Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Sunday’s “Inspiration for your Perspiration” September 30, 2012

OK so it’s only Thursday and I am already sitting down to write Sunday’s post.  Why?  Well I just had to share this book with you.  So far it may be the best, most inspirational book I have ever read, ever. (other than the Bible of course).  And I just started it on Wed.  I found it at a local second-hand book shop.  I had gone in looking for some health/running books and it just kind of popped out at me.  Accident, I think not.  The book is:

Rick Warren  “The Purpose Driven Life, What on Earth am I Here For?”  

Have you read it?  If you have I would love to know what you thought of it and how it changed you.

The book is a 40 day spiritual  journey. It’s one of those books you just don’t want to put down.  However in the introduction Rick Warren specifically urges that  you read only 1 (one) chapter per day.

Each day he asks that you

  1. Ponder a point
  2. Memorize a verse
  3. Gives you a question to consider each day.

It’s a book you shouldn’t just rush through, although I have had to hold myself back.  I was hooked just by the introduction alone.  He writes about how 40 days is so significant in the bible.  Have you noticed that too.  Noah’s 40 days of rain, Moses 40 days on Mount Sinai, Jesus’ 40 days in the desert.  I also know my unique journey with God took a drastic change for the better when I turned “40”.  I was brought up in the church but never really “felt” it until that age.  Now I would never go back.

Here is just a sample from chapter one:  “The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness.  It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.  if you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God.  You were born by his purpose for his purpose.”

Wow.  And it gets even better in chapter 2 talking about your birth and how it is no accident when, where or under what circumstances you were born.

If anyone would like to get the book and go on this journey with me I would love to have you.  I would be willing to set up a special Facebook page just so we can post to each other about it.  Please let me know if you are interested by leaving a comment or emailing me @ runfindyourhappypace@gmail.com

UPDATE:  OK, its Saturday nite and I am loving this book more everyday!

**As a side note I went to Married Life Live at my church tonight (Saturday) and met a bunch of other military wives with deployed spouses.  Our church was so generous by “tweaking” the program for those of us without our partners.  Dana, the co-ordinator for MLL sought us out as military spouses to make sure we didn’t miss this event.  They also discounted the price, had childcare and CUPCAKES!!  Cause you know I love my cupcakes :).  You just can’t beat that.  I urge you to find a church that you love and that supports you!  What a wonderful difference it makes.

So my question for you guys is:

  • What is your favorite inspiration book (other than the bible)?
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The Rant, the Naked Truth and Moving Forward

Someone recently asked me why all my posts make it seem like my life is so wonderful.  Well honestly I don’t like to write or admit any bad days or bad stuff to anyone, let alone on my blog.  I like to float on a fairly even keel, I don’t like to get all worked up and I dont’ like to complain.  God is good, even when things are not and I try to look at life that way.  However I DO have bad days and today was one of them.

So if you are easily offended you might want to pass on this post, but I am hoping writing this down helps me get over myself.

OK here goes:

  1. I HATE that my Mom has dementia.  I HATE that here is nothing anyone can do to stop it.
  2. I HATE that my bursitis is acting up in my left hip
  3. I HATE that even though deployments are part of military life…they sometimes really SUCK
  4. I HATE that I haven’t had sex in over 4 months.
  5. I HATE that I have the skin of a teenager going thru puberty (that’s if they had the pleasure of both acne and wrinkles…life is cruel)
  6. I HATE that I have been having a lot of sleep issues
  7. I HATE that I have to color my hair every three weeks!  I feel 30, just wish I looked like it
  8. I HATE that I had to miss bible study today.  (I took one for the team and stayed home because my 5-year-old snuck the iPad last night and stayed up until after 11 pm but still got up at 7.  It would have been bad for everyone if I had just gone about my usual Wed. routine.  So you are welcome babysitter and kindergarten teacher.)
  9. I HATE that I had the wind knocked out of my sails on my run today because of my moodiness and un-even keel.

And that is the naked truth, we all have bad days…sometimes really bad days!

So my solution, take my own advice.  Get my ass out the door and RUN, and then run some more.  When I walked out the door my Garmin died (dead battery) “oh that’s just flippin’ great”.  Although I was pissed in the end this was probably a really good thing.  Thank goodness my iPod was working, I cranked up the tunes and ran.  I ran to run. I ran for my Mom.  I ran for my sanity.  I just ran.  It took me 3 miles just to get into it.  More than once I almost turned around.  Within a mile all I could think about was my Mom (who I had talked to earlier this morning).  I ran, I cried, I stopped and caught my breath, I ran some more.   It took me those first 3 miles to clear my head of all the “junk”.  But I kept moving forward.  I ended up with about 5 1/2, not my goal of 6, but better than sitting around being a poopy-head, depressed about things I cannot change.  Instead happy with the release I got from my run.

So now I will list the things I have thought about during the better half of my run (in correlation to the above statements of hate)

  1. I am lucky to even still have my Mom and Dad around
  2. I lucky I am able to run at all as some never will (the bursitis will get better just like it and my PF has in the past)
  3. My husband and I get to Skype quite often where he is deployed, so it’s not a total shut down of communication
  4. lets not touch on #4 for now 😉
  5. My skin issues will also pass…just like puberty did.  Its what’s on the inside not the outside that makes me, me (darn wrinkles…they just happen)
  6. Sleep will come, or I will hunt it down like a rabid dog….woof
  7. I am thinking of buying stock in Clairol 
  8. I am going to email my Bible Study group and ask them to pray for me and to let them know I missed them today
  9. I ran because God has given me the ability and the courage to go and for that I must be thankful even when I don’t “run like the wind Bullseye

So what am I doing now?  Writing this or course.  Writing is a release for me.  I also still have the tunes cranked up on my ipod.  My playlist is literally called “Run Dang It!”.  It’s the one I save for tough runs and bad days…perfect.  Lots of loud, heavy music (Drowning Pool “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor” is on right now) that I probably wouldn’t want my parents to hear. 🙂

So let’s pray for a better rest of the day.  🙂  I still have 2 1/2 hours of gymnastics to make it thru tonight, wish me luck!

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RFYHP with My Happy Pace Gear!

This contest is now closed!!  Thanks and good luck!  10/12/2012

I recently got a really cool tee from a company with just about the coolest name ever 😉  My Happy Pace Gear.  Isn’t that name great!   Check it out!

Want to check out all their neat stuff!  They can be found at My Happy Pace Gear website and My Happy Pace Gear on Facebook.  Here is a short snip it from their page.

“We work hard to find earth-friendly gear and apparel for running, cycling, and other outdoor sports”  

And for any of you thinking about a custom shirt for an upcoming race..My Happy Pace Gear will also do custom apparel with NO MINIMUM order!

I have to say “The revolution starts in your sole” (love the play on words) tee was very light and comfortable.  I wore it for a pretty hard workout and it was very breathable.  And cute…did I mention it was cute?

As always I love to share whenever I can.  So My Happy Pace Gear has graciously offered one tee (of your choice) toone of  my running buddies.

Here is how to enter (up to 4 chances to enter):

1) Visit My Happy Pace Gear’s website.  Come back here and let me know what your favorite item/saying is.

2) Visit  My Happy Pace Gear  on Facebook, let them know I sent you!

3) Follow my blog, leave me a note on this post (that way you won’t miss when I post the winner!!)

4) Share this giveaway on Twitter  tweet “I want to win a @Myhappy_pace tee from @runfyhp

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH OF THE ABOVE YOU COMPLETE!  THANKS SO MUCH 🙂

Good luck guys!

Contest ends October 13, 2012!

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Handana Winner!!

Hi everyone!  First I just wanted to send a big thank you to Handana for letting me share one of their great products you!  I am also proud to also say they are made here in the USA!  Wohoo!!

Don’t forget to check out all the cool colors they come in for both men and woman.  

I know you will love it as much as I do!!  

So without further ado, the winner is………

Congrats “Working on my fit”!!  Please contact me at runfindyourhappypace@gmail.com to claim your prize.  You have 2 weeks from today to claim it or it will be redrawn to another lucky winner!

 

 

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Sunday’s “Inspiration for Your Perspiration” 9/22/2012

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Way easier said then done.  Why does it sometimes seem like the little things people do in life make us the craziest?!  

My friend and I were having this discussion in regards to our kids the other day.  Why is it the little things they do drive us INSANE!  My theory  is this:  The little annoying things are like a poke in your side…a continuous poke.  Poke, poke…poke.  Little “things” are annoying, frustrating and distracting.  The BIG things are like BAM!  Kinda like hypothetically getting hit by a Mac Truck.  Yes the damage is fast and often harsh but it gets your attention the first time, no counting 1,2,3 no time to let it simmer.   BAM and you deal with it right then and there.  The same holds true with anyone in your life, co-worker, neighbor and yes your family.  The key to dealing with either situation is patience.  Soooo not easy, I am definitely needing to work on this big time!

So I must learn to not let the little things in life that make me crazy.  Kids fighting, trash not taken out, not getting a medal for my 10K (oh wait that was yesterdays post, sorry).  But seriously these are all small things if you step back and look at the big picture.  Don’t get me wrong there are things that cannot and should not be ignored, that is not what I am talking about here.  But in all things we must learn to practice patience, love and understanding.  My pastor said last week its like we need to hold a big sign out to SLOW DOWN and try not to let the situation take over. We need to love those like God loves us because that is what he has commanded, even if someone or something make us crazy.  Do I need to work on this?  YES, ABSOLUTELY!!!  Is it easy?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!  But aren’t I glad God isn’t keeping score of all the times I didn’t listen or didn’t follow his instructions.  Whew!

Ephesians 4:2  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Mark 12:31 …..‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ….

But maybe, just maybe if we talk about, listen to, read about and share God a little more with ourselves and each other, then maybe we won’t sweat the small stuff quite so much. Good thing because I am having a heck of a time doing this whole patience thing on my own!

Matthew 19:26  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

So take time and get in the word this week!  Have a blessed week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

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The “Almost” Perfect 10K…and the Case of the Disappearing Medal

I ran the Heart of Ghent 10k today in Norfolk, VA.  Now berfore I get into the ugly details about the dissappearing medal, here are a few pics and the highlights from the race.

The weather……..P E R F E C T especially after the dreadful weather of Rock n Roll VB in early September.  The actual course was very nice and well organized.  It was a small race only a little over 700 runners, not bad for an inaugural year of a race.  I ran it with just my bestie. (well we saw each other at the start and the finish) I have to say I really enjoy a 10k, it was a great race distance coming off a half  and preparing for another 10K in October and possible half in November.    Francena McCorory’s (Gold Olympian) was there at the end of the race signing autographs and taking pictures.  She was VERY nice and VERY generous. She even let me WEAR her gold medal for our picture!  Awesome!  So even though I couln’t take it home, darn, I got to wear something I probably will never wear again  A GOLD OLYMPIC MEDAL!!  So thanks Francena, you rock!    Here are some pics from the day.

As a post-race treat we stopped for cupcakes 🙂  Now I usually only do that for a half marathon, but we made an exception in this case and here is why:

The problem was the medal. Or in this case…the lack thereof?  You see there “was” suppose to be one.  Now granted Half and Full Marathons definitely deserve a medal, no question.  However I guess my problem isn’t the actual medal (okay maybe a little because I am a bit of a bling ho)  but you see I am a bigger stickler for INTEGRITY and HONESTY.  As most of you know I recently co-hosted a virtual race myself.  We did everything to ensure everyone got what was stated, in full at the price stated to the best of our ability…no changes and no exceptions!  Not because we wanted to be the best ever, but because that’s how you are suppose to do things …all things in life.

Today as I crossed the finish my bestie there waiting for me (yes she finished first, turd.)  she says “Where do we get our medal?”  Ummm yes where do we get our medal?  Now I know medals are not everything, I have done races that didn’t have them and that’s fine too, I will run a race for charity.  The difference here was prior to registering we asked if there would be medals.  Publically on Facebook we were told YES…ALL (as in everyone) finishers would receive a medal.  Not the top three, not just the elite ALL.  Now again that may not mean much to some but we are two military moms who try to choose our races carefully.  With deployed spouses we not only pay for the race, but also must pay a babysitter in order to  get to that starting line.  So I hope you can understand our dismay when there were NO MEDALS to be found anywhere.  When I got home I checked their Facebook page and lo and behold others were also questioning “What happened to the medals?”.  Ok so it wasn’t just us.

So I threw my question into the ring too and asked about the medal, including the above reasons for my disappointment.  Here is their reply:  Heart of Ghent 10k Race “After asking some local runners, we decided to provide the CHILDREN with finisher medals only because the adults were getting O’Connor, Moe’s, Ynot, live music, Gatorade and a shirt. Sorry if you were disappointed with our decision.”

OK I totally love that the kids got medals!  Our Mini Pumpkin Milers will also be getting medals 🙂  Yes the food was great, shirt decent. (I did not see any Gatorade?  Maybe that disappeared too?)  I don’t drink but totally get the whole run for beer thing so that’s a non-issue.  But if you state ALL finishers get a medal, you really shouldn’t change that after the fact without stating it publicly to ALL registered racers, not just the “locals” you polled.

So here are my questions to you guys…..Am I wrong?   What do you think?   And has this every happened to you?

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RUNNING HAPPY GRAND OPENING SALE!!

Grand Opening of our WEB Store.  (click on the banner below to visit us)

Save 25% all weekend, any size order.

(use code ‘grandopening’ to receive your discount)

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with a “slight” cupcake addiction.  🙂

We offer fun NON-SLIP headbands and vinyl decals for your sporty lifestyle.

Don’t forget to check out the

“Happy Band of the Month” 

A great band at a special price, but only for a limited time!

 

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Super Easy Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Muffins

I am not much of a cook but I love fall baking.  My absolute favorite is pretty much any pumpkin chocolate chip combo.  I found this super EASY pumpkin muffin recipe and just tweaked it by adding some dark chocolate chips because…well it’s dark chocolate and Dark Chocolate = MUFA

Here it is:

Easy Pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Muffins

1 package white or yellow cake mix (I used white)

1 cup pumpkin

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 cup water

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

That’s it.  Really, that’s it, no eggs, no oil.  Mix together and bake at 350 for 22 -25 minutes.  I would also suggest using muffin/cupcake paper liners, I think they would stick to your pan otherwise.

These were so good even all three of my kids loved them.  I wouldn’t call them health food, but doesn’t everyone need a yummy baked goodie sometimes.

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Run Find your Happy Pace: Another Mother Runner’s 10 Running Q’s game

Thanks to Lisa Runs for Cupcakes for tagging me on this (so fun!!) and Run Like a Mother for this great idea.  You can click on each of their names to check out their answers.

Run like a mother posted these 10 questions about your running:

Here are my answers:

  1. Best Run Ever.  Hmmm, that’s a hard one.  I would have to say 2012 Shamrock Half Marathon.  I felt great when I finished and had my best PR at the time.  I was also really excited to wait for my husband to finish his first full marathon a few hours later.  It was a great day for us both!
  2. Three words to describe my running.  Calming, Stress-relieving but sometimes mentally tough  (ok that’s more than three, sue me)
  3. My go to run outfit.  I don’t have a go to outfit but I won’t run with out my Zensha calf sleeves
  4. Quirky habit while running I always run while giving an open handed thumbs up sign, lol.  Not on purpose but it does keep my hands from clenching, and it makes for pretty good pictures 🙂
  5. Morning, midday or evening runner?   Morning whenever possible
  6. I won’t run outside when its...snowing or thundering
  7. Worst injury & how I got over it.  Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot.  Ughh.  It lasted for 6 months!!  It was just horrible and mine came out of nowhere.  Bam!  One day I came home from a run and a half hour later I could barely walk.  I got over it by stretching my calves, cross training, stretching, yoga, stretching, wearing a PF boot at night, ice, massage and oh did I mention stretching?  Ok just checking.
  8. I felt most like a badass mother runner when…I finished my first half marathon.  It changed my whole perspective of myself and gave me self-confidence I never knew I had.
  9. My next race is?  This Saturday!!  Heart of Ghent 10K
  10. Potential running goals for 2013.. to get faster and to PR in a half again.  Age is just a number not a speed 🙂

I am tagging the following three blogs to participate but I would love to hear your answers too!

Running In Sanity

Noshing on Asphalt

Running for Him

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“Gone for a Run” Winner!

10/2/2010 After two weeks   After multiple posts, tweets and even an email this prize was unclaimed and re-awarded to a new winner as stated in the contest rules.

 

Thank you all for participating in the “Gone for a Run” $15 gift card giveaway.  I especially wanted to thank the great people at Gone for a Run for providing me with not only the gift card but sending me the great “I found my happy pace” cinch sack.

It was so nice to have this giveaway just in time to celebrate by 6th half.

And the winner is…………..

Love the name!  Happy Grape 2 please contact me at runfindyourhappypace@gmail.com with your contact information.  You have until Oct 1st to claim your prize or a new winner will be chosen at random.

 Congrats!

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