Friday, February 28, 2014

Every father and parent wants their child to be happy

So, almost six months after I'm the new Mrs. A, my dad sends me along this beautiful speech he had prepared for our wedding day, back in September.  We were so busy running around with photos - and dancing and having a BLAST that no one had the opportunity to give speeches.  His words were just too beautiful not to share them in some public forum.  It's beautiful.  It's funny.  It's perfect.  It's us.

Every father and parent wants their child to be happy.

Every Father and parent wants their children to be happy and never stops worrying about them no matter their age.

So when Jamie was going through a tough time in her life  ,we were so happy she found a new passion in her life ….. no Joel I’m talking about running .

Jamie has fully involved this passion in her life , as many of you are aware by reading her blog and facebook page , and out of this passion has developed this strong and determine woman…. Where did she come from ???  As I recall her as a little girl in a school basketball game when I yelled at her to run and in the middle of the game she stopped , put hands on her hips and yelled back “I AM RUNNING”  I believe that was the last time I told her to run.

As time went on she would mention that she did meet this guy named Joel…. She introduced this Joel to her new passion  of running and seemed to be spending a lot of time together.

One night Jamie asked if we would meet this guy named Joel. Well as my daughters can contest, I am not the most receptive with new boyfriends. I was determined to be the tough father and let him know she was my daughter. We met that night and he shook my hand strong, but I believe I squeezed a little harder.   

After time, seeing Joel with Jamie and my grand kids . I could see a real love they have together , not only between Jamie and Joel  , but also for my grand children . Its hard to find a man that will love your daughter as much as you think that they should be loved , but to find someone that will love your  grandchildren as their own is something special .  I then realized I ACTUALLY LIKED THIS GUY.    

So I would like to make a toast, to Jamie and Joel . That thru this marathon of marriage, you help each other through the hard times up hills, sore feet and side aches,  but most important enjoy the downhill runs together to the finish.

MOM and I Love you both     

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Lake Michigan Marathon - Aug 31, 2014 - FREE ENTRY Giveaway

Madison-area runners can race the trails next Labor Day Weekend without heading out of town. That’s when the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon will make its debut in the Milwaukee County Parks along the south shore of Lake Michigan.

I am very excited to be serving as an ambassador for the Lake Michigan Trail Half Marathon event.  Join me for 13.1 fabulous and scenic miles.  I'm always looking for more half marathon events to during the summer months and this will be perfect addition to my summer training schedule.

The event, which will also include a 50-kilometer race, a half marathon and a 20-mile “training run”, will be held on Sunday, August 31.  It will start and finish at Sheridan Park in Cudahy. The course will also include South Shore Park and Bay View Park in Milwaukee, Warnimont Park in Cudahy and Grant Park in South Milwaukee.
  Much of the course will be on the paved Oak Leaf Trail which runs along the Lake Michigan shore from Milwaukee to South Milwaukee.  However, what makes this race so unique is that the course will also go “off road” and venture deep into the woods where runners will find the dirt-covered Forked Aster and the Seven Bridges Hiking Trails.  They will even run a little over a mile on the sandy beach in Grant Park.

The marathon will be a Boston Marathon qualifier.  It will be one of the last chances to qualify since it will be held just two weeks before the Boston cutoff.  Despite the trails and sand, it will be a good course to run a decent marathon time.  The course for the marathon will take runners on a south loop to Grant Park, then a north out-and-back to South Shore Park followed by another south loop. There are not many big hills or sharp turns. The slowest part of the course will be the portion on the beach due to the sand.

The 50k (31.1 mile) race will include two south loops and two north out-and-backs.  The half marathon runners will do the south loop and an abbreviated out-and-back to the north.  The 20-mile course will be similar to the marathon but the second south loop will be shortened.

All participants of the marathon, half marathon and 50k will receive a tech shirt, a high-quality finisher’s medal and reusable goody bag.  The races will be chip-timed.  For the 20-mile “training run”, participants will bet a shirt and a bag, but not a finisher’s medal.  The 20-mile event, which will have a special low price, is aimed at runners who are training for a fall marathon and want to get in a long run which includes a race-day atmosphere.
The capacity for all four events combined is 1,200 runners.  This includes 400 for the half marathon, 300 for the marathon, 300 for the 50k and 200 for the 20-miler.  Registration is open and the link to the registration site can be found on the event website at


One of the goals of the race is to educate and raise awareness of the Milwaukee County Park System, especially along the south shore of Lake Michigan.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Grant Park.  A second charity partner will be the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.  Sponsors include Performance Running Outfitters and Running in the USA.

Use discount code "lakemich5" for $5 off of your entry to
any of the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon events!

One lucky winner will win a
a Lake Michigan Trail Marathon
event of their choice - any distance


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Enter now though Tuesday, March 4.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Women Run Pewaukee Race Entry Giveaway & Discount Code

I'm more-than-thrilled to be serving as an ambassador for the Women Run Pewaukee Half Marathon (HERE).  Located between Madison and Milwaukee, this mini-destination race is going to be a really fun event for female runners in the area. 
I made the jaunt with Little Diva to Milwaukee in January.  We helped out briefly at the Women Run Pewaukee booth at the Great Lakes Multisport Expo.  What a nice way to break up the loooong Wisconsin winter and chat with other runners!  Thank you to everyone that stopped by to say hi and mentioned that they read RDM and it was fun to meeting everyone that I met while helping out at the booth.
The ladies weekend (Mother's Day weekend) will consist of two running events - and a really good time!  I'm training a group of Madison-area ladies for the half marathon event and I look forward to participating myself.
Friday, May 9:
Friday evening - A Leg Up 5K
Saturday, May 10
Saturday morning - Womens Half Marathon
Enjoy the expotique on Friday evening.  Friday evening also offers a fun, competitive 5K for the men and women.  The ladies start ... and the men follow three minutes later, as they try to catch up to their female competitors.
Upon finishing your race, your well-deserved medal will be placed around your neck and you'll be handed a rose by men in suits and tuxedos.  Work your way through the Good Harvest Market food corral, collecting organic goodies along the way. 
YES, men are allowed to participate and will receive a medal.  However, men will not receive an age group award.
Need a training plan?
I'm serving as the virtual coaching option and Madison-area coach for Women Run Pewaukee.  Contact me at
runningdivamom@yahoo.com and we can get started on a custom training program for you - around your schedule and your life!

All RDM Readers will receive
5% off their WRP race entry!
Enter RDMWRP5 at checkout.

Or ... you can win one ...

One lucky winner will receive a

to Women Run Pewaukee 5K or Half Marathon
May 9-10, 2014


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Enter now though Monday, March 3.

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Join me at the Dream Bank!

I'm super thrilled to be able to give back at the American Family Insurance Dream Bank.  This location has inspired me so much over the past year and has motivated me to pursue my dreams!  Now I am able to help others pursue their dreams through a Dream Bank Couch to 5K Club.
Monday, March 17 - 12:00-1:00 pm
at the Dream Bank

Couch to 5K Club:
Mondays for Nine Weeks over the lunch hour
Starts Monday, March 31, 12:00 pm
at the Dream Bank

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A little motivation ...

It is what it is.
It was what it was.
It will be
whatever you
make it.
Run your race.
Run  your pace.
It's YOUR journey.
Beauty isn't defined
by the size of your jeans.
It's defined by the
size of  your

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fellow Flowers Declare It Day

Last year on February 1, I participated virtually with Fellow Flowers' Declare It Day.  The event united women from all over the country - and the world - as they set goals, state goals, declare goals.  Goals were running related and non-running related.  There was also a small get together in the Madison-area that I was unable to attend.  But, I printed off my declaration for 2013 to "pursue Running Diva Mom full-time" by the end of the year.  It was simply a "dream" of mine - I wasn't sure if it was realistically a "goal".  But, I stated it nonetheless.  I posted my declaration on my home office bulletin board and stared at it for months.  I had grown my blog and my coaching business tremendously since it started it in 2009.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would go from inactive adult to runner to running coach.  I the summer of 2013, I signed up to be an RRCA certified running coach.  I registered for the training in Chicago and later took the exam and got certified as a running coach. Yes, me!  And shortly after Thanksgiving, I submitted my resignation to pursue Running Diva Mom full-time, in addition to helping manage a running store in town. 
So, when I was asked to participate in this year's Declare It Day, by Mel of Fellow Flowers, I jumped at the opportunity.  I also had the owner of Catalyst, Gail, join me as well as some friends from the local running community.  The event was held at Hotel Red in downtown Madison and was 3+ hours of inspiration and "living the dream".  Inspiration was everywhere.  Everyone was asked to dress in turquoise, red, black and white - in honor of the new turquoise flower.  It was amazing to see all of these women - far and wide - come together to support each other.
This year, my declaration from last year had already came true and I was declaring a new goal - well, actually two of them.  I want to help 200 women start their journey with running this year.  And (the BIG one), I want to keep family first, as I embark on this new career and personal journey for myself.  I often tell others that I suffer from this "fear of missing out syndrome" and want to help others, be involved in everything that I can and be in 3-4 places at once.  That is simply not possible.  I need to pursue my dreams, my passion and be driven.  But, I also need to realize I have limits and not to sacrifice the other things - and relationships - around me.  I have two wonderful children that I try to 99% of the time plan my schedule around.  And a supportive husband, that believes in me and my dreams.  But I also want to be available and supportive of his dreams as well.  It's all about balance.  An ongoing pursuit of balance.  If anyone figures it out, let me know.  In the meantime, I will keep striving to balance everything somewhere in the middle.

The night was filled with appetizers, drinks, motivational talks, a heart-warming video, local recognition, prizes, some shopping and a lot of chatter on running history and race goals.  Mel and Tori did a great job putting on the event.  They inspire so many.  This was proven by the 125+ women that attended the sold out event in Madison.  And there were thousands (yes thousands) that participated virtually.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Individual Running Sessions & Punch Cards


Are you looking for a running coach and a little motivation out on the trails this spring?  Running Diva Mom offers individual running sessions and six-session punch cards.  This has been a great option for clients that don't enjoy the group atmosphere, want to continue beyond the 5K or want a convenient timeslot.  

Purchase online - or email runningdivamom@yahoo.com

Storm Fitness Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K
Next session starts with Storm Fitness
Friday, April 4 - 5:15 AM
Group meets at Storm Fitness for 9 weeks
365 E Linnerud Dr, Sun Prairie - 608-469-0676
RunningDivaMom@yahoo.com to register

Training for Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K - May 31
(race registration not included)

training program & materials
gentle introduction to running
indoor/outdoor running
fun and encouraging atmosphere


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Skirt Chaser 5K - Aug 9, 2014 - Madison, WI

I can't wait to serve as an ambassador for this one!  I love rocking my running skirts.  I hope that you will join me on August 9.
Use discount code
"RDM10" for 10% offof your race registration

Saturday, August 9 at 2:30 PM
Location:  Quaker Steak & Lube
Women Start first at 2:30 pm (wearing Skirt Sports of course!).  3 minutes later, the Chaser wave follows. Join us on Saturday August 9th, 2014 for the Skirt Sports Skirt Chaser 5k Madison .
It's a party that just happens to have a 5k! Whether you love running or playing (or both), be prepared to push your limits on the road and the dance floor. If you're single, then wear a sign (or one of our stickers) on your back to show that you're looking for love.  Did I mention there is an after party, expo, band and prizes?

Every runner gets a gift certificate to www.skirtsports.com to spend on Skirt Sports women's running apparel, or a range of men's products including "I Run For Beer" tees, Skirt Chaser socks and more.

a&b Fitness Concepts Couch to 5K

Couch to 5K
Next Session Starts
a&b Fitness Concepts
Monday, March 31 - 5:30 AM
Group meets at Living Waters Church for 9 weeks
3075 Prospect Drive - Sun Prairie
www.abFitnessConcepts.com to register
Training for Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K - May 31
(race registration not included)
training program and materials
gentle introduction to running
fun and encouraging atmosphere

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Women Run Pewaukee - Womens Half Marathon & Skirt Chaser 5K

Remember to add Womens Run Pewaukee to your spring race schedule
May 9-10, 2014
Friday, May 9 at 6:30 pm - Skirt Chaser 5K
Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 am - Womens Half Marathon
I am very excited to be serving as the Madison-area ambassador for the Womens Half Marathon.  I also can't wait to get a great group of ladies in the Madison-area ready for this event.
Training starts on Thursday, February 20.
Running Diva Mom custom training programs and virtual coaching also available. Email runningdivamom@yahoo.com to start training together.  I look forward to helping you develop a CUSTOM training program - around your life.
Visit www.womenrunpewaukee.com to register for the 5K and half marathon events.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

How I Became Running Diva Mom

Why I started running

I started running in 2005 after watching a friend compete in Ironman Wisconsin.  Up until that point, I had never had a regular fitness routine and had struggled with my weight.  Running was the first form of exercise I actually enjoyed and therefore made the time to fit into my day.  As the mother of a toddler, it was nice to schedule some time for myself.  Running soon became a social outlet as I met other runners at races and through running blogs.

How Running Diva Mom Began

After reading several blogs written by other running moms, I decided to start one myself.  I developed Running Diva Mom in 2009, which I felt described my bold, outgoing style out on the race course.  I first used my blog as a personal journal with family and friends to record my training, race day accomplishments and to share how I incorporated my family into my fitness routine.  Eventually it evolved to include product reviews for active families, event promotions and articles I’d written.

From Novice to Running Coach

Three years ago, I was hired by a local recreation department to lead their first couch to 5k session.  I was excited to share my passion for running with other individuals in my community.  Over the next nine weeks, I saw their attitude, commitment and personalities change.  It also changed me.  It’s been amazing helping other people succeed and enjoy exercise – sometimes for the first time in their lives.  Now I am a Road Runners Club of America Certified running coach and I am helping individuals achieve their goals at various recreation departments, fitness facilities and at Catalyst.  I really feel that I can relate to my clients when I am training them or developing a custom training program.  I know the struggles that many of them face when balancing family, career and an active lifestyle.

If you are interested in working together, please reach out at runningdivamom@yahoo.com.

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