Thank you giveaway

 Thank you giveaway

This has been an awesome week for me–I did a total of four runs, each of them started off barefoot. Two of those runs were with my son. Yes, I have a long way to go to get all my former fitness back. But right now, that’s ok. Right now every run is a treat–like opening up a present every time I step outside.

It wasn’t so long ago that I was in an ugly place. I am grateful that I found the right people who led me to the right doctor, who gave me my health and sanity back. I am also grateful for friends and family who kept my spirits lifted (or at least tried!). And I am grateful to you all, my readers, for not only sticking it out with me as I whined and ranted about my injury, but for offering so many kind, encouraging words.

To show a small token of my appreciation to you all, I’m offering up this thank-you package in a giveaway. The winner will receive:

  • Three packets of GU gel
  • Three packets of Accel gel
  • Two packets of GU Brew
  • Two packets of Accelerade
  • Two packets of Accelerade Hydro
  • Three Forze bars
  • Two stainless steel MissZippy water bottles
  • One RunZippy bumper sticker.

To enter–just be or become a follower and tell me that in a comment. I’ll pick a winner via on March 28.

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  1. MCM Mama says:

    I'm a follower!

    And YAY for getting back to running. Fingers crossed that recovery keeps going smoothly for you.

  2. trifitmom says:

    i am a follower pick me pick me ….

  3. RockStarTri says:

    Someone has to win it might as well be me. Keep on keeping on!

  4. Courtney @ I CAN DO THIS says:

    I am a follower.
    I love your philosophy – every run is a treat!

  5. Little Miss Runshine says:

    I am a follower! :)

  6. I am a follower. Loving that you are back at it!

  7. Angie Bee says:

    I follow :)
    I love to hear that you are running barefoot! Its loads of fun!

  8. BabyWeightMyFatAss says:

    I follow! And I have to say I saw your ad in Women's Running yesterday to!

  9. Medievalist says:

    I am a follower!

  10. Victoria Elizabeth says:

    I am a follower!!!

  11. mostlyfitmom says:

    I'm a follower.

    Glad to hear than things have improved at your end!

  12. I'm a follower. I guess I could use all that stuff on my bike, huh? :)
    SO happy for your 4 runs! Thanks again for all the info!!

  13. *~* *~* Tracy says:

    I am so happy for you! Hooray for 4 painfree runs!!!

    I'm defintely a follower!

  14. I follow. I'm so glad you are able to get out and run now. Barefoot that is even more awesome. I have some VFF'S that I'm trying to switch to. It has been hard with the weather an all. Keep ROCKIN IT GIRL. Awesome progress.

  15. SupermomE12 says:

    I am a follwer, and am way excited for you. :)

  16. Beachgirlrunning says:

    Follower! congrats on a great week!

  17. I am a follower! Congrats on getting back at it. Finding the perfect dr is always so awesome. yay!

  18. I'm a follower, I also have you on my blogroll. Hooray for a great running week. Because of the flu, I only got out once for my long run this weekend, but everything went pretty well. I'd love to win all that great stuff to stay stocked up. I'm preparing for my first marathon in June!

  19. Jennifer says:

    Of course I am a follower… you are running! Pain free! Yay! That's what is so important!

  20. Now that's some stuff I can use! I'm a follower :D

  21. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:

    I happily stalk you and am so happy that you have 4 runs in this week–you're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

  22. Stephanie Anne says:

    Im a follower! So glad you are happy & running again!

  23. Tri-James says:

    I'm a follower. I am so glad you have landed back on your feet!

  24. oh oh oh pick me! I am a follower in dire need of some gu!

  25. Adrienne says:

    I just love how time away clarifies what running really is about: running!! Enjoy the journey!:)

  26. La Historiadora de Moda says:

    I'm a follower and I'm so glad that you are able to run again!

  27. mmm this makes me want to get up and eat some gu products… am i weird? hmm.

    hooray for running!

  28. I'm a follower and have been reading about your recovery with so much interest! I've battled a cranky ITB for over two years now and it's miserable. Glad you are running again!

  29. I am so glad you are in a better place!! It makes all the difference in the world. And, I would love to enter (I'm a follower) your giveaway.

  30. dclugston says:

    I am a follower!
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  31. Follow!

  32. I'm a follower

  33. Rachel Wasserman says:

    Glad things are coming back together. I'm a loyal follower!

  34. ShutUpandRun says:

    Amazing giveaway. You are such a support to all of us too. We all go through such highs and lows and nice that the blog community is there for both!

  35. i'm a follower.

    pain free running is great. i hope to be in that same camp in a few months

  36. Samantha says:

    I'm a follower! :)

  37. Love an easy yet awesome giveaway. I am a follower. So glad you had a great week!

  38. BigHappyFamily says:

    I am a follower!

  39. Already follow!

  40. I'm a follower and it's so great to hear you so upbeat about your recovery! It's good to learn about someone really taking the time and effort to fully deal with an injury with long-term running as the goal rather than a quick fix to get back out there in time for the next run. Take care!

  41. You know I follow you!! For example: I took the orthodics that I wear to NOT run with and tossed them last week & am wearing my kinvara's as my everyday shoe too. My legs have been feeling really good!!!! :)

  42. I'm a follower :)

  43. I'm a follower.

  44. I'm following! So glad to hear things are looking up and you're running again!

  45. I'm a follower! Congrats on your great week! :)

  46. I am a follower!! So glad you are back to running and enjoying it!

  47. Mamarunsbarefoot says:

    You know I'm following!! Thank you for supporting me!! :)

  48. Elizabeth says:

    Follow your blog, and by the way saw your coaching ad in Women running not sure ho long you have been running it but saw it for the first time in the March/April Issue. Glad things are finally turning around.

  49. Richelle says:

    I'm a follower. I'm so happy that you're running again, and I like your philosophy of "every run is a treat."

  50. Jogging with Fiction says:

    You're so awesome! Thank you! follower :)

  51. says:

    I just found my way to your blog this weekend, and I hate for my first comment to be on a giveaway, but since you posted it, I figure I might as well participate :)

    Looking forward to following from now on!

  52. I am a follower and glad to be one! Your love of running shines through in your blog. Thanks for doing this cool giveaway.

  53. Leah @ Chasing Atalanta says:

    I'm a follower! So happy you're back to running!

  54. I am SO happy to see you on the road to recovery – with a whole new running style and outlook! I'm a follower.

  55. S Club Mama says:

    oh I follow – what a sweet giveaway! You are one of my fav. bloggers; love reading about your runs and life (wow..that first one sounded gross lol)

  56. Definitely a follower! :) Great giveaway! Thanks so much for hosting this. Very glad you're on the road to recovery!

  57. I am def a follower!! I love to read your blog!!!

  58. I'm a follower :) So happy you're feeling better!

  59. Momma K and her Krew says:

    Im a follower and I am so, so, so happy for you. Baby steps–sometimes it takes stuff like what you are going through to make one truly appriciate what our bodies can do, and what we are capeable of— including patience (which I am terrible at). So happy you are moving in the right direction Zip!

  60. I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

    You are doing awesome and I'm so glad you can get back into running!! Can't wait to hear more about your adventures into barefoot running!

  61. Evolving Through Running says:

    I'm a follower who is very, very happy for you. Welcome back to the race!

  62. I follow and think you are great! so happy your feet have been running!!

  63. Gracie (Complicated Day) says:

    I'm a follower and I'm so happy for you to be back running!

  64. Scrappytbear says:

    Ive been a follower for ages! So impressive that you are still going :) Keep it up!

  65. Christina says:

    Hurray for your running!!!

  66. momwifefitnesslife says:

    I follow….. thanks for the chance.. ( please pick me..randomly of course!) ;-)

  67. ActiveEggplant says:

    Yay for making progress! Awesome giveaway too! (I'm already a follower)

  68. Melissa C says:

    I'm a follower! Great job on the progress!

  69. I am SO happy you are back to being in a good place. I knew it would work out, you are so determined and positive.

    Cant' wait to hear about your new plans and goals for the future…once you're back 100%, of course!

  70. I'm a follower. Your success is my inspiration – so glad you're back to running!

  71. Michelle says:

    I'm a follower! It's great that you're running again!!

  72. I'm a follower. And I am so glad that you are running and so enjoying the process of getting back to running and growing as a runner. Lately I've felt a lot of "why do I always have to push so hard with everything and don't let myself just ENJOY what I am doing" moments. I think we all have something to learn about getting back to our roots and remembering the joy of the act itself. Thanks to YOU for taking us on your journey and teaching us a thing or two along the way as well.

  73. Average A says:

    In a time where you haven't felt your greatest, your generosity still shines through. Your optimistic outlook has been cherished by so many of us going through similar experiences. Thanks for everything…. I'm happy to follow you.

  74. I am a follower!

  75. I'm a damn good Follower. The best Follower.

  76. Sarah-Wife, Mother, Friend, Writer says:

    I am a follower-and LOVING every minute of it! :) Thank you for your comments on my blog, by the way!


  77. I follow, and I'm so happy you're back at it!

  78. Caratunk Girl says:

    YAY! SO happy you are running Amanda!! So awesome.

    Oh, I follow you!!

  79. erindegroff says:

    I'm a follower!

  80. I'm a follower. And, more importantly, congrats on the runs! 4 in one week is HUGE!

  81. JenniferLeah says:

    Congrats on the runs :) I love the way you described it as a present. (follower)

  82. I'm a follower. And when (if?) I ever get back on my feet, I'm stealing this idea. I'm in that ugly place right now, and it sucks. Thanks for passing it on.

  83. I'm a follower. So glad you are in a good place!

  84. So good to hear you had 4 runs last week, am happy for you.

    I think I'm already a follower but you'll have to check that, can't see for myself.

    Don't know if you are willing to ship it to Holland. If it gets too expensive for you, don't add me to the "lottery" I would totally understand.

  85. Pei pa koa is pretty decent cough medicine (from herbal as I remembered), great non alcoholic medicine, some western cough medicine are more effective, but this is non drowsy.

    You can access info online @

  86. I am a follower!

  87. Tim Wilson says:

    Of course I am a follower :)

  88. Steel Springs says:

    I'm a follower.

    It's wonderful that you're back running!

  89. I'm a follower and SO want to be picked in the giveaway :)… but good luck to everyone.

  90. Runners Fuel says:

    Yay!! I follow!!

  91. Yay! What a very cool way to say THANKS :)

    I follow!!

  92. I'm a follower!

  93. Best part of this giveaway is that you feel better. That is just awesome news. Booked flight for Fitbloggin. Now onto hotel room. Are you staying at the host hotel?

    BTW – I am a follower. Since I have such success with your giveaways, save the shipping costs and just bring to me in BOULDER!!!!

    BOULDER BABY!!!!!!

  94. Nobel4Lit says:

    I'm a follower!

  95. runninglawyer says:

    Glad to see you are bouncing back! Keep it up!

    I'm a follower!

  96. I'm a follower – thanks! I am so happy to hear you are feeling better and getting some runs in – keep up the great work! :)

  97. I'm a follower! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm glad you're back to running and feeling great!

  98. Follower checking in! :-)

  99. Run with Jess says:

    I'm a happy follower!

  100. first of all, that's great news to hear!! i'm glad you got out there for a little and there's some light at the end of the tunnel.

    i'm a follower!

  101. 2 Slow 4 Boston says:

    This is one of your more popular posts. Count me in for the drawing too! Glad you're in a better place now.

  102. This is the BEST giveaway and I am a follower of BOTH of your blogs! :-)

    Happy running,

  103. I'm definitely a follower :)

    BTW, please come follow my new blog and delete the old one. I've had serious problems with it. Here's the new link :)

  104. Already a follower, but great job on the run!

    If you get a chance, can you spread the word about Souls4Soles? I just wrote a post about it. Great organization and easy way to help the people of Japan, and unload some of the many old sneakers and shoes we all have!

  105. i am a follower

  106. I'm a follower and love all the information you share!

  107. Jenn ( says:

    So glad things are looking up. Having been there I know how frustrating and slow the recovery can be when all you want to do is train! In the long run, everythign improves and the level of appreciation skyrockets! Follower :)

  108. Can we enter every day until the giveaway is over if we really, really want to win it?! :)

  109. I am a new follower! :)

  110. I too follow!

  111. I'm a follower!!

  112. Funny how you think everyone helped you when you're the one who helping me! I'm a follower!

  113. I'm already a follower!

  114. Diet Coke and a Lemon says:

    I'm a follower!

  115. Awesome giveaway! So happy to see things on the up! I'm a follower :-)

  116. Detroit Runner(Jeff) says:

    I'm a follower. Thanks!

  117. Lesley @ says:

    I'm definitely a follower!!!

  118. I'm a follower!! :)

  119. Great job on your runs this week! You'll be back full throttle in no time. I follow ya! :)

  120. I'm a follower of course. I'm so excited for you that things are looking up, even if it does make you the crazy lady on the block. :) Although I have to say your scraped up toe looks pretty painful. Ouch!

  121. Paula - Running Mom of 5 says:

    I'm a follower!!!

  122. I just found you and became a follower!

  123. runningonwords says:

    I'm now a follower!

  124. Running Librarian says:

    i'm a follower!

  125. Teamarcia says:

    So glad you're in a better place! Follower of course!

  126. I follow!

  127. I follow :)

  128. JenniferLeah says:

    Congrats on moving again!! Folllower

  129. I am a follower…would love to try these out!! Training for my first half in june!!!
    Amy P.

  130. I am a follower.

  131. OneWomanMakeOver says:

    I am a follower! What a great giveaway! Glad you are running again.

    I just completed my first half marathon yesterday! Yay! Now I'm thinking about going for a full 26.2 this summer, so I'm very interested in your fabulous giveaway!


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