Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My First barefoot running year celebration and a giveaway!!

This giveaway is now closed!! Thanks for entering and there will be more in the future :)

  I have much to celebrate during this lovely month of June.
The Dam to Dam 20k I recently ran barefoot, commemorates one year of barefoot running for me.
Last June I ran the Dam to Dam in shoes and was in pain and not at all happy with how I ran the race.  I was at a loss as to how to keep putting one foot in front of the other. I wanted to loose the baby weight and take advantage of the stress relieving charms of running as well.  Its my private time. My time to look inside myself and be still and just listen. Its my time to push myself and see the world and all of that was being threatened by shin splints and chronic lower back pain.

Now one barefoot running year later I have PRed in all the races I had previously ran shod, I have made new PRs to best later on down the road and I have now surpassed my entire last years mileage by 31 miles and its only the middle of the year!  Barefoot running has enhanced my life profoundly. It has allowed me to run ,as of right now, a seemingly unlimited amount of miles which in turn has helped me loose the baby weight and then some.  I have goals that I never thought I would make or believe I could meet.
I have something to blog about and from that blogging scored a sweet job and have also been able to try out so many great products out there to help me along the way.
When I first started blogging weekly, my original goal being to blog once a week, I found that the best way to network and make friends was to visit other peoples blogs and enter their giveaways.  This led to me winning a nuun giveaway.  I fell in love with the stuff and found it to be an awesome replacement for the dreaded Hatorade.  One thing led to another and now I work for nuun as a brand ambassador.  I just spent the weekend at the Hy-Vee Triathlon here in Des Moines, of which will get its own post soon, spreading the word about nuun.

Lets celebrate with some nuun and a SPIbelt.   There will be 3 winners.  Winner #1 will receive 3 tubes of nuun and a bottle and a SPIbelt of your choice. The other two winners, all chosen with random.org, will also receive 3 tubes of nuun of your choice in flavor and a nuun water bottle. (three flavors of nuun, not the U flavors.)
Heres how to enter and don't forget to leave a comment for each thing you do so you get all of your entries counted.

  • You must be a follower of this blog to enter so hop on board or let me know you already are.
  • head over to nuun and tell me which three flavors you would like me to send you.  
  • Go check out the SPIbelt page and let me know which belt you would like.
  • Become a fan on facebook, or "Like" whichever its called this week since it will be different next week!
  • Spread the word about this giveaway. Tweet, facebook, blog link, ect and leave a comment for each thing that you do.
Giveaway will run until Tuesday June 22nd  and I will announce the winners on Wednesday the 23rd.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with nuun, its an electrolyte replacement drink for all your adventures. You drop one tablet of nuun into 16 oz of water, wait 2 minutes and voila' optimal hydration.  Each tube contains 12 tablets.  Drink before, after and during a workout. Anytime you sweat, drink nuun! Its also great for hangovers or if you drink a wee bit too much coffee.

Good luck everyone and thank you Jaymon for pushing me to try new things and blogging in my absence!
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I provide Bradley Method childbirth education, doula, belly casting, placenta encapsulation, and post partum doula services.
I serve families in Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Bremerton, Silverdale, Kingston, Port Townsend, Bremerton, Port Orchard, and the greater Seattle area. email me atangiebeehotz@gmail.com with any questions you might have