What am amazing weekend! This post will be filled with lots of adventure, recaps and the best ever, a GIVEAWAY!
First things first, a recap of week 7 marathon training.
Monday: rest day after my first 15 miler:)
Tuesday: 5 miles in the pool
Wednesday: I became one of those "crazy people" who are running in the down pour and jumping puddles. I managed to get in 6 before I couldn't take my squishy shoes anymore.
Thursday: started a running workout with Nick, but both quads locked up. Had to call it quits after 30 minutes. Big fail.
Friday and Saturday: rest because my legs were still hurting:(
Sunday: was our first blog meets real world GYRO run! Nicole and I headed to Kalamazoo to meet the Dawn for a trail run. We planned to run 16, and headed out with the best of intentions. We were stopped in our tracks by a cranky man asking us for trail passes...failed to notice that sign! Thank goodness the dawn had her check book and we were quickly underway. The first 4 miles were great! We had a great time talking and sharing stories...we were looking for water and ended up at this old school water pump that made our hands stink. While the trail was beautiful, the potties left much to be desired! Anyways, we decided to turn around at 6 and only put 12 in. I died a slow and miserable death from mile 9-12. Nicole and the Dawn finally ran up ahead and I stopped to walk. The sun was soooo hot and it was soooo sticky. While I have ALWAYS been a summer girl, I'm beginning to think that I'm OVER ready for fall. Anyways, after finishing up our run and snapping this quick picture, we headed to cracker barrel for a super yummy breakfast!
After breakfast we were going to head to the running store, but we had a few minutes to kill so we decided to hit up Coldstone Creamery after reading the dawn's post about this amazing cupcake. Chocolate shell, red velvet cake, cake batter ice cream, fudge, frosting....ahhhh, what more can I say except AMAZING!!
I had such an amazing time with new friends! We made plans to go and watch the Chicago marathon (which is the week before our race) to cheer on friends and get totally pumped for our race. The Dawn will be trying to BQ in Grand Rapids the same day we are running Long Beach! I hope to run a race with her sometime in the future!
2 more quick things and then I'll get on to the goodness...
my best RB Nicole brought this to me on Saturday:
It's my GYRO necklace that I've been dying to order from Lift Your Sole. I was sooooo excited and it's the most amazing gift ever! GYRO (get your run on) is our little running club that we've started here (totally copied some really awesome girls from the south!) but we are having so much fun with it! After my race in Notre Dame and forgetting important stuff (like my Ipod), I decided that it was crucial I get myself a running bag to keep all of my running must haves in one place. I had this super cute bag made so that I can keep track of EVERYTHING and not forget anything again! there are some things that I just can not live without including these items:
Ipod and Skull headphones: I need tunes and headphones I can count on!!
GU: Something new I'm still learning with, but it's growing on me:)
Bondiband: seriously addicted. Love them. Helps keep hair out of my eyes and sweat off of my forehead.
Orbitz: spearmint gum. I think I chew an entire pack during one race. Yikes!
Jorge my Garmin and my I fitness belt. Love them both.
Anti-chaf stick for the problem areas.
Baby wipes: for my "quick baths" after long runs and I really want to go eat breakfast, but the smell of myself is not so great. Quick way to wipe up and feel fresh!
NOW HERE'S YOUR CHANCE!!!
I'm hosting this giveaway in honor of my 300th post! While I have been blogging for awhile, I just recently started blogging about running, and it's amazing the people I have "met" and things that I've learned!
Knowing how much I <3 my running bag, I want to give you the chance to get your own!
You will win this:
A GYRO running bag (sling bag) gray with black letters. It does say ADIDAS on the other side, so if you're not a GYRO fan, it's easily reversible.
And all of this fun stuff! While I wish I could get you one of everything in my bag, my budget doesn't quite allow it. So sorry, no Garmin or Ipod, but you will get:
~packet of GU
~Package of Orbitz spearmint gum
~package of travel baby wipes
~a pair of Skull earphones
To enter, simply do one of the following: (multiple entries can be received by simply doing more than one of the options below, and leaving SEPARATE comments for each thing done!)
1) Become a follower, or if you already are, please leave a comment
2) Link this giveaway on your blog
3) Follow me on twitter/tweet about this giveaway
4) Become my friend on daily mile
5) Tell me your biggest race/run fail regarding forgotten stuff!
This giveaway will end August 28th at midnight EST....GOOD LUCK and GYRO!!
(And if you get a chance, please stop over here to my sister-in-laws new blog who is a new runner and would love some encouragement!!)