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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Age Group Ahoy! Plus a GIVEAWAY!!


Monday night was my last run in the 25-29 age group. Why? Because today (Tuesday) I turn 30! At running group on Monday night our intrepid leader asked if anyone had any announcements. "It's my birthday!" one guy yelled.

"Are you moving into a new age group?" another person asked.

"No," he said.

"But I will be tomorrow!" I exclaimed.

Funny how other runners don't ask how old you'll be, just if you'll be changing age groups.

How did I celebrate 30? Other than dinner, movie and dessert with friends this past weekend?

Well, Monday night I ran a great 5+ miles. I also had a book club meeting (The Shadow of the Wind....I highly recommend it) immediately after running so I decided to run fast in order to make it back on time. It was a little bit of a struggle at first and the last half mile was tough, but overall I did well (9:04 average pace). And that's with only two days of running in the past two weeks!

I also got some great running related gifts. A friend of mine made me an entire CD full of songs with the word "run" in the title.

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Isn't she creative?? Many of these I've never heard so it will be fun to listen to!

Kim got me a book I've had on my to-read list for awhile:

Have any of you read it?

Finally, I got a $30 gift card to Fleet Feet from some friends of mine. They said they knew what THEY wanted when they ran, but they didn't know what I wanted. This way I can pick it out myself.

And tonight I gave myself the gift of going to the gym. 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by an hour of strength training. Pretty nice gift to myself, huh?

So now I have a gift for you. At the end of last year I hinted that I might have something to give away. Well, I do. It isn't running related per se. But I suppose you could use it post-run to warm up.

What is it?

An Infinity Scarf!

What's an infinity scarf? It's essentially a tube of fabric that you can loop multiple different ways for many different looks. I bought myself one but, strangely, two came in the package. Since I don't need two of the exact same scarf, I'm giving one away to one lucky reader.

Just so you have a better idea of what you're getting, here I am (post-gym, so sorry about the lack of hair and make-up) modeling mine. The one I'm giving away is the exact same color and style.

A sample of ways to wear it



Don't worry, it comes with a little card explaining some of the different ways to wear it. It's also super-light weight so even looping it numerous times doesn't make it bulky and annoying.

How do you win?

For one entry all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me Happy Birthday or telling me one running or non-running related thing you'd like for your next birthday.

For a second entry just blog about and link to this giveaway post in a blog entry of your own. Please leave me a comment telling me you've done so.

Then the random number generator (or pieces of paper in a hat) will take care of the rest.

I'll draw names on Sunday, January 17th. So, get to commenting if you want to win!


N9OQT said...

Hope that you had a great birthday today, and best of luck in meeting your goals this year! Patrick

Rosalie said...

Happy birthday!

Kim in MI said...

Happy birthday, Erin!
May the 30's be a great decade for you!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Erin! You're going to tear up the new age group.

I would love more good sports bras (I have two). My breasts are 38D and a half so I need lots of compression. I'll probably be ready for another pair of shoes by then too.

Kelly said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Mine's tomorrow! I would like um, zensah arm sleeves for my birthday. And, an alarm clock I can read! (hopefully hubby some how reads this comment before tomorrow so he has a clue what to get me!) :D

KAT said...

OH, I want to read 50/50 so bad!

MonkeyBusiness said...

Happy Birthday! Welcome to the thirties club!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! YAY for turning 30! I have about 5 months to go. I'm actually really excited about it because I HOPE I'll be able to spend it in Vegas. I've never been, and I figure that'd be a great time to go.

Hope you enjoyed your day!

Lacey Nicole said...

Happy Birthday Erin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! for my next birthday i will be 27... and non-running-related i would love concert tickets. i have never been to a real concert!

Lacey Nicole said...

the infinity scarf is so cool!!!! i just posted about your giveaway on my twitter account and it shows up at the top of my blog!!! :)

RunningLaur said...

You looks so cute in that color! Happy birthday!

For my birthday in June I want flights for my marathon - they are so expensive!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! Welcome to the 30 club!

EricaH said...

Happy Birthday!!! I just turned 30 last month :)
For my next birthday i would love to get a bike 2011 I would love to take up cycling.

kilax said...

What a great birthday! That playlist is such a fun idea :) Hmm. Does this mean we will be in different age groups for the half? I suppose so!

For my next birthday, I am sure I will want the same thing I asked for for my last birthday and for Christmas - running shoes :)

lifestudent said...

It doesnt matter to me what age group I am in because I'm at the bottom of any group that I run in. So, as a runner, I think in birthday years ... not in age brackets for races ;)

EricaH said...

i just linked back :)

Paige said...

I hope your birthday was awesome! If I were to get something running related for my birthday, it would be a warm (cute) track suit to wear after races.

Oz Runner said...

happy birthday...you will love 50/50, it is very inspiring, one of the best running books i've read (although i haven't read many)...also don't worry about entering me for the scarf....welcome to the 30's!

Silvana said...

Happy birthday!!!!.
For my next birthday I'll like to get a new running stroller.

April said...

Hi! Happy Birthday! I'm a new follower too! Great Blog!

April said...

I posted a link!

susan said...

Hope you had an awesome birthday!
susanerios at hotmail.com

Libby said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope it is fabulous. I stumbled upon your blog from Erica at I run because I can. Looking forward to reading more from you.

For my birthday in a couple of months I think I am going to ask for clothes, even though I already have tons of running clothes. When the new stuff comes out I can't help it :) I would also ask for race entry fees, because those can get expensive after a while. Have a great day!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Happy Birthday!!! Exciting stuff, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, L.O.V.E the CD idea, awesome!!! I want a 8.5 minute mile for my next birthday - 40 in September!!

Bayjb said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Welcome to Club 30 :) Much more fun. Love those scarves too. Great giveaway.

Becca said...

Happy Birthday! It is always so funny entering a new age group!


danielle said...

Happy Birthday!

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