Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Pink Awareness Cupcake Virtual 5k 10k Half Marathon

My family and I are proud to be participating in Komen for the Cure in October.

I have a strong and close family history of Breast Cancer.  My aunt, mother and most recently one of my sisters has been affected.  I decided it was time for me to make a personal effort to help aid in the fight against Breast Cancer.  I have committed to raising as much money as I can for the cause with the  help of my friend over at Running In Sanity and our Cupcake Virtual Runs for Charity.

So today I am happy to announce that in addition to my Breast Cancer Non-slip Headband fundraiser (for info on that click here) Running In Sanity and I are holding a Virtual Pink Awareness Cupcake 5k, 10k or half marathon.  Not only will you be supporting a great cause you will get a beautiful two-tone pink glittery (because a girls got to have sparkle) diecast custom medal.

 I will be running for my mom, sister and aunt….who will you be running for?

click  to register now:

Look for Pink Awareness Cupcake on the right hand side

5k 10k or half marathon $20

International Races $25

Here is the proof of the medal.


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Super Cupcake Now Open for Registration!

Registration is now open for our latest cupcake virtual run!  

Super Cupcake!

In just over a year Running In Sanity and I have raised over $11,000 for Team in Training!  Wow!  Amazing!  And it’s thanks to all of you who have participated or shared our events!

Super Cupcake info:

Race & Medal $20

Race & Medal International $25

We will be following the same honor system that we’ve had in place for all of our virtual races. You register for our race (5k, 10k or half marathon) and then run your race whenever and where ever you are.  The ‘official’ race day will be September 7, 2013.  But, you are welcome to do the race any time before or after!

 The Super Cupcake medal will be a 2 1/2″ diecut medal and the yellow will be in glitter 🙂

super runner2

This is the final design for the medal, it has been approved by our medal production company.  There will be a limited quantity available for this medal, and registration will remain open until capacity is reached.  Updates will be placed on both my Facebook page Run Find your Happy Pace and also the  Cupcake Virtual Runs for Charity Facebook page.

 Please note:  This is a diecut medal, it does take time to get it produced from our production company.

 Medals will not be mailed until approximately August 26.  But, do not delay in registering.

 The only way to guarantee your spot is to register early!

To register you must have a PayPal account, click here for registration ….    Virtual Super Cupcake Registration

All funds raised from the Super Cupcake virtual race will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through Team in Training.

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The Latest Virtual Cupcake Race! Firework Cupcake for July

Because you can never have too many Virtual Cupcakes right?  It’s another awesome virtual race benefiting Team in Training (TNT) .

July Firework Cupcake

5k, 10k and Half Marathon 

Custom Diecast Cupcake medal, Patriotic Red, White and Blue.


(medal will be based on this artwork and will be cupcake shaped)

Also there is a great Band from Running Happy in a red, white and blue chevron pattern, super cute!


Click on this link to go to Running In Sanity’s Page for registration.

USA participants

$20 Race and Custom Medal

$25 Race, Custom Medal and Band From Running Happy

International Racers

$26 Race and Custom Medal

$31 Race, Custom Medal and band by Running Happy

Thanks once again for supporting Team in Training!


The Sparkle of all Virtual Cupcake Races!! Now Open

It’s here!  I have teamed up once again with Running In Sanity for the best Cupcake Virtual Yet!

The race will be super special for two great reasons.  1) both Cara and I are celebrating our birthdays in May and 2) Custom Diecast Cupcake Medals…wohoo!  So what better way to celebrate than with…

“Sparkle Cupcake Race” 2013

This will also be a choose your own distance race.  5k, 10k and you asked for it a Half Marathon options!

The virtual race will be held anytime around May 24th.

Registration MUST close April 22 so sign up quick!  

(This is due to the custom diecast medal design.  We will do our absolute best to get your medal to you by May 24th, if you are within the USA)

The medal will be based on this picture, we are hoping to add the  year  in addition to the sparkles 🙂  We love sparkles.

We will update the medal design as soon as we can.


Non-Slip Happy Bands will be in this cupcake design:

cupcake ribbon

Prices are as follows: Registration closes April 22!!

Diecast Race medal and cupcake Happy Band $26

Diecast Medal only $20

Happy Band only $8

Click Here for Registration – top right of the linked page


Virtual 5 Mile – March for Babies Register Now

In April Running in Sanity and I are helping raise money for the March of Dimes by sponsoring the 5 Mile March for Babies.  We could use some help for this great cause.

click here to register 

The 5 miles can be done as a walk, run, bike, jog, even a stroll at the beach or park!

Here is the adorable artwork for the medal.



We are also offering non-slip Happy Bands in this great black and white zebra print from Running Happy.


Cost of the 5 mile march is:

$26 for the March, Medal and non-slip Happy Band

$20 for the March and Medal only

Thanks so much for your support of March of Dimes!

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Sunday’s “Inspiration for your Perspiration” 3/3/2013 – Sandy Hook Memorial 5k

Friday I ran a virtual 5k in memory of the lives lost in Sandy Hook, CT.

Until now I have not  publicly blogged about the event.  It is close to my heart as I not only grew up in Connecticut but my sister lived in Sandy Hook for many years.  As she described it after the tragedy Sandy Hook is a quiet and lovely New England town,  things like this shouldn’t happen here, or anywhere.

This year my youngest, Mr. Cutsie-face,  also started kindergarten and that could have been his, or any of our kids class, friends, teachers, principal.  When I heard the news, like many of you, I cried, I broke down and I prayed.  In fact I did so more than once.  Even today I prayed while running and felt the tears welling up.  With sadness and anger I have turned to the Lord to help me with my feelings about Sandy Hook and all the lives lost.  I cannot imagine what any of the families, friends and relatives have been and continue to go through.

However I think the town of Sandy Hook has set an inspiring and faithful example to us all.  They refused to let this tragedy define them, rather they have chosen to let is strengthen them both faithfully and as a community.

God will ALWAY reign over evil…always.

So Friday I ran for those lost, those who have found God through this tragedy, my own family and yours.  I also found a special place to hang my medal.  Even though I did Disney Princess last weekend I felt this medal deserved a place all its own.  I have hung it in front of my treadmill next to the pictures of my own children as a reminder to me of how special they are and to never forget


Sandy Hook





God Bless and have a wonderful week.




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MRTT Winter Runnerland, Did I PR? And Channeling my Inner Giada

I ran Moms Run This Town Winter Runnerland this past weekend.  We got some snow/ice here in Virginia Beach on Friday (we ran on Sunday) and so me being the “cold” wimp I have turned in to, I was not looking forward to it.  You would never know I spend most of my life in CT.  I freeze when its anything less than 50, lol.  Along with my weather woes I have been following the Run Less, Run Faster Plan from Runner’s World lately.  Run less…yes, run harder DEFINITELY!  So my running mojo was a little off.  However I am happy to say I L O V E D the 10K.  First off what’s not to love about running with 25 other MRTT mammas!  Whohoo!  But I absolutely fell in love with the Cape Henry Trail that runs through First Landing State Park.  I have a secret inner passion for trail running.  I have hiked there before with the kids, but had never ran this trail before.  Despite the patches of snow/ice left over from Friday, it was a beautiful run.  I felt good, my pace was very comfortable and I hit my Happy Pace for sure.  I think it will just be one of those great runs you wish you could always have.

We did an out and back for the 10K.  On the way out I mostly ran alone.  There was a group ahead and a group behind so I never felt alone.  On the loop back I hooked up with a few ladies and it was nice to chat and keep, what was for me a very good pace.  Did I PR?  I think I did.  You see I use Runtastic, problem is I keep my phone in my iFitness belt.  I had to turn it on before we headed out so I could get it in there.  By the time we took off I think it was on for about 1-2 minutes.  So there is a very good possibility I did PR 🙂  So happy.   Gives me more confidence for The Disney Princess Half.

P.S.  Gotta tell you I really enjoy the ladies from my chapter of MRTT.  I recommend checking to see if there is a chapter in your area too.

Channeling my Inner Giada

As in Giada De Laurentis.  😉  Why?  Well first and foremost my husband thinks she’s a hottie…true story.  I have also been trying to work on eating cleaner and making more things from scratch.  Tonight I tackled homemade vegetarian meatballs.  And I killed it!!  Wahoo.  Now I did not create the recipe, but I didn’t mess it up either and for me that’s saying something.  Never the greatest cook I do have my occasional bright spots.  This is one of them.  These are my pics, aren’t they adorable 🙂  (yes I am a proud “meat”ball mama)

veg meatballs

Here is the link to the recipe if you would like to try them for yourself.  It was from the New York Times Well Section  Click here    Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs


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


Additional Prizes Added to “The Great Nano 5k”

Hey Guys Running in Sanity and I (RunFYHP) have just added two new prizes to 

“The Great Nano 5k”

Enter now for your chance to win one of 3 great prizes

Brand new iPod Nano 16GB blue (7th generation) $149 value


yurbuds “inspire”  for women in the newest blue $29.99 value


a $15 gift card to iTunes


Thanks for your support of TNT

$10 per entry

click here to register……

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TNT Fundraiser – Win the Newest Generation iPod Nano!

The Great 5k Nano Run!

It’s so simple…

 Sign up to run our 5k and your automatically entered to win the latest generation of iPod Nano!!!
Once again I am partnering up with my good friend at Running In Sanity to bring you
“The Great 5k Nano Run!”
       We are limiting the raffle to 100 entries. 

$10 per entry $20 for two entries $30 for three entries

The drawing will be held as soon as we hit 100 entries.  Winner will be announced on both
of our blogs and by email.
Thank you for your continued support of me and of Team in Training!
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