Sunday, August 1, 2010

Catch Up And Another Giveaway!

Hi everyone! Another crazy week in the books! I can't believe that the weekend is almost over! I have to admit this cutting back on my running thing is bugging me. I know that this is something that I must do for now and that my health is more important than the miles I am logging. I am really listening to my body but I feel like the biggest slacker. I used to run at least five to six times a week and now I am only running three to four. My Napa to Sonoma Half was fantastic and I don't think that I have ever felt better running during a race. Lately, my last few runs have been sucking rocks! I am just not feeling it! I don't know if it because I am still playing catch up with my rest or if it is something else. At any rate, my normal 6 mile training runs are staying at a 8:45 to 9:00 minute mile pace. This is slower than my race pace for a 10K but I just feel blah during these runs. This picture was taken before my 6 mile run yesterday. It was 76 degrees but super humid! Yuck! I wanted to show Pam at Thirty Schmirty that yes, I look like crap after runs:) Clearly by looking at this next picture you will see that Julie sweats too!
I wish that my daughter was home so that you could see my shirt. She could of taken this picture instead of me:) I was dripping with sweat because of the high humidity! I want to run in California again, darn it! A girl can dream!
This past week I have spent so much time looking at possible races to do for the rest of the summer and fall. I have not updated my future race list because I am not sure what to do. Everyone who has been reading my blog knows how much I love racing! When I get it all figured out I will share with you my final plans:) I did go to a bike shop yesterday...going to another one on Wednesday. Hopefully a new bike will help me with some of my cross training and maybe spice up my routines:) It is possible that my new bike will have to come with me to one of my future races! Oh settle down you Tri studs....there is no way and hell I am doing a Tri! It is my understanding that swimming is a must in a Tri! Julie and swimming = a very funny joke:) I wouldn't mind attempting a duathlon sometime in the near future! How exciting is that?

It is time for another giveaway! A few weeks ago I reached 200 followers and decided to do another giveaway:) This giveaway features......
1) Foam Roller
2) 3 packs of Sports Beans
3) 3 PowerBar Bars
4) 4 PowerBar Gels (Strawberry Banana) my favorite:)
5) Nuun Tablets Lemon Lime Flavor
6) Body Glide
To enter this giveaway all that you have to do is tell me that you are a follower! For a second entry you can link this giveaway to your blog. I will post the winner to this giveaway on Saturday August 7th:) Good luck!
Happy running, biking, swimming and lifting! Cheers to you all!
Molly is hosting a $60 CSN giftcard giveaway!
Suzy is hosting a $50 CSN giftcard giveaway!
Anne Marie is hosting a Scape Athletic Sunblock giveaway!
MissZippy is hosting a Kara Goucher signed t-shirt giveaway!
Rad Runner is hosting a Reed's Ginger Chews giveaway!
Lindsay is hosting a Breakfast and Truvia giveaway!
Always A Reason To Run is hosting a $40 CSN giftcard giveaway!
Racing Dawn is hosting a $15 iTunes giftcard giveaway!
Holly is hosting a $40 CSN giftcard giveaway!
Molly is hosting a Run Like A Girl giveaway!
Molly is hosting a fuel belt giveaway!

132 comments:

  1. Hey Julie, I'm proud of you that you listen to your body and step back a little. It's hard to stop doing something you really enjoy. But I think duathlon is a great idea!!! Good luck on finding the right bike soon :)

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  2. I'm a follower. I'm trying to follow you and listen to my body a little more too.

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  3. I'm a follower!! I've never used a foam roller, I hear such good things!! I said never to a tri too...I suck at swimming. Yet, my 2nd tri is coming up in a few weeks ;)

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  4. I'm a follower, Julie!

    I can barely swim (I actually only learned how to do it at all about two years ago), so tri's are out for me, but maybe a duathlon might be in my future in a year or so.

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  5. I'll link this on my next post....

    I have to say the first thing I thought of when you mentioned your bike was that you might do a Tri! But you know, you ARE going to have to give it a name!!

    Good luck figuring out that race schedule, and enjoy the last few hours of the weekend! : )

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  6. I'm a follower, Julie! And I'm experiencing the "summer running blues" right along with you. Feeling old and slow lately. We'll bounce back, though!

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  7. I posted a link to my blogs sidebar!! Congrats on 200 and I know how you feel cutting back.

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  8. I'm a follower - keep listening to your body!

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  9. I also posted a link to this on my blog sidebar

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  10. LOL Okay, I feel better now. Julie sweats too!

    And you KNOW I follow. :P

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  11. Posting your giveaway on my sidebar.

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  12. I will be doing all the giveaway criteria later but first...you're getting a bike!! Yay Julie! And from one joke of a swimmer to another, you'll do a triathon within a year. That's my prediction and i stand by it. I love your "after" running picture...cute!

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  13. I am a follower in need of a foam roller! :) Great giveaway!!! Thanks!

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  14. I am a follower in need of a foam roller!

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  15. I'm a follower, and am linking to my blog next. You still look great, and I really don't see very much sweat. So smart to adjust your plan. I know it's very HARD to do. Take care Julie.

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  16. Hi Julie, it is great that you are stepping back - sometimes your body needs a rest. I know mine does. Hopefully, you will feel better on your runs soon.

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  17. I'm a follower! Fun giveaway!

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  18. I am a follower and would be even without giveaways. They are a fun idea though.

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  19. I will be linking the giveaway on my sidebar shortly

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  20. YOU are so sweet;-) I am a TRUE follower, through and through;-)

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  21. I'm already a follower! :)
    I know it must be hard for you not to be able to run as much as you would like, but your're doing the right thing and letting your body heal!
    You cracked me up with the whole tri and swimming thing! :) I think you should definitely do a duathlon..they are so much fun!

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  22. I put a link on my blog. Good luck finding a bike.

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  23. I'm a follower!
    Hey, I like your post run face, very natural and real!! Cute, too!
    Let me know what you decide to do about a bike. I need to look into that too. Cross-training is definitely necessary for our bods to hold up to lots of training!
    Have a great week, Julie!

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  24. julie..i was about to suggest cross training ..then i got further down the post..you were ahead of me
    enjoy it for what it is..it really helps your running

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  25. I am too far, I give the chance to other followers. You are wise not to update now the race list because it is too hot to follow a precise program and in this moment you have to listen your body. Great pictures!

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  26. Tell me about bad runs: know all about it!

    I have a nice run for you: book a flight to Holland and do one with me :)

    And girl, even sweaty you are still beautiful!

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  27. Posted your wonderful giveaway on my blog. COngrats on reaching 200 followers! You'll be at 300 before you know it.

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  28. I am a Follower and I need the mini-Foam Roller for travel.

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  29. I'll save this for someone who really needs it- I have that roller and it is AMAZING!!!!

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  30. I'm a new follower!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  31. I'm a follower!! Great give away, this stuff would come in handy for my first marathon I'm training for this fall. =)

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  32. I've been looking at duathlons lately.. still need to buy the bike though hehe! Great giveaway btw, I'm a follower but I would understand if you don't want to post to the UK :-)

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  33. In spite of the humidity, you always look lovely! Don't fret about being a little "off" with your running - it could be your body is telling you it needs a bit of a break. A duathlon would be fun - good cross training!
    Have a great week!
    K

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  34. Follower! Can't wait to hear your running/biking plans! I to want badly to do a du!

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  35. Hello from Park City, Utah! We're shooting for Reno, NV tonight and San Francisco tomorrow morning! I'm a follower (and a fan!!), of course. :)

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  36. I know what it's like, to feel like a slacker when you cut down (or out) your running, but it's definitely the smart thing to do in the long run! Take care of yourself!

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  37. I'm a follower!

    I think that you are doing great! It's so tough to listen to our bodies, and you are doing a great job....

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  38. Hang in there, I'm sure everything will sort out and you'll be running more in future. At least you can still get in some running. Have a great week Julie!

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  39. I'm a follower! Definitely listen to the body! I bet you just haven't given yourself real recovery time from you race... Can't wait to see what race you'll do next! Awesome giveaway!

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  40. btw - you could do a tri as a relay in some races! you find someone to do the swim!

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  41. I'm a follower! Finally even put a pic up on my google profile too.

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  42. I'm a follower in desperate need of a foam roller :)

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  43. I'll post this tonight on my blog

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  44. I'm a follower. I think I'd like to try a duathlon sometime too! Hang in there, I'm sure the cutting back/rest will do your body good.

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  45. I'm a new follower! And I ran the Napa to Sonoma half this year too!

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  46. I also posted a link to your giveaway on my blog.

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  47. I'm a follower.

    Keep on taking it easy. Your body needs it. Good luck with the biking. I could never tri because I hate swimming and I suck at biking.

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  48. I am a follower.

    My husband is toying with the idea of doing a tri. I would never do it because I am not a good swimmer. I can stay afloat, but I am not a strong swimmer at all.

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  49. Following!

    hang in there on the running
    take it easy and dont fret over it
    easier said than done
    you're doin great
    -Derek

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  50. I'm a follower.

    I was reading one blog, and clicked on some links, went to another blog, clicked around and came to yours! :)

    I am not a swimmer. Somehow, I can only swim when my feet touches the floor of the pool but once I know I am approaching the deeper end, I forget how to swim. I am thinking a duathlon is kinda cool. Maybe I will do that sometime in the future - once I get the whole running portion down.

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  51. I'm linking this on my blog later this evening after my run.

    http://laceitupandrun.blogspot.com/

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  52. LOL @ your sweat picture. :)

    I follow!

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  53. HEY! I follow you!

    OH, and listen to your body, it will treat you better for it!

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  54. oh oh oh I follow I follow!
    Ive always wanted to try sports beans!

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  55. P.S. I totally disagree with your "crap pic!" I think you look lovely! :)

    oh, and I posted this on my site too :)

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  56. You know I am a follower, big sis! I could actually use a 2nd foam roller to keep @ work.

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  57. Follower! Right across the river from ya in Somerset WI!

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  58. Linking you on my blog as well. Foam rollers are my fave!!

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  59. i linked back

    www.ericarunning.com

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  60. I am a follower

    jeninreallife@yahoo.com

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  61. If it makes you feel any better, I did 5 miles this morning at a 10 Minute pace (Monday).

    Hope the health is getting back to where it should

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  62. I am follower; congrats on two hundred of us....take care of yourself.

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  63. I also linked to your giveaway on my blog.

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  64. what? You actually perspire? How un-lady like!! HAHAHAHAHA! no tri-ing eh? swimming is not a challenge for you then? just askin... :-)

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  65. You sweat? I don't believe it because you always look great. Hmmm, maybe someone doctored the picture of you. It is hard cutting back on the running. I'm trying for 3-4 days a week and I also feel like a slacker after averaging 6 days/week of running. Post a picture of your bike when you get one!

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  66. I'm a new follower! I long for the days of MN humidity... Just moved to TX last fall and am not liking the summer here- loved the winter though lol!

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  67. I'm a new follower and thankful I don't have humidity. And totally understand the frustration of not being able to run enough as you want to. Tri's are what allowed me to train harder.

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  68. I'm a follower of yours for about the last 2 months. I have really enjoyed your races.
    Tina

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  69. Hey Julie! Nice giveaway; I want it all! I am of course a follower. And as soon as I get off my lazy rear end and do a post, I'll link your giveaway.

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  70. I posted your giveaway under the giveaways on my blog!

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  71. Omg, what a great giveaway! I need a foam roller like I need Kara Goucher's abs!

    I'm a follower. :)

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  72. And I'll be linking the giveaway on my blog later today/tonight.

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  73. I am a follower, and so glad I am :).
    Give yourself a bit more time to see how you're feeling before you start signing up for races, ok?? *hugs*

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  74. Loyal follower.
    I bet you could have smiled and made that AFTER-run picture look beaming.

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  75. I posted this giveaway on my blog.

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  76. Ooh count me in! Sport beans are another one of my crack cocaines :) I'm a follower!

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  77. I'm a follower. What a great giveaway! I'd love to do a tri except I don't bike, maybe I could do your swimming for you. :)

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  78. I know that cutting back must be hard for you but good for you for listening to your body. Keep up the great work!

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  79. You don't look very sweaty!
    I am excited for you to get a bike...super fun!

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  80. Hi Julie,

    I follow your blog. You should do the Urban Wildland half marathon on Sat with me. I am going to jog it. You know you want run another half!!!

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  81. I am going to post the link on my blog right now.

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  82. Hi Julie, I'm a follower. This weather is making me anxious for fall. I've never been so sweaty! Enjoy your search for races!

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  83. I'm a follower! What a super giveaway!

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  84. As you know, I'm a follower!

    Post scriptum: I'm sure that you'll do a nice duathlon, Julie :)

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  85. Linked your givaway on my sidebar, Julie!

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  86. Great pics.. I'm a sweaty mess too after a run. I'm new to your blog, but can't wait to start reading!! Get your rest.. it's well worth it in the end!

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  87. If you really want to get set up well on a bike, I highly suggest Gear West - worth the distance! They have lots of options and since the season is in the second half, you may even be able to score a good price.

    Keep searching for answers...I'm sure that others have gone through the same thing you are and maybe there's an unconventional route you can take to minimize the effects running takes on your system.

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  88. Hi Julie. I have seen your comments on blogs I follow like Colin and Adam 129 comments? Wow! You are a Champion Blogger. I recently posted about some future races I am considering. I invite you to take a look.

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  89. Oh, okay, I get it. I see that you are running a contast. I'm too lazy to enter contests, but I will now start to follow you :-)

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