Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Pink and Sporty Challenge Starts TODAY!

Just a quick post to remind everyone that the “Pink and Sporty” 30 day challenge starts today!

It’s not too late to join us.  We are doing Jillian Michaels 30 day Body Shred DVD.  Visit my Facebook Page Events Tab (click here) for details, support and fun!

We are shooting for 5 (minimum) to 7 days a week.  I have also posted a short (but tough) JM ab workout under the events tab as an addition to the workout.

Get out there and get your sweat on!!  You CAN do this!

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Thanksgiving Cookbook Winners!!

TPC Cookbook Winners!!

Congrats ladies…I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I am glad I got some exercise in there because I really, really, really love turkey.  And gravy.  And desert. And…well you get the picture.

Enjoy!  Drop me an email


Shiny Bling or Shiny New Me?

I recently posted a picture of “My Race Bling” on my Facebook Page.  It’s the medal rack I have that holds my racing medals and my tiara (from Diva Half Marathon).  Why?  Well I do love bling don’t get me wrong, but really its about the accomplishments and the improvements I have made in myself over the past few years.

Running a half marathon, heck running a 5k, was not in my vocabulary just a few years back.  After my firs 8k I thought I might die, literally. But now I love it.  Running has changed not only my body, but also my mind.  It’s given me the determination to do things I never dreamed about.  Blogging?  Are you kidding me?  I had loved to write in school, but never thought about writing a blog.  Heck who would read it?  But one day I thought “I’ll just do it for me.”  What could that hurt right?  Maybe it would give me an outlet and a little hobby other than just being Mom.  I didn’t even tell my husband at first, lol.  When I finally did let him in on my little secret he told me how impressed he was  and that meant a lot to me.  (my first blogs were not running related at “Right This Minute” you can click here to read them).

So here I am.  Multiple races and 100+ blog posts later.  Sometimes I still can’t believe it.

My point is this:  in the past few years I have really stepped out of my comfort zone, out of the little box I created for myself.  And you know what…I really like it over here.

So today remember to embrace your accomplishments, in running and life, no matter how small.  Look back on your little steps and soon they will add up to great big ones.  

In the end for me it’s not about the shiny new bling, or how many people read my blog.  It’s about the shiny new person I have become, the new friends I have made, and the blessings I have received.  

God created us for so much more than we give ourselves credit for.  

We just need to have the faith to reach out and become what He made us to be.  

I saw this the other day and thought  “be what God created you to be….He already knew who you were meant to be ,’s up to us to step up to the plate.”


Sunday’s “Inspiration for Your Perspiration” Being Thankful

Since it’s the week of Thanksgiving I decided to make a list of some of the things I am thankful for.  I hope you all have a wonderful week of thankfulness and enjoy your time with family and friends.  Since the hubby is still away we will not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving.  My kids and I will be joining my neighbors who have been generous to add us to their family celebration, thank you so much Morrison family!

  • I am thankful for a God that loves me and most of all forgives me every time I mess up.  Which seems to be quite a bit lately by the way.
  • I am thankful that Jesus lived, loved, died and rose again for us….even though we really didn’t deserve it
  • I am thankful for my husband and kids…they keep me going (and going, and going…) but without them my life would be very different.
  • I am thankful that I am blessed to still have both my parents.  My mom’s health problems have made me realize how precious our time together is
  • I am thankful for my sisters and brother and their families.  Even though we don’t see nearly enough of each other these days I love and miss them all.
  • I am thankful for my and my family’s health.  May we not take it for granted.
  • I am thankful for good friends.  When we moved here a few years ago it was the first time I ever lived more than a short ride away from my family.  My military friends have been some of the best I have ever had.  I am also thankful to still be in touch with ones back in CT.  Its great when neighbors are more than JUST neighbors both near and all over the world.

There are thousands more things that I am grateful for a roof over my head, food on my table…etc.  But people who love me are what I am most thankful for.

It’s nice to spend a day or a week with good family and friends being thankful isn’t it?  Enjoy your time together and take a minute to say “Thank You” for all your blessings.

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Changing Things Up a Bit

I have officially started training for next years half marathon(s).  I would say officially for Disney Princess, because that is my first one for 2013, but when I looked at the calendar I realized I have scheduled myself a half in Feb (Princess), March (Shamrock), April (Nike Women’s D.C.) and would really love to do one back home in CT in May.  Oh my what am I thinking, lol.  So I guess training will be continuous from now thru next spring.  I will have to make sure to not over train.  I really need to sit down and schedule things out ASAP.

Since my last half in Sept. I have been consistently running at least a 10K long run.  Scheduling a few 10k races was a good trick for me so I didn’t get lazy.  But its time to up the long runs.  Enter Surf n Santa 1o miler in early December.  I did this race last year and it was a lot of fun.  I’m looking forward to it and already planning the outfit.  (is that wrong?  I think not)  So this weeks long run was a little over 7.

Goal #1 to finish Surf-n-Santa with a faster time than last year, always a good goal.

Goal #2: A new Half Marathon PR.  I would also love a new PR  in a Half Marathon next year.  Therefore I have committed to things like fartleks (lol, that name gets me every time) tempo runs and continued hill training.   Even though there are not actual “hills” were I live there are bridges and overpasses.  I am proud to say I have improved tremendously in the area of hills.  In fact in my Marathon Relay last weekend my leg had not one but two and I covered them both with ease.  That makes me a happy girl.  I also just downloaded a treadmill rolling hill workout…I’ll let you know how that goes.

I seem to have plateaued as far as my half time and hoping adding these things will help.  Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled at the time I have deducted since my very first half, but now its time for a new goal.  I really thought I would PR at the Rock n Roll in September but Mother Nature put the Kai-bosh on that! (turd) Way too hot.  I was just happy to finish upright and with a better time that my first RnR .   I am feeling pretty confident I can pull off a new PR next year as long as I stay injury free.

Enter Goals #3 and 4  Yoga and Foam Rolling.  I need to recommit myself to is my weekly yoga sessions and my post run rolling.  I have been really slacking in those areas.  I am terribly afraid of getting Plantar Faciitis again or the return of my IT band issue.  I have felt a slight twinge in both feet, scary.  My right foot (the one I have had it in) is 99% back to normal.  Which is great considering I suffered from the very end of Dec 2011 – July of this year with PF.  But the twinge makes me nervous, so a yogi I shall be.  And I will revisit my love/hate relationship with my foam roller.

So what are your goals for 2013?  It’s not too early to start thinking about it.  And they don’t have to be HUGE ones.  But goals are good and I would love to support you with yours.


JM 30 Day Shred Challenge Starts Black Friday

I am coordinating a group event through my Facebook page starting Black Friday and would love for you to join us.  We will be doing…

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred  (DVD)

In honor of the event I  have also renamed Black Friday “Pink and Sporty Friday!”  Want to join us?  You can find the link on my Facebook page under the events tab click here.

The challenge will start on Friday November 23 and run until December 22.  I have previewed the program and think it’s the perfect workout for this busy holiday season.  Each Session is just under 30 minutes (including warm up/ stretch)…trust me you have 30 minutes for you!  It goes by in a flash.

  1. Items needed:  Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD*
  2. Hand weights (you choose the weight that is right for you)
  3. a mat (optional)

*available at Target, Walmart and Amazon


The program consists of  3 levels (3 separate workouts) You will move up to the next level at your own pace.  Jillian also shows modifications for beginners and intermediate levels within each workout.

I will be posting on the events page regularly and am hoping those that participate do the same.  Motivation and accountability are key for any program.   Healthy tips and recipe sharing is encouraged!

So lets motivate and support each other.  Wether you want to lose weight, maintain weight or tone up this program can work for you.


So are you ready to get a good sweat on?  Join us starting on Pink and Sporty Friday November 23rd.


OK now for a little CYA:

** Please note I am not a certified trainer and cannot give personal advice, our group is for motivation only.  You assume all responsibility / risk associated with participating in this challenge.  But mostly I hope you just have fun 🙂



My First 4 Person Relay! Freedom Marathon Relay

This past weekend I participated in my first ever 4 person Marathon Relay at The Freedom Marathon in Norfolk, VA.  Last year the hubby and I did the 2 person Half  Marathon Relay.  This year the hubby is deployed but I still wanted to participate.  The race supports The Wounded Warrior Project which I think is just perfect.  However I wasn’t feeling up to another half marathon this year, so I put out the call to my local Moms Run This Town Chapter (find one in your town here)  looking for 2 or 4 person relay participants.  What started off as potentially being multiple teams of 2 or 4 eventually ended up as one team of 4.  Hey I’ll take it.  We dubbed ourselves “The Freedom Mommas” as we are all military spouses.

Maggie, Allie, Sunshine and me

FYI…potty talk coming and possibly some TMI 

Oh and  just to make things more interesting I also ran with three women that I met for the first time the day of the expo, lol!  Allie, Sunshine (Allie’s Mom) and Maggie,  wonderful ladies and I had a great experience.  In fact I would not hesitate to do another race with them at anytime.  Thanks so much ladies for helping me scratch “4 person relay” off my bucket list.

Here is a semi-short recap along with a bunch of great pics.

4 AM, yup I said 4…up and at ’em.  I like to eat and have some time to ummm well, download on race day.  I needed to leave my house by 5 to meet everyone at Allie’s.  I did my usual race morning peanut butter toast and water.  I also packed my usual Snickers Energy Bar.  I was really going to need it since I was running the second leg which we figured would be about 7:30-40ish.

4:50 off to Allies, hitting mostly green lights I was there by about 5:20.

We made it to the race start, parking was easy peasy.  It is only the 2nd year of this particular race (first year for the marathon and 4 person relay) so it’s still a smaller sized race.

6:30 Sunshine takes off for leg 1 of our relay.  By 6:45 I was on a shuttle van out to relay transition 1.  It took a little longer than expected to get there but still had plenty of time to prepare for Sunshine’s arrival…or so I thought.  About the time I expected her I also felt the need to well…go. (eww, hey you were warned about the TMI) but I didn’t want to miss Sunshine and felt I would be ok for 6.3 miles.  She showed up just as expected and off I went.

I had a decent pace and planned on picking it up a bit with each passing mile.  However my body had other plans.  Have you ever needed to “go” while you are running…not fun and a bit distracting to say the least.  By mile 4.5 it was becoming apparent that I was going to have to stop at a port-o-pottie.  I finally found on at 5.2 miles 🙁  It was a hard decision for me to stop, but I really didn’t feel it would be wise not to.  As quick as I could I did my business and ran out of the P.O.P. like a shot, I really wanted to make up that time.  In fact about 500 yards off I realized I left my sunglasses in there,  oh well, I had our relay baton and that was the most important thing.

All in all my time was decent.  Although I really wanted to be at 1 hour, today I was going to have to settle for around a 1:07……poop (pun intended)  I apologized to Allie as we handed off.  Allie was fast!  She got a PR of an average under 10 minute mile.  In other words she covered my butt…(again pun intended)  Great job Allie!

Maggie brought up leg #4  like a champ and the rest of us were so proud to see her cross that finish line.  And I must tell you that this medal is totally AWESOME!  It’s H U G E!  By far the biggest one in my collection, which is surprising because my Diva half medal is quite large.

The unfortunate thing is that so far we have no official time results.  The timing company that was hired had a “glitch” in the system??  In fact there have been no official results for any of the races including the ones held on Saturday.  This is really too bad, not so much for us but for the race as a whole and those who did their first marathon/half marathon.

On a bright note I do have to say that Freedom Marathon and the city of Norfolk put on a great race.  The police and volunteers were awesome!  I believe crowd support will come in time.  It’s a hard draw due to other bigger races in the area on the same weekend.  However I would recommend this race for sure.  And did I mention they gave out some free cupcakes at the after party!  Seriously you know I am a sucker for that!  Next year I am hoping to fit the half marathon into my plans if we are still here, and will be keeping my eye out for those cupcakes 😉


Fun Thanksgiving TPC Cookbook For a Cause Giveaways!

Contest is closed!  Thanks for entering.

Just a quick fun giveaway as a thank you from me to you.

 I wanted to thank you all for supporting my blog and Facebook page!  I recently posted my 100th blog!

WOW that’s just crazy.  I am so glad you have helped me grow as a person, runner and blogger.  What better way to celebrate than to share  a little giveaway….

I will be giving away 4 (four) of “The Pampered Chef” Cookbook for a Cause Volume 3.

Proceeds went to Feeding America.

The book includes 10 recipes from celebrities from TLC including a recipe from DC Cupcakes for their Coconut Key Lime Cupcakes

because well you guys know I have a cupcake “problem” / “addiction”  🙂

Easy cheesy peasy Rafflecopter contest.  1) Leave me your favorite Thanksgiving side dish  (I may hit you up for the recipe) 2) earn extra entries by following me on twitter and tweeting about my giveaway.

Good luck, have fun and Happy Thanksgiving!

To enter click on the Rafflecopter Thanksgiving Cookbook Giveaway link at the upper right of this blog page.

Thanks to Amanda with The Pampered Chef looking for some great Holiday ideas?  (visit her here and let her know I sent you)


Gypsy Runner Arm Sleeve Winner!!!!

Thanks so much for entering the RunFYHP and Gypsy Runner Pink Glitter Arm Sleeve Giveaway!

What a great and fun pair of sleeves!

Even if you didn’t win please remember to visit Gypsy Runner for all your fun running things and don’t forget to mention Run FYHP sent you!  Thanks so much everyone.

And the winner is…….

Laurel you have one week to claim your prize!  (by November 19th)  email me at


Sunday’s Veteran’s Day “Inspiration for your Perspiration” 11/11/2012

Since it’s Veteran’s Day Weekend I decided to dedicate this weeks “Inspiration for you Perspiration” to those who serve or have served (including military families) this great country of ours.  Without the sacrifice of these men and women and their wives/husbands and children, we would not have the privilege or the ability to proclaim the love of Jesus Christ without the threat of persecution.

I send my gratitude to those who serve or have served I thank you.  Thank you for your great sacrifice of putting yourself in harm’s way, being separated from those you love most and your fierce and dedicated defense of things that many people back at home take for granted daily.  The life of service for you is many times not easy, many times dangerous and sometimes lonely.  I thank you for standing tall when others cannot/will not.  May God Bless you and keep you safe…..Psalm 91:4
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

For those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, I bless you and your families for all you have done.  I lift your names up to the Lord and know that he keeps you safe while you await your loved ones to be reunited with you someday in heaven.  Where loneliness, safety and pain are never an issue.  Where no wars exist…only joy and peace.  I hope that you will pray for us as we continue to make our way on this earth.

For the families back home I also send prayers up to the Father in your name.  I know how hard it can be to be back home alone dealing with “everyday life” plus the additional stress deployments put on families.  Everything from busy schedules, loneliness, to the added stress of children that miss his mom or day.  May we be strong and support each other, helping one another.  For we as families are stronger when we ban together

Galatians 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

God Bless America.

I dedicate this post to my husband, and our hero.  LT R. Kolpak

Feel free to add a Veterans name to the list and I will pray for them all.