Because you can never have too many Virtual Cupcakes right? It’s another awesome virtual race benefiting Team in Training (TNT) .
July Firework Cupcake
5k, 10k and Half Marathon
Custom Diecast Cupcake medal, Patriotic Red, White and Blue.
(medal will be based on this artwork and will be cupcake shaped)
Also there is a great Band from Running Happy in a red, white and blue chevron pattern, super cute!
$20 Race and Custom Medal
$25 Race, Custom Medal and Band From Running Happy
$26 Race and Custom Medal
$31 Race, Custom Medal and band by Running Happy
Thanks once again for supporting Team in Training!
Hello Everyone I am excited to bring you my latest adventure…..
I am raising money for Breast Cancer Research in honor of several family members and friends. Recently Breast Cancer has hit my family, once again, particularly close to home. I decided that instead of sitting on the sideline (because what good does that do?) I would commit to raise money so that maybe someday Breast Cancer will no longer be such a scary thing. I would love for all our daughters and future generations to not have to worry about things like this.
Therefore I am so honored and overwhelmed by the wonderful support I have received from my friends in the running community in regards to my fundraising efforts. I also want to remind all the women out there to do their monthly exam, it takes a few minutes but it could just save your life. Recently I posted on my Facebook page about going to get my mammogram. In case you missed it here it is Get ready for a little TMI:
What I had didn’t post a few days later was I was called back for another visit. Scary since my family has very recently been touched by Breast Cancer once again.
I am happy to say everything was fine, but I will be much more diligent about self exams in the future. For ladies my age I urge you to go get your mammogram if you haven’t already this year.
And for those younger ladies here, please make sure to do your monthly self-exam! Guys remind your wives, girlfriends, sisters etc to get theirs too!
OK that would be my PSA for the day
So on with the fundraising!!! There are sooooo many cool prizes to be won! I will be offering chances thru Papal in order to raise money. I am proud to announce the following sponsors for this event.
One chance – $3
Three (3) Chances for $5
Five (5) Chances for $10
Please click on the appropriate Picture Button below which will bring you to Paypal.
Thanks so much for your support!
I will run this thru the end of May. Winners will be announced in the beginning of June.
***** Please feel free to share this post! The more who participate, the more money we can raise!! *****
The following is a list of all the items you could win!!
Please visit these great pages and say thanks from me ~Runfyhp!
IGlow running - click to visit her shop for awesome themed runnng outfits!
- One (1) complete (tank and skirt) pink IGlow Running outfit
Love Michelle.net - click to visit her online store for more beautiful jewlery!
- One (1) lovely Rhinestone Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet via LoveMichelle. net
Thirty One – Independent Consultant Cara Morrison - click to visit her Thirty One Page
- One (1) pink and white 31 Thermal Tote from – 31 Consultant Cara Morrison
- Three (3) Thirty One Key Fobs
My Happy Pace Gear - click to visit their on-line store for great running tees and more!
- One (1) T-shirt in the winners choice of size
DPI Tees - click for more movitvational tee’s at their on-line store!
- One (1) Pink Be Stong T-shirt in the winners choice of size
Barking Mad About Running - click to visit this great blog. Kim has also raised tons of money for Cancer Research!
- One (1) Hand Crochet Yoga Mat Holder (winners choice of color)
Knot Hole Crochet - click to visit her page for more great handmade items
- Two (2 – one scarf per winner) Handmade Scarfs
Shubeez - click to visit their on-line store for other great shubeez!
- Bee Pink Shubeez - 4 winners of 1 Shubeez each
Runner Decals – visit Runner Decals to check out tons of cool decals for running, walking and more!
Running Happy - click to visit Running Happy for all your headband and cupcake themed decals!
- Three (3 – one band per winner) Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Non-Slip Running Happy Bands
Fit Approach - click to be linked to the sweat pink store!
Well after months of fundraising and training I finally completed my 9th half marathon and my first with Team in Training, The inaugural Nike Women’s Half in DC.
First things first if you ever get a chance to do a race with Team in Training I would HIGHLY recommend you do it! Now I understand fundraising is not for everyone, I get that. But for me, I found it very fulfilling to run an event for a cause rather than to simply run for myself. Its been something I have been thinking of doing for a while and I am glad the right opportunity came about for me.
I almost didn’t get to DC
In my case the planning for the trip became almost as big of a challenge as the fund-raising! My husband was supposed to be home for the race. However, an unexpected deployment changed that. After a mad scramble and a bunch of dead ends in regards to child care for my 3 kids, my wonderful neighbors and church friends stepped up to make my weekend possible. Without their help I would not have been able to complete my journey to DC. So a HUGE THANK YOU to my friends!
Off to DC
Cara (Running in Sanity) and I left Saturday morning for the drive into DC. We were joined by two lovely ladies (and TNT alumni) Donna and Cindy for the trip up to DC. From home its about a 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive. We decided to head to the expo first thing rather than check into the hotel. Our TNT inspiration dinner was at 4 pm so we wanted enough time for lunch, packet pick up, hotel check in and a little refreshing before the dinner.
We got our packets, grabbed a quick-lunch. And headed to the expo.
I have heard different takes on the Nike expo, or expotique as they called it, from “Loved it” to “Hated it” I would say in MY opinion it was disappointing, actually I think I used the word “lame:. It was just not the kind of expo I am used to. It was:
- Very small, it was literally held in a large tent
- I personally like a lot of different booths / and new running related items to check out
- It was strictly Nike based (understandable) with a few other vendors like Nuun (the course hydration) Paul Mitchel and bare minerals. Admittedly I am not much of a high maintenance girly girl, so that may be part of my issue too)
Apparently there were some other things going on Friday night but we missed those. However packet pick up for us was a breeze and I would say we were in and out within 10 minutes. We did have a special check in for TNT runners and that saved a bunch of time. I have heard there were very, very long waits at other times. (up to 2 hours)
The location of the expo was great! Downtown Georgetown is very pretty and we enjoyed walking around checking things out. The perfect weather didn’t hurt either. We visited the Nike store and Baked and Wired, our first cupcake stop where we purchased our post race cupcakes for Sunday. YUM! Thanks to another Sweat Pink Ambassador we were directed to Baked and Wired, and she was right, these were the best cupcakes!
Nike also had a huge board that listed all the runners by name. Much like Disney Did for Princess. Can you find me?
The Inspiration Dinner
The Inspiration Dinner was great, there were tons of TNT participants, 2000+. So many in fact that there were actually 2 different dinners and 2 different locations. It would have been great if we could have all been in the same location, but size wise that just couldn’t happen. The guest speakers were Joan Benoit (she is super tiny! And a great speaker) and a survivor whose name I apologize I do not remember. She was however a brilliant speaker, very smart, well spoken with an inspiring story. She emphasized that without the support for TNT she would not be here. During her cancer relapse she had received a new drug that LLS had helped fund. Five years earlier that drug did not exist, without it they do not feel she would be here today.
The weather was P E R F E C T!! I mean you could not have asked for a more brilliant day, seriously. I have been lucky weather wise with most of my races but this one was number 1 on the list. Nike did take a moment of silence for Boston which I also thought was great. Cara and I wore blue and yellow bands from Running Happy in honor of Boston.
I loved the course, nice because it wasn’t totally flat like it can be in Virginia Beach. The great support from Team in Training cannot be beat. My ONLY complaint …..Nike did NOT do a wave start. We were separated into corrals but when 7 AM came we were all off…at the same time. Miles 1 & 2 were sometimes a people jam. I was forced onto the sides (grass and curbs) to pass people and even forced to walk a few times. I am fairly sure this cost me my PR, which I missed by 20 seconds….ughh, seriously, ughh. Other than that I think Nike did a wonderful job.
I have to say this was physically one of the best races I have had. I felt great, never really breathless or tried until mile 12 when I realized if I really pushed I might PR again. I was running great, my pace was above my average and things just were spot on. I believe I could have beat my PR by minutes if all had gone well in the first few miles. However I am very glad to say I definitely found MY HAPPY PACE in DC. I was so in the “zone” that I forgot to look around, I tend to do that, I had to remind myself to take in the monuments around me. I did take a pic of one of the t-shirts Nike had, it lists all the places we passed on our race.
And yes I did get a Tiffany Necklace, but honestly I forgot about that until I saw people getting their little blue boxes. Each Finisher also received a really nice Nike DC Finisher Tee in Tiffany Blue and yellow.
After the race Cara and I walked back to the hotel showered, fueled up and decided to walk back to Georgetown. Walking after a half is actually a good thing! We hit the Lululemon, Athleta and Nike stores.
We enjoyed a nice late lunch at Serendipity with a HUGE Frozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, I ate a bit…ok I pigged out, because we all know CALORIES DON’T COUNT AFTER A HALF OR FULL MARATHON Hey you can’t eat like that everyday or every training run but after the race it’s on! Besides according to Runtastic I burned over 1200 calories just at the race.
We decided to do a cupcake tour of Georgetown, because well we run for cupcakes for goodness sake! We had our fabulous cupcakes from Baked & Wired (mine was “Pretty Bitchin’” Peanut Butter) they were FANTASTIC, by far the best cupcake I have ever had, and I have had a few We also hit up Sprinkles Cupcakes and purchased a few there. We visited DC Cupcakes but the line was out the door and down the street. We never did make it in ……. next time they will be mine.
So all in all I give Nike DC an A+ . Fabulous location, fabulous weather and a wonderful meaningful race with TNT! Go Team!
I have a feeling I will be doing another race with TNT very soon.
This weekend I will be running Nike Women’s Half in DC with Team in Training. I am super excited, and I think that is why taper week has been making me a little crazy.
This will be my first race with TNT and my 3rd half marathon this year. Admittedly I was getting a little worn out with the long training schedule. Due to my husbands deployments I have not been able to fully participate in the group TNT training runs much. But my coach…Coach Bob, has been wonderful and always kept us in the loop. He is a great coach and very enthusiastic! I am so glad he will be traveling to DC with us! Thanks Bob!
Last weekend we had our local TNT sendoff party. I am really glad I was able to attend! My friend Cara from Running In Sanity and I have raised money, trained thru deployments, sick kids and all that fun stuff for the last many months. it seemed like this weekend would never come. I want to thank the coaches that spoke at the sendoff because they gave me a renewed spirit for running with TNT in DC.
“We are running for something more than ourselves, something bigger.”
That’s just what I needed to be reminded of!
Our local co-ordinator, Josh, who is also an almost 5 year survivor spoke to us about his journey. Josh is a soft-spoken great guy, very sweet, very humble. He spoke about how 4 years ago he could not walk from the chair to the bathroom without his wife’s help. Last weekend Josh completed his first 50 mile….yes 50 MILE trail run! Amazing!
So I am really excited about the race and sporting my purple Team In Training Shirt. It’s soooo not about time, or PR’s or me…. it’s about completing the journey for someone elses benefit and that makes this race very, very special.
A HUGE Thanks to all of you who have supported Myself, Running in Sanity and TNT through our series of Cupcake Virtuals.
I am brining good thoughts of you all along with me on Sunday! Give yourselves a pat on the back too, without you I would not be in DC on Sunday. I did my last official training run today wearing my Team In Training shirt. Now to pack…..
OK as some of you may know I was doing the Chalean Extreme Program. Well I am not anymore. Now first and foremost let me say I LOVED Chalean. But I stopped for a few reasons
- I need heavier weights
- Didn’t feel like I was improving with the current weights I have
The program is great, a little different than what I expected, but really fantastic. And I will be revisiting it at a future date. I did most of Phase 1 which was the Burn Phase of the program.
In the meantime I decided to join the world of HIIT. OK, lets back up a little. What is HIIT?
Per Wikipedia HIIT is: High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training, is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating periods of short intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–20 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning
Or as I like to call it my butt kicking for the day. I never realized how sweaty, nasty and tired I could get in 18 minutes (or less) on the program I am doing. No joke, it’s HARD! But you know what I LOVE it!! I am on my second full week and seriously I already see a difference, no kidding, especially in my mid section. I’m over 40 so if your like me this is easily your problem area too. You see I was starting to get what some consider “skinny fat” it can happen to distance runners. OK what the heck is skinny fat? Well let’s turn to the Urban dictionary for their definition….
A physique, while not overweight (and possibly underweight), lacks any visible lean, striated tissue.
Just a quick note for those who usually follow my Sunday Inspiration for your Perspiration. I have moved it to a new blog right here on WordPress:
Why you might ask? Well my hope is to expand the reach of Inspiration for your Perspiration for the glory of God. In order to do that I have asked a few people to join me. The bloggers that will be joining me have all have made the desciion to step out of their usual fitness comfort zone and put their faith out there for all to see. By doing this we are hoping it will help encourage eachother and others on their journey with Christ by spreading a little inspiration.
This weeks post by Cerissa B. Fit. Although we are new and still finding our path our hope is that each week, possibly multiple times weekly in the future, that we will bring you a motivating and honest look at our lives and journeys as Christians. I would love it if you would join us! Glory to God for He is good!
Thanks for taking a minute to read this post I hope you will join us. Have a wonderful week!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support, friendship and positive energy that you have all contributed to Run Find your Happy Pace. I hope you all consider this YOUR page…..I just kinda like to post things around here I appreciate you all putting up with my terrible spelling and common typos, lol. (especially on Facebook where I typo A LOT)
Its been a lot of fun getting to know many of you by name! Each week I look forward to hearing about everyones races for the weekly SHOUT OUT LIST. So many of your run races almost weekly its exciting! My favorite posts are when people let me know it’s their first 5k or half or any distance. Any first race is such a great accomplishment and I love to cheer you on. Thanks for being such a great bunch of runners and more importantly people! Once again a big thanks to Fit Approach, Runner Decals and Running Happy for sharing prizes. As you know I love to celebrate with cupcakes. I wish I could give you all a cupcake but since that isn’t possible (sigh) please accept this virtual one instead…
On to the winners~~~Here are the winners of my 1000+ Likes contest (one winner per prize)
PLEASE EMAIL ME @ firstname.lastname@example.org with your address!!
Running Happy Band Winners
- Kira Browder
- Aimee Price
- Beth Melton
- Nicole Zelenak
- Kristin Smith
Fit Approach Sweat Pink Laces and Runner Decal Cupcake Decal
- Alicia Curley
- Karen Orozco
- Pattie Kepshire
- Gigi Becker
- Marisa Davis
- Jessica Powell
- Walisa Dickson
- Carrie Dalek
- Susan Stelly
- Carol Evans
- Kathy Booher
- Lindsay Barnes
- Maggie Boxey
- Rebecca Randolph
When I started this blog and Facebook page I never thought about having more followers than my family and a few friends. So you can imagine my surprise as my Facebook page grew to 200 likes, then 400 etc. But 1,000+? That’s just crazy.
I appreciate all the support and friends I have made along the way. I am grateful to Alyse and Jamie at Fit Approach and Laura at Girls Gone Sporty for allowing me to be ambassadors with them. I am POSITIVE I could not have done it without the support of both those communities. I am thankful to all the companies that have allowed me to work with them in the past.
I am especially grateful to Susan at Runner Decals who was the very first one that approached me for a giveaway. She believed in me when I had a very, very small following and now I am glad to call her friend. This giveaway wouldn’t be complete without including Runner Decals so thank you Susan once again! Also thanks to my partner in Happiness Cara at Running Happy for putting up with my crazy ideas on a regular basis.
As you guys know I am not super fast, I have never placed in a race and probably never will…. I’m just me and that’s exactly who God meant me to be.
I DO however believe that:
- everyone can be their own personal best
- that the 1st place finisher is just as important as the last one and everyone in between
- that miles are miles and we all cover the same distance, just at our own “Happy Pace”
- finding my happy pace in running and life is really what is important
My hope is:
- this page and blog provide positive support and information to each other
- that every accomplishment you make (in running and life) be celebrated
- when I leave this world that I have made a positive difference
- that there are cupcakes in heaven
So thanks so much for joining me as I find that happy pace in running and life. I wish I could give you all a prize, but I hope this will do. Thanks to Runner Decals, Fit Approach and my partner Cara at Running Happy for donating prizes to my giveaway. See the Rafflecopter link at the top right of my blog to enter and let these great companies know I sent you.
I started a new program a few weeks ago. Because for me hubby’s deployments usually mean something new to entertain myself with. Last year it was Jillian Michaels 90 day body revolution. This time is Chalean Extreme.
So right now I am in the “Burn” phase. There are 4 phases Burn, Push, Lean and then Lean for Life. Each phase lasts 4 weeks (except for the last one I suppose), today I started week 3. Two things I have learned so far
- I need some heavier weights. I am looking into adjustable dial weights. Expensive but may save both space and money in the future. If I get the right set that both the hubby and I can use.
- Phase 1 “Burn” may be a little too easy for someone who is used to working out regularly, however I think heavier weights would solve this issue.
I am also into half marathon training so I am not following the schedule to a tee. The schedule is 3 days of strength and 2 days of cardio (total of 5) I am doing 3 days of strength, 1 day of Chalean cardio and 3-4 days of running weekly. So I am doing one less of her cardio DVD’s but more cardio overall. Hope that makes sense.
I really like it. Chalean is pleasant and informative. I like that she reviews form through out the entire workout, and provides a good warm up and cool down stretch routines. The ab routine is KILLER! I thought my ab strength was pretty good…hmmm maybe not, lol. I have seen about 1 pound in weight change, but I am seeing other changes such as in my clothes.
I have NOT been incorporating her eating plan, but I have been looking at my eating habits as of late. I kind of fell off the wagon there for a while and have been enjoying too many carbs and sweets. Time to reel that in a bit. I am planning on mixing her plan and some other low carb plans.
I am excited to start the push phase in a few weeks. I have also put the weight set on my birthday wish list.
What’s new on the menu?
I have also introduced Kefir into my diet. So what the heck is Kefir? Good question. It’s a fermented milk product. it’s similar to drinkable yogurt but far more probiotic. Most yogurt contains only two to three strains of “live and active” cultures, the one I use has 12.
I have been using Plain Unsweetened Lowfat Kefir. Click for more info. I don’t work for this company nor did they ask me to review their product. I’m just giving you some extra info.
Probiotics? Yes probiotics…basically it’s the good stuff in yogurt and Kefir. For more info click here for an overview on probiotics from Web MD.
So for now I have switched out my usual Unsweetened Almond Milk for Kefir in my post workout smoothie for added protein and probiotics.
My Favorite Post Workout Smoothie
- 8 oz Kefir
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon ground flax
- 1 scoop Protein Powder (I use Raw Protein – Vanilla Flavor)
- a few ice cubes
******* Question for you: Have you ever tried Kefir?******