2015 will mark my 8th journey from Staten Island to Central Park in the NYC Marathon (and my 14th marathon in less than nine years).
If you follow this space, you know that my running journey over the last year has been, well, rougher than in years past. And to say I had a tough NYC Marathon last year is an understatement.
But I'm back.
I've been consistent for about a month - hitting my weekly running goal of four runs and this week I’ll start putting in more “respectable” mileage. (If you're really interested, you can follow me on Strava here). And I’ve even added some cross training in the pool (side note, swimming is freaking hard work).
Everything I've been doing up until today has been to get me in shape to train (training to be in training as a friend of mine once called it).
And I'm ready.
I'm excited, I'm feeling good, I'm loosening up by the run, I'm going longer and getting faster, I’m dealing with the humidity and I'm feeling stronger every day (cue Chicago here).
And now, I want to share that excitement and preparation with you. I have something get you excited to train for your fall marathon (hopefully it's in NYC, so if you win, we can meet up when you come here to race).
I’ve put together two fantastic packages of what I’m calling the Ultimate Marathon Training Package – and I’m giving one each to a male and female reader of this space.
A few weeks ago I reached out to some of my favorite running and fitness companies and asked them if they were willing to participate in the Ultimate Marathon Training Package and they all said YES!
And here’s the kicker, these aren’t products that were foisted on me by brands I don’t know or have never used. Nope, each and every product is one that I not only believe in, but that I spend my own hard earned money purchasing so I can use it in my training.
I’m grateful to each of the brands for participating. So without further preamble, I'm excited to present, what I think is an awesome training package for your fall race (in alphabetical order):
Compression socks of your choice
Four tubes of Watermelon and 21oz hydration bottle
Container of Anti-Chafe Balm
Six month premium membership
Training Plan and Swag
Smart Body Analyzer
Details about how to enter are at the bottom of this post.
I ran last year’s TCS NYC Marathon in the very first pair of ASICS that I ever owned – and I loved them for more than 300 miles. ASICS has generously donated two pair of its latest kicks to help you run all those miles. Check out the and (winners will choose the size).
Champion CSX contacted me in the late/winter early spring to see if I wanted to check out a pair of its compressions socks. At that point I hadn't really found a compression sock that I liked and all I can say is, I have now! I used the 20-30mmHg compression in to recover from the Brooklyn Half and I’ve been using them ever since for recovery from long runs. Winners will choose size, style and amount of compression.
When I first started running back in 2007 I went to a local running store and randomly purchased a pair of shorts and shirt from Mizuno, not realizing what I was purchasing. Since then I’ve tried a lot of other kinds of apparel but the one constant in my running wardrobe has been Mizuno – from tights to jerseys to shorts, I love me some Mizuno! And my contact over there has graciously offered to outfit each winner with some apparel!
I've been a fan of Nuun since 2006. A woman I used to cycle with introduced me to these magical electrolyte tablets and I've never looked back. Triberry was my first love, but when Nuun introduced Watermelon a few years ago, I found my new favorite. Nuun has generously supplied eight tubes of this elixir (four per package) and two of its 21 oz. bottles.
Red 11 Sport
We’ve all been out running and have seen that person with a blood streaked jersey, right? I cringe every time I see it – and surprisingly I see it a lot. A few years ago I saw a video online that caught my eye. I contacted Red 11 Sport and have been using its Anti-Chafe Balm on some sensitive areas ever since. I’m including one container (per package) of Red 11 Sport’s Anti-Chafe Balm.
I’ve been an athlete on Strava since 2011. I wasn’t happy with the site built by the company that made my GPS watch. It didn’t have a few of what I thought were no-brainer functions like gear tracking, or the ability to follow other athletes. So I went looking for a better website to upload my workouts and came across what I like to think of as a social network for athletes. Not only can you upload your workouts, but you can offer encouragement to others in your circle (via kudos or comments). I’m grateful to Strava for offering two six-month premium memberships as part of the give-away!
TCS NYC Marathon - Training Plan and Swag
I’m get asked all the time how to train for a marathon. My standard answer is to go online and find a training program that works for you – there are literally thousands of them out there. Last year the NYRR started offering training programs for some of its marquee races. I used the plan for the Brooklyn Half but not the Big Dance. If I had, I’m sure things would have turned out a lot different. Either way, the organization is giving two training programs and a credit to buy yourself some training swag!
Three years ago my wife bought me a Wifi-enabled scale that not only records my weight (and sends it to an app on my phone), it reads my body fat, heart rate, tells me about the air quality in my bedroom (where we keep the scale) and what the weather’s like outside. Kinda comprehensive, no? Proper weight race is important for a marathon and Withings has generously donated two Smart Body Analyzers for the training package.
So how do you enter?
It’s super easy.
Leave a comment below; tell me what race you’re training for this fall. Or don’t, you can just leave the letter B, or if you prefer, the letter L. I don’t care – just leave a comment (and make sure you leave a method for me to get in touch - email, Twitter, etc.).
Then, follow me on Twitter and ReTweet this and follow me on Facebook and like and share my post or video.
And for bonus points, follow me on Instagram and tag two friends in the comments of the video I created for the give-away.
I’ll choose two winners (one male and one female) at random Friday of next week (7/17).
*DoS Disclaimer: Prizes subject to availability. All prizes have been provided free of charge. I did not accept monetary compensation and all opinions expressed are my own. If you win and reside outside the 48 contiguous United States, you will be responsible for shipping costs and will have five days to provide payment, if you don't I choose another winner. I will never use your contact info for any purposes.