Monday, November 7, 2011

Atlanta (Team) Marathon Relay & Giveaway

If you're tired of reading the race recaps from fancy pants people who ran the NYC Marathon and Savanah RnR, then come join me on a journey way back into history…last weekend :)

You may have noticed the snazzy orange and blue shirts I’ve been sporting at races this year. As one of 200 nationwide members of Team MARATHON Bars, I’ve gotten more than just a lot of tasty bars to eat. It’s given me the chance to meet and swap stories with some very inspiring people. There’s people like Brenda Carawan who finished 6th at the Badwater Ultra Marathon. Then there’s mere mortals like me.

The common thread that unites us all is the “Passion and enthusiasm for living a healthy, well-rounded life and are involved in activities ranging from running, to cycling, to triathlon and other endurance sports.” If you’re regular reader of this, then I know the team mission statement applies to you too.

On that note, I’ve got something I think you’ll like. Just bear with my ramblings until we get there…

Last Sunday I teamed up with 3 other local ladies on Team MARATHON Bars to run the Atlanta Marathon Relay. I was running leg 2 of the race, advertised as 8.4 miles.

It was an unseasonably cold morning for Atlanta with temps in the 30’s. Great for running, not so much when you’re just standing around. My first mile felt very stiff and disjointed. After waiting around in the cold for over an hour and a half I was partially frozen, but I felt good once I began to thaw in the second mile. This was a social event, not really a race. I kept the pace comfortable and used this as an opportunity to get in a solid workout for my upcoming half marathons this month.

After I transitioned the timing chip to our third runner, I continued on for another 2 miles before turning back to get the bus to the finish line. This is totally random, but here’s a clip of me running on YouTube. I have no idea who filmed it, but I run by around 27 seconds into this clip.

Afterwards, my teammates and I met up to chat some more. I also ran into Lee, Mark who also ran the relay, and Kristy who ran her 9th full marathon.

I saw Super Woman running during the race too.


I should have guessed she was a Team MARATHON Bars member as well! She approached me after the race to introduce herself. This was Becky’s final marathon in her quest to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, all in under 4 hours. Incidentally, she also ran all of the New England marathons with Dean Karnazes when he was doing his 50 marathons in 50 states tour a few years ago. Wow.

Now sticking with the marathon theme, let’s get to the giveaway.

In addition to their yummy Energy and Protein bars, MARATHON has just rolled out a new line of bars called Smart Stuff.

“Marathon Smart Stuff Bars include wholesome ingredients, like blueberries, cranberries and peanuts, and are made with real chocolate for a taste everyone will love. Each bar contains a blend of 8 essential vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent source of calcium. Containing 3 to 5 grams of fiber and 140 calories or less per serving, this new energy bar is naturally low in sodium and provides 5 grams of whole grains, with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.”

Want to try them? You know you do.

In addition to a box of Smart Stuff bars, I’ll also include two other foods I’ve been loving-on lately:

A two-pack of Nutiva Coconut Oil. Virgin pressed coconut oil us a healthy fat that adds a delicious coconut essence to baked goods and has a high smoking point great for cooking stir-frys.

A bag of ground Salba seed. Ground Salba is the hip new cousin to the chia seed. One that you don’t have to floss out of your teeth.

All you need to do is leave a comment. It can be anything. I just like knowing someone is out there.

For extra entries you can:

  • Become an Atlanta Running Mom follower
  • Tweet about the giveaway. It would suffice to say something along the lines of “I love chocolate & healthy stuff, especially chocolate covered healthy stuff. I want to win Smart Stuff @MARATHONbars from @runblondie26.” :)

Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry. I’ll pick a winner next Monday.

Disclaimer: I'm provided with free product by MARATHON Bars. This is a small-potatoes blog so the rest of the items I purchased. All product opinions are my own.


  1. Okay, what's even more random than you finding a video of yourself is that the guy who you basically run past (wearing a hat and shorts) is the second leg runner from my team!!

  2. Hey girl! Ha, just posted my race recap too. Still haven't seen these Marathon Bars at the stores I frequent and love the idea of hte new ones. Sound yummy!

  3. Actually, maybe it's not the runner from my team. I just watched it again and you said it was after the third transition. It definitely looks like him though! I'm going to send it to him to see.

  4. Hahahah, I love how you consider yourself a "mere mortal" when compared w/ some runners. No worries lady, most people compared to your running abilities, are "mere mortals"! :-P Its all about perspective.
    Oh, and I *do* like chocolate - perhaps a bit too much, hence the running. :-)

  5. Congrats on the relay! Good to know about the salba seeds - Lord knows the chia seeds require a good once over in the mirror to make sure they aren't all in your teeth! Ha ha

  6. I agree with Shelley - compared to you, I am a "mere mortal." You are amazing! I've been reading your blog for several months now (in Reader) and even bought the 2XU compression tights after seeing how much you liked them. And I totally agree - they are AWESOME. Totally worth the money.

  7. I'm happy to hear about the no-flossing thing. Flossing is a pain in the butt. :)

  8. Also, I'm following you now...and not sure why I wasn't before!

  9. And I tweeted. Clearly I need to win this giveaway.

  10. Awesome relay! I can't believe we both ran the same race and didn't know it! Are you running the Thanksgiving half? I'm thinking about doing it.
    PS - I'm a follower.

  11. I haven't tried Chia seeds yet but good info on those and the Salba seed. I really should win and try at least one of these...and I like the idea of not having to worry about flossing especially if I am at work.

  12. This is so fun!the relay looks like it was a blast and I love the shirts too. Fun giveaway :)

  13. No Tday half for me (already have 2 this month :), but I plan on runing the ATC 5k that day.

  14. i have odwalla bars coming out my ears, so i'm good. but can't wait to meet you this weekend!

  15. Cool shirt! I'd love to try the bars ;)

  16. Fun stuff! And I really do love chocolate-covered healthy stuff. :) Glad you had a good relay run!

  17. Tweeted the giveaway from @dairycowgal

  18. I have been trying to find marathon bars because I want to try them. Have had no luck! Any idea where to look? I've tried Sports Authority, D*ck's, RoadRunner Sports, even Wawa!!
    Any suggestions on where else to go?