Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet Giveaway

When I received my Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet in the mail a few weeks ago I was excited.  They had extended the offer to do a contest via Twitter and I was happy to be on board.  I have a bracelet like the one above that says FOCUS from Hood to Coast in 2011.  It was my go-to word that year as I tend to wander mentally during races.  The only issue with it is that it’s a bit too small so I can’t wear it all the time.  My request for a new one (with a new word, of course) was received well so I chose BELIEVE.  I have a bit of a hard time with that during some of my runs and can succumb to negative self-doubt more often than I like.

It’s honestly hard to review a fairly simple piece of jewelry – I’ll admit that I was putting off the post since I had so little to write – so I’ve been wearing it lately in hopes of having more, besides “I will believe in myself on race day”, to say.  Last week gave me too much to say.

Life stress had me looking down at my wrist more often than not; I need to believe that certain things are changing for the best.  And then Boston happened.  I was at work when Colin phoned to ask if I’d heard.  Working in retail, where I don’t see much of the outside world for 8 hours, I had not.  After I had, though, I was on Twitter (regardless of cell phone use rules) trying to learn about all the people I’ve met in real life and online because of running.  I was mentally checking off their names while also trying to learn as much about the situation as possible.  It was frustrating and worrying.  I wanted a hug.

As corny as it sounds, having a simple word BELIEVE to look at helped.

Believe people I know are okay.

Believe things I can’t control are taken care of.

Believe that those responsible will be found.




Because if I couldn’t do that I would have freaked out.

So, as simple as a piece of leather and a bit of metal are, my bracelet helped.

You could win your own Training Bracelet courtesy of Endorphin Warrior.  Simply head on over to, look around, and let me know via a comment what bracelet you would want to wear and why.

Contest closes Thursday 25 April 2013 at 11:59PST.  Winner will be announced Friday 26 April 2013.

Note: I was given my bracelet from Endorphin Warrior free of charge in return for this review/giveaway.  All opinions are my own.



I Need Your Help!

Please help me win a trip to Seattle!  

BMO Vancouver Marathon is holding a “Running Ritual” contest and I’ve obviously entered.

All you need to do is click on the link ( like the photo on Facebook.  

Easy-peasy – the contest closes 19 March and the photo with the most “likes” wins!

My run ritual is wearing my Nuun visor on every run.  

And my race ritual is wearing my Team Sparkle skirt 
(who knew I’d like being “that girl in the skirt”?)

Thank you so much for your help!!!


That’s the number of reasons I sent Nuun in hopes of getting to participate in the Hood To Coast relay with them.*  

A couple of things in case you didn’t know:
Nuun is the purveyor of “electrolyte enhanced drink tabs.”  Here’s why it’s super: it has electrolytes; it’s portable; it’s sugar free; and it comes in a whole whack of flavours.  

Hood To Coast is a 197-mile relay in Oregon from Mount Hood to Seaside.  It’s the largest running relay in the world.  There are some pretty fast runners who race the event.  Most teams, though, go to have fun.  It’s basically 31-1/2 hours of finding out how much you like your (new and old) friends.

This year Nuun is a bronze sponsor for the event.  While I’m sure it would have been more than easy for them to fill a team with their own employees the fact that they are putting up one of their entries as a prize is awesome!

When I heard that they were inviting female bloggers – thanks AMR– to get creative and enter their contest I knew that I wanted in.  I just didn’t know how I wanted to go about it.  I’m not terribly artsy-craftsy, nor am I competent in front of a camera.  Being that I’m a history major I found something written to do.  I’m crap at essays (or anything for that matter) extolling my virtues.  But a list was a little less intimidating.  Until I decided that I should give them reasons why I should be on the van.  And maybe one reason for every mile of the relay.  It went well for a while then became daunting.  I begged Colin to come up with reasons.  He gave me 2.  When I couldn’t sleep I’d lie there and think of things to add.  I finally finished a week after I started.  Some of them are great, some good and some mediocre.  Some are personal and some are funny.  Thankfully I never had to resort to “This is reason 186” as a reason.  

I figured that it wasn’t enough to just send in the list.  Yes it’s awesome, but there was no face to the name.  So I did what I am terrified of doing.  I made a video introducing myself.  Pure cheese.  I refuse to put it up on here due to embarrassment – and the fact that there’s personal information in it.  I might put up a series of the bloopers though.  Lot’s of “darn it!s”, “craps” and “pbbtthss”.
I know this is true of all entrants, but I really want this.  It’s not just because I think that it would be a fun event.  There’s no denying that the teenager in me wants to party all night while my adult self knows that I should be sleeping.  The runner in me wants to be challenged.  Marathons?  “Easy” (thinks the 5-hour marathoner).  Approximately 3 10Ks in a day and a half with people I’ve never met?  Challenge.  I know that I can physically do it.  Yes, I’m not insanely fast, but I can keep up my speed for a 10K.  

It’s the mental aspect of this relay that I know I need.  I’m having a hard time explaining this in words even though it makes sense in my head and my heart.  I need to figure out who I am.  Right now whenever I think about me all I think is “I’m just a stay at home mum.”  Yet I know that I’m so much more than that.  But I don’t know what.  I’m stuck in a rut.  Sometimes I feel like there isn’t much of me left even though my 20-something self before I had kids didn’t really know me either.  See, not making much sense, right?

All I want is a chance to figure it all out and I see this as the way to do it.  When else am I going to get to escape my life (and it’s a great life, don’t get me wrong) for 4 days?  

Here’s where I need you:

There is no “most votes gets it” winner.  The van teammates are picked at the sole discretion of Nuun.  I think that my entry holds its own and can probably get me in.  It meets all their criteria, but I’d love for you to show your support.

How?  And don’t feel pressured to do so.  Honestly only do it if you think I deserve it.

  • Comment here.  You don’t have to tell them I’m awesome (though I won’t complain if you do!).  If you want to explain why you’re “voting” for me, feel free.
  • Let them know on Facebook.  All you have to tell them is that you think Alanna at should be on their HTC team.
  • Let them know on Twitter.  I don’t tweet, but if you do you can contact them @ministryofnuun.  Same as above, just say “Alanna at should be on your HTC team.”
Thanks for your help!  It means a lot!

* When I typed this all I could think of was Tyra Banks telling the poor “models” that the might have to go home.

It’s Kite Flying Day! How About A Giveaway?

Yup, it’s that time again!  CSN Stores has offered to host another giveaway and the winner will get a $35 gift certificate to spend on any item at any of their 200 stores!*

Now, they always give me the choice of doing a review or a giveaway and I always choose to help one of you out.  That’s because they just have too much good stuff to buy and I’d go way over the value of the review product!  I’m don’t think that they would be willing to send me  über-expensive office furniture for free… but if they are reading this and change their minds here’s what I’d like:

Only $3,799!

To enter:


  • Tell me what you’d love to buy from CSN.


  • Be or become a follower.
  • Add me to your blogroll.
  • Tell others about this contest.
  • Tell me your favourite holiday.  Mine is St. Patrick’s Day since it’s also my birthday!

The winner will be chosen using on 17 February, which is fitting since it’s Random Acts of Kindness Day.

* does not cover any shipping costs.

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