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Meet Red Faced Runner Amy

Hey! I’m Amy and I blog about a little of everything over at She Wears Many Hats.

Although I’m very much not a baby, I do consider myself a baby runner. I began the Couch to 5K program in the fall of 2011, then ran my first 5K in February 2012. It was the farthest I’d ever run in my whole entire life, ever. And a lion wasn’t even chasing my tail. I run to be healthier for myself and for my family, and hope to continue to do so. Maybe one day (way, way, waaaaaay in the distant future), I’ll be able to run with my grandchildren.

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Meet Red Faced Runner Bridget

Hi, I’m Bridget and I bake and decorate cookies over at the blog, Bake at 350.

I bake, therefore, I run. After spending the first 40 years of my life squarely in the “I’m not a runner” category, I decided to try a Couch to 5k program in 2012. To my surprise, I completed it and ran my first 5k, and look forward to many more. Bonus? I can eat more cookies.

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Meet Red Faced Runner Carolyn

I’m Carolyn, the evil mastermind behind All Day I Dream About Food.

I became a runner after having had gestational diabetes and making a greater commitment to regular exercise.  To my surprise, I found I loved it and that I was actually pretty good at it too.  I ran my first half-marathon within 4 months of becoming a runner, so yes, it CAN be done.  I also eat a low carb, gluten-free diet to keep my blood sugar levels under control, and at almost 40, I am in the best shape of my life.  Running really does give you super-powers!

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Meet Red Faced Runner Cindy

Hi! I’m Cindy, the bread-obsessed crazy behind Once Upon a Loaf. I’m much newer to food blogging than I am to running, but find the two to coexist quite nicely.;)

I’ve been at this running thing, on and off (mostly on since my mid-twenties), since age 11. Just when I think I’ve been through it all with running and racing distances from the 5K through the marathon, something pops up to remind me that I’m always a student of running. And that’s the way I like it. Each training cycle, whether my own, a runner I coach or both, teaches me something about myself, my athlete and/or our bonds with each other and with running itself. I can’t imagine not being a runner – it simultaneously consumes me and plays a low-key roll in my everyday existence. I strive to get ‘er done early in the day and then move on to other aspects of my life, all while thinking and talking about running with others – hey, at least *I’m* done for the day! I believe that running gives one a new center of power, from which an entirely new and better life can grow. Welcome! Create your own by joining us.

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Meet Red Faced Runner Dara

I’m Dara and my blog, Cookin’ Canuck, is filled with easy, healthy and innovative recipes.

I started running several years ago (painfully slowly) and eventually built up to running several half-marathons.  I shocked the heck out of myself and my family by signing up for the Portland Marathon in October and I am committed to sweating through every workout that Cindy dreams up for me.  I am so inspired by the other Red Faced Runners and can’t wait to see what everyone accomplishes by adding running into their lives.

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Meet Red Faced Runner Katrina

Hi, I’m Katrina and I blog about sweets and eats (mostly sweets!) at In Katrina’s Kitchen.

I’m a wife and a mom in a house full of boys who like to eat. I am a new runner so I’m here to encourage all of you new runners. I have young children at home and I know it’s hard; it can be done! I began training with my cell phone in hand in February 2012 and I completed two 5ks by June 2012! I’m not lightning fast but I’m proud that I can run the whole time. I dream of running for longer distances and this group of women encourages me every day.

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 Meet Red Faced Runner Krista

Howdy!  I’m Krista and I share my love of food over at Budget Gourmet Mom.

I’m the wife to my knight in shining armor.  Mother to four boys.  I clearly enjoy eating food.  And I have to do this on a budget.  That is where running comes into play.

I never considered myself a runner but after my third son was born a friend encouraged me to start.  In the spring of 2009 I completed my first 10K.  It was incredible!  Since that race I have let running take a back seat (and had a fourth son) but I am back in the game!  I’m feeling better than ever and I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you!

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Meet Red Faced Runner Kristen

Hi all! My name is Kristen and I blog over at Dine & Dish.

13 years ago, my husband proposed to me when I was hot and sweaty, right after I came home from a run. I was an avid runner and ran just about every day until the day I got married. The wedding day came, then 4 children and along with that a bunch of weight that I couldn’t get off. I knew that my sedentary lifestyle was going to eventually get the best of me.

This past January I finally got sick of being jealous, watching from the sidelines as people around me took off running. I joined a gym, worked with a really great trainer, lost 30 pounds and ran my first 5K in April. Running has given me the confidence I have been lacking all these years and joining the Red Faced Runners has given me just the support system I needed to keep moving.

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Meet Red Faced Runner Lori

Hi!  I’m Lori Lange, founder of RecipeGirl.com.

I’m constantly engaged in the battle to combat my love for food with calorie burning.  Running is what works best to keep me feeling fit!  I’ve run a handful of 5K’s already, but my biggest running accomplishment so far was running the La Jolla Half Marathon in 2011. It was a tough race, but it sure was a great feeling to train for it and make it happen.  I live in beautiful San Diego with my husband Brian and son Brooks, age 11 (also a runner!).

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Meet Red Faced Runner Robyn

Hi! I’m Robyn and I blog over at Add a Pinch where I share favorite recipes I’ve developed as well as those long-standing family favorites.

As a seventh-generation Southerner, I know my way around frying chicken, making banana pudding, and all of those other delicacies associated with Southern cooking. Running and I are fairly new companions. We’re still really in a love-hate relationship, but we’re learning to love each other more each time we get together. The Red Faced Runners makes the perfect support system for me with runners at various levels who can help me through any struggle and celebrate every success.

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Meet Red Faced Runner Shawn

Hi there! My name is Shawn and I blog over at  I Wash…You Dry, where I create easy recipes with easy clean up.

I grew up swimming competitively in the hot Arizona weather, and always prided myself on being athletic and fit. Then I got married, and 4 babies later… I struggle to find the time to be active. I believe it’s all about passion. If you find something that you love to do, it will drive you where you need to go. I have found running and triathlons. I have been competing in at least one race every year for the past 4 years. My goal is to someday compete in an Iron Man. I am so glad to be called a Red Faced Runner, because we are all just chasing our dreams.

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Sue Spear - July 10, 2012 - 10:30 am

Have been using Couch to 5K now for 4 weeks. Plan my first 5K in September sponsored by my employer.

I am signing up for a 1/2 marathon January 20th, 2013 in Phoenix while on vacation so I have a very strong goal but I will do it!!

Kristen - July 10, 2012 - 10:45 am

Sue – that is a big goal but you can do it!!!

Tahna Evers - July 16, 2012 - 7:57 am

I love that you have started this group. I also am a “foodie” baking and making cookies, cupcakes and cakes, and would have never thought of myself as a “runner” yet this year in May I ran a Half Marathon, and on Sunday I will do a Half Ironman. How I went from never running to swimming, biking and running 70.3 miles this weekend is crazy…but would love to join the group, and be willing to post if you ever need anyone else to help out. :)

Alison Kelley - September 21, 2012 - 6:05 pm

I just figured out what #rfr5k on twitter was, and am happy to join my fellow food bloggers in our quest to reconcile delicious food and a healthy lifestyle! I just started couch to 5k, and have never been a runner. Ever. But hopefully I will be running my first 5k (the Turkey Trot) this November!

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