Sunday, February 20, 2011

Blogging from bed.

My first attempt at blogging using the Blogaway app on my phone. I've been bed bound with the flu all weekend so I guess now is as good a time as any to try it it out.

Just wanted to let you guys know that my sweet friend, Candice (from I Have Run) is giving away a free entry to the South Valley Half Marathon which is here in Utah at the end of August. So head on over there to enter her giveaway! 

Good luck! I must get back to my warm tapioca pudding now. Happy running! 

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Pink Half Giveaway Winner!

Let me just quickly say that I was inspired by so many of your posts. I only wish I had a free entry for everyone! 
I used to randomly choose a winner for this giveaway and it chose comment #48 which belongs to...


Here's what she had to say about why she wants to run in this event- 
"There is a strength found among women that we can share with others that makes us all the more powerful. My beautiful sister got me running two years ago and even though she lives hundreds of miles away she's going to join me on this my first half marathon done for my 40th birthday. My other sister will also come and show support. We're thrilled to have this weekend to be together and lift each other up and join with other great sisters and friends for a great cause."

So happy to be part of making that weekend even more special for you, Talula, and good luck with your training! Contact me at alicia_verburg (at) hotmail (dot) com to claim your prize!

Everyone else, get signed up! I know this race has limited spots so if you want to be sure you get one, the sooner you sign up the better. See you there! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Last chance to enter!

Hey all! I'm really excited about the response I've gotten about the Pink Half.   So many of you are really juiced about this race! And for good reason. It promises to create amazing memories for all of us running.  And, of course, there is nothing better than getting to enjoy a race knowing that you are helping out a good cause, too. Just wanted to post quickly to let you know that I will be choosing a winner first thing Thursday morning so be sure to enter if you haven't already.

Also, FYI, the Pink Series is hosting The Pink 5k in Alpine on April 23rd. This race is a ladies only event (yay!) on a screaming downhill course. (Can you say PR?!) It's a perfect kickoff for your half marathon training AND if you are registered for the half marathon you get to run the 5k for only $15! Very cool. So much of the fun stuff that is offered at the Pink Half is making an appearance at the 5k- running with women, great race swag and handsome men in suits and pink ties greeting us at the finish. Love it! Also, just to make sure they covered all their bases, the race directors are having an Easter egg hunt and other Easter festivities immediately following the race. Will be a fun one for your kiddos to come and cheer you on and then get to play a little themselves. Can I just give a huge shout-out for women race directors?! Leave it to gals to delve into the details and think of everything. I am loving everything I know about both of these races! To register for the 5k, just follow this link to get to the registration page and you can sign up for the half, the 5k, or both races in one fell swoop.

I'll leave you with a pic of me in the pink compression socks I'll know I'll be sporting at one or both of these races.
Love my Ragnar Team!

Good luck, guys! See you back here Thursday!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A very "pink" GIVEAWAY!

The house is completely quiet right now. I can seriously hear the tick-tock of the clock. Don't remember the last time I heard that. Ooo, the heater just kicked on. Fascinating what you can hear once the kids and hubby are all tucked in and asleep. Usually, the house is crammed full of the screams and laughter of little boys (which I have to admit, I kinda love) and ESPN turned up way too loud (in order to hear it over the screaming boys. Don't love that.)  So, the quiet is rare. Very rare. If only I could bottle it up. Just know that right now I am blogging in a good place mentally. I'm. Having. A. Zen. Moment.

Enough of that, on to much busier things. Marathon training is well on it's way. I have long run #2 tomorrow (14 miles) and it looks as if I will be doing that one on the treadmill, too.  Disappointing! Especially because the weather was so beautiful earlier today. It was actually semi-warm and the sun was shining.  The clouds and snow rolled in so fast this afternoon! So, rather than break an ankle out in the snow, I'll be looking for a movie to help me forget that I'm running on the treadmill. Worked last week. Any recommendations?! I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. A total girl, I know. :)
Speaking of girly things, I have some VERY exciting news! Tanya from The Pink Series Half Marathon contacted me and offered to give one of my readers a FREE ENTRY (!) to run in their 2011 event this October in Park City, UT.  I am *very* excited for this race and let me tell you why-
  1. Utah's only All-Female half marathon race. (Think pink!) You know how fun it is to run with your gal pals. Imagine a race with the same appeal as your weekly sweaty gab-fests.
  2. Park City! Absolutely one of the most breathtaking places in the world. A real destination race.
  3. My friend Cami ran in the inaugural event last year and was one of the first to sign up when registration opened this year. Here's what she said when I asked her what made this race so special-  "I loved the fact that it was small, all women, and we were all wearing pink! Plus, you are in one of the most beautiful venues to run in! :) The time of year makes it really nice too, the weather is cool and crisp, enough to keep you cool...but not freeze you. Also, the SWAG was awesome! They totally treat you like you want to be treated as a girl. The support was fantastic, not to mention the fact that we are racing for a cure for breast cancer. At the end, they had these super handsome men waiting for you at the finish line, all decked out in suits and pink ties... a nice way to end a race! :)"             
Pretty sure she sums it up perfectly. The race directors pull out all the stops to make this an event to remember. And just in case you are not totally convinced that you want to run this race, check out this video from last year's event. Clincher.                        

So, want to know how to enter to win a FREE ENTRY into this fabulous race?! Of course you do!  You can earn up to 4 entries by doing these simple things:
  1. Tell me in a comment what you love about ladies only events. (This will be my first so I'm excited to read your comments.)
  2. Become a follower of this blog and let me know in a separate comment that you follow.
  3. "Like" The Pink Series on Facebook and leave me another comment letting me know that you did.
  4. Post this giveaway on your facebook page or blog and tell me about it!
Good luck!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

St. George Half Marathon. And stuff.

I'm still running! And, can I just say that I am so thrilled that I can come here to talk about it from time to time because I'm pretty sure all my facebook friends are starting to roll their eyes every time I mention running. It goes something like this- Facebook says, "What's on your mind?" And I think, "Well, lots of thoughts are running through my head. Running thoughts. Thoughts are running. Hey, I ran today! Or yesterday. Or signed up for another race, etc.,etc., etc." And then I have no choice but to write about it, right?! I know I'm not the only one. By the way, I totally get how that could be annoying.  :)

What have I been up to lately? List time!
  1. I just signed up for marathon #2! Salt Lake City Marathon on April 16th. Just started training for it last week and so far, so good. I even ran 13 miles on the treadmill yesterday and somehow kept a good attitude about it. Oh yeah, I remember why, I watched The Notebook while I ran! I love that movie. Swoon city!
  2. My local Train4Autism chapter is forming a team to run the Utah Valley Marathon, Half or 5k on June 11th.  Thai Guy and I are running the full and we are hoping to recruit at least 20 others to run any of the 3 race distances as part of our team.  If you are running or know anyone that may want to run this race (full, half or 5k), let me know! By just signing up with our team you can get $10 automatically donated to Train4Autism. Easy peasy! And, of course, there is plenty of opportunity to fund raise, too, if you'd like!
  3. Last month, I ran the St. George Half Marathon in sunny St. George, UT and finished with a time of 1:57:21. Not a PR but a nice run in amazing weather. I hadn't planned on running this half but we were going to be in town for my husband's work conference anyhow, so why not?! Here's a bit of video from my finish. Lady in black. My boys may be little but they are LOUD! ;) Love my cheering section.

The next few months promise to be very busy but the kind of busy that I love! Happy 2011!