Great Scott I’ve got some great finds!

So I have some random sweet links to share with you guys today that are all kind of random and mish-mashed but they are wonderful links. If you make it to the end, there’s also a book giveaway! So stay tuned.

First off, I know some of you have small really cute children out there. Believe me, I go on your blogs and I see your 400 pictures of them. It almost, almost, almost makes me perhaps consider having a child in 10 years from now. ALMOST. But a good friend of my started making headband bows which I am in LOVE with, which like your cute pictures, almost makes me want to consider maybe, one day, having kids. Without further ado,  how cute are these pictures?

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She is brilliant and her stuff is SO cute. She makes the best headband bows and can make a variety of colors and designs too. She is constantly adding new stuff to her esty store, and can make customized creations, so I think you should go check it out asap. You can visit her etsy site by her shop name which is “Pint Sized Princess” or you can just click this lovely link right here or any of the pictures above! Enjoy her cute stuff!

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Next up we have a wonderful link to a super cool site about a cause that might, just might get me to travel the 26.2 distance again. Sam, a guy in my ‘running club’ as I call it, is going to attempt to run a marathon a week for the year of 2010, which is 60 marathons total. Now, Sam is a speedy guy, and he knows what he’s doing when he runs a marathon. He is constantly eluded by the 3:00 mark. Anyways, his site and charity that he’s come up with is Operation Jack. He will be running all these marathons to raise funds and nationwide awareness for Train 4 Autism, a charity that works to raise money for Autism charities.

Here is a small background on Sam and how he has come up with Operation Jack:

Sam, with his wife of 10 years, Tiffany, is raising three children — Benjamin (8), Jack (5 ½) and Ava (3 ½). Jack, born September 16, 2003, was diagnosed with autism shortly after he turned 3, although he has been in constant therapy and treatment since before his second birthday. He is showing signs of progress, but has very limited speech and struggles with communication and social interaction.

After watching his son struggle day after day with his condition, Sam decided he wanted to do something to make a difference in his honor. His plan is Operation Jack. If Operation Jack succeeds, Train 4 Autism will grow and countless people living with autism — along with their relatives and friends — will benefit for years to come.

Achieving the unthinkable would be nothing new for Sam. After breaking his neck in a swimming-pool accident when he was 16, he was lucky to have use of his legs. Later, after too much eating and partying in college, his weight soared to 261 pounds. A former smoker, Sam started walking less than five years ago. Walking turned into slow jogging, and eventually, slow jogging turned into his first marathon.

Now, he’s completed 25 marathons and two ultramarathons, and has 11 Boston qualifiers and a personal-best time of 3:00:05. He knows that if he was able to work hard enough to complete this transformation, he can work hard enough to run 60 marathons in Jack’s honor. And he knows that as tough as Operation Jack might be, it’s nothing compared to the daily grind Jack suffers through as he battles the nasty neurological disorder he was born with.

You don’t have to run 60 marathons in one year to make a difference – every participant increases awareness of Train 4 Autism and there’s no contribution required. So, pick a race — there’s 60 of them — and join Sam to take part in Operation Jack!

I totally think that what Sam is doing is so amazing and such a tribute to his son. You can visit his site by clicking on this link right here. I have personally met and had the opportunity to talk with Sam and his wife Tiffany and I know that Sam will complete this goal and will raise a ton of awareness to Autism for his son, which I think is great! Go check out the site and sign up to run one of the 60 marathons with Sam! You can click on the Operation Jack picture at the top too if you wanted to go to his site that way.

Then we have my favorite English gentleman who is also my trail running guru friend, Stuart, who sometimes I refer to as the sheik runner posted some SWEET deals on his blog and they were too good not to pass along. Free Shipping and 10% off orders over $50 for a GREAT new trail running company? I want you all to check out his sweet site here.

Lastly, if you’ve made it thus far, I have a SWEET book to giveaway! This is the 50/50 Dean Karnazes Book! It’s a part of the library on wheels that you can read about here. The only thing is you can’t keep the book but must pass it along to another runner once you are done. You sign the book and can give it away on your blog just like I am doing. Now, let me tell you, be careful because this book is SUPER motivational!!! It will make you want to get out and run 100 marathons. Well, okay, maybe not THAT many, but you will want to go running after your done with it. You can find the rules for the contest on Ted’s Blog, but basically take a picture of yourself reading the book and then pass it along when you are done. Here’s my lovely picture. Of course I was reading it and finished it at the beach yesterday! Love the book! Can’t wait to pass it along to one of you. All you have to do to enter this contest is leave a comment on this post saying why you need motivation or why you want to read the book! I’ll do the random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck!

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Tonight I’m going to run 4 miles and I’m looking forward to it since it will be so much cooler than last night :) YAY!

xoxo

Also, if you are still having feed problems, I am working on writing up something that I will post how to work on them in the T&C’s hopefully later this week to explain how to sign up to get the feeds once I have it all figured out. Remember to delete my old feed and ‘unfollow’ my old blog if you are doing that. Then add the new feed which is THIS LINK < http://chicrunner.com/?feed=rss2> So add it now! I am so sorry for the problems :(, but I am glad you are trying to stick with me! :)

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61 Responses to Great Scott I’ve got some great finds!

  1. I love how you titled this post: Great Scott. Love it! Also I would LOVE the book. I haven’t had much motivation lately although I am getting out there. I’m also considering a half marathon. I vant the book! xoxo

  2. Aw shucks, thanks Danica! :)

  3. Pam says:

    I would love to win the book. I am a new runner here and could use any motivation that I can get!:) Also love your blog!

  4. kymberli q. says:

    You are the sweetest thing ever!! I need to get some more up! I made new ones but haven’t taken pictures yet! I love your links so I’m checking out the other ones! Thanks missy. :) Since I’m here, I’ll be commenting on some others that I didn’t have time to the other day!

  5. Ginny says:

    I’m training for the St. George marathon and I need some major motivation to get me through the next 88 days. Then possibly The Rocket City marthon in Huntsville, AL. So you can see I have some major training through the end of the year and I will need some reading to get me through it all.http://happyfeet26-2.blogspot.com/

  6. Nicole says:

    What a sweet post! Your so thoughtful! :)

    Sometimes getting out the door is the hardest part. I helps having super motivational friends like *you* to give you the extra push :)

  7. Katie says:

    I’m training for my first marathon am beyond busy and I need motivation to get my tired butt out the door! I’ve heard this book is amazing and I would love a chance to add more pep to my marathon step lol

  8. Kevin says:

    Wow, I remember when Ted first offered up the book. It is amazing that book is still going around

  9. RuntoFinish says:

    i really loved that book, it gave me all kinds of motivation. i know some folks thought it was demotivating because they weren’t after that kind of mileage, but I read it as a way to be inspired to achieve great things

  10. Heather says:

    those bows are ADORABLE! my hubby would probably leave me if I bought them for our baby boys though, HAHA

  11. Colleen says:

    This sounds like a great book and a fun idea! I’m just starting into working on running faster. I can run a long ways (just finished my first IRONMAN!!), but I’m really slow so I need help with that!

  12. Wendy says:

    If I don’t win, I am going to get this book anyway! I need motivation as I decide on my next running goal.

  13. So glad you loved the book. It really IS inspirational! Karno makes ultramarathoning seem so, so, human!

  14. Stuart says:

    Thanks {{hugs}}!

  15. Amy says:

    Love the story on the family dealing with autism…and what a great cause. Seriously, that is amazing, and so glad you shared their story with us.

    I’ve heard about that book, and how it makes you want to go crazy and run a marathon! I’d love to read it, of course!

  16. Daaaaaammmmnnnng. That’s a lot of marathons. Kee-rap. Welp, I’ll keep thinkin I’m a BA with my little teensy runs… that’s awesome. Thanks for the link. Actually, all of them. Great post. Totally intrigued by the library on wheels.

  17. alex says:

    Hi there! long time lurka here, but I am coming out of ma shell to enter your book contest! Motivation? Yes please! I am in the midst of training for a marathon now and wondering if I should cut it back to a half- I don’t know if I have it in me to do it! Couldn’t have asked about motivation at a better time- I am on the fence this week!!

  18. Katie says:

    I totally need motivation! I am a lazy person who is trying to run… but if i win you’ll have to send the book to New Zealand

  19. Lauren P says:

    I’d love to read that book! I read his book Ultra Marathon man and it was great. He’s a very motivating kind of guy.

  20. J says:

    I loved deans book when I read it! So inspiring!

  21. diana says:

    Thanks for sharing. I finally got the feed to work!!

  22. Lyndsey says:

    i am off to look at those headbands. so stinkin cute!

  23. Wendy says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book! He is so inspiring!

  24. jenn says:

    Do you think she could make a hairband big enough for me to wear? I’d like a Harry Potter themed one to wear tot he movie next week!

    And I think you should pass the book along to me because I’m in a running rut (i.e. don’t want to go) and don’t think I can shop my way out of it with new gear! Maybe reading Dean will help!!

  25. Ally says:

    Oh my goodness! I just about starting crying here! I taught Sunday school to an autistic child for 4 years and he was the most challening but most wonderful thing in my life for those years. I am still incredibly close with his family and love him dearly. I’m running a marathon at the end of November, and will probably run one in 2010, but, hadn’t found one that I really want to run. I will for sure find one and tack part in Sam’s fight for his son! AMAZING!

  26. George says:

    Dean is my HERO! Of course, if I were really being honest, I’m more on par with the penguin…but that’s just more reason for needing some DK inspiration.

  27. Roger says:

    Karnazes is such an incredible runner! He’s like our modern-day Pre…incredible.

    I’m trying to run a marathon in all 50 states and territories, and then when I’ve done that to do one on all 7 continents (yep, running down with the penguins at the bottom of the world).

    I don’t run for me, but for my Mom who was just diagnosed with MS…hopefully someday we can find a cure for that, so I’ll run every day until we do. I figure, it’s the least I can do…running is my way of giving back to her when we’re not together.

    Thanks a bunch! Hope you have enjoyed the book, lucky!

  28. Patrick says:

    I met Dean about two years ago in Indiana on a run in Indiana, on his way back from 50/50 (before he took a plane from STL). I would love to read this book to see in his own words how the experience went. Also, I’m coming off of a minor injury and need some motivation to train for a PR and BQ in the Berlin Marathon this fall!

  29. This is such a creative idea! I saw the movie when it was in my city and was so inspired. Some of the lines from it got my friends through many long runs last summer. And I would love to read it and post a review on my site anyway, I love reviewing and sharing info about running-related items on my blog!

  30. Meg says:

    The story about Operation Jack is amazing – what a phenomenal thing to do.

    As for the book, I would love to read it! I was a competitive runner for 5 years, and then I sadly broke up with running for about 4. During those 4 years, I would say “today’s the day I start running!” and would run every day for a couple of months, only to lose the motivation and quit altogether.

    I just picked it back up again on Monday and I really need something to keep me motivated as I try to make running a consistent part of my life again – not just a phase.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Oooo I have been wanting to read this book, I am in the thick of tri season and have my first marathon in 4 months so I am a bit overwhelmed, reading a book like this would help me know it is all attainable!

  32. Marlene says:

    What an awesome thing your friend is doing. I’ll check out the site.

    Count me in for the book. :)

  33. oz runner says:

    I’ve got 20 pages left to read in the 50/50 book…it truly is amazing, and very motivational…now i want to read ultramarathon man…i can’t believe that guy in your club is going to run a marathon a week for a year..wow..

  34. Felice says:

    Those bows are adorable. Too bad I have a boy!

    Count me in for the book!

  35. Ohh I like the idea of sending the book from blogger to blogger. I actually ran by Dean for about a mile during my first marathon, when he was doing the 50/50. It was fun to hear everyone yell for him as they recognized him. I would love to read the book and spread the running joy!

  36. J.J. says:

    I would love that book!!!!! I am training for my half…and would love to keep up with the eye of the tiger. Don;’t know if a full marathon is in my future…but this book might change my mind!!!

  37. Ahh, I just saw your post on your old blog and now I am properly subscribed to the new blog!

    Operation Jack sounds awesome! I spent three summers working at a camp for kids and adults with autism and it was life changing. I will definitely be looking into his charity!

    And I would love to win the book. It sounds like it is just what I need to get my butt in gear!

  38. Amanda says:

    Yayyyyy, my feed is finally working with the new link you sent out. I already have the book, love it!

  39. Jesse N. says:

    I’d love to read the book. I need some motivation as I train for my first marathon this fall.

  40. Deb says:

    I am desperately in need of motivation! I have never had a problem with sticking to my schedule…until summer! I am in Phoenix and the only time to run without melting into the pavement is in the early morning. When my alarm goes off at 4:00 a.m., I simply can not pull my butt out of bed! Running on a treadmill is just plain torture! Help!

  41. i’d love to read the 50/50 book! i’m training for my first marathon, the nyc marathon, this november and i’m trying to get my hand on as many motivational books as possible!

  42. Jaclyn says:

    I want it! I just ran my first half marathon in April and am currently training for a full marathon in October. That said, I need as much motivation as I can possibly find!

  43. Julia says:

    I really like what your friend Sam is doing. My boyfriend is a clinician for kids with autism, so I will pass this info onto him.
    I would like the book because I want motivation to train for my first marathon!

  44. N.D. says:

    THat is so inspiring about Jack (and sad) and the headthings are so cute! I started 50/50. I can’t remember if I finished it.. it was motivating for sure!

  45. Morgan says:

    Thanks for posting the link to Jack’s site… I have family members with Autism and think this is a great idea! I will have to look into doing one of these for sure!

    Glad you were able to finally get the feed working… I need my Chic Runner posts dang it all! :)

    I want to read the book because… I love reading about running and we can all use a little motivation sometimes right?

  46. Ted says:

    Terrific post. Love the pixs of the bows. Operation Jack sounds truly awesome. Truly amazing!

    I am also excited to see my book on the move. I will be posting the pix of you and the book on my blog soon. It will be exciting to see where it will go next.

    Thanks!

  47. Jeri says:

    YAY! You’re finally showing up in my reader. Phew. I’ve been wanting to read his book so hopefully I’ll get picked next. WHOO!

  48. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the RSS feed. Totally fixed my google reader problem. :) Btw, your friend makes the cuuutest baby headbands. Will have to pass on this link to my mommy friends.

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  50. Kayla J. says:

    That book looks amazing! I’m running 2 marathons in 8 weeks and a half in between them. I need all the motivation I can get!

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