Friday, December 11, 2009

The Great Winter Motivation Booster (giveaway)

Let's see . . . its cold. It gets dark early. There hardly seems to be enough hours in the day. So what falls to the wayside? For many, it's running and exercise.

But it is important to stay active in the winter! So, to help you keep motivated through the winter months, I have a fun package to giveaway.

The Great Winter Motivation Booster package includes:
  • Fit Body, Fit Soul -- by Mark Allen and Brent Secunda
  • The Extra Mile -- by Pam Reed
  • See Dane Run -- by Dane Rauschenberg
  • Package of Exercise Anywhere cards from nuruplanet
  • 2 Chocolate #9 energy gels
  • 1 coupon for a free bottle of POM tea
The three books included in this package are sure to inspire you to push yourself! The first is Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You. I enjoyed this book and picked up a few tips that (I hope) will improve not only my running but my life in general. Here's what the publisher says about the book:
From setting appropriate goals for each type of fitness to learning how to feed both body and soul, this ground-breaking guide goes beyond the typical health mantras—eat right, exercise regularly, reduce stress—and explores the emotional and physical obstacles to corporeal and spiritual fitness. Based on the immensely successful training of a six-time Ironman triathlete by a renowned Huichol Indian healer, this handbook seeks to remedy the conspicuous absence of spirituality in typical Western exercise regimens by explaining how to incorporate the divine into everyday exercises and why the two issues are inexorably linked. After years of respective training, both parties realized that the art of prayer and its signature mindfulness could increase not only one’s physical abilities but also the mind, and that fitness wasn’t just a matter of good cardiovascular health and strong muscles. Whether training for intense competition or just reaching fitness goals, this indispensable resource discusses how to exceed mental limitations and become successful in any physical, emotional, or spiritual journey.
The next book is The Extra Mile: One Woman's Personal Journey to Ultrarunning Greatness by Pam Reed. Pam astonishes me with what she is able to accomplish -- she's a top ultramarathoner and a mother and a wife and a marathon race director! Phew! From the publisher:
One year after her astonishing victory at the Badwater Ultramarathon, Pam Reed again made distance running history when she braved the hottest weather in years—135 degrees—to successfully defend her title. How does this 100-pound mother and stepmother of five muster the endurance and courage for the 28-hour climb from the hottest desert floor on Earth to the shadow of the continental United States’ tallest point?

In The Extra Mile we watch this ultramarathon champion seek balance in her life as a wife, mother, athlete, and entrepreneur. With astonishing candor she tells of her 15-year-long battle with anorexia. And she helps us to understand her passion for ultrarunning—to discover how far the human body can be pushed.
The last book is probably my favorite: See Dane Run. I couldn't put this one down. It's Dane Rauschenberg's account of the year he ran 52 marathons in 52 weeks to raise money for L'Arche Mobile. I enjoyed reading his take on each of the marathons that he ran, just as I enjoyed reading how well he ran in those marathons. He finished almost all of them in under 3:30 and posted one sub-3 hour time -- all while running one marathon a week! Amazing. From the publisher:
See Dane Run is the account of Dane Rauschenberg's journey to run 52 consecutive weekly marathons in one calendar year all while working a full-time job in the greater Washington D.C. area. The book tells the tale of how Dane progresses from neophyte runner to sub-3 hour marathoner. This book serves not only as a guide to 52 distinct and unusual marathons across North America (for those looking to find that right race) but more importantly, is an inspirational tome for anyone looking to push themselves further than they thought possible. With Rauschenberg's athletic history as a backdrop, he paints the picture of how running never was the real sport of his choosing. From record holder on the swim team in high school, to rugby player in college, to Golden Gloves boxer in law school, Rauschenberg only began running after having already tested all these other sports. He shows how his first few marathons were abject failures and how it took him years to realize what worked best for him in running. Even then he went from just 6 lifetime marathons to planing 52 consecutive weekly marathons in one year. filled with anecdotal humor and a week by week recap of the people and places Rauschenberg encountered, See Dane Run is not a book about running. It is a book about life, while running.
The giveaway:

If you'd like to enter to win the Great Winter Motivation Booster package, leave me a comment on this post.

After doing that, you can get some extra entries by doing the following (please leave one comment per entry!):
  • Follow this site or The Happy Runner (or let me know you already do) -- 1 entry
  • Link to this giveaway on your blog -- 2 entries
  • Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter -- 1 entry
  • Leave me a comment about your favorite winter activity -- 1 entry
There you have it: 6 possible entries for the Great Winter Motivation Booster giveaway!

The giveaway will run through 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, December 17th and the winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on Friday the 18th.

Good luck -- and have a great weekend!

Giveaway disclosure: I received the products in this giveaway for review and personal use. None of the companies asked me to host this giveaway.

84 comments:

  1. Great give-away! Something to help motivation during the winter is a must.

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  2. My favorite winter activity is anything with the kids. If I had to choose, I'd say snow shoeing because we can do it as a family.

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  3. THis is a great idea Felice. This is my first year running. THis winter I am building my base, but you are so right. It's important not to slack off during the winter. Have a good one.

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  4. Hi! I follow 'Happy Runner.' I think I have to say that one of my favorite winter activities is hanging out at a cozy coffee shop with my husband, drinking coffee or hot chocolate and reading a good book.

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  5. Hi Felice :)

    Ok...I really wanna win this one, so I will be linking for sure! I almost bought Dane's book the other day but didn't cause it is so close to holidays. Maybe I won't have too :)


    Speaking of give-a-ways...did you get mine yet?

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  6. I found your blog from Tall Mom Running, I'm following you now! YEA! :)

    Great giveaway, I need all the motivation I can get, its been so very cold here in Texas {weird, its never cold in Houston} and Husband and I just signed up for our First Half-Marathon in Nashville, April 24! EEEEKKK!! So excited and a little scared ;)

    and I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/TeamGiles

    Lauren
    http://www.teamgiles.com

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  7. Wow oh wow this is a GREAT giveaway Buddy!! I am a total Follower (I love saying that)..

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  8. I linked you in on High Five Friday and will be BACK for more entries soon. Have to be strategic.. Hehehe

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  9. Looks like an awesome giveaway - thanks!

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  10. Following Happy Runner and your giveaway site!

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  11. Favorite winter activity: NOT SKIING (recall my incident from last January).

    Honestly, I don't really enjoy any traditional winter sports.... I think I am too accident prone!

    It's going to have to be RUNNING. There's something so rewarding about running in sub-zero temperatures all morning, then coming home and soaking in ahot bath or warming up by the fire with hot chocolate.

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  12. i want to win !!!
    i already follow you !!!

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  13. I Follow Happy Runner! As soon as I saw the pictures of books I got out my little notepad and wrote down the titles so if I dont win i can still get them from the Library!!

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  14. Favorite winter activity is skiing. I have been doing that since I was little but had to take a break in the college years. Hopefully I can get back to it this year!

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  15. I need winter motivation!! Great items:)
    Raquel
    scrappindaisy@gmail.com

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  16. I'm a follower.
    Raquel
    scrappindaisy@gmail.com

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  17. My favorite winter activity would be watching the kids sled and then having hot chocolate after, looking at their cute red faces. Okay I'll admit I have to get a run down the hill once or twice also;)
    Raquel
    scrappindaisy@gmail.com

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  18. You don't have to count this because it is so simple..... but my favorite winter activity is running :)

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  19. fave winter activity = lying under the covers watching trash TV on my laptop (w/ my husband :) )

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  20. Looks like a great giveaway. Those sound like great books! I already follow.

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  21. Surprise my fav winter activity is running

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  22. I never rememember to do a comment for each!

    You are linked :)

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  23. And my favorite winter activity is skiing. :)

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  24. Perfect giveaway! I need all the motivation I can get!

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  25. My favorite winter activity is ski jumping.....ok no it's not it's ice skating!

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  26. Great giveaway! Does it count that my favorite winter activity is staying inside where it is warm?
    Heather
    www.spiritblog.net

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  27. Great giveaway. I started running last year but didn't run durng the winter so this is my lst winter running & I really need motivation!!

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  28. I follow your Happy Runner blog. I posted the contest on my blog http://myfirst5k.wordpress.com and tweeted it as well - dcardillo

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  29. My fav winter activities are:
    tennis (indoors)
    quilting
    mah jongg

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  30. man I could really use a little motivation because running through the holidays and colder weather has been a real challenge

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  31. i am a follower

    erica_haggins@hotmail.com

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  32. excellent giveaway!!! i'd love to read those books!

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  33. Favorite winter activity......running. Its only 80 here this "winter", instead of 100 degrees, so I'm enjoying the relatively cool weather :)

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  34. I linked your giveaway on my blog. (did you enter my giveaway?)

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  35. i need inspired so bad! I am having a hard time getting myself up and motivated and could really use the encouragement!
    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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  36. i now follow your blog
    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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  37. I tweeted
    LynnAnnMatthews WIN SOmE Motivation! http://happyrunnergiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/12/great-winter-motivation-booster.html
    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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  38. My fave winter activity is fishing!
    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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  39. Great giveaway! My fav winter activity is getting up super early to run through the mist and the frost and coming home shortly after sunrise :)

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  40. yay for winter giveaways! I totally need the extra motivation, even if I am only going through a mild California winter ;)

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  41. I also tweeted here http://twitter.com/Sharoool

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  42. my favorite winter activity is snowboarding! can't wait to make it down the mountain this season. yay for storms!

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  43. I also posted the giveaway on my blog =) www.runninginpigtails.com

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  44. I'm a follower, and I love to cross country ski!! And go toboggoning with my kids! Tracking up that hill must be considered active right?? My legs hate me when we are done. But it its so worth it!!

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  45. What a great giveaway! When it's cold and dark outside, I really need some extra motivation.

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  46. I need some motivation for the new year,awesome giveaway - thanks!

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  47. We live in Miami so are favorite activity is going to the beach for long walks with the kids

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  48. Felice, you know I am a nerd. Thanks for hosting this giveaway...you do have the best giveaways ever!

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  49. I just linked this giveaway to my blog post.

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  50. Great giveway! I really want to get back into running, and this would be great motivation!

    susanerios at hotmail.com

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  51. Favorite winter activity: SKIING!

    susanerios at hotmail.com

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  52. Fabulous giveaway. I could use a boost this winter!
    Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  53. My favorite winter activity is building snowmen!
    Chrissy at knittoday(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  54. I love snowboarding in the winter!

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  55. a giveaway with books AND energy gels?! sign me up!

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  56. I already follow both of your Happy blogs...

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  57. I cross country ski during the winter months!

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  58. I'm still running this winter. We hardly ever get snow or I would love to ski.

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  59. I already have The Happy Runner on my RSS feed!

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  60. Favorite winter activity? I must concur with a previous poster - running of course!

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  61. Thanks for the great giveaway.


    Young in TX
    123yes456@gmail.com

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  62. I follow via google reader.


    Young in TX
    123yes456@gmail.com

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  63. Fave winter activity is snow skiing (not much of it here in Tx though!) lol.


    Young in TX
    123yes456@gmail.com

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  64. Nice to meet a fellow runner (technically...)
    This giveaway looks awesome- of course I would love to win it! Thanks for the chance!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  65. My favorite winter activity would be running or walking in the cold evenings!

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  66. I really need inspiration this winter. I have the winter blues. I hope I win

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