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Wicked 10K a Wicked Good Time

I ran in the Wicked 10K this past Saturday.  This was my second Wicked which is put on by J&A Racing in Virginia Beach.  First off kudos once again to J&A, they never disappoint.  Great races, delicious food and awesome swag.  Even with Sandy aka Frankenstorm on the way they managed to pull off a great race.  The after party (which is always kicka**) was moved last-minute from the beach to the Virginia Convention Center, where the race started.    Everyone was kept well-informed and the party went off without a hitch from the participants point of view.

As with most Halloween themed races costumes are encouraged.  Of course I will wear a costume to run for any reason 😉  so fun.  I was also happy to see one of the elite racers (in #2nd place when they passed me) was also dressed up.  You don’t see that too much with the front-runners, so that was nice.  I dressed as Minnie Mouse and my bestie dressed as Batgirl.  I opted for a Minnie Hat with ears safety pinned on due to the wind and possible chance of rain.  Thank you Target, the hat did the trick and was super cute!

I did not run this race planning to PR. I had just run “The Great Pumpkin Race 10k” a few weeks back and had PR’d.  My bestie and I decided to run together and enjoy the views and costumes.  We had not done that in a long time as she is usually a little faster than me.  There were some pretty funny costumes…a KISS group in full makeup, a half-naked Zoro (hats off he could actually pull off that tiny costume) a few other Minnie’s and quite a few batgirls and superheros.  There was also a “bit” of wind due to the outskirts of hurricane Sandy heading our way Saturday.  The hardest part of the race was when we were running between the tall buildings down by the shore…complete wind tunnel.  I asked the lady next to me to check and make sure I wasn’t going backwards.  No I seriously did.  It was so windy that my left ankle kept getting pushed into my right leg every time I picked it up!  On a good note when the wind was at your back you were flying…almost litteraly.  I wish it had been at my back a little more, I might have just PR’d after all.  However I fought the wind and didn’t stop running…lets hear it for small victories!  All in all I had a great race and time.  Just over a minute slower than my PR….not too shabby.  If you ever have a chance to run in a costume race I suggest you do it.  It’s a Wicked good time!

I also had the pleasure of meeting up with and getting to know some members of our local Moms Run This Town (I missed the group shot, darn)  I also got to meet the nice ladies from We Run Disney.  If you will remember Pam of We Run Disney was the first 40+ Fit and Fabulous Woman I had featured a few weeks back.  It was so nice to get to meet her in person!  I recognised them by the picture of their shoes they posted on Facebook, lol.  Who would have thought?  And they were both also dressed as Minnie. 🙂  I ran into them in the finish chute right after running, which also meant my brain wasn’t at full function and I didn’t get a picture….duhh.  Next time ladies.


Sunday’s “Inspiration for Your Perspiration”

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I want to share with you an inspirational page

and a really great person, say hello to

Amanda at Running for Him.

“Run to Inspire, Run to Save”

Did you ever come across a smaller maybe lesser known page or blog you just love and want to share with everyone?

Well Running for Him is one of those for me.

And what better way then on  Sunday’s “Inspiration for Your Perspiration” 

Amanda and I have struck up an on-line friendship and share a great sister hood thru both running and God.  To be honest I cannot even remember how I came to find Running for Him, but I know it was not by chance.

Since we have “met” we have supported each other both spiritually and thru our pages and blogs.  She is an inspiration and has found a great way to share the love of God thru her love of running.  I enjoy her inspirational posts both on Facebook because they always seem to pop up at just the right time.  I also love her heartfelt and honest blogs.

Here is a small sample from her website:

Do you want to know what God’s purpose is for you?
Have you ever wondered if God could use even your running?
Me too.

God has called us who run, to do it all for Him.
To use our gift of endurance to be the
 hands and feet,
To set aside our personal desires and goals
and aspire to his one goal.


I was also proud to wear a Running for Him shirt during the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon last April.

That half was a rough one for me physically, but I was blessed to have plenty of comments and questions about my shirt.  Made the pain worth while.  It’s also a great way to spread the Word without actually saying a word .

How cool is that!

Want to learn more about Running for Him or become part of the “team”?

I hope you take a minute to check her out.

You can order a tech shirt just like mine at find out more about Running For Him on the Website (click here)

                     back of shirt (Isaiah 40:31)

front of shirt

And be sure to follow her on Facebook

Running for Him



I’m a FitBlogger Featured Blog!

Good morning everyone!

Just a quick post.  I wanted to let you know I am the featured blogger on

Fitblogger today!  

I am super excited.  Please check it, share and leave a comment there.

Also I am looking forward to the Wicked 10K tomorrow.  I will blog about it this weekend!




40+ Fit and Fabulous Featured Woman #2

Second in a series of my blogs dedicated to women that are fit and fabulous in their 40’s and beyond. I hope you enjoy learning about Tonya and all the awesome women I will be featuring

Today’s Featured 40+ Fit and Fabulous Woman is

Tonya from Tee_2_Run. fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador, cyclist and marathoner


RFYHP: What got you into “fitness”?

  • Tonya: I got into cycling when I was very little. My dad took me on my first bike tour when I was in 5th grade. I tried cross-country as a freshman in HS but I didn’t like being yelled at for being slow. It wasn’t until after I had my daughter, and I realized my metabolism was no longer producing the desired results, then I took up running. In 2010, I spent my entire tax return on a treadmill with the goal of running a 5k and that’s where this all started.

(RFYHP: shout out to Dads!)   Tonya her sister and Dad

How old were you when you started?

  • Tonya: I’ve been a cyclist off and on for years but I only started running when I was 38.

What are you most proud of (achievement and/or moment)? 

  • Tonya: I rode my first century at age 38 and after 2 years of running, I ran my first full marathon, 3 months before my 40th birthday. I also just recently qualified for Half Fanatics. (RFYHP: sweet!)

Name a good thing about being an “older” active woman? 

  • Tonya: It’s fun when younger people ask about my training or when/where my next race is. I love being an inspiration to others.
  • I just had a 26-year-old coworker tell me that he thinks my 26.2 magnet on my car is badass and now he wants to earn one next year too. (RFYHP:  totally badass)
  • On the other hand, my older friends wonder if they can do it too. In 2010, I talked my best friend since 9th grade into running a 5K with me (after never running in her life) and last weekend I watched her finish her first half marathon. She will be 40 in January! You’re never to old to discover what you are capable of achieving. (RFYHP: so true!)

Give a great piece of advice that you have learned that younger women can benefit from? 

  • Tonya: You don’t have to be the thinnest or fastest girl to start racing. You don’t have to “look” like a runner. I certainly don’t. You just have to want it and go for it! Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not possible. I saw a quote today from a Paul Bryant song that goes, “Don’t tell me the sky is the limit. There’s footprints on the moon.” Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. Life’s too short to wonder “what if…?”  (RFYHP:  love it!)

Want to learn more about Tonya?  Visit her blog here Tee_2_Run and on Twitter @Tee_2_Run

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Sunday’s PINK RIBBON “Inspiration for Your Perspiration” and Giveaway 10/21/2012

This is going to be a little different from my usual “Inspiration for Your Perspiration” blog.  But it’s that important….let’s talk about BREAST CANCER.

I found this great audio link at “Revive our Hearts” It’s the story of Margaret Ashmore, a breast cancer survivor (along with breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Sally Knox) and how God used this dreaded disease to transform her life and draw her close to His heart.

It’s October and besides being one of my very favorite months of the year cool weather, beautiful colors and of course Halloween (yes I do still dress up EVERY year) it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   Both my mother and my aunt (my mother’s sister) are breast cancer survivors.  That puts me at a higher risk.  But I have also taken precautions to help put the odds in my favor and reduce my risk here are a few:

  • limit alcohol   – check
  • control your weight  – check
  • get plenty of exercise  – check 😉
  • breast feed – check, check, check (thanks kids)
  • eat the “right” kinds of fats – check   (you know I love my MUFAS)

You can read more information on these and other behaviors to stack the odds in your favor at these two great links…..  Everyday Health (Dr. Oz’s 10 tips) and The Mayo Clinic site (click to visit)

So to help spread the word I am giving away not 1, not 2 but 3 sets (2 pins each) of Pink Ribbons Pins.  I had to pick these up when I saw them.  It’s a keep one, share one set.  The winners can keep one and give one to their best friend, sister, co-worker or total stranger!  Love it!

TO ENTER please see the upper right hand side of my blog.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Pin Set Giveaway.  

*********  Click on  “a rafflecopter giveaway”  *******

You will be transferred to Rafflecoppter where you can earn up to 7 chances to win!

(I am new to rafflecopter so bear with me, thanks)

Want more information about Breast Cancer or how you can help support the fight?

Visit these great sites:

 National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Breast Cancer 

Feel Your Boobies  

Save the Ta-tas

The Breast Cancer Site    *

*(you can visit this site daily and click for FREE to help fund mammograms for women in need)

Susan G Komen for a cure  (find a 5k race in your area)


40+ Fit and Fabulous Woman # 1 and a Little About Me

I am over 40….and proud of it.  I am probably more fit now than I have been in most of my life.  I had not run a half marathon until I was 40, I never had a blog and I was not nearly as confident in myself and my abilities as I am in my 40’s.  In the past year I have become a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach and a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador.  I am honored and  humbled to serve as both.  And also really proud that both these groups have reached out to not only the younger fitness ladies but also to those in my age group and beyond in promoting fitness at any age.

Here is a little background about me:  I grew up active and played sports from the time in was in kindergarten.  Soccer was the sport of choice in my house.  My Dad was born and raised in Poland and probably played soccer as soon as he could walk.  I LOVED it.  I was a tomboy at heart and sports was my idea of fun.  I played soccer from K – 7th grade with my Dad as my coach.  I played softball in the summer with a small group of girls that met at the local grammar school.  I rode my bike there and back (and everywhere) for practice, sports was my “thing”.  I was good at it and it made me happy.

When I got to high school they did not have a girls soccer team (I am happy to say they do now!) so I joined the volleyball team and fell in love with it.  I also played a year or two of basketball and a year of softball.  But Volleyball was my passion. By senior year I was co-captain of the Volleyball team.  A tad on the short side (I am 5’5″) for a volleyball player, I didn’t care.  I have the determination and luckily the jumping skills to fit the bill.  I made All-Conference my senior year.  After high school I joined the YMCA, did a stint and Gold’s gym and kept fairly active.  I never got so out of shape that I had a hard time coming back.  I did pregnancy DVD’s through my first pregnancy and walked and lifted weights through the next two.  I started running in my late 30’s after my husband joined the Navy and was deployed for over a year.  The YMCA became my new best friend.  It gave me some “me” time and kept my children safe and happy while I worked out.  But most of all kept us all sane.  I didn’t start any serious distance running until I was almost 40.  When I moved to VA a neighbor (now my bestie) asked me if I was interested in running with her.  We started running (run/walk) on a fairly regular basis on a 5 mile loop.  At the time I ran with not one but two kids in tow.  Fun right?  lol.   Another neighbor (Sue) finally convinced my friend and I that we could do a half marathon, how she managed that I still have no idea, but it was probably one of the best things I have ever done for myself.  I completed my first half at the age of 40, and I have never looked at myself the same.  I have now completed 6 half marathons, a 10miler a few 10ks, a couple 5ks and a 14K with many more to come.  I have done 2 rounds of P90X, completed JM 90 Day Body Revolution and am currently starting month 2 of Insanity.  I enjoy working out and make it part of my daily routine, it’s a passion not a chore.

My point is this I am 40+ and I feel fit and fabulous….and you can too and I wanted some really great woment to help me prove it!  So I put a call out to some SPA’s and GGSA and a few great fitness blogs I love.  In the process I have had the wonderful opportunity of getting to know some other great 40+ AWESOME women.   I am honored to share some of their stories with you, I hope you find them both inspirational and motivational.

My first fabulous woman is Pam K. you can find her and her daughter on We Run Disney on Facebook  and their blog We Run Disney (click on each to connect)

1) What got you into “fitness” and how old were you when you started? 

I have been active and fit my whole life. My mom found me scaling bookshelves before I turned two….I was meant to run or play a sport!  My family (parents and siblings) were all very active in numerous outdoor sports including: running, skiing, tennis, golf, hiking, mountain climbing…..My parents are still active at 91 and 86 and my mom (86) still walks 3 miles every day.  They are a real inspiration!
2) What are you most proud of (achievement/moment)?
This is a tough one.  I feel that most any time you compete, you should be proud of your results, even if they were not your best.  My running career started just shy of my 57th birthday and after running the Princess Half Marathon in February (which was supposed to be my “one and done”), I decided I liked running.  So I signed up for the Disneyland Half Marathon  which would be just eleven months after I started the journey.  With alot of hard training during a very hot summer, I was thrilled to place 12th in my age group with a time of 2:06.

3) Name a good thing about being an “older” active woman.

If you are an older active woman, you can take up a new sport and enjoy it with ease.  I also feel that nothing is too big a challenge as I have signed up to run the Goofy Challenge at Walt Disney World in January.

4) Give a great piece of advice that you have learned that younger women can learn from.

Probably the biggest piece of advice I have learned is to enjoy the journey.  While race day, the tennis match or golf tournament are all important, the results do not define you as a person.
Stay tuned to my blog for more great 40+ Fit and Fabulous Women!  

My Happy Pace Gear Winner!!!

First off thanks to My Happy Pace Gear for my great and really comfy T-shirt

” The Revolution Starts in You Sole”

and for allowing me the chance to share another one with you guys as a giveaway!

In case you missed the chance to enter I hope you still check out this great company with the really awesome name 😉

My Happy Pace Gear.  

They offer Eco-Friendly Gear and Custom Clothing!

How cool is that?  Really Cool 🙂

And don’t forget they do custom tee’s with no minimum number to order.

Are you running a special race alone or with a few of your favorite peeps?

Don’t worry…they have you covered.

But I know you are all here about the winner so let’s get to it!!!  The winner is……

Congrats Christine, please email me at  You have two weeks (until Oct. 30th) to claim your prize or another lucky winner will be chosen.


Fall Photo Contest Winner! Congrats

Well I was glad to see everyone had as tough a time picking a winner as I did picking the 4 finalists!  All of the fall pictures were just beautiful and I was overwhelmed by the amount of submissions I received.

So without further ado the winner (if you haven’t already seen it as my new profile picture as of today) is…..Donna from Canada!!


This was picture # 2 in our contest.  Thank you to  Donna for sharing your favorite fall running trail with us all.  You are free to brag and boast to all your friends neighbors and random strangers ;).

You have also won a FREE Happy Band of your choice from Running Happy.  Please visit their website to see all the design options available.  You can email your choice to

And runners-up I didn’t forget you guys, you each get 50% off the Happy Band of your choice.    I will be contacting you shortly via email.

Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures and voted, maybe we can do it again for a great winter picture!


Cupcake 2: “Frosty’s Great Cupcake Race” 5k, 10k and mini mile is now OPEN!

Hello Everyone!  In case you didn’t hear I happy to announce I have signed up to do the
Nike Women’s Half in DC with Team in Training!  I am sooo excited.
To help raise funds I am co-hosting my third Virtual Race:
 “Frosty’s Great Cupcake Race”
5k, 10k and kids mini mile
This race is virtual so anyone can join and run it anywhere!
Registration is now open …click here to register
Here is the medal artwork for the different race options:
When:  December 8, 2012 (or any time around that)
Race Options:  You choose from 5k, 10k or mini mile for the kiddos
What you get:  A really AWESOME sparkly cupcake themed medal with custom snowflake ribbon
Optional add-ons:  7/8″ non-slip Happy Band in Snowflake or Snowman design
Why:  To raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training…
and to eat cupcakes of course!
Prices: 5k or 10K for race and bling $20
5k or 10K with race bling AND Happy Band $26
Kids Fun Run is $12 for race and medal
$18 for race, medal AND Happy Band
Here are the two  7/8″ Happy Band designs,  snowflake or snowman.  These bands will be at a special price only available for purchase when you register.
  Thanks for your consideration!  Please let me know if there are any questions.
Registration closes NOVEMBER 18TH!!

Sunday’s “Inspiration for Your Perspiration” October 14, 2012

Good Sunday morning everyone!  Since the Christmas season is getting close (at least according to Wal-Mart) I thought I would share a great “gift” giving idea for you guys, one that will touch your heart and the life of a child in need.  Just over a year ago my family and I became the loving sponsors of two children in India through….

Compassion International  (click to learn more)

Sanket and Arpita.   We support them not only financially but also through prayer.  At each dinner we eat together we take a minute to pray for both of them and their families.  We realize how blessed we are (in many ways) and we pray that they will also be blessed through Jesus.  Their pictures hang on our kitchen wall.  When we receive letters from Sanket and Arpita we all read and enjoy them.  It’s really a wonderful way to show our children a true example of how to reach out to the world in Jesus name, and the pictures and letters make a more tangible idea for the kids.  Jesus said:

John 13:34-35

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 

Loving and supporting people you know and love is awesome, but how about loving and supporting someone you don’t know and may never met?  Someone who may never share in the financial and freedoms we have here in the USA.

Matthew 25:40
….‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

You can choose your sponsor child by birthdate, age, gender and even country.  We we brought together with our “children” though a sponsor drive at our church, but you can go right on-line to find your special someone at Compassion International. 

What a beautiful gift to give yourself, your spouse or your whole family.  I hope you will pray about it and consider becoming a sponsor, you won’t be disappointed.

Have a great week!