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Welcome to the Red Faced Runners!
 Let’s Do This Thing!

Welcome to the kick-off of the Red Faced Runners site! A couple of weeks ago, eleven women donned Wonder Woman socks and running gear, and wrote posts on their blogs, inviting you to be a part of something special. A challenge. We challenged you to move your bodies and join in on our journey by running your way towards a 5k race in your hometown on the weekend of September 8th. Little did we expect what happened next.

We were astounded, touched and inspired by all of you who commented on our blogs and committed yourselves to moving your body. Twitter and Instagram were flooded with comments and photos (hashtag #RFR5k)…photos that you bravely posted of yourselves, red faced and beautiful. Just look at your shining faces in the header of this site!  When I look at those photos, one thing stands out to me. Your eyes are sparkling and you look happy, content and confident. What a gift you are giving yourselves.

What are you going to find on the Red Faced Runners site?

Sign up for the challenge: Click here or on the tab at the top to Join #RFR5k. We can’t wait for you to join us.

If you are a blogger and you want to let your readers know that you are taking on the challenge (and perhaps encourage them to do the same), here’s a badge you can post on your site. Just grab the code and you’re on your way.

Red Faced Runners 5k Challenge

Contributors: Click here or on the Contributors tab at the top to read a little more about the original Red Faced Runners.

Upcoming Posts: Check back for our regular posts on various topics, covering everything from our favorite running tunes to fueling tips to our training updates.

Coach’s Corner: If you didn’t already see Cindy’s very helpful post on How to: Train for a 5k Run, which includes a step-by-step training plan, be sure to check it out. It will quickly become obvious that this woman knows what she’s talking about. We’re excited that she’s going to be sharing her wisdom and keeping us motivated along the way in our Coach’s Corner.

Printable Plan: Click here or on the Printables tab at the top to print out Cindy’s 5k training plan.

Join us on Facebook: Join in on the conversation on the Red Faced Runners Facebook page.

Each of the contributors to this site come from very different places and have very different experiences with running and exercise. That is partly what makes this group so special. We are all women working to make ourselves stronger and healthier, going through the same struggles that you are…finding time to fit in exercise, figuring out how to take care of our families while also taking care of ourselves and making our way past sore muscles and broken toes.

At the end of the day, we know that we can be better wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and friends by taking care of ourselves.

Here are a few thoughts and words of wisdom from each of us:

Amy of She Wears Many Hats:

Before running her first 5k:
“For the record, I have no dreams of becoming a runner. As far as I’m concerned, this is a one time thing so I can say I did it without a lion chasing my behonkus. Check that one off my bucket list, ya know?”

On her first 5k:
“I can easily get caught up in the swirling of the world and life, that I take for granted the blessings right in front of me. So I ran that 5K. I ran because I could.”

“I’m back to running on the treadmill, mainly because I can’t handle the heat and humidity, but also because, in order to take the heat and humidity, I’d have to wear shorts and a tank top, and that coupled with the fact that I impulsively break out with run/walk interpretive dances of sorts, or a full-on air guitar … well some things are just best kept in the privacy of one’s own home.”

Bridget of Bake at 350:

“Before this, the only time I had ever run was to be first in line for cake at a wedding.”

On the Red Faced Runners:
“We’re all at different levels of running, but the common denominator, besides our red faces, is that we cheer each other on. These girls are my heart when I feel like I don’t want to get out there, or I want to quit and walk home.”

Bridget also shared some pretty amazing cookies on her blog:

Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food:

On running:
“I discovered the amazing sense of a runner’s high, when exhaustion and discomfort fall away in the joy of pushing your body to its limits. It was astonishingly powerful. I discovered an inner strength, the ability to keep going when I was utterly exhausted.”

On running a half-marathon:
“I gave myself permission to take it really slow, to race it not for time but just to finish, and to simply enjoy it. And so I did.”

Cindy of Once Upon a Loaf:

On commitment:
“Commit to getting out there, to pushing yourself a little further than you thought you could go. Your breathing will get easier, your stride will feel more natural, your mind will carry you all the way through the workout, if you just do the work. Consistency is the biggest key in running, so commit to the run (yes, the run/walk counts) — then hang on to your hat when the results start to surface.”

On resting:
“I just told you to run, push yourself and commit to moving your body and mind repetitively. That said, you must also commit to parking it when you should or when your body is telling you that you’ve overdone it.”

On calling a spade a spade:
“Take pride in what you’re doing – as I tell every beginning runner I work with (and many more advanced ones, as well): whether you walk it, run it or crawl it, it’s still a mile. If you run, you are a runner. Period. (Even if you walk/run – you’re still running and you will soon be a full-time runner, so take the title now.)”

Katrina of In Katrina’s Kitchen:

On starting running:
“It started in February and to be perfectly honest it was pretty ugly. Elderly men wearing silver swishy pants and Walkmans were passing me by on the track. I wish I were making that up.”

Since then:
“The good news is that since February I have completed two 5k races! I’m not normally a very proud person but I am totally proud of myself for sticking with my training and reaping the benefits. I have truly found a sport I love and **BONUS** it allows me to eat more cookies.”

Krista of Budget Gourmet Mom:

On grinding it out:
“If you tell yourself “it’s too hard” or “I couldn’t possibly make it that far” then you are absolutely right. Buuuuutttt, if you say to yourself “I’m gonna run to that corner, then I can stop” it suddenly doesn’t seem too difficult. Once you get to that corner you might just say “I made it to this corner, how ’bout the next corner.” Before you know it you’ve run a mile.”

Kristen of Dine & Dish:

On the benefits of running:
“Running made me feel strong, competent and mentally tough. I was happier, more focused, my marriage was strengthened and I became a better mom…all because of running.”

Lori of Recipe Girl:

On why she does it:
“Plain and simple: exercise makes you feel GOOD! And if you happen to get a RED FACE from all of that exertion, well then you get the added bonus of officially calling yourself a red-faced runner!”

Robyn of Add a Pinch:

On her inspiration:
“And then, I remember the reason I started in the first place. It wasn’t to become Miss America skinny, although that would be an amazing perk. I began my journey toward running to become more physically fit. To be able to run and play with my son without becoming winded. To become more healthy so I will be able to one day chase my grandchildren and possibly even my great-grandchildren. I began this journey for me.”

On sticking with it:
“My health is most definitely worth the 30 minutes I spend each day for myself and if it takes me years to reach the physical fitness goal I have for myself, each day I am one day closer than I was the day before.”

Shawn of I Wash, You Dry:

On the socks:
“What? No Wonder Woman socks you say? That’s ok, we are all super heroes at heart when we get out and get active!”

On dedication:
“After just a few years of being married, I missed swimming terribly (Shawn used to swim competitively) and quickly found a new sport that I loved. Triathlons! I have tried to compete in at least one triathlon a year ever since {unless a baby or pregnancy gets in the way}.”

Dara of Cookin’ Canuck (okay, that’s me):

On stepping it up:
“When I first started my journey last September, I was not a newbie to running. In fact, I had been running about 4 days per week for several years. But I never ran like I meant it.

Maybe it was watching my husband train for his marathons with such passion, maybe it was because the running became easier as I shed some pounds or maybe it was because I was tired of just doing things in a half-a$$ed fashion. Whatever the reason, something shifted in me.”

On my inspiration:
“Whatever happens in the half-marathon, I know that better health and fitness will allow me to enjoy my family and run alongside my boys for years to come. That’s the only finisher’s medal I really need.”

We can’t wait to hear about your successes, your challenges and your journeys. Welcome, red faced runners!

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Maria - July 9, 2012 - 7:47 am

YAY! Love the new site and I am loving this group!!

Jenny Flake - July 9, 2012 - 8:33 am

How cute ladies!! After this baby, you better believe I’ll be running red faced with y’all :) Keep it up! xoxo

TidyMom - July 9, 2012 - 8:40 am

So excited to have the support of all you guys! I. CAN. DO. THIS.

Stefanie - July 9, 2012 - 8:40 am

I love the new site. Thanks to all the ladies for the encouragment that I have received everyday I post my red faced picture. I’m proud to call myself a runner.

Rebecca - July 9, 2012 - 8:48 am

I love this! I’m not a runner but I’m a red-faced Pilates-er so I’m here in solidarity! This is such a great idea!

Angie - July 9, 2012 - 8:49 am

I love that you’ve started a blog/site for this! I’m adding the button to my blog now :)

Heidi @foodiecrush - July 9, 2012 - 9:06 am

Okay, okay! You’ve convinced me. I’ll put down the cheese and get it in gear. Love how inspirational you lovelies are and this site will be just the ticket to help motivate many!

Kristen - July 9, 2012 - 9:11 am


marla - July 9, 2012 - 9:14 am

LOVE THIS!!! You gals are awesome ~ I will cheer you all on from the sidelines!!!

Shawn - July 9, 2012 - 9:17 am

Love this post Dara! You did a wonderful job! Now lets get running! :)

Cassie - July 9, 2012 - 9:25 am

How awesome are you guys! This is so great!!

Lori Lange - July 9, 2012 - 9:25 am

Yahoo! So exciting to see the site up and “running” (har har!) Let’s inspire and get fit! XO

Janine ( - July 9, 2012 - 9:29 am

Lovin all the motivation!

Megan - July 9, 2012 - 9:33 am

This is absolutely fantastic ladies!! I’m so inspired to keep at it. Thanks for everything – 40 days til my wedding and I’m going to rock the dress thanks to y’all!!

Toni @ Carrigan's Joy - July 9, 2012 - 9:44 am

An awesome site and I’m so excited to be apart of this great group! Can’t wait to read all the great tips and get to know everyone!!

Happy Running…

Karyn - Pint Sized Baker - July 9, 2012 - 10:24 am

This is great! I’m loving my swimming routine this summer, but will be back inside as the heat subsides in the fall. Best of luck to all the ladies! (Are there any guys yet?)

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life - July 9, 2012 - 10:45 am

I love this!!!!! You girls are definitely keeping me motivated to run by butt off! I am so excited to be a part of this too:-)

Renee - Kudos Kitchen - July 9, 2012 - 11:07 am

I’m thrilled to be a part of such an inspriational group of women. I’ve always wanted to do something like this but always felt it was bigger than anything I could handle on my own. Now I’m not on my own and it feels fantastic to have the support and encouragement! Love the site. Thanks so much for putting it together. It will be my safe haven and the push I’m sure I will need from time to time to keep running forward.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets - July 9, 2012 - 11:10 am

I hate running, really I do. But you girls have motivated me to do the couch to 5k and join the red faces!! Happy to say I completed week 3, early, because I just kept going! Keep it up ladies!

Shaina - July 9, 2012 - 11:42 am

Love it! I need to get off my butt and join you. SO inspiring!

Michelle - July 9, 2012 - 11:54 am

LOVE the inspiration and the fact that we’re all regular girls working to get healthy! I never thought running would be something I desired to do, but here I am running 2.5 – 3 miles a day with visions of someday doing a half marathon. How I’m enjoying being a red-faced runner!

Sandi - July 9, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Great idea!

Jennifer S E - July 9, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Great job Ladies! You really are inspiring. I thought of you all the other day after running/walking my first 4 miles and feeling great! I thought I should post my RFR pic on instagram but didn’t realize that this was an “everybody”thing (I didn’t want to be a creepy RFR5K stalker lady) :) Anyway, I think it is great that you all are doing this – taking the time to inspire others whom you don’t know. This is a gift you’ve given to all of us and I thank you. Keep up the great work (and running!)

Krista - July 9, 2012 - 12:57 pm

I’m running right along with you ladies! Great site!

Carolyn - July 9, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Looking forward to training “with” everyone!!!

Aimee @ Menus and Meals for Moms - July 9, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Just checked and the real feel here in Georgia is 101 degrees. Heading out to do my run on the treadmill at the gym! Even with the comfort of the A/C, I’ll still be red faced when I’m done! Happy Monday Running!

Amy - July 9, 2012 - 3:37 pm

So excited to see everyone who is joining in the red faced fitness fun! YAY! The more, the merrier!

Wenderly - July 9, 2012 - 3:53 pm

I just LOVE everything about this idea!! And I especially *love* the Wonder Woman socks. I gotta get me a pair of those.

Julie - July 9, 2012 - 4:20 pm

This TV season my family was glued to “The Biggest Loser” every week because my Uncle Roy (aka Santa) was a contestant. It is amazing how inspiring it is to watch other people push themselves into a healthy lifestyle! So my family joined the YMCA and we have been working out ever since. I hate running, but i like the health benefits of it, so count me in! I want to stay inspired by joining you ladies!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust - July 9, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Yay! I’m so excited for this…it’s keeping me motivated! Thank you!

bridget {bake at 350} - July 9, 2012 - 5:23 pm

So, so fun! Dara….love the first post. Perfect!

Katrina - July 9, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Dara you are one who pulled this rag-tag group of food lovers together. xoxo We love you so much. I’m so honored to be a part of something life-changing like this!

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 9, 2012 - 10:31 pm

I am so crazy excited for this!! I just got back into running in the last month and this is exactly the kind of think I need to motivate myself to take it to the next level, thank you so much!

Tickled Red - July 10, 2012 - 12:39 am

Wahoo!! You go girls! Love, love, love this site and the motivation that you have spread throughout our community. xoxo

Diane {Created by Diane} - July 10, 2012 - 2:32 am

LOVE it! Love every inch of it. I don’t like to run, but I do it :) and now seeing you all join together it is encouraging to run even more!

Beth G - July 10, 2012 - 8:28 am

i love this idea, even if i am not much of a runner. but i am a VERY fast walker, so that has to count for something (i hope!). i got my sorry self out of bed before dawn today and ran-walked pretty darn close to 3 miles. not bad for my first go!

Kristen - July 10, 2012 - 10:46 am

@Beth Walking is moving and that totally counts. Way to get out of bed and just do it!! I’m proud of you :)

Kim - July 10, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Hello! I am so excited about this group! I am a 35year old mother of 2, new to running. I have never particiapted in a race of any distance, but would love to complete a half marathon some day. I will have many questions, I can’t wait to be insprired by everyone!

Tasha @ThatsSoYummy - July 10, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Wow! This is so inspiring and really makes me want to get back out there and get my Red Face on… So proud of you girls!!!’

Christine - July 10, 2012 - 6:47 pm

I’m thrilled to be joining the group. I’ve been participating in 5ks off and on for some time now. I found a 5k in my area for Sept. 8th that runs through the Francis Marion National Forest. From pavement to the forest floor, watch out critters, here I come! I look forward to the journey with everyone.

Liz v. - July 10, 2012 - 8:31 pm

My Girlfriend & I ran a 5k in may…and now we are running a 10k this weekend!!(we have NOT been runners previously, so we are super excited about this!). And thank you, ladies, bc we have found a lot of inspiration in your blogs. We are very red faced and proud of it :)

Sarah L. - July 11, 2012 - 1:01 pm

I’ve NEVER been a runner. Always the slowest kid in class, I’ve pretty much loathed it since grade school, but, tired of whining about my body and not doing anything about it, I started the Couch 2 5k program on Sunday. I’m only a few days in and I’m already feeling better about myself for committing and doing my best. I just want to take care of myself, shed ten pounds and not be miserable doing it. This site makes me feel inspired to keep it up. Thanks ladies!

Memoria - July 12, 2012 - 6:02 am

What about the folks who could never be red-faced? The group title excludes us. :(

Kristen - July 12, 2012 - 7:09 am

Memoria – Naturally this group is open to anyone who just needs some motivation and inspiration when it comes to getting fit. Red faced or not, you and anyone wanting to get fit is more than welcome! We hope you’ll join us :)

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