Today begins our first AMR Back to School 5K Giveaway! Although we love our 5K of the Holidays, the month of December is not exactly the calmest month around these parts, so we decided to move it to commemorate much more important milestones: school buses rolling down the streets, picking up our kids, and taking them off to learn!
More importantly, The AMR Back to School 5K Giveaway, five consecutive days of amazing giveaways, launches us into the delicious running season that is fall. Temps are going to drop sooner than later (we promise!); leaves are going to change; air is going to crispen (pretend that's a real word please); legs are going to feel fresh and ready to roll; and finish lines will be lying there like honey crisp apples, just ripe for the pickin'.
Each day will have a theme, similar to the school supplies/snack patrol/restock the closet routine you either just experienced—or, if your kiddos are too young, four-legged, or non-existant—you likely remember vividly from your childhood. (Nothing like the whiff of a freshly sharpened #2 pencil, if you ask me.)
So yes, you can enter if you have toddlers and the like; yes, you can enter if you don't have kids; yes, you can enter if you're injured. Every day, we'll have multiple items, and three winners: all three winners will receive all the items for the day. (Except for Friday, when we have just one winner for an excellent prize that will actually suit the mother of an infant.) Please note: The pictures are representations of what the winners will receive. Colors or styles may vary slightly.) We'll announce the winners for all five days in a post on Thursday, September 18.
Day One: Pack Your Bags
Chances are, you don't need another pack of crayons in your house, but we've gathered a bunch of our favorite running (and a few life) supplies that make it easier, safer, and more fun to lace up and get going.
Saying the Thule EnRoute Mosey Daypack ($89.95) is a backpack is like calling a marathon a "run". This bombproof pack goes the distance with heat-molded side pockets to protect your sunglasses and other fragile items; an inner pocket that includes a pocket for a laptop, a tablet, and an organization panel so you can always find your phone—and chapstick; and an ergonomically designed back to lighten your load.
Designed to fit smaller ears—and to stay put no matter your ear size, running speed, sweat rate—yurbuds Inspire for Women (currently on sale for $22.49) keep you entertained (and blissfully unaware of them) for fast tempo runs, long slow runs, and every mile in between.
Even if you're not folding yourself into tiny desks, your muscles need to be unkinked and released. The best tool for the job? The TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller($39.99) which has a variety of widths on the cylinder so you can target a range of muscles. (Repeat after us: 10 minutes three times a week on the roller will make me less prone to injury.)
Crossing guards across the country will drool if you flash a pair of Knuckle Lights ($39.99) their way. The pair of lights, which have 45 Lumens (read: brigh-ight!) and 3 settings, let any oncoming traffic easily see you, while you can also aim the beam to make sure you don't bite it on the potholes.
Such a seemingly simple task—carrying water on a run—can easily turned into cramped, wet hands; sore necks; achy shoulders and a bunch of other stuff you shouldn't have to deal with when you're already working really freakin' hard. With a generous pocket that can hold a key, a few gels, or other essentials, the Ultimate Direction Handy 20 ($25.95), has an adjustable strap and ergnomomic bottle built to make the carry as efficient and painless as possible.
The back-to-school jitters aren't unlike the night-before-a-race-jitters or the night-after-a-long-effort too-amped-to-sleeps. You crave sleep, but it's nowhere to be found...even when you lay your head on the cool side of the pillow. Hyland's Calms Forte($6.99 for 100 tablets), a homeopathic sleep aid, gently quiets your mind so you can fall into the sleep you need.
Whether you need java as you walk your kids to school or a soothing glass of herbal tea for your drive home from work, this Dansko mug, which also comes with tea, transports your beverage so spills aren't an issue.
You fill out mounds of paperwork getting the kiddos back to school (How many times in my life will I look up the pediatrician's address?), but do you have your most important information on file when you run? With a Road ID ($19.99) a customizable identification bracelet that can hold numbers of loved ones and other important medical info, you'll always be armed if a bad situation arrives.
Bookending the first day of the Back to School 5K with this sleek Thule Gauntlet 13" MacBook Pro Sleeve ($49.95), which capably protects your laptop with a semi-rigid, high-density case, a water-resistant zipper and a strap to keep the computer in place...just in case you—or your offspring—happen to open it the wrong way.
Phew. Quite a pack there. Three lucky women are going to be stocked up and ready to run (and work a bit) this fall!
In order to enter today's giveaway, please answer this question in the comments below: Sharpened #2 pencils used to get me pretty excited for school. What running accessory makes you most excited to run? (Please note: by accessory, we mean anything that is NOT clothes or shoes.)
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 9/8/14 and ends on 9/16/14. Winners will be announced on 9/18/14 on this website, as well as notified via email. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $295.30. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.