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TEAM effort….

1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV  …  So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God!
Philippians 2.1-4
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
The Lord is truly showing up! As I have said in the past, the Lord knew I needed a team for this part of the Boston journey. He provided in a BIG way!!!  He provided me with a TEAM of people to help me get to the finish line!  This is the email that I sent one of them last week after receiving the summary of our 5k plans: (Bayside…this is for all of you!!!)
I just read this twice…with tears in my eyes. Tears of joy! God positioned you and your group in a place at a time He knew I needed you all! I will never be able to truly put into words what all of this means to me! There are so many emotions running through my head…God has us in His hands.  He is going to carry us through to the finish line! I am so glad to be on this journey with the best team every…your team! Kathy, the Team Hoyt contact person, was truly amazed I wanted so many shirts. I told her it was because I had the best team!!! Thanks again for your willingness to help me…I don’t deserve it! :o) God brought you all to me b/c He knew I couldn’t do it alone!   You all are awesome! Thanks for putting God first! 
This journey is about God.  He is with us every step of the way.  He is and will continue to be glorified through all of the happenings…the 5k, the Penny Drive, the Butter Braids…all of it!
Status update:
Run for Trish 5k for Team Hoyt – OFFICIAL – we have entry forms out there and ready to pass out!
We are online with Chattanooga Track Club:
and Road Id:
Pennies for People –  Officially under way…I received a surprise box FULL of pennies and change last Saturday during our 5k planning meeting. They officially started the campaign with their generous donation. THANKS!! This week, I showed the Team Hoyt video to all of my students at school. The campaign to help others who can not help themselves is now under way!
Butter Braids –  People are ordering and waiting to taste these scrumptious pastries!! Yay!
I have also received donations from former Run for God Bible study members…such an encouragement!!!
God has His mighty hands in all of the projects listed above!! We are at $1400 online.  Every dollar and every step is for Him!
Yard Sale: March 31 we are having a Trash for Treasure yard sale with all proceeds going to Hoyt Foundation.
My current training week looks like this:
4 days a week – 40 minutes easy – we are running around 9:00-9:15 pace.  My trusty Garmin tells us when to slow down and speed up…It has been yelling at us a lot.  We are supposed to train easy these days.  (still working on getting foot 100%)
1 day a week – we go long. Today is 80 minutes…praying rain subsides before too long.  I have to run! 🙂
My foot is feeling better and better. This is an answer to pray.  Thanks to all of you who are praying for me!  On that note, all of you reading this are part of Team Trish for Team Hoyt! Thanks for tagging along, praying for and being a part of my God-given journey!  You are living examples of Philippians 2.1-4.  I need you! God gave each of you to me, whether I know you personally or not.  How amazing is our God? He loves us so much! First He gave us His one and only Son to die for us because we are sinners!! Then during our daily journey He provides for us in ways we don’t even know to ask.  God’s grace is sufficient for each of us!!!
2 Corinthians 9:8  And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
Truly running blessed and THANKFUL!
Trish 🙂

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Test me…Blessings abound!

Malachi 3.10

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Blessings have been come in more ways than one these days.  Yesterday I received my official entry form for Boston.  The Golden Ticket!!! Now, to fill it out and send it in ASAP! How exciting, this is really happening.  God is so good. I know you have seen me write this over and over again. But, I can’t stop saying it.  For His glory this is all happening. He is the one that planned it out in the first place, right? 🙂

He is pouring blessings as I sit here. Since my last post, I have had people share with me there ideas regarding fundraising.  I have NO doubt this is going to happen and happen big.  The one thing I want to shout is HE IS THE REASON!

As I have said in the past, I could not do this alone. God has blessed me with an amazing family, incredible friends and new lifelong friends throughout this process.  Thank you Lord!

Status Report:  Today, joy came back to join me on my run.  We had a wonderful, yet chilly 4.6 mile jog.  I soooo needed it.  The last two runs this week have been struggles for me.  I hate that! But, as in life this journey has it ups and downs too.  What keeps me going? He does! What else? Knowing you all are out there supporting me and praying for me.  What else? Knowing my ladies that I train are kicking tail when they workout.  What else? That Rick and Dick Hoyt will be running their 30th Boston at the ages of 71 and 50. Yes, I can!!! And remember, Yes, You Can!

The Lord revealed Himself, as He usually does, during my hard runs this week.  Of course, it was during today’s good run it all hit me.  Yesterday, I had several doctors appointments.  (Sidenote: One was for my foot….all is coming along nicely. Still sore at times…but slowly getting used to orthotics.  Today was first full day of comfort. Praise the Lord! ) The last doctor appointment was scheduled for 2:30.  I was having a routine cholesterol check.  For those of you who have had this done, you know you have to fast for 12 hours.  Well, I had been fasting since 6:30pm the previous evening.  To say I was hungry was an understatement!  I finally was able to eat at 4:30.  I had  the best banana I have ever, ever eaten!!! Of course, it didn’t stop there…but boy, that banana was good.

Back to the point, as we ran today it dawned on my why yesterday was so hard, I didn’t have the proper nourishment.  My body was not properly fueled for my workout.  I finished my workout…but it was hard.  How many times do we go through the day and think, “I am having a hard time today! This is not my day!” Then we think back and remember we didn’t have our nourishment with the Lord.  Spiritual nourishment is vital to make it through the good days and the bad. I know my bad days are much harder when I unintentionally fast from His word. How about you?

Prayer requests:  We are having a planning meeting tomorrow for the Team Hoyt 5k the Bayside group is helping get together.  Please pray we meet God where He is and we are obedient to His direction.  I am VERY excited about this incredible opportunity to praise the Lord and share how He is truly blessing this incredible journey…because it is His and it is God-given.

Pennies for People…People with disabilities! I am starting this campaign at my school next week.  Pray the kids are touched by Rick and Dick Hoyt’s story and are moved to help others who are unable to help themselves.                                                                                                   Do you have extra pennies??

Butter Braid Campaign – Again pray we touch other’s lives through their tummies. 🙂 I can’t wait to try them!

Praises:  My foot! My running joy! And…Everything is coming together. The Lord is showing up.  He is truly an awesome God!

Thank you for joining me on this God-given journey to Boston!

Running truly blessed! Trish 🙂

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Faith on the journey…

     2012 has started out with a bang. 🙂 Not really!  It has actually started out very slow.  Mike has been really sick since before the New Year.  So most of my time has been at home taking care of him.  He is finally on the mend after 10 days of outright yuckiness.  My relief came the days I was able to run.  Training is in full swing so, running is a must these days.  I will say it has not been as easy in the cold and/or wet conditions.  This summer’s training was dry(until the marathon) and hot.  Those of you who know me well, know COLD is miserable in my book and HOT is great!!! I guess it comes from all of those hot summers in Texas. 😉
     My motivation comes from knowing this go around it is for a different cause; it is not for me!  It is for the Lord and for Team Hoyt. The team the Lord provided for me in such an incredible way!  They are my motivation.  Yes, You Can! is their slogan.  Those are the words that come to mind when I think, “No, I can’t!”  Dick Hoyt is 71 years old and Rick is 50…they are running and training for the same run together.  One pushing the other.  Yes, I can!
     Yesterday, I had my first solo run in a while.  When I got to my running destination, it started pouring down rain.  I sat in my car for at least 15 minutes.  I just couldn’t muster the energy to get COLD and WET! So I drove home.  I was by myself.  I didn’t have faith in myself to get it done (at that time anyway). 😉  I drove home and got comfortable.  Then the weather broke and off I went.  I am so glad I did.  God is so good. He showed up.  He was my training partner yesterday.   As the excerpt from my Bible study states below:  However, be encouraged. Trust God. Have faith that whether you walk or sink, Jesus is always with you.  He was with me!
     I was able to clear my head.  Pray.  Take in the sounds around me…dogs barking, water flowing, birds chirping, train blowing and thoughts dancing. It was great! I thought about our fund-raising. I thought about my foot.  I also realized that this run is for others, not me! It is for a bigger purpose…bringing glory to God every step of the way while helping others!
     My foot is still not 100%.  My selfish desire has been to run Boston with a new PR. Yesterday, I ran 6.5 miles…the longest since my qualifying marathon.  I felt okay.  But, I am nervous about my longer runs.  Again, the statement above comes to mind…However, be encouraged. Trust God. Have faith that whether you walk or sink, Jesus is always with you. He will be with me whether I run fast, run slow or walk! I will finish Boston glorifying Him every step of the way! It will be His run. Not mine! (as it should be!)
     Now, to the fundraising…I am more concerned about my foot than raising $ I am happy about that and praying God continues to take my worry away in regards to my foot.  With this in mind, here are the last two days of Bible study I have been doing online.  The following segments were taken from  Both excerpts are from the Living a Divinely Inspired Life.  Check it out when you have time…great stuff!
Matthew 15.25-32
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.29 And he said,Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
Situations will arise when you would have to leave your comfort zone and get out of the boat. There will be moments when you will have to take a bold step and walk on water believing that Jesus will be there with you.  When these moments arise, it is easy for the spirit of fear to overwhelm you and make you look at the waves rising all around. The reality of the situation could dawn on you rapidly and cause you to begin to doubt and sink.However, be encouraged. Trust God. Have faith that whether you walk or sink, Jesus is always with you.When these moments arise, it is easy for the spirit of fear to overwhelm you and make you look at the waves rising all around. The reality of the situation could dawn on you rapidly and cause you to begin to doubt and sink.However, be encouraged. Trust God. Have faith that whether you walk or sink, Jesus is always with you.
 Mark 6.35-42
35 And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed:36 Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat.37 He answered and said unto them,Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.39 And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass.40 And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties.41 And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.42 And they did all eat, and were filled.
Many times your God-given vision is larger than your current circumstances, background or education. Everything you need to take the first step is already in your hand. The moon is within your grasp if you are willing to reach for it. Jesus wanted the disciples to feed the crowd in Mark 6 but their attention, understandably, was on what they did not have and the magnitude of the task.  Instead Jesus asked ‘what do you have?’. They only had five loaves and two fish but He took it to God in thanksgiving before asking the disciples to share with the crowd. The result was a miraculous overflow.  Start where you are and trust that God in His awesome power will supply all your needs for a successful journey.
     My thoughts…God is taking me out of my comfort zone. He is encouraging me to get out of the boat and trust Him with this amazing journey.  Faith is obedience.  Faith has shown me many offers to help.  (more later)  Many see this journey as something larger than my current circumstances…but it is God given…so He will provide.  Here is how He is showing His awesome power and He will supply all I need for a successful journey. Why? Because He is responsible for providing this journey.  He is the guide and HIS glory will come from it!
     As many of you know(and are these people), God has introduced me to the Bayside Run for God group here in Chattanooga.  They have become my family! I have been SOOOOO blessed by their encouragement, their prayers and their support.  They are the connection to Team Hoyt and the way the Lord got me to Boston! (Thanks again Mike and Nancy!)  Godincidences for sure! Now, they are stepping up to the plate and supplying needs as stated in the second excerpt.  Thanks to them we are having a “Run for Trish 5k” to raise funds for Team Hoyt.  (More about this next week…planning meeting on Saturday, January 14…pray it all goes well!)  They are also hosting a Butter Braid fundraiser.  We will be selling Butter Braids just in time for Easter.  A portion of each sale will go to Team Hoyt.  How awesome! Check them out:
     Trusting God is an awesome thing.  He loves to show up if we let go and let Him.  I will never be able to put into words what the Bayside Run for God group means to me or  how their unconditional love and support has carried me through and will continue to do so!  They are awesome and are God-given.
    God also provided me an amazing husband.  I see this more daily.  He (even in his sick stupor) is thinking and coming up with great ideas to help me on his journey. His words, for one, are always encouraging.  He is always checking on my foot.  🙂 He is my thermometer in regards to my pain level.  That is good!  As many of you know, he is also a gifted artist.  He is a master craftsman.  He has offered to raffle chances to win one of his unique pieces of woodwork.  We are still working on details for this too…but someone will be the proud owner of a one of a kind piece by Mike Newsom. 🙂
A very small sample…very small…of his work!
     We will also be starting a Pennies for People…People with Disabilities.  I will be collecting pennies to raise awareness for Team Hoyt.  Finding a penny is sometimes considered lucky and gives rise to the saying, “Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day you’ll have good luck.” We all have pennies lying around. So, let’s bring some good luck to Team Hoyt with our pennies. 🙂 (yes, I am taking them to the bank to have them counted…they will LOVE me!)
     With all of this in place, God is providing. I am doing my part, but I have a team of wonderful people going above and beyond what they have to do…:)  I am grateful that the Lord has blessed this journey so! He is the reason and His glory is what we are wanting to share.  Let’s shout it from the mountain tops how good our God is!!!
Ephesians 5.19-20
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
    I am singing praises to our Lord and giving thanks for YOU!
Running Blessed!

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Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

Yes, You Can! – Yes, I Can!

Yesterday I called my mom just to chat.  Mom and I have a great relationship…I am blessed to have had her as a great mom growing up (and now) as well as have her as a best friend. I love you, Mom! Her advice and insight into life has helped me get to where I am now.  (Dad’s too!) But, mom and I are a lot alike in many ways.  She ran, I watched and I followed. She and I both worry a bit at times.  We are also both great at getting things done and getting them done right… problem is sometimes we procrastinate.  (In my opinion that is what makes us so good!)  This all leads to yesterday’s conversation. We were talking about my fund-raising efforts.  $5000 is a lot of money.  We both know that.  As always, mom continually encourages me to do my best.  (Side-note: I am going to Boston because of the work ethic instilled in me by my parents. My determination and my drive are all part of my make up because I have seen it and lived it with them.) Back to the conversation, mom asked how I was going to raise the remaining 75% by April 15.  I told her I had a plan.  I had ideas.  We would do it.  God opened this door and He will get me there as long as I do my part.

Here is the first step…writing down the plan!  As they say…writing things down makes things happen.  It makes things come to life. It makes the invisible, visible!  As stated by Giovanni Livera : “It’s the little things that you do in the middle of the day that go a long way.” Including committing your goals to paper. And that’s how writing leads to success.

Plan of Success – $5000 – really only $3750 to go…


25% by January 1 – done

50% by February 1

75% by March 1

100% by April 1 or sooner –

100%+ by April 15

April 16 – run Boston fulfilling fund-raising goal of $5000

How will I reach these goals?

1.  5k run with Bayside Baptist Run For God group – details coming soon

2. Chili luncheon at Dayton City School

3. Possible Pennies for the CAN – Yes, You Can! drive – collecting pennies in school for Team Hoyt

4. Restaurant fundraiser

5.  Raffle

6.  Treadmill run

7. Ask for input, ideas and help from friends and family!!!!!!!!

Feel free to share this website with anyone and everyone…Team Hoyt needs your support…as do I!

These are all just ideas…some more developed than others.  This is a start and I will work on each one, one step at a time…It is a marathon not a sprint. :o)

So, thanks to my MOM for helping me get to the point of writing it down.  Step one – DONE!

Step two – BELIEVE I CAN DO IT! Here is a copy of a blog I read today that helps me here and in life…this is so good because it references on of my all time favorite children’s books….The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

“The very little engine looked up and saw the tears in the dolls’ eyes.  And she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who would not have any toys or good food unless she helped. Then she said,  ’I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.’” The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

I Think I CanI Think I Can

Some days, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, how many miles you’ve run in training or how many yoga classes you’ve been to. Some days a workout, a race or a goal is completed not because of your physical training but because you believe in yourself. As Vince Lombardi put it, “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

During my time in graduate school I studied the idea of self-confidence. I found that while it is simple enough to be captured in a 37-page children’s book (that includes illustrations), it is also powerful enough to have filled thousands of pages of scientific journals.

Below are 3 tips on how you can capture the power of believing in yourself.

1. Positive Self-Talk

We Can Do It!We Can Do It!

You know that point in a workout or race when you feel like you just can’t run any further? Start telling yourself that you can do it. This not only helps block that negative little voice that tells you to quit, but if you repeat it enough times chances are you’ll start  believe it.  Just like the little engine that could, this will help you run to the beat of, “I think I can, I think I can.”

2. Remind Yourself of Why You Can Achieve Your Goal

When self-doubt begins to sneak in start reminding yourself of all the reasons why you can achieve your goal. For example, if you’re running the Boston Marathon for the first time and nervous about running heartbreak hill, remind yourself that you qualified for this, you’ve run “x” many miles in preparation and you are ready!

3. Apply it to More Than Running

Self-confidence is powerful, so don’t just apply it running! Believe that you can achieve your goals and you will be more likely to actually achieve them. So, the next time you are faced with a mountain to climb take a note from the little engine and tell yourself, “I think I can. I think I can.”

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Step three – DO IT!

So, to end this YES, I CAN do it blog…please feel free to make suggestions if you have any ideas at all! I am not worried like I used to be because I know I am here because God brought me here. The fund-raising is part of the process. Part of the trusting…kind of like Daniel in the lion’s den.  God didn’t throw me in this to be defeated…He threw me in to allow me to trust and to let HIM show up and provide!

Daniel 6. 10-23

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?”  The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. 15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

I look forward to Him showing up and showing off! Praise be to God!

Running Blessed,




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