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. Jill says

    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!!

  3. Penny says

    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.

  4. Jamie says

    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!

  5. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says

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

  6. Julie says

    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!

  7. Suzy says

    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.

  8. 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!

  9. Lisa says

    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!

  10. Dash says

    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!!!! :)

  11. 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.

  12. 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."

  13. 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!

  14. Terzah says

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

  15. Marlene says

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

  16. 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)

  17. Terri says

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

  18. 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!

  19. Rochelle says

    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!

  20. Meg says

    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!

  21. drkgood says

    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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!


  24. Katie says

    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.

  25. Fran says

    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.

  26. Teresa says

    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.

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  27. Jason says

    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!!!!!!

  28. Sara says

    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! :)

  29. Denise says

    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!

  30. 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.

  31. thea says

    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!

  32. 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 :)

  33. Laurie says

    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!

  34. 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!