6 Months and 10 Pounds Later…


It’s time to get back into the swing of things with eating healthy and being good to my body through activity. It has been a long cold winter that’s been a big setback especially since I am signed up for the Spring Lake 5 miler in 32 days. Eeek!

No worries though because a goal without a plan is just a wish and I have a plan! My plan is to keep those amazing Boston Marathoners from yesterday in my mind. There were survivors of the attacks that crossed the finish line, others in their 60’s – 80’s, and who can leave out “Rudy” Sean Astin?

How can I possibly say I can’t do a 5 miler when these amazing, inspiring and strong-minded individuals who have more reason than me to not finish, have completed a marathon?!

My other plan is to be prepared! This morning I put out my clothes for later today despite my dog’s unhappiness that he’ll lose me for an hour.

 running clothes

Wish me luck!


Spring Lake 5

Spring Lake 5

It’s Sunday morning and a few minutes past 5am.  I remember that Spring Lake 5 registration had just started so I jump on my computer to sign up.  How exciting would it be to have a low bib number?  Isn’t that all runner’s goal when registering or maybe it’s just me!

Registration was a breeze but yet I’m still awake.  I have to admit, it kind of feels like Christmas morning.  The memories of last year’s race floods my mind.  The experience was incredible: locals cheering us on at each step; banners waving in the crowds; running down streets that bring back childhood memories.  These thoughts make me feel happy!

spring lake 5 crowd spring lake 5 cheerleaders spring lake 5 finish line

What seems to be a little race registration task is helping me get my running motivation back.  Thank God!  The last few months I haven’t wanted to do anything which is out of the norm for me. People tell me it’s the weather but I think I’ve been in a funk!

I have a plan brewing of what I’m going to do to change this funk so stay tuned!  Now I’m off to plan on Spring Lake 5 outfit!!

Spasiba 2014!

In honor of #tbt I took a look back on 2014 and laughed and smiled at all the things I have done.  I have met new friends, strengthened others and completed some goals!  Here are just some of my main squeezes…


2014 started out pretty amazing as I celebrated my 35th birthday with important friends and family.  For those of you who closed down the bar with us, the party didn’t stop there (Neptune ballet)…  Who knew I would meet a new friend there and would have many memories throughout the year (ahem, Bar A in AC, Irish car bombs, etc etc)

liz knipper friends

The Spring brought on awesome outings with new said friends as well as a great trips with my Mom.  The first was up to the city to visit my bro on St. Patrick’s Day.  My first time at the parade and at The Tonight Show.  If you have an opportunity to do these things – do it!  You won’t regret it!

st patricks day

We also traveled to Miami to visit my family.  I had an awesome visit with my cousin who gave me a tour of the upper Keys via boat bar hopping – the best method!


Memorial Day Weekend was also a start to a big goal of mine; to complete the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix (running five specific races over the summer).  During this time I completed two 5-milers and three 5Ks.  My favorite was the Spring Lake 5.  The crowd was awesome and the weather was perfect.

spring lake 5 finish line

As the summer came to a close my family and I were off to the beautiful state of Colorado to celebrate my cousin’s wedding at 11k+ feet on Keystone Mountain.  It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and to celebrate two people who make each other very happy was the icing on the cake.  The Rocky Mountains were crazy cool – GO!

pat staceyrocky mountains 2014
The cold weather started to close in which meant it was time to get out of Jersey.  My travel buddy and I took an amazing trip to Punta Cana where we had the time of our lives.  We met great new friends from Latvia, Newark and Pittsburgh!  I wonder what we’ll do next year!

saona island 1pc 1


Lastly, and most importantly, we celebrated my Grandmother’s 94th birthday.  How lucky are we that my Grandmother is not only still with us to celebrate the holidays but she’s sharp, funny and is still able to live on her own.  We had a great day with all the grandkids to celebrate how much we love her!  Nine grandkids and four greats – amazing!

gma 94


Looking back on all of these amazing memories makes me wonder if 2015 will top it.  Who knows what goals I will create but as long as I have these good people around me I say YES!  Wishing you all the best in 2015 – hope to see you out there! Nostrovia!

#tbt: Chalupas and Chicken & Waffles

liz tbt

Another #tbt is upon us and what better way to celebrate than show updates on my progress.  The pic of the left was taken about a year and a half ago getting friendly with a Japanese status at a sushi restaurant and to the right is this morning.

Even though the physicial change is awesome the most important thing to me is how I feel.  When I started my little journey I was so tired of feeling crappy and the contstant guilt in my head about what I ate or saying that I’ll change tomorrow just wasn’t working.  I finally did something about it and I couldn’t be happier.

I have learned so much about food and what is good for me to get through my day and what isn’t.  By no means am I perfect because I’ve recently eaten a Chalupa and enjoyed my first chicken & waffles (and yes I was totally sober), but moderation is key as is movement!

No matter what you do just keep moving.  I’ve tried so many cool things in the last 18 months to find out what works for me and that’s part of discovering who you are.  I’ve tried boot camp, TRX, spin, yoga, swimming, paddle boarding and running.  They were all awesome but what will keep you interest to keep going?  That’s what will work for you.

If you’re looking for a gym buddy or someone to bounce something off of, let me know because I’m happy to help!  And, thanks for being part of my journey!

Stop Being Afraid of What Could Go Wrong

stop being afraid

I just went in to update my Race Times page and realized it’s been a month since I’ve blogged.  Time flies when you’re having fun I suppose!

Just a quick update for my amazing followers….

Back in May I took a much deserved vacation to visit family in Miami.  I came back from vaca and found out two of my team members had decided to leave the company and some major accounts ended up in my lap.  After deciding on vacation that I wouldn’t allow work to stress me out I was thrown into a less than ideal situation.

I have a sign on my desk that says, “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.”  This quote really came in handy as I took a different approach to what was going on and two months later I am in a really good place.  The account is running extremely well and my bosses are very happy.  All-in-all a true success!

As far as running goes I have been very bad with being consistent.  I did set a goal for myself to complete the Jersey Shore Grand Prix and only have two more races to go to complete it.  I also completed my second five mile race in Belmar and that really tested me.  It was a very hot day, there didnt’ seem to be enough water stops and people were puking and passing out.  Once I hit mile two, I wanted to give up and I may have started to cry a little or maybe it was sweat?!  Either way, I was afraid.  I was afraid of failing and afraid of being last but then I remembered to “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.”  This couldn’t have been so true as I came toward the finish line, my friend Jess jumped in and ran with me to the end and my family cheered me on.  It was a rough race but finishing made up for the doubts.

This weekend my running will come full circle as I participate in the Sea Girt 5K.  It was my first race as a runner last year and my goal is to beat my time from last year but the way I’m trending right now it may not happen.  But…. “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and start being positive about what could go right.”


Not Welcome In Philly Anymore

tap n run

This past Saturday my friend Dawn and I participated in the Tap ‘N Run in Philly.  It’s a 4K fun run involving drinking beer.  Ok, let that sink in for a second….

Tap ‘N Run’s are held in every major city in America and is meant to be crazy and it certainly was!  The run (as I use that term loosely) started in waves to ensure everyone had an opportunity to chug a beer.  While at the start line in my wave, we were give a cup of beer which we were instructed to chug and then we were off!

Because I’m such a lame-o I couldn’t finish my beer I went right to the trash can like the good citizen I am to throw out my cup.  After throwing the cup in the trash a girl on my right slipped and fell down.  I went forward to help her up and hit my head right into a steel statue.  If you’re familiar with the sports complex area of Philly you know about these steel statues that are sprinkled around the area.  They are large replicas of well known sports figures.

Everything was in slow motion as I was trying to keep myself up but I hit my head so hard I lost my balance and fell right down on my ass.  I could hear all the other runners in unison saying “ohhhhhh” as if one of their beloved Flyers was getting their butt kicked like they normally do.  (Oops, did I say that aloud??)

After the birdies above my head dissipated, I got up and started running….right to the first beer stop.  We were given another beer to chug and then we were off. Feeling bloated we decided to blow off the second beer stop and headed right to the finish line where I ran into my statue friend.  The race organizers had put a neon cone on it…for good reason!


We received another beer at the finish and then headed to the bar.  The bar area was crowded with people from the race and they held a  costume contest.  There were teams dressed up as a six pack of beer, Where’s Waldo and my favorite the Oregon Trail!

I am so happy I did the “run” to mix up my more competitive races.  Keep your eye open for them because they are becoming move popular like the ROC race (think 5K with Wipeout obstacles) and the Color Runs.  Get your friends together and just do it!



My First 5 Mile Race and Guardian Angels

Every summer for the last 37 years Spring Lake, NJ has hosted one of Runner’s Worlds top 100 races, The Spring Lake 5.  I can remember my mom doing it back when I was in college and she always asked me to do it with her but never thought I could so I blew it off.  Now, I can say I did it and I’m so happy I did!

My preparation for the race began officially last summer when I started running.  At the time I couldn’t run a few minutes straight but over time I got better and better.  This would be the ultimate test because up until this point I had only done 5K’s.

The days leading up to the race were stressful because I didn’t feel I was ready and doubted myself a lot but one motto I live by is “don’t let the fear hold you back”. Reminding myself of this pushed me to get to the starting line that morning especially for my fear of large crowds.  Below is a pic of just some of the 11,000 runners at the starting line.

spring lake 5 crowd

After a woman sang the National Anthem, we were off and running, literally.  I had set a goal to get through the first mile without stopping.  I hit that first mile and just kept going eventually making it to two miles without stopping.  That’s a big deal for me!

Along the way, many locals were outside their homes cheering everyone on and it’s appreciated more than they may know.  I felt proud of my community and of myself.

spring lake 5 cheerleaders

As I was rounding the second mile, I saw a woman who resembled my aunt who passed away last year and then a man who resembled my uncle who also passed in 2013.  I actually started to cry as I was running because everytime I run and I start to feel like I can’t go any further I remind myself of people who cannot.  Whether these are family members who are no longer with me or are ill, I keep them with me to keep me going.  They are my running guardian angels.

Eventually I made it to the finish line under my goal time and about 1,000 people behind me.  Thank God because I didn’t want to come in last!

spring lake 5 finish line

I learned a lot of lessons that day but the most important is never to doubt yourself.  I may not be the best runner but I did better than the day before and that is an accomplishment in itself.

And I leave you with the best t-shirt winner. “Run like you stole something”