August 15, 2012

Samples, swag and summer

Workout: 6-ish miles at Red Mountain Park

My brother and I joined the folks of Alabama Outdoors for their Tuesday night Red Mountain Park trail run. I was a little iffy going into this because of this darn cough that won't go away, but I made it through without any major cough spasms. It took me about 3 miles to get warmed up, but after that, we had some great conversation about health care reform, which was interesting enough to help me forget that I was running.


Plus we nabbed some free samples for the road. Who doesn't love free samples?! Looks like perfect long-run fuel for Saturday. I'm a little nervous about the GU brew, but I've been testing some Nuun so it'll be good to have something to compare. 


Finally, we got a replacement fridge for our broken one. Now we just have to get replacement condiments to go with it. Even though I hate wasting food, it was kind of refreshing to just do a giant food dump. You know how some sauce bottles linger on forfreakingever in your fridge. Well, those are gone now. Moving on to newer, fresher condiments. Also, I can buy vegetables again!


We're also trying to play our brains out before school starts on Monday.


To shag it out even longer or give a haircut -- that is the question.


Last little bit o' news: today is the last day to register for the Nashville Women's Half Marathon before prices increase. Plus you can still use the coupon code YOMOMMA10TN for $10 off. I'm so excited for this race and the sweet swag.

What's your favorite race swag?

What are you trying to fit in before summer ends?

25 comments:

  1. Shag all the way! And I just love it when they give us a "technical fabric" race t-shirt so that I'll actually wear it.

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  2. Tech shirts are my favorite too:) I also love the medals! Trying to fit in some hikes and lake swimming before summer ends. We don't go back until Sept. 5th, so still have some time:)

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  3. I love free samples! I've never heard of Gu brew. Sounds interesting though! I LOVE long sleeve tech shirts.. makes me feel so much cooler when I run! lol

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  4. I love when they give a pint glass. Although the only one I have I had to buy. We're totally in play mode here as well. It all ends next week. Noooo!

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    1. Same for us. I'm going to miss the older ones!

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  5. GREAT pic of you and your bro!!! Love it!

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  6. I'm running that race here in Phoenix in November. What comes in the swag bag?

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    1. When they sent me some sample swag, there were some socks and an awesome Headsweats visor, which I'm assuming were part of a previous swag package. I love that visor! Plus I love that they give you a bag that you might actually use instead of those crappy drawstring-y shoe bags. Hate those. Maybe I just need to learn how to use them.:)

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    2. I'm a heavy head sweater when I run.. I currently have a Halo visor but will need a new visor soon! My friend has a Headsweats visor but she's not a heavy head sweater. Are you?

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    3. I'm a heavy all-over sweater, so I guess my head would be included in that.:) At the gym, I just wear a sweatband (on my arm) and constantly wipe sweat away from my eyes, but the visor works great for me outside.

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  7. As much as I love a tech shirt or a medal I like to see something different like a hat, glass, shorts, etc. thrown in the swag bag.

    I hope the cough goes away soon. You do not need to be sick with school starting next week. Hope you and the kids enjoy this last week of playtime!

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    1. The hat Oak Barrel gave out was cool, plus their medal was awesome. Kind of weird they didn't give out a glass. That's the one race I would have expected it!

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  8. I hate to be inappropriate but YO BRUTHA!!!! I can't even think about race swag now!! Make him put some clothes on, I have a heart condition don't you know???

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    1. Ha! He's also a climber, so he doesn't even do traditional workouts at a gym. Annoying, right?!

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  9. Fear not the Gu Brew....I thought it was a terrible beverage going into my Half a couple of months ago. I found endless joy in making fun of it. Yeah, well...once I figured out how to mix it I decided I like it. Now I must sheepishly admit that I just bought a jug of the stuff online. I guess I am sold - at least until the next best thing comes along.

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  10. Glad you were able to run without any major issues. Fav swag is the shirt! :)

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  11. I love cotton race t-shirts! I don't usually wear them for running, but I think they're really comfortable for casual days.

    I actually live in Nashville and would happily do this race - except that I will be out of town that weekend. Oh well. Nashville is a great place to run, though!

    And? I love shaggy hair on little boys. My husband always wants to cut my son's hair, but I adore it when it's long and poofy. Must be a mom thing?

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    1. Yes! Nashville is so gorgeous. I loved running the Rock n Roll half there. And I lived in Gallatin until I was 12. Are you a native Nashvillian?

      My only problem with shaggy hair is that I don't know how to trim it. I can only give one haircut with clippers.:)

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  12. I vote for shaggy. Playing your brains out at the end of summer is IMPORTANT!!

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  13. That is some good race swag! (and I vote for the shag - he's adorable!)
    Last year for the Dallas Marathon I got an ENTIRE BOX of Clif granola bars in my packet. A whole box! Imlove those things like no body's bidnass so I was over the moon!

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  14. Yay for a new fridge. I seriously have to do a purge in mine! FYI, round here in these parts the shag is getting left on the hairdressers floor for short hair. Both my kids went that route this past year. It makes them look older. Cute pic of you & your bro.

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  15. New here, but I really like your posts! And bullet points...
    -I'm a big fan of GU brew. It's very light-tasting & doesn't leave a sticky-sweetness behind.
    -I did the WHM, in St Petersburg, last year and am bringing others to do it again in Nov. Have you done one before? They do a great job!
    -My boys go back to school Mon, too. We plan to spend every hour (other than the sleeping ones) in the pool.

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