6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Ultimate Runner Book Giveaway

It was a nice day yesterday no rain, not too hot. I teamed up with my co-worker Zen Runner for a 4 miler. Zen runner takes a refreshing approach to running she is relaxed and not too worried about time or distance. She runs around 10 minute mile pace and plans her runs around that. Yesterday we held around 9:45 weaving through the overgrown weeds of the swamp bridge. It was nice to have some company.

What I realized is that I have not done speedwork since before Eugene.. OOPS!! I plan to get some Interval training in next week. Although I am in Taper I still need to be poised for a sub 4 hour performance at the Seattle Rock N Roll Marathon in 17 days!! Amazingly I feel super after Marathon #3, yes I am TIRED but the aches and pains are minimal and my legs are strong.

In other news Muscle Man is RUNNING!! He plans to run 4 days a week to get ready for a 5K in August, longer distances to come I would love to get him across a 1/2 Marathon Finish line this year. I am VERY EXCITED to be on the flip side of LONG runs and spend more time helping my Man prepare for races. Who knows maybe this time I will actually run with him instead of leaving him in the dust like I did at the Run Wild 5K on his birthday?? (Story HERE).


GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Our Friends Amy and Tom at the Runner's Lounge HERE have teamed up to write a BOOK!!

Do You Run to Live . . . or Live to Run?
Whether you are a casual weekend warrior in running shoes, a seasoned ultra marathoner, or something in between, you recognize the heart and passion of runners who are just like you. Serious, competitive athletes and those who just want to shed a few pounds will find common ground in The Ultimate Runner, a celebration of every type of runner in heartfelt narratives, spectacular photos, and expert advice.

The magic of a run is shared in these chronicles of fitness breakthroughs, gritty races, and golden friendships forged in predawn sojourns. Great moments in running take place every day, and The Ultimate Runner is filled with more than thirty stunning photos that give voice to those extraordinary experiences shared by ordinary runners. Experts in the fields of nutrition, exercise physiology, and training weigh in with advice that will ramp up any running program.

Some run for the fitness value, some for a charitable cause, and some just to enjoy nature in a different way, but every runner is changed by the experience. Share some of those transformative moments with others who love the feel of the road beneath their feet.

About the Authors

Tom Green has been running competitively and leisurely for thirty-six years and is the co creator of RunnersLounge.com, the Online Community for Runners--a forum dedicated to sharing ideas, information, and advice on running and racing. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Amy Hunold-Van Gundy discovered running when she was well into adulthood and has run more than seventy-five races of various distances in just the last few years. In 2007, she and her running partner Tom Green launched RunnersLounge.com to connect runners and provide running resources. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

WHAT WILL YOU WIN?

One copy of "The Ultimate Runner" compliments of Amy and Tom.

HOW DO YOU ENTER?
One comment for each entry please :)
  • 1. Go to the Runner's Lounge web page HERE and look around. Join in a conversation or create your profile. Come back and leave me a comment about the web page.
  • 2. Share this Giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, tell a friend, etc.. Leave a comment for each time you share.
  • 3. Tell us your 'Book Worthy' running story, leave a comment, no matter how long.. (Best story may get a prize)
  • 4. Those who have donated to Tall Mom Marathon for the Cure HERE, get a free entry. Leave a comment.


Winner will be announced the day after my Birthday on June 15th. Stay tuned for more in the 500 POSTS WEEK of GIVEAWAYS!!!

HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

66 comments:

Diana said...

Ok I just made a profile on the Runner's Lounge! =)

Marlene said...

Like you, I have NOT done speed work since the marathon (at least, until yesterday!). It felt good to get moving again and I hope to keep it up at least once a week moving forward.

I'll pass on the book giveaway - I was lucky to win it from another blogger and just got it in the mail this week!

Have a great day! Half way to the weekend....

Diana said...

Book worthy Running story!
I think my Memorial Day Run this year was really my best run yet! IT was my first 13.1 mile run! Being a new runner I set a goal of just simply running the whole thing! I set out for my run around 9am May 31st and took it nice and easy the first mile, and then I covered up my Garmin, so pace wouldn't distract me like it has in the past! I focused on thinking about things on this run that would help me! One major thought was of a friend who lost his legs last year in Iraq. He was a runner. He just recently went above and beyond learning how to walk on two prosthetic legs! I just spent the majority of my run praying for him, admiring him, and really dedicating my run to him. I have always had issues with competition, if someone would pass me while I was running it would really get me down. I was thinking of my friend, and how often he must get passed these days, and he is walking! I was able to overcome that unnecassary evil in my head, and focus on the RUN!!! The majority of my run it was raining, actually it was pouring down rain! I learned on this run that rain isn't something to be afraid of. If you prepare with the right gear and clothing, running in the rain can be refreshing, and empowering! I loved it! Even when those speedy cars would fly by and splash a whole puddle on me, I would just think to myself... Nothing can stop me. The runner's high came at about mile 5 for some reason, and I felt it the rest of the run and the rest of my day! I have to say that was the best feeling EVER!!! I loved my run! The results were like a dream for me! I NEVER WALKED! 13.1 miles, 2 hr 25 min!!! Diana's Memorial Day Half Marathon, I took FIRST PLACE!

J said...

I have been on runners' lounge for a while! I kind of miss the TIARTs.

Stephanie said...

I really like the Runner's Lounge. I love that they have the option to find running clubs near you. I went on and found a couple on the IL and MO side. I have seriously been looking into joining something, and this has given me new options.

Thanks Runner's Lounge!

Molly said...

I already have a profile on Runners' Lounge...I love all the discussion boards.

Molly said...

I donated.....: )

Molly said...

As a runner, I'm lucky to have run in so many different environments, the beaches of Long Island, the Florida Keyes, the Adirondack Mountains, NYC, and every season of my neighborhood, from zero temps to 100 degree temps!

Carly said...

Linked you on my sidebar.

onelittletrigirl said...

Good timing- I am doing my review and give-a-way tomorrow! And I took the bios straight from the amazon page like you did :)

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I just started this book and love it so far.

Yay for Muscle Man! If I can get J across the 1/2 finish line, you can definitely get Muscle Man through!

Running Diva Mom said...

okey dokey -- I already donated to your journey. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

Nicole Orriëns said...

I like the sound of Zen Runner!

The book sounds great too.

http://www.momshomerun.blogspot.com

misszippy said...

Posting on my blog.

Suzy said...

I put your giveaway up on my blog. I've got nothing else today.

marathonmaiden said...

i made a profile

marathonmaiden said...

i tweeted

marathonmaiden said...

i facebooked

marathonmaiden said...

and my story is from memorial day (reposted from my blog):

I ran it with my sister, K4 (I’m the oldest of 6 and all our names begin with K so we’ve been assigned numbers haha). I was really unsure of whether or not I wanted to “bring her along”. Sure she’s an athlete and actually ran XC last fall…but her schtick is Throwing. And she told me that her best XC race was ~28 minutes for a 5k. Which is slower than I wanted to go.

I told her that we’d do a tempo kind of thing for her. My distance was 4 but we could go at “tempo” (for her) for ~1.3 miles then she could turn around and recover while I ran to the halfway point and then catch up with her pacing her back in. She was down for it, I think that I was still unsure if she could keep up. I figured that even if I went at a 9 pace it would be pushing it for her. And a note about my family: we rarely complain about things like pushed paces. Sure I may complain, bitch & moan about an eyelash in my eye but I will push through anything physical and the same goes for K4.

That said, at ~Mile 1 she stopped short. I told her that if she was going to throw up she better do it away from me. That got me a laugh as well as a dirty look but after a second of catching her breath we were off again. We hit the ~1.3 miles at (calculated later)…8:46 pace!! Here she turned around and walked a bit and I’m assuming at some point she started jogging because when I caught up to her she was much further than I thought she would be.

When she saw me I think a part of her died buttttt I told her that the goal was just to not stop running for the ~3/4 mile we had left. And she did it. She had a really bad stitch-in-side but she did it. I am soooooo proud of her for being so damn tenacious and determined. I think that, even though she considers throwing her thing, she could have a strong XC season if she wants it and decides to do it again. She’s not that big into running, definitely not a passion of hers, but she could own it if she sets her sights on it. Maybe not *winning* but I think she could be strong and SMASH her PR and expectations.

So that’s the story. About my sister. I’m hoping that we get to run more together this summer

Zoë said...

Book worthy running story? Hmmm. The first one that came to mind was my Comedy of Errors run a few months back where everything went wrong (nekkid semis, raccoons, bugs, etc) and I had a "string" weiner. :P
HAHA

Lacy said...

I love that the lounge is a "place" for runners to go and really feel at home.
My profile has been set up :)
Really want to read that book!

Lacy said...

I think my latest post is one of my best stories. I'll post that :)
http://blog.lacyjhansen.com/2010/06/my-road-to-boston-race.html

teacherwoman said...

Happy Wednesday! Yay for Muscle Man running! Too cool!

Kayla said...

Your giveaway is linked on my blog

Christine said...

Great give away! It's link on my blog

http://christine-myfirstmarathon.blogspot.com/2010/06/speedy-tuesday-144-days-to-go.html

Angie Bishop said...

I linked you up to my blog's sidebar! yay for running with your man!! I just started running with mine last night. Makes me so happy :)
Cheers!

ajh said...

I donated awhile ago to Race for the Cure.

ajh said...

Here is my story. I am copying it from a post that was in answer to another blogger's question - What was your most meaningful race?

My mother died when she was 53 when I was just finishing my first year of college. It left a huge hole in my life which continues to this day. I wanted to do something special in her memory when I was 53. The marathon that I was planning to run that year was past my birthday so I would be 54. I decided to focus on a half marathon that I was already running in the spring.
Once I decided to do this my brain went into overdrive with many ideas. I wanted to raise money in her memory but I wasn't sure how. I decided to just ask colleagues at work and friends. My goal was to get 53 people to donate. I came up with a short note that explained what I was doing and why and passed it out. I didn't know who to ask at work and didn't want to leave people out so I asked everyone hopefully making it clear any amount or nothing was acceptable. I thought maybe I would raise $100.00.
The response was incredible. Many people donated various amounts to my race. Several people asked me to run in their mothers' memories also. I was touched by the number of people who gave me $53.00 realizing the significance of that amount. I had told people I was going to donate the money to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital which was a favorite of my mother. She was also a teacher (like I am) so donations benefiting children were very appropriate. Sixty-four people ended up contributing to this cause. I raised $1415..00, far beyond my wildest dreams.
The race itself was fantastic. Each time I reached a mile marker, I thought there is another $100.00 for the cause. I had prepared a play list I was listening to. I played songs from each decade my mother was alive. I listened to Dixie Chicks in between each decade to easily separate the decades and because they are just plain fun to run to. Ready to Run was my starting song. I listened to songs from Swanee (Al Jolson - 1920s to Fire and Rain - James Taylor , 1970s.) I included some Frank Sinatra to honor my father too. I was just past the last decade when I crossed the finish line. My cousin had sent me a St. Jude medal which I kept in a pocket and fingered from time to time.
The weather was also great. I had a time goal of a pace of 9:30 a mile but this was a hilly course and I didn't know if I could do it. I had told my daughter to meet me at mile 11 because she wanted to run the last two miles with me. But I was ahead of my pace and had only a mile and a half to go when she met me. It meant a lot to me to be running part of this race for my mother with my own daughter. I really worked the last few miles still hoping I could meet my goal but I didn't think I had. Much to my delight and surprise my pace was 9:28 a mile. It was a good ending to a very special race.

ajh said...

Posting on my blog.

Erika said...

Hi...I tweeted for you:) Runnererika

Erika said...

and I linked you on my sidebar under...blogs I heart.
That book looks amazing!

H Love said...

loved runners lounge...i had no idea. i looked around and read some book reviews.

H Love said...

Book worthy comment...
Hmmm it would have to be my first race ever. It was the WSU 100K and all these crazy "runners" kept asking me and encouraging me to join the team. What the heck, I;m not a runner! They needed someone for the last leg. 4.2 miles! So I trained and trained and then experienced the longest day of my life. I was tracking teams and girls and trying not to throw up. Only the top 5 teams got ribbons and we were in 6th place as my teammate approached for the tag. UGH!! I shot out of there like a rocket I think I almost tripped and fell as my knees were literally hitting each other. Once I slowed I became focused. I wanted to catch the girl that had passed forever ago! After about 2 miles I saw something in the distance...so I sprinted! Oh...just a mailbox, but wait there she is, probably a good half mile ahead. So as my a van full of screaming teammates passed I decided I WAS going to pass her and get that darn ribbon. So I picked it up and ran hard until I got so close I was in stealth mode. She looked tired so I went for it. PASSED her and finished the home stretch and we placed 5th!! since then I have been HOOKED...runner for life. Oh yes and now I do call myself a runner.

H Love said...

going to post on my blog now.

Melissa Bitton said...

First time to Runner's Lounge: VERY Cool. I read the article 'Rethinking the 20-Miler'. It was interesting.

Melissa Bitton said...

Here's my FIRST MARATHON story (part 1), as posted on my blog, June 09:

So, what is it like to run a marathon, you ask? IT's HARD! Harder than you think. Harder than running a mile. Harder than running 6 miles. Harder than running a 1/2 marathon!

At the end of last year, my friend Lori asked if I wanted to walk the Seattle Rock N' Roll Marathon. SURE! Why not? I'd made a decision this year to up my fitness and to enter some races. A few months ago though, Lori decided her training wasn't up to par and so she said she was going to drop down and walk the 1/2 marathon instead. Well, thoughts were swirling in my mind and I was sort of following a full marathon training schedule already....SO...I picked up the pace and made the decision to run the full (or as much as I could).

I decided I was going to try to run the marathon in 5 hours. Training for a marathon takes so much time and commitment and I knew I would not be setting any fantastic goals. I can run a 1/2 marathon in 2:09 with a pace of about 9:55 minutes per mile. I figured 5 hours would be reasonable for a full. Well, for those of you dying to hear...I finished in 5:32:07 with a pace of about 12:40 minutes per mile. My clock time (pictured below) is not my actual chip time. The clock started running at 7am, but I didn't leave my corral until nearly 45 minutes later.

Melissa Bitton said...

Marathon Story (part 2):

For those of you really interested, here's my story. And yes, I'm going to tell everything, so be prepared to be opened up to the world of Melissa! :)

Jake drove me to Seattle on Friday, where we picked up my bib and race packet at Qwest Field ($10 to park and $20 to park on race day!). I got to see loads of runners exploring the booths and looking excited for Saturday. It felt good to be in a room full of crazies just like me.

Friday night, we ate at Applebee's. I'd been snacking all day and by dinner time, I wasn't super hungry. Here's where I think I made a mistake. Runners are supposed to carbo-load before a race. I'd been eating and drinking carbs throughout the day, but didn't feel like I could stomach more at dinner time. So, I ordered a chicken salad. Yes, you heard me...salad!!! BAD idea. I'm pretty sure that salad worked it's way out of my body before mile 14 (yes, I'll tell you all about this).

Our hotel in Renton was tucked away in a nice quiet place, about 3 miles from the start. We settled in for the night, but I couldn't sleep. I think I finally told Jake to turn off the TV before I had all of Michael Jackson's songs memorized. I was pretty restless most of the night and even had a race nightmare! I dreamt that I passed out right at the finish line and didn't wake up for 2 days. Jake had to tell me all about my great finish because I couldn't remember it.

My 4:30am alarm wasn't exactly welcomed with open arms, but I got up anyway. Showered, fueled and hydrated, I hopped in the car headed for the drop-off zone. I walked about 1/4 mile to the start and began the wait. I did spend a good 25 minutes of my time waiting for the porta-potty.

The race had 25,000 participants and so a wave-start was used. Every 1-2 minutes, a corral of runners was released. I was in corral 25. Instead of starting at 7am, I started at 7:42am. I joined a pace group, along with 4 other girls. We followed a designated pacer who carried a sign that said 5:00 and was guaranteed to finish the race in 5 hours. She wore a FANTASTIC watch that I want and would welcome as a gift at anytime (wink, wink). It was a Garmin Forerunner and it keeps track of time, miles, pace and heart rate. She had it set for about an 11:50 min/per time and when we were going too slow, it beeped at us.

Melissa Bitton said...

Marathon Story (part 3):

Now, on to the actual race! Miles 1-14 were fantastic. The pace was about 2 minutes slower that my typical race (shorter distance) pace and so it felt quite easy and very doable! I was hootin' and hollerin' with the gals and cheering for the bands (playing nearly every mile).

At mile 10, I felt my tummy tell me I better go potty. UGH! I was really hoping I would at least make it to mile 20 before needing to go potty. Well, I knew I'd better go because I didn't just have to go number 1. Let me just tell you about porta-potties and racing. They have LONG lines and aren't super easy to use when you're in a rush and all sweaty. I skipped the first porta-potty I saw because the line was too long and found another one tucked away on a side street. YIPPEE! Only one person in line. I hopped in, tried to do my business quick but got hung up on the thin-as-air toilet paper. You know how you try to get the paper off the roll, but it tears down the middle and you can't ever find the start of the roll? That was happening to me. Plus, my hands were all sweaty, along with my bumper, so it was all a papery-mess. I got my sweaty clothes all situated and went for a squirt of sanitizer....EMPTY. Don't tell anyone, but I scooped some sanitizer off the floor and used it. I know it sounds gross, but it was WAY over in the corner where NOBODY peed. I promise. It had dripped from the sanitizer dispenser.

Lucky me, I caught up with my pace group at mile 11 on the Washington Bridge and even passed them. I was feeling AWESOME! I totally felt capable of finishing the marathon! Until...UGH! You know what that means. POTTY time again. Remember that I ate a salad the night before? I think that contributed to my potty needs and I think the GU was playing some games in my tummy. Ok, so here's another thing that sucks when needing to go potty during a race...sometimes (like when you're on a bridge) there's not a porta-potty in sight! So, I won't tell you in detail every potty break, but just know that this is where I lost my pace group, my 5hr time and a lot of strength in my legs. Needing to go number 2 and trying to run at the same time is not fun. When I ran, my tummy jiggled (not helping!). When I walked, it took too long. When I ran and squeezed my bum together, my legs got tired (but it was necessary or I'd have more trouble). I used the porta-potty 3 times total during the race and once at the finish line (I almost didn't make it across before needing to go).

Melissa Bitton said...

Marathon Story (part 4):

So, you've learned a lot about me and my potty needs. Let me tell you more about the race. It really was great! I'm already entertaining thoughts of my next marathon! Yes, I'm going to go for it again. :) Miles 1-17 were really not that bad. At mile 17, I started the walk/run technique. Mentally, I was doing well. Physically, my calves and hamstrings were stretched to the limit and very tired. Miles 22-24 were the hardest for me. I had hit the WALL. You hear about the 'wall' and I seriously experienced it. I had prepared myself for the physical wall. I knew that would come and didn't worry all that much about it. The mental wall was the biggest challenge for me. I nearly cried. I was mentally exhausted. I wanted to be done. I wanted to see Jake and get my medal and have an ice-cold Diet Coke and eat a banana. Oh...how I wanted a banana. I wanted to rest. It took all my strength to keep going. Now, you may think that mile 22 is so close and the rest is a piece of cake. OH NO! Mile 22 is not close. You'll never believe how long 4 miles can seem unless you're living them yourself. They seem even longer when you know you don't have the strength to run them at pace.

You know those metal dividers on ramps/bridges? I used those in my strategy to finish. I began by walking from one divider to the next, then running from one divider to the next. They I ran two dividers and walked one. This helped me get to the turn-around at mile 24 and work my way to Qwest Field. Remember how I was hootin' and hollerin' at the beginning? I tried to cheer myself and others around me, but we were all spent. You could tell this was now a mental game for everyone on the course. Cheers to the marathon committee for creating a great first-timers course. The last 6.2 miles were flat, if not slightly downhill. SMART! I couldn't sprint to the end, but I did run and wave to Jake, my supportive picture-taker.

I ran through the finish, got my HEAVY metal (darted to the bathroom) and then did a big SIGH! I DID IT! Now, you may not think I was a quick mama....but holy smokes...you'll never know a marathon unless you finish one. I have a great appreciation for marathoners. It's no easy task. And, to toot my own horn, nobody that started in my pace group finished with the pacer. I passed two of the gals in my group by a few miles. They were newbies too.

What did I do afterwards? Grunted and groaned as I walked to the refreshment stands and then the car (not before going potty again and later again while shopping).

Am I sore? Yes. My legs are sore, especially my calves and hamstrings. My quads a little. Can I walk? Yes. I even ran around with my Sunbeam group at church yesterday.

Was it worth it? Oh yes! It was fantastic. I could never have done this 10 years ago and that makes me feel on top of the world. I have made a big turn-around with my health. I'm not in prime shape and I'm a good 15 pounds overweight, but I can run! I didn't just do this in a day. It's taken time to get to this point. But I've been dedicated and have worked hard!

AND..I just ran Marathon #3 and cut an HOUR off my time. Came in at 4:33, Newport Marathon, OR.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

I linked you up....

Jill said...

I am excited to check out runners lounge more. Seems like they have some good resources. I have to add them to my favorites.

Jill said...

Linked you!

Jill said...

I totally donated! Can I win now?

Jill said...

Running Story...How about the day that I told myself I wouldn't stop. Can't remember if it was a 12 min. run in high school, but I think it was. I always struggled with running w/o stopping and I just decided I needed to try it without stopping and I did. It was a HUGE deal and I will always remember that. I even told Deirdra D. to do it in tennis and told her not to stop and she did not. It was a big deal to her too...I aspired to inspire and I DID.

Michelle said...

Donated!

Beth said...

Done! Runner's Lounge profile created. I've been meaning to check that site out, so this was just the nudge I needed. :)

Alanna said...

Hadn't heard of runners' lounge so thanks! I really like reading other peoples race reports as they are really inspiring/motivating!

Alanna said...

Your contest is linked on my sidebar.

Cynthia O'H said...

I linked this to my side bar.

Cynthia O'H said...

Running Story: How about the race I ran this Tuesday when I missed the start of the race, ran 1/2 kilometre to catch the start, picked every runner I could to pass and finished as 10th female runner and first age group. It was all about staying focussed.

Stacie said...

I've donated to Tall Mom Marathon For The Cure!!!

Stacie said...

I tweeted!!! windyrunner

Stacie said...

I posted link on Facebook!!!!

Stacie said...

I posted a link to the giveaway on my blog!!!!

Kim said...

I have a Runner's Lounge profile. It's how I got introduced to all of these lovely bloggy ladies! :)

Kim said...

I added you to my link list that posts on Saturdays.

marathonmaiden said...

and i linked (but the post is going up tmrw am)

Potato said...

I just joined runners lounge. I'm a new runner, read my blog to make fun of me, comment, or encourage....I could use all the help I can get. Www.potatojourney.blogspot.com thanks, Kristen

Christina said...

Runners lounge is great. I only wish I had more time to lounge around there

Christina said...

Don't know if I have a runner book worthy story.

Janet said...

I love the inspirational feeling at Runners lounge. I just ordered the "Run like a Mother" book and am looking for other motivational running books. Sounds like this one would be a good one for my collection!

Janet said...

I don't know if it's "book worthy" but I'm proud of my comeback story. I was in a horse accident nearly 13 years ago where I broke my leg and shattered my ankle. After three surgeries and a lot of PT, it was pretty normal but I didn't take up running until last year. I'm completely amazed that I can run for miles on end without pain or further injury. The human body is truly amazing!

bobbie said...

Linked it on my blog

bobbie said...

Tweeted it @bobbie087

bobbie said...

Posted it on facebook

bobbie said...

Guess my most "book worthy" running story would be one of my last blog post http://bobbie087.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-1st-pi.html about my first injury