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Hump Day Giveaway: Soleus GPS Mini Running Watch

A lucky mother runner who just got Chicked—in the good, Soleus watch kind of way—at our Carlsbad party last month.
A lucky mother runner who just got Chicked—in the good, Soleus watch kind of way—at our Carlsbad party last month.

Whether time flies or doesn't fly when I'm running depends on whether my feet are flying—a relative term for this heavy-footed mother runner—or tromping.

Either way, like any good, data-obsessed runner, I want to record the time. And the mileage. And my pace. Oh, and while you're at it, average pace and fastest pace too, please.

And, of course, calories burned. Because if all the other numbers fail to impress me, the number of calories burned always helps to put a exclamation point on any run. Even if I ran slower or shorter than I wanted to, I tell myself as I scroll through the data, that is one impressive bang-for-the-buck number.

Sweaty SBS after Disney Princess, and the Soleus GPS Mini that kept us on pace.
Sweaty SBS after Disney Princess, and the Soleus GPS Mini that kept us on pace.

These days, Sarah and I are loving recording all our stats on Soleus GPS Running Watches, durable, accurate time- and mileage-keepers whose sizes and trendy colors mean the watch can stay on your wrist all day long. (Read: it doesn't scream I'm a runner! And I've got the semi-truck timepiece to prove it!) My bigger wrists, a natural match for my aformentioned heavy clompers, favor the GPS Fit, which is a bit larger than the aptly named GPS Mini, which is a perfect fit for Sarah's more delicate limbs.

Mini, but very mighty.
Mini, but very mighty.

In addition to tallying all your important numbers, the Soleus GPS Mini is truly compact. Its smallish size means it doesn't overwhelm the wrists of even the smallest mother runners, and it's charger, a USB port, is located on the band itself. (Yes, you read that correctly: no cords to remember!) Even its price is minimal: $99, one of the best prices going for a GPS unit.

Bam: There it is! (The charger, I mean.)
Bam: There it is! (The charger, I mean.)

And, like any good runner, we love the messages Soleus sends into the world; imprinted or etched onto the back of each watch are great words. Sanity is slow. Run wild. is on the back of the Chicked watch; Find your fast. declares the Dash watch; and the GPS Mini? Sweat can be sexy.

Sweat can be—and definitely is–sexy.
Sweat can be—and definitely is–sexy.

We've got one Mini to give away this week to give away to a random, lucky mother runner. In order to be entered, please answer this question in the comments below: What short, running-focused phrase would you put on the back of a Soleus? 

[Some fine print for this mighty fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 2/26/14 and ends on 3/4/14; the winner will be announced on 3/08/14. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $99. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

1,338 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway: Soleus GPS Mini Running Watch

  1. “You’re stronger than you think.” Might be a bit long, but that mantra got me through miles 22-26.2 in my last marathon.

  2. My BRF and I are training for a half marathon and when the going gets tough we tell each other “You got this!!

  3. Sometimes, the “oomph” just isn’t there. No matter what tell myself or what I try to envision, donning my watch, plugging in my music, and getting out the door is a drag. Happens. You know those feelings, which you shared in the 20 Feb 2014 post. (“Martini Fridays” 64 Laps of Mildly Profane Silliness”)

    That’s when I dig deep, when I turn to the metaphysical. I unabashedly reach for the motivational power of chocolate. Laying out some dark chocolate Hershey’s Bliss on the counter ~ to be “earned” ~ generally does the trick.

    My phrase is, “The satisfaction of a job well done is second only to chocolate.” And I make sure that I treat myself appropriately at the end of my run (i.e., the aforementioned reward).

    It’s purely medicinal, you understand.

    Over time, my phrase has been shortened to “Second only to chocolate.” I know what that means. And it would fit splendidly on the back of my new Soleus GPS Mini Running Watch.

  4. This is a thing.
    My running BFF and I categorise our lives whilst running, and we’ve decided that ‘Running. This is a thing. That we do. Four times per week.’ We started pushing our prams last year, then running between telegraph poles, the longer running… now we sneak out child free. This is a thing.

  5. My motto for the year is “Do epic shit” so that is what I would inscribe. That phrase reminds me to be bold, go big, and strive to achieve new goals. (I hope the swear word doesn’t offend.)

  6. “I think I can…”
    I run with an amazing group of women, but I am definitely the caboose of the group. And while I appreciate them circling back and slowing their workout down to hang with me, I am fine with my speed… I NEVER thought I would be a runner and definitely not choose to run hills at 8pm in 5 degree weather but we were there! I joke and say I’m the Little Engine That Could.

  7. “Stronger than you Seem”

    A short excerpt from my Favorite A.A. Milne quote

    “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

  8. “Run wild, my child” I bought a wooden sign for my daughter that says that and now put it on all her running gear. She needs a new watch!!! 🙂

  9. For a few bucks extra, I would make it customizable so that you could put your running mantra, a beloved’s name or whatever you wanted. Run light, feel strong!

  10. You’re not dying…keep going.
    I have to tell myself this for the first 2 miles every run!
    Why is the first two the hardest?! 🙂

  11. “You can’t loose if you don’t quit”
    Getting me through my long training runs for tmy first marathon!! (Boston 2014!!)

  12. “Finishing is winning” saw it on one of your shirts last night but that’s exactly what I told my daughter last week as I get ready to run my first 5k post chemo/radiation

  13. You’re almost there! hahaha…just kidding!! My favorite phrase in life is “You’ve got this crap!” This has helped me through a lot of, well, crap!

  14. “You are strong.”

    I spent the last year being treated for breast cancer and I’ve started to take up running again. I like the idea of a reminder on my watch that ssays I am strong, I can do this again.

  15. Oh those are so cute! I would want… “You’ve got this!” on the back. Or “You ARE badass” so when I doubt, I will be reminded!