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Monday Motivation: Success, How do You Define it?

Almost every successful person starts with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present and 2. I have power to make it so.

How do you define success for yourself? Is it setting, reaching and achieving a goal? Is it the small steps on the way to something bigger? More often than not, I look at the pieces that helped me reach my goal.  The small details, the overlooked achievement, finding good in something that wasn’t entirely so.

In the past, if you asked me about success, as it applies to running, I would have said it would have been defined by pace and finish times. That’s not the case any  more. Over the years, my focus has shifted from time specific, to over all experience and how I felt in the process. Was I mentally strong? Was I able to help someone in some way? How did my body feel? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see a sub 2:00 half or a speedy 10K in my future, but it’s all about how I get there.


This last week has been filled with so much! I was accepting to Oiselle’s Team Volee and as an Ambassador for Dixie Devil Sport. Dixie Devil is a new and fresh company for women, that participate in multi sports, gear for chic chicks! I love that line on their website, how cute is that? Chic Chicks!

I’ve also had some good training runs and on Saturday, ran with Molly. It turned out to be her birthday and what better way to start the day, but a 10 mile o’dark30 run! We started at 5:30 am and finished with coffee and chat, before she headed out for her day of fun.


I wanted to start early, so I could get to a 10 am barre class at the gym, because I was off to a wedding in the afternoon. Dr. B, you all should remember him, he’s the one that helps keep me upright and fixes my numerous injuries. His oldest son was married to an incredible young lady, this weekend. I was excited to hear about the engagement and so honored that they thought to have me there. Having worked for the office,  I’ve known them since the boys were little and it was such a wonderful day. Despite the rain, we spent the evening under a twinkle lit tent, enjoying friends and of course toasting to the happy couple. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, dinner was served and it was freshly made to order tacos. Both fun and yummy!


What do you categorize a success?

How was your weekend?

Thanksgiving is around the corner, are you going to register for a turkey trot?




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Tis’ the Season of SAD

It’s October, which means the weather is cooling down, there is a crispness in the air and SAD ramps up a bit for me. Every Fall, armed with a latte, I prepare myself for the couple of months ahead.  Do you know what SAD is? tells us: “Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a category of depression that emerges in particular seasons of the year. Most people notice SAD symptoms starting in the fall and increasing during the winter months, but a few people experience a spring/summer version.”

There are a few causes for this, reduced sunlight being a major one. It can throw our internal clocks off, resulting in a reduction of serotonin and melatonin.

I can tell that it’s coming, like clock work every year. My attitude shifts, my Vitamin D consumption goes up and I tend to challenge my therapist a bit more on tough topics. We’ve been working together for a few years and I think maybe two Fall’s ago, it was really bad. We butted heads on everything possible. I pretty much couldn’t be around myself. But then, Spring comes on the horizon and things perk up again.


Do you have issues with SAD? What works for you?




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Monday Motivation

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with my coach about what’s been going on with each of us and I mentioned, “I’ve lost my mojo for running” Not that I haven’t been running, I have and my training has been going well, I just haven’t looked at it the same. Michelle told me to be easy on myself, if a run didn’t feel right and was on the calendar, I could replace it with cross training or a rest day. I found I was getting all of my workouts in, but sometimes I juggled them around to when I knew it would be better timing. This was inline with my promise to myself that during the time of transition, if I didn’t work out, eat exactly how I should, I wouldn’t beat myself up. I had enough on my plate to know where my limits were both emotionally and psychologically.  Adding stress due to food or exercise was not a plan for success. I pretty much gave myself a pass to be nice to myself.

The universe had me hip deep in muck this summer and I put in the work and effort to dig through it rather than pushing aside and pretend that life is going on its merry way. I needed to chew on it and leave it under my Mizunos.


Even though my Instagram has still be strong, I haven’t felt much like blogging. I didn’t realize that it’s been since JUNE that I’ve blogged? How did that happen? Oh right, I had my waders on trying to demuck my life. I promise I’ll get better and back on schedule with blog posts, I know how much you all enjoy reading what’s going on in my pink hat world.

For now, I’m focusing on a few things to get me back on track.

  1. Be more social and not quite such a hermit. When life gets tough, I stay to myself more.
  2. Continue to nurture the meaningful relationships in my life.
  3. Blog more!
  4. Take care of myself inside and out.  Recently, I started using Macros+ to help keep me accountable. The results have been outstanding! During stressful times I either had no appetite or my portion sizes were out of whack.

On November 13th, I’ll be helping to pace the 3:00 group for the Big Sur Half Marathon. I’m super excited to co-lead this group with my friend Molly and help runners reach their goals! Check out the The Treadmill’s Pacing Team bios and let me know if you’ll be running!

Remember,  when I went to Toronto back in June to surprise my coach for her birthday and met the amazing group of ladies that run up there? Allison, aka The Lazy Perfectionist reached out about the Ragnar Niagara this May and if I’d like to join her team! She is an Ambassador  and has put together a top notch group. Needless to say, I was thrilled for the invite and can’t wait to see this crew again!


Have you lost your mojo and how did you find it?

Anyone have Ragnar experience you can send my way?

What’s on your race calendar?





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Let’s Catch up!

Well, hello there! It’s been a busy month since we last chatted, which has been filled with travel, friends and  celebrations.

The first weekend in June, I took my pink hat to Toronto! I had never been out of the country and my passport was begging for a stamp (which by the way, I didn’t get one!). Let’s rewind to April when I messaged Carmy about our coach’s birthday. Being a bit further away and having to ship it through customs, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get a fabulous birthday gift to Michelle. Well, before you knew it, I was going to be her gift and a surprise party was in the works. Here is Michelle’s recap of the weekend! I have to say, it was one of the best girls’ weekends hands down that I’ve had! Getting to see her, meet the other girls in person and just have fun was really what it was about.



The Sunday after her surprise party, we took a little 5K stroll on a highway in Toronto! So much fun and the city is beautiful. The weekend reminded me that there are so many fun times to be had, memories to be made and amazing people to share them with. The Toronto crew is top notch, these girls not only support and love each other, they lift them up and remind them just how bad ass each one of them is. My kind of crew! Thank you for letting me crash the party!

When I got back, there was more celebrating! My best friend, Ginger had a birthday, too! All of these fabulous women in my life, remind me just how lucky my pink hat is.


Now, don’t think it’s been all jet setting, birthday partying and surprising! I’ve been out there pounding the pavement and getting it done. Marathon training is happening and I’m trying to work on the less is more approach, Coach and Dr. B think it’s a good idea. I know that it is, but I love to work out, especially when it involves friends. Seriously, the gym is like Cheers to me, it’s very much social and hard work rolled into one. I’ve been logging o’dark30 miles on my own and with Sarah, pool time, spin and strength work.

Are you on Instagram? You can check out what I’ve been up to, in between blog posts!


Through out my recovery and reentry to running, I’m learning how to embrace each run for what it is at the moment and what it gives me. Not every run is stellar like this morning’s but I’m trying to take something good from each one.  Between the trips, running and enjoying life, I’m learning to take more chances, no regrets and the journey is shaping up to be one of the best yet.




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Makin’ a Comeback

Hello out there!! I’ve been putting off a new blog until I was able to get back out on the road and pound some pavement. Well, that day finally came and boy was I happy!


Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t moving at the speed of light or logging double digits. The point is that I did it and that’s what matters.  If you remember the last time I tried running around the block, I hobbled back to the car. Thanks but no thanks, Compartment Syndrome. Then I proceeded to cry as I updated Michelle that I was going to stop running and hang up my pink hat forever.  My fear was that I would still have pain, even though I can tell a tremendous difference in my leg. There isn’t pain going up or down stairs, I can cross my leg without pain, walk without pain or a limp and generally feeling a lot better.


As the story usually goes, after recovering from injury and listening to both my doctor and coach, I did just fine. Sarah went with me and we did a 3:1 interval plan so that I wasn’t too aggressive, per Coach’s orders. She is awesome and stuck it out with me. We chatted the miles away and I didn’t focus on my leg.  All of that cross training has paid off for keeping up my endurance, guess Dr. B was right, again! My pink hat logged a pain free 3.6 miles that included a cool down. I felt strong, and ready for this next training cycle to start. This week I’ll have a couple more run/walks on the calendar added into my cross training, which is exciting!


In other news, I visited the Oiselle Flagship Store last weekend! It was pretty neat and I picked up a couple of tops and socks that were on sale. My pink hat loves a good sale, especially for running/workout gear! Have you been there?


O’dark30 workouts are on track as well, although Monday mornings tend to be more difficult to peel myself out of a warm bed. To be honest, I’m not sure why Mondays are my tough days when I’m raring to go otherwise.  I get lots of good workouts in and if Monday morning is my hall pass, then that’s ok.

Look at this cute mug I found on Etsy!


Now that I’m feeling back on track and more like myself, I’m excited for the summer! It’s been a rough start to the year, but it’s definitely getting better on all fronts and there is so much in store for me.

What are you up to this summer?

How is your training going?

Tell me, how do you come back from injury?




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Make Your Shine Count!

We put out the energy and light that we want to get back, so make it fancy and positive!


Since my last blog post, I visited Sonoma, CA. It was my first time there and it was gorgeous! It amazes me that there are so many beautiful and fun places to visit not far from me. Pretty sure I need to make a list and starting checking them off, like Santa! The reason I headed north, was to see Lisa, she was there celebrating the wedding of her step daughter. Lisa and I have known each other for 28 years and it all started in after school honors band. Oh the memories we have! If life has something to celebrate, we do. If life has something that we need a shoulder to get through, we do. It’s never a doubt that we’re there for each other, friendships like ours are rare and I’m so fortunate to have her.

Sonoma, CA – The  General’s Daughter

The wedding was super small and took place at The General’s Daughter. If you’re looking for an elegant and intimate venue, this is it! The wedding looked like it came out of a magazine, everything from start to finish was gorgeous. The next day we headed out for a wine tour and I have to be honest, I’m such a light weight when it comes to drinking. There were three wineries on the list – Roche, Silver Oak and Chandon. Chandon was my favorite, because it specializes in sparkling and this Pink Hat loves her bubbles.


Silver Oak Winery – Napa, CA
Bubbly at Chandon – Napa, CA

It was a short but fabulous visit, spending time with friends recharges my batteries. Do you have any long standing friendships?

Over this past weekend, I had a bit of self care going on in the form of a mud wrap. It exceeded my expectations. Not being a stranger to spa services, I thought this would be fun. The last time I did something like the mud wrap was probably 6 years ago? Long overdue that’s for sure.

Mud Wrap at Monterey Day Spa

It was an hour and a half of bliss and started with dry brushing. I really didn’t know much about this, but it’s really quite interesting. Dry Brushing helps with circulation, your lymphatic system, detoxing and so much  more. They sent me home with the brush, so I can keep up this good practice. After the brushing, I was painted with warm mud, wrapped up in the foil you see above and had a cranial massage. The massage put me in a zone where I’m sure I fell asleep. It was so relaxing! After rinsing off, a layer of moisturizer was applied and I walked out feeling refreshed and so good! Briana who was getting a pedicure at the time, said I was glowing. Pretty sure she was right! The other stop I made was to Lush in Carmel. It’s a candy store for my girly side, they are well stocked with everything to pamper and take care of your skin. This visit, I picked up a bath bomb which I’ve had many but always love to find a different scent/flavor. The new to me items were Mmmmelting Marshmallow bath meltPorridge Soap , King of Skin lotion bar and a Cosmetic Warrior mask. The girls that work at the Carmel location are so friendly and fun!

With all of this fun, I’ve also made sure to get quality cross training sessions in. As a matter of fact, I came across the Peleton app on my phone to stream spin classes. I like it, because I don’t have to stick to a certain time each day if a class doesn’t work with my schedule at the gym. To say I’ve become addicted is an understatement! They have so many choices of ride type, duration and instructor. If you like to spin, check it out, I’m using a free 14 day trial and it’s $12.99 a month if you choose to subscribe. That’s not a bad price for spin on demand! They also have live classes you can jump into if you like. Besides spinning my wheels, I’ve been to kettle bell, in the pool, using the elliptical and staying focused on getting back out on the road next month to log miles.

As you can see life has  been moving ahead with a lot of fun and hard work to get back in my Mizunos. April has a few more adventures up her sleeve, which are exciting and I’ll be sure to share them with you.


Have you tried any Lush products? What are your favorites?

What is your go to cross training?

Any fun vacation plans this summer?



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Focus on the Good

Truth be told, I haven’t felt much like blogging, chatting, etc. lately because life has had a lot of ups and downs. Lo and behold here I am, ready to get back to it!

You’ve probably been wondering about this pesky calf. I now have a diagnosis since my last post (February is Outta here!) about training. It’s not a fracture, blood clot or strain, I have compartment syndrome. Yup, that’s a new one for me to. Evidently it’s not all that uncommon for runners and it’s nothing that was training related which coach assured me of that and it was good to hear. My doctor thinks the onset was when I was hiking back in December and twisted my foot. If you’re curious about this ailment, you can read more here.  Dr. Barkalow, is amazing and keeps me going. He has me in for physical therapy twice a week, sporting my compression socks and cross training to keep up my endurance.

I’m looking at YOU, compartment syndrome. Yes, YOU!

This translates to no running for at least six weeks, if you’re doing the math, you are correct, that rules out Big Sur Marathon. Which in all honesty, I had a feeling that was going to be the result and I am fine with it. It just means that I get to cheer and see my fabulous friends cross the finish line! My training up until February was going well and I have no doubt I will run strong again.

The one draw back of this injury and taking me off the road is that the timing wasn’t optimal personally. I’ve been going through a rough patch and running/working out is my go to stress relief. My personal life has had a change and I’m taking a good look at where I thought life was taking me versus where it actually will. Instead of logging miles and reflecting, I’m grinding it out on a spin bike, in the pool, Pilates, modifying barre and kettle bell classes. Pretty much anything that I can do, that will help me take care of myself and not get into a dark place emotionally. In the last week, I’ve  been trying to shift my thoughts to what I want to accomplish, what I want in a relationship and setting new goals. Goals are essential and I’m going to focus on the good in my life, rather than the what could have been. Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? Plus, I’m crewing at American River 50 in a couple of weeks, have trips planned and lots of visits with friends to look forward to!

Spinning like it’s my full time j-o-b
First one in the pool at 5:30 am

Set backs are really come backs and I know this summer once I’m back on the road, my pink hat will be going strong! If you know me I always find a plan B, C, D….whatever it takes to get it done.

Who is running a fall marathon? Any good ones that I need to check out? How do you rally yourself to get back up and running full steam ahead when life gets you down?



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SmartyPants Vitamins Review & Giveaway!

I was compensated for my review of SmartyPants Vitamins, all thoughts and impression of the product are mine. 

Everyone that takes their vitamins, please raise your hand! *Raises hand* I’m a vitamin taker and in all honesty, love gummy vitamins. Most likely, because they remind me of the penny candy I used to buy when I was little. Who didn’t love Swedish Fish? I sure did!

Not long ago I was given the opportunity to review SmartPants Vitamins and I was super excited! I was sent a large bottle of the Women’s Complete, plus samples of the Kids and Mens (which I took, even though I’m neither of those).  I like what the company stands for and their core values of Transparency, Excellence and Transformation.

The Transformation really struck a cord with me,

“For every bottle you buy, we make a 1•for•1 matching nutrient grant to a child in need through Vitamin Angels. With one act, you give yourself key nutrients helpful in reaching optimum health, and give the same to someone else. You get and you give. And to date, you’ve given to over 1,300,000 children. Each bottle then, is a little act of transformation – helping transform not only yourself into a healthy, happy person but also into someone who can extend that same gift to countless others.”

How awesome is that? By taking are of yourself, they take care of children through the Vitamin Angels.

Let’s get to the vitamins, shall we? SmartyPants targets the nutrients we can’t get from food – Omega3s, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12, plus a long list of other key vitamins we need. Their nutrient guide gives you the skinny on what is packed into the gumdrops of goodness! The vitamins are easily, maybe too easily eaten and are great for people on the go. I took them with me in my gym bag, so that I had no reason not to take them. Even as busy as I am, workouts I’m doing, I have to remember that health comes first. If I’m not fueling properly, then training won’t be as successful.

#thegoodgummy at the pool

The flavor of the Women’s Complete was sweet but not too sweet and there were red and orange drops. I’m not sure if they were supposed to taste differently, but they seemed the same to me. The Men’s and Kid’s Complete both had a sugar like outer layer, which I’m wondering why they got it, but not the Women’s? But they were equally as tasty and easy to take along with me.

Gummies go to barre

It’s important to me to maintain a healthy lifestyle and find ways to keep myself up to date with key nutrients. SmartyPants without a doubt lends itself to helping me keep that goal focused.  How do you keep yourself running full speed ahead? Do you have a vitamin that’s your go to? You can head on over to thepinkhatrunner on Instagram for a chance to win your own bottle.

This is what you need to do to enter and a lucky winner will be announced on March 9th on Instagram!

To Enter:

  • Following SmartyPants on Instagram
  • Sharing the giveaway on Instagram, tagging SmartyPants and thepinhatrunner, using #thegoodgummy
  • Tagging a friend in my IG post

P.S. I had my first Turmeric, Ginger and Lime shot on Friday. It was great and Turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory agent. Try it!




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February is Outta here!

Happy Leap Year! We get an extra 24 hours in our month and year. How are you using them? As my best friend text me this morning, she is becoming Little Miss Positive Thought of the Day, it’s a free 24 hours for a fresh start. I made Ginger promise to create a blinged out daily calendar that she can sell with all of her wisdom. She’s been stuck with me for a little over 15 years and we’re sister-friends. We’ve been through it all and still cracking each other up. Here she is in all of her fabulousness!

Enter a cIaption

The high lite of my weekend was  going up to Morgan Hill, which is about a 45 minute drive from me, to try The Daily Method for the first time. Having been to the local barre studio, classes at the gym and Pure Barre, I was game! It was a great class, fast paced and kept me on my toes. I really enjoyed it and would love to go back. I was looking around at schedules and saw that Pure Barre is offering a platform class, that looks like a fun challenge. Has anyone tried that yet? It’s still fairly  new!


In all fairness and honesty, I have to say that February sucked. It really was not a great month for me personally, running or otherwise.  My calf really isn’t cooperating and I’m revisiting my calendar for the next few months and debating on how to get through this. Training was going so well and then….BOOM! not so well. I had to have an ultra sound done of both legs to rule out a blood clot, which thankfully, I don’t have and am trying to get into my doctor to see how we’re going to attack this. In the mean time, I tried running last week, it was so so and Sunday left me frustrated. I made it around the block and called it quits because of the pain. I found a magnesium gel at Whole Foods, that I’m using on a daily basis. Magnesium seems to be a wonder supplement and really hoping it works some magic.  For now, I’m back to cross training and patience, but if you know me, I’m not good at being patient.

Add that to every day stress, ups and downs, and life has been a roller coaster for me.


I did get in the kitchen last night and bake, which is always therapeutic. One of my favorite websites to check out for tasty and pretty healthy treats is The Ambitious Kitchen, she never disappoints!  What caught  my eye was the Chocolate chip coconut flour Paleo banana bread (check out the photo below). I doubled the recipe, which made a large loaf and two small mini loaves to share. It was super easy, as all of her recipes are and I used a non dairy/soy/nut/vegan chocolate chip in it.  It was a nice treat and still kept me on track! Have you used coconut flour before? I love it and it packs in a lot of fiber in a small amount.

My eating post Whole30 has gone well. I feel like I’m back in a good rhythm with food choices and not reverting to where I was in the fall. Not to say, it wasn’t yummy, but I needed to reign it in again.


I’m hoping that March is kinder to me and I can try logging some miles. In the mean time, I’m going to keep my chin up, cross train and not let myself get too down.

How do you deal with slumps and bumps in the road?




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Cardio Pilates and a Springboard

Good morning and TGIF!

This has been my thought process for the last few weeks, anyone else in need of a vacation?


One of the bright spots was an email that I received from Maddy, the owner of Physique Exercise Salon. She has seen my blog (how cool is that?!) and wanted to invite me to one of her Group Reformer and Cardio classes to try with a friend. The studio offers Barre, Pilates and TRX classes, check out their schedule to see what they have coming up!

(*I received a free class for myself and a friend from Physique. All of the opinions are solely mine*) 

The studio was bright, inviting and tucked away in Carmel. If you’re in the area or visiting, I highly recommend you check it out!

Physique Exercise Salon

Briana is always down for a class or to try something new so I enlisted her to join me. As it turns out she had been before and enjoyed it so much she was game to go again. If you’ve read my blog or visited me over on Instagram, you know I’ve been to a reformer class a few times.  This studio uses a springboard version, which mixes cardio with Pilates – it was a complete body workout, from head to toe with core work as well. The beginning of the class was the springboard portion and I felt like a flying turtle. It was pretty cool and challenging, taking regular Pilates foot work and upping the ante. Our legs literally sprung off of the board, sending us backward.  Once again, I was surprised at what a workout it was! It wasn’t just my legs bouncing off of the platform, but my core was engaged as well. We worked through both upper and lower body exercises with the reformer, and also used light hand weights at the end. It was as if barre and Pilates came together and made the time fly by! I’m pretty sure the lady to my right and Briana to my left, heard some moans and groans coming from me, even though there was upbeat and fun music in the background. Please accept my apologies!

I love how trying new things or classes gives me not only a way to shake up my routine, but works different muscles. No matter how many weights I lift, reps I do, there is always a new way to engage and get stronger, this class definitely did that. Do you look for ways to change things up, keep your work outs interesting and new? Physique will see my pink hat again in the future, it was a lot of fun and good energy!

Please excuse the post Pilates hair! Maddy the owner of Physique and I after class. What a workout she put us through! Thank you!


Tell me what you’ve been up to! How is training? Any great race recaps? Trying anything new?