Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Shopping Season Contest - Last Hours...

If you are still planning to enter the contest, there are just a few hours left!  Go here for the complete details.  And good luck to all!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Contest Reminder - Maybe the Last...

Note from Missy: If you are planning to enter the Holiday Shopping Season Contest, don't forget to email me your entry by November 30 (that's Wednesday)!

Full contest details are here.

Update: I need to make one correction to the prize details.  Rather than a gift certificate for $65 to use on the Wayfair site, they will actually send you the item of your choice of up to $65 value.  So it's like you'll order your prize item right from our lovely, lovely Wayfair rep when she contacts you.  If you're the winner, of course.  But you can't win if you don't enter!  So email me those thankful stories!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Contest Reminder

Note from Missy: Just a reminder to enter the Holiday Shopping Season Contest for a chance to win a $65 gift certificate to Wayfair.  Enter by November 30!

Full details are here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Shopping Season Contest

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I have to say that it’s been a good 2011 here in Cyclin’ Missy world. I have a job that I enjoy, and the hubby found a great new job this summer after being laid off at the beginning of the year. I got to participate in several muddy running adventures. I got to do some mountain biking. I completed my first marathon. I have great family and friends that share these joyous times with me. And I am lucky enough to be able to go out and buy new running shoes, plan a vacation to Florida, and give a couple Christmas gifts to my hubby.

Since I have so much to be thankful for already, I thought that I’d pass on some of the love to you out there. Wayfair is working with me again this year (you may remember them as CSN Stores) to reward the winner of a contest.

Thus, introducing the Holiday Shopping Season Contest!

The winning contestant may choose an item of up to $65 in value from Wayfair.com to get yourself something that you didn’t put on your wish list yet or to get a gift for someone special just in time for the holidays. To give or to receive…it’s up to you how you spend that $65!

Maybe you want to give your cat an automatic feeder for while you’re gone on vacation. Maybe you’re an active new mom or dad, and you want one of those cool jogging strollers. Maybe you need some hot boots like these. Browse the site, pick out your prize, and then enter the contest!

Here’s the deal:

  1. To enter, send me an email telling me about something that you’re thankful for in the year 2011. It can be brief, but give me the story. Be sure to include a basic bio about yourself. Include a photo/drawing to illustrate your story, too, if possible.
  2. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only. (Sorry overseas readers!)
  3. Entries will be accepted through November 30, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. I will put the name of each entrant in a hat and choose one at random.
  4. I will announce the winner by December 2, 2011. Then, our lovely, lovely Wayfair rep will contact you by email, and she will get your $65 item of choice shipped out to you.

Have fun and good luck!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Post Recovery News: Pseudo Shoe Review

First, I am very excited to report that I have purchased a new pair of running shoes and so far I love them.  Number 1 reason...they don't damage my toes.  Yaaaaaah!  No more runners toe!  I got a half size larger than my last pair in a brand that I don't usually buy and made sure there was lots of room in the toes.

The thing is, so far, these are all around really comfortable running shoes!  When I was trying on pair after pair of shoes at the store, I asked the sales girl about the model - Nike Vomero 6.  I'm told this is the top of the line Nike running shoe.  She was wearing them.  The first thing she said was that these are her very favorite running shoes of all time.  The down side...they are at the high end of price at $130 and they wear out quickly.  She put 3 or 4 months at 20 miles a week on them and the bottoms were already worn half way up the treads.


At this point, I just want a quality shoe that is going to do my feet right.  I'm despirate.  I tried the next model down - the Pegasus - in case I could get nearly the same quality for a lower price, but the Pegasus has the lower model insole and it is not as comfortable as the Vomero.  So, I'm thinking it'll be worth it to wear these more expensive shoes through the winter months and maybe have to buy another pair in the spring.  I don't care.  They feel good.  And no blisters or bruised toenails.

Despiration has overcome Dutchness.

On a totally different topic, the Iceman Cometh Challenge was this past weekend.  I did not ride in the race this year, but I think I did benefit from the event.  I went riding on Saturday at Luton Park and it was half as busy as I expected on a sunny, fall day.  I'm thinking that most of the area mountain bike riders were up in Traverse City for the Iceman.  I have no proof, but that's the story I'm going with.

It was a great ride, and I hope we have several more weekends of dry weather before the snow comes.  I want to get some more riding in now that the marathon is over.  After that, I'm looking forward to some snowshoeing again this year!

Finally, I have to give a shout out to my friends Cat and Melissa who ran the Hot Chocolate Race in Chicago this weekend.  They are just too cute not to share in their chocolate themed costumes.  I will have to do this next year!

Cat and Melissa at the Chicago Hot Chocolate Race