Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Last of the Wright Socks Winners!

Oh Golly I am so far behind with everything in my life right now~ Ugghhh!

But anyway here is the list of the remaining Wright Socks winners!!!

Wednesday- Detroit Runner (Jeff) and Elle from Eat Run Sail
Thursday- Heather @ Just a Colorado Gal and Suz and Allan from Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between
Friday- Penny from Pink Hat Runner and Mother Runner from Life in the Twin Lane
Saturday- Baby Weight my Fat Ass and Crystal from Am I a runner......or Just Crazy

In case you missed the first round of winners check HERE! (I am still waiting to hear from one of those winners!!)

EMAIL ME your mailing info and shoe size so I can pass the info along:)


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Santa Hustle Smokies 1/2 Marathon

On Sunday, December 11 I ran my last "race" of 2011, the Santa Hustle Smokies 1/2 Marathon in Sevierville, TN. This was an inaugural event so I wasn't too sure how organized it would be. After my huge FLOP at the Nashville Half (Read about it HERE) I said I was going to take advantage of the 3weeks leading into the Santa Hustle Half and put in some good training runs along with some hilly runs, BUT DID I??? Of course NOT :? And I knew this going into the race therefore I looked at this event as just for fun for me!

We ended up staying at the host hotel which was the Wilderness of the Smokies, they have an indoor water park should have taken my suit, which is also where the packet pickup was. I really wasn't feeling all that well but didn't say anything about it to anyone. We picked up our packets, checked into our room and headed out the door for some retail therapy at the outlet mall! After a couple of hours of shopping we headed on over to Olive Garden for some YUMMY pasta salad and breadsticks :) We ended up back at out hotel and in the bed by 9:30p.m. ~ look out husbands we are party animals LOL!

Something the race directors wanted (and included) was for everyone to wear the red Santa shirt, hat and beard!

We wore the full garb for a before photo shot but certainly wasn't and/or couldn't run in a Santa hat and beard!
Me, Sheri, Carmen and Sarah
Aren't we the cutest Santa's EVER?!?!
Miles 1 - 4: I felt pretty good waking up and preparing myself except that I didn't bring anything to eat for breakfast and could only find some cookies in the snack machine, I didn't want to eat too many of them in fear of getting a belly ache while running. I lined up with Sheri in HOPES of being able to stay with her the entire way even though I knew better. Right as we approached the first mile marker a "dude" starting talking with us. "Hey was that the first mile? What kind of pace to y'all have? What kind of goal do y'all have?" Guess he could tell we was buddies :) There was also another girl to the left of me wanting to know the same information. I told both of them they should stay with Sheri, she is a MUCH better pacer than me and I knew I wasn't going to be able to hold the pace for much longer. I felt good these miles and we was pretty well ahead of our "9:09" goal pace. When we reached the 4mile mark I bowed out and told our "group" see everyone at the finish I am out! Even though is was chilly I started out sweating but around mile 4.5 I stopped sweating and got the chills.

Miles 5 - 9: I am so thankful I told myself I was doing this just for fun I was really feeling the effects of NOT training. During these miles I did lots of run/walk at first I would take short 30 - 45 second walk breaks and run at least 5mins or longer. After I reached the turn around I started feeling a little better and was able to run about a mile and a half without walking. Then I was back to run/walk but with longer walks this time. I kept checking my watch and trying to figure out how close to 1:59:59 I could get IF I could just pull myself together and GO! Nice thought anyway remember I am doing this for FUN!

Miles 10 - 13.2: (Isn't it suppose to be 13.1??)Yea by the time I reached mile 10 I was pretty much done for. I told myself several times "its only a 5k left" only the longest 5k ever! I tried my very best to actually run as much of it as I could then I told myself just try to run the entire last mile, well that was out as about mile 12.85 making the last turn to the finish one of the race officials asked me if I was alright, if I needed anything and if I could finish?? Did I really look that bad??

My Finish Stats: Official finish time 2:19:00
Age Division: 35/65
Overall: 384/634
Looks like I was stuck in the middle!
Not my best performance, Not my worst, Not too bad considering lack of training! I felt AWFUL when I did finally finish, my legs hurt, my head hurt, my belly ached and I quit sweating and had the chills.

Overall for a first time event it was very well organized. Will more than likely do it again next year! (With better training :) I would recommend this race to anyone even though it is pretty much just one long hill both ways in/out but with the right training I think anyone could achieve a PR!

Super Thirsty!

Sheri, Sarah & Me -I look super tired UGGHH!

Super Cute Medal!!
I am all about the Medals :)

Wednesday Winners

First of all let me say "Welcome New Followers!! So glad you have found my fabulous Blog & I hope you continue to enjoy it:)"

Now lets get to some WINNERS!!!!!

The winner of the Ultimate II Running Belt from IFitness is.........
          Rose @ Eat, Drink and Be Meiri  

Mondays Wright Sock winners are.........
          Just Jen     and    Running Moose

Tuesdays Wright Sock winners are........
         Jill R (couldn't find a Blog link for you!) and Sweet and Savory By Sarah

Congrats Winners!!! Email Me your mailing info so I can pass it along!!

Also Don't forget there is still 4 more days of Wright Sock Winners to come!! If you haven't entered to win yet do so HERE!!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide- Giveaway #3 Wright Socks (With 12 WINNERS:)

Its getting late in the Holiday season but another great gift idea for the "Runner" or Any Special Someone in your life is......


I was sent three different styles of WRIGHT SOCKS to try out. They were the Lightweight Cool Mesh II, the Midweight Running II and the Cushioned DLX. First of all let me just say I LOVE socks, socks of any kind!! A few years ago I showed up at work with a hole in the heel of my sock that was visible, one of the ladies I work with bought me a pair of Christmas socks during her lunch hour and brought them back to me! From that point on I haven't worn plain white socks (except for running:) since, almost always now when I purchase socks they are colorful or designed!!

But anyway back to the Review/Giveaway....... I have a worn WRIGHT SOCKS before and LOVE them!! They are one of my favorite brand of running socks. These socks are the softest socks ever and they have a perfect fit, they don't slide around or bunch up on my feet! My favorite style of the WRIGHT SOCKS would be a tie between the Cool Mesh II and the Running II. I also like the Cushioned DLX but they are a heavier weight and it has to be VERY COLD out before I wear cushioned socks, if my feet get to hot I am done for!

Here is a little info on WRIGHT SOCKS from there site:
*WRIGHT SOCKS have a patented Double Layer® construction that helps with Blister protection! (A HUGE + for me!!) Double Layer® delivers the no blister promise through a three part system:
                    1. Moisture Management
                    2. Temperature Regulation
                    3. Friction Reduction
*Outer Layer is constructed of performance fibers specific to each activity.
*Inner Layer: Smooth, undyed, hydrphobic Dri-Wright™ wicks moisture away for cool, dry feet.

Are ya ready to WIN some WRIGHT SOCKS!!!??? 12 yep that's right TWELVE lucky Followers will win their choice of the Cool Mesh II, Running II or the Cushioned DLX!!

How to ENTER to WIN:
*Visit WRIGHT SOCKS and tell me why and which pair you want to WIN!
*Like WRIGHT SOCKS on Facebook!

Two Winners will be selected Daily starting Monday, December 19 - Saturday, December 24! Each person can ONLY WIN ONCE!! So don't delay~Enter today!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oh Why Do I........

Oh why did I NOT train during the 3weeks I had before this last half... it wasn't pretty and a full report to come.

Oh why have I turned into a last minute Christmas shopper this year...I have never been this far behind EVER!

Oh why haven't I rolled out the giveaways I have like I planned on....where does time go? Stay tuned for some great giveaways and don't forget to enter my IFitness giveaway!!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Oh What a Week- Almost House Fire, Car Trouble and a Winner

Wow what a week it has been for me! It all started last Sunday morning I woke up at 5am to get a drink of water and use the bathroom, a few lights in the house had been left on so I was going around turning them off and I heard a hissing like sound?? I use some electric heaters in our house and just assumed it was making the noise I was hearing so I turned it off, turned to walk back through the kitchen and the hissing noise got louder, I turned around to look AND......
There was a FLAME shooting out of the cord our fish tank is plugged into! OMG!!! I went into panic mode for a brief second, wasn't sure what to do, so I grab the cord and unplugged it from the wall. As soon as I did that the flame went out. I am SO thankful I just happened to wake up when I did or our house may have just went up in flames!! (and possibly us!)

Then Friday comes along, time to head out for work I had started my car early to clear the frost. I go out to leave jump in my NEW 2011 Volkswagen Jetta that I have had since June and the engine light is on and an "EPC" light?? Ok I back down the driveway get on the road and my car doesn't want to drive, it starts sputtering and jerking!! Once again this week ~OMG!! The hubz is an awesome mechanic so I called him and asked what do I do, his answer GO HOME and call the dealer. They sent a tow truck to pick it up!! Sure enough when it gets there Jane (that's my cars name :) was perfectly fine all the lights were out and it ran just fine!! Isn't that always the way! But because everything is so super smart these days the computer in the car had "memory" of what happened so they could see that something really did happen and I didn't make it up however they couldn't find anything to fix since everything was showing fine. It possibly could have been some bad gas, hoping so anyway! The scary thing about that is I am going about 4hrs away to Tennessee today for the last (I think it will be the last anyway) race of the year so I am very thankful it happened at home and not away from home.

And finally the WINNER of the Plain Clothes Runner Cadet Hat is........
Miss Zippy!!!  Send me your mailing info and I will get your wonderful hat right out!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide- Giveaway #2 IFitness Belt

The fine folks at IFitness contacted me about doing a giveaway during my Holiday Gift Guide! Hmmm....let me think about that? SURE!!! And actually the timing couldn't be more perfect, during the Bourbon Chase I used my IFitness Double Pouch Belt and one of my zippers broke. Yep sure enough they will replace it for me :) all I have to do is send mine back in ~ Hooray!!

The belt up for the giveaway is the Ultimate II Running Belt
I do not have this belt but I think it would be nice having toggles to hold your bib! I think one of these would and should be on any Runners wish list!  Here is what features are listed for the Ultimate II Running Belt :

•Water resistant pouch, stretchy and sturdy, made of neoprene will keep your cell phone or iPod (any size) dry.

•4 elastic slots will hold your gels on your belt, for easy access.
•Additional side pocket perfect to hold an ipod, mp3 player, inhaler, house/car keys, sport beans, etc

•A special inner pocket will keep your ID/credit cards or room key securely.
•Comes with two reflector strips in the front and one in the back, for night time safety.
•Also featured are two toggles to hold your race number, under the pouch.

There are several color choices to choose from but if I was to WIN one of these fabulous Ultimate II Running Belts I would pick this awesome looking pink one :)

So how can you win?? Simply :)

*Be a Follower of this totally cool awesome Blog :)
*Like IFitness on Facebook and tell them I sent you
*Follow IFitness on Twitter and tweet you want to win @bobbie087 (I am still not the best with twitter or I would give you something to copy :)
*Visit IFitness and tell me Why you want to win and What color you would choose
*Post It on your blog

A Winner will be selected December 17

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I haven't been feeling the greatest this week but I was able to talk myself into going to the gym on Monday and run 2 miles on the "dreadmill" and do some strength training. Tuesday was the same yucky feeling but I still went on to aerobics. I could tell during aerobics that I wasn't really all with it but I still did ok. Wednesday I should have went to yoga but I let my yucky feeling talk me out of it :'( It has been another rainy and gloomy week.

Today the sun was shining and it was about 45*, I WAS going for a run outside! The end of the work day approached and I asked myself "do you really want to go now?" It was a struggle in my mind for a couple of minutes. I went :) and feel so much better.

Something that always seems to be true: It is Amazing how much better you can feel overall mentally and physically if you just do a little exercise!

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