It's been a whirlwind week(s) of travel for us mother runner in chiefs, and while it's been amazing, sometimes I don't give things the thought and focus they deserve. Case in point: my decision to turn our contest for the NordicTrack Commercial 1750 Treadmill into a popular vote. When I wrote the original post, I didn't indicate that we would turn the entries open to voting.
Fast forward 2+ weeks, and I'm sitting in a hotel room; the (swamped) expo, where Sarah is working, is miles away; and I can't make a decision because the finalists are all so creative and strong. I toggle through the pictures for at least an hour, hoping to magically make a decision, but no dice. (It doesn't help matters that I know the prize is so coveted and the entrants have put some serious time into their entries; I'm a Midwestern middle child to my core, and hate disappointing people.)
So I decide to not decide, and put up a poll instead. Bad choice. Not only did I not heed the directions I had originally set out, but I turned an individual effort into a dispaly of social media muscular power. Which is not the kind of muscular power we praise and covet on AMR, and goes against the we're-all-teammates community mentality that permeates all levels of AMR. Lesson learned.
My decision not to make one was deservedly noted by a few of you, and I apologize for throwing a curve ball. I promise to read all my own fine print on all contests going forward. —Dimity
I hope my mea culpa doesn't diminish the justified excitement of Bonnie Ingersoll, who is is planning to take her brand spankin' new NordicTrack 1750 Treadmill all the way to the Boston Marathon. Piles-of-(Treadmill)-Miles-Sized congrats, Bonnie!
Two more contests for which we're excited to announce winners:
Sweaty Bands: three random winners receive four bands each. Question: how do you celebrate Valentine's Day with your sweeties?
Gina: My sweetie is only 14 months old, but we celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending family time together. We got her a few gifts – a Valentine’s Day book and new bath toys. This week, she’s been wearing hearts/Valentine’s day themed outfits every day (and she looks adorable. Duh.)
With my older sweetie (aka my husband), we get each other cards and will be enjoying a rare date night out. I can’t wait!
Bea: My husband and I take the kids to an early dinner at our favorite restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Traditions and this has turned into our tradition!
AnnMarie: My kids are getting older and their classes don’t do parties. But my littlest still does. Last year we made heart shaped crayons for her class. This year we made rubber band bracelets on the Rainbow loom. Yesterday I spent the day making a special treat for them- chocolate covered pretzels!!! We don’t do a whole lot here other than that!
One random winner of 30-pack of Action Wipes and Harbringer Gym Equipment. Question: When was the last time you skipped a shower?
Tracee: Plenty of times! But the most memorable was the time I ran a 10K in Kansas City with a friend in the morning, ate breakfast and jumped in the car to drive 3.5 hours back home. Got there, loaded up the family and prepared myself for the company Christmas party (sans shower) in the truck on the 45-minute drive there. Can’t say it was my proudest moment, but I pulled it off!
Winners: Please email us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com with your full name and mailing address, and we'll get your prizes in motion. Many happy miles to you all this weekend!