Giveaway – Orange Mud Handeld Hydration System


This is a pretty exciting post! First, it is my first giveaway from my new home on the web, and secondly…it’s a product that many people have been asking about and waiting for. Recently, Orange Mud the makers of the HydraQuiver hydration packs and transition wraps launched a new product. Runners have different tastes and preferences when it comes to how they choose to carry their hydration and nutrition. Some like bladder hydration packs, others like the vest option, and some really love handhelds. The mad scientists at Orange Mud listening and developed a really rockin’ handheld to offer endurance athletes all over the universe.


Let me share something with you. We are friends here we can be honest. I hate handhelds. I don’t like them. The Master Scientist at Orange Mud doesn’t care for them either. So, as we do at Orange Mud…products we don’t really care for we take them to another level and create something we would want to use. This puppy doesn’t disappoint! The handheld holds 21 ounces of fluid, which is plenty for a great training run or even racing. This also means they are easy to refill. The hand strap is wider than normal to allow for maximum comfort and torsional stability…that basically means you won’t feel lop-sided or off balanced with this hydration system.

It is equipped with the signature Orange Mud reflective webbing so you will feel safe running in the evening. My favorite feature has to be the pocket made for phones! Yes ladies and gentleman, the handheld WILL hold your phone! For social media blogging type unicorns like myself this is the best thing since the qwerty keyboard! There is also storage available for gels and other nutrition…and a clip for a house or car key! Listen, this handheld rocks!


It comes in four colors! Black, Grey, Orange, and Sharpie Purple! Yes I am calling it Sharpie Purple because it was my suggestion for Purple! The scientists approved and it was created! YAY ME!


The handheld retails for $29.95 and is now available on the Orange Mud website! Of course you can use my discount code ABLINZROCKS to save 15%! OR you can enter to win one now! Use the RaffleCopter below and one lucky US winner will score one of these bad boys! No purchase necessary, open to US residents only. The winner will be announced on Friday! Good luck everyone!

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RunnerBox Ambassador Announcement

Well today was very exciting! I received an email I was hoping that I would receive. The wonderful team over at RunnerBox has announced their ambassador team for the rest of the year and I have been added to the roster! WOO HOO!!

My excitement looked something like this…

So, you are probably wondering what exactly IS RunnerBox? I am so glad you asked! Let me share!

RunnerBox is like Christmas every month for a runner. It is a monthly subscription service that gets delivers a box full of great products, discounts, and unicorn dust to your door (unicorn dust may vary) ;). If you are like me and enjoy trying different products in order to discover the right one JUST for you, the RunnerBox is an amazing solution. You get sample packs of items and can give them a try! You can enjoy various varieties, flavors, and styles of products before committing to buying one out right at full price. This is a great thing for not only newer runners but experienced runners who want to keep a pulse on what’s going on in the industry. The boxes change on a monthly basis so you are always receiving something new to try. If you are a cyclist, they have a box designed just for you as well…named aptly CycleBox! Triathlete?…the TriBox is here for you! Since I will be gearing up to cycle and even swim I can see all three of these boxes becoming staples in my arsenal for a while. Who doesn’t love choices and diversity, right?

Let’s talk about subscription options! You can order the boxes to arrive bi-monthly or in blocks of time of one year subscriptions, six months, or a two box starter pack which consists of a four month subscription of two boxes shipped every other month. You can also gift a box to a friend! There’s a ton of flexibility when it comes to RunnerBox! I am happy to be a member of their Blog Ambassador Team! I know as I train this summer to get faster and go further that the products I get to try will be a big help! I may even discover something new that could improve my performance…which is always great!

Let’s talk about the good stuff! Every month I will be doing a review of the box of treasures that arrives. If you are interested in giving RunnerBox a whirl, you can use my discount code SSRUNRB and save 10% on any option on the RunnerBox site!! Buttt….I’m gonna gift one through a giveaway just because I’m a nice kind of guy that enjoys playing Oprah.

Ok so here’s how this works. RaffleCopter Time! One lucky US Resident is gonna get one RunnerBox gifted from me. My gift to you. One singular box, not a subscription (I’m not really Oprah here folks…I wish I was). All you gotta do is do the dance that makes you dance below and you could win! Let’s do this! Any questions about RunnerBox? Let me know! You know I love helping 🙂

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Orange Mud Transition Towel Giveaway

Have you ever gone for a run on a trail, or spent some time at the beach and wished you had the opportunity to change on the go without having to worry about exposing your “zip code” to all of the world? How about this…after a run we all know how we can feel yucky having being covered in awesome. The sweat. The dirt. The grime. The last thing you want is to do is track that onto your seats or make connection with your leather on a hot day. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was a lovely doo-dad that was available in the marketplace that catered to these needs? Wouldn’t it be awesome if it came in a variety of different colors, and utilized a wonderfully soft fabric? Lucky for you…such a magic doo-dad exists. Introducing the Orange Mud Transition Towel.

The whole idea of the transition towel is a functional towel that allows you to change out of your gear into another set of clothes with ease…without having to worry about if your towel will fall and expose your “biscuits and gravy”. The towel secures around your waist using a really comfortable and easy to use belt clip that is integrated right into the towel. So wrap it around your waist. clip into place and change with ease (yes I just made that up).

Now, you still may be sweaty and gross and the last thing you want to do is get your car all funky, right? Simple. use the integrated zipper and transition your towel into a hoodie and slide it over your car seat. You can now sit on your car seat with peace of mind, knowing that you won’t have to rush to the cash wash to get that vacuum out. Simply remove the towel from the seat when you get home and toss it in the washing machine.

The best part is, it comes in 14 great colors, one of which is sure to match your personality. I have three of these beauties and my favorite color is purple! The colors are vivid and bold!

This is certainly a product every runner should own, especially if you love the trails and the ultra lifestyle. If you head to the beach for surfing or other marine activities, this is an amazing item as well. Towel to hoodie in seconds!

Don’t forget to check out Orange Mud and their awesome line of HydraQuiver hydration systems! I run with mine all the time. Orange Mud prides themselves in producing products with the highest quality materials right here in the USA. No bouncing, no chafing, no problems! I own a single barrel and a double and feel so sad when I can’t or don’t run with it. It really is one of my favorite things.

If you use discount code ABLINZROCKS you can save 15% on anything on their website!

So…you want one? I am giving one anyway! One transition towel to one lucky US resident. You even get to pick the color! A $39.95 value yours free! So let’s go!

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Pro Compression Giveaway

It’s been some time since I have given something away here, so let’s get back into the swing of things shall we? As you have probably heard, I have recently joined the Pro Compression Ambassador team! This is truly exciting. If you haven’t heard much about Pro Compression, let me give you some quick highlights. Pro makes compression socks and sleeves. The benefits of owning and using compression products range anywhere from increased blood flow, stability, comfort, and they even aid in speedy recovery after those long runs. Yesterday I climbed Mt. Baldy here in Southern California and wore my socks up and down 10,000 feet of elevation. My calves were on fire from the hard work, but my Pro Compression socks kept me safe and the recovery time after such a hard day was really fast. Pro socks and sleeves come in a variety of colors and styles to match exactly what you are looking for. So, as my welcome to the team, Pro has graciously offered to giveaway one pair of marathon socks OR sleeves to one lucky US winner. All you have to do is utilize the RaffleCopter below. This contest will run until Friday May 23rd. In the meantime, I want to encourage you to go over to Pro Compression’s website and use discount code ‘SSR’ and take advantage of the 40% off offer I have going on NOW! This deal is only available until the end of the day on Friday May 23rd, so don’t delay! Let’s get the party started! Good luck and don’t forget to #KeepItTight!

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Boston Fundraiser Giveaway – Wireless Yurbuds

I told you that you were going to want these! Yurbuds had a booth at ASICS LA Marathon a couple weeks ago and they were selling these lovely gems, their newest product…WIRELESS headphones! All the things you love about Yurbuds! Amazing sound, high quality, and they don’t come out. Best of all, they are VERY comfortable! I purchased a pair of the Focus earphones. I LOVE THEM! I will be doing a review on them later in the week for sure. But I wanted to get this awesome giveaway out to you as soon as possible. So this is easy. We are close to wrapping up the Boston Marathon fundraiser and that is exciting. Because you guys are so awesome, I am buying these out of my pocket JUST FOR YOU! Want to score a pair? All you have to do is donate! For every $25 you donate, you will receive an entry to win a pair of these sick bluetooth headphones! I will do a random drawing. I have the rules below. I say this in all of my posts, but I really do appreciate you guys. If I could send you all a pair of these I would…but since I am not Steve Jobs and I don’t have a money tree only one of you wins 🙂 We are so close to $7,500! Let’s Play!

Here are the official rules for my contest:
-Open to US residents 18 years or older, US residents only please
-Donations must be made through the official Crowdwise site and applied to my fundraising account before 11:59 PM PST on 3/31/14 in order to earn a chance to win
-Only one winner will be selected to win
-The winner will receive ONE pair of Yurbuds wireless headphones (either Inspire or Focus). Product will be shipped to you with my gratitude!
-Value of the headphones is $129.00 (not including shipping)
-Winner will be randomly selected through a drawing

Boston Fundraising Contest #1 – iPod Shuffle Giveaway

WINNER! Congratulations to Erica from for winning the iPod Shuffle Giveaway! Thank you to all of you that donated and entered this giveaway. I don’t think I won the banner, but we are certainly moving the line forward!

So, the fundraising for Boston is underway! I am headed toward that $7,500.00 goal for the Boston Bruins Foundation, which helps provide resources to local charities and children in the New England area! I am still very excited about the chance to work with the Bruins Foundation! Something fun happened today! So Crowdrise, which is the online tool that the BAA has asked us to use for fundraising (and this is a good thing, because Crowdwise is super easy to use) kicked off a contest today! They are giving fundraisers a chance to win an official Boston Marathon banner from the awesome folks at John Hancock!

It is no secret or surprise to any of my friends that I totally LOVE race banners! The Bling Annex (which is where I hang all of my race memorabilia in my house) is literally covered with one full wall dedicated to these things! I love them! They are special memories and keepsakes! Some people collect stamps, I collect vinyl banners.

So, how do I win one of these things? Well, that’s where you guys come in! For every donation I receive that is over $50.00 from now until midnight 2/14/14, I will receive an entry and a chance to score this banner. They are only giving ONE away, so you can imagine how stir crazy I am going! So what’s in it for you? Well three things that I can think of! 1. You are helping some great kids get some awesome resources such as money and people to assist with athletic, academic, and community outreach programs. 2. You help me 🙂 3. You feel great knowing what you are doing really matters, not just to me, but to those great kids I can’t wait to hang out with when I get to Boston!

So, starting today any donation I receive over $50.00 until Midnight on 2/14/14 will get you entered for a chance to win AN iPOD SHUFFLE! That’s right you guys, you toss me $50, you could win a 2GB iPod Shuffle in the color of your choice valued at $49.00!!! This is coming out of my pocket. I will ship it directly to you with a note expressing my gratitude! Even if I do not win the banner (which would SUCK) one of you will still win the iPod! I will announce the winner on Saturday 2/15/14.

Please remember, the money you donate goes DIRECTLY to the Boston Bruins Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.

Help me get there guys! WE RUN TOGETHER!


Here are the official rules for my contest:
-Open to US residents 18 years or older
-Donations must be made through the official Crowdwise site and applied to my fundraising account before 11:59 PM PST on 2/14/14 in order to earn a chance to win
-Only one winner will be selected to win
-The winner will receive ONE 2GB iPod Shuffle in the color of their choice. iPod will be shipped to you with my gratitude!
-Value of the iPod shuffle is $49.00 (not including shipping)
-Winner will be randomly selected

SportHooks Giveaway

It’s officially marathon season! That can mean only a few things. Runners all over the world are completeing marathons, half marathons, and ultras that they have been preparing and training for for months. Some runners are finally achieving their goals of crossing the finish lines, and others are adding new races to their list of conquests. Whether it is one race or ten, you need an awesome place to display your achievements! A display that is unique, stands out, and makes a statement. So, if you are looking for a display to help bring that vision to life, I have you covered!

My friends over at SportHooks asked me to help spread the good word! I have always been curious as to the quality and design of SportHooks, so when my display came in I was pleasantly surprised. First off, who doesn’t like getting presents in the mail, right? When I removed it from the box, I was surprised at how light it was. Although it is a light display, it still is able to maintain the strength required to hold some heavy medals. Second, the design is just spot on. SportHooks offers some runDisney themed displays for you to choose from. I chose the ten hook Magical Miles display.

 I plan on using it to hold my Dopey and Dumbo Challenge medals next year. I don’t know about you, but I like to show off the ribbons of my medals. Sometimes, I find the medals are just as beautiful as the hardware. SportHooks displays make it easy for you to show off every piece of your medal. For me that is a huge plus. If you plan on taking on the Coast-to-Coast challenge next year with runDisney, they offer several Coast-to-Coast medal display options. I can honestly say I am looking forward to mounting this on the wall of the Bling Annex. My 2014 runDisney medals will look amazing on it…well the ones that will fit anyway haha. Did i mention how easy it is to install? Two screws and you’re done! It’s perfect for the not-so-handy like myself.

Here are a few of their designs that are available on their online store!

So, my friends at SportHooks were really awesome and want to give you a chance to win your very own medal display! This contest is open to US residence only and no purchase is necessary. Use the Raffle Copter below for your chance to win! There will be one winner, and they will be announced on Friday October 25th! Good luck 🙂

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