A Birthday Means Giveaway Time!!

Today I have a 2 year old.

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I still can’t believe how time just flies by. It’s funny because before kids, when I’d hear parents say how fast the years go I’d always give an eye roll, “Yeah, okay…” But, I’m one of those parents now. Time seriously speeds up when you have kids.

Speaking of flying, in honor of my beautiful little girl turning two, I’ll be giving away a pretty sweet pair of Shwings!!! (Does anyone else think 90’s Wayne and Garth? LOL)

My shiny silver Shwings :)

My shiny silver Shwings 🙂

You’ll be able to choose your own style and color from their website: shwingsonline.com

I wore my wings during my rainy 5k this past weekend and within an hour of hanging out I had tons of compliments. Plus, I think they helped me run faster 😉

My Shwings and my AG award :)

My Shwings and my AG award 🙂

 

To enter the giveaway,

Visit shwingsonline.com and tell me in the comments which wings you’d want. Make sure to click the Rafflecopter link below.

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For more entries:
1. Like Shwings on Facebook
2. Like Helly On The Run on Facebook
3. Follow Shwings on Twitter
4. Follow Helly On The Run on Twitter
5. Tweet about the giveaway
6. Follow Helly On The Run on Instagram

Fine Print:
Giveaway ends Monday, April 7th and the winner will be announced that morning.
I did receive my Shwings free of charge but that doesn’t have any affect on how cool I think they are 🙂

Hope you all have a great day!  

–How did you spend your most recent birthday?

–What’s on your birthday wish list?

 

Trying New Things–Energybits Review and Giveaway

It’s been a busy family week as we all get ready to travel to Ohio to visit family next Wednesday but I’ve been able to squeeze in a couple of workouts so that I could try this popular “fuel” called ENERGYbits.

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I’ve been hearing quite a bit about Energybits from my runner friends and figured I needed to check it out. One of the things  on my list is to try experimenting with fuel–something I don’t think I did an adequate job of training for my first marathon. So, here are my thoughts on this particular one.

Energybits is unique in that it is an all natural product made from 100% organically grown spirulina algae. If you know me, you’ll know that “all natural” and “organic” are not typically in my food intake vocabulary. Energybits also has zero caffeine or sugar. I know, I know! You’re probably thinking, “Helly, this is against everything you believe in!” Lol! While I love my caffeine, sugar, salt, and everything else bad in food that I eat, I do know that I should be sticking with stuff that won’t cause tummy issues when I run–which this product claims won’t happen.

So, before my Tuesday scheduled run, I took 30 of these bad boys (yes, 30!) 15 minutes before my workout started. I was definitely a bit incredulous reading that I had to take 30 pills, but, that’s what it said to do and as a teacher, I follow all directions.

One thing I did appreciate was that it suggests you swallow the pills and not chew them. Yeah, they’re not particular tasty (but they don’t have an after taste–whew!)

I don’t know if it’s truly a wonder pill or not, but I held an 8:38/mile pace for 6 miles that run. I knew I wanted to push myself because I didn’t want to run scared after my what happened last weekend. I had my SPIbelt with my necessities: Epi Pen, Phone, keys.

My run was a challenge but felt really, really, really good. I had zero stomach issues and while it was tough maintaining that pace (I hadn’t done a run like that in a while), I felt strong and I  felt energized. I also didn’t feel hungry. I didn’t want to eat before my run (considering what happened on Friday) but with Energybits containing 64% protein, another one of it’s highlights is that it curbs your hunger.

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I had to try Engergybits one more time. Before my Wednesday workout, I swallowed some more pills and was ready.

Typically, Wednesdays are track days but my run club had something different in store for us.

Uphill running pulling a tire...just another day in the life

Uphill running pulling a tire…just another day in the life

Our workout was so fun! Because we were doing a lot of high intensity stuff, I really felt the Energybits giving me the extra oomph I needed. I’ve always been a little skeptical on products claiming to give you a quick burst of energy or push, but I did think the bits were doing something. I mean, I felt really good after both workouts. I wasn’t completely exhausted or worn down or starving and I really pushed myself both days.

Overall, I have to say I’m an Energybits fan. I like that it’s natural, I like that it didn’t leave a yucky taste in my mouth, I like that there was no “crash” after, and I like that it’s small and travel friendly.

I know your interest is piqued. If you want to try a sample of Energybits, you’ve got a few ways you can do it.

First, you can enter my giveaway for a FREE sample below and leave a comment on whether you’ve tried Energybits before or what other fuel(s) you’ve tried.

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Increase your chances:

1.) Like hellyontherun on Facebook
2.) Like ENERGYbits on Facebook
3.) Follow hellyontherun on Twitter
4.) Follow ENERGYbits on Twitter
5.) Tweet about the giveaway
6.) Follow hellyontherun on Instagram

And cool update! I’m on Pinterest 🙂 You can follow me there too if you’d like to just for fun! (And ENERGYbits) 🙂

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? Enter the word BLOG into the coupon box at checkout at energybits.com for a 10% discount.

The fine print:
Giveaway only ships in the U.S.
Giveaway ends Tuesday 3/25 at 12 a.m.

I was provided a free sample to review but my opinions are always my own.

Rain, Rain, Go Away and Magazine Giveaway Winners!!

Nothing’s changed since yesterday. It’s still going to rain.

Oh and running against the wind is always nice too..

Oh and running against the wind is always nice too..

Enough about that..It seems like the Rafflecopter link for the magazine giveaway was not correctly embedded into my post on Sunday (I’m the worst with technology) so, the three people that commented will get to choose one of the following magazines to get a FREE one year subscription!!

Tiffany @The Fit Knitter

Julie W

Amber @pb&prs

Congrats ladies!! E-mail me your info at hellyontherun@gmail.com to start getting some reading material delivered : )

I’ll be whipping up a little something tomorrow before my race to calm my jitters and show off my swag from the expo and then I’ll probably be on bed rest for a few days lol!! If you want to keep up with the latest on my first marathon, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Thank you guys so much for all of your support leading up to this special day!!!

2 DAYS AWAY!!

2 DAYS AWAY!!