness. Mask Tire in Fayetteville changed the tire out for a new one AT NO CHARGE and the tow truck driver returned it to the car and put it on so she could handle the unimaginable business at hand. We were happy to help and it was great Fayette DFCS felt comfortable to call on us. This is a great example of just what HNL is. A local group of many talents and skills ready to help in almost any situation. Sometimes it can feel like the mission is a bit broad but it’s that kind of flexibility which allows us to step up in that moment and call on our contacts of tire people, tow truck drivers, and mechanics to make it happen. Y’all are awesome, thank you for being ready to help!  

6/2 - Still time for C25K newbies! - Parade confirmed - Drake loops tomorrow

If you know anyone still interested in joining the C25K group, there is still time! Linda will lead the same intervals we ran last week so come out and bring the kids! If you are on the C25K program, you should be running the weekend intervals twice during the week. If you hurt, rest. If you're thirsty, drink water. If you're lazy, get off your ass.

HNL will participate in the PTC 4th of July parade this year and we will need your help. Let us know if you can walk the parade route with us and throw stuff at people. We're still deciding what our float design will be and what to throw so if you've got any ideas, we're open.

We'll be at Drake tomorrow;

6:30  - 60 min

7:30 - 30 min

8:05 - C25K 30 min 2:00 run 2:00 walk intervals.

5/26 - C25K Start - SHIRTS! - Memorial Day Murph - 4th of July

Such a busy weekend! Get your minds right!

The newest couch to 5K (C25K) training program starts Saturday! The program is for anybody wanting to build to a 3 mile run. It's going to sweaty fun times and a great program for parents and kids alike. DO NOT DROP YOUR KIDS OFF. We can barely tolerate our own kids much less the kinds of kids parents want to drop off with a group of strangers. This is going to be lots of fun and ANYONE who has the ability to run can do it. We'll start with a ratio of 2:00 running and 2:00 walking then slowly build to less walking and more running eventually transitioning to large blocks of running and small ones of walking. Click the C25K tab above to get all the details. Make the commitment to the program and get this summer started right!

I've got the Run HNL shirts for those who ordered! Do not make me carry these damn things in my car for months. Anybody who doesn't pick up their shirt by Labor Day will have it auctioned to the highest bidder.

On Monday, HNL will host the Memorial Day Murph at Drake. 1 mile run, 300 air squats, 200 push ups, 100 pull ups, 1 mile run. Can't do it? Come out and do the Memorial Day Smurph, all the stuff above with half the squat, push up, and pull up reps. This is always a great event. We start at 7:00 on Monday. Be there.

I've signed us up for a float in the PTC 4th of July parade. There are some differing schools of thought on what "parade float" means. We need to come up with a super cool idea. I love the idea of a sufferfest of sweat and work pulling a jeep and carrying rucks while throwing sweat-soaked koozies to the crowd. Some people want to clog on a flatbed trailer. Whatever. I need your help! Ideas please!

Hotlanta Half water stop staffing confirmed! We're gonna be the mile 5 water stop. Show your intention to attend on the FB event! We need people! Got a big van? We need it!

All the rest: HNL's level up grant ends this weekend. If you know some young person who wants to start a business this summer, better have them enter quick at www.hnlinc.org. The Dignity Store visioning still needs a conference room, if you've got the space, we have precisely $0 to pay but we're nice people! Ruck HNL stickers are a thing and if you want one, I'll get you one. RUN HNL magnets are still a thing and I can sell you one for $5.

Info for the Saturday run from Drake:

6:30 - 60 min

7:30 - 30 min

8:05 - Couch to 5K Training Run #1 (C25K) 2:00 run 2:00 walk for 30 min.

5/19 - Bags update - 5K race approval - ruck stuff - DRAAAAKEEEE! - Ready right


Our second bag drive went really well and we got people to decorate another 500+ bags for the Smart Lunch Smart Kids project this summer. We're talking with another group now about possibly adding some food to the bags which would act as a Saturday option for the kids. If this happens, you'll know about it. If it doesn't, this is the last you'll ever hear of it...

The PTC application for our race was approved this week! Mark your calendars now! October 27, 2018 is the date and Line Creek Brewery is the place. HNL Runtoberfest 5K is on!

The ruck money we raised a few weeks ago purchased new chairs and chair rack for the American Legion. We delivered the rest of the goods this week and got fed fried chicken. There was public speaking and I felt nervous. Lindsey and Matt Rusk killed it. Matt took me to drink beer after and I felt better. The End.

All the loops are at Drake! Need some leadership! I'll be in Memphis and I will miss you all dearly.

Bodies ready mind right - READY RIGHT! Hotlanta Half is coming up on June 10 and we need volunteers! If you can volunteer handing out water in your fresh HNL shirt, let me know or sign up on the FB event I created.

Run info:

6:30 - 60 min

7:30 - 30 min

5/12 – NEW RUN LOCATION – HNL Project – Big day for HNL Runtoberfest 5K

Good luck to the HNLiens at the Ironman Gulf Coast 70.3 this weekend! Way to go everybody! Much love to my little waisted buddy, the Godfather of HNL.

Three HNL events tomorrow!

1st – New run location! We’ll meet up for two loops at Oak Grove Elementary on Crosstown in PTC. Weather should be awesome. Bring water!

6:30 – 60 min

7:30 – 30 min

2nd- HNL will have the bag decorating tent deployed at Drake from 12:30 to 2:30. If you can come out and help, we’d appreciate you!

3rd – Fayette Celebrity Dancers at Starr’s Mill High School 7:00. HNL is honored to be one of the charities the event is benefitting. Come out and show your love for HNL at the event. Tickets at the door!

Think positive thoughts as we meet with the city for final approval of the HNL Runtoberfest 5K this week.

It’s gonna be a great weekend! See you soon!

5/5 Cinco de Mayo run – shirts – slow ride – spreading kindness

Happy May! Got a few things going on this weekend. All you need to know is here.

Shirts will be ordered tonight! If you still haven’t ordered, I’ve opened the forms again so you can finally get this done!

Here is the tee option: https://www.customink.com/g/nvv0-00bd-7vfh

Here is the tank option: https://www.customink.com/g/nvv0-00bd-6jjd

Tonight we’re getting down with a slow ride. Show up at Big Daddy’s before 6:30 and you won’t get left behind. We’ll decide where to go after everyone gets a chance to vote. Could be a late night. Don’t be scared. Bring a helmet, bring a light, don’t be dumb.

Tomorrow morning HNL is hosting a kindness event at Glenloch. Leslie came up with this awesome idea and we’ll be getting it done between 8:30 and 11:00 on the grassy area near the soccer fields. We’ll be decorating lunch bags for the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program which will be filled with food and delivered to kids throughout the summer. It’s a great opportunity for us to get out in the world and spread some of that HNL goodness. We’ve got the markers and bags, we just need people to come by and make some art or write a kind message on the bags. Please bring your kids out and make a few! Show love HNL!

The new www.hnlinc.org site is up! We’re loving it and you should too! Thanks to 48in48 and Slalom Consulting for their hard work. We really appreciate you!

Run info – We’re at Drake

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’ll have four 5K loops starting at 6:30. Don’t hold us to the exact 8 and 830 start times. Somebody bring salsa and funny hats!

6:30 – 30 min

7:30 – 30 min

8:00 – 30 min

8:30 – 30 min

That’s all for now! See you tonight and tomorrow and again tomorrow! Love you, bye.

PS New episode of the Dave and Josh podcast coming soon. If you love snacks and chewing sounds, you'll love this episode. Order the complete Dave and Josh podcast bundle as an early Christmas present!

4/28 SHIRTS – 48in48 – American Legion – Slow ride Friday

Everybody be sweet and don’t be weird. We’ve got guests reading along today.

If you have not ordered your HNL swag, please get this done ASAP! I’m shutting down the order next weekend so we can get this sweet swag on the streets. If you are ordering from Boston, I’ll ship them to you with some HNL extras!

Here is the tee option: https://www.customink.com/g/nvv0-00bd-7vfh

Here is the tank option: https://www.customink.com/g/nvv0-00bd-6jjd

Boston? Yes. Boston. HNL was fortunate to be chosen to participate in the 48in48 hackathon where web designers, developers, and project managers gather for a 48-hour event to build 48 websites for non-profits (48in48.org). When I applied for this event, I assumed (if chosen) we’d be at the Atlanta event in Fall 2018. Well, I was wrong. HNL is going to be the proud new owners of a legit corp website by the end of this weekend! The team creating our site comes from Slalom, a Seattle based consulting company full of technologists and badasses. They will be delivering a truckload of legitimacy to our organization and we’re really grateful for their help.

So, HNL will finally have a place to send people who want to know what HNL is about. Runhnl.com is not going anywhere, it’s still going to be the place for the run info and run on sentences. HNL needed a place to point donors and customers to learn more about the organization and what we're about. Hell, some of you reading this are thinking, “just what are we about, anyway?” I know. It can be a mess sometimes but the process of creating content for the 48in48 event has been a really good thing for us. HNL, Inc. is the umbrella all the HNL projects fall under. The URL for our new site is www.hnlinc.org and we should see something there soon. Thanks to Megan and the rest of the Slalom team for hooking us up. We had a great conversation today about HNL and I’m so excited to see what they come up with. BTW, they told me that they might call at odd hours over the next 48 so I gave them David’s number.

I’m trying to get this out quick so I can meet Rob at Sam’s to pick up the chairs for the American Legion. The ruck raised enough to meet all the chair needs so now we will load them up and eat hotdogs before we deliver them to the Legion this afternoon. If you want a Sam’s hotdog, HMU and I’ll keep it in the car till tomorrow.

DO NOT MISS THE SLOW RIDE! Next Friday we’ll meet at Big Daddy’s for a slow ride. We’re not staying there! We’ll drink a beer and vote/fight on where to go next. There will be margaritas and beer consumed. Get your mind right and get out there with us. There is a FB event set up on our FB page. Please hit the going button so we know how many bail bondsmen to retain. Bring your mouthguard and keep your damn hands up this time.

Tomorrow we’ll have two options both from Drake. Be there!

6:30 – 60 min

7:35 – 30 min

Front to backs and all that. All paces welcome and nobody left behind! Let’s get after it!