It’s Taper Time!

1 May

First off, in case you missed it:

PT Tweet

Exciting stuff! They were practically throwing me out of the office – I guess that means I’m healed, right?

Okay, so, it’s that time again. Taper time! This taper won’t be horrendous since I haven’t really been running much anyway.

Tonight, though, I did run. Coachy said something that resonated with me, and really lit a fire up under my ass today. He said if I want to get better, faster, stronger, it’s going to be hard and it’s going to hurt (good hurt of course), but it will be worth it in the long run (pun not so much intended, but rather amusing). Now I know I’ve been told this a million times but for some reason today it just sunk in. I decided right then and there – to hell with excuses, to hell with floundering over decisions, I have a plan, I know what I need to do, so I’m doing it. And do it I did (at the gym, on the treadmill – damn rain)– my splits looked like this:

Mile 0-0.75: 9:50 pace

Mile 0.75-1: 8:57 pace

Mile 1-1.75: 9:50 pace

Mile 1.75-2: 8:57 pace

A couple of notes – I wasn’t feeling tired. My legs felt fresh, even just 48 hours after my speedy Sunday run. My lungs felt fine, no breathing struggles at all.

Because of all this goodness I decided to finish strong:

Mile 2-2.75: 9:50 pace

Mile 2.75-3: 8:34 pace

Even that last quarter mile “sprint” didn’t feel hard. I was shocked! And now, I still feel great. I think I’m at a major breakthrough point – some more hard work and hard training and we’ll see what good things I can accomplish.

Maybe starting on Sunday? We’ll see.

Speaking of good things – you know what time it is? It’s time for another giveaway! We are still celebrating my blog-iversary after all!

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It’s not called a giveaway week for nothing! One thing I did forget to tell you guys is that everything I’m giving away this week is personal in one way, shape, or form to me.

Sparkly Soul headbands? (This giveaway is still open!) I can’t workout without one on my head!

Perky Jerky – I’d never had turkey jerky before, and now that I’m not eating red meat (99.9% of the time hehe), it fits into my life perfectly. (Still a little time left to get in on this one!).

And tonight – Chobani. That’s right my friends. One lucky winner will receive a case of Chobani! Thank you Chobani, for providing not ONLY one lucky reader with a case, but also providing me with a case. Yum. You guys seriously rock.

Chobani

I love Chobani – and even though I’ve cut way back on dairy, I’ll still eat it. Friends and family alike recommended trying Lactaid – and sure enough it works. So, I’m self diagnosed lactose intolerant. Which means, if I have a craving for Cho, I’m going to eat it! I’m still mostly avoiding dairy, just like red meat. HAHA.

I have a feeling this is going to be a popular giveaway, so I’m going to give you guys a bunch of options for entering!

1) Follow Running and Cupcakes (look to your right – where it says “Follow Me”) (Required)

2) Tell me your FAVORITE Chobani flavor. Mine is Apple Cinnamon. (Required)

3) Follow Chobani on Twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/Chobani (Optional)

4) Follow me on Twitter. https://twitter.com/#!/runcupcake (Optional)

5) Share a link with me of your favorite recipe made with Chobani. (Optional)

6) Tweet: @Chobani is giving away a case to one lucky reader with @runcupcake. Enter here: http://wp.me/p25oLf-Jj

There you have it my friends! 6 ways to win a case of Chobani!

This giveaway will be open for one week – I will accept entries until Midnight, Tuesday, May 8th.

Please leave a separate message for each entry!

Good luck!

I hope everyone had a great Tuesday. Stay tuned for another wicked awesome giveaway tomorrow! Smile

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P.S. Have I told you guys yet that I have some seriously awesome guest bloggers set up for you for this weekend? Just you wait and see – you will not be disappointed!

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133 Responses to “It’s Taper Time!”

  1. Julie May 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I follow your blog already 🙂

  2. Linz May 1, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m following! 🙂

  3. Linz May 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Favorite flavor of Cho has to be Mango!

  4. Julie May 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    My favorite flavor is Strawberry Banana

  5. Maggi May 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    My favorite flavor is peach — I add dried cranberries and dried cherries to it, and sometimes fresh blueberries (when they’re in season). It’s the best!

  6. Linz May 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I’m following you on Twitter! 🙂

  7. Linz May 1, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    I’m following Chobani on Twitter!

  8. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    I am a blog follower

  9. Julie May 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    I follow you on twitter

  10. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Pineapple is my favorite flavor

  11. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    I follow Chobani on Twitter @NattieRuns

  12. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I follow running and cupcakes on Twitter

  13. nattie1218 May 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I tweeted the giveaway
    https://twitter.com/#!/NattieRuns/status/197490262380003330

  14. Marty May 1, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    I follow your blog

  15. Marty May 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    May sound silly but I love the plain Chobani flavor because I can use it in everything! Sweet, savory…whatever!

  16. Marty May 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    I follow you on twitter.

  17. Marty May 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    I follow Chobani on twitter.

  18. jobo May 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    nicely done on that run!!! You are speedtastic 🙂 And I love my some chobani! of course I tweeted 😉

  19. nysunshine May 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    My favorite Chobani flavor has got to be Pomegranate!

  20. eatingforexcellence May 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I already follow you!

  21. discoveringhealthy May 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m boring & my favorite flavor is vanilla 🙂

  22. eatingforexcellence May 1, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I’m boring & my favorite flavor is vanilla

  23. eatingforexcellence May 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    i follow chobani on twitter

  24. eatingforexcellence May 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    i follow you on twitter

  25. eatingforexcellence May 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    tweeted

  26. Renata May 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    Following you on Twitter now

  27. Renata May 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    My favorite Chobani flavor is strawberry!

  28. Renata May 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Following your blog posts now

  29. Renata May 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I follow Chobani on Twitter already

  30. Renata May 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Tweeted your giveaway link too

  31. Renata May 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    Recipes I use with Chobani is blending it into smoothies for added protein and thickening them up. I also sub Chobani in the place of mayo in my sandwiches, sub Chobani for sour cream for my potato toppings and sub Chobani in the place of salad dressings too! Thanks so much! 🙂

  32. Serena May 1, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Mine is blood orange! #nom

  33. Alex @ therunwithin May 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    I follow you!

  34. Alex @ therunwithin May 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    One of my favorite flavors is pomegranate. I am a sucker for them.

  35. loramarie03 May 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Follow your blog!

  36. loramarie03 May 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Love strawberry flavor! 🙂

  37. Alex @ therunwithin May 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    My favorite recipe to use with Chobani is a vegetable dip. You use a plain flavor with dill, onion flakes and a little bit of mayo and sour cream. So good!

  38. Alex @ therunwithin May 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I follow chobani on twitter!

  39. loramarie03 May 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Follow you on Twitter!

  40. loramarie03 May 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Follow Chobani on Twitter!

  41. Alex @ therunwithin May 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I follow you on twitter!

  42. Kristen @ Be Fit with Kristen May 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    I already follow you on twitter. I’m now subsribed by email, a fan on facebook and following your boards on Pinterest. I’m borderline stocking you. But I want my Chobani lol!

  43. Kristen @ Be Fit with Kristen May 1, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    My favorite flavor is non fat plain. I love to add my own flare!

  44. Kristen @ Be Fit with Kristen May 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Mini Quiche bites made with Greek Yogurt (and of course i used Chobani). Perfect for breakfast, snack or an appetizer

  45. Laurel C May 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I follow your blog already

  46. Laurel C May 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I follow you on twitter

  47. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    I follow chobani on twitter

  48. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/pace_of_laurel/status/197536154650812416

  49. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    my favorite flavor is apple cinnamon too! isn’t it amazing?!

  50. Laurel C May 2, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    this is my favorite chobani recipe: strawberry scones!
    http://www.chobanikitchen.com/recipes/detail/strawberry-scones

  51. Running the Classroom May 2, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I follow your blog.

  52. Running the Classroom May 2, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I follow you on twitter.

  53. Running the Classroom May 2, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I follow Chobani on twitter

  54. Running the Classroom May 2, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I tweeted your give away!

    RunningTheClassroom ‏ @RunningTheClass
    @Chobani is giving away a case to one lucky reader with @runcupcake. Enter here: http://wp.me/p25oLf-Jj—

  55. Running the Classroom May 2, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    My FAVORITE chobani flavor is Pineapple! 🙂

  56. Carissa Bealert (@CarissaAnneB) May 2, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    I follow!

  57. Carissa Bealert (@CarissaAnneB) May 2, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Apple Cinnamon is my fave!

  58. Heather Iacobacci (@hriacobacci) May 2, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Hey there chica – not entering – but wanted to say nice split times. Congrats on PT too! I did tweet the giveaway for you 😉

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Hi hunny, thank you thank you!!!! 🙂

  59. Jess Sutera May 2, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    YAY for a great confidence-boosting run before the half. I love when that happens!

    My fave flavor is apple cinnamon, mango and pineapple. I can’t pick just one 😉

    • runcupcake May 2, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      It was AWESOME! I felt so good, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  60. Jess Sutera May 2, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    I also tweeted this out 🙂

  61. Heather Simpson Mursch May 2, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I follow you.

  62. Heather Simpson Mursch May 2, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    My favorite flavor is blood orange. I eat one for breakfast every day!

  63. Heather Simpson Mursch May 2, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I already follow Chobani on Twitter.

  64. Heather Simpson Mursch May 2, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    And I follow you on Twitter, too!

  65. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf May 2, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Love me some Chobani! I follow your blog!

  66. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf May 2, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    My favorite flavor is passionfruit

  67. Heather Simpson Mursch May 2, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    tweet tweet! (@heatha262)

  68. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf May 2, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I follow you on twitter (@cyu888)

  69. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf May 2, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    I follow Chobani on twitter

  70. barrandtable May 2, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I’m following your blog!

  71. barrandtable May 2, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    My favorite flavor of Chobani is Apple Cinnamon. Or Blueberry.. I can’t choose! 🙂

  72. barrandtable May 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I follow you on twitter 🙂 (@beermeamartini)

  73. barrandtable May 2, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I follow Chobani on twitter!

  74. Georgiana May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Following your blog now 🙂

  75. Georgiana May 2, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    My favorite Chobani flavor is Lemon!

  76. Georgiana May 2, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Following Chobani on Twitter

  77. Jenni Ortman (@skidoorn2000) May 2, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    My all time FAVORITE @chobani flavor is strawberry! yummo! my second favorite is pomegrante 🙂

  78. Melissa Burton May 2, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Love the honey flavor!

  79. psalisbury3 May 2, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    My favorite Chobani flavor is Passion Fruit!

  80. Meg May 2, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I follow your blog via Google Reader/RSS!

  81. Meg May 2, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    My favorite Chobani flavor is plain so I can add whatever toppings I like to it. It’s amazing!

  82. Holly B May 2, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    I am obsessed with lemon!!!

  83. Meg May 2, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    I follow Chobani on Twitter

  84. Meg May 2, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    I follow you on Twitter.

  85. Meg May 2, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    My favorite recipe featuring Chobani is the Chobani Black Cherry Cheesecake… so easy! http://nutritionfor.us/2012/04/eat-skinny-chobani-black-cherry-cheesecake/

  86. nikki May 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    FAVORITE Chobani flavor: Just plain chobani! SO GOOD

  87. Alexis@fitpossible May 2, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    I follow you on twitter

  88. Alexis@fitpossible May 2, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I follow Running and Cupcakes

  89. Alexis@fitpossible May 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    My favorite chobani flavor is a toss up: Pomogrante and blood orange

  90. Alexis@fitpossible May 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    I follow Choabni on Twitter

  91. Alexis@fitpossible May 2, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    My FAVORITE thing to make with Chobani is my sweet tooth remedy :o) simple but oh so good
    http://fitpossible.blogspot.com/2012/03/sweet-tooth-remedy.html

  92. Morganne May 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    I follow your blog!

  93. Morganne May 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    I follow you on twitter!

  94. Morganne May 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    My favorite flavor ever is the pineapple!! It is just so good!

  95. Morganne May 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    I follow chobani on twitter!

  96. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Already follow you!

  97. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    already follow you on twitter!

  98. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    follow chobani on twitter!

  99. kelsey May 3, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    my fave is def apple cinnamon! I’m eating some now!

  100. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Following your blog!

  101. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Following you on twitter!

  102. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Following chobani on twitter!

  103. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    My favorite flavor is blood orange! 😉

  104. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    @justkeepsweating just posted this recipe that I am going to try: @chobani with avocados, limes, cilantro and tomatoes to make guacamole

  105. Jessica May 3, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    I tweeted about your contest!

  106. sarah May 3, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    i already follow your blog!

  107. sarah May 3, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    i can’t pick between apple cinnamon & blood orange for my favorite chobani flavors – they’re both so delicious!

  108. sarah May 3, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    i already follow chobani on twitter.

  109. sarah May 3, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    i already follow you on twitter!

  110. Jocelyn May 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I follow you and my favorite flavor is passion fruit!

  111. Ray May 4, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    Just followed your blog!

  112. Ray May 4, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    My favorite flavor of Chobani is Cherry with Strawberry a close second!

  113. Ray May 4, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Following Chobani on Twitter

  114. Liz May 4, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I’m following you on Running and Cupcakes

  115. Liz May 4, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    my favorit flavor—- Raspberry!! Yum!

  116. Liz May 4, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Im following you on twitter

  117. Liz May 4, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    im following chobani on twitter

  118. Liz May 4, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I just tweeted @Chobani is giving away a case to one lucky reader with @runcupcake. Enter here: http://wp.me/p25oLf-Jj

  119. Carissa @Fit2Flex May 5, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I follow you in twitter

  120. Carissa @Fit2Flex May 5, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    My fave flavor is apple cinnamon too!!

  121. Carissa @Fit2Flex May 5, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    I tweeted @Chobani is giving away a case to one lucky reader with @runcupcake. Enter here: http://wp.me/p25oLf-Jj

  122. Carissa @Fit2Flex May 5, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I follow chobani on twitter

  123. coffeecardiogoddess May 5, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I already follow your blog, follow you on twitter and follow chobani! My favorite is the apple cinnamon as well! I also tweeted about the giveaway.

  124. runyogarepeat May 7, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    I follow your blog.

  125. runyogarepeat May 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    My favorite is blood orange – so good!

  126. runyogarepeat May 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    I already follow Chobani.

  127. runyogarepeat May 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I follow you on twitter.

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