Lake Effect Series

Lake Effect Series Final Wrap Up

I am sad this is the last post regarding the Lake Effect Series.  I have had nothing but a great time fundraising and spreading awareness for Eating Disorders.  The support I received from friends and family as well as strangers has been overwhelming.  I will truly never forget this experience.

Before the race Ophelia’s Place shared that this race contributes 10% of their annual budget.  Every single dollar and donation truly does make a difference.  It is so hard for me to believe that together we raised 2500 dollars. There were over 70 donors.  Wow! 

Left to right: Heather, Laura, me, Brittany
Left to right: Heather, Laura, me, Brittany


If you haven’t already please go read some or all of the incredible stories.  These stories are truly amazing and show the incredible courage and bravery of the authors.  They will always remain on my blog under the “reads” section.

After adding everyone into the giveaway (donors, story sharers and those who shared the link to the giveaway or stories) I came up with 3653 entries to the giveaway!  I drew the numbers from and ended up with these.

The race director and I
The race director and I

Without further ado here are the winners and thank you again.

KIND BARS: 2912 The Writer of the post “Binge Eating”(anonymous)

Pocket Fuel and Energy Bits 2355 Package 1: Jacqueline Klayman

Pocket Fuel and Energy Bits 1037 Package 2: Mike Post

Lindsay’s Healthy Bites: 962 Alex at Runwithin

Allie’s Hearty Handful Granola:  1202 Ashley Fincher

**Please email me and I will connect you as appropriate.



This whole experience was eye opening for me. It truly made me realize that we do possess the ability to make a change or a difference.  Every dollar donated, whether it was 1 dollar or 100 added up to 2500 dollars.  I can honestly say this was one of my biggest accomplishments in my life. I truly cannot thank the support of family, friends, readers and anonymous donors.  It was a great experience for me and I am truly glad that I ran this race.  To answer your question: I do plan to run the Lake Effect Half Marathon every year I am close enough to Upstate NY.


No questions today.  I just want to express how truly grateful I am for all the support from every single person. 


Why I Think I Would Represent ZOOMA Well

I sat here for a while contemplating how to write this post.  I should have done it earlier but never in my wildest dreams did I believe the ZOOMA Napa Valley contest would take off as it has.  Never in my wildest dreams would I believe I would be a contender for such a large prize.  It’s not a secret that I have never wanted to win anything more in my life.  My heart is really into this contest and I’ve always wanted to run on the West Coast.   Every day I work my butt off to harass people to vote and while I apologize, I promise after February 24th I’ll be done harassing for a while.  Before I even say anything about myself I wanted to thank every single person who has stood behind me and voted and promoted me daily.  Each of you has helped so much.  Every single vote is amazing.  Each share, retweet, vote and LOL (even it’s a pretend LOL) at my bad jokes and art makes me smile.  

The reason I entered the ZOOMA contest is because I felt like I embodied the true values of ZOOMA. 

The ZOOMA mission is “To inspire women to live healthy, happy, & active lives.”

I personally think I have come to terms with living a healthy, happy and active life.  One of the most important factors to me in life is balance.  It’s important to balance your social life, your friends, your family, personal time as well as training time.  Throughout my three and a half years of blogging I think I have learned that.

I have learned that sometimes it is okay to skip a day of working out to hang out with a loved one.

I have learned that sometimes it is okay to say that you can’t hang out because you need some alone time, some workout time or need to do what’s best for you.

I have learned that while you should never strive to make anyone feel guilty or bad, only you can make yourself truly happy.  You must love and accept yourself before others will do the same.

Honestly despite all of my moves (2013 in a nut shell: NY->VA->Tx->NJ) and the rest of lives curve balls I have come to terms with being more balanced…  I am at a point in my life that I am truly happy.  As I sit here and reflect about that I realize how far I have come since college.  If you were to ask me “Hollie would you be happy living in NJ, eagerly awaiting job callbacks while sitting indoors while it’s 20 degrees?” I would have laughed.

I probably would have thought I would be stressed beyond belief.  I probably would have thought I would have fallen deeper and deeper into my social anxiety hole from early college but I have not.  I have risen and combated my social anxiety.  I have risen and done what makes me happy.  I have taken care of myself by making time for me.  I make time for my workouts, my personal life and other relaxation.

The fact is, I’m not stressed in the slightest and I can truly say my friends and family have been there for me.  I learned that first hand this fall when I was going through so much turmoil during marathon training.  I learned how supportive my friends from Hampton Roads, Potsdam, Oswego, Texas and from honestly all across the world are.  I don’t have to have met you in real life to realize how important each of you is to me.  Without everyone’s constant support, I probably would be stressed out.  I have realized that it is okay to ask for help in order to achieve that balance.  I can truly say that my life is healthy, happy and active.

A big dream of mine has always been to race on the West Coast.  Not just to update a new state to athlinks but because who wouldn’t want to race on the West Coast?  (I’m sure all West Coasters want to get out on the East Coast sometime…just not now it’s cold).  I was born in San Diego and have always dreamed of going back when I was little older.  The races always look so enjoyable.  When I found out ZOOMA was going to send a lucky blogger to race their Napa Valley Race I immediately wanted to win.  The moment I read that announcement was the moment I knew I had never wanted to win anything more. I ran the ZOOMA Annapolis race in 2012 and enjoyed it so I would assume I would enjoy the California one too.  (Plus it’s Califonia). 

I truly appreciate each person’s vote and support.  Do not vote for me because I am constantly harassing you or because I’ve never wanted to win something more in my life, vote for me because you believe I truly represent the ZOOMA mission well.  

If you are interested in reading my full running store…here is the link to that.  I haven’t always been a runner but I’m glad I decided to join this community.

In all honesty I couldn’t type up this post without tearing up and thinking about how special each person is to me.   Thank you all for your support and hopefully I can achieve this dream.  If not I will continue my quest to one day race on the west coast. 


#Coffeeaday Contest Entries

Here are the #Coffeeaday entries.  Voting ends on Sunday (April 14th).  Vote for your favorite, tell all your friends…  There are a lot of really cool coffee mugs going on in here.  Good luck!  🙂 

Good morning Coffee
Starbucks Sunburst
Tim Hortons Chills
Coffee Bean Square
First Cup
Hallmark Rim Shots
Coffee and Biscoff
Birthday Coffee
Car Coffee
Whole Foods Coffee
What’s Mine Isn’t Yours


And now you can vote:


Question for you: Favorite coffee mug ever? 




Weekly Stuff

What’s been going on in my personal life?  Well personal, blogging…my entire life I guess.  Instead of typical survey to enlighten you on things you never knew about me…I’ll just tell you how my week was and summarize it via instagram posts, blog posts and whatever else I find interesting.

This week has been rather hectic and I’ve been pretty busy but that isn’t something I really mind.  I hate finding myself sitting and staring at my computer screen wondering what the heck I’m supposed to do for 2 hours more hours before bed…This week especially I’ve found myself not living in the moment and looking into the future and I’ve been rather stressed about it.  That, my friends, is a topic for another day.


We had this beautiful weather is upstate NY.  From snow, to sun, to snow.  This is all in one day and the same temperature throughout the day (read 25 degrees).



I don’t really remember what happened Tuesday.  Actually from instagram, I remember that this thing stole my parking spot in front of my house.  Lame.


Tuesday was also the first day I started to feel remotely good again from running.  My recovery process seemed to be working.

hydrotherapy massages seem to be helping..
hydrotherapy massages seem to be helping..


Was the best day of the week for me.  Why?  Well, I made a lot of executive decisions in my life and have decided to fully commit to them.  It’s nerve wracking but balls to the wall baby.  Oh and the New York State Governor was on campus to talk…I didn’t get to see him though.  Oh and there was an armed robbery and hit and run in my small town that day too.  Don’t know what was going on in my town.

But I finally used the rest of my smoked salmon up with this waffle.  Savory waffles are always the bomb.



I was featured on Amy’s blog as she gave me a fashion makeover.  This girl is a model and knows her stuff.  What she thinks would work for me I absolutely love.  I’m such a classic, preppy dresser.   I have no photos from yesterday because I got a migraine and proceeded to nap half the day.


Hey, that’s today!  I’m hanging out with friends and just relaxing.  Is it just me or did this week go by terribly slow?  Yes, yes it did…so sorry if you disagree.

Also don’t forget…two more days to enter the #coffeeaday contest so email me your entries.

Questions for you:

How was your week?

How is the weather there? 

Tell me something fun you are doing this weekend. 


Wordless Wednesday

Just kidding, I can’t do wordless posts.  I can do wordless posts about as well as I can force myself to not talk during races… I am going to use this as an opportunity to tell you to be wordless and email me a photo of your #coffeeaday entry though.   (but you can always add words if you want too).

So far I have 6 entries.  You could win some good prizes and a lifetime of fame.