June 4, 2012

Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon (& 5K) Giveaway

*** If you would like a FREE I (heart) Women's Half Marathon sticker, like the one in this linked post, please email me at yomommaruns(at)gmail.com with your mailing address, and I'd be happy to send one to you!

You readers are like my e-children. I think of you often. I hope that you are out there accomplishing great things in your corners of the world. I wish we had more time to sit down and talk once in a while. And I want to give you the best that I have to offer. My advice is usually mediocre, so I'm skipping that today and giving you a chance to get to work. That's why we're all here in the running blog world, right? We like to get out there and make things happen. We like to challenge ourselves to go big or go cry in a corner, and since we're not big criers (myself excluded, of course), we're just going to go big.

A while back I contacted the Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon series about giving something back to all of you ladies who bust it working at home and at the business. Each of you are out there giving so much to your family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and even total strangers (like me!), and it's about darn time you got something in return. Like a chance to kick your own butt at a race.

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I watched Run for Your Life (the story of Fred Lebow, the founder of the New York marathon) this weekend, and it reminded me that there are two things I can watch on TV that are guaranteed to make me cry: 1. a baby being born and 2. long-distance race finishes. In the documentary, Lebow's co-workers talked about how he understood that the race was not just about the perks (pasta dinners and tech shirts), it was about the dream. "Each year he would embellish this [race], he understood that it really wasn't so much about running a road race. The reason it's so popular is because people are desperate for a personal challenge." It was about the dream that people had of achieving something beyond what they thought possible of themselves. Lebow said that when Alberto Salazar broke the world's record at the NYC marathon it was like a dream for him. "But dreams beget dreams, and you go on. And it's amazing how much more there is to do."


Maybe you already accomplished one of your running dreams, and now you're working on chiseling that dream into a new one, something faster or longer. Maybe you're just starting out and feeling that desperate need for a personal challenge to push you in a direction that you've thought about over and over again. Maybe you're happy with your current course and want to continue pushing along the winding path. If any of these describe you, this post is for you.

Yo Momma is partnering with Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon Series to give one of you awesome ladies a free entry to the half marathon or 5K of your choice. 

Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon series has five locations for their event: Bloomington, MN; Nashville, TN; Scottsdale-Tempe, AZ; St. Petersburg, FL; and (just added!) San Diego, CA. Each location offers the half marathon and a 5K, plus a billion other perks. The swag is great. It's empowering to be one soul in a river of strong women, and they picked some amazing locations for a girls' weekend getaway/race.

This would be a great race for you and your ladies to go to and talk as loudly as you want about tampons, nipple chafing while nursing your babies, menopause, boob jobs, and Justin Bieber. Because that's usually how I pick my races. Will I be able to yell as loud as I want about nipple chafing or not? Seriously, it is going to be comforting to me because, as already proven on the interweb, I am awkward.

I'll be training for the Lady Speed Stick Nashville half marathon, which will be an amazing chance to redeem Nashville in my running heart. Remember my last race in Nashville? Ouch, that hurt. This time I'm headed in looking to PR before my Boston qualifying attempt in November. According to the McMillan running calculator, I should be able to hit a 1:41 half marathon if I am ready for a 3:35 marathon. Bring it, Nashville skreets.

Here's how to enter to win your own race:

* In the comments of this post, tell me why you want to run this race.

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs via Google Friend connect. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow (or already follow) Yo Momma Runs on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Follow Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon Series on Twitter. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like (or already like) Yo Momma runs on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Like Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you do.

* Share this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each share!

I'll pick a winner via random.org on Wednesday, June 13th.

And for those of you who are considering joining this race, here's a $10 off coupon code: YOMOMMA10TN.

Edit: This giveaway is now closed, but thanks for visiting!

Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon is providing a race entry for the winner and one for Yo Momma. Yo Momma received no other compensation, and any thoughts and opinions about this race are all independent. 

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  5. I now follow your blog through my google account. :)

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  6. I would love to run the Lady Speed Stick Nashville Half to prepare myself for Boston 2014!

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  7. I would run this race as my first half marathon...I'm new in the running world and am dying to improve and go farther!!

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  8. I follow Yo Momma Runs on Facebook.

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  9. I follow the Lady Speed Stick Half-Marathon on Facebook. :)

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  10. I liked yo momma runs on FB!

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  11. I liked the lady speed stick half marathon page on FB!

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  12. I just pinned this on Pinterest!

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  13. I'm now following you on twitter!!

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  14. Bwahahaha.... Girl, I don't run a lick but have to stop in every now and then so you can make me laugh. Keep being awesome. :) Here's to boob jobs and nipple chaffing. Oh, and JB.

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  15. Im following the lady speed stick half marathon series on twitter...btw, this is a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. pick me pick me! i want to run in nashville because im pretty sure i can beat my husband's last half marathon time (ok, ok he was injured... i will still brag anyway) this is Rachael Kimball goodstuf73@yahoo.com

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  17. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

    I want to try this b/c I've never done a women's only half, I think it'd be interesting.

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  18. I want to run so I can run it with you!

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  19. I want to run the Scottsdale-Tempe half. For a very specific reason, I ran the first one and broke myself (stress fracture and pulled ligaments but I finished (though that was pretty stupid to not just stop when the pain got out of hand). It would be so great to go back and run this without being in pain and enjoy this great race series. Pick me;)!

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  20. I liked Lady speed stick race series of FB

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  21. Google friend connected to you. Whoop

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  22. I want to run this race because it sounds really fun and it would give me an excuse to travel for a race:)

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  23. I follow Lady Speed Stick on Twitter

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  24. I've never run an all-women's race and I'm dying to!

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  25. oh they have one in CA now!!! I would love love love to do the SD one! I have never done a all gals race!

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  26. I follow you on twitter
    @carotabi

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  27. I follow Lady Speed stick on twitter

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  28. I follow Lady speed stick half marathon serie on facebook

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  29. I want to do the race in Nashville!!

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  30. I am a follower of your blog!

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  31. I liked the lady speed stick half marathon page on FB!

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  32. I've never done a women's race before and even though I'm already registered to run the one in Nashville I'd love to win this entry so I can convince my sister to do the half with me!

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  33. Tweeted here: https://twitter.com/Suz4AU0608/status/209994989726482432

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  34. Like Lady Speed Stick Women's Half on fb

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  35. I would love to run the Minn half marathon as a great warm up to my marathon in October... and because free races are awesome :)

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  36. I just hit Like for Yo Momma runs on Facebook.

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  37. AND I just hit Like for Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon on Facebook.

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  38. I would love to run the Nashville run. I have never run an all ladies race. I have run 4 half-marathons and 1 marathon. I love to see new sights and meet people running. I am not a very fast runner (all thought I try) I really do enjoy running. It keeps me in shape and I use it as my "meditation time" keeps my mind clear and relieves my stress.
    I go to races and sometimes think why am I doing this? I am not very fast. I am getting kinda old. I have hit a plateu in my times. Then I read what you said today and shouted a big "YES" "...he understood that it really wasn't so much about running a road race. The reason it's so popular is because people are desperate for a personal challenge." It was about the dream that people had of achieving something beyond what they thought possible of themselves." Just getting out there, setting a goal, and doing it is more then I thought possible of myself. Thanks!

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  39. I'm still looking to sign up for a 5k. This sounds awesome.

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  40. I would love to run this race in Nashville for a little redemption! Nashville kicked my butt during the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon in April!

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  41. Following Lady Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon on Twitter!

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  42. YAY!! I didn't know you were going to run this race as well! :) we MUST meet up!

    I'm looking forward to run this race as a first timer with my own Momma! She is running the 5k while I do the half-marathon! I think this race is so cool and unique because it is with all WOMEN. how great is that?? I'm running so I can encourage other women and friends to run their own race, that anything is possible, and to remember to run one mile at a time.

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  43. I liked Lady Speed Stick Half-Marathon's on FB!

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  44. I'm following you on twitter now! what what.!

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  45. I'm following Lady Speed Stick Marathons on twitter now toooo. last one!

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  46. shared your blog post on google friends

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  47. shared your blog post on my twitter

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  48. I'm actually running this race in Scottsdale/Tempe this year!! So excited!!!

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  49. I am training for the St. Pete Half Marathon this November. This will be my first half marathon and I'm really excited about it. I want to prove to myself that I can accomplish such a feat. I haven't been able to sign up for the race yet because of financial issues. Winning this contest would be such a blessing.

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  50. I am following Yo Momma Run using Friend Connect.

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  51. I LOVE Run for Your Life - watch it on Netflix all the time on the treadmill! Awesome giveaway, I'll pass on entering as I've already registered for my year's events!

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  52. I liked Yo Momma Run on Facebook.

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  53. I liked Lady's Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon on Facebook.

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  54. I like Nashville and it would be a great race to run.

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  55. Just gave you a shout out on Facebook so now a lot of runners in the Ham will see you!

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  56. I shared this giveaway on my twitter account!

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  57. I follow Yo Momma Run on Twitter.

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  58. I shared this giveaway on Twitter.

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  59. I am friends with you on google plus

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  60. I'm looking forward to a personal best half marathon. This will be the first year I have run two in a year. I'm hoping this helps me stay in running shape!

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  61. I'm a follower! I have run two half marathons this year (Auburn, AL - where I live) and Seaside, Florida. Both awesome experiences and would love to run the Lady's race in St. Pete. My mom lives in Largo,FL which is so very close. As they say...I could kill two birds with one stone. Visit her and get my run on!

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  62. I follow Lady Speed Stick Half Marathon on Twitter.

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  63. I shared this giveaway on Facebook

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  64. I want to run this race because I've BOMBED the last 2 half-marathons. I live in Minnesota and the Bloomington location is the perfect location + season for me to train and KILL this race!!!

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  65. Just followed you on The Twitters - @Minnesota_Ann

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  66. Just followed Women's Half on The Twitters

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  67. And liked Women's Half on The Facebooks.

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  68. I'd love to run this half marathon! It would be my first.

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  69. I shared this giveaway (and my love for you!) on my blog!

    http://trueblueaggies.blogspot.com/2012/06/yo-momma-runs.html

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  70. I shared it on facebook too!

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  71. I shared this giveaway on Pinterest too.

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