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Athlete Inspired RUN Necklace Giveaway!!


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Congratulations to the winner of the Athlete Inspired necklace, Kristi Ikerd!

 

Ok y’all, it’s giveaway time!! Jenifer from Athlete Inspired has offered to give away another one of her awesome RUN necklaces to one of my followers! If you’ve pictures of me, you know that I absolutely love my RUN necklace and wear it all of the time. It’s super comfy to wear while on a run and I even sleep in it!

These necklaces are:

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

 

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I love that it goes great with running clothes or regular clothes!

 

To enter for your chance to win, just click here!

By the way, if you’re looking for other athletic jewelry or just want to grab a RUN necklace now, Athlete Inspired has a ton of other items to choose from! Be sure to use the coupon code “slowfast15″! This will get you 15% OFF EVERYTHING thru April 30th when you check out! (Mother’s Day is coming up!)

Good Luck!!

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Gymdoll Tank Top Giveaway!


 

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Would you like to win this tank top from Gymdoll? Just follow this Rafflecopter giveaway link!

Good Luck!!

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon New Orleans Recap and it’s My 4th Runniversary!


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On Sunday, February 2, 2014, I completed my 3rd marathon. Here’s the recap below!

A few weeks before the marathon, RnR Nola held a photo contest for King and Queen of RnR New Orleans and I was fortunate enough to win Queen!

We traveled down to New Orleans on Saturday and met up with my husband’s sister who was also running the marathon on Sunday. By the time we arrived, found somewhere to park and walked over, it was later in the afternoon and the Expo was getting close to shutting down.

I finally remembered to have my picture taken with my bib!

I finally remembered to have my picture taken with my bib!

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We made it in time to get a goofy picture taken at the Expo!

After checking out all the great booths at the Expo, we headed out to go eat an early dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans, Dragos.

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We always like to get our picture taken outside with the big RnR Nola sign.

We headed back to our hotel after dinner and started prepping our gear and our minds for the next day. I was actually more nervous about speaking on stage in front of everyone than I was about running the marathon. We were, however, getting a little concerned about the forecast of rain and high humidity – not exactly ideal conditions but it is what it is. 

I was up at 4am (4AM!!) – not my typical wake up time on race mornings but since I had to be on stage by 6:15, I knew I’d better get started early. For someone that usually doesn’t head out to a race so early, I was really surprised at the tons of people that were already migrating towards the staging area. As soon as we got to the starting line/stage, I nervously made my way onto the stage and stood aside as they made their various announcements. I did remember to take a few pics from the stage while I waited!

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My view from the stage.

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Getting a quick picture made with the King, Tim Hinds.

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Interview time!

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Jason took this picture while waiting for me to speak.

Everything on stage went well and went by pretty fast. Before I knew it, I was gathering up my belongings and Jason and I were headed over to the VIP tent.

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A quick picture (via Instagram) before heading over to the gear check.

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Getting ready to check my gear and go to one last potty break before the race. (That weird looking concoction is Chia Fresca in my right hand.)

We made our way over to our corrals and got ready to tackle 26.2 miles for a 3rd time.

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My view on the front lines of Corral 15.

I was really trying to think positive and focus but in the back of my mind, I knew how bad my Plantar Fasciitis was hurting. It had gotten better in the weeks before the marathon. In fact, I was convinced that I was on the upswing and was doing much better. I was running consecutive longer runs with no pain (and that was a huge deal).  But…the day before the marathon, my foot was in horrible pain. I tried to think positive. I tried to visualize myself running with no pain. I did everything I knew to do but it didn’t work.  My plan was to run 2:30 and walk for 1:00. Every step hurt whether I was running or walking and I knew I was in trouble after the first mile but I tried to keep a positive attitude. I really wanted to get a PR from the year before but I knew that the weather and my foot were working against me. I had a pace band on my wrist and was very excited to see that was I on pace for the first several miles of the race. As my foot began to hurt me more, I began to notice my pace slipping a little bit. First, it was only a minute, then 3 mins, then 5 and soon 10. After that, I knew my goal wasn’t a PR but a finish. I cried a lot during this marathon. Honestly, I think I cried more this time than during my 1st.  At about mile 18, I had the privilege of seeing my husband on the course. He was on mile 21 and was a sight for sore eyes!! I’m sure I ran a little faster when I had him in my sight. He reached out his hand and took mine and gave me a quick kiss. It definitely carried me through those difficult miles on the hilly bridges.

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I’ve never been more thrilled to see that I had a 10K left to run!

As I mentioned earlier, the weather was crazy that day! It was humid, rainy at times and super foggy out by the river. I’ve never run in thick fog like that and it was very cool! When we ran past Jackson Square, it was eery to see only silhouettes of the statue and cathedral.

This gives you an idea of how thick the fog was down by the river. We took this later on that afternoon after the race.

This gives you an idea of how thick the fog was down by the river. We took this later on that afternoon after the race.

Out of 3 marathons, this one was my slowest but I didn’t give up and I finished. My official time was 5:56:40. All things considered, I’ll take it.

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I was one happy girl crossing the finish line!

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After the race, looking for food and a place to sit down.

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As you can see, I found both! 🙂

Besides the weather and foot problems, RnR Nola lived up to our expectations, as always. You can count on a well-organized race, lots of great music, crowd support like crazy and of course, awesome medals!

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I probably don’t have to tell you that I wore my medal all day the next day too. 🙂

By the way, yesterday was my 4th Runniversary! (This post was supposed to have gone up then – along with a run of 4 miles but a stomach bug decided to ruin all the fun.) Last year, I posted a recap of my running story that you can read here, if I haven’t bored you to tears already. 🙂

I also have an awesome giveaway going on with some great pages that you definitely don’t want to miss out on!! Click the picture and make sure you get your name in there for a chance to win!!

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Good luck and Happy Running!

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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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SPIbelt Review and Giveaway!!


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SPIbelt (Small Personal Item Belt) has given me the opportunity to do a review and giveaway for their awesome utility belts! 

Here’s what their website says, “Sleek, expandable, secure and does not bounce. Can hold an iPod™, Blackberry™, cell, keys, up to five GU™ packs, and other small personal items. The SPIbelt does not bounce, ride or shift while running or doing other activities.”

At one point or another  as runners, walkers or even as tourists, we’ve had our hands full and with either no pocket or not enough pocketsWell, SPIbelt has a solution for that!!

I’ve been on way too many runs that have consisted of me running with not only my iPod in my hands but with my keys and Sport Beans! I purchased another utility belt that, while roomy and water-resistant, was really heavy and never fit me just right. In fact, it would bounce and move around my body and even would have to be pulled up to keep it from falling off completely. That’s not what I want to deal with when I’m out training for a half marathon or even out running 5 miles! We first purchased a SPIbelt at the Crescent City Classic Expo in April of this year. My husband actually tried it on race day and loved it. I had  After trying the SPIbelt out on a run one day, I was ready to switch. What a difference in the two!! I actually forgot that I was wearing it!

When you first look at the belt, it seems as though you’ll barely be able to fit your keys in there, much less a phone, Sport Beans or wallet. I was able to stuff my keys, my Samsung Galaxy phone (which may be smart but it isn’t small), $20 and 2 GU gels on the outside elastic loops, although it can fit up to 6 on the outside of the belt. 

This is what I ran with the first time. (Minus the money which was only to check out the water resistance.)

Here's my phone, keys and gels

All zipped up and ready to run!

The SPIbelt is super lightweight, doesn’t bounce – not even when it’s loaded down! It fit securely around my waist but didn’t feel uncomfortable. Its stretchy fabric expands impressively to hold pretty much everything you might need to bring with you when you’re out for a run. 

SPIbelt makes numerous versions: the basic belt, the inner pocket belt, a waterproof belt, a water resistant belt, the energy belt, a belt for diabetics that has room for an insulin pump and even belts for kids!  It is one size fits all so all you have to do is adjust the band to fit your body whether you want it around your hips or waist Although the SPIbelt we own is black, it isn’t the only color. They have a variety of colors to choose from, as seen in the picture.

You can find them all by clicking here

Here’s what my husband has to say about his SPIbelt:

“Recently at the Crescent City Classic expo in New Orleans, I picked up a water-resistant SPIbelt. I was hoping to have a means to bring a little money and my pocket camera with me so that I could catch a few pics of the amazing crowd (22,000+ participants) and post race party. The SPIbelt was super slim and under $25.The belt that I purchased has several elastic loops for energy gels and has loops for attaching your racing number. The SPIbelt that I was looking at looked so small that I questioned whether it would be able to hold all that I needed it to. The company rep was confident and was able to pop my large Samsung Galaxy cell inside with ease. I was sold and so was another SPIbelt. I know it’s never a good idea to try something new on race day; but, I really wanted to bring my camera!!! I packed it, the room key, and some money inside of the super stretchy pouch with no trouble. The pouch conformed to the shape of its contents, keeping the size to a minimum. I was able to strap it around my waist, and with my shirt pulled over it, it was not really noticeable. The run that day was a nightmare with the heat and humidity, so I was definitely sweaty! After running through a few sprinklers and dumping a couple of cups of water on my head, my SPI-belt was definitely tested. It was comfortable to wear and I really had forgotten that I had it on while I was running. After crossing the finish line, I was able to remove my dry camera and had a few dollars to spend! Test passed! I have since used it on several runs with my cell phone in it, and remain very satisfied with my purchase.”

SPIbelts retail from $19.95-$29.95 and as you read, it can double as a belt for your racing number.

You can find SPIbelt by clicking the following links:

SPIbelt’s Official Website

SPIbelt’s Facebook Page

SPIbelt on Twitter

Win one here!!

As required by the FTC: I already owned this particular product. I received no monetary compensation. 
All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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