Monday, December 21, 2009

A Merry Christmas Giveaway!

Wow, I can't believe that Christmas is on Friday!  The past couple of weeks flew by hindsight, but in reality, last week was a drag!  That always happens when you have a vacation to look forward to, right?

Before we get to the giveaway, I'm gonna make you sit through my weekend recap 'cuz it's my blog and I can do what I like.  Okay, I won't be hurt if you scroll to the bottom :)

I had a busy weekend of baking, running, hair cutting and the dreaded laundry.  I always hate that when you get ready to go away on vacation every piece of clothing is clean before you leave, then when you get home you have piles of laundry to do yet again.  I.Hate.Laundry.  I will scrub a toilet any day, but washing and folding a load of whites is just plain torture!  Oh well, the price we pay for getting away. 

I decided to stay home this weekend and get things done instead of hitting the slopes.  I had a huge list of things to still buy, pack and arrange for our week long trip to Tahoe.  We are staying in a fully furnished house, but we are making dinner items that I am unsure a cabin kitchen will have for us to use.  Christmas Eve at our house always is fondue.  And Christmas dinner is always Prime Rib.  So I have been attempting to make sure I have everything I will need for the kitchen to cook.   Ari did decide to go snowboarding on Saturday.  He went along with my sister and her boyfriend.  The resort was dead he said and my poor sister's BF ended up braeking his wrist on the last run of the day!  Poor guy!

Over the weekend I managed to get in over 17miles - something I haven't done in a while!  I did 5 miles on Saturday at the gym and 12 on the Los Gatos Creek Trail on Sunday.  Sunday's run was difficult though.  My legs just felt like lead.  It was warm out, too!  I didn't get to start my run until after 1 pm, as I had a ton to do in the morning.  By the time I started running I was HOT!  It was December 20th and I was running in shorts and my sports bra!  The trail was busy and people were looking at me funny.  I also noticed that I was well undernourished for the run.  I had eaten a bagel that morning around 8 am but hadn't had anything after that.  My legs felt like led and by mile 8 I was dying.  I popped some shot blocks and finished up the last four very, very tired.  I felt like a rookie.  I don't know what I was thinking other than I was super busy before I headed out.  Oh well, I still managed a 7:51 pace and finished up the 12 miles in 1:34:11.  Not too bad.

Now, what you're all waiting for!  My giveaway!  I have procured a 2010 Runners World Calendar and I want to share it with one of my lucky readers.  This has been a calendar that I have used in my office for the last couple of years.  It is really motivating to see all the races each weekend and to see a picture of a runner in a beautiful scene when I am pulling 12 hour days during tax time.  I also really love writing all my races down for everyone to see!  I get lots of clients asking about it, a real ice breaker.

There are three ways to enter and get a chance to win.  First, leave a comment on this post telling me which race you will immediately be marking on the calendar.  Second, become a follower of my blog.  And third, post the giveaway on your next post.  You can do all three entries just remember to leave me a comment here when you do so!  The contest closes December 27th at 11:59 PM PST.  The winner will be picked at random and will be announced on Monday, December 28. 

I don't think I will have time between now and next Sunday to post again as we are leaving for the mountains early tomorrow morning.  I will have my laptop with me and will be checking in on all of your blogs but don't think I will have much time to post myself.  So, if we don't get to "chat" again until Christmas, have a wonderful Holiday and I hope that it is filled with lots of love, family and running!
And when you get a chance, go on over to Tall Mom's blog and check out her GU giveaway!  Just don't enter, I want to win!!
Merry Christmas!  And Happy Running! :)

38 comments:

Heather said...

I HATE folding and putting away laundry, yuck.

Great giveaway. My first race of 2010 is the Chisago Lakes 5K in January - the start is on a frozen lake! :)

Enjoy your vacation!

Jamoosh said...

One beer for each load of laundry. Just sayin'...

Morgan said...

Randomly enough I love folding laundry. LOL!

Have an amazing trip!!!

I would promptly mark down Gasparilla Marathon on 2/28 naturally! :)

P.S. Already a follower!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

OK I will have to disagree, I am a total Laundry lover and ABHOR cleaning toilets.. hehe we would make a good pair..

I am a Follower and although I have my 2010 Runner's World calendar for my office I would LOVE LOVE to have one at home..

YIPPEE!

Have a safe trip buddy!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

As you know I am marking Eugene on my calendar 5/2/2010.. And FYI that would be 1 week after Big Sur...and since you are running Boston less than a week before that...hmmmm?? You would for sure earn your MANIAC status, but wow and OUCH! And costly.. But heck I am never one to tell people to shy away from a CHALLENGE.. Hehehe...get all the Marathoning out of your system and then focus on OTHER things.. ;)

Katie said...

Hi Katie! I'm a new reader and I can already tell that I'm going to love your blog! I would mark down the Hair of the Dog 5k that I am running on January 1. I'm also really excited for the Virginia is for Lovers 14k that I'm running on Valentine's Day with my fiance... it will be my longest run to date!

Katie said...

Oh and I just became a follower :)

Teamarcia said...

Great giveaway! Maybe this calendar is just what I need to track my mileage for a change!

My first race will be March madness 1/2 on 3/21.

Teamarcia said...

Oh and I'm already a follower!

Angela and David Kidd said...

Enjoy your time at Lake Tahoe! And fondue on Christmas Eve sounds like a fabulous tradition I'd like to copy.

Sarah said...

Mmm fondue, such a great tradition. I am a huge fan of anything dipped in cheese! :)

Laundry = :( Enough said!!

OK as for the calendar, if I am the lucky winner I will add the Napa-to-Sonoma half first! Hopefully with many more to be added. I'm getting there. 2 miles on Saturday and hoping to do another 2.25 today at lunch! :) Slowly but surely.

Jess said...

Yeah, I hate laundry too, and putting dishes away. It's weird: I don't mind washing dishes, but I hate putting them away.

We are also having fondue on xmas eve and prime rib on xmas day!

I would love to win the calendar! My first race of 2010 will be the ING Miami HM in January.

N.D. said...

Nice job on the 17 mile weekend and getting things done! we were stuck in here w/ the snow and it was great! My first race is going to be the OD 10 miler in March.

TMB said...

I love doing laundry ... any chance I can get you to come clean my toilets? Your trip to Tahoe is sure to be a blast ... kind of jealous right now. Great job on the running this weekend!

Now onto the giveaway!
Entry #1 - I will be marking the New Year's Day 10K (1.1.10 - obviously) and the Bermuda Half Marathon (1.17.10) immediately!

TMB said...

already a follower!

Christina said...

I'm alread a follower.

Christina said...

My next run is a marathon in february. The IMS Arizona Marathon

aron said...

I am already a follower of you :) my first race of 2010 is surf city half!

shellyrm said...

I like to fold laundry while I watch my shows (Biggest Loser and Survivor, both over. Now how will the laundry get folded!) BUT I don't like putting it away.

I don't have a for sure race scheduled in 2010. Hubbs and I are still working that out. With living apart right now, it's hard to plan so I train for a spring marathon mid-Marchish and a marathon or two and then run what I can between PA, MD & VA.

I am a follower and advice taker!

April said...

I'm a new follower!!

April said...

The first race I would love to mark on that calendar is January 17th, 2010. P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Phoenix Arizona!

April said...

I posted a link to your giveaway on my blog!!

By the way, I love washing laundry...it's the folding and putting away that I loathe!!

Lisa said...

I've got a broken ankle at the moment but I am hoping and praying that I can run the See Jane Run half on June 5th.

Lisa said...

New follower :)

Lisa said...

Off to post about this on my blog!

L.B. said...

Hey there! I just started following recently and I'm looking forward to continue reading your blog. I'm totally with you on the laundry. Laundry and dishes... someone needs to find a cure for that. Kinda like weeds, they just sprout up from nowhere.

I'll go ahead and throw my hat in the ring for this cool giveaway, but if I can't win it I hope Lisa does because her injury is gnarly, in a wow-that-looks-bad-and-I-hope-you-get-back-to-running type of way.

EricaH said...

The RNR Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon in Dec. 2010. Great Giveaway

erica_haggins@hotmail.com

EricaH said...

I am a new follower :)

erica_haggins@hotmail.com

Darlene said...

I'm a new follower

Darlene said...
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Darlene said...

I will mark
Mother's Day Race 5-9-10
Freihofer's Run for Women - 6-5-10

Darlene said...

I;'m off to post on my blog - myfirst5k.wordpress.com

Tara said...

Awesome giveaway Katie! I need to find a good giveaway...I'm just not very creative. :(

I'm a follower and the race that I have on my calendar is the Colorado Marathon.

I hope that you are having fun skiing! I'm so jealous. Merry Christmas to you and your hubbie!

ShutUpandRun said...

Hate folding laundry that's why my husband does it. I give him an extra favor for it:) I WANT the calendar and the first thing I will put on there is May 9th, Colorado Marathon!!!! BTW, I'm a follower...

sideofsneakers said...

I'm hoping to mark in the Blossoms of Hope half in April!!

sideofsneakers said...

oh and I posted to my blog too!
http://sideofsneakers.wordpress.com

EricaH said...

i linked back

http://www.ericarunning.com/2009/12/weekend-report-1227.html

erica_haggins@hotmail.com

Becca said...

shucks i missed this one!

beccaalley@gmail dot com