Mar 20, 2015

Blog-a-versary and Giveaway

Huzzah! It's my blog-a-versary!

It's... your... blog-a-versary! (Source)

I have officially been writing a blog for 2 whole years! That's kinda hard for me to believe. It all started with a simple "Obligatory Intro Post". Back then, I had started by blog to help keep me accountable as I looked to get fit. There were posts about getting to the gym, missing a workout and my first encounter with nature, which I guess I can officially call the start of when I became a runner. And then there was the moment I was "officially crazy" and I signed up for my first half marathon, a runDisney half marathon. That would snow ball everything for me: the new name and theme for the blog, my love of running, my healthy obsession(?) of runDisney and my love of blogging and sharing my experiences. To think I'd go from just writing some blog posts to keep myself honest, to co-hosting a linkup, writing 2 - 3 posts a week, and to being both a BibRavePro and run for Team Nuun. I never would have believed it then. But here I am. :-)

Let's Celebrate

So, I said to myself, "Self, we should do something for my blog-a-versary." Then, I said the same thing to my wife. She, with all her infinite wisdom, suggested "Why don't you do a giveaway?" Well, why don't I? So how about we do that? And how about we stop asking questions?

Ok, so what do I give away? (sorry, couldn't break the cycle). I have to decided to give away some items based on the name of my blog: run. geek. run(disney)


First up is run. For here, I'm going to turn my hydration drink of choice, and my team, Nuun. I love Nuun Active Hydration and Nuun Energy. You should know that by now. Really, I post all the time about it. But something I first started trying at the beginning of this year that I also really love in Nuun All Day. Nuun All Day provides a mix of vitamins to keep you healthy, as well as the same all natural, no sugar, under 8 calorie flavor. I count this as responsible for helping me almost completely cut out soda. I used it to replace drinking soda over lunch at work, which then lead to me not drinking any in the afternoon. Now, about the only time I drink any soda is if we go out to dinner, and even that isn't guaranteed. The offer 4 different flavors online. I'll be sending the winner 1 tube of 2 different flavors to try.

Don't want to wait to see if you win? Why not order some now? You can save 20% now with the code LuckyNuunFriends until March 26th.

But wait, there's more!

That's right, I couldn't let you go without a little swag too. So I'll be throwing in some temporary tattoos for both Nuun and BibRave. That's right, rock out tough on the race course. Show you have Nuun in your veins (if you're like me) or that you'll be reviewing the race after you finish on BibRave. You are doing that, right? You should be. Orange is the new fast.


I always enjoy to spread some geek love. This one was easy and hard to pick what to do. I came to a quick decision of what to give. To share my geek love, I'm going to share a comic with the winner. Now, the hard part was to pick which comic. I decided to go with something a little more widespread as far as enjoyment by many: Star Wars. So, to the winner of my blog-a-versary giveaway, I am going to be giving away issue number 1 for the brand new Darth Vader series. Not only that, I picked my daughter's favorite variant on the cover.


Part three of my title, the combination of running and Disney. I love running, I love Disney, and I love runDisney. I couldn't help but give away something from runDisney to my readers. So for this, I went a little less traditional route, because while you can get a lot of runDisney merchandise at expos, they official store is lacking throughout the rest of the year. So, we turn to Etsy. There is a page on Etsy, Happily Ever Tees, that offer some great Disney-centric designs. They're all about showing your Disney side. They offer their designs generally through t-shirts, decals, bags and frame-able prints. I have to be honest, there are a LOT that I want from there. There is one that is just perfect for the category of run(disney) in this giveaway. The winner will receive the Run Your Ears Off Vinyl Decal. This will work great for your car, computer, window... any stickable surface really.

Not enough?

How's that for a giveaway for you? More? Well, I'm glad you asked. No, the winner will not get more stuff, but in honor of it being TWO years of blogging I'll be giving away TWO prizes packs and therefore two winners! The second winner will get 2 tubes of Nuun All Day as well as get tatted up [run.] a copy of issue one of Princess Leia comic in the same style variant [geek] as well as the Run Your Ears Off decal [run(disney)].

Enter Player 2 (speech bubble not included)

How to win:

Winning will be simple. I'll again use Rafflecopter as I did with my 1K Giveaway. If you've entered contests on blogs, I'm sure you've interacted with it before. Just follow the different ways you can win and at the end of the giveaway period, I will validate entries and then let Rafflecopter do it's random thing.


I've added my updated to the weekly linkup with SD Mom and Erica Finds, so go check out their giveaways and all the other great giveaways this week!

Contest Rules:

No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 2 winners will be selected via the Rafflecopter widget.  Open to Residents of the United States 18 years of age or older.
Winner(s) will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner(s) do not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Winner(s) will be provided the prize from me, via mail.

Non-Disclaimer: I was NOT provided any of the following. The thoughts and opinions are all my own. The giveaway items are purchased by me and given to you. I hope you enjoy. If you don't like the stuff, don't enter.


  1. What a fun giveaway! I love Nuun and Star Wars :)

    1. Glad you like it. You have good tastes then, haha. Best of luck!

  2. Awesome prizes!
    Congrats on your Blogiversary!!!!

  3. Stacey NiedzwieckiMarch 23, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I like the geek prize the best! Although the tats and nuun are awesome.

    1. They are some pretty sweet prizes. I may have copies for myself.

  4. Happy Blogaversary, John!!!! I'm totally Run - Love me some Nuun!

  5. Congrats on 2 years of blogging!

    I'm excited about the Nuun - I've heard great things, but haven't tried it yet! =)

    1. Thanks. Well here's a chance to win some, or you can use the code and get one of the sampler boxes too at 20% off.

  6. Congrats on your blog-i-versary! - Jessica

  7. I really like the run disney and run giveaways!!

  8. Do we have the same Blogiversary? My one year was yesterday! CRAZY! Congrats my friend! My son would LOVE to win that comic. In fact, I am entering so I can tell him I tried!

    1. Close. Mine was on the 20th. That's when I started the blog. I with I could figure out when I started "really" blogging, haha.

  9. I love Nuun but my boys love star wars, so they would love that comic!

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