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by leandre on November 8, 2012 · 82 comments

in Giveaway Thursday!

OK, I’ll admit it, I am not back in to the swing of GIVEAWAY THURSDAYS yet. It won’t take long before they’re prepped a few days in advance and scheduled to post at 6am, but we’re not there quite yet.  So, apologies for the delay.

We had a record number of responses to the GIVEAWAY last week (134 entries: woo hoo!). Congratulations to Diana who won the fabulous track jacket.  As to what inspired Diana to run her first Marathon:

My husband inspired me. After years of running various KBVCM relay distances with me and assorted friends & family, he took the plunge in 2011 and decided to do the full 26.2. His commitment, dedication and training – and the grin on his face when he crossed the finish line – was really inspirational to me and motivated me to run my first marathon just a year later.

As the days get colder and darker, if you find yourself in need of inspiration to get out for a run, take a minute to read through the comments on last week’s post. We were moved by many of the stories and sincerely appreciate you sharing them with us.

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Registration for the 2013 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon is off to a roaring start.  There are more people registered now than participated in both the 1989 and 1990 events!

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If you’re local, please consider joining RunVermont and SkiRack for a celebration of World Run DayWorld Run Day was founded to celebrate the sport of running worldwide. For the second year, RunVermont and SkiRack are partnering to host a morning of running for fun. We’ll start with relaxed jog through downtown Burlington (1-mi for kids, 3.1-mi for anyone), followed bagels, coffee and a raffle that includes 2 guaranteed and complimentary KBVCM relay team entries and a pair of running shoes (complete with video analysis and fitting). There is no charge to participate, but we are accepting canned food donations for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and new, kid- and adult-sized winter accessories (gloves, hats, etc.) for Sandy-affected NYC families (to be distributed by Baby Buggy).

This is a gathering in the spirit of building community, therefore we’re not timing the runs.

Here’s the schedule for the morning:

8:45: Kids run registration

9:00: 1 mile kids run (parents required to accompany kids 7 and under)

9:15: 5K registration

9:30: 5K for adults and kids (parents required to accompany kids 7 and under)

Please RSVP via SkiRack’s Facebook page so we know how much yummy food to bring (but don’t sweat it if you make a last minute decision to join us race day!)

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And now on to today’s GIVEAWAY! Today you have the opportunity to win a limited edition 2013 KBVCM InTraining shirt.We only order 100 of these shirts, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! Currently the only way to purchase on-line is through registration for the Marathon, but if you’d like one (or want to give one as a gift), please email us at and we’ll help you out! Here are the specs:

To Enter:

Have you ever had a run where you felt like no two body parts were working in concert with each other? What do you do when that happens? (If you’ve never had this experience, you’re not excluded from entering. Instead, tell us what your secret is.)

PLEASE NOTE: In order to claim extra entries for Tweeting or FB’ing the GIVEAWAY, you must follow the rules below. Thank you!

The GIVEAWAY closes at 11:59pm Wednesday, November 13; we’ll announce the winner on Thursday, November 14.

* If you’re a follower of The Run Down, tell us so in an additional comment. (If you’re not a follower, subscribe using the RSS feed on top right of the blog and then leave a comment telling us you did it.)

* Tweet about the giveaway using hashtags #rvt and/or #vcm and leave one additional comment.

* Share the giveaway by clicking the “share” button just below the GIVEAWAY post on our Facebook page and leave one additional comment.

That’s right; you have the opportunity to get 4 entries into this giveaway!  (If you choose to take advantage of the extra entries be sure to submit an additional comment for each one.)

The rules/fine print:
* We use to select all winners…at random, from all the comments posted.
* There is no limit on the number of times a single person can win a prize.
* We ask that if you’re local, you pick up your prize.  If not, we’ll mail it (US and Canada only.)
* We contact all winners via email each Thursday; you have one week to reply to arrange pick-up/mailing of your prize.  If we haven’t heard from you within one week, we reserve the right to re-list the prize or choose another winner.
* Have some product you’d like to get in the hands of a great group of runners?  Contact Leandre.

{ 82 comments… read them below or add one }

51 Jessie November 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I definitely know that feeling. And it makes it hard to keep going, because then my brain jumps on the bandwagon to tell me that I can’t and should stop, but willpower keeps me running. Eventually my brain shuts up, and my body remembers how it’s supposed to work. Speed doesn’t matter, it’s forward progress!

52 Jessie November 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm


53 Jessie November 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I am a follower. :)

54 Brent November 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Been there! I count to ten in-time with my footstrikes. Helps me get back into a rhythm and out of my pain!

55 Brent November 11, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I’m a follower too

56 Brent November 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm


57 Chad November 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

This happens to me every-so-often, in particular on a run after an exhausting mental day at work. I’ve found that doing a few mid-run sprints at 5K pace blows out the cobwebs, re-adjusts the heart rate,and allows me to settle back in to the groove.

58 Karen November 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

I give it the two mile rule. If things haven’t worked out by two miles in, I bag the run and try again the next day. 95% of the time the awkwardness goes away, and the few times it doesn’t, I’ll go ride my bike instead.

59 Karen November 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

And I’m a follower.

60 Emily November 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

Usually, I try to run for 10-15 minutes at varying speeds to try and shake it out. If that doesn’t work, i turn off my watch and enjoy an untimed fun run/walk/whatever I can manage that day!

61 lisa fine November 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

Oh yes – I’ve had some difficult runs, for sure. Sometimes my stomach seems to wonder why I’m running, even though my body wants to move. I usually give it a few miles, or if it’s a long run, try a little sugar (like my favorite Swedish Fish). Usually the problem goes away eventually.

62 lisa fine November 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

I follow The Run Down on my Google Reader!

63 scott November 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

Usually for the first mile of my runs when i am tired or over-did it in a previous run.
Just take it slow and everything usually seems to work itself out!

64 Aja November 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

This happened to me just recently, after returning to running after 4 weeks off (shin splints. ugh.). My legs felt like lead and I was huffing and puffing like an asthmatic. You’d think I’d never run before. Geesh. THANKFULLY, I had my running buddy with me, who just kept us moving. By the end, my body remembered what it was supposed to be doing, and we finished on a good note!

65 Rick November 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

More runs like this than I care to admit. I have to take a short walk break and that will usually work.

66 Rick November 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’m a follower

67 Rick November 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

Shared on FB

68 Carrie November 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

When I struggle at the beginning of a run, I pick a beautiful spot along my route and tell myself “If I can just get to (The Waterfront/Oakledge/North Beach/any of the other incredible place we get to run by in Vermont), I’ll just stop and take a rest to look at the mountains.” I get so focused on making it to that location that my awkwardness works itself out and I usually don’t need to stop…but I often do, just to take a deep breath and remember how lucky we are to live in Vermont!

69 Carrie November 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

I’m a follower of The Run Down too!

70 Carrie November 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

and I tweeted!

71 Mike November 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Sometimes have to walk before the “Funk” leaves and usually able to run.

72 Nina November 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I have those runs ALL THE TIME, especially as I’m coming back from a significant hamstring injury about 2 years ago. My strategy is to plow through it, slowing down if necessary.

Also, yoga.

73 Colleen November 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I remember what a yoga instructor once told me about running, remember to tune into your form & breath. I shake out my arms & repeat form & breath like a mantra. It focuses me & helps everything work together.

74 Jeanne November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

When I first started running I couldn’t figure out how everyone else could get their legs and arms to move together. I was certain I looked like a flailing chicken who’s scrawny legs and arms were just flying all over the place!!! It took me a couple of months to really get it down. I just kept a mental image of what I hoped I looked like in my head. My mantra for a long time was “right, left, right, left” It made remember to keep everything on the right side moving together :) I’m pretty sure I still look ridiculous when i’m running- I just don’t care as much anymore :)

75 Jeanne November 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

and I’m a follower!!

76 Mary November 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Every once in a while I have one of those days. It seems that throwing in some walking here and there it getting a buddy to join can help get me through my workout. It may also mean I’m over training and may need to take a recovery day.

77 Rob Wray November 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

When I’m feeling “clunky”at the beginning of a run,it’s all about remembering that it will flow at about mile 3 and just keep moving, one foot in front of the other. The reward at the end of these runs is even greater than at the end of a run where it goes well from the top.

78 Kim November 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

excited for my first full marathon to be in Burlington!

79 Kim November 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

oops, I was also supposed to let you know I hit the rss link to follow!!

80 Tristin Adie November 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I check in with my form: is my neck extended, head floating above my shoulders, back straight, pelvis loose, legs relaxed, feet striking the ground midfoot, rather than at the heel? Works wonders! (See the fabulous Chi Running for deets!)

81 Tristin Adie November 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Shared on fb

82 Tristin Adie November 14, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Official Rss follower!

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