Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Giveaway!

Without being too gushy and telling you all how much your positive comments mean to me and how runners really are the most kind and generous people and how much I enjoy being a part of your lives in a weird but not creepy internet sort of way... I want to give back to you and do a giveaway. I don't have any sweet hook ups with cool companies. But I have skills people. O.k. maybe not even skills, but maybe someone can benefit from my mistaken purchases.

This is my Garmin that I have used probably 20 times total in the last 3 years. It has all the cords and even the heart rate monitor. It has the CD for the computer but I do not know where the instruction manual is. You will have to find it online or have a good friend who knows how to use it. I have just found that I get myself all worked up while using it and it's just not for me. I know someone will love it though. It's spring cleaning time!

This is a spibelt that has been used once. I just didn't like it although I know there are a lot of you out there that really do. I found an iFitness one that I like more and can't see myself ever using this one again. Here again, I know someone will enjoy it and use it. It's just been sitting in my cupboard for a while.

Finally, this is my homespun crafty shirt. I made one a year ago when we were thinking of team names for the Wastach Back Ragnar Relay. Our name was Lips, Hips, and Asphalt but we were having a hard time coming up with costumes. So I thought maybe we should change our name to Bake, Eat, Run, Repeat. We could wear wooden spoons in our hair and wear aprons and serve cupcakes at all the exchanges. We stuck with our original name and loved it. But I had made up this shirt to see what we could have professionally made. Since then, I've worn it around town and I love it. I will make one for you in the colors you like and shirt size or your choice. Keep in mind that this is not really made for running in though.

To enter:
***Leave me a comment about what you love the most about running and blogging. Also tell me which one you'd like to win. I'll be drawing 3 winners. I'd love it if you follow me, but just so that I can make new friends and check out more blogs. Don't feel obligated to follow me unless you like reading my mindless dribble.
***Extra entry if you post this giveaway on your blog! Leave me a comment saying that you've done so!
Will end on Sunday April 17th and I'll announce the winners on Monday.

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MyRunningLife said...

Running = cheaper and more accessible than Ziprazidone (antipsychiotic medication), also less likely to precipitate life-threatening arrhythmia and pill-rolling tremors. Okay, so if you can't tell I'm a med student (blog-surfing while preparing for my boards).
Running is how I slough off all of the crazy stress that I am under and feel somewhat like a normal, multi-faceted human being again (well, that and baking). Which means... the bake, eat, run, repeat shirt would be perfect for me!

Of course I'm posting this on my blog.. although not much of a following yet (other than my invisible friends)....
myantipsychotic.blogspot.com

Carolyn said...

At one point I hated running because it was a chore -- something my gym teacher once made me do for the physical fitness tests.

But then there was a point in my life where there wasn't much keeping me happy. My friends had graduated college, but I was still around. My boyfriend was over 200 miles away, and I had nothing to do. My weight was creeping up, but I didn't know how to change it.

My favorite thing about running is that it released me from my unhappiness. I started on the treadmill and I could see progress in my distance. It helped me lose weight. More recently, I've been running outside regularly and my new favorite thing about running is the chance to view my community, my neighborhood, my city from a new perspective. Running is wonderful for many reasons, and that is why so many people love it!

Read my blog over at Philly Runner Girl and feel free to follow me!

Chelsey H. said...

I love how running can make you forget all of your problems, even if just for a little bit

Muncher Cruncher said...

THIS GIVEAWAY IS AMAZING!!! I want that garmin!!!!

I run because of how it makes me feel. When I have a good running day I feel powerful, like an athlete. I love that. I ALSO love how I feel when I'm done. :)

I blog because I hope to be able to share some of what I'm learning with others, and I have learned SO much in return!

You are awesome Jen. GREAT giveaway!! xoxoxo

kat said...

I love running with friends, the companionship and how it brings people together. But I think what I love most about running in and of itself is accomplishing what I never thought I could do, the stretch of my legs across the earth, and the sun on my face. I would absolutely LOVE to win your garmin to use on my runs!

Mary (sisters running the kitchen) said...

I love sharing my passion and joy of running with my readers. I love the way running makes me feel!

Qvern1 said...

I would love the garmin!! I've been wanting one for ages and my nike ipod sportswatch is just no doing the trick! The thing I love most about running is how it give me a little time during my busy day to zone out and do something I can be proud to say, 'Yeah, I did that... I just went for a run :)'. I starting to train for my first marathon, so I'm crossing my fingers for that garmin!!!

Emily said...

I'd love to win a garmin! I am a new runner and I just enjoy being outside and really having some time to spend with myself--no cares or worries! Running is the best therapy!

spectacuLAUR said...

I love running because it's a time for myself where it's just me and my music. Also, it allows me to schedule things, make mental notes, study while I'm training (I'm all about multi-tasking activities), and SO much more. There is no better way to start my day. I love it.

Oh, and I would like to enter for the Garmin. I would love me one of those! :)

perfectionisnthappy said...

I like blogging because it is a great outlet for me, and I like the friendships I have made with other bloggers! I'm not much of a runner, but I've always wanted a Garmin because I do enjoy running outside and it would be nice to track my progress, instead of resorting to staring at a treadmill screen!

A Big Little Life said...

I love running because it feels so good afterwards. Not so much during. But afterwards : ) I have found so many blog buddies around the country. I just love the tips and ideas found in blogland.

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

woohoo, fun! I want the shirt! Its too cute. I love how running frees my mind.

Kim said...

What I love most about running is that it gives me time to zone out and not think, stress, or worry about what is happening in my life right now. I love the fact that I can control what is happening in that moment, and just run. What I love most about blogging, is that I have a place to share my thoughts and feelings that I feel like my closest friends don't need to be bugged about. (Do they care about my Wednesday night spin class? not so much.) It also allows me to look back, and see where I've come from. I have been wanting a Garmin for so long!! I started training for my very first 5k, and I'm hoping to run a half marathon - and discovered my love for outdoor running recently. It would be super helpful.

Rachelle Wardle said...

Posted about your giveaway on my blog. :)

The Cooks said...

I love the feeling of accomplishment I have after a hard run, either short/fast, long/slow.
I have recently discovered all the great running blogs and think I may need to start one. I love all the great ideas and motivation. I also love knowing there are others out there feeling the way I do.

Carmen said...

i love to run b/c it's the way i take care of myself and have time for myself. It's all about me when i run, and i love that in a life where taking care of my family is my first priority.

escott said...

I love the way it gives back exactly what you put in. It can be the best stress reliever by giving you something else to stress about :)
I'd love the garmin

Cole said...

I love the freedom that I feel and the endorphins I get from running, blogging just enables me to be creative and write which i enjoy as well! I have been wanting a Spibelt for awhile! Good luck to everyone :)

shawsparkles said...

I just started a running plan to get back into it! I'm loving it so far...but I only do it on the treadmill because I can track how far I and how fast I'm running.

I'd love the garmin to help me venture out into the world of running outdoors!

P.S. The shirt is AH-dorable!

alexandra k said...

Holy wow! Amazing giveaway! My favourite part of running is the sense of accomplishment i get after i am done. The garmin is a great gadget that i have been dying to try!

Tara said...

Oh I'm all over this!!

Running... the way it makes me feel about myself.
Blogging... the community it provides.

I want that shirt!! LOVE IT!!

Tara said...

I put this in my sidebar!

Erica said...

Running is my me time. I just love zoning out and sweating after a long day.

Reading blogs keeps me motivated.

I love the garmin :)

inkatieswords said...

Wow what an awesome giveaway! The think I love most about running is feeling like I'm keeping my body healthy and taking good care of myself both inside and out. The thing I love most about blogging...honestly? The COMMENTS! I'd love to win the Garmin :)

Katherine said...

I love the energy that running gives me... not always immediately afterwards but on a day to day basis when I am doing it regularly. I do not have a blog but I love reading them for healthy recipes and workout ideas!

Britt Burns Kelly said...

Saw your blog from Amanda at Runninghood, and I think it is very generous that you are giving away your Garmin! If I didn't already have one I would totally enter the contest! That is a completely awesome thing to do, you are a saint!

Alice Song said...

Sorry - i don't have a blog but I DO have a love for running!

I love the fact that when I run, I forget about everything. It's a good way to clear my mind and de-stress!

I would LOVE to win the garmin. I wanted to get one forEVER but they're too expensive for me!

Lauren said...

The love running just cause of the way it makes me feel - such a sense of accomplishment, my choice of therapy, and awesome endorphins. Blogging is a great way to share my running & encourage others!

Alyssa said...

I LOVE the feeling when you start running on a beautiful day and never want to stop. I blog because of the many "wow, so glad its NOT just me after all" moments!

Erin@gosupermamago said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog! :)

Kelly said...

I love that while running, my mind can wander while my body does all of the work! And totally the Garmin! How nice of you to give it away!

Janice said...

I'm actually new to running... Since March 1st! I love the way it makes me feel! Mentally and physically! I have since inspired/pushed some friends into running! I quit smoking 2 yes ago and would have never been able to do this. My little sister is a runner and I've admired her because she has completed a few 1/2's! So excited to be a new follower of your blog! Reading others has helped me stay on task with the Couch 2 5k Program I'm following, keeping me encouraged to run a little harder, faster and longer!! I would love to win the Garmin or the belt. I'd love to give this Garmin to a friend who is beginning to run with me!!

christine said...

I love running because it's become part of who I am. I'm an antsy mess without it!

Kim said...

I love the way I feel after a run. It's a sense of accomplishment when crossing the finish line or just finishing a run, no matter how long it was. A run is a great way to destress and clear my head, not to mention knowing that the exercise is great for me.

I've never had a Garmin but have always wanted one -- If I win & I hope I do, I'll be happy to take the Garming off your hands.

Blogging shows me that I'm not alone in this crazy world. It connects us all by finding things in common, knowing that someone else shares the same thoughts, feelings, and hopes is great. What a great community to be a part of.

marathonmaiden said...

the best thing about running to me is that it is the only thing i truly do for me and only me. and blogging lets me connect to people who run too as i don't know anyone in my real life who does

wendy said...

I blogged about your giveaway on my blog!

amanda said...

I would love to have a Garmin for my runs.

The running blog community is so supportive, I feel like alot of us are bffs. I enjoy blogging to keep myself accountable and to share my adventures with my running friends.

Lynsey Kaye said...

What I love most about running is the "me time." I love just being able to forget about the stresses of life and going.

I would love to win the spi-belt. I have never tried one so I hope it is something that I would like.

Cassie said...

I love how I feel relaxed/refreshed after a nice run. I'd like the garmin =]

Melanie @ Trial by Trail said...

This is such a thoughtful and sweet giveaway Jen! I just found your blog when I found a link to it on another blog. I'm definitely coming back!
What I love about running, besides the endorphin rush and health benefits, is that it makes me feel connected to my dad. He got me started early by taking me with him to the track when I was just 3 or 4. He set such an great example for me at such an early age. :)

Oh, and I posted a link to your giveaway on my blog too. :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

I am following your lovely blog!

Finallyfit2011 said...

Oh the many reasons I love running AND blogging. When I am running I feel strong & peaceful all at the same time. I feel rejuvinated & refreshed! It is the best feeling knowing I am doing something GREAT for my body. BLOGGING - the best thing about it is the awesome people you "get to know". I get so inspired reading their posts & hope & pray that mine inspire others as well!!!

Finallyfit2011 said...

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win the Garmin! I am new runner & this would help me so so much to track how long I've gone when I for-go the treadmill & head to the foothills for my runs :)

Finallyfit2011 said...

Posting your giveaway to my little ole bloggy :)

jess said...

I run to feel alive. I run to relieve stress. I run to be happy. :)

Nicole Wagner said...

I Love running b/c every time I get out there and push my limits in a run, I am reminded that I had the courage to get off my butt and start chasing a dream and listen to my heart! when I am running, I feel like I can do ANYTHING and it gives me courage to conquer anything in my life.
I love blogging b/c I meet other people who understand my addiction to running and b/c I can document this journey to look back on when I'm too old to run anymore:):)

Bink said...

I run so that I don't want to injure my co-workers. :)

I blog so that I can remember what projects I've done ... and what projects I want to do.

And I would love to win the garmin or the t-shirt.

Danielle said...

I love that running is totally individual and no matter what else is going on in your life, its just you and the road (or the treadmill). Even if you have a bad run, any run at all can feel like such a great accomplishment. The endorphins aren't bad either!

Bec said...

I love when you suddenly tune out everything that is going on in your life and all you hear is the thud, thud, thud of your feet. And nature becomes so much more visible. Love it. And I would love the garmin.

brown eyed girl said...

I just found your blog through hungryrunnergirl, I'm a rookie runner and am always looking for new running blogs to follow!

Your giveaway is super kick-ass, I'd love to have a Garmin, I have a nike+ right now, and it's awesome, but I would love to know my mile splits and the elevation of my runs!

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Runnergirl said...

I love the way running makes me feel: Fit, healthy and ready for anything!

I started blogging initially because writing is my other passion, but, in the process, have been overwhelmed by everyone's love and support through my blog!

I LUUUUUV the shirt you made and would really, really like a blue version!

Chelsea said...

endorphins, hands down.

heather said...

Wow, what a great giveaway and a great blog!

There are two things I love most about running. First is the way it makes me feel. Mind AND body. I stopped running over the winter and I could not get it out of my mind. I just wanted, needed that feeling of full lungs, working my body hard and a clear head. The other thing I love about running is the community. Never have I met a more friendly, encouraging and supportive group of people. Wonderful!

I love blogging too, but am currently on a hiatus. I still keep up with bloggy friends and have found a bunch of new ones, but writing is on hold most likely until summer when my kiddos lives aren't so full.

Jene said...

Would LOVE the Spibelt! I've been coveting one for a while now :)

I love running because it's the only time in my life that I'm actually alone, what with a husband and a toddler around! I love blogging because my filter is usually broken and it gives me a place to put all of my random thoughts.

Jen said...

What an awesome giveaway! I would love to win that Garmin. I want one really, really bad but with student loan payments I just can't afford it.

Carrie said...

I love to run because I feel amazing and strong after I'm done!
I love reading blogs to get new ideas and inspiration for working out and recipes.
I would love that Garmin for my hubby-he is in serious need of a new one!!

bobbie said...

Why I like running, stress relief and a healty activity!
Blogging is just fun and awesome:)

AWESOME giveaway!!

bobbie said...

Linked this on my blog:)

Renae Tucker said...

I originally started running to lose weight but now I love running because I like the way it makes me feel, I crave it! It feels so good after you have accomplished a nice long run!

I would love to win the Garmin as I have been trying to find one for a good price but have not yet! So it would be great to win one!

Thanks for your hard work on the blog!

Renae

ikkinlala said...

What I love most about running is the feeling of mud squishing between my toes.

I'm not sure if Canadians are eligible for your giveaway, but just in case: I'd most like to win the Garmin.

Jill said...

The thing I love best about running is that it makes me feel great. I feel strong and healthy.

I would love to win the Garmin!

Elizabeth said...

Hi! I'm a new reader to your blog; it's really great. I really like your post on feet -- I'm having a lot of trouble with mine. Barefoot runners absolutely blow me away.

Your giveaway is incredible. Honestly, I'd love any of those prizes, but the Garmin would totally make my year. :)

Melinda said...

im really, really learning to love (or at least to stop hating) running. the feeling of crossing the finish line is the exact reason i run.

and blogging is the place where i dump all my thoughts and pray that someone else is out there reading them and feeling the same way i do!

i would love, love, LOVE the garmin as my nike+ is on its last leg...

what an awesome giveaway!

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

For me running and blogging go together. I've just recently found two local buddies to run with. Before that, the support and encouragement I received from my bloggy friends is what kept me going!

I would like to win the shirt, for my daughter. She's just starting to really enjoy running and she loves to bake and eat!

What a neat giveaway--great idea!

Darlene said...

What I love about running is that it makes me feel successful (that I have accomplished something)
What I love about blogging is reading about amazing people and it motivates me and keep me on track.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Oh, and I'm linking your giveaway on my sidebar.

Darlene said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog.

runs with boxers said...

I'm a follower of your blog, and the thing I love most about running is the way I feel after a run: more energized, better mood, tired body--I feel like I've lived a bit more than I had before the run. I'm just starting, so I hope I'll find other things that I love about it! I don't know how to link to my blog yet, but I'll try, and I would love to win any of the giveaway things!

katedroll said...

I love running because it makes me feel free, like a kid again and it is a great excuse to spend some time outside. I love blogging because it gives me an outlet to tell my story, my side of the story, or whatever I am thinking, regardless of whether or not it is ever read - it is out there.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You are so generous and I happily follow you anyway!

Running means strength, athleticism and reaching new goals that I never thought my body could do. Blogging is community and learning all in one beautiful bundle!!

I already have a Garmin, so I feel someone else could benefit from that. I would however LOVE that SPIbelt! I

Olivia said...

I love the feeling that I get after a hard workout because I know that I pushed myself! I would loveee the garmin!

Ashley said...

Running relieves me from stress and gives me confidence in my body.

I would KILL for the Garmin. I don't have a blog but if I did I would so put this on there! :)

Jen said...

posted on my blog in sidebar - http://runnermaybe.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

Blogging about my running - helps me validate that I can do what I want. That I CAN run.

http://runnermaybe.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

I would love the SPIBelt

cravetherun said...

I am new follower and a new blogger, in fact haven't gotten the first post up yet! I would love to win a Garmin, my current Timex system keeps losing the connection so it says I am running at like 35mins/mile. I KNOW i am not that slow! Great blog, so glad I found another one to follow!

cravetherun said...

Shoot, forgot to put what I love about running. I love to take new routes and run trails. It makes me feel strong and confident to finish a hard run or charge up a hill I wouldn't have attempted a year ago!

Maren said...

I love running because it gets me high..and I like being high. haha! I kid :) And I love the blog world because of the amazing people!

Oh, and I would LOVE the garmin. My nike+ is just not cutting it.

Danika said...

I LOVE the energy I get from running...some people take naps but I go for a run! LOVE it :) I love blogging to share and find new ideas for workouts, recipes, etc.
I have been dreaming about the GARMIN for months....

Korin Lopez said...

I LOVE your blog and I LOVE that you leave me such nice comments. It really just makes my day! I love running and the freedom and confidence that it has given me. I have really enjoyed blogging the past couple of months. It has been such a fun way to express myself and I have learned so many things from reading others blogs! You are so nice to do this give away! They are all just awesome!

lyssa said...

Running is my me time - having an 8 month old really demands my full attention, so when I run I have peace and quiet, time to destress and think about life.

I would LOVE the garmin, would totally be so much more awesome than the lame $20 digital watch I've been using ;)

Jen said...

I love running because it never fails to give me more energy than I started with before the run, plus the stress relief and simply the satisfaction and joy you get from pushing yourself and seeing the payoff. Blogging at fit360.blogspot.com lets me share that joy with others. I'd love to win the Garmin!

Jill said...

I've been a runner all my life, it's part of who I am. Having been injured for a year, I can tell you I miss it dearly!

I'd love to win the shirt - it is adorable!

Jill said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog!

Parker Report said...

I love running because with my 3 and 2 year old, (and my 28 year old husband! lol) it's the only time I have when someone doesn't NEED something from me. All my attention is into that run. Love that!
I love blogging because it's a fun way for my family and friends to keep up with my everyday life. It's fun to look back on for me too.

Hannah Berg said...

I love running and blogging for the same reason: because it clears my mind. I would like to win the Garmin ;-)

Thanks!

Katie said...

I have been running my entire life and now that I'm done with college sports I want to run longer distance. It would be great to win the Garmin so I don't have to guess how far I've gone and I can keep up with my 7:30 pace! I love blogging because it enables my family to stay up to date with what I'm doing while I'm at college. THey love to see what I'm doing and it's WAY easier then telling everyone at separate times.

Thank you for this opportunity!

Sabrina said...

I love both running and blogging because they are cathartic. I can work through things and feel so much better about everything when I'm done. (I'd really love to win the garmin!)

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Erin said...

I've been running since October. I started with the C25k program at 260lbs., and finished it at 235lbs. What I love the most about running, is that it's the one time I feel like it's completely okay for something to be all about me. As a wife and mom, I sometimes feel a lot of guilt when I am doing something for me. When I run though, it's okay for me to just be Erin again. I live for that. I just ran my first race last weekend in Salt Lake City, and had the time of my life. I've caught the racing bug for sure.

Thank you so much for an awesome giveaway! I'd love to win, but I am sure everyone would! :) I would love any of the prizes, but most especially the Garmin. I've very slowly been saving up for one... but it seems every time I get close, something else comes up. I guess that's life! :) I am following you now, too.

skinnyminny said...

I love the feeling I get after a really great run. I don't blog yet, but I'd love to start one soon!

I'd really love the Garmin..been wanting one for awhile!

Kara said...

I love running because it's my time to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate my body while clearing my mind. :) I love the blog world because of the great community.

Liliana Vela said...

I started running almost a year ago...and have completed 2 marathons... had great experiences and want to keep going! What I love the most about running is the quiet time I have while doing it.... and the great friends I have met in the meantime! The running community is amazing and your blog is very interesting!

ozone3 said...

Great prizes. I would love to win the shirt (already have a Garmin and a SpiBelt).

I love running because I'm doing something great for MYSELF!! I run first thing in the morning (starting around 4:30) and it feels so good to know that by 6:30 that I have done more exercise than most people do in a week(and before most people most people have even gotten out of bed).

Lawgirl said...

The thing I love most about running is the feeling that I accomplished something each and every time I finish a run!

I would love a garmin. I got the Nike+ system for my birthday last year and it's absolutely horrible! But, being that I'm a broke law student it'll be a while before I can afford anything else!

Melissa said...

Hi girl, I just came over from Janae's blog! What I love most about running, is when you cross the finish line of a race you get that incredible runners high! And you get to look back on all your hard work and feel so incredibly proud.

And I love blogging because you get to "meet", well sort of, so many new exciting people that you wouldn't normally get the chance.

Tricia said...

what I love most about running? Even a sucky run can leave you feeling empowered. Hello youre RUNNING.

and I love love this blogging community. So supportive.

(garmin-my hubs has been begging for one.)

nicole said...

I would LOVE to win the Garmin! My best friend (aka my Garmin 305) was recently stolen and I am devastated without it! I love how great I feel after running, and I love the competition of racing. Please pick me! :-)

Preppy in Polka Dots said...

I would love to win the garmin. I love running because it is all about me and how far I can push myself and I love the blog world because it is so great to get motivation from others on workouts and delicious recipes.

Bonnie White said...

I'm a used to be runner before too many injuries but mostly arthritis slowed me down. Now I'm a walker. I walk half marathon distances. I used to journal. Now I blog. If I win the Garmin, I can say I used to not know how far I went, but now I do.

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