Sunday, January 13, 2013

RunBandz GIVEAWAY

Yesterday I finished off week 3 of marathon training with a beautiful sunny, cold (36 degree), strong, hilly midday 11-mile run...

The first 30 minutes were a bit touch & go as I warmed up but once I got to the lake, I found my groove. Some areas were icy yet but for the most part it was quite fresh & beautiful.

Along Lake Washington, Mt. Baker in distance but you probably can't see it here.
A coot convention? I-90 floating bridge in background.
Exiting the Chief Sealth Trail (which runs under the big powerlines), I noticed this bicycle angel sculpture for the first time. How many times have I run past this and not noticed? When was it put here?
Once home, I chugged my glass of Recoverite (it's magic, for reals) then made my favorite post-medium long run meal*: egg over easy on an English muffin with proscuitto and fruit on the side. YUM. After a shower, I headed to the women's spa to celebrate a couple gf birthdays. I was good, and plunged into the cold pool a couple times to ice my legs. Ah!

(*post-long long run meal is a hamburger with sweet potato fries with milkshake and/or beer. I have to log at least 15 or 16 miles to be able to stomach this one.)

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Down to GIVEAWAY business...(my second give-away ever)
 
AMBER @ RUNBANDZ (Etsy Shop) would like to give a headband away to a lucky runner!

This lovely Michigander decided to make RunBandz after being frustrated with her ear buds popping out and bangs hanging in her face while running. Rather than fork out lots of cheddah to buy commercially made headbands that never stayed put, she took up making her own.

I think this glitter one is my favorite & could be used with many a Sparkle Skirt!
A little background...
Despite growing up in a family of runners and avid gym-goers, the mere thought of working out or running any distance more than a few yards was more than Amber thought she could handle.

At the tail end of an unhealthy relationship, she had lost her self worth and gained about 50 lbs. She had isolated herself from virtually all friends and family and found solace in large quantities of junk food. One day after weighing herself, and seeing the number "192," she knew her 5'2" frame needed a change right then and there.

Amber started working out 5x a week at the local gym and running a few times a week in her neighborhood. She says something I think many people can relate to: 

"Running is something I literally never dreamed I could do. I had short legs and was big busted (a tragic combination for a runner). Determined, little by little, my running improved. My posture, speed, distance and breathing started to resemble that of an actual runner!"

Since 2010, she's done a handful of 5ks, 8ks, 10ks, and one very hilly and grueling 15k! This year, she looks forward to training for her first 10 mile (The Crim) in August. (GO AMBER!)

So far she has lost 50 lbs (right on, sole sister!). Her boyfriend's wonderful cooking and her love for food makes for a daily struggle, but with moderation and 45 minutes of running or working out (including Insanity), she reports that she goes to bed feeling confident and genuinely happy with herself, which is more important than anything.

Back to the RunBandz...
As her running developed, she had two problems: her earbuds NEVER stayed in her ears and her hair would ALWAYS fly in her face. She looked for headbands at the store, but they were never tight enough around her head (note the gorgeous thick hair). After seeing $18 headbands online, she thought to herself,
"I could make these myself much cheaper and more importantly, much cuter!"
She ordered the material, got out her sewing machine, and went to work. She makes headbands snug enough to without a doubt stay in place while running, and wide enough to put over your ears while running so the earbuds, without fail, stay in place.

There you have it. So go to her ETSY shop and buy a cute RunBandz for a bargain using the 10% off code: AVERAGEWOMAN and while you are there, give this gal a virtual high five for her accomplishments.

ALSO, enter a giveaway to win a RunBandz by:
  • Leaving a comment here saying you want in
  • Tweeting about the giveaway (@almamcf) then leaving me a comment to let me know you did so 
ENTER BY MONDAY, JANUARY 21.


25 comments:

  1. I am always leery of ice on the path. Outside of lightning, of course, that's the one thing that could keep me indoors.

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  2. spa day sounds like the perfect way to end a long hilly run!!
    "I want in" on the RunBandz giveaway-- no twitter, so this is my only entry ;)

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  3. A good long run can really make your whole year. Start it off well.

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  4. I would love to win one of these. They look great!

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  5. Looks beautiful. I 90 has a floating bridge? That sounds cool.

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  6. I want in! How cool, excited to check out her site, and i'm a fellow Michigander :)

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  7. looks like cool headbands. I am training for my first half marathon now!

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    1. Hi Katrina, You are the new RunBandz winner! Please email me at averagewomanrunner@gmail.com

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  8. I love headbands -- they are all I wear now unless it's raining! Would love a chance to win one. And way to start this year out strong!

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  9. Ohhhh, that bridge. I remember that bridge!

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  10. Those headbands are cute! I'd love to try one out!

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  11. 11 miles is great. I envy your mileage!

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  12. I'd love to win this! I'm training for my first half right now :)

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  13. I love the moment you reach your zen in running! It's so eye opening.

    I would also like in on the amazing bandz made by a fellow Michigander! They look great and her story is so inspiring!

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  15. Love that moment when you find your groove!!! Love to be in on the runbandz giveaway :)

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  16. Love that moment when you find your groove!!! Love to be in on the runbandz giveaway :)

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  17. Count me in for the runbandz giveaway! I love this blog!

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  19. LOVE your headband and LOVE your blog!! Trying to work on getting followers for my blog.. Hopefully it'll be as big and popular as yours one day :) Happy Running!!!

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  20. This is my first time to your blog! I LOVE the picture you have at the top of the page and your tag line... so cool and true.

    Sounds like you had a very chilly but good run :)

    The headband is adorable! I'd love to win it... I'm a Michigander, too (only recently moved to Flagstaff, AZ). It is so inspirational to read about others like me who are now runners and never thought they could be! Way to go, Amber!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & compliments on the photo. I'm married to a Michigander - y'alls are good people!

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  21. RunBandz seem perfect! I'd love to try one!

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  22. I love her story and I love the headbands. I have the same problems, including very thick hair. I want in!

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  23. I tweeted about the giveaway here https://mobile.twitter.com/ilovepool/status/293174976729722881

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