Escape with a Contest for Warm-Weather Race, and Treadmill Giveaway

I can almost smell the roses and feel the warmth of the sun through the computer screen.
I don't know about you, but I can almost smell the roses and feel the warmth of the sun through the computer screen.

I suspect many of you are reading this as you're trapped inside for yet another day. Or, if you can get out into the elements, it takes you 10 minutes to pull on the layers you need to stay warm: First the wool, some more wool, then some fleece, and top it off with a jacket hearty enough to combat ice and snow. Phew!

Whether you're inside or out, join me in daydreaming about running the newest ZOOMA women's race: Napa Valley, land of bright sunshine (remember that?) and rolling fields striped with fruit-laden vines. The half-marathon and 10K are scenic out-and-back courses that pass wineries and vineyards, with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Mostly flat with only a few rollers, these courses promise to be inviting--and fast, if that's what you're into. I am: I'm racing the half-marathon, gunning for a 1:50-ish finish. Dimity and I will both be working the Another Mother Runner table at packet pick-up and the post-race party, and we'll be giving a casual talk the evening before the race. We're hoping to gab with a lot of mother runners in wine country.

Two women will be there courtesy of a sweet contest ZOOMA is hosting: The blogger with the most votes wins a trip to the Napa race for herself--and a reader of her blog (!)--complete with airfare, two nights at the race hotel, and race entries. Sprint over to ZOOMA's Facebook page for all the deets; the voting deadline is February 24. (If you want to register for the Napa Valley race--or any ZOOMA women's race--use the discount code AMR14 to get 10% the entry fee. A special deal the ZOOMA ladies--whom we love--offer to us mother runners.)

Envious of Angie, the winner of our holiday treadmill giveaway? *You* could be our next NordicTrack winner.
Envious of Angie, the winner of our holiday treadmill giveaway? *You* could be our next NordicTrack winner.

Before you go, though, remember to enter our giveaway to win a sleek, tricked-out NordicTrack C1750 treadmill. There's a wee bit of creativity involved (all the giveaway details are in this post), but since Mother Nature has you held hostage, you might as well put that snow-bound time to good use. Dimity put in a lot of miles on her NordicTrack Commercial 1750 when Denver was gripped by winter, and she raves about the 'mill. Win one for yourself, so you can get your run on no matter the weather.


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  5. Living in Michigan this year has led me to fall in love with my treadmill! I am part of a run camp training for a half and running with a group is a wonderful motivator to get out in the elements. The hardest part is getting out the door!

  6. Living in North Dakota is a challenge for winter running. From Dec 1st through Feb 7th, we have recorded 50 days with lows below zero. During that same time period our average daily temp has been 3.5 degrees. You read that right, 3.5 degrees. That is the “regular” temp not including wind chill. We have had as low as -50 to -60 with wind chill. It has been brutal and most days a treadmill is the only option. Winning one and not having to trek to the gym would be fantastic!!

  7. My issue lately hasn’t been snow but rain. I’m also trying to motivate my 2 teenage sons to start running and they would prefer a treadmill in the privacy of our own home to start with. One of my sons is special needs and he has been teased a lot. He wants to try sports at school next year. This will help him start getting in better shape.

  8. would love the treadmill. I live in Louisiana so running outside most of the year is doable but when the hurricanes come a treadmill would sure come in handy!!!

  9. I would love to run Napa Valley! Running in Florida is the same old bland flatness, rolling hills, mountains (the closest I come to that is the old dump turned into park). Please I need a change of scenery!

  10. Since the snow and cold hit in November, I’ve been running on our ancient treadmill. It’s getting creaky! A new one would be great, almost as good as trip to Napa Valley.

  11. I love to run outside but, living in the country on gravel roads can be a challenge. I would love to have a treadmill to train on when it is impossible to hit the road.

  12. Oh boy! Running in the Winter in Wisconsin is awful. By the time you cover every last inch if exposed skin an ice storm hits us! Treadmills are life savers!!!

  13. Love running outside but some days I have to run at 4am… This treadmill would be awesome! My 14 yr old daughter would love it too!! ( she prefers running on a treadmill)

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