Monday, September 27, 2010

giveaway monday

How else to start a rainy Monday than with a giveaway?

The awesome folks at Clif were kind enough to send me a box full of amazing to test and giveaway to you guys!  The very interesting product for me was the Shot Roks, which I had never tried.  Basically it's a little plastic package of chewy balls.  The entire package has 20g of protein in them, yikes!  These samples arrived right around the same time I was trying to pack my diet with more protein.  I found that the way I enjoyed them the most was as a mid-morning or pre-workout snack.  I would have 3-5 of the chewy balls (I'm going to snort every time I write chewy balls, just so you know) while working or driving.  They were pretty tasty!  I don't think I ever would have tried these on my own but now I love them.  The peanut butter flavor is, of course, my favorite.

I also love love love the Shot Bloks.  They have become an important part of my bike nutrition - on long rides, I eat once an hour, and it's almost always a package of Shot Bloks and something else, like a few pretzels or part of a banana.  I've come to love the margarita and tropical punch flavors.  YUM!

The third product to test out was a pile of Clif Bars.  My usual morning m.o. is to wake up, eat a granola bar, and head out on the bike.  These were great for my pre-morning breakfast, as they had a huge pile of carbs & protein both.  I wasn't such a fan of the blueberry flavor, but crunchy peanut butter....mmmm....I didn't get sent any Luna Bars to sample, but Clif makes them as well, and the chocolate raspberry flavor is ridiculous.  

And I've got a box of each to give away to you guys!  Here's what you have to do to enter:

1. Talk to me about something you've done lately to pay it forward.  Here's why.  After my surgery last week, I got so much support from this community.  Cards in the mail, emails, texts, visits to cheer me up, the works.  Nobody had to do that.  Nobody had to take the 10 minutes out of their day to write me a card and drop it in the mail.  Hell, I almost miss paying my water bill every time because I'm too lazy to go find a damn stamp.  It was incredible and gave me so many bright spots in the first week of my recovery.  I'm going to make sure that I keep finding ways to pay that forward, but I want to hear more stories about how awesome you guys are!  

2. Extra entry if you include a link to this from a blog post.  Leave a comment and tell me where to find it.

3. Extra entry if you tweet about this on twitter (please include @thisamazingday so I see it).

4. Extra entry if a new follower shows up and tells me that you sent them.  Figure out that puzzle.

In any one of those 4 comments, tell me which you would prefer - Shot Roks, Shot Bloks, or Clif Bars.  The first winner will get their preference, the second theirs, etc - as much as is possible!

31 comments:

  1. At least it's not chewy, schweaty balls, which it may be in mid-long run...

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  2. and glad you are back in action!! ;)

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  3. Let's see... aside from sending you a card? I always give away my magazines at the gym or airport when I think someone would appreciate them. I did that this week during my work travels. I like to see how surprised someone is when they realize you're giving them 5 magazines for no reason.

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  4. what have I done to pay if forward? hmmmm
    well I helped an old lady at Target with a heavy table she bought. I loaded it into her cart and then put it in her car. I don't know if this is really paying if forward though...I call it common courtesy!

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  5. oh my blog is at milesmusclesmommyhood.blogspot.com and check the right hand margin for the link!! :D

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  6. I love Clif bars!! But I think I would try the other two products first since I am always up to try something new-either or would do!
    ...ha ha ha at chewy balls...

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  7. Oooh this giveaway is too awesome not to participate!

    The other day when I was driving home from work on 83 I was behind a motorcyclist. He started slowing down-- 60 to 40 to 20 to a dead stop. I stayed behind him. People were angrily swerving around us and honking. Poor guy was in the left lane and there was no shoulder on that side. He would have certainly have died one way or another trying to get over to the shoulder on his own (if not from a car, I'm sure from a heart attack). He waved me around him but I shook my head and put on my hazards. I waved to him to follow me. I moved into the next lane and he walked the motorcycle over with me and over and over until I got him safely to the shoulder. He gave me a thumbs up and I was on my way.

    I hope that if Steve's motorcycle ever stalls out on a busy road that someone will be kind to him like that :-/

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  8. Oh, I guess my preference is Shot Roks but I'm sure I'll enjoy any of them :)

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  9. Love Cliff bars, so the bars would be my preference.

    Paying it forward--I'm working hard on putting on a Girls on the Run 5k with my friends right now. I'll be out knocking on store doors this week looking for random prizes for the girls who participate!

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  10. BTW--the race is Dec. 4--maybe you will be well enough to come to Howard County and run it!

    I'm posting on my blog

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  11. Hmmm... paying it forward. I just committed to our local church "Building Faith" community project weekend that is coming up. The whole church congregation signs up for vairous projects around the community and helps out wherever needed. Projects include randomly leaving quarters in washers at the laundry mat, sending care packages to local soldiers, painting houses, cleaning houses for disabled and elderly, lawn cleanup throughout the town, etc...

    And I have to say shot roks for my pick because I want to be able to write "chewy balls' and snort too! :)

    PS - I'm a new follower. Found you via a comment you left on Caution: Red Hed Running Blog! :)

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  12. Summoned my rudimentary Spanish-speaking skills to help an elderly woman get to the right stop on the M15 bus last week while I was on my way to to pool. Paying forward one small teacup of the ocean of kindness that's been shown to me when I travel in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and Latin America!

    And I want to try the Shot Roks, but the Shot Bloks, which I already use and love, are a very close second!

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  13. To pay it forward for various great things that have happened to me during this life, I volunteer with a couple of organizations, and also have fundraised for a couple of non timed races recently!

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  14. I was a teacher before I became a stay at home mom. I taught high risk high schoolers and became super attached to them. When I had to quit because of my hubbys promotion my students and I were so bummed. So anyway I write to them all of the time. We Facebook, email, text and some are in college and doing great! They made me a better teacher and I owe it to them to keep the support up for life.
    I would love to try shot roks. Never have and need to experiment before my first race in November!

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  15. I'm a nurse, I pay it forward everytime i go to work ;) hehe

    cliff bars please!:)

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  16. Aw. what a great giveaway contest! I like to pay it forward by encouraging others who are just beginning their running or fitness programs to keep going. Its not about how you start, its about working hard and making progress. I wouldn't be where I am today without the group of people who encouraged me when I could barely run 2 miles.

    Cliff bars please :)

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  17. I always feel bad standing at the self-checkout line at the supermarket with my air of impatience. Sometimes others seem oblivious, but sometimes I can tell I am being too twitchy and making the other person feel bad. The other day, rather than just standing there watching someone ring through a metric ton of groceries, I decided to help bag. Otherwise, you have to scan three things, then push them down. Scan three things, push them down. By the time they were done with their credit card, all bagged and ready to go in the cart. It gave me something to do rather than just make someone feel bad and saved them a good ten minutes on their day.

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  18. ooop, even better. Katie saved me by telling me I could run when I never thought I could.

    NOW

    I am getting a group of people together at work to run a 5k in November and telling everyone they can totally do it.

    Katie paid forward.

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  19. Hi! I just found your blog and I'm ridiculously excited because I used to live in Alexandria. I wasn't a runner at that point and I am STILL smacking myself that I didn't take advantage of the GW Parkway! Now I live in a city and it BLOWS to run while dodging pot holes and persons of less fortunate circumstances.

    Anywho...I paid it forward this week when I cleaned up the office kitchen. It was gross, no one was going to do it, and I got in there and tackled it.

    And I would love some Shot Bloks. Mmm..

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  20. I am paying it forward by volunteering as coordinator for a running club that is starting at my daughter's school. I feel like if I can share my love of the sport with these kids, maybe they will share it with those around them.

    as for a preference, I guess clif bars, but really, I just like to eat, so any would be fine!

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  21. I know I already entered so ignore this one but I wanted to add that I just cut off ALL my hair for locks of love! I havent had a real cut for more than 15 years! Anyhow thought of your paying it forward idea and wanted to share. Happy Sunday.

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  22. Last week I slaved away organizing a giant surprise b-day party for my BF, including 50+ people, coconut cream pie cupcakes and a trip to the SF Giants 4th-to-last home game of the season, and boy was he surprised! Made me (and many others) feel good, but I'm not so sure this is actually "paying it forward" or a "random act of kindness"... Anyway, it made someone I love very much feel really great. That's all I can come up with :-P

    I have never tried Roks or Bloks, and would LOVE to!

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  23. You're on my blog here: http://runbecauseyouloveit.blogspot.com/2010/10/sort-of.html

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  24. linking to my blog! will be on R hand side by CAR link:)

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  25. I'm a new follower! And I ALWAYS unload the dishwasher!

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