Gone for a Run review and giveaway

I received a complimentary product to review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

Gone for a Run giveaway

Gone for a Run offers lots of great gifts for runners. They contacted me about reviewing one of their products and I gladly accepted. I chose the custom medal hanger since I was just about to complete my first full marathon. I scanned a copy of the race bib after I completed it and within about a week I had my medal hanger in my hands!

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They scanned the exact copy of my race bib and it’s mounted on a wooden plaque with the hook attached. I absolutely love it. It’s a great way to remember my first full marathon. The shipping was fast and the product was delivered as promised.

I had the perfect place for it, right beside my other medals.

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They have something for every runner!




With so many choices, you will have a hard time deciding what to spend this gift card on. Gone For a Run has graciously offered a $20 electronic gift card to a lucky reader. You have several ways to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway runs from 8AM CST Tuesday, April 1, 2014 until 8PM CST Tuesday, April 8, 2014. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.

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Apera bags review and giveaway!

This post contains affiliate links. I received a complimentary product for review. All opinions are my own. 

I was so excited to get this bag in the mail. I love my current gym bag, but it’s a black hole. I can never find anything in there when I need it. My Apera bag has lots of fun pockets and storage. I don’t have a lot of storage at home to store my running and gym paraphernalia so it gets kept in my bag, things like my flashlight for running, iPod, lifting gloves, headphones, goggles, etc. It goes with me to the gym and in the car when I meet friends for a run.

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It came the day before I was heading out of town for the Cowtown race. I packed just what I needed at the finish line and during the day Saturday. It has side pockets for shoes, yes, even holds running shoes. It has storage in the back for sweaty clothes as well as a separate wet clothes bag.

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It has storage on top for phones and other small electronics and a padded pocket in the front that held my iPad. I think my Chromebook will go in there without the case on it. The main compartment unzips to lay out flat so it’s easy to find stuff.

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It’s also a light color inside making it easier to find what I need.

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I stuffed my bag today with shoes, clothes to change into after work, my watch, gym towel and there was still room for the water bottle to fit in the side pocket.

Apera bags

Apera gives away a bag each month from their website.  To enter the giveaway on Apera’s website, you just have to submit your email for their newsletter and they draw a random winner from those subscribers. The bag for March is the Sling Tote. They also donate a Sprint Pack to Special Olympics for each 3 bags they sell. Currently Duffel Packs and Blue Bags are on sale for 40% off.

Apera Sprint Pack

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a Sprint Pack from Apera along with a 25% coupon off the bag of your choice from their collection. This is not your ordinary light weight bag. It has an outside zipper pocket and a divider inside the bag. It’s drawstring with adjustable straps and a hook at the top to hang in a locker. This bag is the perfect one to grab for a quick trip to the gym, park, the fair or a school field trip. The giveaway is open to US residents only. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

The giveaway starts 8AM CST March 13, 2014 and ends 8PM CST March 20, 2014.

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Do you carry a gym or running bag?

Did you workout today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

My Race Ragz review and giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links. I was given a complimentary product to review. All opinions are my own.**

I’m excited about new shirt from My Race Ragz. Jenny at MetamorFit gave me the opportunity to make my own shirt and give a luck reader one!

My Race Ragz offers five styles of shirts for men and five for women. I chose the Women’s Synergy Race Tank. Once you choose the style of your shirt, you get to design it. They have pages and pages of pre-made designs and graphics. I spent a few days going through it before deciding on mine. I chose a pre-made quote for the front and added my website to the back. You can change the colors on the pre-made graphics as well.

There’s a tool to center it and change the size. You can change the font on a custom design. There were almost too many options for me, it took me a while to decide!

Once I finalized my order, I had it within a week. It was easy and very quick. Overall it was a great experience and I would definitely use them again.

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If I had to pick one thing I didn’t like about it, I’d say the sizing. I used the chart and my shirt is a little smaller than I would prefer. I went with a medium and for a point of reference I wear a small in shirts at Old Navy. I should have ordered a large. Of course, if I lose just a few inches in the middle this shirt will be perfect!

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I wore it for the Cowtown 5k race and it was perfect. It didn’t ride up or bug me in any way. I can’t wait to wear it more this summer. I washed it in the washing machine, but hung it up to dry. I definitely don’t need it to shrink. I hang dry all my workout clothes.

You can find My Race Ragz online here, on Facebook and Twitter.

If you want a chance to design your own shirt, just use the Rafflecopter below. There are several ways to earn entries. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be a US Resident to enter.

The giveaway starts Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8AM CST and ends March 7, 2014 at 8PM CST. The winner will be notified via email.

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Did you work out today?

Anyone racing this weekend?

What would you put on your custom designed My Race Ragz shirt?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Cowtown, abs + giveaway

Today is the official start of Cowtown race weekend for me! Ally and I each have a 5k in the morning, but mine will not be run for time. This week has been busy which is good, it has kept my mind off the fact that I can’t run.

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I’ve been busy making a list and pulling some stuff together to get packed. I’m really, really OCD and will probably be over packed, but I want to have something extra in case the weather changes. Still undecided about shorts vs. capris. The weather at the start for Saturday shows 54 degrees and Sunday shows 43. Those are perfect temps. I’m planning to wear my new Race Ragz shirt on Saturday, can’t wait to give it a test run.

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The Cowtown always has a great expo. Can’t wait to get there!

Abs, abs and more abs. Today is the Up & Down Plank.  Are you getting it done?

Fab Abs February

Thanks to Active Accessories we have another set of the bracelet Hair bands to give away this week. The giveaway is for 1 set of the hair bands, winner’s choice.

Active Accessories hair bands

It runs from 8AM CST February 21, 2014 until 8PM CST February 26, 2014. You must be a US resident to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Use the rafflecopter below to enter!

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Did you work out today?

Get a few miles in for me today!

Anyone else racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Donate to win {guest post}

Today I have a guest post from Sara at She Cooks, She Crafts, She Runs. She is raising money and racing with Team in Training this year. Please check out her post!


Ok, first I must say, I’m sorry to those that haven’t been able to view my blog.  I renewed my domain name and for some reason everything went haywire.  I’m hoping with the internet’s refresh of servers that it’ll just iron itself out.

If you haven’t noticed my upper right hand corner of my blog is a link to my fundraising page for my Team in Training LLS.  I have committed myself to raise $2900 by May AND train to run the San Diego Rock n Roll Half Marathon in June.  I need YOUR help to raise this money to help find a cure for these heartbreaking blood cancers.  I know each and every one of us either knows someone, loves someone, or gone through the experience yourself of dealing with cancer.

I lost an old college buddy in December to leukemia and my husband and I shed quite a few tears thinking of this young man being taken so early.  So I’ve decided to jump in the fight with both feet hitting the pavement (physically by running) and financially (raising $ to help).

By donating at least $5, simply make a note on your donation that you are donating from the blog giveaway, and you are automatically entered to win the $25 iTunes gift card.  This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks so it’ll close on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.


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Here’s a easy clickable link to my page or you can enter via the widget——–> in the upper corner
I know money is tight for all of us, but think of all those fighting for their LIVES or for their children’s LIVES.  You can make a different starting right here!
Check out Sara’s social media here:

Have a great day!

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Marathon training, virtual 5k and a valentine cookie

8 more days until I’m at that starting line. I cannot wait! I have checked the weather and it looks gorgeous right now, just praying it stays that way. This week is either going to be the quickest or slowest week ever.

8 more days

Training this week:

Sunday: Rest day

Monday: Gym day, very light workout with abs and weights

Tuesday: Elliptical plus abs and arms

Wednesday: 3 miles on the treadmill plus abs and legs

Thursday: 4 miles, .5 mile hill repeats and 2 mile warmup

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 8 miles, pace 9:00 per mile

I’m feeling good about my training and am ready for race day.

This morning my Moms Run this Town chapter held our winter virtual race. We had 30 moms and several kids running 5k and 10k distances. The weather was great!

Sole sisters!

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Me and Ally running

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Our medal

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We took advantage of the gorgeous afternoon and took Molly to the dog park. And of course I didn’t take any pictures.

Yesterday I had a cookie made for John and Ally to celebrate Valentine’s day and tell them how much I really love them!

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John and I got to go out to eat last night for dinner. Ally went to a movie and dinner with my parents. Don’t forget about the Active Accessories giveaway going on. You can find it here.

Did you workout today?

Any big plans for Valentine’s Day?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Friday Fab abs, giveaway + new blog design

It’s Friday!! I’m doing the happy dance here! It’s also 9 days til Cowtown!

I got a new header and a new design on the blog! I’m so excited. The look is cleaner and more “put together”. What do you think?

Day 14 on our ab calendar is the toe touch.

  Fab Abs February

I have been working my abs all month. I really like these new exercises, it breaks up the monotony of the same thing. I can definitely feel it!

We are going to have an absolutely gorgeous weekend here, high’s in the 70’s. Our Moms Run this Town chapter is running our virtual race tomorrow morning. I love getting together with this group to run and encourage each other!

Active Accessories is teaming up with us this month to continue giveaways. We have another set of hair band bracelets to give away. Congrats to Maria H, she won the set from last week!

There are multiple ways to earn entries in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway runs from 8AM CST February 14, 2014 until 8PM CST February 19, 2014. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. You must be a US resident to enter. The winner will be notified via email. Winner chooses the style.

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Did you workout today?

Are you working on your abs this month?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Snow, abs and a giveaway

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We got snow here yesterday. Actual snow, big flakes. We usually only get ice. Of course, it’s ice now. Crazy Texans don’t know how to drive in snow or ice and there were so many accidents yesterday. Our schools are closed for today and that equals lots of happy kids! We may get more today.

Here’s the view from my office yesterday.

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What better way to start the weekend than abs and a giveaway? We are on day 7 of the calendar. Today’s exercise is the Russian Twist. I like doing this one with a medicine ball or holding a weight in my hand.

Fab Abs February

Active Accessories has given us a few more giveaways for February!

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I have hair ties from them and love them! They have so many cute patterns out now that I think I’m going to have to order some more. I have some that say ‘Run’ on them and they are my favorite, I wear them as bracelets too on casual days.

Aren’t these cute??

I love the Chevron pattern. This giveaway is for one set of Hair Band Bracelets, winner chooses the color. It ends 8PM CST February 12, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. You must be a US Resident to receive the prize. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

You can earn several entries in the Rafflecopter below.

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Did you workout today?

Are you working through the abs calendar with me?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 31: Month in review

This is it! Did you hit your goals for the month. I think I did pretty good. I got my nutrition back on track, clothes are fitting a little better. I was able to add an extra day in the gym.

Today is normally my rest day, but I have a gym date with my hubby tonight. YAY! I will take it easy on my legs since I have 20 miles tomorrow!

January Jumpstart


Sara wrote four workouts for us this month. Did you add any of them to your routine?

If you missed them, here they are:

Then there’s the treadmill intervals I started doing. It has made the treadmill a little more bearable.

And of course, January Jumpstart was made possible by awesome giveaways from these supporters! Go show them some love!

We still have plenty of giveaways going on, check them out here, here, here, and here!

Did you workout today?

What’s one thing you changed or started this month?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

January Jumpstart Day 30: Throwback Thursday + Swiftwick giveaway

My workout this morning was a 5 mile run with my best running friends! It was windy, windy, windy! But we got it done.

Day 30 is throwback Thursday! This post is from last January’s challenge, it’s about how to use a foam roller.

Throwback Thursday post

And this picture is from my very first 5k, I walked it with my friend Paula. It’s the Susan G. Komen 5k fundraiser walk. This is October 2011.

How I Got Here

I know you all are excited about giveaways, so let’s get down to it.


Today’s giveaway is from Swiftwick. There are 2 separate giveaways.


One is for the black ankle socks in size large.

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 The second is the white ankle socks in size small.

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These giveaways run from 8AM CST January 30, 2014 until 8PM CST February 4, 2014. Winner will be contacted via email. There’s no purchase necessary to enter. Must be a US resident to participate. Void where prohibited by law.

Did you work out today?

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Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1