Running Skirts, Costumes & a Rock City Skirts Giveaway {Closed}

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Last year, I discovered the very awesome Rock City Skirts.  At the time, I was a brand new runner still learning to 'love' running.  I found the motivation to keep training and to keep signing up for more races in an unlikely outlet: race costumes and running skirts.

I am not always comfortable just running in capris or tights. I prefer to be covered up from behind.  These lightweights running skirts are the perfect cover-up to just pull on over whatever you are already wearing.

Whether or not the race had a theme, I found a way to dress up for it in a costume, or at least wear a cute skirt. 

Here I am, more than a year and a half later, and I still love to put together fun outfits for running - and I keep coming back to Rock City Skirts to feed my addiction.

Amy, the owner of Rock City Skirts, has endless amounts of creativity. And she has the skill to make her designs a reality.  In fact, some of my favorite race outfits have come from her shop. 

Remember these?

This morning for my local Turkey Trot, I sported this super cute Pocahontas skirt!  I had my eye on this skirt for a good long while - and I think the theme works for Thanksgiving, don't you?

All the Rock City Skirts come in little girl sizes and adult women's sizes. Whether you are a petite pixie or a plus size gal --- you will find a skirt to fit.  Yes, I'm talking to you - us bigger gals have not been forgotten.

And if that wasn't enough, look at some of her other fun designs.  Princesses, Villains, Fairies, Holiday themes, Space themed.... and did I mention custom?  Yes, she does excellent and very speedy custom designs as well.

So you want one of Amy's creations, do you?

Well, she has generously allowed me to do another giveaway.  In fact, this is my THIRD Rock City Skirts giveaway.  If you have been reading my blog since last year, you might remember this one here, and this one was particularly sassy.  If you didn't win either of those - you know what they say:  Third time's a charm! Here is your chance. So check out the terms below and enter for your chance to win.

If you can't wait for the giveaway to end - and you need a running skirt right away, from now through November 30, you can save 15% off your order with the code:  blackfriday2014  That is a great deal.

Terms of the Giveaway
1) No Purchase Necessary.
2) Giveaway begins Thursday Nov. 27, 2014 and ends Wednesday Dec. 3, 2014 at midnight. Winner will be announced on the Facebook page and this blog post.  He or she will be notified Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.
3) Must be 18 years or older to enter. Must be a U.S. resident. 
4) One (1) winner will be selected. The winner will receive one (1) running skirt valued up to $30.
5) Sign in through Rafflecopter below to enter. With your first entry, the app will capture your e-mail or facebook name. This is so we can reach you if you win, in accordance with sweepstakes terms. Your contact info will ONLY be used to contact you if you win.
6) There are additional opportunities for multiple entries.
7) The winner will be chosen at random using the rafflecopter app below. Odds of winning are determined by the number of eligible entries received.
8) In the event winner does not respond to contact attempts via e-mail or facebook name provided within a one week period, another winner will be selected at random.
9) Void where prohibited.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: No financial compensation was received. I  received product from Rock City Skirts in exchange for this review. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will be good for our readers. All opinions stated on this blog are our own. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2014-2015 Race Season- #DopeyAintEnuf

It seems like all the cool running kids are coming up with names for their racing seasons.  Here are a couple of examples:
Not to be left out, let me introduce my race season name  #DopeyAintEnuf!  

I started contemplating a name for my race season a couple of months ago. 

No offense to Dopey, he and I go way back... but my running journey has brought me a long way in just one year.

I can't believe it was one year ago that I had just completed my first marathon (Running for the Bay) and was gearing up for my second (Space Coast), and then my first multi-day challenge: the Inaugural Dopey Challenge.  

The months of training was a lot of hard work, but completing the Dopey Challenge just left me with a taste for more.  

More distance
More multi-day challenges
More running

And that is what I am going for this year.

Originally, DisneyBride did not like the name, her Inner Grammar Cop was silently screaming. We batted a couple of other ideas around but never came to a decision.  Weeks passed and this package from Tervis arrived one day in the mail.

Apparently, a marathon is just not enough for me anymore.  I am either crazy (current leading theory) or I just haven't found my limit yet.  Either way, my upcoming schedule features a couple of marathons, several halfs, a pair of multi-day events, and my first ultra.  Some guys make their wives sports widows, I guess this season my wife will be a running widow. 

Here are the current races on the #DOPEYAINTENUF schedule (subject to more crazy additions):

    • Oct. 4th      Tower of Terror 10 Miler
    • Oct 11th   Pine Run 20K
    • Nov 27th  Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
    • Nov 30th  Space Coast Marathon
    • Jan 3rd     Swamp Forest Trail Half Marathon
    • Jan 8th     WDW 5K- Dopey Challenge
    • Jan 9th     WDW 10K- Dopey  Challenge
    • Jan 10th   WDW Half Marathon- Dopey  Challenge
    • Jan 11th   WDW Marathon- Dopey Finale
    • Feb 15th   Destin Beach Ultra Runs 50K
    • Feb 21st   Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K & 5K - Ultra Challenge 
    • Feb 22nd  Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon & 8K - Ultra Challenge 
    • Mar 1st     Excalibur 10 Miler
A few other races may get inserted into the calendar in the upcoming weeks. This racing thing has really become an addiction. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter; I'm @Disney_Groom on both platforms. And check in with the blog for more on my running Odyssey as it unfolds. 

What does your race season look like?

Are you running a Turkey Trot this week?


Review: Success Rice {sponsored post}

Now that we are in the middle of running season, let me take a minute and talk about a very serious topic:  runger.  Runger can appear just over your shoulder at any time, waiting to make you cranky. Runger will tell you: pick up takeout or junk food. Feed me now!

But as athletes - you, yes you, you are an athlete, we need more healthy options, preferably fresh and home-cooked.  DB and I both have full-time jobs, plus running and other hobbies that leave us with little time to cook at home.  When runger takes over, we need quick, yet wholesome meals - and we need them now. So we have found a few staples that work for us - that have the convenience factor we so desperately need.

Success Rice is one of our kitchen staples.  They actually reached out to us recently, as the marketing rep is also a runDisney aficionado and a reader of our blog. In fact, they usually have a booth at the runDisney expos, with a wheel you can spin for prizes. 

What is Success Rice?  I'm sure you've seen it.  It is a boil-in-the-bag rice that's ready in just a few minutes.  Super convenient for adding to left overs, or heating up to go with whatever you are making.  Given our love of food, we decided to create our own Autumn Curry recipe for the Basmati Rice they sent us.  The recipe follows:

Autumn Curry
1 bag of Success Rice Basmati Rice
1 large eggplant
2 medium onions
1 acorn squash (or other seasonal veggie)
2 cubes of Golden Curry Sauce mix

Slice up eggplant, sprinkle with salt and set aside (salt removes any bitterness)
Dice onions
Cut squash into cubes (feel free to leave the skin)

Sauté the onions until soft
Add squash to the pan
Add 3/4 cup - 1 cup water to your pan, this should cover the squash
Add 2 cubes of curry (I was cooking for DB, otherwise I would have added 4 - since I prefer extra spicy)
Simmer for about 10 minutes
Lightly stir from time to time, adding a small amount of water as needed. (You want enough water to keep the squash and onions simmering, and to make a thick curry sauce)
Add eggplant
Cook until the eggplant is done (no more than 10 minutes)

In a large saucepan, bring a quart of water to a boil.

Add your bag of Basmati Rice and keep boiling for an additional 9 minutes.

Remove bag from water, and allow to drain
Carefully cut bag open and plate your rice.

Enjoy your meal!

Note: DB plated the food, and added roasted brussels sprouts and tomatoes, for color. That's why it looks good.  But it tasted even better.

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The rice bag can even be cooked in the microwave(see box for instructions), to be used when eating leftovers during the week. 

Hopefully some healthy rice dishes will silence your runger.

Run Happily!

Disclosure of Material Connection: No financial compensation was received. We  received product from Success Rice in exchange for this review. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will be good for our readers. All opinions stated on this blog are our own. We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”