Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Great Gifts for Running Friends $20 & Under!

It’s that time of year again and you have a long list of Running Buddies that have helped you rock 2014.  The big questions is…”What can I give them this is running related and won’t break the bank?”

No worries!  Here is a short list of fun running related items under $20 each!

 Help your friends:

Show their fun sporty and colorful side with gifts from Runner Decals.  Decals, Tumblers and more!**

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Be Safe with gifts from Road ID.  ID Bracelets, reflective items and accessories and more! *

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Keep fun in run in the run with gifts from Crazy Compression.  Compression socks and sleeves**

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Show them they are special with gifts from Momentum.  Beautiful, inspirational “Foot Note” bracelets, necklaces!***

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Great Holiday themed gifts from Gone For A Run.  In fact they have an entire Holiday Shop! Personalized Ornaments, Mugs and fun socks!***

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Keep your essentials with you on a run with the Running Buddy Mini from Running Buddy. (additional colors available) ***

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Keep cool while looking hot 😉 with Hippie Runner.  Sweat Wicking Headbands in hundreds of different patterns!***

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Accessories from Skirt Sports.  Socks and visors.  

Under $20 when you use code RWM25AMB thanks to Running While Mommy and get 25% off!

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I hope some of these ideas might come in handy.  Enjoy your holidays!

Do you have a favorite runner gift to give for under $20?


* I am an affiliate of Road ID and will receive a percent of items sold only when my affiliate link is used.

** I am an ambassador for crazy compression and runner decals however I do NOT receive any monetary compensation from these companies.

*** I am not an ambassador / affiliated with Momentum, Gone for a Run, Running Buddy or Hippie Runner or Skirt Sports (I just really think they had some cool items to share)


Why I am NOT a Jerk and Neither are YOU


A running friend sent me an interesting blog link last night…

So apparently this pic of my car (you may have seen it)


has been used in a rather non-flattering anti-runner blog post?  Side note:  This pic is a bit old and I now have 9 flowers…too offensive?  lol.  The post was NOT directly targeted at my blog (just my picture was used not my blog name etc) so it wasn’t literally personal.  Nevertheless I will NOT be linking to that article because I personally found the blog page’s additional content offensive and don’t want to direct my online friends there. (some people will use anything to boost hits)  Sorry not my deal.  If you have read it and you’re a runner you probably weren’t that happy about it anyway.  Can you imagine what he must think of my “I run for cupcakes” decal….oh the horror 😉

As for me after reading the post (yes runners do read by the way) Susan from Runner Decals and I decided to spread the joy of Peace Runner Girl decals around a lot more 🙂  because well I love mine, I love to see other cars with running decals and I love to share 🙂  ….. see totally NOT a jerk.  Plus if we get additional decals spread all around the country maybe the author will get to see even more of them every day!  Wohoo!  That sounds fun and makes me giggle on the inside 😉  ok it makes me LOL.

So first off kudos to my good buddy Susan and her Runner Decals because apparently her designs and my ideas were cool / obnoxious enough to garner the attention of this blog amongst a sea of  other runner related posts out there floating in cyber space.  My car decals are now famous, hehe.

I’m fairly certain I am not a jerk and neither are you.  However, let free speech rule!

On the other hand we as runners do understand each other and that’s what counts.  Running is fun, it keeps us healthy, sane and most of all we are a strong, supportive community.

So keep running, keep smiling and keep finding your happy pace peeps 🙂

Oh and how about we give a few more of those now famous Runner Girl decals away 🙂

 Want a Peace Runner Girls to plaster your ride 🙂  Click on the rafflecoppter link to enter.  Top right corner.

Due to free rafflecopter set up this contest will not officially open until tomorrow. – don’t worry I will remind you 🙂

****Contest Starts Aug. 24th and runs thru August 31st****


Pink for a Cause. Lets help fund Breast Cancer Research Together.



Hello Everyone I am excited to bring you my latest adventure…..

I am raising money for Breast Cancer Research in honor of several family members and friends.  Recently Breast Cancer has hit my family, once again, particularly close to home.  I decided that instead of sitting on the sideline (because what good does that do?)  I would  commit to raise money so that maybe someday Breast Cancer will no longer be such a scary thing.  I would love for all our daughters and future generations to not have to worry about things like this.

Therefore I am so honored and overwhelmed by the wonderful support I have received from my friends in the  running community in regards to my fundraising efforts.  I also want to remind all the women out there to do their monthly exam, it takes a few minutes but it could just save your life.  Recently I posted on my Facebook page about going to get my mammogram.  In case you missed it here it is 🙂  Get ready for a little TMI:


What I had didn’t  post a few days later was I was called back for another visit.  Scary since my family has very recently been touched by Breast Cancer once again.

Visit number 2...lucky for me everything was A OK!

Visit number 2…lucky for me everything was A OK!

I am happy to say everything was fine, but I will be much more diligent about self exams in the future.  For ladies my age I urge you to go get your mammogram if you haven’t already this year.  

And for those younger ladies here, please make sure to do your monthly self-exam!   Guys remind your wives, girlfriends, sisters etc to get theirs too!

OK that would be my PSA for the day 😉

So on with the fundraising!!!  There are sooooo  many cool prizes to be won!  I will be offering chances thru Papal in order to raise money.  I am proud to announce the following sponsors for this event.

One chance –  $3

Three (3) Chances for $5

Five (5)  Chances for $10

Please click on the appropriate Picture Button below which will bring you to Paypal.

Thanks so much for your support!

I will run this thru the end of May.  Winners will be announced in the beginning of June.

*****   Please feel free to share this post!  The more who participate, the more money we can raise!!   *****



The following is a list of all the items you could win!!  

Please visit these great pages and say thanks from me ~Runfyhp!

IGlow running – click to visit her shop for awesome themed runnng outfits!

  • One (1) complete (tank and skirt) pink IGlow Running outfit


Love  – click to visit her online store for more beautiful jewlery!

  • One (1)  lovely Rhinestone Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet via LoveMichelle. net


Thirty One – Independent Consultant Cara Morrison – click to visit her Thirty One Page

  • One (1) pink and white 31 Thermal Tote from – 31 Consultant Cara Morrison


  • Three (3) Thirty One Key Fobs


My Happy Pace Gear – click to visit their on-line store for great running tees and more!

  • One (1) T-shirt in the winners choice of size


DPI Tees – click for more movitvational tee’s at their on-line store!

  • One (1) Pink Be Stong T-shirt in the winners choice of size


Barking Mad About Running – click to visit this great blog.  Kim has also raised tons of money for Cancer Research!

  • One (1) Hand Crochet Yoga Mat Holder (winners choice of color)


Knot Hole Crochet – click to visit her page for more great handmade items

  • Two (2 – one scarf per winner) Handmade Scarfs


Shubeez – click to visit their on-line store for other great shubeez!

  • Bee Pink Shubeez  – 4 winners of 1 Shubeez each


Runner Decals – visit Runner Decals to check out tons of cool decals for running, walking and more!


Running Happy – click to visit Running Happy for all your headband and cupcake themed decals!

  • Three (3 – one band per winner) Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Non-Slip Running Happy Bands


Fit Approach – click to be linked to the sweat pink store!

  • Sweat Pink Laces – 8 pairs (1 pair per winner)
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Run Find your Happy Pace 1000+ FB Likes Giveaway!

When I started this blog and Facebook page I never thought about having more followers than my family and a few friends.  So you can imagine my surprise as my Facebook page grew to 200 likes, then 400 etc.  But 1,000+?  That’s just crazy.

I appreciate all the support and friends I have made along the way.  I am grateful to Alyse and Jamie at Fit Approach and Laura at Girls Gone Sporty for allowing me to be ambassadors with them.  I am POSITIVE I could not have done it without the support of both those communities.  I am thankful to all the companies that have allowed me to work with them in the past.

I am especially grateful to Susan at Runner Decals who was the very first one that approached me for a giveaway.  She believed in me when I had a very, very small following and now I am glad to call her friend.  This giveaway wouldn’t be complete without including Runner Decals so thank you Susan once again!  Also thanks to my partner in Happiness Cara at Running Happy for putting up with my crazy ideas on a regular basis.

As you guys know I am not super fast, I have never placed in a race and probably never will…. I’m just me and that’s exactly who God meant me to be.

I DO however believe that:

  • everyone can be their own personal best
  • that the 1st place finisher is just as important as the last one and everyone in between
  • that miles are miles and we all cover the same distance, just at our own “Happy Pace”
  • finding my happy pace in running and life is really what is important

My hope is:

  • this page and blog provide positive support and information to each other
  • that every accomplishment you make (in running and life) be celebrated
  • when I leave this world that I have made a positive difference
  • that there are cupcakes in heaven 😉


So thanks so much for joining me as I find that happy pace in running and life.  I wish I could give you all a prize, but I hope this will do.  Thanks to Runner Decals, Fit Approach and my partner Cara at Running Happy for donating prizes to my giveaway.  See the Rafflecopter link at the top right of my blog to enter and let these great companies know I sent you.

Good Luck!


2012 What a Year It’s Been, Looking Forward to 2013

Wow 2012 has been HUGE for myself and RunFHYP.  What started off as kind of whim and self motivation for myself has really become an important part of my fitness journey.  Here are a few highlights for RunFYHP in 2012 along with some thanks and shoutouts.

I am thankful:

  • That God has given me the ability to run and the motivation to go
  • for Cupcakes  FYI: still looking for a great cupcake sponsor 🙂
  • That so many peeps have joined me in finding our happy pace in running and life
  • For a supportive (and faster) husband than me.  He gives me support to keep going and motivation to get there faster 😉
  • For my running friends both old and new.
  • To be a part of the FitApproach family as Sweat Pink Ambassador
  • To be part of the Girls Gone Sporty  family as a GGS Ambassador
  • To be a proud member of Moms Run This Town
  • To have discovered how great Jillian Michaels really is…better late than never 😉   She has really motivated me.
  • To have found a happy balance between eating food for fun and fuel.

Shout out to all my favorite Buddies I have met/collaborated with in 2012 please drop by and tell the RunFYHP set you!

My bucket List Accomplishments Completed 2012:

  • Run another Half Marathon – check….ok 5 more 🙂
  • Do a Destination Race…check …did 2  Disney Princess, and Diva Half Marathons.  Which were also my first two weekend away without kids in 12 years!
  • Participate in a 4 person relay ..check. Go “Freedom Mommas”  Freedom Half Marathon Relay
  • Increase my “happy pace” and get faster…check. Hard work and hills are paying off
  • Motivate myself and run alone….check.  Although running with friends will always be great its nice to depend on myself.
  • Make Fitness a Lifestyle…check.  Fitness has become part of who I am, not a chore.

And Lastly a REALLY BIG THANK YOU to everyone who generously allowed me to share their pages and products thru giveaways in 2012.  

Thanks for believing in Run Find your Happy pace!!

PLEASE visit them and let them know RunFYHP sent you!!!

Runner Decals – mini peace runner girls
Road ID – free id bracelet
Gone for a Run – gift card to their website
Lucky Number Tutu – Wonder Woman Tank
Handana – the awesome Handana
Running Happy – Non-slip Happy Band Headbands
Gypsy Runner – pink glitter arm sleeves
My Happy Pace Gear – t-shirt of the winners choice
Bell Plantation PB2 – a sample box of PB2 & more!
Active Bands – headbands
York Sign Shop  – Find Your Happy Pace Bling Holder

Run the Race LLC – t-shirt



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)

 Running Happy…a fun store operated by two running Momma’s

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!



“Running stuff for happy runners” now OPEN!

So most of you know I love slip resistant headbands. I cannot run with a visor or hat in the summer. Hat = head feeling like its going to pop off.  So I always wear some kind of headband when I run and wear sunglasses. I also believe that running should be fun, not boring.  Well after much thought and lots of laughs my friend Cara from Running In Sanity and I have started our own little company.

Running Happy….fun stuff for happy runners.”   (click here for our Etsy page)

You can click also visit us on our Facebook page  “Running Happy”

and follow us on Twitter @RunningHappy1 for the latest updates.

We decided to combine our love of running, fun and of course cupcakes 🙂 and start our own little project.  Plus, well we needed a way to support our race and “Bling” addiction. 😉

Initially we are carrying “Happy Bands” no-slip headbands and a selection of Runner Decals.   Happy Bands are available in everyday and holiday prints with many, many more prints and sizes to come.

Holiday prints 1 1/2″:

Holiday prints 7/8 inch:

Everyday Prints 1 1/2″

Everyday Prints 7/8 “

We will also carry special “limited edition” selections throughout the year.  And our holiday bands will change seasonally.  We would love suggestions and would be happy to work with you.  Group discounts will be available for larger quantities.  Feel free to contact us with any special requests and we will do our best to accommodate.   (Psst….coming soon very special “mouse” and “kitty” prints will be available.)  Keep up with us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates.


In addition to Happy Bands we will also carrying a selection of Runner Decals, because we love them and they are a lot of fun!  Those decals are in process and should be on the Etsy page by next week

Peace Runner Girls     (various colors)                                                                                                                                         Large ” i run for cupcakes” decal



Cupcake Update, Rock and Roll Happy Pace and Jillian Michaels week #10

Things are looking really great for “The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k”.  Runner Decals has generously donated TONS of cool cupcake decals and a tumbler as raffle prizes.  Everyone who participates will be entered to win.  I need to thank them so much for helping make this such a great event.  Runner Decals is also making these cupcake items available on their website soon if you would like one of your own.

The cupcake medal design is still in process.  We are very excited and cannot wait to share it with you all.  Patience is not a huge trait of mine so believe me the waiting is really killing me too!!  I can give you this detail…it WILL include a custom cupcake insert, It will not be cupcake shaped. (we couldn’t justify the cost of custom because too much would be taken away from the charity – TNT)

There is still time to enter and you can run it any day in September that works for you.  Since it is a virtual race ANYONE can join.  Here is the link to enter.

Rock n Roll Happy Pace (and Happy place)

I continued my RnR training this week and everything has gone well.  Last Saturday I got in 9 miles for the long run, this weekend I am planning on 10-11, I hope the weather cooperates.  I would have liked to train up to 14 miles but that is not going to happen.  I usually take Wed/Sun off from running but this week I took Wed and Friday off but did cross training cardio instead.

I am using a plan from “Train Like a Mother”  This week I read a great chapter in that book called “The Running Path” by Dimity.  I wish I could quote it word for word, it was so touching too me.  It’s basically a short story about a woman and her favorite shady running path as she goes thru training and life.  I LOVED it, and yes I even shed a tear.  Tears over a running story?  Yup.  If you get a chance you MUST read it.  Here is my favorite shady running path and I thought about the words from Dimity the whole time and smiled, in between gasps of breath and dripping sweat 😉

Jillian Michaels

I have completed another successful week of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution.  A few days were hard because I got them in right after finishing a 7 and 5 mile run.  Butt kicking good workouts!  I think for the next few weeks I am going to try to do them as a stand alone workout later in the day.  It’s just been too hot and humid and with the added miles it’s been a little tough.  Would rather do them later and give them my all.  On a positive note I am no longer getting hip pains after long runs (nor feeling like 90 first thing in the morning when I get out of bed) I attribute that to my increased core and all over strength.  As a bonus I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and she commented that I looked great…slim and toned.  SWEET!!!  And I have somewhat mastered  (ok maybe mastered is a little much) the unsupported half moon pose….believe me 11 weeks ago I could not do this without falling over.  Thanks Jillian 😉

I am including this great smoothie recipe whichI have been using  after morning workouts enjoy!

1 cup almond milk

Generous portion of Spinach

1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1 scoop whey protein powder

1 cup frozen fruit (blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)

honey to taste (if desired)

Sometimes I also throw in a tablespoon of PB2

Have a great week!

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Cupcakes? Jillian Michaels 90 Day Body Revolution Update and Tips on Getting that Run in.

Jillian Michaels 90 day Revolution Week #  9

Officially in in the books.  This week I moved up to workouts #9 and #10.  Not as bad as I had anticipated, could this mean I am getting stronger?!  Why yes, yes I think it does 🙂

Workout #10 did bring in a new element, jump training.  I am cool with it as long as I keep my knees soft during landings.  Today (Friday) I decided to only do workout #10 and not also.  Why?

1)   I have a long run planned for tommorw and the schedule said 3 miles or XT for today.  I chose to XT.

2)  I wanted to give it my all because after running on Tuesday I didn’t feel I had done the workout justice.

Measurements are still spot on :).  Weight holding steady.  I think I will take another picture update so I can see the changes for myself.  This is a great idea, although I know a lot of us gringe at the thought.  However it can be hard to judge progress because you see yourself everyday.  And pictures don’t lie.  I have also been continuing to include MUFA’s in my diet.  (For more info on MUFA’s check out the Flat Belly Diet and Cookbook.) and incorporating more fresh and natural ingredients.


I got back on track this week and decided to start getting up earlier and out the door no later than 6 – 6:30 AM.  The weather has been so hot and dreadfully humid this summer getting up earlier this week has helped.  We also had a few days with highs only in the eighties this week which made for cooler”ish” (probably not a real word, lol) mornings.  A couple of other runners I passed also agreed that we actually felt a slight twinge of cool that early.  Nice.  Now don’t get me wrong getting up at 5:30 – 5:45ish was not easy or fun.  The bed has a seriously strong “stay / relax” pull in the morning.  I force myself up because I know once I am up and dressed I am fine, its just that whole getting up thing that’s the problem!

So here are some of my tips on getting that run:

1)  Set the alarm and don’t have it right next to your bed.  This forces you out of bed.  Once your up your less likely to crawl back under the covers.

2) Get up earlier (not always easy believe me I know)  Hopefully this will also mean a more comfortable run temperature wise.  Get it in before the crazinees of life and kids begin if you can.

3)  Lay out your clothes the night before.  I have even read of people sleeping in their running clothes.  I personally can’t sleep in my jogging bra.  TMI?  😉

4)  Set out your supplies the night before (for longer runs or hotter ones)  Hydration belt out, bottles filled and in the fridge ready to go.  GU/beans etc.  all stashed in your belt.

5)  A quick snack.  If you need one (I do) have a quick snack ready to go.  The jury is still out on if eating before a run is necessary, I just know for me it is.  I say go with what works for you personally.  Something easy bread and peanut butter works for me.

Do have any tips on getting that run in?  Feel free to share!

Cupcakes….Can’t forget about Cupcakes

In case you haven’t heard I am co-hosting my first Virtual Run along with my buddy at Running in Sanity.  The Great Cupcake Race 5k / 10k  benefiting Team in Training (TNT).  We are very excited that in less than a week we already have 26 runners signed up and ready to go.  Runner Decals (love them! They are the ones who provided us with the Peace Runner Girls giveaway) has also generously donated 20 “I Run for Cupcakes” decals.  Winners will be chosen at random.

We would love to have you join us.  Click on the link for more information.  

“The Great Cupcake Race”

Can’t run the virtual but still want to help?  You can get just the “Will Run For Cupcakes” Bondi Band for just $8. click on the race link above.

Thanks everyone have a great day.  Sweat Pink & Run Find your Happy Pace!

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