A Giveaway! {CLOSED} + Marathon Training Update

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These past two weeks were pretty good training weeks!  I stuck to my heart rate zones and my legs continue to feel great.  

Ben and I hired a coach and he thinks my zones are too low, so this upcoming Tuesday I'll be taking another test to hopefully determine that I'll get to expand my zones a bit.  YAY.  That = faster running.

This plan I've been working on has had a lot of step back weeks, more than I've ever had in a training plan.  I'm 8 weeks into it and my long run is only at 10 miles, which looking back I wish I would have changed things around considering I ran a tough half course in May (Great Wall Marathon!), but there's nothing I can do about it now.  :/  

Thankfully I've turned my training over to a coach to worry about and we'll see how I do in the next two months as my long run doubles.

I have learned that when I am in charge of ME, I am too cautious.  I'll take like three years to get my mileage up to 35 miles per week in order to avoid injury.  :P  My coach said that I have to eventually just go for it if I want to ever get better.  I DO.  And that is why he has entered the picture!

I don't mention it much, but I am still cross training consistently:  squats, lunges, pull ups, push ups, planks, etc.  Sometimes late at night after everything life is finished, but I do get it done.

Before heart rate training, I never saw 13 hour recovery times.  NEVER EVER EVER.  So that's been fun.

B3 still loves his swing and just chills there while watching me run sometimes.  I think the max on the swing is 25# and he's not even 20# so we'll keep this up while we can. 


This past year my friend Christine, with Dream Big Runner, has started to make and sell custom shoe charms and bracelets.  Besides being able to customize them, an awesome thing is she donates a portion of each sale to charity, which you can read more about here, or you can visit her Esty shop here.

I have had my charms for about 5 months and have received a lot of comments/inquiries on them, and they still look brand new.  I wanted a bracelet that would help motivate me through this training cycle so this is what Christine and I came up with!  It is adorable, light weight and I love it:

Below are a few examples from her Etsy store:

The winner will receive a pair of shoe tags or bracelet of their choosing, perfect for the runner, fitness guru, or anybody at all, you don't have to be into fitness!

Your chances of winning are good, so enter via the Rafflecopter below and let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you!  :)

Giveaway closes in two weeks, 9/7 @ 12:00am (so you have through the end of the 6th).

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*I received shoe tags and a bracelet in exchange for an honest review.  Thanks Christine!


  1. Absolutely love the bracelets and what a cutie!!! My baby will be 17 in two weeks...I loved the baby days, miss the baby hugs and kisses but I am so proud of the kiddo I have raised! I have a book about heart rate training and can't wait until I have a break for school so I can sit down and read it!

  2. I would love to see one that says "Depression Lies" (usually on silver ribbons).

  3. My suggestion is maybe some more inspirational running/fitness quotes

  4. I love the one on your shoe of the running girl. The distance charms are nice as well 26.2 for me 👍

  5. I love the 13.1! And Never Ever Give Up! awesome

  6. Maybe something that says BE FABULOUS. Or maybe a shoe charm with a STAR

  7. Never ever give up is a great reminder during workouts!!

  8. I love the paracord medical alert bracelet. I have a paracord bracelet that was made for me during my deployment.

  9. I love the paracord medical alert bracelet. I have a paracord bracelet that was made for me during my deployment.

  10. I would like to see some more inspirational short phrases. "Just Breathe" or "Be Brave" (I have these tattoos.)

  11. I like the shoe tags or a bracelet that says Stay Strong :)

  12. I love the "Never Ever Give Up" or the "Never Lose Hope" bracelets! :]

  13. I like what's already there, but more motivation and inspiration quotes would be great too! :]

  14. These are really neat! I love the bracelets :)