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
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:
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:
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.
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
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.