Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Want to win an awesome book?

Happy Wednesday! I got up early today to get my 10 miles done before Noah's daily therapist appointment. Josh was great and got up with the kids and got them out the door for school so I could start early and I didn't have to wait until they were on the bus. I ran it at an easy 9:22 pace and felt good. I finished watching season one of "24". Gotta love some Jack Bauer.

Here I am all done with my 10 miles today. :) (Sorry, no make up on at all which is a little scary).

Ok time for another giveaway. My two favorite things to do for myself are running and reading, and when I can read about running, I am extra happy. I recently ordered two books with a gift certificate and the order was accidentally sent to me twice, and I was told not to worry about sending the extras back. So a couple of you will luck out with some great books to read that are related to running!

The first book I am going to give away is "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand (who also wrote Sea Biscuit).

There was a segment of this book in Runner's World Magazine a few months ago and when I read it I knew I wanted to read the book. The book did not disappoint AT ALL. It tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, from his childhood, to how he gets into running, to how he makes it into the Berlin Olympics, to how he becomes an airman in World War II and all that happens to him. He ends up in open ocean on a raft... thirsty, starving and being attacked by sharks, and then suffers and is challenged even more greatly when he becomes a prisoner of war under the Japanese.

I warn you that it is not an easy story to read. It literally hurt my heart and mind to read about his experiences. And yet if you ever want to feel inspired to never give up no matter how hard life gets, or if you ever want to be amazed by the human mind, body and spirit, this is a book to read. And I do believe that being a runner helped shape who Louis is and how he dealt with challenges and trials.

Louis Zamperini is an incredible man who has lived an incredible life, and still today remains an incredible athlete in his old age. To give you an idea of his personality, he once told Hillenbrand when she was first starting to write the book, "I'll be an easier subject than Seabiscuit because I can talk."  :)

This book was a really great read... I hated putting it down when I had to be responsible and do something like feed the kids dinner. :)

If you would like to win a brand new, hard cover copy of "Unbroken" here is what to do -

One entry - Be a follower of this blog (click follow below on the right). Leave a comment and let me know you are a new follower or that you already follow.

Second entry - Post about this giveaway on your blog or on Facebook. This is a great giveaway for us girls and for the guys. Leave a comment and let me know you did.

Third entry - Leave a comment and share something that inspires you to run. It can be a person, a quote, a feeling you get, a song, an experience, whatever. Let's share some inspiration with each other. :)

I will use Random.org to choose a winner on Monday, March 14. Good luck and thanks for participating! :)

36 comments:

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Ohhh I loved reading his story in Runners World. I'm a follower!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

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BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I've been inspired by Kyle Maynard and his story: http://www.kyle-maynard.com/ I cried a lot at the beginning.

Run with Jess said...

O' I love a good book about running! I'm a follower.

Run with Jess said...

I'll post this on my giveaway tab on my blog... www.runwithjess.blogspot.com

Run with Jess said...

My inspiration lately is a couple quotes...

"145 - How bad do you want it?"
My goal weight that I'm chasing after hard.

"You are capable of so much more than you think."

Terzah said...

Hi Erin! I am a follower.

My mom is reading this book and totally absorbed, and a guy in my spin class also loved it. There is a copy on the shelf here at work right now, but I'm supposed to leave those for the library patrons. :^)

Terzah said...

What inspires my running? Music and scenery! I'm in the process of putting my playlist for my half together. Sometimes just knowing I'll get uninterrupted time with music is enough to get me going. As for scenery, I live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. The mountains on the horizon always make me want to run faster.

Rachel said...

I just became a follower...and I have to say, I love your blog so much! It really helps keep me motivated :)

Rachel said...

What inspires me to run...the adoption process! We are waiting to bring home our little boy from South Korea and I find running to be a wonderful distraction from the waiting :) I just love it!

Kerrie T. said...

OMG - I so want to read this. I saw the article in RW, too. Amazing! I'm a follower!

Kerrie T. said...

Linked on MvM!

Kerrie T. said...

What inspires me the most, I think, is the feeling I know I'll have when I'm done.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

What a great giveaway--I follow!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I am inspired by running in that if it was easy, every one would do it. I like reading about new goals or feats others have experienced so I to can shoot for the stars!

Jonathan said...

I am a follower.

Jonathan said...

I am inspired to run so I don't end up old and fat. :) Nothing wrong with being old. Just want to be healthy when I get there.

Chris said...

I am a follower.

Chris said...

I run to stay in shape and be healthy. I get inspiration reading about the many fanastic runners out there - in Runner's World and in the blog world.

Dawn said...

I always love a good book to read!! Just wanted to let you know I am now one of your newest stalkers, oh, i mean followers :-)

Dawn said...

Newest favorite quote "You don't stop running because you get old, you get old because you stop running." by Chris McDougall (Born to Run) another awesome book! My family, my health, and friends all inspire me to run!

Teamarcia said...

Aww I think you look great sans makeup! I'm a follower!

Teamarcia said...

I linked you on my blog

Teamarcia said...

I am inspired to run because it reminds me that I can do anything I pour my heart and soul into.

H Love said...

I follow!

George said...

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ann said...

I'm a follower

ann said...

I run for my family. My kids think every person they see running is "mommies friend!"

Anonymous said...

I am a new follower. My co-worker shared this blog with me --- as I run and work with kids in foster care and help them find adoptive homes! I have the best job! I enjoy reading your blog- I have been looking for something like this for awhile. I have ran 5k, 8k, 10k, and 15 mile races and hope to run a marathon in October! I enjoy reading your success!! keep up the great work. Carol

Jen said...

I am a blog follower

Jen said...

I am inspired by my Dad, I wrote a little bit about his running adventures on my blog - http://runnermaybe.blogspot.com/2011/03/fundraising.html - I think some day I would like to do the Maui Marathon to honor him and remember my step mom

Penny said...

I am inspired by all runners. I love hearing their stories why they run, how they stay motivated, etc.

Penny said...

I follow

Penny said...

posted giveaway on my blog

pinkhatrunner@hotmail.com

Jen said...

I am a follower! :-)

jackie said...

i am a follower! i have been wanting to read this book.