Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Who is Running Who? Tips for Running with Your Dog



I enjoy having a running partner who is always willing to run but my first concern is always my dog's safety and enjoyment. I am a running coach and a dog lover, here are my best tips for running with your four-legged friend.

1. Is Fido Fit Enough?


Remember the first time you hit the road for a run? You didn't do three miles on your first run out and neither should your dog. Just like a person, a dog needs to adapt to fitness. Start slow. Take your dog out for a half mile at first, build to a mile and then build from there. Try a walk/run regimen at first. If I am on a long run, I might take him for a three mile loop or two (he is conditioned for that) and drop him off at home while I continue my run.

2. Hot Paws


You have those fancy running shoes, your dog's paws don't have the rubber soles to protect from the heat. Before you run on the street in the scorching heat, place your bare skin on the cement. If it is too hot for you, it is probably too hot for him too. Dogs will need to be acclimated to running in the heat, just like you.

3. Hydrate Your Running Mate


Hydration is important for you and is just as important for your dog. I bring water for Ollie on our runs or I plan our runs past a park or school water fountain. If I see signs of exhaustion like panting excessively, I let him lie in the shade to recover. His safety is always more important than my run.

4. Be a Pooper Scooper


Don't be that person who lets your dog poop in the neighbor's yard. Be prepared with plastic bags and do the right thing...clean up after your running buddy.

5. Keep it Short and Sweet


Your dog probably doesn't need to run a half marathon. (Some dogs may be trained for it, but you certainly can't expect it right out of the gate.) Too many miles can cause too much stress on his body if he is not properly trained. Keep the runs with your dog short and sweet. A 30 minute run will give your dog a great workout without taxing his body too much.

6. Don't Come Unleashed

 

No matter how well behaved your dog is, please always run with a leash. There are too many unknown factors that can change the situation in a blink of an eye. Stay in control with a leash.

7. Protect Yourself: "Get Off the Couch!"

 

While it is hard to believe, not all dogs are as sweet and friendly as my Ollie.  I have had confrontations with stray or escaped dogs on my runs. Some have been aggressive, while some have obeyed my command to "go home." I read something funny on Facebook where a runner said that she would yell, "Get off the couch!" to unwelcome dogs on her runs. Apparently it worked.

Six legs are always better than two as long as you apply common sense and put your dog's safety and enjoyment first! Do you have any additional tips for running with your dog?




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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thank You Technology: How Has Technology Enhanced Your Life?



The other day I looked at all the gadgets charging on the counter, fighting for outlet space.

I asked my husband, "When did technology take over our lives?"
"It happened a long time ago, we are just now noticing."

Do you ever text your spouse from the living room and ask him to bring you a drink?
Or text him from the other side of the couch, just to say hi (or I love you)?
Or Skype each other from different rooms in the same house? 
Or find out about your husband's lunch plans or his latest speeding ticket (aurgh!) from his Facebook post?

I do. 

It can't be just me. Technology has taken over our lives. But it is not a bad thing. Technology makes our lives easier, closes the distance gap, and provides us more information at our fingertips than we could ever have imagined. I say as long as we avoid a few technology faux pas (like texting while driving or ignoring your guests at a party to stare at Facebook), then we should embrace it with open arms.

Always on our phones!

For Staying in Touch and stalking:


Facebook has brought me back in touch with so many old friends. How else would I find my best friend from elementary school, or see my old college boyfriend's twin daughters? Or stalk my husband's ex-girlfriend from 20 years ago (kidding!). I can watch my friend's kids grow up from across the country, and cheer for them on their first day of school. I can reminisce with old classmates about that teacher (we can't remember his name) and laugh about how old we became.

Most of all, Facebook allows me to have a daily peak into my friend's lives who live far away. I credit social media for allowing me to stay in close touch with distant friends and family. Through their posts, even when we don't always directly communicate, I have a connection with them. I can watch the highlight reel of their lives. Thank you technology.

For Running:


Don't even get me started on how technology enhances my running. Between running playlists that fit into a 1"x1" iPod, my GPS watch, a million running and fitness apps, and online running communities, I can't even imagine my running world without these things. Sure, all you need to start running is a good pair of running shoes, but my music, my GPS feedback, my running apps, and my online running friends make it all so much more enjoyable, and keeps me motivated. Thank you technology.

My Running Tweeps Keep Me Motivated on Twitter



For Music:

 

I mentioned already how technology enhances my running with music, but to even a greater extent, technology enhances my life with music. I am sort of a music fanatic. In my real life, I struggle to find more than a single person who has the same passion for my favorite artist that I do. So what does a girl do? She joins groups and online communities of like-minded people and discovered there are hundreds (if not more) people just like her.

I found these kindred spirits online, we likely do not have much in common other than our passionate love of music, and that is all we need. I never imagined that because of modern technology, a social introvert like me, would make a solo trip to Nashville to meet with up with my fellow online Third Man Records fans. 10 years ago, something like this would not have even been possible. Thank you technology.

Online friends become real friends.


For Learning:

 

You are probably already sick of me talking about it by now, but I am studying for my personal training certification through NASM. The last time I was a serious student was in the 90s, so it is an understatement to say that technology has progressed a lot since those days. First of all, I am taking an online class called eTeach to help me pass the certification exam. Learning muscles is sort of less hellish fun with an interactive muscles app, and memorizing data is convenient with a flashcard app. Then, who knew, you can study your flashcards in a scientifically-based learning environment with a really cool app called Brainscape. It's science B**** (that is funny if you watch Breaking Bad). Thank you technology.


For Blogging

 

I love my blog. Is that weird? I mean, I really love it. It is my baby. I work so hard at it, but it is a labor of love. Sometimes it consumes my every free minute, but all of the writing, the editing, the picture taking, the promoting, and connecting online is my creative outlet, my personal expression, and my passion. Without technology, there would be no blogs. Without my Facebook fan page, my Twitter account, my Instragram account, and my Pinterest boards, I wouldn't have the kind of connection that I do with my readers and other bloggers. I wouldn't have been able to watch my blog grow faster than I could ever have imagined. I am routinely blown-away by the loving support I receive from virtual strangers in this online world.

I am continually and utterly inspired and impressed by the Fitfluential community online. As a Fitfluential ambassador I have the support of hundreds of other health and fitness bloggers. I am presented opportunities that are beyond my dreams. Under Armour, what? Fitfluential is a great community of like-minded bloggers and fitness-enthusiasts, it provides tremendous opportunities, knowledge, support, and friendships. My blog would not be where it is today without them. Thank you technology and Fitfluential.

How about you? I'd love it if you would tell me in the comments how technology has enhanced your life or tell me on Twitter by tagging @gealenders and #fftech.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

NASM eTeach: Midterm Lessons Learned (Study Tips)


If you follow this blog, you probably know that I have been talking about getting my personal trainer certification for a couple of years now (and dreaming about it much longer). I just passed my midterm exam for NASM's online eTeach course and I would like to share the lessons I have learned so far. These are not lessons in personal training, but the lessons I learned so far in studying for the exam. As I approach the second half the course, my frame of mind and study methods will be quite different than the first half.

Lesson 1: Invest in the Online Course:


First of all, I can guarantee if I wasn't taking the NASM online course called eTeach, I wouldn't be anywhere near as far along as I am. You can buy the text book, purchase the test, and self-study, but I tried that and it didn't work for me. Without weekly lessons and assignments, I just couldn't find the motivation to do anything much at all. You are probably more self-motivated than I turned out to be, but personally, I couldn't get it together without structure and a formal plan. 
 

Lesson 2: Learn the Information as it Applies to Real World Application


Secondly, eTeach taught me pretty quickly how to study from the exam. I spent the first couple of lessons memorizing definitions. When I took the first quiz, they didn't question me on a single thing that I spent so much time memorizing. Instead they used these vocabulary terms in the context of the questions on real world application, so if you didn't know what they meant and how to apply them, you couldn't answer the question. This just reinforced for me that if I was trying to self-study I would be barking up the wrong tree. Straight memorization of data probably won't help you on the test. Understanding the concepts and real world application will.

Lesson 3: Don't Cheat*


This should be a no-brainer (but sometimes I have no brain) but the first half of the course I took most of the weekly quizzes with an open book. Shame on me. I rationalized that by taking open book quizzes (when they are intended to be closed book) and looking up the answers that I didn't know, I was re-enforcing the material. I was kidding myself. By not taking the quiz with a closed book, I was denying myself the real-world test taking experience that I will need to pass the actual certification exam. When I took the midterm, I took it with a closed book and realized I was short changing myself by not doing the same on all the quizzes. Incorrect answers on the midterm provided me with valuable information about what I still needed to study. Every quiz from this point forward will be closed book.

*As a side note, I'd like to add that there is no correlation between passing the eTeach class and passing the certification exam. You can fail the class and still pass the exam and vice versa. The eTeach class is just set up to help you prepare to take the exam. I am also not eligible for the eTeach guarantee that states if you pass the class but fail the exam you can receive a refund of the class.

 

Lesson 4: Manage Your Expectations

 

This is actually the 2nd time I enrolled in eTeach (yes, my laziness cost me a small fortune). The first time, I had unrealistic expectations about the time commitment required to succeed. The first time around I lasted about three (out of the nine) weeks before I got overwhelmed with the material and time commitment and dropped out. Not one to give up, eight months after I quit, I shelled out another $300 to retake the course, once I got a reality-check on the real time commitment required.

You see, the course description said to expect to spend about six hours a week to study, take quizzes, and answer the discussion questions. The first time around, I expected that I could spend an hour a night, 6 days a week, and succeed. This turned out not to be enough time for me. Part of the reason I dropped out of my first course was the frustration that I couldn't do all the assignments and study (and retain it) in just one hour a night. Maybe my (nearly 40 year old) brain is not as efficient as it used to be, but I needed more time to study. Once I accepted that I needed to do the nightly assignments (which averaged about an hour) plus spend additional time (another hour or sometimes two) reinforcing material already learned, I was much more successful in the material retention and concept understanding.

Lesson 5: Technology Rocks:


The last time I was a serious student was in the 90s, so it is an understatement to say I am out of practice. At first, I did what I knew to do. I made handwritten flash cards on index cards. What I didn't consider was that technology has advanced quite rapidly since I was last a student, and I could make my life easier by taking advantage of the tools available to me.

First I downloaded a muscles app called Real Bodywork Muscles. I think I paid $2.99 for it and it was well worth the investment. It provides audio pronunciation of the muscles, as well as information on location and concentric action. It has a built in quiz where you can test yourself on muscle names, locations and actions. When I am studying the NASM material, I often reference the app to see where a muscle is located and hear the correct audio pronunciation.

I spent a lot of time making index cards to use as flash cards to study. Then I had this idea that I would take a picture of the front and back of each card so that I could study on my phone by flipping through my pictures (without lugging around a giant stack of cards) until my brilliant friend pointed out...there MUST be a flash card app.

A quick search in the app store I found a free app called Flashcardlet. You can build your own flash cards and then test yourself using the app. I thought it was pretty cool because it can shuffle the order, and either show front or back of the cards. Now I can study with just my phone. It took a lot of time to enter all the information into the app but I felt the time investment was worth it.

Then the Flashcardlet app notified me of another free app called Brainscape, where you could use your flashcards in a scientifically-based learning environment. I downloaded my flash cards to Brainscape. It flashes the questions on your cards and after you see the answer it asks you to rate your confidence in your knowledge of the answer from one to five. A one rating means you do not know it at all and five means you have it mastered. The idea is that it shows you the questions that you need to work on by repeating them more often and the things you have more confidence in are shown less often. Apparently it is a scientific-based, more efficient way to study. You don't waste time repeating things over and over that you already know and you don't let too much time pass before repeating and reinforcing the things that you still need to learn. Technology is awesome, right?

I passed my midterm exam tonight with an 84%. I feel like I need to keep studying and reinforcing the material already learned, as I was not as confident in all my answers as I hope to be on the real exam. But I do feel very confident in my study methods now and feel more prepared for what is ahead these next four weeks, than I was in the first month. I know if I keep my head down, keep studying, and have faith in my abilities, I will do just fine on the exam. I almost can't believe after all this time, it finally looks like I will become a certified personal trainer in 2013.

Anyone else enrolled in eTeach? Considering a PT certification? Have a NASM certification? Anyone have any study tips for me for the certification exam? I am all ears.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

The Dog Days of Summer: How to Survive the Summer Running Season (Tips for Warm Weather Running)


When you are a runner in Texas like I am, you learn to accept a certain truth: It's hot, y'all.

These are the dog days of summer. What does that mean for your training? If you are an outdoor runner like me, you know that taking up the dreadmill is an option, but only as a last resort. So how do you keep training in the great outdoors and survive these summer month runs? Here are a few tips for the running in the heat that seem to work for me.

1. Hydrate:

Drink water before, during, and after your run. Hydration isn't about chugging a ton of water before you head out the door, it is about staying hydrated. Drink water all day to try to stay in a hydrated state.

During my run, I often leave a couple bottles of water (try freezing them!) on my front stoop and run in loops, passing my house for a water stop as needed.

Caffeine and alcohol are diuretics so it is probably not a good idea to drink a bottle of wine at night then a Starbucks in the morning before your run (speaking from experience). Use an electrolyte drink to replenish as needed during and after your run (especially any run longer than 30 minutes). I personally like Nuun. I won't give it four stars on taste, but it gets the job done.


2. Plan Ahead

Try to plan your running route along water fountains in local parks or schools or the neighbor's sprinkler system. Map out a run that is mostly in the shade, it can feel considerably cooler under tree cover. I like to run along the trails at my local park.

3. Timing:

Try to avoid running during the hottest times of the day. Plan for early morning runs before the sun comes up (It's hard, I know) or evening runs after it cools off a bit.

4. Slow Down:

Expect your pace to slow down in the heat. Don't push yourself to exhaustion, and take walk breaks as necessary. You can work on your speed indoors or once the weather cools off. Right now it is about getting it done safely.

5. Dress the Part:

I suggest wearing light-colored, light-weight, loose fitting, technical (i.e. not cotton) clothing. Avoid cotton clothing and socks altogether. Use a chafing cream to help prevent that awful burn that is inevitable when sweaty skin rubs together.

6. Sunscreen:

Don't forget the sunscreen! Even on overcast days you can burn and cause skin damage. Besides, no one likes a runners tan.

7. Use Common Sense:

If you feel dizzy, nauseated, or if you get the chills, stop running immediately and head indoors to cool off and rehydrate, as these are signs of heat exhaustion. 

Although we might call them the dog days of summer, these days I leave Ollie at home during my runs. While I can hydrate and take it slow, it is just too hot for him. I look forward to the cool breeze of autumn so Ollie and I can rekindle our running friendship.

As always, use common sense and consult your doctor about any questions you might have about running safely in the heat. And most importantly, if you drop dead from heat exhaustion, don't blame me.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Getting to Know You" Link Party: Texas Women Bloggers

I recently became a part of an awesome blogger support group called Texas Women Bloggers. I really like the Texas Women Bloggers because they opened me up to a whole new world of bloggers, including many new blogs outside my niche. I am proud to be a part of this fun supportive group of ladies, so when I saw they were hosting a "Getting to Know You" link party, I wanted to play too! This quote is from the site:
"Grab a big glass of sweet tea, and meet the ladies ’round our Texas Women Bloggers table!"

1. What part of Texas do you call home?


I have lived in Texas since 1998 and I currently reside in Fort Worth, TX. I have lived all over the country and Fort Worth really feels like home. For those of you reading from outside the state, the answer is no, we don't all commute to work on horseback. Although, I would be lying if I told you I didn't see a horse trot down the street occasionally.

Ollie's new BFF

2. How long have you been blogging?


I started casually blogging in 2009. No one read my blog back then, except maybe my husband and my mom (Hi, Mom!). It had no real niche or purpose. I started to get serious about my blog in December 2011 when I decided to focus on running related topics and called it "Running for Dummies." In April of 2013, as my blog grew faster than I could have imagined, I changed my blog name to "Running with Ollie" out of sheer fear of getting shut down from the "for Dummies" book people.


3. Why did you start blogging?


I have always considered myself a writer. As a kid I would proudly state that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Maybe I didn't end up writing for a living, but I still consider myself a writer. Writing is my creative outlet. 

What do you want to be when you grow up, little girl?


4. When we visit your blog, what can we expect to discover?


A lot of running and fitness related articles, some product reviews, race recaps, and hopefully a few chuckles. I make myself laugh anyway, that is all that matters, right?


5. How did you come up with your blog title and what is its meaning?


Running with Ollie. Ollie is my dog! We run together but this blog is not all about him, he just makes a good mascot and looks pretty cute in the pictures. I laugh at how many blog inquires that I get that start out with "Dear Ollie." I always say, "Look Ollie, you got another e-mail." If only I could train my dog to answer e-mails, my life would be so much easier.


6. What do you love about being part of Texas Women Bloggers?


It is such an inspiring group of women! Everyone is so supportive and willing to share. I love finding new interesting blogs and Texas Women Bloggers opened the floodgates.

7. Who inspires you to blog?


For me, it is not who, but what. There are so many inspiring bloggers out there that I couldn't even begin to name them, but I am more driven to blog by my passion and love for running and writing.

8. If you could pick a favorite blog post from this past year, what would it be?


I think the blog post that most exemplifies my blog would be a post that I wrote from my dog Ollie's point of view called "According to Ollie: Running Lessons From my Dog." I'd love it if you would check it out.


Thanks for reading and getting to know me and Ollie a little bit better. You can click over to the link party to check out some other Texas Women Bloggers! If you would like to join Texas Women Bloggers you can sign up here.

Getting to Know You Link Party with the Texas Women Bloggers

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Spartan Race Giveaway Winner Announced and a Discount Code


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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Are You a Real Runner?

Welcome to the latest edition of Throwback Thursday! This is a once monthly post where I dig into the archives of this blog and share a post that you may have missed the first time around.

This month we are going back to a blog post where I talk about what it means to be a "real" runner. I am always amazed at the runners out there, who don't feel like they earn or deserve the title of runner. I am here to tell you that if you run then you are, in fact, a runner. I'd love it if you would check out my original post to read more.


Are You a Real Runner?


In honor of Throwback Thursday I also like to share a self-indulgent personal throwback picture. Since August is the month of our wedding anniversary, I thought I would share a wedding photo. Eight years ago this month we exchanged our vows on a beautiful beach in La Jolla, CA. This is a normal wedding picture, right?

Do you think he threw me in the ocean?

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will click over and check out the original post Are you a Real Runner? and let me know what you think! How are you celebrating Throwback Thursday?

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Don't Follow Your Dreams, Chase Them (an August Update)


Not Ollie.

Hi Friends! I can't believe it is August already! Where the heck did most of 2013 go? Seems like just yesterday I was sleeping through partying in the new year. I am afraid I am going to blink and it will be Christmas.

I don't do this too often, but I wanted to share some personal updates and some blog news.

My most exciting news is that Metro PCS is sponsoring me to run the MetroPCS Dallas marathon! It will be my very first full marathon. They are paying my race entry and providing me with a smart phone and service until the end of the year. There are about four months until the marathon, so it is definitely time to get serious with my training. I don't just want to run a marathon, I want to run it well not die. You can expect updates on my marathon training, as well as a new blog series that I am working on called Train Smarter with your Smart Phone.

I am studying again! You may remember that I mentioned a million times that I want to get a personal training certification through NASM. I attempted their online class (called eteach) last year, but only made it through a few weeks before I was overwhelmed with work and life, and it all became too much. I am back with a vengeance to redeem myself. I have been studying for about four weeks now and feel like I am in a much better place than I was last year. I am learning a lot of interesting things. It is funny because I sort of thought that since I have been working out most of my adult life, reading books, magazines, and blogs, I already knew everything. HA, I was so so wrong. I have a ton to learn, but I am enjoying learning new things and I am definitely exercising my almost 40 year old mind.

I am working on a post now about heart-rate training based on the things I am learning through NASM. I bought a polar heart rate monitor that syncs with my Nike + GPS watch, so I am excited about experimenting with these training methods and sharing my results with you.

Lastly, I have a e-book bouncing around in my head. It is a little off my regular blog topic, so instead of a blog series, I thought I might write an e-book and offer it for free (of course) to my readers. I am still working on a title, but it will be about social media for bloggers. What do you think? Would you be interested in reading about this from me? I've been writing it in my head now for months, so I figure it is time to get it down on paper.

I am excited about the remainder of 2013, I am sure it will pass in the blink of an eye. By the time we are ringing in 2014 I hope to have a full marathon under my belt and be a certified personal trainer. Dream big!

Well, enough about me. What's up with you?

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Where I Run: A Guest Post by Ollie


Hi Folks! I am Ollie. You probably know me best as that handsome boy up there in the blog header. I like belly rubs, chasing squirrels, and long walks on the beach running with my mom.

Every once in awhile my mom asks me to guest post on her blog. She was real proud of my last post called According to Ollie: Running Lessons From My Dog. My mom is the runner and technically speaking, this is her blog, but we all know I am the real star of the show here.

So when she told me her blogger friend at Running Escapades was hosting a link up party called "Where I Run" she knew I was the guy for the job. We set out on a walking trip along our regular running route with a camera in tow so we could show you where we regularly run.

Let's go. Look at me here. I think it is pretty clear who is walking who.


Along the way we come across a lot of interesting friends behind fences.


That's a weird looking dog.

Water break! This is Texas y'all and it is hot in August. Mom brought me some water and a bowl for our trip. She knows I can get overheated easily, so she doesn't run with me when it is really hot outside. Even when we go for walks like this one, she brings water.  

Re-hydrated and ready to go! Come on mom, you are way too slow!


Are you coming or what?


It doesn't look like much in the picture, but this is our big hill! Let's do this!


These are more friends we see on the roadside. I love these big guys but don't let my size fool you,  I think I could take them if it came down to it.



Thanks for coming along with us on our regular running route. Running with my mom (and Dad sometimes too) is one of my favorite things to do, right up there with napping and messing with cats. I am looking forward to the cool air of the fall season so we can go for more runs again.


Mom told me to remind you to head over to Running Escapades to check out her link party and read some of the other "Where I Run" posts.  It is entirely possible that sometimes mom runs other places without me, but I choose to believe that her best runs are with me right here along this course.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

5 Simple Steps to Become Hardcore (A Spartan Race Giveaway)



I have another amazing giveaway for you! Who wants to run a Spartan obstacle race for free?

There are four types of Spartan races:

 

Sprint: 3 miles + 15 obstacles - entry level.
Super: 8 miles + 20 obstacles - intermediate level.
Beast: 12 miles + 25 obstacles - advanced level.
Death: 99.9% need not apply - extreme level.

This race is definitely on my fitness bucket list. I love obstacle course races but I have yet to graduate from the girly fun run obstacle runs. This is not a girly run. This is hardcore. Ready to step outside your comfort zone? I wish I could run the Texas race in December but I am grossly unqualified for a Spartan Beast distance I am running the Dallas marathon the weekend before and I am sure I will still be recovering from my 26.2.


Do you want to see what it is like to run a Spartan race? Check out this video for glimpse into the pain fun! To me it looks both really fun and really scary! I hope a Sprint distance comes to my area soon so I can cross a Spartan race off my fitness bucket list!







5 Simple Steps to Become Hardcore:


1. Check out the upcoming events to see if a Spartan race is coming to your town.
2. Enter to win a free entry on the Rafflecopter form! What do you have to lose? Your comfort zone? The winner will be able to choose from any open spot in a 2013 or 2014 US race.
3. Start training!
4. If you don't win this giveaway, use this link to sign up anyway and receive 15% off your registration.
5. Run a Spartan Race.

Congratulations. You are now hardcore.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest Rules:

No purchase necessary.
Contest runs from 8/2/13 - 8/10/13
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Winner will receive a discount code for a FREE entry into any open spot in a US Spartan race.
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must leave a comment and enter on the Rafflecopter form to win.

Have you ever run a Spartan race? Do you want to? 

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