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Race to Remember: A Memorial Day Tradition

Note: I am invited to race with the team at Race to Remember in trade for some social media love. This will not change the fact that I do love this race.

BBQ’s

Beach Vacations

Picnics

Memorial Day brings a lot of family based traditions but at the root of Memorial Day is our chance to honor the sacrifice of our nations Military.

Race to Remember offers a chance for runners to come together to run to honor our nations heroes this Memorial Day by running and walking either on-site or virtually in a half-marathon, 10K, 5K or kids race.

Photo by WazMixPix
The funds from this race go to Race to Remember, which was founded with the ultimate goal to raise funds to provide scholarships to local military families. They also go to PureKraze which is a local non-profit with the mission to provide homes to veteran families who are facing homelessness.

I have participated in this race for a couple years now, and I love the small community feel of this race. It really does end up being a group of friends that have come together to make a difference for a common cause. The race is well organized and supported by a group of dedicated volunteers.

The race follows the Vancouver Waterfront out to Beaches Restaurant. The 5K turns around right on at the foot of Columbia Way and comes back to the start line at the Vancouver Remembrance Wall. The 10K continues down Columbia Way before turning back. And the half marathon is a scenic loop of Vancouver. I have always been a fan of the Vancouver Waterfront Courses, they are basically flat, very scenic and enjoyable.

And remember. If you can not make it to the race, you can join them virtually.

I have met and heard many stories while doing my volunteer work with Honor Flight and The USO of our nations heroes and their sacrifices so this is something that hits close to home. Also I have seen first hand the efforts of Race to Remember to honor our nations heroes. It is something I am proud to be involved with and I am proud to represent the team and race on Memorial Day.

Race Details: Race to Remember: Memorial Day Half Marathon

Starbucks Giveaway

I really love giving away things…… Especially when it comes to one of my favorite of things… COFFEE!!

As the case as of late, I am teaming with some amazing Instagramers for this, so follow the directions and enter!!! COFFEE!!

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Why do I run?

Skirt Sports challenged their ambassador to share their “why” when it comes to running. Why is it we do what we do? Why do we run? It has been making me think a lot lately, because there are so many reasons why I run and those reasons have changed a lot in the past several years.

It is best summed up.

I run because the women who I was before I started running deserved to be much happier and for that matter better then she was allowing herself to be. She deserved to be healthy, she deserved to be happy, she deserved to feel strong and she deserved so much better then she allowed.

This whole thing really started as my attempt to lose weight. Honestly, I was going to lose the weight, that was the only goal. Then I decided that it might be a good side goal to run a 5K. My trainer agreed that it would be great motivation.

I hated it.

I felt slow, fat, out of shape and I felt like I did not belong. That was the worst I would say 45 minuets of my life.

And I said I would never do that again.

I needed help to realize how inside my head I was. All I saw was the weak and ugly parts of me at that point. I also was the queen of self sabotage when it came to making sure that’s all I would ever see and I tried to make people see that to. I was lucky enough to have a trainer in my life who saw things for what they had been for and put up with a whole ton of self sabotage from me to help me break through. I have said this before, I owe Zac George a lot because he saw things in me before I saw them and dove in head first to help me find them.

He convinced me to try it a second time and it was the race that changed my life.

I ended up doing the original Skirt Sports Skirt Chaser Race. (I warned you! I am an Original Skirt Sports girl) The race had a totally different atmosphere. It was more like a party then a race and I had a blast. My trainer and I had talked several times before that race and one of the things he had said to me was when those feelings of anxiety hit or when those “not enough” feelings hit I needed to just focus on one thing.

That one thing.

One step at a time.

Me after meeting Nicole Deboom.
It turned into a game of making the step in front of me better then the last. In the last mile of that race I ended up running right next to Nicole Deboom, the founder of Skirt Sports and we talked and she was very encouraging. She told me she was proud of me being out there and challenged me to take the last .10 of mile at a sprint.

I was ecstatic.

Slowly but steadily I built up the millage, I did a 10K a few months later then felt so accomplished I was going to do a half marathon. I only wanted to do one and done.

31 half marathons later at this point?

But it took a lot of work. I had a lot of baggage that I did not realize I was carrying around and I was unhappy. And the bigger problem I did not think I deserved to be happy. But running taught me to address things using that one step at a time approach and I even think now it is still a work in progress.

Running also taught me to take time for myself. Through my dads illness, my battle to finish school, the trials of being freelancer, still trying to address my baggage, and everything else running was the one thing that kept me on track. It kept me focused and motivated. I always seemed to be chasing the next medal. But that motivation spilled into my personal and professional life as well.

I had the honor of several ambassadorships and opportunities to volunteer for races and share my story. Those had been fun for a time but so much work and it took away from my motivation after awhile. It has gotten better.

Things change:

In the last year or so my reasons have evolved.

I think the best way to say it is to share a story from last year when I was pacing at the Pacific NW Half Marathon. I was pacing the 3:00 half group (the party sweep snails as I like to say.) I passed a group of ladies at mile four and one of them peeled off to join me. She did not think she could stay 3:00 the whole time but wanted to try. Here is the rest of the story.

When we got to the last mile I realized I did have a couple mins I could burn off and still be close to

Me pacing at Pacific NW Half
I told Kari to walk a little more and save her energy for the last push at the end. She was a little worried about the 5K’ers coming in so fast around us, but I told her just focus on what we are working on and she will be fine. She was almost in tears at this point. She was hurting but wanted her daughter to see her finish strong. I think we made the right call in the long run because just at the last quarter mile she felt like she was ready so I told her to go and I was screaming for dear life. She finished in 2:59. We both cried a the finish line.

Being able to inspire someone like that helped me remember why I run. Its not for the medals, its to continue to light the flame, sort to speak. Its to be able to say “Hey if, I can do it you can.”

And it is about reminding myself about how far I have come.

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Giveaway Time: $100 Starbucks Gift Card

I like giving away stuff.

Might be the funnest part of social media influencing life.

And I love coffee more then life itself.

This time, I am teaming up with a handful of Instagramers to giveaway a $100 Starbucks Gift Card.

Here are the details:

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Giveaway: $150 Target Shopping Spree

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I am!

I am teaming with a great bunch of bloggers to offer give you a chance to have some shopping fun.

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ZRP Random Musings: New Shoes, letting go, and not inspiring

Ready for another Appletini drinking session or to engage into some ZRP tickle butt?

(Yes I am engaging my wrestling loving side again.)

First things first. I have been dealing with tight hip issues lately and I found the bottom of the problem. It was shoes! I was kind of thinking it was shoes but was not certain but I took advantage of going to see my friends at Road Runner Sports and I was defiantly in the wrong shoes. The last couple runs since I got refitted have been my strongest in a long time. I really feel like it might be coming back together. I am in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline and they are my game changers. I feel like training for the marathon might be back on the right track.

And now for the more deep stuff.

A little look at my run from today.
Someone who for sake of this conversation can and should remain nameless called me an inspiration for working on my 6th marathon. I don’t do well with the word inspiration. Maybe I have never seen myself as one because I feel like the turtle that is calm and tranquil under water but I am just paddling. But after the last conversation said person also helped in their own way help me realize that I am chasing what scares me, what pushes me outside my comfort zone. Yes I have ran marathons before, but it feels like I am starting from scratch because its been so long since I have done it, and I for one know how hard SF is. And I have thoughts about what is next but I am not sure where its all going to go.

Call it chasing my unicorns if you will. If I inspire someone because of it that is amazing. Its never going to be a picture perfect journey. For me this is the continued chapters of me following my heart. I still don’t know if I will ever get used to being called an inspiration but it goes back to something that I do not

If you have followed me the last few months you have heard me talk about the fact that I have stepped back from most of my ambassadorships this year just keeping my hands on a couple where the work load was a lot more manageable. It has been a-ma-zing for me. I am so much happier and I don’t feel like I am chasing my tail so much. I am running less this year but I am more focused on running for me and getting back to my strong side. And I am still volunteering for things but I am taking on stuff that fills my bucket. But I went to my first group running event a few weeks ago and it was amazing. I actually got to be social and hang out.

I have had a lot of people talking to me about the last couple random musings blog. I just want to add this. The journey some of us are on is not about a healthy lifestyle. Some of us do not want to be skinny, some of us just want to be happy in our own bodies.

I have more going in my head that might have to be a second musings later. But there is a cat who needs me.

ZRP Musings: Can we not find balance? #fitfluential #runchat

Time to pull up an Appletini….

Yes I said Appletini.

(If you know me as a wrestling fan, the analogy is well known)

SF Marathon training is going well. I had by far my strongest run in almost ten months this weekend. So I feel like everything is heading in the right direction. Adding OCR training and shaking up my training has been a life saver. I just wish this weather would stop making my allergies so cranky. I am going to do a blog soon on all the things I learned from my foam rolling class because its been helping so much.

If you read my blog from a few weeks ago you realize I had come to a point with my blogging, and being an influencer that I just literally have walked away from trying to be a health and fitness blogger because I was so sick of watching people so sick of watching people making obviously unhealthy decisions and inspiring people to go down that path.

Someone I look up to today was taking grief from others because she wanted to treat herself to the new Unicorn

I wish I could take credit for this. But is was PERFECT for the message I wanted to share here.
Frappuccino. She is an elite athlete who believes in moderation. She does not believe in the idea that exercise is punishment for food. There is no clean eating and not clean eating with her. She loves her body and lives her life.

Why is this not so easy for people to understand?

Actually I get it. Towards late last year I realized that I wanted to be in the same position as other bloggers and I was willing to lose my voice for it. We want to be the image of health and fitness, we want to be that inspiration. I knew better. But I was having the wrong conversation in my head that I was not good enough, not skinny enough or not fast enough.

I just had to remember. I need to be able to be healthy and happy. Chasing a standard. Punishing yourself for bad choices is not.

It is the same thing I was lucky enough to be taught by some amazing people and I get reminded of frequently. The last few weeks have helped me realize that I can re-balance in my eating. I do not need cake every day but having a treat is not bad.

AND THERE IS ZERO REASON TO BEAT YOURSELF OVER TREATING YOURSELF.

There is more.

It is also about listening to your body. Remember the blogger I talked about in the previous blog. While still dealing with stress fractures she ran/walked the Boston Marathon. She was cleared to walk off her crutches last Monday.

REALLY?

You heard me right.

And the thing is so many people are congratulating her. Congratulating her for something that is though impressive, is kind of insane.

Maybe I am not seeing it.

Ill stand by what I said in the earlier blog. The journey is never easy. But the journey is never black and white.