Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k Giveaway

Happy Monday you guys!  I have a fun giveaway to my favorite grocery store today, so get excited!

As you may have seen on Instagram, Bo and I spent much of the weekend sleeping, cleaning, reading, working out and spending time with friends. We were focused on making sure that we nurtured our bodies as the next few weeks are going to get VERY busy. This relaxing weekend meant that this morning I popped out of bed! It is so nice to start Monday feeling refreshed and renewed.

Our refreshing weekend couldn’t have come at a better time as I started training for my goal half marathon today, the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k. As you know, I’m flying back to Savannah in late March to enjoy a fun race weekend with the other ambassadors (Caitlin, Victoria, Claudia and Julie) as well as some of my friends and family. My aunt and mom are going to walk the half marathon (their FIRST) while Meghann and I are going to run the half together! It’s not too late to join us for the fun in Savannah! You can still sign up for the 5k or half marathon using my discount code, healthyhappierbear.

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While I planned on using Run Less, Run Faster again I had some concerns. Their training plan is a 16 -week plan, and I found it confusing to figure out how to start with only 11 weeks. Worried that I’d risk injury from increasing my mileage too quickly, I started to look at other options.  After hearing so many wonderful things about training with Jess from Theodora, Sarah, Christine and others, I decided to give it a go, especially since this is a condensed 11 week training period.

I’ll be sharing my training thoughts with you all on a weekly basis, but in celebration of a new training cycle, I have a fun giveaway to share today!

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I know how important nutrition is when training for a race. Therefore, Bo and I have spent the past ten days planning out a healthy plan of attack. During the month of January, we are focused on the 80/20 model. Eighty percent of the week we will be focusing on increasing our intake of fresh, natural foods and protein while reducing the processed foods, sugars and alcohol in our life. The rest of the time we’re able to enjoy all the delicious wine, cheese, bread, chocolate and European cuisine that is easily available to us. Since healthy eating isn’t always inexpensive, Publix wants to make it just a bit easier for one lucky reader.

Giveaway Time: Publix wants to help one lucky reader give their refrigerator or pantry a fresh update by giving away a $50 Publix gift card. (source)

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There are two ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment sharing your favorite healthy snack.

2) Share the giveaway on Twitter.

“Publix wants to help you stock your fridge with healthy snacks. Win a $50 giftcard on @healthyhappier blog! http://buff.ly/1ASclKM”

Giveaway will close Wednesday, January 14th at 11:59pm.

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Thank You Giveaway

Happy Friday friends!

There is so much to be happy about today.

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  • My 15 mile long run is already complete. Yup, I woke up at 5:30 this morning to get my run done bright and early. Six hours of sleep and a restless night didn’t make waking up easy but man do the views make up for it! I can’t lie, I have a little bit of swagger in my step during the day when I know I ran 15 miles while most of my colleagues were eating breakfast.
  • I get to unexpectedly travel to Athens, Greece this weekend. A last minute business meeting requires me to be in Athens early Sunday through Tuesday evening. As Bo nor I have been there before, we are heading there tomorrow morning so we can squeeze in some sight seeing before my meetings start!
  • You all amazing people helped me reach a social media goal this week. I haven’t shared my goals with many people but one of my top goals for this year was to increase my reach on a few social media sites. My first focus was Twitter as this is my favorite form of social media. Over the years it’s helped us gain tips and tricks while traveling, introduced me to one of my best friends and provided me with a wealth of knowledge. My big, hairy audacious goal was to reach 6,000 followers, naturally. I say naturally because we all know that these days you can pay for anything. I wanted to spend more time, when possible, engaging with followers and building a relationship. The focus paid off and yesterday morning I crossed the 6,000 follower mark.

In honor of this and to thank each and every one of you for your support these past few months, I wanted to host a giveaway today. This giveaway is one that I’m paying for out of my own wallet. It wasn’t planned until my 12 of this morning’s run.

This giveaway includes a few of my favorite things for the RUNNERS who follow along.

  • A bottle of your favorite POWER NAIL POLISH COLOR.  I fully believe that every goal race needs to include spirit nails. I already know that I want to wear OPI Deutsch You Want Me Baby on my nails for the Berlin Marathon.
  • One year’s subscription to either Runners World or Women’s Running magazine in your country. If you already have a subscription to both of these then take this opportunity to gift it to a friend!
  • An I RUN THIS BODY shirt or tank from Dorothy’s Dream Big, Run Long shop. This is the perfect shirt to wear for any occasion – cross training, running, recovery, expos, or just running errands. You even get to choose your favorite color!
  • A RUN ALL DAY shirt or tank from Pavement Runner’s shop! I am in love with the purple t-shirt and can’t wait to wear this come November.

One lucky reader will receive all of these items. Please note that the RUN ALL DAY shirts ship in November, so there will be a delay in when you receive this.

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Spartan Race Giveaway

Happy Thursday! I’m heading back to Geneva at midnight tonight which means I’m trying to cram as much as possible in to the next 4 hours before heading to the airport. While my hotel bed was wonderful and I’ve loved seeing all my friends and co-workers in New York City, I’m ready to get home.

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Before getting into the fun part of today’s post I want to give you guys a heads up and a chance for input! I am working on a few New York City tourist posts including where to eat, visit, drink, and sweat if you’re in New York City. Is there anywhere you’d want me to include or any NYC tourist questions you want me to answer?

So now, on to the fun part!

While living in the states I ran more than 50 races along the East Coast! Since moving, I’ve really enjoyed starting to discover London and Geneva via races such as the Hampton Court Half Marathon.

Therefore when Spartan Race reached out to me about giving away a bib to a lucky reader I was ecstatic!

On a mission to get people active and excited, the Spartan Race series sends participants to the woods and trails in order to conquer obstacles. The race series is launching races in new cities this year including Charlotte, Atlanta and Miami while also hosting races in more than 20 other US cities.

I’ve always thought that the most fun way to conquer a Spartan Race would be with a group of friends especially as we could motivate each other over the obstacles such as the wall climb or rope climb. Vanessa Runs has a great review of her Spartan Race experience along with a description of each obstacle! There are even Spartan workouts and training groups in certain cities where you can train with others or test your hand at some of the obstacles in advance!

If you want to sign up you can use the following link to access a discount code for 15% off any Spartan Race OR you can enter the giveaway and cross all your fingers and toes.

Want to win a free entry to any Spartan Race?

To enter, leave a comment letting me know why you want to run the Spartan Race!

The giveaway enters at midnight on Monday, March 17th so I hope you have the luck of the Irish on your side!

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2013 Favorite Things Giveaway

This year, more than ever, I am thankful for my blog. This blog has brought new friends into my life in both Geneva and London, which has helped tremendously with the adjustment. In addition, you all have helped me train for one marathon, two half marathon, a 10k race, and a 5k race three of which were personal records. Your emails, comments and interactions on social media have helped me discover new cities, countries, workouts, recipes, and inspire me on a daily basis. Therefore, similar to last year, I want to thank you all through a Favorite Things Giveaway.

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This year, there will be 5 lucky winners, each of whom have a chance to win one of the above gifts.  I will use Random Integer to choose a winner number for each prize. This contest is open to US and UK residents.

There are 2 ways to enter:

1) Leave a comment letting me know what you want to see more of on the blog in 2014. More training? Workouts? Fashion? Beauty? Travel?

2) Share via Twitter: I want to win @healthyhappier Favorite Things Giveaway including @yurbuds @kindle @baublebar! http://goo.gl/Zt5Xe4 (Leave a comment letting me know you shared via Twitter)

The giveaway will end at 11pm on Tuesday night. I will contact all winners via email and if I do not have a response within 48 hours I will choose another winner. 

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