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Athlete Inpsired Necklace Giveaway!


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Recently, Jenifer from Athlete Inspired was kind enough to offer me one of their great pieces of jewelry. I couldn’t resist the Run Necklace in black!

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These necklaces are:

  • Light weight and comfortable
  • All original design
  • Genuine leather
  • Lead and nickel safe
  • Available in lengths of 16 or 18 inches

I wear mine all of the time and love it! IMG_20131211_200805

To enter for your chance to win, just click this Rafflecopter giveaway link!

By the way, if you’re looking for last minute gifts, Athlete Inspired has a ton of other items to choose from! Be sure to use the coupon code below when you check out! Ironman Wisconsin 2007

Good Luck!!!

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe – See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

Metal “RUN” cut out pendant on leather necklace.

Available in Pink and Black.

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe

– See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

Metal “RUN” cut out pendant on leather necklace.

Available in Pink and Black.

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe

– See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

Metal “RUN” cut out pendant on leather necklace.

Available in Pink and Black.

• Light weight and comfortable
• All original design
• Genuine leather
• Lead and nickel safe

– See more at: http://www.athleteinspired.com/shop/np-r-pk/#sthash.DQMm9Hf4.dpuf

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Hug a Runner Day 2013 is Only Two Days Away!


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The countdown has started! There are less than 2 days until we celebrate the Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day!!

Don’t miss out on my last G.O. H.A.R.D. giveaway that I’ve got going on! It’s a chance to win the Level Up Training Plan from the guys at Run the Edge! You pick the distance and they’ll customize your plan for you! Click the Rafflecopter link below the picture to enter!!

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November 20th is going to be one of the biggest events ever! Don’t forget to follow Run the Edge on Facebook for lots of updates during the day! Also, there are places putting on local events that you can attend and join in on the fun! Our running community is very supportive and united and this is the perfect way to celebrate it! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and pass the hugs on to Run the Edge or these Hug a Runner Day Ambassador pages:   Slow is the New Fast, Distant Runners, Runner Unleashed, Ultra Moms on a Mission, Running Through Chaos, Run Like a Girl, I Run to Drink, Run Hard Always Finish, Run JunkeesNo Limits Running, Dare to Be Different, Women’s Running Community and Life in the Day of a Runner

If you’re in my area (South MS), we are having our G.O. H.A.R.D. event on November 19th!! You don’t want to miss out on this!! We will be having a 1 mile fun run, free Fox’s Pizza, free Coca Cola products and lots of great giveaways! We’re also going to use this as a chance for our running community to give back. We’ll be giving “Hugs to the Salvation Army” by bringing canned food items and toy donations. We will also be giving “Hugs to Terrod” by giving monetary donations to help with his treatment. (Terrod Jackson is one of our fellow runners that collapsed and suffered a traumatic injury during our Boston Memorial Run in May.) Visit https://www.fundraise.com/32-ten/prayers-for-terrod#donate to help us send “HUGS TO TERROD!”

I hope that no matter where you are, you’ll be able to give/get a hug to celebrate this special day! In case it’s been awhile since you’ve hugged a fellow runner, my friends over at Run the Edge were kind enough to make a video to refresh your memory. 

Happy Running  Hugging!!

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Hug a Runner Day 2013 and Running the Edge Book Giveaway!


hugarunnerdayIt’s time to G.O. H.A.R.D.  

This year’s annual Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day celebration will be the biggest yet!

Are you ready to Share the Sweat?

November 20, 2013 is going to be a HUGE celebration!

Runners of all styles, ages, genders, speeds, sizes, and ethnicities will unite in an embrace as we celebrate the Third Annual Hug a Runner Day!  Every runner deserves a hug. A real hug. The kind of hug that says, “Even if I don’t understand why you do it, I appreciate and recognize your effort.”
We are adding several new twists to the celebration this year as we wrap our arms around cross country runners, track runners, road racers, walkers, joggers, and sloggers. Nothing shows our unity better than a great big sweaty hug! 

What’s new this year?

1.  Giveaways all over Facebook: See the list below and join our event page for more details.

2.  Event in Portland:  There has never been a fun run like this one!  Click here to read about the First Annual G.O. H.A.R.D. Fun Run sponsored by Fit Right.

3.  Group Run Contest:  Read about our fun run, and then help organize or create something similar in your community. We are going to visit the town with the biggest/most spirited celebration some time in 2014!!

4.  Cool New Shirts:  Get your Official G.O. H.A.R.D. shirts now!

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4 Ways To Participate Before The Event:

1. Practice hugging as many runners as possible.

2. Go to the Hug a Runner event page on Facebook and click the blue “Join” button.  Don’t forget to invite your friends!

3. Follow these pages. At least one of these Facebook pages will be giving away free stuff every single day leading up to the event:  Distant Runners, Runner Unleashed, Ultra Moms on a Mission, Running Through Chaos, Run Like a Girl, I Run to Drink, Run Hard Always Finish, Run Junkees, Slow is the New Fast, No Limits Running, Dare to Be Different, and Life in the Day of a Runner.

4. Share this blog or write your own. If you have a blog, you have permission to use anything you find on this post.

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This is me hugging one of my favorite runners….my son, Zach!

4 Ways To Participate On November 20th:

1. Wear running shoes all day long. If possible, wear an old race bib.  If you see someone wearing these items, run up and give them a hug!

2. Organize a group hug with your training group. Send us a picture of your G.O. H.A.R.D. celebration.  The pic with the most spirit/creativity/people will be visited by us Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano in 2014!!  More details to follow.

3. Send every runner you know a virtual hug by enclosing their names in double brackets like this ((Adam and Tim)).

4. Commit random acts of hugging.

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I’m so excited to announce that I will be giving away an autographed copy of the book Running the Edge by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano!!  Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page here!

Want a chance to win?

Click the link below to enter!! 

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Good luck and don’t forget to G.O. H.A.R.D. on November 2oth!!!

{{{{HUGS!!}}}}

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Purina® Pro Plan®’s MapMyFitness Challenge and Jake’s Story


This post will be a little different than my others because it’s going to discuss a great way that you can get more active (running or walking) with your dogs.

I’ve been given the opportunity to share with you about the Purina® Pro Plan®’s MapMyFitness Challenge and introduce you to our dog Jake.

Purina® ProPlan® has teamed up with MapMyFitness for their Leash On Challenge. The challenge started September 30th and runs through November 13th. Log a walk or run together with your dog each day for 30 consecutive days for the chance to win a year’s supply of Purina® Pro Plan® Dog Food! Also, each time you log a run or walk with your dog, you can also win the daily prize: one of two Purina® Pro Plan® branded Camelbak® water bottles. For more information head to the Purina® Pro Plan® Fitness Group Page and take the 30 Day Leash On Challenge!

Now, I’d like to introduce you to our Great Dog Jake:

On June 19th, 2009, a new member of our family was unexpectedly added. My husband had been doing home health on Monday (the 15th) and noticed a little puppy on the side of a country road. He didn’t stop because the puppy ran and hid when he passed by and he thought that he was probably running back to his mother. On Friday when he drove by, the puppy was in the same spot but this time didn’t run away. He was too weak to move. Jason pulled over to check on him. He was sick and starving. Jason gave him his 2 cereal bars that he had with him and some of his bottled water. He then called me and told me what he had found and I let him know that I’d meet him nearby and get the puppy from him. He told me that he was in bad shape but I wasn’t expecting him to be as bad off as he was. He didn’t have a lot of hair, half of his tail was missing and the rest of it looked partially broken. He had sores on him and was literally skin and bones. I called our vet’s office and let them know I was on my way with him. He only weighed 7lbs and our vet estimated that he was about 8 weeks old. We picked him up the next day and he seemed to already be feeling better even though he still had a long recovery ahead of him. We took him every week for several weeks for shots to help him with the secondary infection from the horrible mange and for dips. At his 4th visit on Thursday, July 9th, he already weighed 15lbs! After several more treatments, he’s completely healthy and as happy as he can possibly be. Jake has come so very far since that day that my husband found him nearly dead by the road. It’s now been over four years and he’s one of the best dogs we’ve ever had. He loves running and staying active with our kids and other dogs.

I’m including some pictures of Jake as he progressed from a sickly puppy to a healthy, happy dog.

This is the day that he came home from his stay at the vet's office.

This is the day that he came home after his stay at the vet’s office. (My apologies about the condition of our porch floor! We were getting ready to have it repainted at the time.)

June 21, 2009 – Enjoying his new bed and toys.

July 11, 2009 – Finally starting to look like a healthy puppy!

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September 15, 2010

Winter 2010 – Enjoying a rare snowy day in South Mississippi.

May 28, 2013 – Waiting patiently on his turn to be petted.

We can’t imagine not having Jake as a part of our family.

Happy Running!

Purina® ProPlan® has partnered with MapMyFitness and created the Purina® ProPlan® Fitness Group Page to get pet owner’s more active with their dogs. Check out the Fitness Group page here and start getting active with your dog today!

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Frog Fuel Review and Giveaway


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Recently, I was contacted by Frog Fuel and they asked me to try their protein gels. I’m always excited to try out something that will be helpful on my runs and this was no disappointment. The consistency of the gel was not nearly as thick as some of the gels that I normally use but it wasn’t super thin either. The taste was not bad at all and easy on my stomach. Since they sent me 3 packs, I gave a pack to my oldest son to try since he’s currently training for a triathlon and has stepped into the world of sports nutrition. He had rave reviews for it as well.

Here’s what Frog Fuel’s site has to say about their product and what makes it different:

FrogFuel™ was developed by US Navy SEALs (Frogmen) to satisfy the need for a top shelf nutritional product that is easily consumed and highly effective.

Unlike many other companies, the founders and owners of Frog Performance and their peers not only use their own products but also live and breathe the lifestyle they preach to others. Even after life as elite operators in Special Operations, the owners of Frog Performance continue their relentless pursuit for perfection. FrogFuel is only the beginning of that quest!

FrogFuel is a protein supplement designed for optimum bioavailability and nutritional value to help YOU achieve unquestionable results. Please read below to understand why FrogFuel is truly a superior performing protein product.

THE SCIENCE OF FROGFUEL

FrogFuel liquid protein starts working immediately at the cellular level to increase strength, prolong endurance, and accelerate recovery.

FrogFuel Is a Patent-Pending Complete Collagen Protein and FDA Qualified Medical Food
The patent pending formula includes enhanced amino acids and taurine for maximum power.  Because of its rapid absorption FrogFuel can be taken before, during, or after a workout and provides the optimum nutrition to exercise for sustained periods at peak performance.

FrogFuel Is ‘Pre-digested’
FrogFuel is pre-digested using papain (a fruit enzyme found in papayas).  Papain breaks down the peptide bonds in the protein allowing for rapid delivery of nearly 100% protein at the cellular level.  Faster absorption means better performance and quicker recovery.

FrogFuel Is a Pure Collagen Protein
Why Collagen?
Collagen is second only to water in terms of volume in the body.
Collagen is found in all of our connective tissues, such as bones, tendons, dermis and ligaments as well as cartilage, teeth and muscles.

Benefits of Collagen: 

  • Improved skin and Muscle Tone
  • Increased joint Flexibility
  • Healthier bones, Arteries, Hair, and Teeth

FrogFuel Has Taurine
A key ingredient in FrogFuel is taurine, which acts quickly to open cells for the protein to enter and rebuild muscles and aid in recovery. Taurine reduces oxidative stress under extreme physical exertion where lactic acid builds up in the muscle.  Contrary to popular marketing campaigns taurine is not an energy enhancer.

FrogFuel Has Enhanced Aminos
Enhanced amount of Cysteine

  • Assists in proper function of immune system
  • Strong antioxidant properties
  • Neutralizes toxins and deactivates free radicals.

Enhanced amount of Histidine

  • Critical for blood hemoglobin
  • Crucial in the production of red and white blood cells

Enhanced amount of Methionine

  • Critical for maintaining hair, skin and nails
  • Increases output of lecithin by liver, helping lower cholesterol

FrogFuel Energized Protein Has Caffeine
Caffeine does improve performance. Caffeine combined with our rapidly absorbed protein provides unparalleled support before and during exercise.

Proteins form the body’s main structural elements and are found in every cell and tissue.  Your body uses proteins to build and repair muscles, bone, connective tissue, skin, and virtually every other body part and tissue.  Protein supplements is a necessity for those who desire to achieve the optimal performance to be one of the elite.

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“Everything you need, nothing you don’t.”

Along with my sample pack, they’ve also offered up a sample tasting pack for one of my readers! This is giveaway will only last a few days so don’t miss your chance to win! 

To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter link here:

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What is your Fuel Level? Click here to see!

Good Luck!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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Groovy Baby Action Gear Arm Warmers Review and Giveaway


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Jordan Shrack was the winner of the Groovy Baby arm warmers! Congratulations Jordan! Thanks to everyone that entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up very soon!

It might be summer right now but it won’t be long until those chilly race mornings will be back (I can’t wait!) and we’ll be digging out our trusty arm warmers again.

Down here in the Deep South, we were treated to a few extra cool race day mornings before the summer heat set in and I was able to try out my new custom made arm warmers that Katie sent me from Groovy Baby Action Gear. If you haven’t had a chance to check out her gear yet, you’ve got to go take a look! This girl is creative and I’m convinced she can make anything! She’s also a runner so she knows how things need to fit and feel.

Here’s a what her website says:

Groovy Baby Action Gear offers unique custom running sleeves, arm sleeves, running gloves, costume cuffs, arm bands, and costume sets for women and children. Be a super heroine everyday or give your race costume some extra flair!

Find your super sleeves here with one of a kind custom running sleeves that provide warmth and protection to your arms for everyday runs, races, racing costumes, and obstacle course/mud runs. You’ll feel the power and funk right away as you start your next adventure.

Your custom or ready made running sleeves gloves will leave your hands free and allow the ease and comfort of quick on and off without interrupting your most excellent adventure.

Every pair of running sleeves I offer is either ready made or custom to you at no additional charge! Send me your own (or your children’s) measurements and fabric choices or choose a ready made pair with tons of stretch and lycra goodness.

Add a name to your sleeves so the world knows what name to chant at the finish line!

Team Sleeves available with custom embroidered names and logos, please message me or see the “Upgrade” section of my shop.

I wasn’t exactly sure of what I wanted when we first began discussing a possible design for me but Katie had some ideas and it wasn’t long before she came up with a great one for me! She went with black and hot pink arm warmers with my Slow is the New Fast girl embroidered on the sides. She also included a Slow is the New Fast headband!

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Sporting my Groovy Baby arm warmers at a local 10k race. I was so glad to have them – it was cold that morning!

Katie also wants to give away a pair of custom arm warmers to one of my readers! If you’d like to have a chance to win a pair of your own, click the Rafflecopter link below to get started!

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P.S. – I have my eye on the Wonder Woman gear next!!

Picture courtesy of Groovy Baby Action Gear.

(Picture courtesy of Groovy Baby Action Gear)

Good luck everyone!!

As required by the FTC: I received this product for a review. I received no monetary compensation.  All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

If you would like to sponsor a giveaway on my blog (or you know someone that does) please contact me by sending me an email to gcmjjm03@gmail.com.  I will always disclose whether or not the giveaway is sponsored by someone else or if it is one of my very own.

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3W Races Virtual Westminster Women’s Classic 5k/10k/10miler Giveaway!


3wracesIf you’re looking for a virtual race coming up, here’s your chance! 3W Races has given me the opportunity to offer you a chance to win a free entry into their Westminster Women’s Classic 5k/10k/10 miler Virtual Race

The great thing about a virtual race is that you can race at the place and time you choose, as long as you enter your results by “Race Day” which is Sunday, May 12, 2013.  By signing up, you’ll get an entry into the prize raffle for prizes from 3W Races, Allied Medal Displays, Sports Authority, Road ID and more!

You will even get a race tshirt! The shirts are made of a sustainable blend fabric made with recycled water bottles!  The shirts are gender specific.  Since this is a women’s only race, all of the shirts are women’s cut.  3W Races says that their shirts run true to size. (Maybe even a little large…)

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If you’d like to enter for your chance to win click the link below:

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If you would rather go ahead and sign up now, you can click the link here.

**Some of the proceeds will go to Athletes Serving Athletes!  Their goal is $1,000.00 (They need 500 virtual racers to reach that goal.) This is a fantastic organization located in Maryland, USA. Click here to learn more about this great organization. 

Good luck!!

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