Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2nd Annual Thankful Healthy Blogger 5k (Virtual 5k) and GIVEAWAY!!

image(button designed by Christine at Blog Designs Online)

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is only 24 days away! We all know that once Halloween is over, the Holiday season is just beginning. And with the Holidays comes get togethers with lots of delicious foods. The weather is getting colder and it’s much easier just to sit at home under a warm blanket and eat comfort food. So now, more than ever, it’s important to be active and make sure that this Holiday season does not mean weight gained!

The Thankful Healthy Blogger 5k is an opportunity for us to get active on Thanksgiving. In the past, Thanksgiving has been an opportunity for me to eat too much and sit around. This is something that I have worked hard to change in the last couple of years. While it’s ok to enjoy those delicious foods in moderation, maybe even altering the recipes to make them healthier, it’s also important to be active.

And as a way to say Thanks to my wonderful readers and supporters, I wanted to sponsor a giveaway for this 5K. You all mean so much to me. I love reading your comments. I love the support, the tips, and the community. You are all a HUGE part of my success thus far and I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

For the Giveaway this year, I combined a bunch of my favorites:

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And a little closer look:

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Here’s what is included:

Pirates Booty, Skinny Cow candy, Kitchen Aid measuring cups and measuring spoons in a fun color, Natural Skippy Peanut butter, No Pudge! brownies, the same coffee mug I use just about every day, 2 Fiber One Brownies, 2 Fiber One 80 calorie chewy bars, pink water bottle, 2 Larabars, Gevalia Coffee Beans, 2 bags of Trader Joe’s Duchess Gray Tea, 2 fruit strips, Annie’s Mac and Cheese, Jolly Time Healthy Pop, A pink bath thingy (what are those called anyway? lol), a pink magnetic list, a pink sharpie, a journal, Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30 workout DVD, $5 Subway Gift Card and $5 Starbucks gift card! I’d like to win this myself!! (But I picked it all out so why wouldn’t I?) Winking smile

Here are the rules:

1) Run or walk (or elliptical, whatever you wish!) a 5k on Thanksgiving Day. If you have an organized 5k race planned that day, that’s fine- you can double dip by participating in this one too (Just run that race and tell me how you did)! Leave me a comment on this post telling me that you will be participating.

2) Mention in a post that you will be participating and feel free to display The Thankful Healthy Blogger 5k Button (found at the top of this post and on my sidebar) on your blog along with a link back to this post! Spread the word! I think that it would be awesome to get as many bloggers (and bloggers friends, family, etc.) involved as possible to make this an active Thanksgiving! Also, feel free to Tweet about or mention this post on Facebook! (if you Tweet about this giveaway, prior to Thanksgiving, you will get one extra entry for each day you do so. Please mention @AJourneyToThin in your Tweets so I can count your extra entries.)

3) Send me a photo showing that you participated. If you don’t want to show your face, take a picture of your running shoes or something- use your creativity. Also, send me your time. This is not a race in the traditional sense, it’s just about getting out there and getting active, but it would be fun to show times at the end, too. We’re all winners for participating and everyone has an equal chance at winning the Giveaway. Wouldn’t it be awesome to break your personal PR? Feel free to email me any accomplishments, such as the aforementioned! Email this to AJourney2Thin@gmail.com. Please send me this information by 6 PM CST on Saturday November 27th to qualify! Giveaway will end at that time.

4) The more people you get to participate with you, the more entries you will get. You will get one Giveaway entry per person that participates with you. You must send me a picture showing you and your participants. Get the family involved! Smile

5) Have fun!!

Last year this race was a success with 25 participants. I would LOVE to DOUBLE that number!! You can read the post about last year’s race here. This will also give you an idea of how people took pictures to show they participated. I love seeing your smiling, sweaty and tired faces though! Winking smile 

Have fun!! I hope to see ALL of you participate!! Even you lurkers who don’t comment—I love you too!! Let’s all get active on Thanksgiving 2012. Who’s with me!?!?

59 comments:

  1. Wow! can't believe, it's been a year already! This was my very first 5K ever before my string of races (I'm hooked) So of course I'm in again! :)

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  2. I'm in! Our local race is a 3.75 miler, but I'll keep track of my 5k "split". I think my whole family is running this year, so that will be 4 of us.

    Thanks for hosting again! I'll link up on my blog this week.

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  3. I love stuff like this. I will walk 5 miles on Thanksgiving!

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  4. This is great! I love keeping active on holidays, and this is a great reminder to do so!
    :)

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  5. Love it! I actually just registered for our local Turkey Trot! My parents and two of my friends and their 15-month-old and I are all doing it together. It'll be our second year of a new tradition! :)

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  6. I am in! What a great idea! Good thing I have Thanksgiving off from work this year. I will ahve to get my mother-in-law and others involved. Thanks for the blog, it really has been an inspiration to me. I am doing a challenge now too. My challenge is to walk 150 miles in 15 weeks. Check it out on my blog :) *A Step in the Right Direction*

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  7. Sounds wonderful!! Can't wait to participate :-)

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  8. And just posted about it on my blog!! Can't wait!!

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  9. I'm doing this JUST so that I can say I did a 5K on a food related holiday.

    Thank you!!! Can't wait to bust my hump. :)

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  10. Awesome!!!! I'm 100% in!!!

    Jen@FoodFamilyFitness

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  11. I am in... Gets me out of the house... Thanks

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  12. I'm excited to be doing our local Turkey Strut 5K on Thanksgiving AM again!

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  13. I had fun doing this last year so I am definately in.

    brendalgayle@hotmail.com

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  14. I'm in! I am going to be doing a local 10k that morning, so yay!

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  15. new follower! I just heard about this from "(Just)Trying..." I'm in -- i'll be running the local Turkey Trot 5k in KY! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

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  16. Sounds like fun! I am in...Thanksgiving is 3 days before my half - so a short run will be in order. :)

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  17. My husband and I are in! We will be in beautiful Anaheim for Thanksgiving and I think a 5k is a perfect way to start off Thanksgiving and DISNEYLAND :)

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  18. How fun! I'm doing an 8k that morning, but I'll memorize my 5k time and let you know. :)

    I will also totally share this on my blog!

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  19. I would like to join your 5k!!

    gsipper@gmail.com

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  20. Im in! I Love Virtual Runs. And this gives me a reason to run on Turkey Day..

    I will post on my blog

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  21. I just read about this on another blog. I'm so excited and totally want to participate! I'll post out on my blog too so that all 6 people who read it will know ;) and hopefully participate too! Awesome idea!

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  22. Count me in! I am always in need of extra motivation to keep me running!

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  23. I'm a new follower but this sounds like fun! I'm in!

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  24. I'm a new follower and I'm in. I just tweeted about the 5K (I'm Suz4AU0608). I'll let you know when I feature the 5K in a blog post!

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  25. I'm gonna do this! I will be walking.

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  26. So fun I will be stuck at my in-laws for a week and will totally do this! Thanks!

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  27. I'm in, and I'm taking my wife :) I'm also working on our hostess. We'll do our own private 5K on the Millenium Trail near Chicago! I'm excited, it'll be my first 5K, if you can count it. We've been doing the Couch to 5K plan!
    I'll be tweeting about this (kirikiri1) and Facebook-ing (Kerstin Wolff)! :)
    Thanks for doing this, what an amzing prize pack!

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  28. And the button is up on my blog with a link :)

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  29. You inspired me!! I signed up for the Santa Monica Gobble Wobble 5k!!! Its on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (no day off for me on Thanksgiving) will be fun to do this with my daughter, she will run the entire thing... Me not so much... But I will finish it... 3 plus miles I can run, jog or walk it, whatever I will get it done

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  30. I'm in - at least walking the 5K. I will post about this today!

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  31. I am down for this, will be posting about it tonight!

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  32. I signing up to run and I posted about it on my blog :-)

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  33. found your awesome blog & this 5k via pam @ plump nonfiction. i am your newest stalker! ;)

    definitely count me in & i will be making a post & rockin' the button on my blog!

    ♥cyn♥
    misadventures of a chunky goddess

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  34. Awesome idea and awesome giveaway! I am all in.

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  35. Im in!! Love the idea of running on a holiday that seems to be surrounded by food!!!

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  36. I think this is a GREAT idea! I have been reading your posts for the last few months and think you are doing a great job! I'm excited to give this thankful 5K a try. I have already posted this to my blog, www.danasdietadventures.blogspot.com
    and am hoping some of my friends and family will be joining me. Game on!

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  37. Alright, posted to my blog and I'll tweet & FB it tonight! So looking forward to this!

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  38. I will be running a 5K - it's posted on my blog.

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  39. I'm talking about your race on my blog post for tomorrow!

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  40. Good morning! I actually just found your blog today (by way of the 5k button somewhere else actually). I've been looking for something "official" to do Thanksgiving morning and this is great! Count me in!

    Carrie

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  41. I was hoping to make it to the gym Thurs morning, but it's looking like that's just not going to happen. So, I'm planning to head out for a lovely 3.1 from my driveway. I'm hoping that saying it here will actually ensure that I do it!! :-)

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  42. I'm definitely in!! this will keep me accontable at my in-laws on thanksgiving!!! what a great idea!

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  43. I will doing a 5 mile Turkey trot Thanksgiving day!

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  44. I don't know how I didn't see this earlier, but I'm in!!

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  45. It's posted and linked on facebook!!

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  46. Oh no I just found this so it's probably too late to be a "real" entrant, but I'll send you a pic and link up to your blog anyway for future visitors.

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  47. I'm IN! Got it all in today! writing about it now.. thanks for the oppurtunity!

    Wendy @ theweightsover.net

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