Pretty Muddy Madness

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Pretty Muddy Madness (oh, and Kenny Chesney) is HERE! Read below for two important announcements you won’t want to miss out on.

Location! Location! Location!

The Central Ohio/Columbus Pretty Muddy race location has been announced. The race will take place on Saturday September 14, 2013  at Mad River Mountain with waves beginning at 8:00 a.m. Mad River Mountain is Ohio’s largest ski resort and is located only a short drive from Columbus, Dayton, and Lima in Zanesfield, OH. Join Team Powerful in Pink at 9:00 a.m. to run with me and other Ohio bloggers!

Pretty Muddy has partnered with MyFitU (Kenny Chesney’s Official Trainer) to help you get ready to race

And you don’t want to miss out on this Pretty Fit Partnership!

For a limited time only, you can use promo code PRETTYMUDDY50 to receive 50% off ANY membership package you choose with My FitU- created by Kenny Chesney’s personal trainer! This exclusive offer is valid to enter one-time only per member and can be applied to the 1, 3, 6 or 12 month plan. The more you commit to the program, the more you save! Find out more about the program, which offers complete online training and nutrition planning at

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You can also visit the Pretty Muddy Facebook Page for more details.

What about you? Can you handle the Pretty Muddy Madness? Are you planning to run Pretty Muddy? Are you interested in trying MyFitU? Tell me in the comments!

Until the next mile marker,

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Pretty Muddy? Pretty Amazing Start!

Welcome to June! Summer is officially here – school is out, the grill is on and the mud races have begun.

Today marks the kick-off to the 2013 Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run Series. The first wave was this morning at 8:00 a.m. at the Skyline Ranch in Dallas, Texas.  The course there is amazing per the Pretty Muddy updates…the weather is going to be perfect and Pretty Muddy has partnered with some very exciting organizations-

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Pretty Muddy is a 5k adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends and have a lot of fun. (Not to mention, get a little lot muddy). Good luck to everyone running today!

You can keep up with Pretty Muddy and follow race updates throughout the day on Twitter and Facebook.

I’m excited to run the Pretty Muddy race in Columbus on September 14. Registration is now open! You can register here. Join me and several other Central Ohio Bloggers. We are Team Powerful in Pink slated for the 9:00 a.m. wave. You can run or walk, so don’t be shy – I would love to see you there!

What about you? Are you running a Pretty Muddy race? If so, which one? Did you run in Dallas today? Leave me a comment and tell me how pretty awesome it was!

Until the next mile marker,

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Get Pretty Muddy with Mom: This Weekend Only!

By now, you have probably heard of the Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run Obstacle and Adventure 5K, but if not here is the post I wrote about it last summer. I was supposed to run, but then I was recovering from my blood clot, and I was not able to. I’m running the Columbus event this year – Team Powerful in Pink at 9:00AM – with some other Columbus bloggers, and I am really looking forward to it. If you’re running Columbus on September 14, join our team. Or, are you a Mom or know a fantastic Mom in your life? Keep reading to find out how you can get Pretty Muddy with Mom this weekend only!

Pretty Muddy is about celebrating women and the positive attitudes, not to mention fierce determination, they bring to sports like running. So, in honor of the one day a year when we celebrate the women in our lives, Pretty Muddy offering a $15 OFF discount when you register you and your Mom for any Pretty Muddy race. Use the code: MUDDYMOMMA when you register. This is the perfect way to treat your Mom, and the perfect last minute Mother’s Day gift! Valid only from now through tomorrow, May 12, 2o13 so don’t wait!


This would be a great gift for you and your mom and something you could train for together. I know I would have had a fun time convincing my Mom to run it with me! I think she would have too.

Also, Pretty Muddy is currently running contest on Facebook to give away 2 free entries into each one of their 8 events for 1 mother-daughter duo.  You can check out the contest here: All you have to do is share how your Mom inspired your fitness goals and if you ask me, that’s pretty simple! I know my Mom was an inspiration to me that goals – even lofty ones like running a marathon or quarter marathon – can be achieved with hard work, determination and belief in yourself and the ones you love. So what are you waiting for? Enter today!

What about you? Do you plan to run in a Pretty Muddy event? Will your Mom be on board? What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

Until the next mile marker,



My 30th and a WINNER!!!!!!!!

I turned 30, you run the Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run. Sounds good, right?!

I turned 30.

I had a quiet, but great day yesterday. The quiet was okay with me since I don’t entirely feel like myself yet and wasn’t feeling all too great last week. The main thing I wanted to do for my birthday? Sleep IN! That didn’t really happen, although I gave it my best effort to stay in bed until 11:00 a.m. It was nice just to relax.

I made lunch from leftover White Chicken Chili and it was so good. I made tacos with the chili, sour cream and of course, hot sauce:

I spent some time with my Dad too, which was really nice. We visited the park where Mom last ran and the bench we had put in honoring her memory. It is the first time I have seen it and I am really thankful for the way it turned out:

It provides a quiet place where I can go and remember her, which is comforting to me. And, I hope I can run there someday and have a nice place to sit when I am done with my workout. I think Mom would be happy about that.

Then, I met up with two of my favorite running pals (Duane and Judi) for a brisk walk on what turned out to be a beautiful night. It is the farthest I have gone since I got sick, and I felt great:


You run the Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run:

Thank you to those of you who were able to enter and thank you to Pretty Muddy for providing me and one of my readers with this awesome opportunity! I’m so exited to say CONGRATULATIONS to…


Elizabeth, thank you so much for reading and for entering my giveaway. Please email me your contact information (, and I will forward it to Pretty Muddy, who will directly mail you your entry and shirt! Please respond by Monday, September 10 at the end of the day or I will select a new winner.  
Don’t forget, if you didn’t win, Pretty Muddy has graciously provided me and my readers a discount code to sign up for the Columbus race at Mad River Mountain on September 29, 2012. You can save $10 by going HERE and typing WordsToRunByDisc in as the promotional code.

Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!

Until the next mile marker,

Get Pretty Muddy for My Birthday Giveaway!

Time flies when you are having fun. Period. I look back over the past few years so of my life and think about how different things are now than they used to be. I went from being inactive – completely sedentary – to running and training for half and full marathons on a daily basis. I made a major lifestyle change and I stuck with it. I gained back my self-confidence, health and courage, and I was happy to be me was again. I made more friends than I ever had in my adult life and helped others, like my mother, achieve the happiness I had found through accomplishing something that was once thought to be impossible. Early in 2011, life delivered a blow like I had never felt before when my mother passed away unexpectedly. I was (and still am in many ways) devastated. I kept running and surrounded myself with the people who cared. Just when I started to come out of the daze that life left me in only a few short months ago, I was hospitalized for ten days for Pulmonary Embolism that killed a portion of my lung and only by the grace of God not my heart. It was the first and hopefully only time I ever have to hear, “You’re lucky to be alive.” I stopped asking life, “What’s next?” I don’t think I want to know.

I turn thirty next week, and I’m not entirely happy about that. There are so many things I never thought I would say before I was thirty. Things like, “I remember Mom used to…” and “Oh yeah, before I got sick and had to be on oxygen…” and “Hang on, I need to find an elevator because I can’t do stairs yet….” I am only thirty, right?! Good, because life just about has me fooled.

So, the few people that know I am turning thirty keep asking me what I want to do for my birthday. In all honesty, all I really want to do is run a race, but I can’t. Not yet. Which race would I run, you ask? Well, I would run any of them, but I have really wanted to run in an adventure or obstacle or (yes) mud race for quite some time now. In fact, I am pretty excited about the newly launched Pretty Muddy Mud Run – women’s only, obstacle run taking place in Zanesfield, OH on September 29, 2012  at Mad River Mountain. I wish I could be there – it would be the perfect belated Birthday present – if I could run!  

And that’s exactly where you come in.

Pretty Muddy has graciously offered to partner with me in offering one of my readers a complimentary entry to the race in Columbus (Zanesfield) and T-Shirt. 

Check it out, I love it:

Pretty Muddy is a 5k adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends and have a lot of fun doing it.

Here’s what you get:
  • 5k Course (3.1 miles, run or walk)
  • Women Only (sorry, guys)
  • Mud (lots of it!)
  • Architectural Obstacles (much better than shabby hay bales and shaky plywood)
  • Pretty Epic Finish Line Party (Entertainment, music, drinks and celebration galore)

The obstacles look completely awesome too:

Okay, even I can do this one – 

Doesn’t it look like so much fun? If you don’t agree, you don’t have to do all of the obstacles, or, you can go back through and do them as many times as you want!

I was grateful to have the opportunity to participate in a live Twitter chat last night with Pretty Muddy and FitFluential and let me tell you, this race just sounds like it is going to be a blast. My favorite thing I learned? The Pretty Muddy mud run is designed to be empowering, not overwhelming and you can take as much time as you need. The focus is friendship, fitness and muddy fun for hard-working women! The race was inspired by the thought that moms and wives (and all women) need more balance in their lives.

Who is near Columbus and wants to go?

Here’s How to Enter for a Complimentary Pass and T-Shirt to the Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run at Mad River Mountain in Zanesville on September 29, 2012 (Please make sure you can go before you enter!):
Leave me a comment telling me (1) if you have run a mud race before and (2) what you loved (or did not love) about it or tell me why you have (1) not run a mud race before and (2) what’s stopped you. + 2 entries
Leave me a comment telling me why you want to run the Pretty Muddy Mud Run in particular.  + 1 entry
That’s it! You have until midnight on Thursday, August 30 to enter (that’s my birthday)! I will randomly choose a winner and announce it on this blog on Friday, August 31. Please be sure to check back to see if you won too.
Don’t want to wait to see if you won?

You can register for the Columbus race using this link. Also, enter the promotional code WordstoRunByDisc to save $10 off the $69.50 entry fee!
Not in Ohio? 
2012 Pretty Muddy events are happening in these cities and you can find out more on their website:
  • Chicago IL Sept 15
  • Columbus OH Sept 29
  • Richmond VA Oct 20
  • Jacksonville FL Nov 3
  • Tampa FL Nov 10
  • Miami FL Nov 17
Each city has a designated Pretty Preferred Partner: an organization with local ties that benefits from a portion of proceeds. However, you can opt to designate a portion of YOUR proceeds to the 501(c)3 charity of your choice, benefiting the cause that means the most to you, which I think is a really cool option. We all run for a reason, why not make Pretty Muddy a part of it?

Be sure to get muddy with Pretty Muddy on Facebook and Twitter too if you aren’t already. This is really a fun and empowering community to be a part of. 

Good luck, ladies!

Until the next mile marker,