Motivation Monday– Run Happy Is

Hello and Happy Monday!

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Workout Motivation Monday!

As part of my love / partnership with Brooks I recently made a Run Happy Board on Pinterest.

I used Brooks’ “Run Happy Is” tool to make a few images and am going to add more of my personal favorites too. run happy is endorphins

run happy is eating donuts

Check out Brooks #RunHappyIs site if you want to make your own image!

monica and a donut

I have a little bad news though…

The Bloomington Women’s Half Marathon I was going to run has been CANCELLED. Sad smile

I’m super bummed about it and don’t really have any details on why ( I think it’s low sign ups though). Boo.

Buuuut, if you want to run with me somewhere / somehow I might be putting together a Half Marathon Training Team for a fundraising group that’s near and dear to my heart. It would be a November race and you can train virtually with me and then we can meet at the race for some fun!

Anyone interested?? Let me know so I can get to work on it!

Question: Favorite Donut?

I’m going with glazed.

Check out my Run Happy Pinterest Board here.


  1. Jordan says

    I would be sooo interested in the November half! I bet I could some friends to do it, too! Keep me posted!

  2. Alyssa says

    I would definitely be interested in the November half – as long as it’s not on the same weekend as the SB International race! Sounds like a lot of fun and I love that it would support a good cause!

  3. Michele Wiencek says

    Not sure what fundraiser is near and dear to you, but fighting BC at this time and would love to run for that. Half marathon would be my first but completed a couple 5k’s in the past. French cruller my favorite doughnut.

  4. jodea @ says

    Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Fancy. Glazed. I haven’t had one in years but I can almost taste it… Not sure if they even make them any more. I live in the UK so it’s hard to know as we don’t have many DDs.

  5. says

    I would love to get involved for a November half-depending on where and when it is. I’m running New York this year, so I”ll have to just see…that sucks about the Women’s Half! I”m sure you can find another race closer to you to run instead :-)

  6. says

    What distance and where? If it’s in socal I’ll definitely be there! I love all donuts I’d hate to discriminate (but really sprinkle)

  7. Kris says

    Yes, I would like to train for a November half. California????
    I love ANY donut. Krispy Kreme glazed are the best, but I also love chocolate, with custard filled. Yummy.

  8. says

    I so love Brooks and their Run Happy campaign. I’m definitely going to have to play around with that widget/tool. So sorry your race got cancelled–that’s a total bummer. I tend to like cake doughnuts a little better than regular donuts, although glazed are always a favorite, too. Most of all, I like doughnuts from specialty shops. (Anyone visiting Atlanta, check out Sublime Doughnuts. Amazing stuff.)

  9. Erin says

    maple glazed, absolutely! I could do a November half, but I am already doing the Rock n’Roll Las Vegas November 17. Which day were you thinking?

  10. kiki marie says

    the fat girl inside me, a.k.a. Hank, my tapeworm, LoVEs Chocolate Iced Cake Donuts from this bakery in Chicago (southwest side) called Weber’s Bakery. OMG – deliciousness!!!

    • Erin says

      Oh whoa, you reminded me of the maple bars at Voodoo Donut in Portland that have thick-cut bacon ON them. Sounds really gross but they’re really, super, mega-delicious.

  11. Nikki says

    Blueberry cake donut is my favorite…weird enough I think you were in my dream last night at some race. Have a good Monday!

  12. Shannon in Tustin says

    Interested! (what local half is in November?)

    Fave doughnut: glazed chocolate donut holes from DD (please can they open here!), jelly donut, and a chocolate bar — uh, no I cannot choose just one! 😀

    Happy Week, Monican!

  13. says

    I would definitely be interested! I love a destination race, although wouldn’t mind if you decided you wanted to do it here in New York – there is a Dunkin Donuts on every corner here on Long Island….

  14. says

    Bummer about the race! But I should admit, I’m not really a fan of donuts so when I saw them after my 1/2 marathon, I couldn’t even imagine eating one. And when I heard a man say he’d eaten 4 after crossing the finish line, I was nauseous at the thought. The only thing I wanted after crossing that finish line was water and an orange slice.

  15. says

    My favorite donut are the real chocolate ones. I used to get them from the Salt Lake City Donut Co., or the 7-Eleven but haven’t seen them in like 10 years. Bummer! Do you watch Duck Dynasty? Si ate 48 donuts and won a camper because of it. I die!

    As for your colorful workout pic…I just drove past a lady wearing turquoise running tights…she look amazing. Jealous. :)

    Have a fab Monday, and Yeah, I’m interested in the half…though I’m slow so I don’t see how that would work.

  16. Jamie says

    No way! Super disappointed! I was looking forward to 1) Meeting you and 2) PRing (I just started a pretty fun training plan).

    Dang. Looks like it’s back to the drawing boards for a different summer half.

    Favorite donut is chocolate frosting with sprinkles. I totally ate one this morning at a work meeting and I didn’t even kind of feel guilty. :)

  17. says

    How about the Women’s half in St. Petersburg, FL November 24th or the PAL Half Marathon on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota on the same day? Two choices in sunny Florida! As for doughnuts, Krispy Kreme plain glazed rock my world, but I prefer Dunkin Doughnuts coffee…is that illegal?

  18. Stephanie says

    I’d be interested! If it’s in Southern CA I’d totally be in.

    I had my husband bring me a glazed doughnut for the finish line when I ran Carlsbad in January. I don’t eat doughnuts very often, but since I’d been craving one, I knew that was the right time! Mostly I have a Starbucks iced coffee after my long runs, and those taste SO GOOD after I’ve worked out.

  19. Meghan says

    I’d totally love to train virtually with you! Let me know the details when you have them :) What charity would we be running for?

  20. says

    Oh my goodness, I haven’t had a donut in SO long. When I was younger I was the queen of chocolate frosted with sprinkles, but now I’d probably order a glazed or jelly. But I’d take a corn or chocolate chip muffin over a donut any day.

  21. Jessica says

    I’d love to run a race with you! I’m eyeing the Griffith Park Trail 1/2 in November but I won’t sign up until I hear the when/where for your race.

  22. catie says

    How fun! I’d love to run with you, but I’m stuck here in lil ol’ Kansas! Maybe you can add a virtual race, too?

    My favorite donut is from a local shop here in town…maple bacon!

  23. says

    Aw that’s a bummer that your race was cancelled! My favorite donut is the vanilla cream filled from Dunkin Donuts…the one where it’s filled on the inside with vanilla cream (duh) and on the outside is powdered and there’s a dollop of cream on top!

  24. Ida says

    Bummer about that race getting cancelled!
    There are too many good donuts to pick a favorite, but I love a blueberry cake and fresh glazed from KK. I love any donut that isnt filled- that’s a crime against pastry in my book.

  25. Jessie says

    I would definitely be interested in some virtual training. I need some more motivation here lately.

    Chocolate glazed. yummmmmmmmmmm

  26. Renee says

    Dude, that would be AH-MAHZING!!! Please do it! Having a virtual running partner would be so much extra motivation to run.

  27. says

    I like this question. Favorite donut would be a regular one (whatever that means) with chocolate icing on top and sprinkles. Brings me back to my childhood..when I actually ate donuts once in awhile.

  28. Dell says

    Hi Monica,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but it’s the first time I comment.

    I’d love to train with you virtually. I wish I could also run a half-marathon with you but I live half way across the globe. Maybe, one day :)

  29. says

    I like mini donuts so I could have a few varieties – chocolate topping with crushed peanuts, peanut butter topping and just plain usual ole’ donut.

  30. says

    I’m looking to train for my first half this summer with the race being in the fall. Which race? Love virtual training partners! Mmm that sprinkle donut looks beautiful & delicious!

  31. Holly says

    I am sorry about the Bloomington thing being cancelled. I live in the cities and was looking forward to seeing your posts about it. I don’t know if you ever heard of Grandma’s Marathon? It starts in Two Harbors MN and follows the shore of Lake Superior to Duluth’s Canal Park to the infamous Grandma’s restaurant. I grew up on the Northern Shores of MN and this marathon has been in existence forever. I am not a runner but I love to read your blog! Maybe someday you will be able to come to MN for Grandma’s. It would be a very scenic run. It’s about 3 hours of a drive North of the Twin Cities. Check it out sometime!

  32. says

    Such a bummer about the Bloomington race – my best friend told me because she was also signed up for the race!

    I’ll be moving back to Minnesota this summer and planning to run the Twin Cities Marathon – supposed to be a good one! Grandma’s (like Holly mentioned above) is also supposed to be great! Perhaps you’ll consider another Minnesota race in your future 😉

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