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Sunday’s “Inspiration for your Perspiration” My Favorite Post Ever

Because I am away on vacation I decided to link one of my favorite posts ever about running and faith.  In fact this post is my inspiration behind “Inspiration for your Perspiration”.  It’s the first time I connected faith and running.  I hope you will link to it and enjoy.  It was originally written in early 2012 as my testimony and was read at my Women’s Bible Study Group.

Enjoy and I hope you have a happy and blessed 2013.

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Happy Holidays! Enjoy this Guest Post from Breath Deeply and Smile!

My name is Lauren, and I am the owner of the blog Breathe Deeply and Smile at  Breathe Deeply and Smile is a blog about learning to balance healthy living with enjoying life in a stress-free way.  I’m a runner and health nut who is also a Sweat Pink Ambassador and is also involved in various healthy living blogger online communities including currently the Elf 4 Health  holiday challenge and Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. The main purpose of my blog is to help me find balance in my life. I have a lot of self-doubt and anxiety and always try to take on too many things. I’m trying to always live a more clean and healthy life, while also learning to not sweat the small stuff and enjoy treats in moderation. Remember to breathe and smile because today is a beautiful day!
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My biggest fitness accomplishment of 2012 is when I ran my first half marathon this past September at the Philly Rock and Roll Half Marathon. It was my “aha” moment of running.  I have the common story of being an athlete in high school and never worrying about my weight/health but then gained the freshman fifteen due to lack of exercise, poor food choices, and alcohol.  Summer of 2011 I decided to get on a treadmill to get back in shape.  That afternoon I could barely finish a mile which stunned me. I signed up for a local 5K in October to keep myself motivated. After that first race, I fell in love with running.  However even though I got involved with it as a hobby with my fancy sneakers, GU gels, training plans, and compression socks I never thought of myself as a runner because I wasn’t good enough or winning races. It was just for fun, stress relief, and exercise for me. 
For the half marathon my only goal was to finish in under 2 hours. I made a shirt that said “I’m the fast girl your mother warned you about” (my new unofficial slogan now) and was so excited when the weather was great. I was so nervous and around mile 8 my legs started to feel it but I pushed it out and felt on top of the world when I crossed the finish line in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum in 1:48:24! I was so elated afterwards and downed about 3 water bottles and some snacks when I finally met up with my boyfriend. He was so excited I met my sub-2 goal (not that he doubted me!). He was hugging me and telling me how proud he was of me when I started crying instantly.  This fit of sobbing just came on out of nowhere. I don’t know what triggered it but can assume it was an emotional release of happiness, stress, and pride.  At this moment it hit me how important running was in my life, and that I was indeed, a runner.  I wasn’t the fastest runner, but I was emotionally invested and dedicated. I enjoyed the struggles and the runner’s highs. What standards or qualifications had I been holding myself to that would deem me truly a runner?
Now after spending months reading health blogs, I’ve decided that I could start my own and see how it goes. If other people’s blogs inspire me, maybe I could pass it on to someone else! I dabble in all sorts of exercise along with running including lifting at the gym, spin classes, yoga, and even tried zumba a couple times (hate it!).  I have a HUGE sweet tooth and always enjoy some pizza, beer, and cupcakes in moderation but try to eat pretty healthy.Since it’s the end of the year, and everybody is reflecting on time passed, I’ll share with you my goals for 2013.
2013 Goals
1. My number one goal for 2013 is to run a full marathon in the fall. This terrifies me, but it’s something I want to do.
2. I joined this group on Facebook called “13 in 2013″ and have vowed to run 13 races in 2013.
3. Push myself and see how strong I can become.  I sometimes get stuck in my comfort zones because it is, well, comfortable.  I want to push myself and see how much stronger I can become in my running and with my body in general.
4. Let go of fear. This is probably the biggest goal in my life in general.  It’ll probably take more than a year, but I want to keep working on living my life without fear of failure and on quieting that voice inside me telling me “I can’t do it”. I can and will make 2013 even better.
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Happy Holidays! Enjoy this Guest Post from Noshing on Asphalt

Hi y’all! I’m Gina and I blog over at Noshing on Asphalt where I ramble about clean eats and this little thing I’m in love with called running.  I’m excited that Darlena’s allowed me to share a guest post with you!

The Bucket List

If you think about it, we all have a bucket list and, thanks to Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, we all know what that list is.  It’s a compilation of things we want to do before we, uh, kick the bucket.  Not sure you have a bucket list? Close your eyes and let your imagination wander; whatever pops into your head is typically something that would be on your list.   Unless, of course, it’s your dream to meet Elvis or something.  In that case, just keep your eyes closed and keep dreaming.

For me, my list is a bit different.  I’m a carpe diem type person so I figure why wait your whole life to achieve your dreams?  Plus, there’s just something a bit macabre about crossing things so you can die ‘happy’.  I want to embrace life , not death, so my list is called “Before I Procreate” (click to view)  and contains everything I want to do before having kids.  Already have kids? How about a ‘Before my procreations procreate” list? – kidding!  Most of the things on my list are silly and frivolous but totally accomplishable with a bit of hard work.


Last year, I started working on checking off my ‘to-do’s and the two that I’m most proud of actually happened at the same time.  A 2-for-1!  So what were they? 1.) Running my first marathon, and 2.) Running the Marine Corps Marathon!!

Those goals may not seem like much to some people but for me they were huge! As of January (2012) the furthest distance I had run was a 10k.  It was almost inconceivable that I would go from running 6.2 miles to 26.2 miles in just 10 months, but I did it.  This is where the hard work I mentioned earlier comes into play.  You can choose to put anything you want on your list but you have to accept that it may take a lot of hard work to get it done.


If you commit to your dreams, you can make them a reality.  Is vacationing in Europe on your list? Start saving.  Want to bike across the great U S of A? Well, start with brushing the cobwebs off of your bike.  Develop a plan of attack for your list.  Talk to your friends and family; let them know what you want to do so they can help keep you accountable.  I honestly believe that through prayer, hard work and determination, we can accomplish so many amazing things! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get out there and turn ‘to-do’ into ‘to-done!’

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Happy Holidays Enjoy This Guest Post from Run. Stretch. Repeat.

Hello! I’m Lindsey from Run. Stretch. Repeat. ( I’m a new mom that picked up running to lose the baby weight and now I can’t live without it! My blog is full of motivation to get up and move! I mainly focus on running and yoga, but I think anyone can come and enjoy a laugh with me. Follow me on Twitter (@ljmcpherson) for updates.  I am so excited to be guest posting today!

Darlena thought it would be fun for me to share my bucket list and goals for 2013. That meant I actually had to think ahead to 2013. Where did 2012 go?!

My race calendar for 2013 is already getting full. In January, I’m travelling to Miami to do the ING Half-Marathon with my dad. It will be his first and my second. My only goal is to not let him beat me by too much!  For February I am going to Disney to do the Princess Half-Marathon. I am so excited! This race is the reason I wanted to start doing half-marathons in the first place. It will really be a “dream come true” for me. I just found out, that I will be doing the Nike Women’s Half in DC in April! I am totally stoked for that. I’m also doing the Disney Expedition Everest Challenge in May with my dad.

I like goals, but I’m not a good goal-setter. Obviously, I would love to do each race faster than the last, but beyond that, I’m not very sure. My first half I did in 2:30, so I would love to get down to 2:00 during 2013. I also hope to get my 5k time closer to 25min. My current PR is 28:04.

What else is on my bucket list for 2013?

  • Color Run- I really wanted to do this and I missed the registration. I’m going to be stalking it all year.
  • Run in Chicago- I don’t care if it’s a race or just a long run on vacation. I love Chicago, but when we went before I wasn’t in to running yet. I think Chicago would be a wonderful place to pound out some miles.
  • Disneyland Half Marathon- This is dreaming big since I am already traveling for a few races early in the year, but if you run a Disney World and a Disneyland race in the same you, you get an extra medal!
  • Mud Run- I’m not in to getting dirty, but I think a mud run sounds like a blast.
  • St. Jude Marathon Relay- I know I could probably train to run this by myself, but I love the idea of teamwork and accomplishing this with friends and family.

I can’t wait to get 2013 started! I have so many fun things to look forward to!


My happy race for 2012. It was hard to choose between this and my half-marathon. This is me crossing the finish at the Viva la Diva 5k I ran in November. I won 2nd in my age group and PRd with a time of 28:04. I was so incredibly happy!

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Run The Race LLC T-shirt Winner


I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays with family and friends.  Just a quick thank you to Run The Race for the great giveaway of their Hebrews T-shirt.


And the winner is…….

Please email me at with your address and sizing info.  

Congrats Susan!

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Happy Holidays! Enjoy This Guest Post from Run Megan Run!

While I am enjoying some family time over Christmas I asked a few buddies to help me keep the blog posts running on Run Find your Happy Pace!   Say hello to Megan from Run Megan Run……
Hi everyone! My name is Megan and I blog over at #runmeganrun – feel free to stop by and send me love over there too! Darlena asked me to aid in keeping her blog moving over the holidays, which we all know can be a tough task among parties, being confined to a kitchen or yardwork, or making sure all the gifts are wrapped for your 82 family members (I’m lucky I have a really small family!). With that, I bring to you goal setting for the new year – how to set healthy goals, attainable goals! And I’ll share with you some of mine for 2013.Goal Setting in the New Year
Most of my goals pertain to running and aiming at an overall slightly better lifestyle. I say slightly only because I know I’m not going to start eating only squash spaghetti and quinoa overnight – BUT it’s a progressive step I’d like to make. So with your goals, remember to be SMART. You may or may not have heard of the SMART method, and for once, I plan on incorporating it into my goal-setting for this year.

Specific – You should spell out exactly what you want to accomplish. Not just “I want to lose weight” but “I want to lose 12 pounds.” Because if you said “I want to lose weight,” and then lost a pound… would you really be satisfied?
Measurable  – Easy enough to explain. If weight loss is your goal, maybe that 12-pound loss will allow you to fit in that size-10 dress you bought three years ago and have lusted over since. That’s measurable!
Attainable – Make your goal possible; not saying you want to doubt your abilities, but don’t make it too easy, either, so you know you’re putting your best effort out there. Attainable goals should be reachable, but also motivating, challenging, and something that you know you can reach.
Realistic  – Also pretty self-explanatory. Realistic goals will fit in line with your current abilities and your lifestyle. As I said above, while I want to start eating healthier overall, I’m not going to get rid of all my dry pastas overnight and switch to eating only squash spaghetti. So unrealistic, it’s not even funny!
Time-Based –  Give yourself a timeline to follow. This time of year, we all generally say “My 2013 resolution is…” assuming you’ve then given yourself until December 31, 2013. Awesome time frame, and sometimes you really can/need that whole year. Perhaps for a weight loss goal, you can break that into steps: 4 pounds by March 31, 4 more pounds by August 31, and the last 4 by December 31.

Goals for 2013
I set quite a few goals for 2012 – not using the SMART method, mind you, and in hindsight, a large number of them were neither realistic nor attainable. You live, you learn. With that, I’m thinking SMART and sharing with you some of my fitness/health goals for 2013. I’ll have more life goals posted on my blog later this month, but I wanted to share a few to get started!

  • Run a sub-26:00 5K – my current PR is 27:19, so this will take quite a bit of work and speed attention. With the speedwork I’ve recently started regularly incorporating into my training, I feel this is certainly attainable.
  • Run a sub-2 hour half marathon – This is my big goal, and the one I’d like to focus on most, truthfully. 2012 will close out with having run 7 half marathons, the last coming on December 26. My PR currently stands (from December 1) at 2:09:10, which means I need to cut nearly 45 seconds off each mile. Challenging, yes. Do-able? I think so!

Current half marathon PR – at half marathon #6, December 1, 2012 at the Inaugural Walton County Half Marathon in Monroe, GA. I also paced a woman to a 5-minute PR for her. Amazing morning overall!

  • Meatless Monday – I set this as a goal for 2012 and forgot about it by at least mid-February. I’m going to set this up in some increments, in hopes of  making it more of a habit: one Meatless Monday per month through March. Beginning in April, every other week. And by August, would like to ensure that I am regularly participating in Meatless Monday.

What are your goals for 2013? Are you finding them to be SMART? What will be your biggest challenging in obtaining these goals?

Happy Holidays to you all!

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Happy Holidays – Guest Post from “Lisa Runs for Cupcakes”

Hello RFYHP followers!

My name is Lisa and I blog over at Lisa Runs for Cupcakes. I’m a working mom
and military wife and enjoys running for cupcakes! I want to thank Run Find Your
Happy Pace for inviting me over to guest blog while she is out of town. Darlena and
I are definitely cut from the same cupcake loving cloth and it is an honor to have a
post here!

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With the holidays upon us, it is only natural to begin thinking about goals for the
upcoming year. Here are a few things that I hope to focus on in 2013:

Dorothy Beal, the marathoner mom blogging at Mile Posts, coined the term; I run
this body. And, I plan to run this body for a long time. In order to achieve my first
goal, I plan to stretch, ice, and foam roll regularly. And most importantly, listen to
my body when I need those extra rest days.

The half fanatics are a bunch of folks that love running half marathons. In order
to join the club at the first level of half fanatic status, you can either run 2 half
marathons within 16 days or 3 half marathons in 90 days. To achieve my second
goal, I am registered to race 3 half marathons in 55 days. If I train smart and
successfully run the Disney Land Tinker Bell on January 20th, the Disney World
Princess on February 24th, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA on March 16th,I will be ready to

Over the past year, I ran my first half marathon in 2:24:32 and my current PR is
2:00:30. I want to blow that PR out of the water. To achieve my third main goal of
2013, I plan to stick to a training plan! I am not the best at sticking to plans and I
think that if I do, I will see success in meeting a new PR.

Now that I have shared my top three goals for 2013, I would love to hear yours!

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Sunday’s Christmas “Inspiration for Your Perspiration”

“Joy to the World, the Lord is come.  Let earth receive her king!”

I am so happy to celebrate the biggest birthday of the year all time!  The birth of a tiny baby,

sent from the Father himself, who was born to save the world from sin and death.

Matthew 1:21
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

”Halelujia!  Go tell it from the mountain, over the hills and everywhere


Jesus Christ is born!

I pray especially today for those that lost loved ones in CT, or at anytime this past year.

I pray for the sick and the lonely.  The homeless and the forgotten.  I pray for those who don’t believe and even those that do.

I believe with all my heart that Jesus hears both our cries and our praise.  The He holds each teardrop we shed in the palm of His hand.  I imagine that our tears shed this past year have built both majestic waterfalls and rainbows that await us back at our true “home” in heaven with the Father

May we enjoy this special time with our family and friends.  Let your heart be light and full with the grace and love that God shows to us each and every day.  Like the bright star that led the wise men to Jesus I pray that the light which you hold within you, that of the Holy Spirit, shine ever more brightly each day for all the world to see.


Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Even in this broken and foolish world, let this Christmas remind us once again that this tiny, innocent babe has come

to save us.  Amen

 Merry Christmas to you all and Happy Birthday Jesus.

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Happy Holidays Enjoy This Guest Post from Barking Mad About Running

I was so excited when Darlena asked for guest posters! I love Darlena and her blog and was honored when she asked me to write for her! I started thinking about what i would write, and had a great idea. Darlena facebooked me and told me what her idea was, and I was thrilled that we had the same idea! 
Let me introduce myself first! My name is Kim, and my blog is Barking Mad About Running. ( I started running in August of 2011, with a 5K in mind. Shortly after I ran that 5K, I set my sights on a Half Marathon. I chose Philadelphia Rock n Roll, which gave me almost a year to train. A funny thing happened though. The more races I ran, short or long, the more I *wanted* to run. I was racing almost every weekend. 5ks, 5 miles, mud runs. I’m addicted! I ended up running 4 Half Marathons this year, 3 of them in 36 days, and earned Half Fanatic status(#3034 reporting for duty!). I also decided to train for the Disney Marathon in January!
Which brings me to my goals for 2013! My friend Jill, and some of her friends, got together to form a challenge for 2013. To run 13 races (Halfs, Fulls, 5Ks, 10Ks, whatever you choose) in 2013. I chose Half Marathons. I plan to run some Virtually, and some Live. You can check out the challenge at I am so excited to have the motivation and the comraderie that this group provides! They even have a facebook page for everyone to share their successes, and their struggles! 
Which races do I plan to run, you ask? I have signed up for some, but not all, of the 13:

  1. Disney Marathon, January 13
  2. Winter Runnerland Virtual Half (month of January) at
  3. Resolution Half Virtual Race (month of January) at FUNd Run for Bling (!/groups/344067618996687/)
  4. Barking Mad Virtual Half Marathon (info is on my blog)
  5. Rock n Roll USA Half in D.C., March 16 (
  6. Atlantic City April Fool’s Half, April 7 (
  7. Runapalooza Asbury Park Half Marathon, April 20 (
  8. Long Branch Half Marathon, May 5 (
  9. Biggest Loser Run/Walk Half Marathon in Erie, Pa (!/BiggestLoserRunWalk?fref=ts)

Which leaves me with only 4 to go! I am looking for Fall races, I wonder what they should be?!?
I will also be earning a new level of Half Fanatic Status after Runapalooza, for the number of races in a year. Hooray! Beware, running races is addictive! The amazing feeling when you cross that finish line is not to be missed! If you know of any great East Coast Halfs in Fall 2013, let me know! I am thinking about Las Vegas Rock n Roll in November, but have not made any plans otherwise! 

What is your favorite race?

I will leave you with this picture from my favorite “Happy” race on 2012, the Hershey Half. My parents came to see me finish, and it was so great to take a pic with them at the finish!


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Registration is OPEN for “The Sweet Cupcake Race” 10k 5k and mini mile

“The Great Cupcake Race” Virtual Series Continues!

Registration is NOW OPEN….

Join us for

“The Sweet Cupcake Race”

10k  5k  or mini mile

on or around February 16, 2013

Once again I will be co-hosting with Running In Sanity

and proceeds benefit Team In Training (TNT)

This will be a Valentine Themed Race.

Medals are being based off of this design (but are not yet ready for the big reveal)


Race options are as follows:

  • 10k race, ,medal and cupcake Heart Happy Band $26

                    10k race and medal only $20

  • 5k race, medal and Cupcake Heart Happy Band $26

                    5k race and medal only $20

  • Mini Mile Race, medal and Cupcake Heart Happy Band $15

                     Mini Mile race and medal only $12

cupcake ribbon

Cupcake Heart Happy Band Design

Here is the link to register thru PayPal  on Running In Sanity’s Website.

Registration closed January 31, 2013!

Thanks again to all that have enjoyed all the

Cupcake Virtuals to date.

Darlena & Cara