Don’t Be Afraid to Give and Get Your Hands a Little Dirty.

We all want freedom.

From debt.

From mental bondage.

From excess weight.

From our jobs.

From fear.

But who is willing to actually fight and pay the price to have that freedom?

Not many.

Life itself is not free.

Do you think those who fought and died for us quaked at the thought of the impending death they faced? Probably. Most likely. But they fought anyway.
I think if more were willing to pay what it takes we’d see more results and freedom in this world.

Running has been my freedom. It has shown me what great things I am capable because I’ve worked hard for it. It seems to me that too many in America feel as though they are privileged and even deserving of handouts left and right.

“All you need is this pill to lose weight!!

Get free of debt quick with {insert latest scam here}!!

You deserve {insert product, scam here}!!

Find love at the click of a button!!

No payment needed to receive actual benefits!!”

NO. False claims. False promises. This thinking could not be more skewed and I feel as though coddling America is hurting America.

So this is my plea to you: Get up and move! Give more. Love bigger. Dig in deep. Buck up and just do it. Do it when you feel like it least. It takes WORK to see results.

But work is so hard. {insert whine here}

Work gives us purpose. Meaning. And the fruits of your labor are so, so sweet. I’ve experienced it myself. With marathoning, parenting, working. I could not agree with this quote more:

Don’t expect a handout. Expect to work hard and give more. You want success? Be prepared to get your hands dirty. But I can promise you it will be worth it. Your sweet success will end up so much greater.

How are you celebrating Memorial Day? Any special races and/or events your way? Do you shy away from getting your hands dirty or are you the type to dive right in?

blessed & beautiful running.


Brevard Rotary WS 5k Race Report+Hill Running Tips

Brevard Rotary White Squirrel 5k/10k 

**Please forgive the format! This post was generated from the iPhone device. Blogging on the run!*

1st female

Overall Brevard Rotary, once again, did a great job hosting this race. They host a series of races including 4th of July race 5k/10k and Flight of the Vampire 5/10k. 
If you’re looking a fun, scenic race come visit us. There’s a good chance for an age range place too! Got to love small towns. 
Check out for race into. 
It should also be noted that all active military persons received free entry to this race. Rotary, you rock! Thanks for supporting those who fight for us!

Personal Stats:
22:32 7:16min/mile 

19th/209 total

1st female overall
Let me just say when I saw 22 on the clock my eyes got huge! Halfway through I honestly felt like I couldn’t PR but I told myself, “You’re not slacking, no way. Run hard! And just go. You think your running slower but you can run fast.”
Perfect. Sunny, cool. 50s I believe. Started out low humidity. Most of the course ran through the shaded areas of neighborhoods, so the sun only beat on me once. 
Scenic and pretty. Started at the Brevard college gym, ran through local neighborhoods, past Franklin park. Rolling hills. The hills came about the middle of each mile so the last half of each mile was downhill or flatter. I felt like this was good placement. I read great advice on running hills this morning:
Lead with hips, stand tall when running uphill
“Lean and go” when running downhill.
I just repeated this mantra. Felt like it worked well. 
For a detailed article read Runners Connect:

A few turns. Felt like I nailed the tangents perfectly. 
A few locals cheered us on. 
Plenty of course direction with volunteers, spray painted arrows, and spray painted white squirrels on the road … Only in Brevard. 
{{{Have I mentioned I LOVE Brevard?! Check out one of our local festivals. Post race, it’s fun to mender around town! 

This was an officially timed course by Right on Time Productions 
Bib time chips 
A tee 
Toothbrush. Meh

Pre and post: bananas, orange slices, water, water bottles from PNC bank
Aid station half way through 
They had some really great prizes! As first overall female I received:
$20-25 gift cards to a local restraunt, jewelry store, ladies clothing store, a big box of peanuts, winery (what, what?!)
And of course a big, gold medal. I do it for the tee and medal. 
They did have a kids’ Fun Run one mile
All kids who participated received a medal. Kudos Rotary for keeping it kid friendly! 
A few of SMART girls were there running. When I nabbed my medal they cheered super loud and were like “That’s my coach!” The same girl who I ran with at the Legacy Run was there and scored a PR too. That made my day! Better than any medal. 

The fiancé scored a PR as well. Woot!
Think he’s turning into a racer himself. 

And wait for it… 

And I was worried about those hills…

***Did you do any Memorial weekend racing or running? Do hills get you? Any awesome local races your way?***

Remember those who fought for us so we can run free…God bless. 
***Happy (& Blessed) Running!!***