Saturday, April 19, 2014

#poweredbybits GIVEAWAY, post long run rituals & Boston thoughts

For those following along, I have a bad hip.  Hopefully a hip on the road to recovery.  The lovely Christina agreed to do my long run with me at a slower pace than usual so I could ease my hip back into long runs.  So I prepped all my usual things - my Nuun water for during the run, my banana for after the run.  Business as usual except for one change: Energy Bits.

Promo Material from the Company

The company sent me a cute little tin of these guys to try on my next run.

Looks innocent enough...

So on my way to meet Christina, I took 30 of these little pellets with about 8 oz of water per my instructions.

Something's fishy around here...

Not going to lie...these smell like seaweed.  Really fishy seaweed and I got skeptical...could these really bring me energy?  Could they replace my usual pre-workout fuel?  Here is the info from their website:

""Algae was the first plant life on earth almost 3 billion years ago and is considered a superfood because it contains virtually every nutrient. It has over 60% protein content, over forty vitamins and minerals and a more complete amino acid profile than beef or soy beans. It is also one of the best known food sources of beta carotene, B vitamins, antioxidants and chlorophyll."

Their website is a wealth of information on this stuff.  Check it out here.

Back to the run.  I had Christina with me the first 6.5 miles and so of course runs always go faster with a friend.  I felt good.  

SD Mom and Christina in our skirts - of course!
Then I started the last 3.5 miles by myself.  This was the real test.  Could I push myself to run these last few miles faster than the 1st half?  And guess what?  For the first time in almost 6 weeks, I found it in me to push on.  There was pain sure but there was also the glorious freedom of pushing thru and just running!  Whether I was #poweredbybits or by determination, I made it!  And I was pleased.  Will I be in peak condition for La Jolla?  Probably not but I will make the time cut offs.  And sometimes, when you are injured, that is all you can ask for!

Made it!  How cute is my yellow Swirlgear top?

I needed a shower and my favorite brew (coffee) in my favorite mug - 

and my favorite post run treat - avocado with sea salt!

Now in honor of Boston and the brave speedy runners participating in America's Marathon on Monday April 21, especially Kat, Kay Kay, Ben & Patti, I am giving one of my readers a chance to win their own tin of Energy Bits to try out!  

This is a quick one and the giveaway ends on Monday night!  So enter soon here.

Contest runs 4/19/2014 to 4/21/14
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Open to US and Canadian residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize will be shipped directly from Energy Bits.

And take a minute to marvel at the Boston Marathon runners.  One day, I will be there, even if it is just at the finish line cheering them in!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

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