100th Post Giveaway!

98... 99... 100!! This is Dare You To's 100th post, so we're celebrating by SHARING some goodies acquired recently.


Enter to Win!


First, to demonstrate your loyalty as a reader, you must suffer through an explanation of my workout.  That's right; you've gotta earn your giveaway entries!

On Friday morning, I woke up way too tired.  The night before, even after the interesting and educational Technogel Twitter chat with FitFluential (where we talked all about the importance of sleep quality and quantity, and how Technogel pillows can help with both), I had a miserable night's sleep.  It took me some time to fall asleep, and then I woke at 3-something in the morning, overheated.  After hitting the restroom and turning on a fan, it still took me a while to fall back asleep.  Then, I woke again at 8-something, even though I had not set my alarm and had no reason to be up. Blah.

BUT!  I had to run!  That was the plan, and who knew what the weekend would bring (turns out: not much in the way of working out), and I wanted to get some fitness in before things got busy.  Plus, I knew a good sweat would wake me up, helping me recover from the lousy morning.  So, off to the gym, for a 30-minute treadmill interval workout. 


The After


I set my Garmin to lead me through an interval workout, changing my speed on the treadmill as my watch beeped.  The time length of the 1:2 intervals remained the same, but I constructed a speed pyramid as I went (from 6 mph up to 10 down to 6), so my 3-mile run went like this:


The result? 

This is why I love intervals.

The pyramid-style build and descent kept me interested, and the 2-minute walking recoveries made this doable in my sleep-deprived state. My soaring heart rate and beads (/buckets) of sweat were just the wakeup I needed.  I'm SO glad I laced up and got moving instead of sitting around, feeling tired.

No matter how tired/bummed out/overwhelmed/sluggish you are feeling, you'll always feel better after your workout.  So even on the weekends, #MOVE! (FitFluential)

Always YES!

OK, you've earned it.  It's GIVEAWAY TIME! Read on...



These could be yours!

As a thank you for supporting me in my infancy and for encouragement in my food and fitness goals, three (3) readers will win some tasty treats!  These are samplings of some things I've been granted the opportunity to try as a blogger, either solicited by the brands, received at events, or won through another's giveaway.  I want to share some of the blogger booty with you, because you're the reason I'm here.  Hope they will help you snack smarter!  To allow more readers a chance to taste test, I'm splitting the snacks up into three categories, based on type of food.

1st: BARS!  So great for travel or busy days out and about.

2 Pure Bars  (Cranberry Orange and Peanut Raisin Crunch)
1 Sesame Snaps
1 uber LaraBar (Roasted Nut Roll)
2 Larabars (Cherry Pie and Peanut Butter Cookie)
1 box Fiber One bars (Chocolate Fudge Brownies)

2nd: Mix-ins! These things make mornings yummier.

2 samples of Love Grown Foods granola (Cocoa Goodness and Sweet Cranberry Pecan)
1 sample packet of Pure Bliss Eats granola (PB Chocolate)
1 sample packet of Mila seeds (use similarly to Chia seeds)

 3rd: Chips!  Natural 'chip' options to scoop your guac, salsa, or hummus.

2 bags of PopChips (Sweet Potato)
4 bags of Whale Tails tortilla chips

Entry Details: Do one or both of the following. Post each as a separate comment, and each counts as one entry. 
  • Leave a comment telling me which your favorite types of DYT blog posts are (goal-oriented, workout recaps, recipes, healthy eating, other random dares...)  I'd love your feedback; I aim to please! 
  • Tweet about the giveaway as follows or in your own words w/ link: I entered to win assorted bars, granola, & natural chips at http://goo.gl/wvfCv via @DareYouToBlog, and you can, too!

Entries will be accepted from Monday, June 18, 2012 until 11:59 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012.  Winners will be announced on the blog and are responsible for claiming their prize via email if no contact info is provided.  US & Canada residents only (sorry!). 

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