It's About Time for a NUUN Giveaway

What’s your essential long-run item?

I always, always have at least one bottle of NUUN (pronounced “noon”) on my belt for double-digit runs. The one time I didn’t bring any (this 15-miler right HERE), I was so painfully sore during and after the run, it was insane.

So, of course, I had some Tri-Berry with me on yesterday’s 12-miler with Amy, Mel and Zoë (recap coming tomorrow). NUUN is so refreshing on the run! I like Tri-Berry and Orange the best.

What is NUUN? I’ll let them explain: “NUUN is an electrolyte enhanced drink tablet formulated to dissolve in water and designed to keep you optimally hydrated wherever you are.” You simply drop one tablet in 16 ounces of water (or half a tablet — they are easy to snap in half — into 8 ounces), let it dissolve (takes a minute or so), and you’re all set.

Win some! NUUN has offered to give away a mixed 4-pack — Tri-Berry, Lemon-Lime, Citrus and Orange — and one of their signature NUUN water bottles. There are a TON of ways to win!

  • Mandatory: Visit www.nuun.com, then come back and tell me something interesting about them.

Bonus Entries!

  • Become a Virtual Running Buddy (follower) of Mom vs. Marathon and leave me a comment below or leave me a comment letting me know you already are.
  • Like NUUN on Facebook HERE and leave me a comment below.
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  • Follow NUUN on Twitter, @ministryofnuun and leave me a comment below.
  • Follow Mom vs. Marathon on Twitter, @momvsmarathon and leave me a comment below.
  • Share this giveaway on your blog, tweet it or spread the word via Facebook — leave me a comment below to let me know you did. 

Thanks for entering! Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 6.

ButtShield Prize Package Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the ButtShield giveaway! And, thank you, to 2Toms for making it possible!

The three lucky winners are:

1. Janet from All Things Inspirational

2. Ann from 99 Reads

3. Marcia from The Studly Runner

Congrats! You all will be chafing less and running more very soon. Please e-mail me your mailing addresses: kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (dot) com.

Now…stay tuned today because I have another giveaway coming up a little later today. Any guesses on what it is? Here’s a hint: The giveaway will begin at 12 p.m. PST.

See you then!

(Yet Another) ABC Game

(A) Age: 33
(B) Bed Size: Queen
(C) Chore You Hate: All – obviously. Have you seen my house?
(D) Dogs? 3 boxers (one that is so big and hyper, it’s like having 5 boxers)

Gentle Annie (aka Nana)

Pretty Lucy

Bennie the Spazz

(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Coffee
(F) Favorite Color: Pink (but I don’t really have a “favorite” anymore — I also love aqua blue and emerald green)
(G) Gold or Silver? Silver. I heard gold was making a comeback, so I might give it another chance.
(H) Height: 5’7-1/2″ – The half counts.
(I) Instruments You Play: Piano
(J) Job Title: Mom, copywriter, freelance writer (hire me!)
(K) Kids: T Junior
(L) Live: Maple Valley, WA
(M) Mom’s Name: Chris
(N) Nicknames: Ker, Kerbear, Mom, Mama, Moooommmmmy
(O) Overnight Hospital Stays? 2 nights for childbirth; 4 nights when T Junior was very ill in 2008 🙁

(P) Pet Peeve: Hmmmm, I have many. Which one to choose? How about dogs wiping their lips on my clean pants? Or maybe people that try to talk “work” with you on your lunch hour? Can’t decide.
(Q) Quote from a Movie: Again; so many to choose from! Mr. T and I basically talk in movie quotes. “…we both love soup and snow peas, we love the outdoors, and talking and not talking. We could not talk or talk forever and still find things to not talk about.” – Best In Show
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right
(S) Siblings: Whitney, Lizzie and Hayley – I’m the oldest
(T) Time You Wake Up? Workday wakeup is 5 a.m.; non-workday wakeup is 6-7 a.m. (Unless I forget to set the alarm.)
(U) Underwear: Hehehehe. You said, “underwear.”
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: Raw mushrooms. Cook your fungus, people.
(W) What Makes You Run Late: What doesn’t make me run late? I’m always late. (Sorry.)
(X) X-Rays You’ve Had Done: Does the dentist count?
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: Mr. T says I make the best guacamole.
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: Giraffe. They are graceful and clumsy at the same time.

FUNdraising Fridays: Four Causes to Support

Last week, I talked about how I want to run for a cause, but can’t decide on one. Since I can’t decide, I thought, for now I will live vicariously through you all by helping spread the word about your fund-raising goals. I put out the call for causes on the Mom vs. Marathon Facebook page and quickly got a bunch of responses! I want to list them all, but don’t want to overwhelm anyone. So I’m thinking of making this a regular feature. What do you think?

Okay, now…go get your credit card. Got a few bucks you can spare? Below are four people dedicating their running to help others. Just remember, even $1 makes a difference! Donate to any (or all) of these causes BY THE END OF TODAY and you get an extra entry in my ButtShield giveaway, which ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Each donation is worth one entry (four total) — make sure you e-mail me at Kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (dot) com to tell me how many you donated to. I will add your entry(ies) to the giveaway post. Thank you!

1. Amanda from 5 Miles Past Empty will be traveling from North Carolina back here to her old stomping running grounds in June for the Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Half to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. It is a cause close to her heart as her father is battling the disease. Go HERE to head straight to her donation page. She’s at 72% of her goal!

Amanda and me at You Go Girl! in September.

2. Jess from Run with Jess left me a comment last week about her cause:

“From Jan-May every year, I raise money to fight breast cancer as part of the Race for the Cure in Peoria – hometown of Susan G. Komen! My grandmother died of breast cancer, so it strikes home for me and my daughters. So far this year, we’ve raised $700!”

Check it out HERE. The page, itself, looks good enough to eat! She’s holding a giveaway, too. Go HERE!

3. New running buddy, KR, is tackling her FIRST marathon (the Yakima Canyon Marathon) with Team In Training on April 2nd to support a friend whose father died from cancer in the fall. She’s at 32% of her goal and needs to get to $1,500 before March 21st, so let’s help her do it! Go HERE to be transferred to her fund-raising page.

4. A former co-worker of mine will soon be climbing 69 flights of stairs in the tallest skyscraper in Seattle — Columbia Center. That’s 1,311 steps and 788 vertical feet! It’s all part of the Big Climb on March 20th to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Go HERE to donate and help him exceed his goal! And/or maybe it sounds like something you want to participate in!

If you want your cause to be featured in an upcoming post, please e-mail me at kerrie (at) sanitydepartment (dot) com. Or, if you have something to give away, please let me know. It could help a great cause!

Sometimes I Get Low

Running does amazing things for me. After a run, I am jubilant. I bounce around getting things done, and stress rolls off me like H20 off the aft of a mallard. I even write happier blog posts. 🙂

But sometimes, like once a month, I’m just down. Down, down, down. I can’t pinpoint what’s making me feel this way, and I can never remember that this happens every month. Last night, I had one of these episodes. I cried and complained about little things.

Afterward, I saw a picture of a former co-worker holding his dangerously premature newborn with tubes hooked up to her face. It reminded me of another friend (incidentally, she also worked with us) who had her daughter dangerously early. She’s a healthy little girl now. I prayed for my co-worker’s infant. I clicked over to the news and saw pictures of New Zealand.

And I got over myself.

I hope that, tonight, if I’m feeling down again, that I can remember life’s too short and precious to cry over sweat the small stuff. Or maybe I just need to sweat all of it out on the treadmill…just in case.