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!

4/21 – Follow the clues. Shirts ready for order! Short option first. RUCK SUCCESS!

No excuses not to come out tomorrow! Come out of the shadows, tomorrow is a great day for beginners. There are two options but they both start at 6:30 from Drake. Short option is first. Tomorrow’s route will run point to point following clues created just for you! Each clue is a group effort and the group has to stick together so do lots of front to backs so we don’t leave anyone behind. Be at Drake tomorrow morning at 6:30 where the first clue will be delivered by helicopter.

We’ve got some shirt options for you. Click the links below for the tee and tank order links. The tee has both regular and v neck with some color options. The tank has three different color options.

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

Here is the expensive v neck option: https://www.customink.com/g/nvv0-00bd-7vw5

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

Please get these ordered in the next two weeks! The form may tell you that there is plenty of time but I’m thinking of closing the order on May 1. If you can think of a reason not to end it then, let me know!

The ruck last weekend was a massive success! We’re in the process of ordering new chairs for the American Legion.  Thanks to Lindsey and Matt for doing all the work in getting the ruck going. Thanks to Tania for standing on the dry land and filming the river crossing. Next year we’re going to make this a bigger event. Get your minds right for the next ruck. It’s so much fun.

HNL is slated to meet with the PTC Special Events Team in a few weeks. Keep your fingers crossed they like us. 

HNL is going to have a 4th of July parade entry. Not sure if this will be a float or a roving gang of misfits but we need help. Let me know if you’re willing to help. This will be a great event!

Don’t forget the Fayette Celebrity Dancers event on May 12. If you’re willing to volunteer at the event as a door greeter, please let me know. We need a few people to volunteer! fayettecelebritydancers.com if you can’t make it, do the Jailhouse 5K that same night and let us know what you liked and didn’t like.

4/14 BUSY DAY!!!

60 degrees at the start tomorrow....60! It's going to be one hell of a day at sea!

The run is first. We'll have two loops and all paces are always welcome. Get your mind right, come out and join the insanity. We'll do 70 min then 30. Drake is the start location and it would be really great if we could fill up the parking lot and take a group photo at 7:45. I'll have magnets if you want to purchase one or if you're a Smerka and you're owed two! Suck it up, buttercups!

Ruck is next. We'll meet at PTC Kmart (AKA Crosstown Baghdad) for a 10:00 AM start. We're rucking for the local VFW so if you can, click here and help us buy them some new furniture: https://2018-hnl-ruck-march.cheddarup.com Lindsey and Matt do a great job of coordinating this each year and this one is no exception. It'll be a tough day so get your mind right. Come with a pack containing 20% of your body weight. It will take us about 3.5 to 4 hours to ruck the ruck loop so embrace the suck and come walk through the muck like a schmuck duck in a truck run amok.  BRING DRY CLOTHES AND SHOES IN YOUR PACK if you wish to suffer less. There will be water involved. It's for a good cause and there is beer involved so be there! Half ruck of 2 hours is an option if you want it.

Nap follows the ruck. Since we finish at Rusk's house, we're all going to pile into his bed and get snugged up for an old fashioned group nap. The California twin at the Rusk compound has held up to 17 mother ruckers in the past so let's break some records. Packs and shoes are to be left outside for the dogs to chew on.

Race update! Massive shoutout to Lindsey, Melissa, Izzy, and Julie who have been working hard this week to keep us moving in the right direction! Thanks for your work, ladies! We've got a complete permit and we'll be submitting soon so keep your fingers crossed. There is a race in Hampton coming up: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=51251 which you need to sign up for. They appear to be near experts on what we're shooting for so register and we'll head out to do some "research".  Thanks to Geoff for finding that race!

Really want to do a hash or slow ride next week. If you've got ideas let me know tomorrow. This weather is too perfect to miss an opportunity to drink beer at dawn...or on a bike......or on a bike at dawn.

Last thing. C25K v2.0. We're doing another couch to 5K program to get some of our lurkers back out onto the paths. We'll start the program the Saturday after school gets out and we'd like to encourage kids to be part of the program. Start talking this up and recruiting! Running is a great way to get healthy and we need to spread the love that is hot and humid summer runs! Sure would be great to get some leaders involved in leading some of the C25K runs. Need some help here!

Drake is the place tomorrow. Bring $5 for a magnet. HNL tees and tanks will be available for order at the end of next week!

6:30 - 70 min loop

7:45 - Group photo

7:50 - 30 min loop


4/7 and 4/8 options!

Soooooooo the forecast for tomorrow looks pretty solid on rain. We're going to have two days worth of run options this weekend so you can choose which version of weather you prefer to run long in. We need some leadership on Saturday! Sunday is handled.

Saturday 6:30 - 75 min
               7:50 - 30 min

Sunday 6:30 - 75 min
             7:50 - 30 min