Name Your 5K Giveaway, Part II

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Remember when I tried to break the television habit?  I gave it an honest effort, I really did.  Months went by with minimal TV.  But then fall television happened.  And now we can’t unglue our butts from the couch.


In my defense, I did have a rather productive work day.  That makes three hours of I Survived, Pan Am, and Gossip Girl fine by me.


I snacked my way through the programs and ruined my appetite for a ‘real dinner.’  Hi, my name is Caitlin, and if I were stuck on a deserted island, I would be fine eating Panda Puffs and Greek yogurt for the rest of my days.


So… it’s the time again – I’m giving away another entry to any 5K.  All you have to do is name your race!

Name Your 5K Giveaway

You know how I said I wasn’t sore from my two tris this weekend?  Well, I’m still feelin’ good – but MAN, am I beat!  But happy, too.  Really, really happy.  


I don’t love to race because I win.  I don’t love to race because I’m particularly fast.  I’m not taking home any trophies.  It’s not about that for me.  I love to race because it’s challenging, exciting, keeps me focused, and most of all – because it’s fun


And above all else, I want you guys to have run with racing, too!  Don’t be nervous – you can do it with a little bit of training.  Put a smile on your race, lace up your sneakers, and do your best.  That’s all that matters!


So – I’m giving away another 5K entry to ANY race you want.  Whether you’re a newbie or a pro – enter by leaving a comment about why you love to run (or why you love TV and desperately need a good reason to unglue your booty from the couch).  I’ll select a random winner tomorrow evening!



  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 26, 2011, 9:15 pm

    oh man, i LOVE tv because it gets me away from the daily grind as an attorney. i get giddy every fall when the new lineups come out and i can schedule my weekly shows. this fall i’m loving parenthood, revenge, and real housewives of beverly hills (classy, eh?) .

    how was pan am?!

  • Sara @ RunnerWife September 26, 2011, 9:17 pm

    Oh! I have wanted to see how Pan Am is! Please let me know what you think! I still can’t convince the husband to spend the extra money on DVR so I would love your opinion! It looks good from the previews!

  • Courtney September 26, 2011, 9:19 pm

    I love running because for the first time since high school its given me something physically competitive. I signed up for my first race about 2 months ago which is in November and I’ve been thinking of signing up for another one before that.

  • Andi September 26, 2011, 9:19 pm

    If I didnt watch tv I am not sure I would ever stop moving when I got home from work. It always feels like there is something else to clean, mop, or organize; but w/ the tv, its an hour or two a night I sit my booty on the couch and think about nothing!

  • Mari September 26, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I love running bc it makes me feel confident, especially when stuff is bringing me down. Running reminds me that I am strong and accomplished.

    I also love watching tv because what better way to veg at the end of a long day! Haha

  • Cristina September 26, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I love running because a) racing is a blast, and b) I love setting goals for myself and working towards making them happen.

  • Caitlin @ Cake with Love September 26, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I just really want to race it will be my first time!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 26, 2011, 9:26 pm

    I love running b/c it’s “my” time to unplug. No work, no computers, no tv and no one else talking, just me and my thoughts. And, I love racing b/c I’m super competitive 😉

  • Michelle September 26, 2011, 9:26 pm

    I feel like I fit in when I race. None of my friends or family members run, and they all think I’m a little crazy for being so passionate about it. I love looking around on race morning knowing that everyone around me understands why I voluntarily got up at the crack of dawn to run a long distance.

  • Cindy September 26, 2011, 9:27 pm

    I love to run because it is the only time in my day where I shut my brain off

  • Kelly September 26, 2011, 9:27 pm

    I just signed up for my first 5K in a year+ and it’s helping to keep me motivated!

  • Christin September 26, 2011, 9:27 pm

    I love running but I don’t love racing… yet. I think I just need to do a few more to get comfortable enough that I enjoy it.

  • Angela September 26, 2011, 9:28 pm

    I love running but really don’t love TV, I used to be hooked but as life became more busy and crazy I actually hated adding in other people’s fake drama. I have enough of my own. BUT I’ve really enjoyed doing the 5ks I’ve done and look forward to running more!

  • Mac September 26, 2011, 9:29 pm

    I love to run because it is challenging for me and I have a great sense of accomplishment after each run. I also love to run to help raise money for good causes…which is what I would do with this 5K entry, WYSP 5 O’clock 5K to help raise money for a summer sports camp for under-privileged children 🙂

  • Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso September 26, 2011, 9:29 pm

    I love to run because I love the kinship it brings about with my family, friends, and other runners who pass me by. PS- Have you seen Mad Men??? You need to jump on that party train NOW. I just started watching and am hooked!

  • Katie September 26, 2011, 9:30 pm

    I love to run because it’s the only thing that has allowed me to successfully lose weight after 10 years of trying- it gives me confidence and shows me that I can do anything I put my mind to.

  • Sarah September 26, 2011, 9:30 pm

    We actually just gave up cable, we have Hulu Plus and Netflix for streaming, so we can still keep up to date on shows – but we’ve also cut back quite a bit now that we have to really think of shows to watch instead of just clicking through the guide! I love running too, and am slowly working my way out of a running rut!

  • Faith @ For the Health of It September 26, 2011, 9:30 pm

    Caitlin, this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! I just found the perfect first 5k to enter – I’m running it in Jacksonville so my boyfriend can be there at the finish line for me. (He can’t come visit until season is over – he coaches football so he works every day and can’t exactly swing an out-of-town trip.) I’m SO excited about it and I can’t wait for Decemeber 11. Sure it’s a long way away, but that just gives me lots of time to work on time!

    Aaaanyway, you didn’t ask for all that rambling, so on to what you did ask for: I love running because it made me fall back in love with my body after some rough patches with self-image. It makes me appreciate myself for all that I’m able to do, and it gives me goals for improvement that *aren’t* of the “thin your thighs” or “lose five pounds” variety.

  • Emily September 26, 2011, 9:31 pm

    I’ve just recently gotten in love with running – running my first 5k this Saturday! Love that it just requires shoes and a little motivation.

  • Catherine J September 26, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I love to run because it gives me confidence. Running distances I never thought possible, making goals, working hard toward those goals and excelling past them has taught me that I can do anything i set my mind on. and running is a great way to unwind after a long day:)

  • Kelly September 26, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I reeeeeeally need to sign up for a race asap or I there is no way that I am going to continue running once the weather gets cooler…..which really could be any day now since I live in Wisconsin!

  • Lauren September 26, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I love to run in the fall because it’s when I started running! I picked up running 8 years ago with my mom, and I ran my first 5K a few weeks later. I ran cross-country in the falls, and I still love the fall temperatures and pretty scenery while fall running.

  • Erin D September 26, 2011, 9:33 pm

    I love to run because it gives me a challenge. I love to challenge myself & tackle new distances! On Oct 16th, I will run my first half marathon! & as for TV- come on now, who doesn’t love a good TV show? Gives me an hour to relax!

  • Mel September 26, 2011, 9:33 pm

    I love running (and I use the term loosely) because it makes me feel accomplished. This body was not built for running at all. I have clawed my way up from 14 minute miles to sub-11 minute at my last triathlon. (Yay!) But running on a treadmill while watching TV is the best! Feel accomplished and get to zone out with Gossip Girl. Win-win.

    • Mel September 26, 2011, 9:34 pm

      Sorry, use the term “love” loosely, not the term “run.”

  • Lucy September 26, 2011, 9:34 pm

    There is a 5k coming up in my college town that my (tiny) student budget is preventing me from registering for, even though I really want to race! I love racing because it makes me appreciate my body and what it can do for me. Sure my legs do not look like a supermodel’s, but they can carry me (pretty quickly) from a starting line to a finishing line and that is pretty impressive.

  • Amy D September 26, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I love running because it clears my head. I feel like there’s always so much ‘noise’ in the world, and when I run all I think about is what is going on in the moment.

  • Molly September 26, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I love to run, but have been put on hiatus due to a cyst in my spine (that I found trying to train for a marathon). However I am up to 5k and life is looking up 🙂 Ive never ran one, and I have always wanted to!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    We watch minimal TV and only get the free channels that you get from plugging your TV in 🙂

    I did watch the new Pan Am show too and really liked it.

    Oh, I love running because I can! I really want to do a 5k with the baby in my belly, so it’d be really fun to win!

  • Chelsea September 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    This is PERFECT timing for me! I just started a training plan for a 10k on November =D Butt since it’s a 5k giveaway I’m also running one of those on Oct 22! I’m so psyched! My boy-friend is doing it with me and we’re dressing up! Any ideas to match for us :)?

    I love to run because it’s a great motivation. Without a training plan I just get bored. I don’t know what to do cardio wise. I mean I have my strength training planned out, but running? Ack I can’t go without training for something haha! Plus it’s such a great way for my boy-friend and I to get closer when we run together 🙂

  • Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields September 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    TV is perfect for a night to veg and just zone out!!

  • Megan September 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I love to run because it’s the only activity I can tell I’m improving at each week! It’s so rewarding! I had my first 5k a few weeks ago and now im ready to crush my time at another 5k soon!
    Ps- love that pic of Maggie!

  • Kelly September 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I love the possibilities running offers. I can run alone for serenity or run with friends for socialization and fun. I can go out for a long easy run or I can hit the speed button for a tough workout.

  • Carolina September 26, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I love the simplicity of running. Lace up your shoes and go! No special equipment needed. And I love that I can do it anywhere.

  • Jessica September 26, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Get ready for the corny train to pull into the station- I love running because it’s a chance for me to (every day) feel amazed at how my body works, from my bones to my muscles to my lungs. Feeling how strong I am and how far my little legs can take me (whether we’re talking 2 miles or 12) never fails to put me in a great mood.

  • Larissa September 26, 2011, 9:36 pm

    i like to watch TV most when i know i should be doing something else! Running and I have a love hate relationship, but I love to run the Run to the Plunge in Feb.

  • cassi September 26, 2011, 9:37 pm

    love love love running. love love love my vibrams and want to take them out for a 5k spin..even though my calves are currently hating me.

  • Crystal V September 26, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I DON’T love to run because I’ve been out of shape and overweight for, well, most of my adolescence and adulthood. I’ve spent so many years telling myself why I “can’t” do it, that I would really love to have a committed reason to learn that I CAN do it =) If I have a race and a date (and hold myself accountable to keeping you up to date about my training and completion), then I won’t have a choice, will I? 😉 Help me show myself I can do it!

  • laura September 26, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I love to run, because unlike a lot of things going on in my life right now, it never lets me down. sure, I might have a bad run, or not feel the greatest. but running is always there for me. its definitely my outlet

  • Susie September 26, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I love running because it gives me a chance to get outside my head for a bit while giving the stress of day-to-day life a positive outlet. Last year, in combination with a drastic overhaul of my diet, running and exercise helped me get back to a healthy weight, and most importantly, stay there. I’ve actually never raced before, but I’ve been thinking about it, and this would be the wonderful push I need to get started!

  • Rachel September 26, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I love to run, because it makes me feel grateful for my body. Coming off an injury, running has been hard, but every time I push myself, I remember what it felt like to be sidelined. Running allows me to push away the negative, and I’m so grateful that my body allows me an active outlet.

  • Kristy September 26, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I spent 8 months injured, with nothing to do but watch tv. after that I appreciate running so much more and a 5k this fall will give me an amazing recovery goal!

  • Cari September 26, 2011, 9:39 pm

    i love to run because of how free it makes me feel 🙂

  • Jamie September 26, 2011, 9:39 pm

    I love to run because I love the feeling of pushing myself and seeing what I can do. I have never been much of an athletic person, and running makes me feel strong and confident. It also gives me an entirely new respect for my body!

  • Meghan September 26, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Wow, you kicked butt this past weekend!! CONGRATS! I love to run because it makes me ridiculously happy and I love my *me* time and that runner’s high!

  • jane September 26, 2011, 9:42 pm

    i used to be a real runner…now my once a week habit has turned into 0x a week!!! there is a Have Heart race on saturday i am contemplating…..

  • Gillian @ That's G September 26, 2011, 9:42 pm

    I love running because it’s an amazing stress relief and a great way for me to have “me” time and clear my head, and I like competing with myself to see how training helps my times :). Also, I did XC and track in HS so a nice long run makes me nostalgic for high school!

  • Anna September 26, 2011, 9:42 pm

    I would love to run a 5k. I usually don’t do official 5k races b/c I’d rather save my money for longer, more expensive races. But they are such a great distance to race and PR.

  • Sarah September 26, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I recently started running for fitness, and I’m just starting to really love it because it makes me feel accomplished when I finish a distance I’ve never completed before. I love to challenge myself and get healthier all at the same time. My sweet husband does it with me even though he doesn’t enjoy it as much as I do. Quality time getting healthier together. 🙂

  • Whit September 26, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Television is a pure delight because Don Draper is so dang dreamy.

  • Cassidy September 26, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I really love to run because it makes me feel…great! Haha After consistently running for the last year, I can’t imagine not running and feeling this great!
    The 5k I would really like to run is the Woofstock/The Grateful Dog walk/5k run. All of the proceeds go toward the local Animal Alliance, and their Spay/Neuter & Vaccine program.

  • Wendy September 26, 2011, 9:44 pm

    I love tv too; I am a reality show junkie. I am not a runner but I want to be; I would love to use this prize to motivate me to get out from in front of the tv and start running. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Britney September 26, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I am so happy that How I Met Your Mother is back on TV! But The Biggest Loser is the biggest time suck since an episode last two hours – and I’m catching up on old seasons on Hulu+! On the bright side, I DVRed HIMYM tonight and watched it after a group run.

  • Mark September 26, 2011, 9:47 pm

    My fiance and I just started running to stay in “wedding shape”, but it has already led to so many healthy decisions in other areas of our life. I’m sure we’re never going back to being sedentary! We just mailed in the entry forms for each of our first-ever 5Ks on Oct 16. We can’t wait!

  • Jess September 26, 2011, 9:47 pm

    I love to run because it’s fun and because it’s the best way to start the day.

  • Katy September 26, 2011, 9:48 pm

    I love running because it has helped me stay healthy and it gives me confidence in so many other areas of my life. This sport has saved me in so many ways!

  • Erica September 26, 2011, 9:49 pm

    I love to run because I can! I battled a lot of injuries the first two years I started running, but I’ve been running injury-free for a year now and I’m enjoying it so much. Furthermore – I’m pregnant (14 weeks). Racing while pregnant is so much fun – I’ve been able to do a half marathon and an 8k (I was training for a marathon when I got pregnant, so my mileage was pretty high and I didn’t have any fatigue or morning sickness in my first trimester, so I ws able to maintain 20-25 mpw – LUCKY). I love running races pregnant because there is no pressure to do well, other than to have fun and enjoy the running camaraderie! 🙂

  • Suzanne September 26, 2011, 9:49 pm

    I love to run because it’s the first thing I’ve ever done that’s for me and only me. I’ve started with a 5K and I’m working my way up to a marathon!

  • Megan @ On the Road Again September 26, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Fall TV gets me every time, and we don’t even have cable! There’s always something on to watch (30 Rock, Parenthood, Modern Family….)

    Running gets me every time, too. No matter how bad or good of a day it’s been, or how pregnant I am (currently 24 weeks and counting!), running’s there for me! There’s a 5k I want to do in October, and doing it for free would be spectacular!

  • Bonnie September 26, 2011, 9:49 pm

    Woohoo for another 5K giveaway! That’s so gracious of you, Caitlin! I love to run because of the joy and freedom I feel while moving (except on those really tough runs, lol!) and the feeling of accomplishment afterward. It’s just the best!

  • Sarah September 26, 2011, 9:49 pm

    I love to run because I feel great and it balances my day

  • Nikki September 26, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I love running because it allows to to feel centered, have some alone time, and because we don’t have television at home, watch some tv!! 🙂 I always plan my long runs around my fave shows 🙂

  • MaryBeth September 26, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I love to run because I know I am taking good care of myself! Mentally and physically!

  • Stacey @Starpulp September 26, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I love running because you can do it anywhere! I love running while traveling & hope to someday run in every state!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 26, 2011, 9:51 pm

    I LOVE TV, which is why I don’t own one! I stick to whatever I can watch on Netflix or Hulu, it’s an addiction! Currently I’m obsessed with anything Food Network, HGTV, and the Biggest Loser… I’d love to win because there’s a 5K I want to sign up for a week before my 10 miler (ahhh!) but I just can’t spend the money on a 5K! It’s the Hot Chocolate run and guess what you get when you finish?!! There’s a chocolate covered fountain!!!! I’d be sprinting the whole time!

  • Jenn's Adventures September 26, 2011, 9:55 pm

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time — if you go to my latest blog post on Jenn’s Adventures you’ll see EXACTLY why I need to run another race–and soon!! Not only do I watch or plan on watching all the listed Fall Shows, the list doesn’t include a couple more I recently discovered OR the amazing Winter shows that they are already previewing. I blame the invention of the DVR — this luxury has me starting and ending my days cozy on my couch getting spoiled by fast-forwarding through commercials. When do actually watch “live” TV (extreme rarity) I instinctively go to fast-forward… Oops. Good God, sign me up for the next 5K anywhere in Hawai’i and my body will thank you! (The Monster Dash 5k; 10/29)

  • Sarah September 26, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I love running because it makes me feel proud of myself — no matter how slow I am. 🙂

  • Danielle September 26, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I love to run because it allows me to clear my mind every day. I focus on nothing else but putting one foot in front of the other and giving it all I have.

  • Mary September 26, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I love to run because every time my feet hit the pavement, I erase more and more of those years of messages of telling myself I couldn’t be a runner. What a GREAT giveaway!

  • Rebecca September 26, 2011, 9:58 pm

    What a fun giveaway!

    I love to run because I always feel better (physically and mentally) when I am active and I love to challenge myself to run farther or faster.

    I love TV because nothing beats losing yourself in a good story. I love getting to know characters and their stories. My favorite show is Mad Men.

    I would love to do my local YMCA’s Fired Up! 5K in November. Last year was the first year and I didn’t have time to participate so I would love to run it this year.

  • Shauna September 26, 2011, 9:58 pm

    It’s been a few months since I’ve gone running, and I’ve wanted to get back in the groove. This would be a great way to do it! I’ve missed running for the time it gives me to think and enjoy nature. As much as I love TV, not much thinking goes on while I watch it (at least not with the mindless shows I choose to watch…).

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amanda September 26, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I love tv too much especially when it gets chilly out, however a 5k is fun even if i’m not fast!

  • Karen @ Goofy Can Cook September 26, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I love running with my husband. He pushes me to go farther and harder than I ever thought I could. It’s also awesome to have someone to “high-five” after a killer hill. I’m really no good at running by myself. Either something spooks me and I sprint too fast and lose steam or I go so slow I’m not making any progress. I love having a goal of a 5k on the horizon, it makes me work even harder at running 2-3 times a week. You are awesome Caitlin!

  • stacey September 26, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I love TV! It is my guilty pleasure!

    I want to run a 5K on November 11. It is called the Veterans Day Fisher House 5K!

  • Angela September 26, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I have been running for 10 years and had to take a year off this year for 2 stress fractures (2 in a row, not at the same time!!) but I am back on the road! This would be my first road race back!!!!

  • m September 26, 2011, 10:00 pm

    Ha! Can I combine the two and say that I love to run on the treadmill as an excuse to watch tv? My life is pretty busy (medical student) and so I frequently use the treadmill as my hour to watch whatever trashy show I want (hello house hunters, law and order, and Gossip Girl!) I love running outside too, but something feels so indulgent about a good show so the treadmill is the perfect way to treat myself to it!!! (please please don’t judge my show selections – I admit, they aren’t documentaries keeping me going…

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 26, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I always really WANT to love to run, but the anticipation of running is so dreadful for me. HOWEVER, once the weather cools down (which it feels like it never will here in Fl), then i would love to do a 5k!

  • Elizabeth September 26, 2011, 10:01 pm

    Not gonna lie… don’t like to run, but I do love feeling like i’ve accomplished something, which is why I run. I do, however, love tv. I’m goal oriented, so hopefully if I win it will motivate me to get my booty off the couch. Thank God we don’t have DVR.

  • Amy D September 26, 2011, 10:01 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel powerful and strong. And because it gives me time to catch up with my girlfriends. 🙂

  • SaraRM September 26, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I love running because there is no better feeling than the sense of accompolishment that I achieved all on my own. And its the cheapiest form of therapy! 😉

  • jess September 26, 2011, 10:02 pm

    i would love to do a 5k!i’ve never done one. I’ve done two halfs, but the 5k is a whole new beast & i’d love to train for speed!

  • Jeri September 26, 2011, 10:02 pm

    i love running because it makes me feel like i can do anything! it feels so amazing to meet time/distance goals and see myself improve as a runner

  • September 26, 2011, 10:04 pm

    Let’s see, I love to run (races) because they are fun and exciting. I’m pretty much ADDICTED to television and watch it every chance I get. I’ve been known to come home on my lunch break to try and clear off my DVR. When it actually hits 0% (Very, very, very rarely) its an exciting time in my house! With all these new and old shows this fall, I will definitely need to find a race to train for so that I can un-glue myself from the tube!

  • Lindsay C September 26, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I started racing because I have a degenerative neurological condition and I want to fight back for as long as I can!

  • Rachel A September 26, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I run to relieve stress and for the awesome post-run high I get.

  • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted September 26, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel accomplished! Sometimes I have trouble tearing myself away from the couch for a run but I never regret a run when I’m done.

  • Michal September 26, 2011, 10:07 pm

    I love running for the lessons it constantly offers me about loving myself and growing as an individual!

  • Bethany September 26, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Running allows me to de-stress after a long day at work, as well as keep me in shape!

  • Alicia from Poise in Parma September 26, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I love to run because I never thought I’d be able to call myself a runner – after two half marathons in nine months, I guess I am!

  • Linz September 26, 2011, 10:10 pm

    running has gotten me in the best shape of my life! and i enjoy it! i have become closer with several friends who have doubled as my running buddies! i love it!

  • Ashleigh September 26, 2011, 10:10 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong, happy, and healthy!

  • Heather September 26, 2011, 10:11 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel good about myself and gives me the confidence to be able to do anything I set my mind to!

  • Toa Green September 26, 2011, 10:11 pm

    love TV b/c it helps me unwind and escape my hectic, busy life. love to run –when i get motivated — because it’s my therapy. keeps me moving and sweating!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance September 26, 2011, 10:12 pm

    Caitlin, who makes your shirt in the photo (both in this post and on the sidebar)? It’s super cute!
    I love running because it forces me to slow down (which I know sounds funny). It forces me to concentrate on each breath, each step, each minute, each mile; it’s the slowest life can get for me. Running brings me a sense of gratitude: with each stride I think of how wonderful it feels to be alive and to love others, my boyfriend, our pets and the home we have created together.

  • Lauren September 26, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I’m going to enter in case I win…if I do win, it’ll give me a challenge of being able to run 3.1 miles for a specific reason and help me start to get back into shape.

  • Carly G September 26, 2011, 10:13 pm

    I love running because it’s relatively cheap and makes me happy!

  • Jen @ Jen is Green September 26, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I love running! It helped me lose weight and now makes me feel great about myself! Its more than just a way to burn calories!

  • Jenni Warren September 26, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. If I can wake up each morning and run at least a couple miles before I start my day, I’m more positive (which means people like me more, haha)

  • Marie September 26, 2011, 10:15 pm

    I Love running because it makes you feel empowered when your done!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition September 26, 2011, 10:16 pm

    I love running because the only person I am racing against is myself!

    there is a GOTR race in November that I want to run – I love the organization!

  • April September 26, 2011, 10:17 pm

    I have just started running and I love it so far because it makes me feel alive and energized. I want to train for a 1/2 marathon next summer, but I would love to run a 5K, and maybe a 10K before then!

  • Karna September 26, 2011, 10:17 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong and beautiful. Running has given me a confidence that nothing else ever has. I love to race for the challenge and the inspiration that I receive from the running community.

  • Theresa September 26, 2011, 10:17 pm

    The only way I don’t feel guilty watching certain tv shows is if I watch them while on the treadmill!

  • Meg September 26, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong. I love to watch TV for the same reason I love to read: getting lost in a story.

  • Jacqueline September 26, 2011, 10:20 pm

    The only show I watch is about the worst, but I love it: Keeping Up with the Kardashians!

  • Hannah Hawley September 26, 2011, 10:21 pm

    I love to run because I have to work hard for it. Races force me to keep pushing.

  • Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat September 26, 2011, 10:22 pm

    I like to run races to spend time with my friends. And for the post-race celebratory mimosas!

  • Kristine September 26, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong and free. Running makes me put value on my body, not for what it looks like, but what it can DO!

  • marie [would] September 26, 2011, 10:24 pm

    i love running because it gives me something to be proud of and a feeling of accomplishment. also, it’s a nice way to think about what’s happening in all my tv shows!

  • hippierunner September 26, 2011, 10:26 pm

    I love to run because I can! 🙂

  • Pam September 26, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I love running for the sense of accomplishment and for being able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

  • Allison G September 26, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I love to run because I can and I never thought I could! 😀

  • Amanda (Eating Up) September 26, 2011, 10:30 pm

    I love to run because I pretend that I’m in an action movie and running away from the bad guy! Haha super dork admission there.

  • Jennifer L. September 26, 2011, 10:34 pm

    I love to run because It’s the only time I have to myself. As a full time nursing student with 3 part time jobs, I’m constantly thinking about others and about what’s next on my agenda. But with running I just feel free of all of that. It’s MY time to be by myself and just breathe and reflect.

  • Betsy S. September 26, 2011, 10:36 pm

    I love tv because it let’s my shut my mind off for a little while….funny I think that’s why I like running as well 🙂

  • Ros September 26, 2011, 10:40 pm

    I’ll do both! I love running because it makes me feel like I can do anything and I love tv because those shows are way too addicting! I’m all ready hooked on Pan Am! yikes!

  • Taya September 26, 2011, 10:42 pm

    I love to run because it allows me to connect with nature, my spirit, and my strength! Running was the first of many healthy changes that lead me to lose thirty pounds and gain a whole lot of confidence! I’ve been wanting to race for a while and have been training lately, but I can’t afford it!

  • Mariel September 26, 2011, 10:44 pm

    I love to run because its my quiet time inside my head. I dont let myself think about work or anything else in my to do list….it’s just me and the road 🙂

  • Bridgette September 26, 2011, 10:44 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I am an avid reader of your blog and I think this is my first time or one of the few times posting a comment.I would like to run the Hot Chocolate 5k at the national harbor near Washington, DC because I have a hard time making the adjustment to my schedule to exercise due to change in my schedule (grad school, promotion) which has left me unmotivated to run as I used to. This has led to me gaining back about 201lbs of the 50lbs I lost through running 2 years ago. This would really mean alot and give me a goal to work towards.
    P.S. I loved your post about what you learned about marriage/relationship

  • Andrea Garcia September 26, 2011, 10:45 pm

    My husband & I met on the high school track team in 1987 but we haven’t run a race since then. A couple of months ago we started training, him for a 30 mile & me for a 5k obstacle/Mud Run. My family was a little concerned I might get hurt, but I actually placed 3rd in my age category. It was such a great feeling! I’m excited about running another race, but since my work hours were reduced to 3 hours a day,it’s a luxury I just cannot afford right now. But I’m looking forward to running again, it makes me feel so alive!

  • katie September 26, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I love to run, especially in the early morning, because it creates a blank canvas for my day. All of the negativity gets erased and I am left with an appreciation for my body and a sense of gratitude. I can typically carry this calm with me throughout the day, and it is just the best feeling : )

  • Kalli September 26, 2011, 10:56 pm

    I love to run because it sets the tone for my entire day. When I run in the morning, stress at work does not seem so bad, and I feel really good that I did something good for myself. My next 5k is in 2 weeks!

  • Kelly September 26, 2011, 10:58 pm

    I just signed up for my first half-marathon, on January 7! I’m so excited. Signing up, and knowing that I am going to do this is so exhilarating. I’m new to running. For years, I didn’t get why people love running so much. But now I am starting to fall in love. It clears my mind, and gives me such a sense of accomplishment.

    If I happen to win this giveaway, I plan to enter the Dana Point Turkey Trot in Orange County, CA. Love your blog Caitlin!

  • lindsey September 26, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Running is the best time and money saving exercise for a grad student. And it’s a perfect “me-time” break in the day. & I love Mad Men. I spent the summer catching up (& running my first 10k)!

  • Carly September 26, 2011, 11:04 pm

    I love to run because it keeps me sane, centered and refreshed! I love TV because it is a great way to zone out and relax. Then again, so is running! My first 5k is this Sunday! But I really want to sign up for the “Santa Shuffle” 5K in December 🙂

  • Shelly @ September 26, 2011, 11:08 pm

    I love that you put on these contests to help inspire people!! I’m currently training for my second long race (half marathon in Dec – ran a 25K this past May). I’m hoping to lose the last 20 pounds of my weight loss journey while training this fall. (I’ve lost 107 pounds so far, since Dec 2009). I’m not fast, and I don’t win races (though I did just medal for the very first time 2 weeks ago – 2nd place in my age group! haha it was a VERY small race!) but I love to run and race because I like to challenge myself and beat my own records, and like you said – it’s FUN!! I have an eventual goal of running a 5K in less than 30 minutes – but right now, I’m focusing on getting my distance stamina back. I currently run a 33 minute 5K 🙂 Would love to sign up for a fall or winter 5K race!!

  • LisaMarie September 26, 2011, 11:10 pm

    I love to run because it is my #1 stress reliever! I work full time and take 11 credits right now (applying to PT school next year!), so I am pretty stressed out all the time. I’m also sleep-deprived to a pretty strong extent. But I try my best to stay sane. Running helps w/that, but of course it is hard to find time to run when I’m studying and working.

  • Krystina (Organically Me) September 26, 2011, 11:11 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel powerful – plain and simple. I feel like I can do anything after a successful run.

  • Julia September 26, 2011, 11:12 pm

    I love to run because it is really difficult for me, and when I get in a good run I feel truly proud of myself.
    I love TV because it’s a break from stress, and it is a fun way to organize a quick time to meet up with friends around campus (Modern family premiere at my apartment!).

  • Christine September 26, 2011, 11:12 pm

    I love running because it feels SO GOOD afterward. After I run, I feel like I just accomplished something huge, whether it’s 3 miles or 10. Love.that.feeling!

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 26, 2011, 11:15 pm

    Running is my stress-outlet! I enjoy doing it because it benefits my body AND my mind!

  • Shannon September 26, 2011, 11:19 pm

    I love to run because, after a year of running consistently, I have the strong muscular legs I had at 18. I’m 36 now. Also, I love running because I enjoy looking into peoples’ living rooms and seeing how they decorated. 🙂

  • Courtney September 26, 2011, 11:22 pm

    I just recently got into running and I love it because it makes me feel strong, powerful and like I can conquer anything! I am planning on running a 5k in Hoboken, NJ Halloween weekend and I’d love to be entered to win!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy September 26, 2011, 11:23 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel successful in life when I feel so unsure of my career and future. I also love it because it keeps me sane and has made me a super strong person, mentally and physically.

  • Kaitlyn September 26, 2011, 11:23 pm

    I haven’t owned a tv since last March. I sold it before I moved and never felt the need to buy a new one. Don’t get me wrong, I will still watch tv on my computer, but it is sparing. As a result, I spend lots of time getting back into shape at night. I love the quiet of running at night and the fall colors are just spectacular!

  • Jean September 26, 2011, 11:29 pm

    I love running because it allows me to justify the 2-3 hours I spend in front of the TV eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon (don’t judge…you know you’ve been there). But in all seriousness, I love the control that running allows me to have over my body and mind.

  • Elise September 26, 2011, 11:31 pm

    i love running because its me-time. its time i set aside for myself when i can take a break from the hecticity (is that a word?) of life. it calms and centers me, and always helps bring things into perspective.

  • Tracy September 26, 2011, 11:37 pm

    This will sound cheesy, but one of the reasons I love to run is thinking about running while I am driving!!! When I drive by places I have run, it makes me want to go run right then!! 🙂

  • Rachel September 26, 2011, 11:40 pm

    I love to run because it is the one thing I do that occupies me completely – body and mind. When I’m running, I’m not doing anything else. No multitasking here, folks! By the time I am done, I am tired and feel free.

  • Julia September 26, 2011, 11:40 pm

    I love to run once I’m out and on the road (I’m currently a beginner runner and doing the walk/run thing!). I realized this past weekend I might actually be a runner when I saw that I was looking forward to the intervals where I was running and how much I liked it! The trick is getting out on the road. My problem isn’t TV since I do not have channels but the Internet! I’m addicted to reading blogs, pinterest, FB, online news, finding new sites, etc.

  • DD September 26, 2011, 11:46 pm

    I love to run for the endorphins- I need my runner’s high after a long day at work!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence September 26, 2011, 11:48 pm

    I love TV because it’s a distraction and sometimes I need one! So I need a little encouragement sometimes!

  • Rose September 26, 2011, 11:49 pm

    I love to run because of how awesome I feel afterwards. A workout at the gym is fine, but there’s no feeling like finishing a 10K (which I did yesterday!) and knowing that all your hard work paid off. Even when I’m just out on the road, knowing how good it feels when I get home after a few miles I feel like I did something great. It’s the best feeling ever and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I may be a beginner, but I am addicted!

  • danielle September 26, 2011, 11:52 pm

    I moved to LA 10 months ago and this city girl fell in love with being outdoors. My BFF on the east coast and I are now training cross-country for our first 5K… and we already found our PERFECT race!

    Zombies, new hobby, and my fave bestie? Best. Idea. Ever.

  • Courtney September 27, 2011, 12:00 am

    I love the idea of running for stress relief and a sense of accomplishment. As a graduate student, I don’t have much time or money for it but this would be a perfect excuse to re-train. I completed my first 5K ever this summer.

  • Alyssa @ Don't Look Down September 27, 2011, 12:04 am

    Man I love tv and sometimes I come home and watch it for hours before I force myself to get off my butt and workout. It’s bad. If I sign up for another race it will force me to train and leave the tv behind.

  • Susan September 27, 2011, 12:05 am

    I love running, it’s a chance to just relax & do something 100% just for me.

  • Denise September 27, 2011, 12:07 am

    I fell in love with running because it makes me feel sooooo healthy and positive!
    I am signing up for the Alexandria Cancer Walk 10/22/11….my daughter and I run it together =D
    And I don’t really watch much TV but now I am getting into Netflicks… many great movies to choose from!!!!!!

  • Annie September 27, 2011, 12:08 am

    I love running because it is my “be thankful” time. I’m in school (graduation date May 2012!) to be a Nurse Practitioner and running in my time to reflect on how lucky I am to be alive, healthy and lucky. I got engaged last week and my fiance is my #1 fan in life, school, working out & seeing the happy side of life. I run to remind myself of everything I have to be thankful for-health, happiness & love.

  • Faith September 27, 2011, 12:10 am

    I love to run because it gets me away from the TV! I’d love to have another 5k to train for, but as a teacher, I can never part with the $40. Would love to get a free entry!

  • Emily September 27, 2011, 12:16 am

    I love to run because it keeps my headaches away!

  • Katie September 27, 2011, 12:19 am

    I’ve always loved the feeling I get while I run. Not the endorphines, but the pure joy of movement. I remember this feeling from my first races (at the age of 7) all the way up to my last (four months ago.) The joy of running is what calls me back to my sneakers daily! The reason I love races is because it brings a crowd of people together, feeling the motion, pushing past the mental barriers, and running free and clear. There’s no rules – just run. I love it! And I also would love a free entry, as we’re moving into our brand new house in 14 days, and race entries didn’t cut the new budget.

  • Chelsey (Cookteen) September 27, 2011, 12:25 am

    I love running because it is an outlet for me to relieve stress and detox.

  • Monica maestas September 27, 2011, 12:27 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong!

  • mi-an d. September 27, 2011, 12:27 am

    ha. great giveaway caitlin! if i win, then i’ll actually DO a race! 🙂 i love running bc it i love how i feel after i run. and i love fall tv! i started revenge last week and so far, i like!

  • Lauren September 27, 2011, 12:30 am

    I’m coming off a bad run this afternoon so I’m not so sure I love running today. I suppose I keep running because I love how a GOOD run makes me feel. I always feel like I can breathe easier after a nice run!

  • Gammy September 27, 2011, 12:34 am

    Running and TV are the inbetweens in life that make the rest of it all even more worthwhile!! Hahaha!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce September 27, 2011, 12:35 am

    I love to run because it frees me – physically and mentally. Running helps me stay sane when life gets crazy. It gives me a reason to feel strong and confident, in a world that always tells us we’re not good enough.

  • Haleigh September 27, 2011, 12:38 am

    I watch minimal tv during the summer months, but once all the fall shows premiere, my butt is also glued in front of the tv. I think it’s natural to want to be inside and relax more once the leaves start falling from the trees and the air is colder.

  • Cheryl H. September 27, 2011, 12:40 am

    I love to run because it frees me from my everyday life, it gives me something to accomplish and it gives my body the chance to see what it can do all by itself to be stronger and healthier.

  • Courtney September 27, 2011, 12:49 am

    I’ve never run a step in my life. Lol! I’ve been reading healthy/running blogs for 3 years now and have never been interested in running…until this post. For some reason, it just hit me. Hey, I could do that. So here we go. If I win, it will be my first ever race!!

  • Khushboo September 27, 2011, 12:53 am

    As long as I have done some workout, I don’t feel like a lazy git watching tv all day :)! I love to run because any distance always feels like an achievement!

  • lani September 27, 2011, 1:01 am

    I love to run because it my “happy place”, and makes everything feel more manageable. And it’s to balance out the trashy tv fests. Plus, I have never run a 5k and would like to try one.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 27, 2011, 1:14 am

    I love to run because nothing rivals the feeling of accomplishment of crossing the finish line of a race you’ve trained so hard for 🙂

  • Leslie September 27, 2011, 1:21 am

    I love to run because it helps relieve stress and feel like a strong woman! But I also love TV and watch too much at night since I get so tired by the end of the day!

  • Alexis September 27, 2011, 1:24 am

    I love to run AND watch tv! That’s why I love the treadmill, because I can enjoy shows and get some exercise… I like to run because it is a real challenge for me. I have always been slow even when I played volleyball in high school and running gives me a way to see improvement when I actually put the effort in to train. It’s a great motivator for me… even if I am still slow!

  • Sarah September 27, 2011, 1:27 am

    I enjoy running. It seems to be contagious–my sister runs even more than I do.

  • Joslyn @ Complimentary Breakfast September 27, 2011, 2:00 am

    I love running because it makes me feel strong, and like I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. 😀

  • Carol September 27, 2011, 2:06 am

    Running is my stress reliever:)

  • beth September 27, 2011, 2:08 am

    I love to run b/c it makes me feel powerful. Its also helps me emote at times. It feels very healing when after a few weeks of chaos I just start crying while on a run, I feel better. I love it.

  • Rachel miller September 27, 2011, 2:51 am

    I haven’t run in a 5k race since high school – I would love to try one again! Running is my
    Number 1 stress reliever 🙂

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live September 27, 2011, 4:13 am

    I love to run- for me. Mentally I handle the day better, calmer, after I have had my morning run.

  • Dana September 27, 2011, 5:30 am

    I love to run because I am always thrilled when I can run further than I thought. Just starting to train for my first half!

  • Lindsay @CookVeganLover September 27, 2011, 5:35 am

    I love to run because it is a time where I can get away from everything. I really need to get myself unglued from the couch because after my husbands bike accident last week I have been stuck there. Time to get back on my feet.

  • samantha September 27, 2011, 5:37 am

    I love running because it helps relieve stress & helped me to look great in my wedding dress! I’d love to win entry into the Hot Chocolate 5k in DC this year – a fun race & a chocolate fountain at the end – score! 🙂

  • Lynn September 27, 2011, 5:41 am

    I love TV because it’s my one guilty pleasure/vice. I work long hours as a teacher, and it’s great to come home and decompress by watching a show on the DVR. I have two 5Ks coming up, one Halloween themed and one Thanksgiving themed. I love this time of year!!!!

  • Jessica P September 27, 2011, 6:23 am

    I love TV because I can tune out for a bit after a long day. I’m planning on running a Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving w/ my entire family this year!

  • Kelly September 27, 2011, 6:24 am

    I love to run because it’s so easy to do (not the actual running, but the fact that you don’t need any special equipment!) and that you get a good work out in a short amount of time… and it’s fun 🙂 I love TV because it makes me forget about my day and just enjoy the lives of the people on it for awhile!

  • Amy September 27, 2011, 6:25 am

    I love running because it lets me destress and have time to myself-with the added benefit of keeping me in shape! I work long, stressful hours as a nurse, and I really need that “me time”-plus the extra energy I get from working out!

  • Sarah Shep September 27, 2011, 6:25 am

    My #1 reason for running will always be simply because I am able (and I love it!). I know too many people who, unfortunately and for whatever reason, cannot run due to injuries or health conditions… this is enough to remind me to be thankful for the ability to lace up and hit the pavement!

    Also, I love the post-run glow 🙂

  • Hannah (Hannah Lives) September 27, 2011, 6:27 am

    I don’t love to run. But I WANT to love to run. Truth be told I’m not a runner in the least. I’ve never been good at exercising for the sake of exercising (or the sake of my health) I always participated in activities that had an ultimate goal, or end game. And I loved the sense of pride, accomplishment and emotion that I would read about on blogs and hear about from people I know who run! I’ve teared up more than once reading race re-caps! So, I started training for my first race in May, I got overzealous with my training and mileage, and due to an injury this summer, I had to drop out of the race. The race took place this past Sunday, and while I was there happy, and cheering on my friends I was so disappointed in myself that I couldn’t make it happen. So I went home and picked out some races, and started to tackle a new training plan. If all continues to go well in my physical therapy, and I am able to start training in 3 weeks I would really love to run the Dreidel Dash in December! Here’s hoping!

  • Erica September 27, 2011, 6:30 am

    I’ve never done an official race, yet. I’m pretty excited to do one.

  • Dee September 27, 2011, 6:37 am

    I don’t love to run but I really am hoping I will enjoy/like it at some point. I’m doing my first 5K this upcoming weekend and am worried I will disappoint myself by not meeting my goal to run the whole thing. I’ve found that I feel really good about myself when I’m done with my “run” and I definitely like that part!

  • Mari September 27, 2011, 6:40 am

    I have never been a runner, but I’m inspired to start because of your blog. I’d love to run a 5k for the first time!

  • Christina September 27, 2011, 6:44 am

    There are so many reasons why I love to run. Its something that I do for myself, relieves stress, and I can set/achieve my goals. I would love for you to pay for my 5k entry for the GOTR race I’ll do with my girls in November. I joined GOTR because of you!

  • Corey September 27, 2011, 6:47 am

    I love to run because it can turn the most stressfull day around and each run gives me more confidence than I had before I started. There’s a local 5k in october i would love to do!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 27, 2011, 7:03 am

    I love to run because it keeps me active and it also sets a good example for my students. I talk about my running with them often and they love it.. some of them will tell me they ran two laps around their house.. with a huge grin on their face. Much better then watching TV or playing video games.
    I would like to do the C.E.S 5K in October. It benefits education – so it is a perfect race for me!

  • Hillary September 27, 2011, 7:07 am

    I re-fell in love with running this weekend. I’ve had some pretty lackluster runs these past few months, but this weekend I felt strong and powerful and had the best two runs in recent memory. It reminded me that I love running for how it makes me feel about MYSELF: a good run can make me feel more powerful than anything else.

  • Mandy September 27, 2011, 7:12 am

    I heart TV because of the writers for Breaking Bad, Bored to Death, and the Walking Dead.

  • Pam September 27, 2011, 7:19 am

    I am obsessed with this new fall lineup too so I hear you about the butt glued to couch scenario. But running is my own time or time with a really good running buddy (my dog)! Love those times!

  • Stephanie September 27, 2011, 7:23 am

    I love to run because its the one time I truly have to be alone with my thoughts. No distractions, just me and the pavement 🙂

  • Chrissy (The New Me) September 27, 2011, 7:26 am

    I love running because it’s a true minimalist sport – no fancy equipment or expensive gear necessary. It’s accessible AND enjoyable!

  • Lindsey September 27, 2011, 7:26 am

    I love to run because it has helped me thru my depression and loneliness this year.

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy September 27, 2011, 7:26 am

    I love TV because it lets me forget reality for just an hour (or two or three) every night. I like running because it makes me feel better after I sit and watch TV for an hour (or two or three) :).

  • Erin September 27, 2011, 7:27 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong. I might not always feel great during the run, but I always feel proud of myself when it’s done.

  • Sara September 27, 2011, 7:35 am

    I love running for the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done. And for the amount of sweat that I create. 🙂 And I always feel better when I’m done, even if I start off rough.

    And I love tv! Too much. I’ve only picked up one new show this season, though, since I keep watching too much. I don’t trust people who say they don’t watch tv. You’re not better than me! 😉

  • Julz September 27, 2011, 7:38 am

    I love to run because it keeps me healthy and I’m not too bad at it either 😉

  • Jen September 27, 2011, 7:38 am

    I love to run because it helps me keep myself in order – physically and mentally. It’s my favorite form of exercise by far; there’s nothing quite like the rush of endorphins that running provides me!

  • Maureen September 27, 2011, 7:39 am

    I love running, but I’ve been slacking. A race would really help motivate me again!

  • Samantha September 27, 2011, 7:46 am

    I love to run because it keeps me focused and centered — kind of what yoga does for a lot of people, I suppose. And races keep me in tune with my goals, giving me that nudge to get out of bed when I’d rather sleep in!

    I LOVE fall TV. Way too many good shows on. Gossip Girl, Glee, Biggest Loser, New Girl, Project Runway, and then I’m told Pan Am and Revenge are amazing too. So much TV, so little time.

  • Errign September 27, 2011, 7:47 am

    I love to run because it really, really makes me happy!

  • Amanda September 27, 2011, 7:47 am

    I love the challenge I get from running! As for TV, Grey’s Anatomy night with my friends is definitely something I look forward to all week.

  • cristina September 27, 2011, 7:51 am

    I love running because it gives me an excuse to eat yummy foods I would otherwise feel guilty eating!

  • Lungs September 27, 2011, 7:53 am

    I’m loving running right now because I’m finally pulling my weekly mileage up after a long lapse… Nothing like the motivation you get from feeling happy with your performance!

  • Sara P September 27, 2011, 7:54 am

    I love running because it pushes my body to places I never thought it would be able to go. I am amazed at how strong our bodies are….and how far they can go!

  • Leanne September 27, 2011, 7:56 am

    I have been challenging myself in distances and running gives me the opportunity to unwind after a long day at work. My guilty tv pleasure is Top Chef (any and all). Glad Bravo keeps re-runs going all the time!

  • Rachel September 27, 2011, 8:08 am

    I do not like to run yet. But, I am seriously motivated to start. It is a goal of mine to get through a 5k. It’s not really in the budget right now and I think my husband would kill me if I “stole” food money to enter a race. Btw, I think your awesome for the giveaway. It’s a great insperational tool!

  • Melanie September 27, 2011, 8:10 am

    I love TV, because it’s a great escape from reality (even reality TV isn’t real life, you know?)… but I could really use some motivation to get OFF the couch and go for a run instead. 🙂

  • Daniela September 27, 2011, 8:10 am

    Running makes me happy. 🙂 I don’t like watching TV but I do watch whole seasons of TV shows while I run on my treadmill during the winter months.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 27, 2011, 8:11 am

    I can’t wait to get back into running! The only race I ever ran was a 5k and I had to train for it, and now that baby is here, I look forward to doing it again! I love running because it’s incredibly challenging to me and does wonders for my thighs 😉

  • Margaret September 27, 2011, 8:12 am

    I love racing because I get to see so many inspiring athletes out there…and because it’s FUN! I’m looking forward to the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. 🙂

  • Kiki September 27, 2011, 8:14 am

    I love to run because it keeps me sane! I love the physical challenge and the time to process things that are happening in my life. I always feel better after a run.

  • sarah (sarah learns) September 27, 2011, 8:14 am

    i’ve never run a 5k before, but it’s definitely a goal of mine. i just went on my first run in months this morning! 🙂 training for a race would hopefully keep me motivated to keep it up.

  • Erin @ GoBananasBlog September 27, 2011, 8:14 am

    I’m finally starting to feel decently good at racing. I’m not particularly fast but I’m starting to feel strong, not just physically, but mentally as well. My legs and body don’t hold me back, my mine does. It’s something I’m still working on.

  • Kia September 27, 2011, 8:16 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel accomplished first thing in the morning.

  • Ashley A September 27, 2011, 8:18 am

    I love to run because it keeps my lungs clear and my heart healthy. Running reminds me that I’m alive.

    I’m planning to run my first 5k on thanksgiving day (but a free race entry would make it that much better!) Thanks for all you do girl!

    Oh, and don’t get me started on my love for all the new shows this season. he he

  • julie b September 27, 2011, 8:20 am

    I love to run because its my alone time to jam out to my music and geel like im flying!

  • Julie September 27, 2011, 8:23 am

    I love TV. I love escaping my stress for a while. But I also sort of love training for a 5k. I love chasing that dream of running a 5k without stopping. Not really loving the muscles aches right now.

  • Brittney September 27, 2011, 8:24 am

    I haven’t run a 5K all year or done any race since my marathon in January. This would be the push I need to do it! Side note- husband and I watched Pan Am last night and had a good time making fun of the glamourized airline industry. I guess it was glam in those days, but it was still REALLY cheesy!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing September 27, 2011, 8:26 am

    I love running because it makes me feel strong and I love racing because it motivates me to do more. In fact, I have the Warrior Dash this weekend and a sprint triathlon the next.

    I have no idea why I love TV so much, probably because I like to live a drama free life, but oh, how I love TV. Especially dramas. If I were to list all the shows I watch you would be appalled. 😉

  • Shanna September 27, 2011, 8:27 am

    I love to run for so many reasons but above all because it keeps me sane and thinking positively!

    I have only run one 5k and I would really love to improve my time. This would be a great incentive!

  • Carolyn C. September 27, 2011, 8:30 am

    I love to run as it is a stress reliever for me. I have run a 10K and a half marathon but no 5K’s! So, I would love to try one. Thank you so much!

  • Jenn September 27, 2011, 8:30 am

    Right now my race goals have changed…it used to be to beat my last time or challenge myself. Now I have a goal just to be able to race again. I’ve taken almost 3 months off of running due to injury, and I so desperately want to get back into it! Just a small race will hopefully fix my “fix”!!

    Thanks for being inspirational! You’ve been rockin’ it, Girl!

  • Becky Clark September 27, 2011, 8:30 am

    I like to run because it challenges me, but mostly because I need something to balance out all the TV I watch! I love fall TV!

  • Kayla September 27, 2011, 8:37 am

    I run because it’s a challenge. I’m not fast, and I’m not placing at races, but I’m running — which is a lot more than I was able to do just a couple years ago. I’m so proud of my accomplishments (a half marathon and a 25K this year), and I can’t imagine not running.

  • Anna September 27, 2011, 8:37 am

    I like to run because it makes me feel much better after a long day at the office. It would be awesome to have a 5K in the near future to keep on me on track with my running workouts!

  • Runblondie26 September 27, 2011, 8:38 am

    It’s cheap, equires no special equipment, and gived me leeway to eat evern more.

  • Maddie September 27, 2011, 8:39 am

    I run to push myself. I’m not fast and I sometimes I have to stop and walk, but it’s a huge step from where I was and I couldn’t give up now!

  • Nadine September 27, 2011, 8:41 am

    I went to a seminar recently and the speaker said most people hate running when they first start but if they stick with it, eventually they develop a passion for it…well, I’m on my way to loving running. I have my first race this weekend and can’t wait! It gives me a positive goal to work towards every day.

  • Irina @ Perfect Paradox World September 27, 2011, 8:44 am

    I love to run because it’s (sadly) the only form of exercise that I enjoy! Now that I’ve started working I haven’t had time to run at all…not to mention my motivation is down in the dumps. Signing up for a race may just be the cure that I’m looking for!

    Oh and I love love love fall TV…so many fun shows to look forward to! That’s key- having a show to be excited for can help a crappy day turn for the better 🙂

  • Jes September 27, 2011, 8:44 am

    I used to love running… Then I got injured and stopped running. I really want to get back into it though, and what better way than signing up for a race!
    Also, I think my favorite TV show is Antiques Roadshow on PBS… I am 25, does that make me a nerd? haha

  • beth September 27, 2011, 8:47 am

    I love running because it is my way to start my day off on the right foot and helps me get all my thoughts together.

  • nicole September 27, 2011, 8:50 am

    I love to race because of all the new people you meet.

  • Diana September 27, 2011, 8:50 am

    I run to de-stress and to get/keep hot runner legs 🙂

  • Tricia September 27, 2011, 8:51 am

    I’ve been active for a few years but my husband just got into fitness last year. We have been kicking around doing a 5k but haven’t seriously researched anything yet. Well, yesterday a friend wanted me to give her no holds bar advice on changing her lifestyle to include healthy eating and fitness. I challenged her to the Gobble Wobble 5k on Thanksgiving through a local YMCA. This contest would be a great bonus!

  • Amanda September 27, 2011, 8:55 am

    I’m in college, so it’s hard to get my butt off my couch or away from my desk to get moving! Running makes me feel great, and when I have a goal in mind, it keeps me motivated.

  • erika mc September 27, 2011, 8:57 am

    I love racing for the feeling of accomplishment. I just had a baby 6 weeks ago so I am ready to get back at it!

  • Tania @ Health Macadamia September 27, 2011, 9:00 am

    I’d love to win the freebie 5K. I find they’re such good motivation as I really try to start kick my running into high gear. For us, we’re trying to stow away what little money we make for an upcoming move – having the freedom to do another 5K would be great! There’s one the day before my birthday I’ve got my eye on too!

  • Rachel September 27, 2011, 9:00 am

    I love to run becuase it makes me feel great and gives me a feeling of accomlishment. I love racing becuase its so much fun!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 27, 2011, 9:02 am

    Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up with Maggie and watch a few hours of TV? Plus TV does give our mind a moment to stop racing…pro?

  • Bridget Henson September 27, 2011, 9:04 am

    I am just now trying to get in shape because I’m turning 30 in March (blurg) I’ve never been a big runner but I really want to start doing 5k’s, and get better as I go! I think its a realistic goal. I have arthritis so running can be hard on the joints but a 5k is doable! Thats why I’m entering The Jingle Bell Run in Cincinnati which raises money for arthritis research. Thanks!

  • Stephanie September 27, 2011, 9:05 am

    I love to run because it feels like free therapy! Really! I get to get out and just run and run and I can leave all my troubles behind and just sweat them out. My mind gets clear and I can focus on myself, my troubles will be there when I return. I LOVE running.

  • Megan September 27, 2011, 9:12 am

    I love to run b/c I am 5 months pregnant and am hoping what everyone says is true…exercising during pregnancy helps have a smooth labor!

  • Ambre September 27, 2011, 9:13 am

    I don’t care to run that much…but I’d love to fall in love with running. I think it would be very relaxing and it would be nice to have my own “me time”. However, I do LOOOVE tv..and by winning a free 5k entry, I KNOW it would get my butt motivated to go train for a 5k.

    I wasn’t very active a few years ago, and I decided to sign up for the Susan G Komen 3-Day walk with my Mom and our friend, Danielle. From the moment I registered, I instantly became motivated. While training, I also lost about 25lbs, which was a PLUS! 😉 So, I know if I got registered for a 5k I would be motivated, just like I was a few years ago. 🙂

    Great give away, btw! I LOVE your blog!

  • steph September 27, 2011, 9:14 am

    love running because it gave purpose to my life and made me realize i am worth it!

  • Katie B September 27, 2011, 9:15 am

    I love to run because I feel like it makes me special and unique from other people. My husband is getting his PhD in nuclear engineering, and someday will have an awesome job that pays a lot of money. I feel like that makes him special, and “defines” him in a way. I, on the other hand, will never be a person known for my career or some crazy intense degree. But running makes me feel special. It’s MY thing.

  • Michelle September 27, 2011, 9:25 am

    I really love running and the sense of accomplishment I feel after a great run. Unfrotunately I have been sidelined with a leg injury for a couple of months 🙁 There is 5K in November that is going to to be my first race back!!

  • Lauren G September 27, 2011, 9:26 am

    I began running about 2 years ago. I didn’t ‘love it’ at first, I needed it to help me through a difficult & emotional time in my life. It was an outlet for me to prove to myself that I could accomplish something for myself. Since then I have come to ‘love it’, I have completed several 5ks, 2 5 milers, 1 10k & a half marathon. It’s such a great way to keep your mind and body healthy.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy September 27, 2011, 9:27 am

    Fall TV rocks. I am trying to get up the nerve to do an actual race! I haven’t been running long, I don’t run well, but I’m trying to get it in! It’s a great form of exercise that you can do around your neighborhood! Love it.

  • Becca B September 27, 2011, 9:31 am

    i love to run because it is a release! i also love tv because it makes me laugh and forget for a few hours that i am actually busy and should be doing something else!

  • kaitlin @4loveofcarrots September 27, 2011, 9:31 am

    I love running b.c. of how accomplished I feel after I finish a race or a lung run! My body feeds off the endorphins!! I do live watching tv, it makes me happy after a long day, its brain less and sometimes u just need that!

  • Yin September 27, 2011, 9:31 am

    I love to run because it allows me to be active instead of staring at the computer all day (I do this at work and at home!). The race I want to participate in is WCS Run for the Wild — helps save turtles!

  • Sara Kent September 27, 2011, 9:35 am

    I love to run because it helps me to de-stress! I would also LOVE the chance to run the Cushing Run for the Mums 5k again this year. It is where I set my current PR of 24:55 last year.

  • Ailed September 27, 2011, 9:38 am

    Because I can actually see myself becoming a runner! I’m working my way through the C25K program now and I feel that I can actually run for once in my life.

  • Chaley September 27, 2011, 9:39 am

    I am new to running, but am in love with the way it makes me feel. I am just preparing to sign up for my first 5k!

  • Alex September 27, 2011, 9:39 am

    I love to run because it allows me to work off my extra energy and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. I’m a senior at a school in the south and writing my thesis, so 1) I have a lot of stress I’m trying to release and 2) I know being able to run in beautiful weather around a beautiful lake won’t happen for too much longer (I’m moving to the Middle East when I graduate)! Running is my favorite way to relax and enjoy where I am and who I am right now.

    Also, running allows me to eat all the chocolate I want, which is why I want to do this race:

    Free chocolate and champagne? Sign. Me. Up.

  • Coco September 27, 2011, 9:43 am

    I just started running again after finally feeling fully recovered enough from my eating disorder to use exercise in a healthy, productive way rather than an abusive way.

    My boyfriend runs 5ks in his sleep (totally jealous), but has been tagging along on my runs and going at my pace. He is there beside me every step of the way, even when I need to pause and walk.

    I am beginning to love running for the way it makes me feel strong and powerful, NOT because it burns calories. I also love that it has become a new way for my boyfriend and I to bond and enjoy the outdoors together after work!

  • Emily B. September 27, 2011, 9:49 am

    I love running because it puts me in a great mood every morning and is cheaper than coffee!

  • Preeti September 27, 2011, 9:50 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong and confident. I am amazed at what our bodies and minds are capable of doing!! I may not be the fastest one out there, but I love every minute of running!

    I would love to run the Turkey Trot here in Detroit 🙂

  • Allie September 27, 2011, 9:50 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with running, but I am competitive and love racing!

  • Lissa September 27, 2011, 9:50 am

    The thing I like most about running is the feeling of being done 😉 I love feeling like I accomplished something awesome. The feeling is the best after a great “speed” workout. I love running against the clock and making my body feel pain because I know it’s temporary and I’ll feel stronger tomorrow (okay, maybe in 3 days).

  • Laura September 27, 2011, 9:51 am

    I love running because it puts me in the BEST mood all day {even when its a tough, humid one}! Would love to win and use this for the Chevron Houston Marathon’s El Paso 5K. 🙂

  • Jen September 27, 2011, 9:54 am

    I love TV, especially really ridiculous shows like the real housewives, because it gives me an escape from life’s little problems. And I prefer to watch all that drama and not have it in my life!

    I am a beginner runner. I tore my meniscus trying couch 2 5K, so I am taking it slowly. I have always wanted to be a runner because my grandfather used to take me to watch him race when I was a kid.

  • Tim September 27, 2011, 9:54 am

    Running has never “let me down.”


    Every single time (with literally NO exceptions) I have managed to get “up and out” , I have been glad that I did…

    Not ONCE have I finished a run with the sentiment of: That was a waste of time. Shouldn’t -a- done THAT…”


    Few things in my life “bat 1000” , but running always has!


  • Liz @ circletwentytwo September 27, 2011, 9:55 am

    Nothing de-stresses me more than hitting the pavement after a long day. I feel like I accomplish more after a 20 minute run than after a 12 hour work day!! (ugh, priorities possibly askew?!) The Race for the Cure 5K is coming up in Dallas on October 15th and I’d love to get to do it!

  • Nikki September 27, 2011, 9:56 am

    I just recently started calling myself a runner, I always thought that I would never experience that tipping point from struggling at running a few blocks to running 8+ miles. I am training for my first race, a half marathon in a month! and i’m excited to get some more races under my belt 🙂

  • Blair September 27, 2011, 9:57 am

    I love running for the challenge. I’m not especially good or fast, but when I put in the work, I see results and that’s extremely satisfying!

  • Ryane September 27, 2011, 9:58 am

    I love new fall programming!!!
    It’s getting too dark to run outside by the time I get home from work and while I don’t usually love the treadmill, being able to run and watch Glee/Modern Family/HIMYM/etc. actually makes it enjoyable! : )

  • Alett September 27, 2011, 10:01 am

    I love to run because I love the “alone time” with myself, because I love being outdoors & because I love dessert! ; )

    I love to do races because it is a social activity that myself, hubby & friends participate in. I love to cheer my friends on & the best part => getting brunch post-race & sharing stories!

    If I won I would really like to pass on the “win” to one of the above commenters who have never done a 5k. 🙂

  • Allison September 27, 2011, 10:05 am

    I love to run because it’s a really great way for me to relieve stress. I also love how it pushes me to set new personal records! No other form of exercise makes me feel the way that I do when I finish a long run!

  • Rebecca September 27, 2011, 10:06 am

    I love to run because its my chance to completely get away – its me time.

    I’m eyeing a 5K where you run away from zombies!

  • JennB@BeMe September 27, 2011, 10:06 am

    I love to race because now I CAN. I have the freedom to race and it feels good.

  • eliza September 27, 2011, 10:07 am

    I love to run and race because it gets me outside during thse gorgeous fall days!
    It is also a great way of meeting people. My sister met her new love interest at a 10k 2 weeks ago! Instant conversation: talking about running 🙂

  • Samantha September 27, 2011, 10:09 am

    running is the only form of cardio that allows me to feel FREE. i love it. i love racing too! not only is it fun, but it helps me keep my running steady. i try to race at least once a month.

  • cathy September 27, 2011, 10:10 am

    i love to run because i have so many happy memories of over 22 years of running…wow. and as time goes by, i keep adding more!

  • Liz September 27, 2011, 10:10 am

    I love TV because it’s amazing. Do I really need a reason why? I spend most of my day at a boring job. I usually come home and get a solid workout in. Then I get to eat and chill and there is nothing I love more than watching TV while I recover from my day and get ready for the next. Plus, watching TV gives me the opportunity to cuddle with my hubby on the couch. Love.

  • Annie September 27, 2011, 10:11 am

    When I started running, I didn’t think I could run a 5K. Then I did. I thought I couldn’t run a half marathon, then I did. Now I am thinking not everyone who can run a half is cut out to run a full, but I know-I will. I love pushing myself farther than I thought possible and having people view me as athletic.

  • Jacqueline September 27, 2011, 10:11 am

    I love running because it’s my “me” time, but then again, so is my fall tv time…

  • Kristie September 27, 2011, 10:13 am

    I love to run because every once in a while, I have a run where I feel invincible, powerful and like I could go on for miles and miles. Doesn’t happen often but when it does it makes all the other runs totally worth it. Probably annoys everyone I run by because I am so smiley and chirping good morning at an early hour. 🙂

  • KellyK September 27, 2011, 10:14 am

    I like to run because it is easy to access – I can take my shoes anywhere! Running is a great way to see the world from a different perspective. It may be easy to access, but not always easy to do, you know?! Love it!

  • Lindsay September 27, 2011, 10:14 am

    Since I have a bum hip, I don’t love to run anymore 🙁 but I do love to walk races!! And I love fall TV – specifically, The New Girl is my new fave show.

  • Alex September 27, 2011, 10:17 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel accomplished and confident in myself!

  • Jen September 27, 2011, 10:21 am

    I love running because of the community that it constantly brings me. There is nothing better than celebrating the end of a race or new PRs with friends. I’d use the win for the Dallas Turkey Trot 5K.

  • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides September 27, 2011, 10:22 am

    I love to run because on days that really suck, it’s the one thing that I can control.

  • Emily September 27, 2011, 10:25 am

    I’m looking forward to setting a PR at the end of November in a Turkey Trot… I”m hoping to go sub 23. I love running in the fall, because it’s sooo cool and enjoyable. It’s always great to go to a race and find something in common with everyone.

  • Ali @ Ali Runs September 27, 2011, 10:27 am

    I love to run because it’s my time time to be selfish. So much of my day is spent worrying about other people that I rarely have time to think about myself and my needs. Running is like therapy, but better.

  • Chelsea September 27, 2011, 10:28 am

    I love to run because of the endorphin rush I get…I never regret a run. 🙂

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) September 27, 2011, 10:30 am

    I love to run because it gets me outside and away from the computer for a bit.

  • Jess September 27, 2011, 10:33 am

    Running is seriously the only time that my mind quiets down. I think it’s the repetitive nature – one foot in front of the other. And as a crazy type A person, I really appreciate that!

  • Tami September 27, 2011, 10:40 am

    I grew up in a family where we did everything in front of the tv. Eat, talk, sleep in front of the tv. This summer I made the same commitment as you to try and reduce my tv consumption. And like you, it worked out great until the fall shows started back. It was a good effort!

    A year ago I ran my first 5K. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I had never really ran before in my life except the dreaded 1 mile run that was required every year in high school P.E. I was so proud of myself that I finished it without walking. A year later, I am back to sitting on the couch. I really want to make a commitment in October to restart my training program and run a 5K before the end of the year.

  • Sara September 27, 2011, 10:43 am

    I like (note: don’t love) to run because it’s the fastest way I have found to burn that many calories. Quick workouts are essential to this toddler-mom 🙂

    Also- I need to be home in time to catch Sons of anarchy 😉

  • Tara September 27, 2011, 10:47 am

    I recently started running and I am looking forward to my 3rd 5K at the Crohns and Colitis 5K in Ft. Worth TX on 10/29. My sister was recently diagnosed with Crohns and it has been a tough battle for her and my family. This is a great way to help raise money and awareness for a great cause!

  • Joey September 27, 2011, 10:50 am

    I love pushing myself and achieving new goals each week. I actually don’t like running while I’m doing it, I like the sense of accomplishment I have after I complete a good run.

  • Alison September 27, 2011, 10:51 am

    I love to run because of the sense of accoplishment i feel. After trainng for my half marathon, I would sometimes drive the route after and be AMAZED that my legs took me that far. So cool.

  • Dana September 27, 2011, 10:57 am

    Love these giveaways! I’m heading to Chicago for a wedding in October and I want to do a Chicago City Running Tour 5k. I think it would be such an awesome way to see the city!

  • Michelle September 27, 2011, 11:00 am

    its cardio, its free (other than the shoes), and my pup is a good running buddy who then sleeps for the next two days straight. Its perfect! 🙂

  • linz September 27, 2011, 11:04 am

    Yaaay! My next 5k needs to be the DRC Half Marathon/5k! I love running and TV for the same reason, I can just zone out and not think for awhile.

  • Sara September 27, 2011, 11:11 am

    I love to run because I can eat/drink more when I do it! Ok, I’m (sort of) kidding…I love it because of how my entire body feels when I’m done, and how awesome of a mood it puts me in after a good one!

  • Jenny V September 27, 2011, 11:12 am

    TV gives me some “escapism” from work, parenting, running, etc.
    I would love to do the Hot Chocolate 5K in DC. Thanks Caitlin!

  • Sunny September 27, 2011, 11:13 am

    I love running because I push myself and for a bit just think about breathing and putting one foot in front of another.

  • Carrie @ No More Tomorrows September 27, 2011, 11:14 am

    My beloved Fall Programming is back! Body of Proof (went to college with Windell Middlebrooks), The Biggest Loser (usually eating oreos while I watch it, heh), Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Supernatural (the man introduced me to it) Glee, and the very odd obsession that I’m totally intrigued by… Sister Wives.

    I only get to watch Supernatural in real time because the man takes over my tv and prevents me from watching the rest of it, so my DVR stays full. And I park my butt on the couch when he’s gone and get through them.

  • Laura @ Starting Out Fit September 27, 2011, 11:15 am

    I love to run because when i get my butt off the couch, the running always makes me feel better about myself… that brings me to my next point — i love tv!!! having just been diagnosed with “chronic hives” (some auto immune disorder) i’m home on ‘sick leave’ so to speak as i get used to some new antihistamines. unfortunately they’re not helping and hives are leaving my butt glued to the couch and my eyes watching the tv!!!.. oh how i wish i could run!

  • Ashley September 27, 2011, 11:17 am

    I love running because it’s allowed me to better get to know my neighbors. Whether they’re working in their yards, walking their dogs, or running themselves, it’s always great to encounter them and stop for a chat. Without running, I’d probably feel more isolated in my neighborhood.

  • Jeanette September 27, 2011, 11:20 am

    I only watch TV (hulu) while on the bike trainer or treadmill – no trainer/treadmill, no TV!

  • Allison B. September 27, 2011, 11:21 am

    I love to run because it makes me a better person. And reminds me I am able to get out and move!

  • Sarah September 27, 2011, 11:21 am

    I Love to run because of the energy I have afterwards its great once i actually get off the couch:) As for T.V I have been loving the Kardashians, they are so funny! I really want to do a halloween 5k and dress up in costumes, sounds so fun!

  • Christina September 27, 2011, 11:31 am

    I love running because its the first thing I did that made me feel beautiful AND strong.

  • Melissa September 27, 2011, 11:31 am

    I was never a runner in high school nor did I ever think I would love running when I got older. Running for me is an escape that no other exercise can give me and it challenges me all the time! It’s an addiction and I always feel great and accomplished afterwards!

  • Holly Miller September 27, 2011, 11:34 am

    I love running b/c it has shown me how strong I can be. It is so rewarding.

    I generally hate TV but I am enjoying Hawaii 5-0 and New Girl!

  • Katie D. September 27, 2011, 11:34 am

    I love running because it was something I never thought I would do, and because it is the best stress relief there is.

  • Lindsay McAlester September 27, 2011, 11:38 am

    I love to run because it’s all about me. I am a sahm of two kids, so it gives me the alone time I need. I would like to register for my first full marathon. This would be a dream come true!

  • Shelly September 27, 2011, 11:46 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel so strong. When I finish I am so proud of what I accomplished and feel my body can do anything.

  • Rae September 27, 2011, 11:47 am

    I love to run to get away from it all. I can destress, leave it all out on the pavement, and come back to life fresh 🙂

  • kyla September 27, 2011, 11:53 am

    I love to run because it makes me feel good all over. My boyfriend loves that I run because it means I wear more spandex.

  • Susan September 27, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I love to run solely because I can. I grew up fat and never believed that I could be someone who would be able to run. Now I’m doing 1/2 marathons and dreaming of moving to fulls. I love how it feels to be a runner – even though some days the actual running part isn’t that fun.

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner September 27, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Yayyy I love this giveaway! I love to run for the mental benefits more than the physical ones. Its the ultimate stress reliever and mind clearer!

  • Eleah September 27, 2011, 12:09 pm

    I love to run because it’s FUN! Plain and simple.

  • Lana September 27, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel alive!

  • Brooke @ Tales of A Bride-To-Be September 27, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Critz Tybee 5K! It would be my first beach run and it’s really fun from what I hear! Would love an entry, but right now with my wedding being 11 days away and being a freshly pastry chef the funds for races has vanished.

  • Alyssa September 27, 2011, 12:25 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel so good! Starting off a day with a run is significantly better than starting without. Also, I love to eat, and they really go hand in hand.

  • Jennifer Cook September 27, 2011, 12:25 pm

    Coming back from an injury, I know that I love to run because it keeps me SANE. I have to slowly build my distance back up, and a 5k race is the perfect thing to start with!

  • Allie {a teaspoon of LIFE} September 27, 2011, 12:29 pm

    We turned off the cable completely. For a few weeks, it was “what do we do??” But we live in Colorado, 2 miles from a 14,000 mountain and feet from trails, parks and other amazing things to look at. It forced us to find other things to do 🙂

  • Danielle September 27, 2011, 12:29 pm

    The Hot Chocolate 5k in Washington DC! And I LOVE TV! My finance and I are total tv junkies – it is embarrassing! Once we find a show we like, we buy all the episodes on DVD and watch them in a row. It is our escape from the craziness that is our lives.

  • kristen September 27, 2011, 12:32 pm

    I love to run because it gets me out of the house and I can have some “me time”

  • Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart September 27, 2011, 12:37 pm

    I just ran my first mile yesterday! I was SO proud so a 5k would be a great goal for me!

    I am a total TV junkie 🙂 Whatever!

  • Jill September 27, 2011, 12:40 pm

    I love the mental clarity from running. Sure I practice yoga but to me the real moving meditation is running. And I love brightly colored running outfits 🙂

  • mego @watchmegorun September 27, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I love to run because its brought me closer to my family and ive made some amazing friends doing it. It’s a healthy activity we can all do together. My friend is doing her first 5k in December and I want to do it with her to help with her healthy efforts.

  • Sara September 27, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I love to run because I love the challenge.

  • samantha September 27, 2011, 1:00 pm

    I also want to win becuase I need motivation to unglue my bootay from the couch. I worked really hard to lose weight for my wedding earlier this month and have been totally slacking (and decompressing!) since we got married. Some extra motivation would help!

  • Emily September 27, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I have to make time for the tube after teaching kiddos all day and teaching college students at night. DVR and down time is a must!!

  • Liz September 27, 2011, 1:09 pm

    I love to run because it’s helps with stress. I spend all day sitting at a desk writing, and I’m going through a divorce, so going out and running helps me just unwind after a stressful day? I also love running with my friends and just catching up!

  • Lisa Fine September 27, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Running makes me feel alive!

    For so long I felt sluggish, and like I wasn’t very active. Whenever I run I feel really healthy and fit.

  • Erin September 27, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I love running because it’s something that I do for myself. My runs leave me clearheaded, confident, and happy. Finishing a race you’ve been training is the best feeling in the world, and the medals don’t hurt either!

  • Amanda September 27, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Running lets me breathe and lets me feel like I’m on nature’s side. When it rains in the middle of my run, it’s a high five not a slap. (would love to enter the jingle bell run 5k this december!!) Thanks!!

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs September 27, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I love to run because no matter how crappy or how great, I learn more about myself on every run.

    I love TV so I can veg out after said run 🙂

  • LizP September 27, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I love to run because it’s a great way for me to stop thinking about the million things that need to get done and just stay in the moment instead….at least for those 30 or so minutes I’m running!

  • Ilene September 27, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I love to run because it lets me release some of the stress that builds up in school and life and leaves me feeling refreshed and energized. I absolutely love it.

  • Emily September 27, 2011, 1:39 pm

    I love running because it is my outlet for the normal stress that builds p throughout a day. I feel so empowered afterward!

    Right now I have my sights set on a local 5K at the end of October.

  • Delia September 27, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I love the runner’s high, seeing the world without a car, and major calorie burnage. As for TV, I love the tidy stories that resolve in 30 or 60 minutes. Plus, it’s nice background sound.

    I love races. Pick me!

  • stefanie September 27, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I love to run because for a good 60 min or so all I have to worry about is breathing, I can just zone out and be the whole body moving forward. If I don’t get my fix I stress out, for real. I’m doing a 5k at the end of November, pick me!

    And yes, TV. I am successfully limiting TV to a couple nights a week. We just moved and it was really nice not having internet/TV for the first few nights. I like Survivor, Amazing Race, and cooking shows like Master Chef!

  • Heather @ Better With Veggies September 27, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I love to run because it makes me feel strong – I can accomplish anything! It’s a great way to catch up on my “reading” (audiobooks), run out my frustration, or enjoy a beautiful day. There are so many reasons I love to run – do I have to pick one? 🙂

  • Amanda @ Amanda On Foot September 27, 2011, 2:08 pm

    I hardly ever sign up for races. Some may call me cheap, but I prefer “economical.” That said, there is one race that is close to my heart: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that happens every January in Palm Beach. This race was my first real 5k race, and my dad did it with me. I’ve done the race a couple of times now and there’s nothing better than hearing my dad yell my name at the top of his lungs as I’m crossing the finish line. My dad and I couldn’t do the race the past two years because he had knee problems, but he really wants us to sign up for the 2012 race. I would love to do it with him, not only because it might be the last race he enters, but also because it’s inspiring to see so many people wearing pink and supporting breast cancer research and awareness.

  • Mary September 27, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I love to run because of feeling that running gives me 🙂

  • Brigid September 27, 2011, 2:24 pm

    My other half and I recently started working out together. I would love it if we could train for a 5K together, something neither of us have done before. He’s diabetic and has never really worked out in his life. I’m only intermittently reliable with hitting up the gym. The fact that we’re committing to exercising together means a ton to me, so winning a 5K entrance would be an amazing reward and incentive!

  • Jerica September 27, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I love running because it is something that I can easily share with a friend – all we need is some sneakers and motivation! I just ran my first 5k this past weekend and I LOVED it. The race atmosphere and camaraderie really pushed me to give it my all and I finished faster than I thought possible! Now I can’t wait to do more races!

  • Jordy September 27, 2011, 2:41 pm

    Running just feels AWESOME. When I settle into a good pace, I just tick the miles away, enjoy the scenery, and zone out with or without music. I love feeling sweaty and tired at the end. Every run is an accomplishment, whether it’s two miles or ten. That’s what I love about it.

  • Laura September 27, 2011, 2:50 pm

    oh man, fall TV is the death of me too! I love TV because it’s the easiest mindless activity. at the end of a long day, it’s sometimes the only thing I have energy to do. but I have started making use of Exercise TV On Demand to get me off of my butt… but still in front of the TV 😉 (how’s that for tying together the two themes of your post?!)

  • Rebecca September 27, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I love to run because I love setting a goal for myself and watching myself work hard and complete it! I also love that it’s a constant reminder of how much I’ve changed and how far I’ve come in my life, since a year ago I was struggling to bust out half a mile on the treadmill! 🙂 Also, I hope I win because there’s a race in December I want to do that involves chocolate! What’s better than coming running plus my favorite food?

  • Lesley September 27, 2011, 3:12 pm

    I love to run because it has shown me what I’m truly capable of! I’ve always told myself I wasn’t a runner and could never do it, until a year ago when my sister and I decided to start running to loose weight. We have lost weight, which is a big success, but the biggest success is the change inside and now I tell myself that I can do anything, including running! My first race was the Oklahoma City Turkey Trot and my sister and I are preparing for it again this year to commemorate our love of running!

  • Brandi September 27, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I LOVE the runner’s high…I’m an addict!
    I am a TV junkie. TV was my babysitter when I was a kid and I still watch WAAAY too many hours of it, but I am healthy and successful so I scoff at those studies that say to limit TV watching.

  • Freja September 27, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Great idea for a giveaway! I love running because law school is sucking the life out of me and it is the only other thing I do besides study. Well, that’s not completely true… I study flash cards during commercials of Survivor and the Sing-Off. So… I would LOVE a free race entry to give me some extra incentive!

  • Michelle September 27, 2011, 3:54 pm

    Great giveaway. I desperately need some motivation to start running again. I have what I think is severe plantar fascitis and need something to motivate me to not only go to a doctor, but to try and start taining again. I also watch way too many hours of TV 🙂

  • mrschelles September 27, 2011, 3:59 pm

    What a great giveaway! I start training tonight for my second Turkey Trot. I walk/shuffle it (you can’t really call what I do running), and I love how satisfying it feels to finish a race with family and friends. Since it’s on Thanksgiving morning, it makes Thanksgiving lunch taste so much better! P.S. My 6 year-old and I have really gotten into the British tv show Primeval lately. You can catch seasons 1-3 on Netflix. Blessings!

  • Michelle September 27, 2011, 4:07 pm

    I am trying to convince my mom to do a 5k with me and there is one over Thanksgiving weekend that I’m hoping we can tackle together. I would love to show her how fun races can be and it would be fun to share the hobby with her. 🙂

  • Crystal September 27, 2011, 4:36 pm

    I love to run because it makes me forget all the stress in my life, which is hard to do. I used to watch too much tv until we cancelled our cable, so now I feel like such an outsider when people talk about their shows!

  • Rachel September 27, 2011, 4:37 pm

    I would love to win an entrance to the local Turkey Trot 5k. It would be so much fun to go run on a crisp November morning! I absolutely love how running gets rid of all my anxiety and calms my being.

  • Beth September 27, 2011, 5:09 pm

    I love to run because I feel amazing afterwards!

  • Bonnie N. September 27, 2011, 5:34 pm

    I love running because I love getting into the groove where it doesn’t even feel like work on a long run! I have done a lot of racing but have been injured for the last year 🙁 I think I could use a 5k to get me safely started again.

  • Meredith September 27, 2011, 5:42 pm

    I love running because I really think it makes me a happier person. Going on a run first thing in the morning (while taking in a beautiful sunrise and enjoying the peace and quiet) definitely sets the tone for the rest of the day, and I really enjoy that!

  • Courtney September 27, 2011, 5:53 pm

    I really want to do the Anything is Possible 5k [It’d be my first ever!]

    And running makes me feel so powerful, even though I’m just starting out 🙂

  • Katie K September 27, 2011, 6:10 pm

    After losing almost 30 pounds by last summer and running my first half marathon this past June, I have sat on my butt every. single. night. I’m desperately trying to get the motivation to get back in shape, and I think a 5k would kick my butt into gear in the best way! I’ve been seriously considering my town’s Jingle Bell Run in December and need someone to make me do it.

  • Fit Chick Britt September 27, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I’m catching Panam as I type. Hope it turns out good! I’d love to win the 5k giveaway. I also did a tri this weekend and I did awesome on the swim and bike, but not as good as I would have liked on the run. I need a redemption run! 🙂

  • Dee September 27, 2011, 6:45 pm

    I’ll jump in the entry pool: I love to run because every outing makes me feel strong and proud that “I just did that!” I’d use this entry to register for the local Thanksgiving Day 5k.

  • Sarah September 27, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Running helps clear my mind and make me a healthier person in all kinds of ways. I’m looking forward to getting back to in a couple of months after Baby Boy makes his debut!

  • Megan @ Who Me, Run? September 27, 2011, 9:05 pm

    I have to watch Pan Am still. I also am hoping to do the Reindeer 5K here at Sea World. I need to focus on my speed and that is far enough away to give me time to train for it!

  • April September 27, 2011, 9:11 pm

    I am SLOW, but I love to run because I have time to just BE! Nothing to get done, nowhere to be.

  • Kara September 28, 2011, 12:29 am

    No matter how hard my day is, no matter how terrible I am feeling, when I lace up my shoes and run, I always feel a million times better!

  • Lauren September 28, 2011, 1:50 pm

    I LOVE to run becasue it is something I never thought I could do until I did…and now I LOVE IT…I am not fast…and definately a beginner…but every runner had to start somewhere! I’m looking forward to my 5K lineup this fall! 🙂

  • Lisa September 28, 2011, 3:13 pm

    I love running because it makes my muscles hurt so good! I’ve only just started to run more frequently (I’ve started a blog to try to motivate myself and hold myself accountable to keeping a running schedule). I’m looking for goals to work towards so that I can’t slack off. As part of my goal lineup, I really want to do this sweet nighttime “Firefly” 5k in San Jose, CA in October!

  • Mel September 28, 2011, 4:21 pm

    i love running to help me de stress from school and life! I also love it bc I get to bond with my lab (shes my running buddy!)

  • Sunny September 29, 2011, 11:01 am

    I just ran my first 5k this weekend. I had such a great time.

    I would like to run the vampire run!

  • Jen September 30, 2011, 10:53 am

    I signed up for a half marathon on Oct. 29th (Monster Dash in Chicago), but I’ve been having lots of knee issues in running long distances. I haven’t been to a doctor yet, but it’s looking more and more like my first half marathon will have to wait for another year. There is a 5k associated with the same race, and I would love to convert my registration to the shorter distance, but of course there’s a change fee. It’d be nice to not have to pay that fee on top of the $70 I already paid for the half, 2 knee braces, and a new pair of shoes. And here I thought running was cheap lol! Happy Friday!

  • Jaclyn September 30, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I got through almost the entire school year and summer sans tv… no tv in my room or house since i lived alone, and if i wanted to watch something (I’m talking to you, Bachelorette) it had to be on Hulu on my comp. THEN I moved home for ten days, before I left for Paris and all bets were off. TV is glorious, especially when you are in your last days of (trying to) soak up summer vacation, the only days this summer I wasn’t working full time plus and oh, did I mention I was living at my parents house again?! HA!

  • debby October 1, 2011, 11:13 pm

    I love to run, (well jog) to clear my head, and lose weight.
    Id love to do this race.,7150,s6-239-283-284-0-0-0-0-1926291,00.html

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