Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Birthday @PolarGlobal LOOP Giveaway!

Okay I just can't wait!! This GIVEAWAY is just too good!
 

Funny Story: When I was just 16, shortly after getting my drivers license, my girlfriends and I drove to near by Niagara Falls one Friday Night to see a psychic. Kind of random, but it was just girlie fun, so why not?

She told me that fitness was going to be a big part of my life, specifically running - at that point and time I was not exactly a health nut and I pretty much avoided running like the plague. So I figured she was making assumptions based on my cozy sweatpants. She also told me that I would struggle medically, specifically something heart-related. This was pre-diagnosis so I just shrugged it off and rolled with it. And she said, that while I would live a long happy life, my twenties would be tumultuous and I would struggle on and off with illness and medical setbacks. We left that night laughing and comparing our future predictions.

But over the past few years I have often thought back to that reading. You gotta admit she has been eerily on point so far?! So with that in mind, I am not exactly sad that it is my Birthday, and heading into my final year as a twenty-something.

28 was not exactly a stellar year. So even though I fear I may need Botox at any moment (kidding... kind of...) I am actually looking forward to 29 and the promise of a new year. 2013 broke me, but 2014 is all about rebuilding. With my Health and Heart Health at the forefront. So I want to celebrate this new year by sharing one of my favourite fitness gadgets with one of you.

I have been testing out Polar's new activity monitor for the past few weeks, and it is an amazing way to help ensure fitness becomes part of your everyday. It let's you track your activity level, your steps, your calories, and even your sleep - all to help you make improvements and lead your HEALTHIEST life.

Key Features:
  • Intelligently measures activity, taking into account an individual's gender and age
  • Accurately tracks 5 different levels of activity, sp that it can distinguish between gentle walking and running
  • Provides guidance on how to complete daily activities targets
  • Waterproof
  • Step Counter
  • Calorie Counter
This is the perfect way to ensure you stay healthy over the holidays. You can ensure you get enough sleep during the usual sleep deprived holiday season! And you can enjoy those gingerbread cookies happily knowing that you hit your activity goal! Small changes make a big difference! So enter below for your chance to WIN your very own Polar Loop and make 2014 your healthiest year ever!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten 

117 comments:

  1. I am taking on the Dopey Challenge in Disney World Jan 9-12 ... 4 races - 4 days - 48.6 miles. :) Also in 2014 I will complete my first Half Ironman.

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  2. My next great adventure is having this baby!!!!! Holy hell I am so excited and really scared at the same time :)

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  3. I am hoping for a baby this year! And running and staying fit and healthy throughout!!

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  4. my next great adventure is heading out to SoCal to run Surf City Marathon; a race that has been "on the list" since the early days of running. Another dream from "the list" is going to be checked off and it's pretty cool...

    ps: i am not entering to win this for me, but a friend who is just starting her own fitness journey (down 15lbs so far from eating clean and exercising). I know this will keep her MOTIVATED to keep moving.

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  5. Rachel Harpley4 December 2013 10:17

    I've signed up to run Around the Bay 30k in March 2014 as my first step towards the Disney Marathon in January 2015. Yikes!!

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  6. I'm going to NYC in March - I haven't been in quite a few years! I entered the lottery for the NYC Half, but I'm going if I get in to the race or not!

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  7. Would love to have this to start the New Year off right! Looking forward to Tuesday runs together! :)

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  8. I think this would be right up my alley... continually looking for new ways to make sure I am doing all I can to maintain my health and fitness as I get older. My next great adventure is always right around the corner. Happy happy Bithday to you! Hope you have a fabulous year!

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  9. Still planning my next adventure....

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  10. This would be a great way for me to restart my fitness activity when I turn 44 (GAH!!!) on Friday.

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  11. I am running my first half marathon in January!

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  12. My next adventure is getting my knee back to running shape, so that I can start running again next year!

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  14. Next great adventure - there are two. Boston 2014 and A European 70.3 + Road trip. WHEEEE!

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  15. My next adventure is getting more into triathlons in 2014! I did my first mini-sprint tri last June and LOVED it. I want to do longer distances this year and do more than 1.

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  16. My next great adventure is going to be learning how to love cardio without running while I let my knee heal from a long race season!

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  17. Lauren Caldwell4 December 2013 10:36

    2014 is going to be my healist year too! Im spending the next 27 days creating a plan with goals and timeslines and plans, I cant wait for Jan 1st to really kick the year off right!

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  18. Way to have an optimistic outlook on 2014. Hope u head into ur 30s happy and healthy. I had to miss my 2nd 1/2 marathon due to a knee injury this month. Hoping to recover and keep running. Theresa W.

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  19. My next great adventure is getting back into running after a less than stellar 2013 - injuries and lack of training set me way back from where I was in 2012 and I'm looking forward to regaining my strength, stamina, and speed!

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  20. Happy Birthday! My next big adventure is around the bay in March! My longest race to date!

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  21. My next great adventure will be really focusing on adding more muscle overall during the course of 2014!

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  22. My next great adventure…hmmm. Well, I'm hoping that I can put this injury aside soon and get serious about trail running with eyes on a 50k next fall.

    Happy, happy birthday!

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  23. Love reading your blog! Happy Birthday!!

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  24. My next great adventure? When I graduate I want to move to London!

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  25. Wow that is eerily spot on! I've always been a bit afraid to go to a psychic. My next great adventure: still a bit unknown but I will be finishing my Masters in May/June so we shall see what happens from there!

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  26. I am SO curious to track my sleep. I get up for the kids all too often, but I'd still like to know what the quality is when they aren't forcing me out of bed...

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  27. This just made me realize I don't have any adventures planned! But I do have a 1/2 in San Diego in February so I'll be making the trip back there for it. I lived there for 7 years so it will be a fabulous homecoming!

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  28. My next great adventure is the Around the Bay 30K! My first race over 21.1!!!

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  29. Next adventure: longer runs! I'm ready to venture beyond 13.1!

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  30. Hoping to do a lot more 100's for charity. I love them.

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  31. My next great adventure is planning out my 2014 races. Currently my biggest challenge will be running Tough Mudder on Aug 16, 2014 and then a week later flying to Vancouver for the SeaWheeze half marathon! Can she do it?!

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  32. My next great adventure is Sunday! My very first Half Marathon!!!!

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  33. I'm running my Next marathon in New Orleans in Feb!

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  34. my next great adventure? honouring myself and not pushing to live up to anyone else's expectations. everyone is racing? not me!

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  35. My next great adventure...adopting a rescue dog. I have never owned a dog (I have two cats) and hope or this amazing addition to our family!

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  36. My next great adventure is getting my life back. It has been on hold for a number of exciting things, like finishing school and getting married, but I had to let a number of things go… so I've signed up for Around the Bay, gotten back into working out and am determined to be the best version of myself!

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  37. debating doing the tough mudder in august with some CrossFit peeps. i haven't run in such a long time so the running part of it terrifies me.

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  38. In running, I am considering signing up for an ultra (eek, I know!) and in life... we are planning a trip to Germany to celebrate our anniversary next year. Woo! :)

    P.S. Happy early birthday!

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  40. Happy birthday! My next adventure: getting my MD ansd proving everyone wrong that says that you can't take care of yourself while in residency.

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  41. My adventure is to finish with my Brca stuff I have two more things to do to finish my "girls"

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  42. My next great adventure is travelling, like I always wanted to and applying to graduate schools even though I'm scared!

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  43. My next big adventure is running in San Francisco's Santa Skivvies Run--a charity run in your underwear. I really should be eating better...or at least less...or possibly nothing at all for the next week and a half.

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  44. TECHNICALLY my next great adventure is Sunday I'm running a half that I am woefully unprepared for :-(
    But really it's my spring full marathon

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  45. I am hoping my next great adventure is this February, when I am running my first HALF MARATHON!

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  46. My next great adventures will be next year, I will be running my first 30K at Around the Bay in Hamilton Ontario on March 30th, and maybe before that I'll be running the New-York hald on the 17th and for sure I'll be running the Nike Women's Half marathon in Washington DC at the end of April :-) It's going to be a pretty busy sping!
    Chantal Henri

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  47. I had a similar year, lady and I know all about looking forward to fresh starts. 2014 is the year! :)

    My next grand adventure is shedding my preconceptions that life needs to go according to plan and start being GRATEFUL for it as it unfolds. Oh yeah - and a 120 miler in Colorado next summer!

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  49. Krysten, you amaze me! I know you've had an extremely tough year but you sure are ending it well and your enthusiasm for 2014 is contagious.

    I have to admit, my running goals have been on hold. I'm expecting end of April! At 40, it's been an extremely interesting adventure this time around. I'm still doing CrossFit but on a modified level and I hope that because I am continuing to exercise regularly, I am able to participate in the Collingwood Half next October. 5 months of training will work... right??? ;) Big hugs to you xoxo

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  50. happy early bday friend! what a great gift from you! but you need a gift in return!

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  51. My next great adventure: (hopefully) going to grad school! If I don't get in (I just have a weird feeling that I won't, you could say I'm extra nervous) that means I'll have to figure something else out. That in itself could be an adventure! It might give me a chance to focus on my other passions! Part of these potential adventures though is to learn to live a thriving life instead of being worried about appearing successful in the eyes of others.

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  52. after a bunch of flukey injuries, I am finally starting to get back into running and hoping to prep for a 10k in early 2014!

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  53. Cynthia Bauman4 December 2013 13:41

    I. Need. This. In. My. Life!!

    I am planning on running a 10km run next year. I haven't picked which one yet. I have been comfortably/uncomfortably running 5k runs for the past few years. I think this Polar Loop would help push me and one day I WILL run the Nike Women's Half marathon and earn a Tiffany necklace.

    Thank you Krysten for your sincerity & openness with all of your posts. You are a real inspiration!

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  54. I can't say I am one to beleive in psychics but there is no denying how eerily accurate she her prediction has been!

    The Polar Loop is a fantastic gadget and I would absolutely love one!

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  55. The Dopey Challenge. It is terrifying and exciting all at the same time! After that, I'm working on my speed and hopefully going sub-2 in a half!

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  56. LOVE your blog, so inspirational!

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  57. LOVE your blog, sn inspirational!

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  58. Marathon #1 is my next big adventure, May 2014

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  59. I just got a new job.. that is an adventure!

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  60. My next great adventure is a half-marathon in January. I've had a great year of adventures (traveling, camping) and now I'm focusing on building strength and endurance.

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  61. My next great challenge is learning to yoga :)

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  63. I have a Santa Hustle in downtown Chicago this weekend. It wasn't supposed to be an adventure...but forecast is calling for cold and wind. Ugh.
    My first Disney race is in February...the Glass Slipper Challenge. So excited!

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  64. To start a fitness journey again!

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  65. I have surgery scheduled in two weeks so my next great adventure is called 'recovery' ;)

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  66. I would really love one of these. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. Happy Birthday tomorrow! Thanks for giving away this awesome prize on YOUR b-day! You are such a strong, amazing and inspiring woman and I know that whatever 29 holds, you're gonna rock it! I hope and pray that this is a sweet year of rebuilding, adventures, lots of smiles, accomplished goals, PR's and JOY!

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  68. p.s. I didn't follow directions :-) My next adventure is training for August 70.3!!! Looking forward to reading your journey as I swim, bike and run mine!

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  69. I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO GO TO A PSYCHIC FOR A LONG TIME! There are billions of them here in LA... But I haven't mustered up the courage! I want to know if I am on the right track or if I need to improve anything! I really think you just motivated me to truly GO! :) AND UH - HELLOOOOOOOOOO Birthday GIRL! :D

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  70. Runnig till baby #2 arrives :)

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  71. You are gonna rock 2014!

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  72. My next adventure is to get faster with my running. I've been too afraid to really push myself but 2014 will be all about breaking out of my comfort zone.

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  73. I am getting a bike and wetsuit for Christmas so that I can do a sprint triathlon soon!

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  74. Hoping for a baby also :) would be useful for staying fit and healthy while pregnant :)

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  75. Setting a goal of completing the Grand Island Half Marathon in May 2014...This is your year but also mine :)

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  76. Next adventure, a Christmas cruise! And after that, planning on running a half in Jacksonville!

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  77. I'm going to London in a few weeks!

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  78. I am going to do the 108 days of yoga challenge! I am also starting walking in the mornings again. My MS has been a bitch but I'm fighting back!!!!

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  79. Amazing, I saw a similar device not long ago from a different company, but they sadly didn't ship to Germany. So I really hope I can win this giveaway.

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  80. My next great adventure will be running my second marathon in March

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  81. My next great adventure is indoor track season and trying to stay healthy and keeping my UCin remission!

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  82. My next great adventure is starting a family!

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  83. I am running my first 1/2 in April! That is my next great adventure!

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  84. My next great adventure...other than life in general...Starting my own marketing consultant business for bloggers. I've been thinking about it for a long time and it's time to take the next step. Whew!

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  85. I'm having a baby in March.. so that's sure to be an adventure!! After that I have full intentions to get serious about running. :D

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  86. My next adventure….. hmmm….possibly a Ragnar this spring. If not, running up Mount Washington.

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  87. My next great adventure is top secret ... LOL I'm being so dead-serious too. But in the New Year all the news will be out. That's all :)

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  88. 2014 is my great adventure of having a full season of being IN shape rather than trying to get into shape, if that makes sense. I've signed up for my first Olympic(ish) distance triathlon.

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  89. My next big adventure is a half ironman in 2014... and I cannot wait :)

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  90. Love that first story! Not that you had health issues though...

    Next big adventure - I need to find a job - after years away from that crap - it will be an adventure! ;)

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  91. i just had an adventure to New York City , but trying to plan out the next one as Australia !

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  92. My current big adventure is finding a new activity tracker to replace my broken Jawbone UP.

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  93. Planning my wedding is an adventure! haha And our honeymoon!

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  94. As soon as my ankle is cleared for running again, Im going to be planning my next half marathon and hopefully run it injury free and meet my goal!

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  95. I think I left a comment about my MARATHON in June...but maybe I never...that will be 5 solid months of training. one big adventure training in the prairies ...why are winters sooo long? haha. I am dreaming of a vacay run...but need a fulltime job to do that! oh one day...i have a fab bucketlist if i ever win the lotto!

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  96. You know what it is. Ironman here I come.

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  97. My next adventure is graduating with my masters and being put wherever they decide to put me! Graduating, moving my fam, husband starting school...sounds like a lot of adventure to me,

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  98. My next great adventure is a half in March! I'd like to PR, and plan to do some serious training this winter/spring. :)

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  99. Lots of little adventures planned for 2014, for sure! But the GREAT adventure will be Syracuse Ironman 70.3 in June!!!!! :)

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  100. Happy Birthday friend! My next big adventure will be to adopt... hopefully sooner rather than later!! :)

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  101. 40.44 miles on a treadmill for charity on 12/13/13!

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  102. I guess I'm in the middle of my next big adventure.. I just moved from Maryland to California with my husband just over a week ago!

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  103. Such an awesome giveaway - my next big adventure will be graduating from grad school this year and figuring out the next step in my life!

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  104. Awesome giveaway! I'm going to try to break my post-baby half marathon PR in January.

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  105. my next great adventure is hopefully a relocation - things aren't finalized yet, but a move would be great
    (stacey h)

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  106. My next great adventure would be the Blue Ridge Marathon. Toughest road race in America...right here in my hometown. I'll probably do the half, simply because I'm not ready for the full 26.2...and would like to save that first for Chicago. :) I've got plans to get some Spring halves in. I can't believe I blamed running and myself for everything that happened back in July - I've missed it so much. This would be the perfect new addition to training!!!

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  107. Amazing giveaway! You are an amazing strong woman and you are totally going to kick 2014's butt!

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    1. next great adventure- nothing planned- mostly just trying to enjoy the wonderful life I have created and been blessed with to the fullest.

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  108. I think my next great adventure is another half-marathon in the new year! It's been a while, it's time I get disciplined again! :)

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  109. I'm thinking about a marathon.

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  110. toying with the idea of a 70.3 as well!

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  111. next great adventure? my first trail race in 2014 - a 56k ultra!

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  112. My next great adventure is tackling a 2km walk in one day. (10 each direction, with breaks of course)


    SueSueper Sue

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  113. I wanna get in on this too!! Next adventure - Phoenix Marathon 2014!!

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  114. I am planning a trip to Germany that includes a hike in the Alps.

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  115. Thanks for the giveaway…walking the "Ring Of Kerry (Ireland)" next summer with my wife.
    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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