Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bondi Band Fundraiser!

So what is something every runner needs? Perhaps a sweat wicking head band? I have to tell you, I wore my Bondi Band for my first 1/2 last weekend and it was awesome! It did not slip, it did not slide, and it kept my ears warm since it was 50 degrees out at the start.

I am selling this as part of a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Team in Training Fundraiser. Basically you shoot me an email at TeamEpton dot com. You tell me which one(s) you like and include your address. I'll send you the info for paypal and VIOLA! You will get your band(s) in the mail in a few days AND you will be helping raise money for the LLS… Sounds pretty awesome right?

So this is the breakdown
They are $10 each (which includes shipping).
If you want to get multiple, then 2 for $18, 3 for $25
If you want more than that, email me - we'll work something out :)

So there are two types, one kind is a Lycra headband, it's not technical wicking material but they do dry fast. They are more like fashion ones, but if you're doing a lighter workout - they are great. Then the thicker ones are for heavy sweat wicking.

<---- These are the fashion bands.
No Longer Available: Black & White Polka Dot, Flower (2nd from Right), Red Shiny Paisley (Upper Left), Blue Floral (Top, 3rd from Left), Crazy Swirl, Blue Shiny, Blue & Yellow Floral

Even if you don't wear bands while working out, these are so bright and fun - maybe you just want a funky fresh headband?

The heavy wicking bands, are great for harder workouts, like I said, I did a 1/2 and never had to adjust these!

All Gone! 
All Gone!
Only the 6th "I am a Warrior"  remain
All Available (I have multiples)
For the Fashion bands and the bands with sayings, what you see if what I have. For the Team in Training bands, I have about 50 of the assorted colors, so order away!

No Longer Available: You don't smell like a princess anymore (black, lime green, navy), In it for the bling (blue, green), Runner chick (black), Some girls chase boys (gray, navy), Run Like a Girl (pink, lime green, blue, red), Princess (black, orange), Tiara (black, pink, orange), Runner Girl (orange)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Appreciating Where You're At

It's amazing how we can sabotage our own excitement and happiness with our accomplishments, simply by comparing ourselves to others. As I was running (and at some point past mile 11, shuffling) I kept thinking how is it that I can consider myself a 'runner'. Do I enjoy it? Yes. Have I been doing it longer than most of my friends? Yes. Am I good at? Hmmm, I guess? Could I be better? Always. Am I naturally gifted with speed? Ah No. So does it make me less of a 'runner' because I am slow? I often wonder if people think you have to be the fastest person from the start to be considered serious.

I wish I was fast, like people would be in awe of my time. Maybe it has something to do with being competitive - but really running is you against yourself. So what is my deal? Why is it that I am thinking, "You should have done better. Pushed harder. Finished sooner." - is it normal? Well if it's not, I can't say I'd be surprised...this is me we are talking about here.

Is it possible for me to just enjoy the moment? I finished a half marathon, 13.1 miles, and mentally, it was a huge obstacle and I made it. I completed it - No I didn't come in first, far far from it, but I got out there and tried, going in knowing that finishing was a goal (unrealistically I was hoping for a sub 2:30 finish, but seriously I didn't even train like I should have - not to make excuses.) and I did indeed finish.

So I guess my point is, I struggle with not excelling in all I do. I am not just a classic overachiever but the epitome of overachiever. It really does piss me off when people make comments to (or more often about & behind their back) people who run slower than they do. If there is one thing I realized this weekend, as I started out at a good pace and slowed down as time went on, whether your tall or short, heavy or twiggy, your ability to run is only impacted by your will to do so. So, no matter what your finish time is, you finished your race, completed your event, you got your hard earner bling, you should be proud of your accomplishment. You did it, and chances are - you'll do it again... happy running (no matter your pace)!

To bring it all home, appreciating where you're at (and not just in your running/training but in life) is the key to happiness. Sometimes we (I know I am guilty of it) are so focused on the "next" step - we rarely take the time to love where we are at. Honestly, right now I am at my home office desk, on vacation, in my fleece bottoms and one of my numerous race shirts, looking at this list (yes, another list!) of things to do, and loving it. I am blessed and today (as I should everyday), I am taking the time to breathe and appreciate my place in this world. I hope you are too.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Grey Goose Goodbye & New Beginnings...

This week I am I guess I am in all reality "unemployed" but really just "on vacation" for a week before I start a new chapter in my professional life. It is always bittersweet, moving from one job to another. I know this new position will be beneficial not only financially for my family, but will really allow me to tap into my creativity, fine tune my problem solving skills, and allow me to develop new skills as an IT nerd. The best part, I can telecommute, so my work wardrobe will now be consisting of lounge pants and workout gear (really excited about the idea of two-a-days!) …and I know Stephen is psyched about me finally learning all about this whole crock pot cooking thing… we've had it almost 3 years, I guess it's about time right?

So on Friday morning I had come in to my tiny closet of an office, one last time. Almost 5 years ago, I elected to move in to this space, despite the fact there was no air or heat, it had a window. Of course, this window didn't open, but it was still natural light, and that was more important than heat or a/c… I squeezed a rather large desk and bookcase into this minuscule (used to be a storage room) space and spent the next few years working away… One highlight from Friday, seeing a black bag with gold stripes, just sitting there on my desk, inside…well one of my favs, a little Grey Goose…lol Thanks to Becky & Michelle, my morning was made. I told them if every Friday started like this, I may have stayed... They said they considered a going away lunch, but we are busy people. In my opinion, this was perfect. Thank you ladies…you know me so well :)

So this week I am taking some time to get organized, as boxes pour in, computer stuff, supplies, etc. According to Stephen, I have a 'shitload' of shoes (the running kind of course) so I am going to get to cleaning out my side of the closet, weed out things I really won't wear (this is hard for me) and make room for the new (that is how this works right?).

One a completely unrelated subject, I am a wee bit sore from my little run on Sunday… Nevertheless, I am toying with the idea of running the Battleship Half in Wilmington NC on Nov 6th, but as of right now, I don't know that I will do it. I did however register for the Disney Princess Half (Feb 26, 2012), NC Half Marathon (March 25, 2012) and the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon (October 21, 2012)…am I crazy? Certifiable I am sure. 

In other news, ok well it's kind of related to being Running Crazy, TheDigitel Myrtle Beach (like them on facebook!)has asked me to be their sponsored runner for The Myrtle Beach Race Series (like them on facebook too!) and I am stoked! I was totally going to do this series, but now I get to be all official and share my experiences with everyone - I am super stoked now…lol The thing that I love about this series, not only are these races all a little different, they all support charity & I am a sucker for a race for charity! So stay tuned, I have A LOT of races coming up! Guess I should update my race page… 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My Half Cherry Popped!

October 23, 2011 is a day I will not soon forget… I mean, I have been planning this day, waiting on it to come, then in September - I just wished I had a few more weeks. Tendinitis, strep throat, a baby with ear infection after ear infection… I really got zero training in. According to my Daily Mile I had run a total of 10 miles since the first of October (EEEKKK!!!)

So as the days dwindled, I basically made the decision that I was doing it, no mater what - and I was finishing - run, jog, walk, crawl or being dragged… Luckily, I didn't have to do less than walk. 

The great wardrobe debate began in the early afternoon on Saturday. I had picked up some items at Old Navy (big sale on active gear!) and when I got home I began studying the hour by hour forecast. Pants or Shorts? Long or short sleeve? Pull over or zip up? Ugh. I am used to running in the 70's not the 50's… I had forgotten what I would normally wear - blast you cool front!

Anyway, I decided on the capri & tee, with a long sleeve pull over - a girls got to have options! The alarm was set for 515, of course my angel had something other plans, an hour before that to be exact. Luckily she went right back to sleep after a bottle and a diaper change.

Before I knew it, it was time for me to start my day… a small cup of coffee, some plain oatmeal and water… needed to get the pipes cleaned out before this run… the LAST thing I need is to have to doo doo during the race…lol

I headed out at 545am to get my friend Bonnie, this was her first half too - so it was pretty cool! When we got to the race I of course had to pee - and the line, hundreds deep, took FOREVER. Before we knew it - it was 7am and time to get our run on! I don't think I was nervous (maybe I should have been) we start off with a pace in the 10's which was fine. I quickly realized how jealous I was of the men, they would dart into the wood line to pee, and dart back out - bastards.

At about half way I had to fix my shoe, I don't know what I was thinking, new shoes, new orthotic inserts, race day = dumbass! By the time I got it fixed Bonnie was so far ahead, I almost caught her at mile 8, but then the freaking shoe again, I felt like my bone on the pad of my right foot was rubbing my shoe - and I ended up messing with it 2 more times! UGH! To think the foot with the brace on it was NO trouble at all!

Mile 10, I was thinking, ok, 3 more miles, I've run 3 miles thousands of times, I can do this. My legs were heavy, my knee was starting to feel sore, and I just wanted to be done. Those last 3 miles felt like they took forever - of course as I look at the splits, they did take forever (well it was just over 40 minutes!) but it was the end and I refused to stop.

I walked a few times, mostly at the water stations, and at the end of the day, or race, it was 90% mental, that other 10% pretty much kicked my ass…lol

Final Chip Time: 2:42:22 - not super, not bad, just my starting point - next time I will be better prepared, better trained and set a new PR…
Oh yes, I will…

At the end of the race I was greeted by Stephen & Gabriella! I of course had to take her to get our picture done, and scoop up a banana (she loves bananas!) and ok, I grabbed a cookie - I deserved it! We looked for Bonnie amongst the crowd but there were so many people, it seemed to be a loss cause, so we headed out.

Of course I felt like I was lacking two things, chocolate & caffeine, hello Dunkin Donuts! I wonder why Stephen didn't just get me the big one!?!?! He also got me two glazed donut and a jelly, but when he was explaining what he bought, he happened to mention if I wasn't up to eating the jelly he wouldn't be disappointed to have to eat it himself - ha! I'm on to you babe, you can just take that jelly for yourself…lol

Post race we went to my in-laws so they could see Gabriella, and I could show my race day bling! I was pretty tired, and sore, but I knew I'd have time to relax and really - I wanted to show off my compression socks - seriously, I am going to find WAY cuter ones (so if anyone has any links, message me!) but this was my last minute purchase yesterday and I am very glad I got them, they feel great!

SO now, lets talk goodies…
I mean, setting personal records, meeting your goals head on, achieving something a lot of people wouldn't even consider trying - all good. The best part of any race is the goodies! I will say this, impressed. I love the bag (you can never have too many!), tech shirt - SO much better than plain cotton shirts.

NOW lets talk about the BLING! I knew this medal was going to be awesome, I saw it last year and while there is a chick bad ass enough to run a full marathon at 38 weeks pregnant, it was not this chick, and Gabriella is almost 11 months old now, so last year I just kept thinking - next year I am so doing this! I did register for this race when I was still out on maternity leave - that is how serious I was (even if my training reflects otherwise!).

So now as my baby is napping at my in-laws, and my hubby is napping in the bedroom, here I am in my comfy fleece pants with my feet elevated, blogging and watching Property Virgins, I can say, WOW what a day.

Will I do it again, HELL YEAH. I am off to register right now - not just because I get a special rate, but because next year, my time is going to be SO much better! I loved the course, I loved the spirit and I loved my first Half Marathon! My question is, who is coming next year?

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Friday!
I have been neglectful... and busy! Fundraising is a lot of work, and it's not easy either... Tonight is the Pampered Chef party, a percentage of the sales are going to the Team in Training Fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society [you can order online ;) & place the order with Host- Hope Epton] - The special is 20% off unglazed if you're feeling froggy, splurge on some awesome goods (my fav is the avacado peeler)!

Anyway, moving on to something where I am not begging for money! Last Thursday I was offered a position which allows me to telecommute! I am super stoked about this for many reasons but I can't decide which is the best perk... getting 2 workouts done in a day, working in my pj's or workout gear, using my Keurig like it's my business, or knowing that happy hour can start at 5:01pm (just kidding! but I think for me, those are all stellar reasons to be so excited, but the biggest thrill, being needed. Don't get me wrong, my current position needs me, but this new position will tap my creative side, put my brain to work, and *hopefully* provide me with the job satisfaction I have been yearning for! Oh, and not having to pack a lunch, awesome. It really was a great way to kick off last weekend!

Now this week of course is the division of my job duties and everyone who was putting off things they wanted to request me to do, have been flooding in...yikes! The past few days have been full of me preparing the next person to handle my projects. It's nice though, at least now people are acknowledging how much they appreciated me, albeit would have been nice if this would have trickled in over the past *almost* 5 years, but hey - it's all good. When I worked at Vassar College, Marge used to make me homemade chocolate chip cookies, I adore her.... and loved the cookies!

Monday kicked off with work, followed by taking Gabby for a follow up on her ear infection, which she still had... then drop off with Stephen at work, poor girl hadn't slept since 1030am and it was 3pm... so he ended up taking her home while I headed to class. I wouldn't have bothered but I had an exam in Consumer Health, so not a day to bail (I can count on one hand the number of classes I've missed in college, and I've been taking classes for like a decade!) - luckily, the exam was a breeze...
Wednesday, I was at the doctors office for myself, got to love the pricey petri dish, ...err... daycare. I can't tell you the last time I had Strep, probably when Joshua was in daycare. I got home with my antibiotics and of course thought, let me change the sheets and the crib sheet. Not sure what happened, but my back spasmed, yeah from changing a crib sheet...oye! It's better now, which is good, I have way too much going on to be hurt!

So last night I set up my home office, I am beyond excited! I am one of those, once I start I can't stop until it's finished kind of people, so 8pm last night I am moving furniture and sorting through things, and getting irritated because the balance was off in the room - throwing some 'tude, moving more stuff...But I think I got it figured out...balance restored.

Friday - yay! Today I have a LIST of things to I can hear my hubby in my head now, 'another list, awesome.' but it is what I do, I am a list maker... I blogged about it once, so I must be official right? Well today I will finish work, hit the post office (finally getting all those packages sent!), get my hair cut, yes cut, not trimmed but lopped off! It's too long, it's getting tangled when I try to brush it - even the pick went on strike...then clean, clean, clean, so tonight at my party people don't think I don't have any free time!

Things I dream about... a maid, a nanny, a chef... that would make today go a lot smoother - don't cha think?

Long run on Sunday, hoping for 10miles, but we will The Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon (which is a 1/2, not sure what the mini is about) on the 23rd, so that is 9 days!!!

So happy weekend everyone! I hope you get to do something fabulous like spend time with your family, get some exercise, oh and relax a little too! Remember, it's all about balance...

Friday, October 7, 2011

Parties of the House Kind!

As a chug along, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a Team in Training member, I have found some awesome consultants to work with. Now, I love a party, and I love to entertain, but I will admit, since having my little angel, working full time, attending college part time, keeping a house, and everything else related to life, I just don't have it in me… did I mention my first 1/2 is on Oct 23rd? The other half of the truth is I can't keep up with laundry or clean the house every weekend to be fit for company (you know when you were growing up your mom would be running around frantically "cleaning" for company & you didn't understand it, well I get it now...) Right now, the prep for parties is KILLER, it hasn't always been that way, I am sure I won't feel that way in another year (or less, I'll be done with school in May!!!) but right now, I have just a few things going...

My solution, use the power of the internet for the greater good! So, here is what we have to offer!

Pampered Chef - Enjoy 20% off unglazed stoneware! Click here to go to the party, select shop online and then enter Hope Epton as the hostess with the mostess…Sarah is donating a % of sales to the cause. Party closes by October 18th.

Scentsy - Christie is donating 100% of her commission to the cause, and if you are local to the Myrtle Beach Area, you can also contact Christie to get free shipping, (call 843.997.2629, or email cmills at Want to help by hosting? Commission earned from shows booked from this one, will also be donated!!! Click here to check out all the wonderful products Scentsy has to offer!  This show runs until Jan, but orders are filled immediately!

and last but not least…
31 Gifts - Courtney is also donating 100% of her commission to the cause! This months special rocks, for every $31 you spend, you can order an organizing utility tote for $7, and these things are awesome! Click here to take a look at all 31 has to offer… I love this stuff! Show will close by October 28th.

So there you have it! Get a jump start on that holiday shopping, while making a difference in the lives of so many who endure treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma. It's really quite awesome what these ladies are doing, and I hope you will consider being a part of this effort while bringing joy to your own home and loved ones…

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Is it Friday Yet?

I don't often get too sappy, but it's been an emotional week for me. Maybe it's PMS, maybe I am just tired (I do think I have gotten some daycare funk from my angel), maybe I am just going soft…What ever it is,  this week has reminded me of one very important thing, often pushed in the back of my mind in the hustle and bustle of the everyday, I need to take a moment to be thankful for all the things I do have in life. It's not always easy to take a time out, human nature has us constantly trying to do more, be more, attain more…more, more, more! SO I am taking a time out, reflecting on the positives, shooing out the negative, and embracing all that I do have in my world.

Life doesn't always happen for us how we plan for it to be, I mean seriously, you might think that would be awesome, but it would likely be boring, the big guy is way more creative than we are! For instance, if I was to live my 'plan' - I would not have allowed myself to be open and vulnerable enough to find my best friend and hubby. I would not have been receptive to the idea of experiencing the birth of another child, and I certainly would have missed spending my days being thoroughly entertained by a man with a sense of humor that rivals Tosh.0, and seriously - how fun would that have been?

I know I am blessed everyday I wake up, and honestly I am so fortunate to have married my best friend, a man who loves my son as his own, and has given me (ok, technically I did the giving, but he is 50% responsible) the most beautiful daughter in the world. Not everyday is sunshine & butterflies coming out of my butt, that's not realistic, but it is perfectly imperfect and everyday we work together, to be the best we can be; for each other, our children, our family and our friends... go TeamEpton!

I will admit, I am not the easiest person to get along with sometimes, not like a complete b!tch, but as my mother said once, 'Well dear, you are a bit standoffish'. I also love to hear people say I am intimidating... me? I'd say, confindent...or as my twenties slowly emerged to my 30's and I was still single (which everyone else seemed to have an issue with, and would spout things like "I wish you'd just find someone to make you happy" - make me happy? I'm in charge of my happiness, no one person is going to make me, they would say, "Well it's because you are so independent and successful." There could have been some truth to that, but I figured if there was someone out there that fit the Ying to my Yang, he'd have to be pretty awesome! He would be very patient, and kind, yet, not take my sh#t in like a chocolate shake (or as it turns out, in his case, a Zaxby's Birthday Cake Milkshake - which he is inconsolable right now with rumors it won't return! Call to all Protesters!!!), and love me in my imperfect state because he doesn't see it as imperfection, just character and personality. I would say I've always favored the characters with the storm cloud that followed them around, or in Grumpy Bears case, flames out of his a$$... but I don't live like that...I wouldn't be able to stand myself.

I will say, I reflect today because this week has been filled with crap. Friends moving away, going through some bad situations, facing decisions they shouldn't have to and being put in the 'worst case' scenarios of life. It makes me really appreciate the good things, big or small, in my own life. Of course, I urge everyone to do the same.

So here is to my Tenderheart Bear, I appreciate how you love me, even when I require a fire extinguisher AND I won't lie, it helps that you know how to juggle too :)

Live. Laugh. Love. oh and Run... I had to get that in

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Good Friends
Feeling a little sad today, but I know this is not the end my friend,
we will run together again, RunFasterMommy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Strength, not just Physical

Flexing my
physical strength
There are times in our lives when we do not feel as strong as we actually are. There are moments that feel like we've been punched in the gut, kicked in the balls (if you have them), or having your heart ripped out (not literally - obviously)...

If you think of the most painful experience you have ever endured, is it physical? Or is it emotional? How did you make it through? There have been a few points in my life where I asked myself, when will this end? For me, the truest tests of strength were not physical at all.

It's hard to see a loved one or close friend suffer, to be faced with a situation that seems so unfair, unbelievable and just heartbreaking. A situation where everyone loses, and no one benefits. Finding the strength to continue on; not clearly knowing which direction to move, this can be a challenge that rivals any Ultra (I am guessing), walking across a mile of hot coals (not that I have tried), or sticking a needle in your eye (I imagine this is pretty painful)… So how do we as people move through these horrible situations we are faced with? Simply, love.

Well perhaps that is a tad simplistic but when you find yourself devastated, at your wits end, and you're emotionally drained, it can be something as simple as a word of encouragement, a hug from a friend, a shoulder to lean on and sometimes to cry on. Sometimes it is the little things that end up being the big things. You carry on and push through it like the last mile of a race, you just focus on what is important, tune out all the 'noise' and keep going forward to reach your goals. Not everyone may be cheering you on, there may be someone eye balling you from behind trying to steal your thunder, but you get that second wind, and you my friend are unstoppable.

Maybe you can do 100 push ups, but can you pull yourself up after you've been knocked down? For me, physical strength is only possible because of inner strength,  channeling mental toughness, and forging it into emotional strength, this is how we continue to move positively in a forward direction, without losing ground, and not allowing ourselves to shrink, to crumble, or to quit.

In the face of fury, in the eye of evil, in the depths of despair, that is when your true strength is tested. You decide to be strong, you decide to keep going; mentally, physically and emotionally, you decide. Of course it helps to have the love and support of friends and family, they are there for you to draw strength from. So if you find yourself hurt, scared, lost, pushed to the edge, don't give up, PUSH back. If you PUSH, everyone who supports you PUSHes too, because you are not alone.period.

So remember that.

What is YOUR Passion?

It's funny when I think back to the first time someone asked me, 'What is your Passion?', it was at a job interview. I thought it was an odd question really, my passion? Seriously? Is this even allowed? I was definitely caught off guard, there were things going through my head, but my final answer, 'Well I love to exercise'... I got the job despite my slow response accompanied by an equally bamboozled expression!

According to the good folks over at Merriam Webster, Passion is defined as
a : ardent affection : love
b : a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept
c : sexual desire [See why I was caught off guard at the interview?]
d : an object of desire or deep interest

Passion for me means something I do purposefully, with enthusiasm, determination and yes, it feels good! So I am passionate about running (even if I am not setting any land speed records, far from is honestly), I am passionate about helping people, whether it's offering advice, support or something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger, or anyone for that matter. I will say this, the last person I offered to help was not so friendly, but in today's world, I guess I get it. She was like 100 years old, and I asked her if she'd like me to help her load her groceries into the car... You'd think I was wearing a ski mask with a name tag that said, "Hello My Name is... Serial Killer or Grocery Thief"... grandma, I am heading INTO Walmart, not out of... geez.

Anyway, I was thinking about all these events I am wanting to do, some I have signed up for, others I have not (my money train carrying all my baby money trees is MIA...have you seen it?) and it just hit me, how passionate people are about certain things in life, and how passion makes life more exciting!

Now sometimes it's like lust, short term, fire in your trousers, flash in the pan passion. Like, for example, beading. One time, long ago, I hand beaded Christmas ornaments. I loved it, did it every day, made like 200 snowflakes. It was me, a solder iron and my blue and clear beads. After that, nothing. Now, this weekend I went to get some supplies thinking I'd take it up again, make them as a LLS fundraiser. I just stood there in the aisle of beads, dumbfounded, overloaded, confused... I walked away.

Then there is how I feel about running, and fitness in general really. Some people may feel the same way about biking or swimming or whatever. I have been running for close to 20 years, and yet never ran a 'race' until January 2007. Of course once I did, I was done for. This year, actually this month, will be my first Half Marathon. I am so unprepared, I would NEVER in a million years recommend anyone trying to run a half without proper training. BUT do as I say, not as I do... right? Lead by example...I'm prepared, for the most part, all but 100% mentally and that won't happen until I am crossing the finish line!

For those of you who don't know, I have been recovering from tendinitis, and it sucks...bad.

This is the convo that ensued, to the best of my recollection:
[Doc looking at me with a frown]: "I'd recommended no running for at least 4 weeks."

[Me looking at him with skepticism]: "Hmm so no Triathlon this weekend?"

[Him looking at me with chagrin]: "No."

[Me looking at him with one eyebrow raised, like the ROCK]: "Well I have a half marathon in 6 weeks, how about that?"

[Him looking at me with disbelief]: "Get yourself a good brace, and inserts, and take it slow."

SO, that technically was not a No. Two weeks later I was back out, with my brace. I know the doctor knows best, but I've already paid for it, I am doing it. So run, jog, walk, crawl or carried... I am going to collect my bling. They say Love is Blind, it may be deaf too... less than 20 days until the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon!

So are you passionate about something? If you aren't, shouldn't you be?

My Winners...

I know, there are so many people on my facebook and Twitter feeling a sense of relief... the raffle is over, winners have been contacted, and the posts just about begging them to enter has come to an end... I am sure I have lost some followers due to my incessant postings about helping save lives, asking for donations, seeking support for the cause - but seriously, if I've been blocked, hidden, unfriended or unfollowed - buh-bye, no big loss...

I pride myself on supporting others, and I am a sucker for a cause. St Judes, Make a Wish, AHA, Cancer anything, really if someone is running a virtual race, posting a raffle, whatever - if I can I will, and if I can't, I will tell them, I wish I could - maybe next time... What I won't do is dump them, it's just not cool.

Anyway, I don't want to be a buzz kill because I am super stoked for all the winners of my Team in Training, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Raffle!

So without further delay… announcing in reverse order so that the Grand Prize Winner is at the end…suspenseful - I know.

The Lucky 7 Prize Package:
TWO pair of iBungee Laces, RoadID Gift Card for $15.00, Three random packages of GU, and a Custom made TAM Band
 ~*~ A prize package worth ≈ $30! ~*~


Erica Tyler, Leia Ritt, Holly Richrath, Bethany Becker, Cheryl Holsberry, Ceci Mains and Mary Beyrau!
Thanks Ceci for your "I can't believe I won!" picture! (I love when people play

The Second Runner Up Package:
TWO pair of iBungee Laces, A bondi Band fit for a Princess wicking headband, Moving Comfort "Support Your Girls" t-shirt (size Medium) 
~*~ A prize package worth ≈ $50! ~*~ 

 p.s. Denise assures me this shirt will be worn well... You go girl!

The First Runner Up Package:
TWO pair of iBungee Laces, A Bondi Band 'Run like a girl' wicking headband, A Running girl car magnet, A 31 Gifts Lunch Tote personalized as "Snacks" AND The Tiara Medal Hanger
 ~*~ A prize package worth ≈ $85! ~*~



TWO pair of iBungee Laces, Run Like a Girl Necklace, a Running Princess Visor AND The Running Girl Medal Hanger
~*~ A prize package worth ≈ $100! ~*~



For those who read through the entire blog
& loved the Tinker Bell Bow 
the winner is….

[not the comedian, apparently in my fb tagging frenzy, there are more than 1 (crazy huh?) and so if Suzanne the comedian is expecting this bow, my apologies for the confusion!]

Congratulations to all of you who participated, you are all winners to me
& together we raised a little over $550!