Will You #RaceToTheRow With Me? *Race Entry Giveaway*

Amazing Race is coming back to Somerville.

Wait wait! That sounds misleading.

THE Amazing Race the show is not coming back to Somerville, but AN Amazing Race is.

The Somerville Road Runners are putting on the 2nd Annual Race To The Row 5k on August 24th at 9:30am!

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YAY!! 

I had a BLAST at the inaugural race last year. If you didn’t just click on “last year” and read the race recap, let me tell you it is the race where I set my current 5k PR of 21:59. Umm yeah so this race means A LOT to me. Plus it is less than a 5 minute walk from my house.

Since Assembly Row was under construction last year, I know the course will be even BETTER this year since Assembly Row is open and thriving. Here is a sneak peek at it.

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The race is a run or walk and is open to runners and families of all ages and abilities.

Additionally, there will be a Children’s Fun Run (age 9 and under) before the race with all kids getting a medal! Can I pretend to be an 8-year old? ;) I love a medal.

I will say the Fun Run was adorable to watch pre-race last year.

But more about the 5k:

The Race to the Row will run through the Assembly Square District and along the Mystic River, ending with a fun-filled post-race party with food and drinks served from the newest local restaurants and live music supplied by the IT Band! All proceeds will benefit the East Somerville Main Streets program (funding East Somerville business visibility and bolstering the community at large) as well as Somerville TrackPAC (provides college scholarships for Somerville High School students).

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Following last year’s race I enjoyed free Harpoon beer and food courtesy of Burger Dive. I know they will be offering free food and drink to participants again this year, but details have yet to be released.

The Assembly Row and race area are easily accessible via public transportation and offer ample parking options for those choosing to drive.

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Now that I have you all drooling over the fun … it is time for the best part:

I have a FREE race entry to give away!

Lucky me!!

So here’s how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will run from Monday July 28 (11am ET) through Friday August 1 (11am ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Friday!

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Can you really get running accountability from a shirt? Today’s Miles Says Yes! Plus #Giveaway

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CONGRATS!!!!

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Have you ever tossed your training plan across the room and yelled: “Screw it!”

Well, I have and it resulted in some nasty paper cuts on the dogs.

I mean I didn’t mean to, but things happen.

(Please note: no pups were actually harmed in making of this blog post)

All I am saying is there are times that you don’t want to live your life by a training plan … but that is for a WHOLE different blog post.

What I am getting at is there are times when you just want to run, but you need some accountability.

For example, I have the best intentions to head out after work for a 5 mile run. But by Mile 2, I am having wardrobe malfunctions and my headphones stopped working and I am ready to call it a day. I am out there by myself and have no one to really tell me to keep going.

Sure social media can pinch hit in there.

How about a shirt?

A shirt you say – tell me more.

Today’s Miles has you covered. Simply put:

“Share your daily workout without saying a word. Simply select a shirt, color and number of miles for each of your daily runs.”

It’s that easy.

When I came across their website, I had to check it out.

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Today’s Miles graciously let me try out a couple of shirts and share the experience with you all.

(As always, thoughts and opinions are my own! Ain’t nobody got time for liars!)

The t-shirts, which are 100% polyester sweat wicking material, are available as a tank top, short-sleeved and long-sleeved. The tank tops and short-sleeved shirts also come in a ladies cut.

The shirt miles come in many increments from 0.0 to 50.0 and do include 5k, half marathon and marathon distances.

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Can you tell I took the above photo in a mirror? :P

I took the short-sleeved orange 5.0 out for a spin (value $18). I normally don’t wear t-shirts with short sleeves, while running – it isn’t my style. However, it is still chilly in Boston so having a long-sleeved compression shirt underneath helped lessen the annoyance level.

The shirt – a men’s medium – was nice and roomy while running. It didn’t ride up. It does sport the 5.0 on the front and on the back.

I really don’t know why having the 5 on my shirt impacted my thought process so badly. I think it was the fact that I take a post-workout photo every time and if I had to post this photo with the caption: “After my 3 mile run.” I would’ve felt like a poser and a loser. I couldn’t do that. So I soldiered through my 5 miles.

While training for the Boston Marathon with Tedy’s  Team, we had one of our final 10-mile runs on the docket. I really didn’t feel like running that morning, but thought it a great time to try out the long-sleeved 10-mile t-shirt in blue (value $23.50).

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Not only did it inspire and push me through the training run, but it helped my teammates. They knew what was ahead. The miles had to get done and shirt held us to that.

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I again had on a men’s medium and enjoyed the roominess (did I make that up?) of the t-shirt. The sleeves weren’t too long and were easy enough to push up when I started to get a little too warm. You know when shirts bunch up too much when you push the sleeves up to the elbow? Boy I hate that and find it super distracting while running. Thankfully Today’s Miles shirt did not do that.

Thinking about it – it is time I break that 5.0 shirt back out and get to business…

… before that it is giveaway time!!!

The giveaway will run from Monday May 12 (3pm ET) through Monday May 19 (7am ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Monday!

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Three Things Thursday

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Oh this meme makes me happy every time I see it! AND it makes me miss the 90s/early 2000s. Those were the days. Now where are my overalls?

Okay getting sidetracked!

I have been launching some exciting things this week and realizing they are all over the place on the blog and throughout social media. Thanks to Three Things Thursday I can put them all in one place for you!

Let’s do it!

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1) May is National Stroke Awareness Month! In honor of this, I am hosting a virtual 5k – Strides Against Stroke – to benefit Tedy’s Team and the American Stroke Association. With your $25 donation (through Paypal) you gain entry to the 5k (which you can run or walk or skip), a printable race bib and a Finsher’s Medal (which I will mail to you)!

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A virtual 5k takes place wherever you are, inside or outside, treadmill or elliptical between May 11-18. Once you complete the 5k, you would email me your time and picture (love those sweaty selfies).

It’s as simple as that.

To register or for more information, click here.

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2) Weight Off My Spring Dietbet is LIVE!

For those that don’t know what dietbet is: read here.

Basically you put in $20, attempt to shed 4% of your body weight in 28 days (less now since it started April 28), and if you succeed you split the pot.

Right now we have 217 players and a pot of $4,340!

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So do you want to put your money where your mouth is?

Then click here to sign up!

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3) GIVEAWAY TIME!! I realized earlier in the week that I hadn’t hosted a giveaway in about a month. You all need free awesome stuff!

Thanks to The Universe Knows I am giving away three great prizes: a mug, a hoodie and a journal.

Head over to the post to check out more info and to enter! Winner chosen May 8 at 7am ET!

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Have a Happy Thursday!

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Have you tried an Aquazinger? Review & #Giveaway

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Are you always on the hunt for new fun products?

I totally am.

And I usually find most of my ideas from my Weight Watchers members.

The Zing Anything AquaZinger is one of those products.

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We were discussing drinking more water during an At Work Weight Watchers meeting.

I don’t know if you have trouble getting your required amount of water a day (at least 1/2 of your body weight in ounces – so 155 lb person would need to drink at least 78oz), but some of my members do. So we were brainstorming ways to spice up your water

That’s when one of my members brought up the AquaZinger.

It took me awhile to get my hands on one, but that changed last week. Thanks Zing Anything ($25.99 value)! :)

I was freakin’ excited to check it out since I average about 100-120 ounces of water a day. And regular water can get pretty boring.

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I started by cleaning the Aquazinger before using. I reassembled the Zinger making sure the sports top was tightly fastened.

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I unscrewed the bottom cup from the base.

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The stainless steel bottle has a bottom-mounted grinder that retains the ground pulp of your ingredients but allows the pure extracted flavors to travel through a fine-combed mesh screen and infuse the water.

For this first attempt, I used the extra strawberries I had in the fridge. The box did offer four different fruit, vegetable, herb and spice combinations, which I appreciated. I lack creativity in that area. ;)

As I screwed the cup back onto the base. The blades twisted, grinding the ingredients and releasing the juices.

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After releasing the strawberry juices, I unscrewed the cap, filled the canister with water. Once I resealed the top, I followed the directions to “shake well for 10-15 seconds before allowing mixture to steep for 15-30 minutes.” The box went on to say the longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor.

I gave the Zinger one final shake and was ready to enjoy!

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And enjoy I did. It really perked up my morning. It is the little things in life. Now I was able to get two full canisters out of the strawberries I used.

Definitely cheaper than buying flavored water for sure!

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Now, the Zinger I had was called the “AquaZinger,” which can be used for regular or sparkling water.

But there are more Zinger options. You can Zing Anything… get it? See what I did there? :P

The company also offers a:

*Vodka Zinger ($25.99)

For those hosts looking to spice up their next party, the Vodka Zinger will be your perfect wingman. Use all-natural ingredients to create fresh-tasting, healthy cocktails with no added sugars or artificial ingredients. “Bartend” your guests beverages by infusing vodka with citrus fruits, strawberry, cucumber, hot pepper, raspberry, pineapple, rosemary… or Zing-up your own unique drink.

*Citrus Zinger ($16.99)

The Citrus Zinger offers an easy way to extract juice and flavor from citrus fruits and infuse them directly into your water bottle. Creating delicious lemonades, limeades, and orangeades, the Citrus Zinger flavor infuser is great for the active, on-the-go water drinker. Take it to yoga, the office, and around town. Enrich your water with vitamin C and flavonoids, and let the Citrus Zinger take you to that sunny, perfect day you long for, every day.

*Salad Zinger ($24.99)

Veggie lovers can shake it up by Zinging tasty dressings using the Salad Zinger. Simply add your ingredients to the grind cup (garlic, onion, citrus, spices, fruit, etc.), pour in olive oil and vinegar, shake, and voila! You have a healthy and delicious homemade dressing. With the Salad Zinger you can make the Italian dressing you always wanted, the orange vinaigrette that will have your guests asking for the recipe, a peach balsamic salad dressing that wows you every time, or whatever else your healthy heart desires.

*Kid Zinger ($13.99)

The Kid Zinger takes the citrus-infusing technology of the Citrus Zinger and shrinks it down to kid-size.In addition to being smaller than the parent Citrus Zinger, the Kid Zinger is also redesigned to be more kid-friendly, using a rounded citrus press tip to avoid injury and adds a pop-up straw to the lid to help prevent spills.

The Kid Zinger is a healthy alternative to sugary juices and soda. All drinks can be made using only fresh fruit, though a drizzle of honey or agave syrup can be added to make a fresh-squeezed orangeade or lemonade.

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So now comes the fun part … the portion of the post where I get to give away a Zinger of your choice!!!! :)

Raffle open to those residents of the 48 contiguous states.

The giveaway will run from Monday March 24 (7am ET) through Monday March 31 (7am ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Monday!

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Gone For A Run Makes Drinking Beer And Wine A Little More Runtastic + Giveaway!

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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On most Friday nights, you can find me sitting in bed, catching up on blogging and asleep by 8pm. Does this sound familiar? Are you getting flashes of your own Friday or Saturday nights.

If you don’t want to admit it, that’s fine. I won’t out you. :P But I understand. For most of my Saturday mornings are taken up by long runs or races around the country.

Again, sound familiar?

<<insert silent nod with fit bump>>

On those Friday nights, I like to relax the nerves of the long run or race with a little extra carbo-loading … aka BEER!

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My Friday night before the Black Cat 20-Miler :)

That’s right. I rarely go the night before a long run or race without a beer or glass of wine … or two! It depends if it is a race-cation or not.  ;)

One Friday night as I was wasting some time on the interwebs, I stumbled upon a section of Gone For A Run‘s website that I hadn’t seen before.

Drinkware!

I KNOW! I had no idea either. I buy all of my bib holders from Gone For A Run, but I haven’t spent serious time exploring their website.

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So after perusing the site and connecting with Gone For A Run on social media, I was given the opportunity to test out some of their amazing drinkware.

Then came the hard part … choosing which glasses to try. Ahh I wanted ALL of them. But I finally decided one one of each.

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Beer Glass

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Wine Glass

I should’ve filled the wine glass all the way to the top for the pic, but it is against my religion to pour wine back in a bottle. ;) It says 5k, 10k, Half and Full.

If you want to check out more of the beer glasses/steins and wine glasses, head on over here. The possibilities seem endless.

These glasses have really perked up my pre or post race adult beverage. I have drank wine the night before my last half marathon (1:44:30) and my last marathon (3:58:49) PRs. So I think I will stick with it. ;)

Now you may be wondering, Dani how can I get my own amazing glassware.

Well, here’s how to enter YOUR chance to win a $20 gift card to Gone For A Run so you can pick your own:

The giveaway will run from Monday March 3 (7am ET) through Monday March 10 (7am ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Monday!

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My New Race Ragz Shirt & A #Giveaway!

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Do you love hearing people cheer your name during a race?

Would you love a way to let folks know your blog name or about a charity you are working for?

Just want a personalized t-shirt to rock?

Well, I’m ready to help.

Say hello to My Race Ragz!

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I made my first purchase with Race Ragz in late 2011 for a half marathon I was doing in January 2012. I ran the F^3 Half Marathon in Chicago in honor of the Dempster Foundation.

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I had a great time designing the shirt through their website. I raised over $3000 for the Dempster Foundation before that race so I made sure to honor my top donors on the back as well as the person I was running for – Mile 13 for Riley. :)

Can you all see I’ve been using/loving the “Finish What You Started” mantra for awhile now?

So when I was offered the chance to design another shirt with Race Ragz through the Sweatpink community, I jumped on the chance (value $32).

For this shirt, I wanted to showcase my blog.

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The process was simple as I:

*headed to MyRaceRagz.com

*clicked on the create button

*selected the type of shirt (I chose the women’s endurance race tee in XL. I heard from another blogger that they ran small)

*chose “customized shirt”

*designed the shirt by uploading graphics and adding text to both the front and back of the tee

The whole process took about 10 minutes since I already had my logo ready to go. Obviously, the activity could take longer if you are playing around with different graphics and text, but that is the fun part. Right? You want it just right!

So you want to see the finished product in action? Here it is.

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Front

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Back

The shirt is the tech material so I can’t wait to show it off at the gym and during my races … as soon as the weather warms up of course. I am glad I went a size bigger so it is nice and loose – just the way I like it.

Delivery took 4-5 days, which included a weekend. The turnaround time and quality is top notch.

Now if you aren’t feeling overly crafty or getting overwhelmed with the possibilities, Race Ragz has designs on the site that you can choose to put on a shirt.

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Let’s get to the part you are waiting for … the giveaway!! Race Ragz is giving YOU the chance to design YOUR own shirt! Woo!

So here’s how to enter:

The giveaway will run from Sunday March 2 (6pm ET) through Friday March 7 (6pm ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Friday!

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Monday Musings: Black Cat 20-Miler, Blue Trailer & Ordinary Runner Holder Giveaway

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Laurel!

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Do you need some motivation on this Monday????

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BAM! The exact words I need to read/see regularly or just have tattooed on my body to remind me why I started my running/weightloss journey. I hope it gives you a little strength for whatever you have to do, conquer or face this week.

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I needed these four words as I prepare to take on the Black Cat 20-Miler on Saturday.

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On one hand, I am nervous to tackle my first 20-mile training run since March 2013. On the other, I remind myself that I completed the amazing Dopey Challenge in January (4 races, 4 days, 48.6 miles) so a 20-mile training run shouldn’t be so nerve-wracking.

Additionally, I did run 17.4 miles last Saturday (February 15) with Tedy’s Team and it was a pain-free experience.

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No matter the rationalization that goes on in my head … I still get a little anxious before such a big run. Especially when I will be taking on the challenge alone. No this isn’t a road race for one :P but I mean I won’t be surrounded by the members of Tedy’s Team. In Disney, I was also distracted from the miles by the characters, parks and the general excitement of the Dopey Challenge.

But, on Saturday, I will battle the mental demons that haunt me during a solo long run. This WILL be a good test of my mental strength and how important my music playlist selection will be. ;)

How will I prepare in the days leading up to the 20-miler though? Strategically. I do NOT want to head into Saturday on tired legs, which means this week will be a combination of running, biking, swimming and yoga.

Since this is the first of two 20-mile training runs, I will use it as a test of my strategy. Everything is a learning experience and can only improve my training plans.

*Potential* Game Plan:

Sunday: 1.5 hour bike trainer session and 6 mile walk with my wife
Monday: Run and Spin
Tuesday: Swim and Run
Wednesday: Yoga
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Bike

That is what I have for now so we will see how it goes, while I start a new job this week. Either way I think I will be rested, yet prepared for Saturday’s 20-Miler. The biggest hurdle will be NOT getting swept up in the “race” atmosphere of the race. Thankfully many of my recent races have been used as training runs so I am getting better at blocking out the runners around me.

AND getting over the mental part of doing a 10-mile loop twice. There will be runners finishing while I head out on a second loop. Sometimes seeing the Finish Line during a race can take me out of my plan, but I won’t let that happen Saturday!

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Do you worry about keeping your belongings at bag check? How about in your car while you try to race? Or you bribe a friend, parent or relative to be your “pack mule” and hold everything you own?

I’ve answered “yes” to all three.

So I am looking forward to testing out the new locker system put on by Blue Trailer at the Black Cat race on Saturday.

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Molly, the founder of Blue Trailer, provided me with some helpful information about locker rentals:

- $5 for a small locker (6″x6″x9), $10 for a large locker (12″x12″x12″)
- Rent online in advance or in person with cash or credit
- The staff will give you a key to your locker, which you can access it anytime until the end of the event. When you’re done, just lock up and drop your key in the key drop
- If you don’t have a pocket, the staff will have elastics or safety pins for your keys. If you’d prefer, Blue Trailer can keep the key for you while you run.
- The trailer will be monitored at all times to make sure your stuff is kept safe!

If you will be running the Black Cat 10 or 20-miler on Saturday and want to try out the Blue Trailer lockers (you know I will be), please sign up online (here) and use code WEIGHTOFF to receive 20% off your order!! Go run … Do it … I’ll wait!

<<groovin’ to elevator muzak>>

All set?

Sweet.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Now, I need a place to show off the bling I will earn after Saturday’s Black Cat 20-miler. You KNOW I can’t leave my medals hidden in a drawer or piling up in a shoebox.

Interestingly enough, Ordinary Runner stepped in to fill my void. Becki, owner of Ordinary Runner, produces and sells race medal holders ($20-27) and bib holders ($20-23) on Etsy.com.

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She offered to produce this masterpiece for me (value $25). Isn’t it pretty? I was able to choose the phrase (from a certain list she provided), the background color, as well as the finish of the knobs. I loved being able to personalize the wood rack. (haha rack)

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The wooden holder was easy to mount on the wall – just needed the two nails included. Simple enough even I could handle it… but I let the wife feel needed and had her hang it. ;)

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How awesome does it look? While waiting for my Black Cat medal, I decided to show off my Boston Athletic Association bling in the meantime. I can’t handle leaving a medal holder empty.

Becki gave me the tip to fold the tops of the ribbons to help them better sit on the knobs. It was a helpful tip, which kept the medals from falling off during transport from couch to wall. :)

Now comes the fun part. Becki has graciously offered to give one lucky reader their very own medal holder!! Woo!!

So here’s how to enter:

The giveaway will run from Monday February 24 (8am ET) through Friday February 28 (5pm ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Friday!

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Win A Chance To Run The Inaugural Craicfest 5k With Me!

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats Shimmy!!

If you didn’t win, but still want to party with me at Craicfest 5k – use code WOMS to receive $8 off your registration!! Sign up HERE.

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Beer. Dancing. Music. Friends. Celebrations.

What could those words possibly be describing? Besides my normal Tuesday night.

(Note: We all know that is a big fat lie! But thanks for laughing along!)

I’m actually talking about two of my favorite events: a Cambridge 5k race AND St. Patrick’s Day!

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Team Slumbrew at Cambridge 5k’s Yulefest 5k 2013

And for the first time ever Cambridge 5k and St. Patrick’s Day are teaming up for…

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Craicfest 5k on March 16, 2014 at 9:30am! :)

WAHOO!!!!

It IS t-minus five weeks until we don our favorite green apparel.

For those that don’t know, Cambridge 5k is a running series here in the Boston area that organizes “unique handcrafted running events that are super-fun!” And I can attest to that. I completed all five in 2013 (four with Team Slumbrew).

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The now six-part series is a combination or road and trail races geared for all running levels. Every race is a good time capped off with a giant dance party, while enjoying local craft beers.

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Somerville’s Own Slumbrew

The Cambridge 5k series is the brain child of one of my favorite race directors, Eddie. He really cares about the participants, the local community, as well as the overall race experience. He is open to thoughts from runners and we all appreciate him for that.

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So now that we all know how much I love the Cambridge 5k series and Eddie, it’s time to talk about the newest race … and get to the giveaway!!

The newest addition to the series will be the Craicfest 5k on March 16, 2014 at 9:30am.

The details:

Join us on St. Patrick’s Day weekend for a unique 5k road & trail race through DCR Northpoint Park, followed by an amazing party hosted by CambridgeSide Galleria!

Get in the spirit and wear your GREEN! Or even better, run the race in your best Irish-themed outfit and you could win some serious prizes in our costume contest!

Registration includes a great C5K race shirt + free food & beverages at the post-race party featuring an awesome mix of Irish alternative & hip hop hits!

Who can pass up a 5k race, dance off AND post-race party with local craft brews? I KNOW I will be there.

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I’ll make sure you have a BLAST!

So can do you want to join me … for free!

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So here’s how to enter to win your free entry into the inaugural Craicfest 5k:

The giveaway will run from Sunday February 9 (8am ET) through Sunday February 16 (8am ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Sunday!

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Tedy’s Team, Raffle Basket & 5 Months ’til Boston Marathon!

Thank you to everyone that donated to Tedy’s Team. This fundraiser raised $630!! Woo!!

Congratulations to Abby K for winning the raffle basket!!!

Winner selected from Random.org.

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How crazy is it that it picked 54 – Tedy Bruschi’s jersey # with the Patriots. *Destiny*

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Tedy’s Team.

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I am honored to be on a team with such amazing, dedicated, smart, athletic and kind people.

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Tedy’s Team was founded by Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, who suffered a stroke in February 2005 at the age of 31. The Stroke happened “just weeks after winning his third Super Bowl and days after returning from playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.  As he recovered, Tedy committed himself to being an advocate, spokesperson, and inspiration for stroke survivors in our area.”

So where do the runners come in?

Tedy asked the American Stroke Association to work with him to create “Tedy’s Team,” a group of runners raising money for the American Stroke Association and training to complete the Boston Marathon® and the Falmouth Road Race.  Their participation supports Tedy Bruschi’s fight against stroke and honors both the survivors and the loved ones lost to America’s No. 4 leading cause of death.

When I decided in 2013 that I wanted to run the Boston Marathon as a charity runner, I knew it had to be with Tedy’s Team .

Why?

Because I have a very personal connection to Strokes. Both of my grandparents are Stroke Survivors, as well as, my wife’s father.

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I got the acceptance call from Zack, Senior Director of Tedy’s Team, in October 2012 and was psyched! I was ready to help in the fight against Stroke and take part in one of the most historic events in the world, the Boston Marathon.

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I had an amazing experience training for the Boston Marathon, meeting teammates and helping the American Stroke Association one dollar at a time. But during the training, I had an unexpected loss. My Grampa passed away two days after Christmas. It was a tough tough time.

But when I needed a push to go out in the snow and run 18 miles or a reminder why I was taking on this endeavor to begin with, I thought of him. I even wrote Grampa in the Sparkly Soul headband I wore at every Tedy’s Team training run and during the Boston Marathon itself.

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The 2013 Boston Marathon is something no one will forget. For those that don’t know, I crossed the Finish Line about a minute before the explosions happened. My wife and dad were right near them, but thankfully we all came out unharmed. Here is my recap of that experience.

When asked after that day if I would run the Boston Marathon in 2014, I would say no. I was one and done.

But, things change.

On April 22, Tedy’s Team reconvened to have the post-marathon party we didn’t have on April 15. There Tedy and Heidi (his wife) posed with all the runners…

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and Tedy announced that he would be running in 2014 and that all 2013 runners would be welcomed back to the team for 2014.

AND in that moment the decision was easy, HELL YEAH I would be back in 2014!!

I looked at my “Grampa” Sparkly Soul headband on my wrist, started tearing up, looked at my family and we all knew – I had to run again.

So here I sit, 5 months away from the 2014 Boston Marathon, which will be taking place on April 21, 2014, and while the training hasn’t started yet the fundraising has. :) :)

To have the honor of wearing the Tedy’s Team singlet again, I have committed to raising at least $5,000 … and you can help!

In September, I did the 2nd annual 30th Birthday Run-Walk Ramble and once again raised $1000. Since then I have been reaching out to friends and families to start planting the fundraising seed.

At this moment, I have raised $2,950 out of the $5,000 fundraising minimum.

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Which brings me to my latest fundraising effort: a raffle basket with amazing prizes – valued over $350!!

The Raffle Basket includes:

*1BandID (value $20)

*ENERGYBits Sample Pack (value $10)

*Got Chocolate Milk Team Refuel visor (value $16)

*Humana Gear Pedometer g1.0 (value $15)

*KT Tape Pro (value $20)

*Nike + iPod Sensor (value $20)

*Omron Pulse Monitor HR-500U (value $172)

*SONY 2GB W Series Walkman MP3 Player (value $70)

*The Biggest Loser: The Weight-Loss Program to Transform Your Body, Health, and Life (value $22)

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Not Pictured: 1BandID and Team Refuel Visor

Here’s how to enter: for every $10 you donate between now and Wednesday, November 27th at 5pm ET, you will get one chance to win the raffle basket. So $30 donated to Tedy’s Team = 3 chances to win the basket, etc.

So where do you donate?? Click on this lovely link to get started —- DONATE HERE!!

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KIND Snacks Giveaway

Annddddd the winner IS:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

CONGRATS!!!! Thank you to everyone that participated and big thanks to our Sponsor!!!

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There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. At KIND, we believe you deserve both—we call it our brAND philosophy. That’s why you’ll find all of our snacks are pretty much the nirvana of healthful tastiness. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to our standards in the KIND kitchen.

Well KIND snacks pretty much sold me with that introduction to their company.

KIND snacks has been around since 2004, but didn’t enter my radar until last summer. Yes I know I am behind the times. What else is new? ;)

I kept seeing their product at local races. Now, I am ALL about the free products at a race so I would pick one up and not really think anything about it until…

… I actually chatted with lovely ladies working the booth. I mean it took me long enough to say Hi to Lauren – I’ve seen her at pretty much every local run since moving back to Boston. It just took me time, okay? Okay.

Lauren was super sweet and told me a lot more about the message of KIND Snacks AND that it is more than just those yummy bars – there’s granola too! Oh my!

KIND has started a movement on social media by using the hashtag #KINDAwesome. Have you seen it on Twitter or Instagram? They are encouraging folks to use it to capture the kind moments in life. It is really inspiring if you sort by that hashtag.

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.
—Henry James

After seeing Lauren at yet another race – VERT Sasquatch in July – we finally decided it was time for a little KIND giveaway here on the old blog. I’m looking out for you all. :)

So one day in early August, I came home from a tough Spin session to find this awesome sight on my porch.

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Amazing message right on the bag

Aahhhhh!!! Glorious right?

But, it got better.

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OOhhh yeaah!

As you can see as soon as I emptied out the KIND Healthy Snacks Mixed Case (Value $107.50) with a surprise treat of granola in there as well, I put the Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values on the packages. The bars on the right were all 5 PP each, the boxes on the left were all 6 PP and the granola for a serving (1/3 cup) was either 3 or 4.

Now my Weight Watchers friends may think these are kinda high PPV for a granola bar, but let me tell you they are WORTH IT!

I have been finding all sorts of ways to fit KIND bars and the granola into my plan.

*KIND Bars have been good for pre OR post workout fuel (biking, running, weight-lifting, swimming, prancercizing, etc). Now that I have started “running” the Harvard Stadium stairs at 6:30am on Tuesdays I need a good source of fuel beforehand that will keep me satisfied, but not weigh me down. I am one of those people that will get sick if I eat too much before a workout. Plus, I don’t want to wake up at like 4am just to have something to eat and not get sick for a 6:30am workout. Who is with me?

Sooo instead I will pop a KIND Snack bar in my bag and I’m off.

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I couldn’t wait to take a pic of the yummy PB & Strawberry Bar (5PP) after doing a hill workout Wednesday so you just get to see half of it. ;)

*KIND Granola is actually an AMAZING bang for your buck when it comes to Weight Watchers PointsPlus Values or calories or just taste! ;)

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You can have 29g (1/3 cup) for 3 PP of the PB Granola.

I. AM. OBSESSED!

I seriously don’t think I will ever eat yogurt without it again.

Yup – that good. :)

So do I have your mouth watering yet? Well, I am currently snacking on a Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate bar (6PP) that is heavenly.

Oh you want your own now? Getting excited that you can actually pronounce all of the ingredients on the KIND Bar label? Loving the #KINDAwesome mentality?

Well, alright alright. Let’s bring on the giveaway. :) You all deserve it.

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So here’s how to enter to win your OWN KIND Master Mixed Case like mine:

The giveaway will run from Tuesday August 20 (10am ET) through Tuesday August 27 (9am ET)!

The winner will be selected and announced on Tuesday!

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