Tis the season to feel stressed and anxious! I haven't bought one Christmas present! NOT ONE! Sigh...there is still time! Nothing like procrastination to get into the holiday spirit, right? I am hoping to get most of it done on Saturday.
I will be running on the paved trail again tomorrow. So excited. 8 miles. That doesn't sound like very much, but since the Mesquite marathon my knee has been giving me grief...so I'll take what I can get. Like my 4 year says, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." Those are really good words to live by. She is wise beyond her years.
So...for the information you have been waiting for...The winner, according to Random.org is #4:
The 80s were like totally awesome. Like, oh my gosh do you totally remember like talking like we were all from the valley? It was rad. It. Like. Totally. Ruled. I have been listening to my 80s playlist on my ipod the past few days, it has been Dy-No-Mite! (:
I ran a new route the other morning and it was good. Every morning on my way to work I drive by this paved path and think, "I need to run down there." I finally did it! And dude, it was like totally awesome!
As I ran and listened to my bodacious 80s music, floods of memories and experiences came to my mind. Ha! Isn't it funny how music does that?! It like totally takes you back in time. With each new song my step seemed to get lighter and I found I was playing the "name that tune" game with myself. My hubby and I have played this game a lot over the years, playing a short bit of a song while the other person says the title of the song and who sang it. Like, oh my gosh, I like totally love this game!
I sometimes miss the 80s. But then, I remember this:
No, that isn't me, but I remember that style.. Like, gag me with a spoon!
So, like my point to this post is this... I wanted to play the Name that 80's tune with you, my tubular bloggy friends! Every day until Christmas I will post a line from like a totally random 80's song and you get to like guess the name of the song and the person/group that sings the song. So, like, here we go.
"Lying awake intent at tuning in on you..."
The first person to comment and get it right will be announced tomorrow and will get ALL the bragging rights. Good luck and party on dude.
I have never really been a girly girl, but I do like jewelry! Ann at Sporty Girl Jewelry was so generous and sent me a necklace of my choice. I had such a hard time deciding which one to get. All of her designs are so beautiful. I love the simplicity of them. Her slogan is "Where Your Passion Meets Fashion." I love it!
I talked to Ann on Wednesday and I had the necklace on Friday. It came nicely wrapped, it felt like Christmas came early this year!
This is the one I chose. And I absolutely love it.
I also have my eye on this cute charm bracelet.. hint hint Santa (:
You get to choose the style of chain: bead chain, box chain, black rubber or brown leather. You can even choose the length of the chain. Each piece is crafted just for you!
Ann is a wife, mom of 3, a business owner and athlete. She started Sporty Girl Jewelry this fall because she wanted to make styles that were sport inspired. I think she has succeeded in taking fitness related jewelry to a higher level of style while encouraging and empowering women. She loves fashion and believes that "just because we are athletes we don't have to be relegated to boring shorts and t-shirts."
Not only was Ann kind enough to send me a beautiful piece, she is also offering a $45 gift voucher for one of my lucky readers to pick out a piece of their own.
Here's how to enter:
1. Become a follower of my blog (or tell me if you already are)
I have been reflecting a lot about my year in running. I wasn't able to run as much as I would have liked, but it has been a great year! I've been reading other blogs and how they are reaching their mileage goals for 2010. My mileage goals went out the window several months ago...I guess I could sit back and feel sorry for myself, but you know, I don't. I am grateful for what I have accomplished. I have been able to do far more than I or the doc thought possible. That is a good thing! I have also been looking through past posts that I have written over the last couple of years and during that time I have learned so much about myself and running and what works for me.
I want to share a story I posted back in 2008 that was told by Thomas S. Monson. I hope you like it as much as I do.
"In everyone's conscience lies that spirit, that determination to measure up to the stature of true potential. But the way is rugged, and the course is challenging. So discovered John Helander from Goteborg, Sweden. John is handicapped, in that it is difficult for him to coordinate his motions.
At a youth conference, John took part in a running race. He had no chance to win. Rather, his was the opportunity to be humiliated.
What a race it was! Struggling, surging, pressing, the runners bolted far beyond John. There was wonderment among the spectators. Who was this runner who lagged so far behind? The participants on their second lap of this two-lap race passed John while he was but halfway through the first lap. Tension mounted as the runners pressed toward the tape. Who would win? Who would place second? Then came the final burst of speed; the tape was broken. The crowd cheered; the winner was proclaimed.
The race was over~or was it? Who is this contestant who continues to run when the race is ended? He crosses the finish line on but his first lap. Doesn't the foolish lad know he has lost? Ever onward he struggles, the only participant now on the track. Every eye is on this valiant runner. He makes the final turn and moves toward the finish line, the audience, as one, rises to its feet. Stumbling, falling, exhausted but victorious, John Helander breaks the newly tightened tape. The cheering echoes for miles."
We all face challenges in our running, or in life, for that matter, whether it be an injury or the blahs, we all face these obstacles at some point. We just have to keep our eyes on our goal and hang in there and remember that we do not run alone. The vast audience of family and friends will cheer our courage and will applaud our determination as we rise from the pitfalls and obstacles in our course.
1. I will be hosting another giveaway! I am really excited about this one! Okay, I will give you a hint...Sporty Girl Jewelry! Be sure to check back in the next few days!
2. I got my haircut the other day. I went in for a trim. I walked out with a 10 inch pony tail in my hand. Yep, I donated my locks to Locks of Love. What a great program they have! Did you know that 80% of the donations they receive are from kids wanting to help other kids? It makes me happy that I can help too!
3. I found THE COOLEST thing, well, actually it was my husband that found it. Salonpas Pain Relief Patches. I am nearly 40 and I didn't know such things even existed. Salonpas sent me some free samples to try. And try them I did!! After the Mesquite marathon my knee was hurting..bad. So bad I couldn't lift my leg without feeling pain. I slapped on these suckers and within 15 minutes I was pain free!! Oh my goodness! How have I lived without these?! I have become resistant to ibuprofen so these little babies are a godsend! The active ingredients in them are methyl salicylate and menthol. The beauty of them is that the medicine is going right to the site of the pain~ you don't have to digest pills to get relief. Salonpas is the first and only FDA approved OTC pain relieving patch. I gave a couple of patches to a work colleague yesterday to try. He came back awhile later and said, "Where can I get me some of those patches?" He said he had been a little skeptical when he put it on, but it worked great for him as well! For a list of all Salonpas' great products and where to buy them go here. I am sold! I will never be without them!