Monday, November 25, 2013

Fa La La La La....


It's the most wonderful time of the year....

I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet.  The radio is playing Christmas music and the stores have been decorated for Christmas for months, is it any wonder I'm already in the Christmas spirit?

And by "Christmas spirit", I mean "ready to shop"!

The count down is on:

4 days until Black Friday!

Do you partake? 

My mom and I shop every year.  All day long.  We shop, we wait in line, we move on to the next store where we shop and we wait in line.  I don't even know how many years this has been going on.  Some years, we have friends or aunts or cousins join us, some years it's just the two of us.  My awesome husband always takes the day after Thanksgiving off work so I can join thousands of crazy (mostly) women in the stores.

It's not really about getting the shopping done.  It's about the experience.

This gem is from 2 years ago.  My mom and aunt sitting in the extended cart (the one that holds a bunch of kids--we call it "the bus") waiting in line to check out at 3am....and I'm just noticing now that we were in the Depends aisle.  This makes me giggle.  A lot.

I must admit that this year, I don't have a ton of stuff to buy in the stores as I've been doing a lot of shopping online.  I know.  Totally cheating, but this way I can shop a little at a time and the credit card bill from Black Friday won't knock my socks off.

Speaking of online shopping...ViewSport is having a Black Friday sale starting at 12am on Friday.  15% off of everything site-wide (with the coupon code blackfriday2013)!  PLUS by clicking my special link, you'll save 10%.  Sweet!  Click this link to shop.

Disclaimer: I am a ViewSport affiliate and I earn a commission of all sales generated by my special link.

My current favorite from ViewSport: "Be You" short sleeved shirt

Women's ViewSPORT "Be You" Performance Short-Sleeve Crew
ViewSport is different from other clothing brands because of their sweat technology.  Hidden messages appear in the clothes when you sweat.  I just adore the "Be You (tiful)".  Love it.
Still speaking of shopping...
Have you seen these?

Picture taken from Amazon
Puzzle Light by Infinity Lights.  How cool is this?!  I think the little ladies will each be getting one from the Jolly Man....
Have I mentioned how much I love shopping?  It's really a shame that I don't have endless funds....or even plentiful funds....
How about you? 
Shopping: Love it?  Or hate it?
Black Friday shopping: Love it?  Or avoid it like the plague?
Puzzle Lights: Love it?  Or hate it?
Don't forget, the Skirt Sports sweepstakes is still going on!  You have 2 more days to enter to win!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Skirt Sports Pre-Holiday Pampering Sweepstakes

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Skirt Sports asking for help promoting a pre-holiday pampering sweepstakes.  Since I'm a fan of Skirt Sports and a fan of pampering and I think my readers would enjoy such things, I agreed.

Disclaimer: I have a Skirt Sports skirt that I purchased last year with my own money, but I am being compensated with product for helping Skirt Sports get the word out about this promotion.

This is one huge giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive:

  • Skirt Sports $150 Gift Certificate
  • Juice Beauty - Cosmetics & Face Creams
  • Bronwen - Jewelry
  • Wei of Chocolate - Chocolate Gift Bag
  • Zensah - Smart Gloves
  • Bani Bands - Headbands
  • Bhakti Chai - Product coupons and swag
  • Wigwam - Winter Socks
  • TheraBee - Honey Gift Set
  • Magellan's - Noise Canceling Headphones
  • BackJoy - Posture seat, Kneeler pad, Insoles

  • What a haul!

    Here's what you have to do:
    >>>  CLICK ME  <<<

    Click the link, sign up with your name, email address and zip code.

    (Be aware that Skirt Sports will probably send you emails about sales and promotions.  Skirt Sports has one-day sales every couple of days.  The emails are worth receiving.)

    You can enter the sweepstakes one time from now until November 26th.  The winner will be announced on the 27th.

    Good luck!

    I hope one of my readers wins!  If you do, please let me know so I can do a little happy dance with you! (and beg you to share the chocolates)

    Questions about the sweepstakes?  Leave me a comment and I will find the answer for you.

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    Monday, November 18, 2013

    Game Day 5K Recap


    This race almost didn't happen.

    I'm usually really reliable with dates.  I make a commitment, I put it on my calendar, give Randy notice and it's set in stone.

    For whatever reason, I had the Game Day 5K on my calendar for Sunday, November 17.  My friend, Jen, set me straight on Friday afternoon that the Game Day 5K was, in fact, on Saturday, November 16.


    What's more awesome?  Randy had to work on Saturday, which was no big deal since my race was Sunday.


    Luckily, my friend, Kate, agreed to keep my Little Ladies while I raced.

    Saturday morning, I dropped the Little Ladies off and headed to the staring line.  I pulled into the parking lot and realized that my race bib was on my kitchen counter.

    Are you freaking kidding me?

    I'm usually not the forgetful type.  I make a list for everything so nothing is left behind.  I'm just not sure what happened on Saturday morning.

    Luckily, I was able to get a new bib at the registration table.  Whew.

    Before we started, Jen and I were discussing our race plans.

    Our plan was to not have a plan.

    We both ran the Columbus Marathon less than a month ago and haven't been working on speed since then.  We wanted to push ourselves a little, but didn't expect anything spectacular to happen.  We agreed to start the first mile around a 9 minute mile and see how we felt after that.  "Let's just see what happens."

    Go-time.  It's a small race.  The course runs through a neighborhood that I'm pretty familiar with.  Jen and I chatted a little about our kids, our next races, plans for next year and which marathon was next on our horizons.

    Mile 1- 8:42 (so much for 9 minute miles)

    I said to Jen, "I can't keep this up for two more miles, I need to slow down."

    We were a little less chatty the second mile.  We got a kick out of the kids running the 5K.  We caught up to a couple of boys...maybe 10 years old...then they zoomed ahead of us and we never saw them again.  Ah, to have the energy of a child...

    Mile 2- 8:34

    I said to Jen, "I can't keep this up, I need to slow down."

    By mile 2.5, I could see that we weren't slowing down.  At all.  My legs were not listening to reason.

    Eff it, I'm going to continue until I either finish or pass out.

    Mile 3- 8:19

    I passed a guy right at mile 3 and I expected him to put up a fight and try to pass me back.


    He's no fun.

    I gave it all I had until I crossed the finish line.  Garmin clocked me at 5:51 pace.

    Official finish time- 25:50
    Average Pace- 8:20 min/mi

    Twelve seconds faster than my previous fastest 5K time.

    Apparently my legs were tired of taking it easy since Columbus.

    This is the only picture I have of the day as I had no spectators for this one. 
    A selfie of me and the finish line will have to do. :-)
    This day started out strange and just got more strange.  My brain, usually the one in control, couldn't talk any sense into my legs.

    Friends, your worst enemy is in between your ears.  I know mine is.  My brain wants to give up long before my body does.

    For some reason....maybe because my brain had proven to be unreliable already that morning, my legs weren't listening when my brain said, "I have to slow down, I CAN'T DO THIS."  My legs said, "Yes I can."

    Clearly I CAN do this.

    8:20 pace isn't fast compared to a lot of other runners, but for me, it's smokin' fast, and it's not something I thought I was capable of.

    It's amazing what can take place when you have no expectations and go with the plan of "let's just see what happens..."