Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

MY Run/Walk for Alzheimer’s Challenge Completed!

Run/Walk Challenge Recap:

As many of you may know I recently participated in raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.  I also created a Run/Walk Challenge – Team of One (that would be me) to help bring awareness and raise funds in honor of my Mother.

I think Alzheimer’s sometimes feels like the forgotten disease.  Here is a great quote from Seth Rogan who is a huge supporter in the fight to end Alzheimer’s:

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I had looked around for a local half marathon that had the Alzheimer’s Association as one of its race charities, but was unable to find one.  However I was pretty determined to run a half for Alzheimer’s.  Since I couldn’t find one locally, with Alzheimer’s Association as an official charity, I decided to create a challenge of my own.  Thus was born the Miles for Memories Run/Walk Challenge.   Hey sometimes you just have to pave your own road right?!

I was lucky enough to find a local half marathon happening just one week before my local Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  So why run a half marathon when I could just as easily participate in only my local walk?  Well my goal was to give people a greater awareness of the disease and a greater incentive to give.

For my family Alzheimer’s disease is personal.  I have watched my maternal grandmother, my husband’s maternal grandmother and now my Mom suffer from the disease. In the past year we have seen a dramatic change in my Mom. And since May it has been more like a nose dive.  In March my beautiful mother was barely sleeping and walking nearly 20 hours a day (no I am not kidding, it can be part of the disease).  She did not know who most of us where on most days but was still able to feed herself, and dress and shower with assistance.  Even though she could not be left alone she still was at home and well cared for.  By Mother’s day weekend in May she was wheelchair bound, unable to walk, unable to feed herself, unable to talk and in the hospital.  I was blessed to spend mother’s day with her but it was nothing less than heart breaking.  My mother now resides in a wonderful Alzheimer’s Care Center.

I live far enough away from my parents that I am not able to see her as much as I would love to, but I couldn’t stand the thought of doing nothing at all.  With the help of my family and some wonderful friends I set out to raise as much as I could for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in her honor.  My hope was to raise at least $500 with a bigger goal of $1000.  As of race day I am excited to say that with the help of my friends and family we raised $1495.00!!

Half Marathon:

I completed the run part of my challenge at the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon in Hampton, VA on October 5th.  By far my most meaningful half marathon ever!  In fact I was not only able to run for my Mom but for 16 other mothers, fathers and loved ones of friends, families and even strangers.  Each ribbon on my shirt represented a specific person.  It was a huge honor for me.


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The next weekend I participated in my local Walk to End Alzheimer’s  at the Oceanfront in Virginia Beach.  Both the courses for the half marathon and walk included ocean views which my mother would have just loved!  My parents are especially fond of the ocean.  I grew up taking vacations camping at the beach in CT and my Dad still owns a boat that my parents spent many, many weekends on.

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to support my challenge by either donations or prayers.  Because of you all it was a huge success!  Here are some pictures from my local walk.

My local Walk to End Alz.

My local Walk to End Alz.

The man in the lower left picture is the CEO for our local Alzheimer’s Association.  A wonderful guy who waited at the finish line to personally thank each and every walker for their support and participation.  Lower right picture is Sean who also works for my local Alzheimer’s Association.  Sean was able to answer my thousands of questions regarding fundraising.  It was a pleasure to meet them both in person at the walk and to thank them in person for all they do.

So Run/Walk Challenge Complete!  It always surprises me when donations and support come from the most unexpected places and people.  I thank all my friends, virtual friends, family and my Mom’s former co-workers for going out of your way to help me make the challenge a success!  God Bless you all.

Did you know there may be a walk in your area too?  

Click here to find out if there is a local walk in your city.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s 


Alzheimer’s Sucks – I’m doing my part. Walk, Run and Kick Butt



Alzheimer’s SUCKS!  Let’s do something to help!

My challenge:

I have made the commitment to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in my town.  (click to find one in your town) However I decided that wasn’t a big enough challenge for myself.  I wanted to do more!

Therefore I have officially committed to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on October 12 in


run a Half Marathon on October 5th in hopes to inspire others to step up by supporting me.

Why am I participating?

It’s personal.  My mother was diagnosed with early onset dementia a little more than 4 years ago.  In her mid sixties.  This past year her decline has been drastic, devastating and heartbreaking for us all.  This disease has taken so much of my beautiful Mother.  But one thing it can never take away is the love we all have for her and the inspiration she has always been to me.  Every small glimpse of recognition, every smile, every hug and kiss is a blessing to our entire family.  Do I understand why this is happening?  No, but I am a firm believer in God’s Plan for all of us.  Someday he will explain even the meaning of this trial and disease to us all.

Proverbs 3:5-6 [Full Chapter]

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Until then:

Would you consider supporting me in any way (big or small)?

I would be more than honored to run for your loved one(s) too just let me know!  

Here is the link to my official fundraising page

through the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Not able to commit financially?  Please consider praying for all those effected by Alzheimer’s including families and caregivers.  God Bless!

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Weekend SHOUT OUT – 6/27



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Weekend SHOUT OUT 6/13

Weekend SHOUT OUT!!  

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Weekend SHOUT OUT June 6 – 8 2014


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What’s Best for Me in 2014?

I have been thinking about writing this blog for a while.  It’s not an easy one for me to write.  Thanks to my running buddies who I reached out to for support, I can now write it without a heavy heart. So here goes….

2014 will most likely be a nearly race-less year for me.  A time to take a step back and keep the mileage low.  I have been so blessed the past few years to have been able to run and travel to many, many races.  It helped me so much in keeping my motivation and sanity throughout my husbands many deployments.  However this year I have come up against scheduling conflicts with nearly EVERY race I have wanted to enter.  Does it hurt?  Yes to be honest it does, however I need to put my family first and I know it’s the right thing to do.  I am so proud of my kiddos and I know they won’t be “kiddos” forever.  Although the feet say go!  The heart says stay.

Am I done with running?  Hey, hey now just you wait a minute there mister!  Put your pants back on!  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!  I just don’t see myself doing any half marathons.  I do however see some virtual races in my future 🙂   If an “actual” race comes up that I can fit in my schedule, I hope to be able to do it, if I am ready and able.  In the mean time I will continue to support others in their fundraising efforts with things like Team in Training.  

Although I know it’s the right decision it hasn’t been an easy one to admit.  I let myself fall into the trap of “racing makes me who I am” instead of  “running is a great part of who I am”.  After weeks of feeling down right sorry for myself I have finally decided to take some really good advice from the following friends:

~ The Sub 30 Club and “Suck it Up Princess!”  and keep running


~Courtney from So Many Miles, So Little Time, who told me “It is TOTALLY OK to not run 5 half marathons or 14 in 14 or do every online challenge you come across.”

Therefore, I am going to make 2014 a great year in so many other ways!  Physically I am using my time to get healthy (my IT band is still acting up) get stronger (more focus on weight training and yoga) and work on eating healthier (thus the year of the veggies).  I also recently went low carb, not exactly the eating style of champion runners, lol.  (more on that in future blogs.)  I am also really excited to put an even bigger effort into growing in my faith.  Because God made me to be the best me I can be whether I am running half marathons or not 🙂

So I hope you all stick with me and I promise to keep cheering you on from the sidelines!  

Have a great year everyone, no matter what you do.  Be your best, have fun and find YOUR happy pace!!!




My 2013 Recap and Merry Christmas from Me and Running Santa?

First and foremost I want to say  a BIG, HUGE, GIGANTIC thanks to all of you who follow the blog, Facebook, twitter and/or instagram.  I started this page with no preconceived ideas other than to keep my family back home up to date on my running adventures.  You guys have been the ones to make the page a great success.  Blessing to you all, I have enjoyed getting to know and give / receive support from so many of you on our running adventures.

As for the blog:

Well all I can say is Wow!  2013 was a busy, busy year. I am so honored to continue to be a part of both Girls Gone Sporty and Sweat Pink Ambassadors for the second year.

New Communities:

This past year I was excited and blessed to add a bunch of new communities to my blogging circle including Running Bloggers, Happify, IDEA Fitness Bloggers and Miles to Blog.

I also had a blast being part of Team Pretty Muddy and a Color Me Rad Ambassador, 13 in 2013 and the Sub 30 5k Group.

Here is a great pic of all my medals (both “real” and “virtual”) I earned this year participating in 13 in 2013.


Dreams Fulfilled:

I fulfilled a dream to run with Team in Training at Nike Women’s DC back in March.  And in 2013 my and Cara (Running in Sanity) Cupcake Virtual Runs for Charity have raised thousands of dollars for both Team in Training and Susan G. Komen with your help.

I ran my first mud run, my first color run AND I finally pulled out a sub 30 5k!

 So what’s new in 2014?  

I  am excited about continuing on with those great communities in addition I will be adding the following pretty cool items to my list:  Team Tough Chik  2014, Team Pretty Muddy 2014 and attempting to run 14 in 2014!

Have a wonderful Christmas

and I will catch up with you all again in 2014.




I need to thank all the great companies that allowed me to participate with them this year so here goes….

Healthy Suprise, iGlow Running, Runner Decals, Consious Box,, DPI Tees, Shubeez, Zola, Lunatik Athletiks, Oral IV, Janji and The Sox Box.  I hope you all had as much fun with them as I did in 2013.




Runfyhp and Friends Best Races of 2013 in Pics

Over the past few weeks I asked my Facebook followers to send in pics of their best / most memorable running moments of 2013.  I received a vast array of pics.  Everything from Mud Runs and Spartan Races to kids and families.  I really enjoyed looking at all the pics and why they were so special to each of you.

I have been so blessed in 2013 with a fantastic year of running, including being healthy, having great weather for my races and a wonderful travel buddy and friend in Cara from Running In Sanity.

Congrats again to everyone on all your accomplishments over the past year and thanks for sharing your time, kind words and pictures with me.

Enjoy the holidays and here is to a wonderful 2014!!

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Rock n Roll Relay Recap

Last Weekend I participated in my 3rd Rock n Roll in Virginia Beach.  VB Rock n Roll was also the first half marathon I ever ran back in 2011.

After last years extreme heat I promised myself I would not run it again, it was just brutal.  I don’t remember much from after that race.  I do remember bumping into people (literally) on the way to get my checked gear.  I remember having no idea what the heck I did with all the power bars someone handed me after the race.  By the way I found them two days later in my Sparkle Skirts Pocket?!  I do remember my skirt was literally dripping with sweat onto my feet while I was waiting for some friends to finish and thinking “did I just have an accident?”  Seriously it was crazy hot and humid and the “feels like” temp was 102!  You get the picture.

I digress, so this year I opted for the relay.  My good friend Allie jumped in as my partner.  All the fun of RnR with only half the sweat 😉  Team Happy Pace finished in 36th place in the all women’s group, not too shabby.  My part of the relay left much to be desired however.  Again the weather this year is was hot and humid.  I ran too much on the treadmill over the summer and I paid the price during the race.  I didn’t finish as fast as hoped but I got it done.  I have to admit I was a bit envious of those I saw finishing the half.  I am sending big props out to my friends that did do the half, especially Cara from Running In Sanity.  She finished it despite some obstacles.  I am proud to call her friend and super half marathoner 🙂  I was also proud of Cara’s sister Sarah for doing her first race ever!   Do I regret not doing the half?  Yes and no.  I think this was the right decision for me this year, but my heart yearned for 13.1.

Here are some pics from last weekend.    Upper left some of the girls from MRTT Virginia Beach/Chesapeake, Upper right me and Allie “Team Happy Pace” Lower right Sarah at her first race ever!



Motivational Monday Aug 26,2013

I hope this post motivates you to take action.  Do your self exam, make your appointment, and join me in raising funds to find a cure through my Pink Awareness Virtual 5k, 10k or half marathon.  Very cool swag included 😉  Check out all the info in the events tab on my Facebook Page.


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