Sunday, September 26, 2010

Plane Ticket Winnah!

First of all, I'd like to thank everyone who donated to the MISS Foundation:

Thank you sooo much!  You ladies are amazing!  $100 was raised for this great cause. :)

My assistant, Murphy, helping pick a winner


Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Tourist in My Own City

Hello Seattle!

Yesterday I had the privilege to show TMB and Katye the lovely sites of Seattle, along with Jill.  There was a lot of walking, laughing, picture taking, more laughing, and cupcakes. :)  Crazy conversations about running, random people we saw along the "tour," balls (you decide), apps, food, running shoes, race stories and cupcakes.  Everything ended with cupcakes.  Delicious ones, too.

I would love to show you a lot of pictures, but I don't want to spoil TMB's and Katye's recaps entirely.  So I have one that I will show...Space Needle tourist pic!  Woo hoo!
Katye, TMB, Me/Miss Goober
I'll give the rundown of the events later.  I'm tired and the You Go Girl 10K is tomorrow AM!  Yay!

You have 2 hours left to enter the raffle/giveaway for plane tickets! 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cars, Tickets & The Goob

I never really appreciated having two cars until now.  Woah.  I've been having my coworker pick me up on the way to work, which is nice for me, but a little out of the way for him.  Plus, not having two cars hasn't allowed me to go to the gym at all this week. :(  I'm in need of a swim!  Argh!  The good news is Travis found a car and tested it out this we may be back to two cars soon enough.

As you can see, the car situation has dwindled my exercise to a minimum this week.  But hopefully I'll be getting a lot this weekend with You Go Girl just around the corner.

Please don't forget to enter the raffle/giveaway of the AirTran plane tickets.  Only 3 days left to enter!  

Side note:  The reason I can't just give these tickets away is because they were donated to A Small Victory for an auction we held last year.  Since A Small Victory is not taking donations at the moment, the next best organization is the MISS Foundation.  Ultimately, these tickets are not mine to just give away.  Thanks for understanding!

Also, check out Goober's Birthday Pool with the link to the right.  Make a guess on when she'll be here!
The Murphy & Goober stare down...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Busy? NAH.

I've been a little M.I.A. lately since my recap of the Iron Girl.  It's been quite the week.  Not only did I celebrate my 27th birthday yesterday (woohoo!), but I also attended two weddings in different parts of the lovely Northwest.  Oh boy.  It was BUSY.  Since my actual birthday was full of wedding celebrations, I got to celebrate with my in-laws and my family on Friday and Saturday.  However, Friday night after a great dinner with the in-laws, Trav got into a little car accident and one of our cars is now totaled. :(  And it was the safer of our two cars. Double boo.  So now we are looking for two new (used) cars.  Saturday was hang-out-with-my-family day at my Dad's house.  It was a lazy/fun day.  I always have fun with my bro and sisters. :)

And now this week is going to be busy am I getting to work when Trav's using my car?  Man, I wish I could run!!

This weekend is the You Go Girl event on Sunday...and that means two awesome bloggers from the East are coming into town: TMB from Racing With Babes and Katye from Long Legs on the Loose!  I can't wait to meet them!  It should be a great weekend. :)

I leave you with a pic of my handsome hubby at the venue from last night's wedding.  It had a gorgeous view!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Iron Girl 5K Recap

This was one of my favorite races last year, and I was pumped to run it again...but then I got preggers.  So, I was intending on jogging the course with my little sister Liza, but then she had her appendix removed the day before.  Looks like I'm on my own on this one!

I recruited Travis to go with me, but he was not in the best mood to wake up at 7am on a Sunday.  Oh great.  We got to Greenlake and I jumped out the car and headed for the packet pick-up.  I decided that Liza deserved her shirt and bib number too, and picked up both of ours.  AND, I actually had my choice of shirt sizes this year!
Goober's 7th race

Since I thought Travis was going to meet me at the start to take my bag, I was frustrated to find out that he parked a mile away and did not want to meet me.  Grrrrrrrr.  Luckily this year they had a bag check.  So, in my hurry to check my bag and get my race bib on, I totally forgot to put Gus on my wrist.  I felt so naked!  Poor Gus.  This was a first. :(

Because of my ligament issue, I intended on walking the course.  HAHAHAHAHA!  Riiiiight, Zoe.  As soon as the Aflac Duck signaled the start, I was jogging along.  Sure, it wasn't the greatest feeling, but I was determined not to walk the entire way.  My competitive side came out.  But, I was taking it very easy and walked when I felt like I needed to.  All in all, I did a decent job jogging and walking.  It was really fun seeing all the Mother/Daughter teams running together, some in matching gear.  A part of me was thinking "Hey! I'm actually running with my daughter too!" :)

Trav actually met me at the finish and saw my "kick" at the end.  He asked "What was that??" because he thought I was walking.  "I couldn't WALK to the finish line." Duh.

While waiting to pick up my bag from gear check, I met Emily from Travel With Emily!  It was so cool to meet another local blogger/runner.  Big shout out to Miss Emily!  Woot! :)

Final Stats:
Mileage - 3.1
Time - 39:02
Overall - 740 out of  1369
Division Place - 133 out of 220 (F25-29)
Sex Place - 740 out of 1369 (no men)
Pace - 12:35

Don't forget to enter the plane ticket raffle/giveaway!  
As of today, I'm the only one who has donated to the MISS Foundation...and I can't even use the plane tickets!

Like my Baby Runner on Board Tank top? You can purchase it HERE.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

...And it's already been quite the day

9/11.  It's hard to believe nine years have passed.  We will always remember.
Photo by Thomas E. Franklin
So, I woke up early this morning to a text message from my brother saying that our littlest sister is in the hospital getting her appendix removed.  After trying to call her room at the hospital to no answer, I'm just a worried big sister.  I know she'll be fine, but I just hate the thought of her in pain and having any kind of surgery.  She's not the biggest fan of hospitals either.  But I'll be going up to visit her soon.

On a brighter note, there is a winner of the CSN gift card...

A big CONGRATS to Angel Jacklyn, entry #61!

Remember to enter my giveaway/raffle/fundraiser for the AirTran plane tickets (someone needs to use them before December 31st of this year!!).  It's only $5 an entry, which is like skipping a latte at Starbucks, or a footlong ham sandwich, or 4 GU's.  AND, it is tax deductible...

Now, I'm off to go visit my baby sister.

Friday, September 10, 2010

My HUGE Giveaway!... for two (2) round-trip plane tickets from AirTran!

Here's the thing though: the travel must be completed by 12/31/10 and there are restrictions on dates (holidays).   PLUS, this is going to be a raffle/giveaway to benefit the M.I.S.S. Foundation. But hey, it's a pair of plane tickets, yo!

You see, I was a board member & volunteer for a small local nonprofit that my bro/sis-in-law started called A Small Victory.  Last year the organization did really well, but it grew too much for just a small group of people to manage, and it closed its doors for a while.  Since A Small Victory was started because my dear little niece--Janell Victory--was stillborn, this cause is still very close to my heart.  It is an unfortunate part of life that some babies don't make it, and these organizations help those families who have lost little ones.  Yes, it is extremely sad.  But YES, it does happen all too often to people around you.
And little Goober wants to do something in memory of her cousin...

About the M.I.S.S. Foundation
"The MISS Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. MISS also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities."

Here's your chance to help these families (and get a chance to win plane tickets in the process)!

For every $5 you donate to the M.I.S.S. Foundation, you will receive 1 entry into the raffle.  
So:  1 entry = $5, 2 entries = $10, 3 entries = $15, and so on...

In order to be entered to win you must do TWO things:

  1. You must be a follower of this blog--as you will want to know if you win, right?
  2. Donate the minimum of $5 for one entry HERE.  You must either send me a screenshot of your confirmation of donation (see mine below, from my iPhone), or forward your confirmation e-mail regarding your donation to zoe @  
Since I will be personally mailing the ticket vouchers to the winner, I will be needing a mailing address.  I will not use/sell/exploit your address at all.  You have my word.  I'd hate if someone did that to me, so I won't do that to you.  Please e-mail me if you have any questions!

This raffle/giveaway will end at midnight September 25th (the date of my niece's birthday, and the day her little sister was born).  Winner will be selected via and announced on Sunday the 26th.  

Thank you everyone!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by families all around the world. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

31 Weeks?

Wow.  Getting closer.  It's still strange to think that I'm going to be a mom.  Whaaa?

One of my favorite races is this Sunday, the Iron Girl 5K.  Since I signed up for it light years ago I will be running walking it, of course. :)  It's such a fun race!  Last year I PR'd my 5K time, so next year, I hope to be even better.

Water aerobics and swimming are fun, but I still can't stop thinking about running.  One of my inspirations for running while prego, Cindy of, is expecting again...and she just won a 5K at Disneyland last weekend!  I totally wish the pain would all of a sudden disappear and I could just run these last two months...but alas, whatever Goob wants, Goob gets right now.  Oh, and I totally think she's going to be gangly like me.  All arms/legs.

Here's a little photo of me and my nap buddy, Murphy.  He likes to be close. 

Still working on the details of my next HUGE giveaway.  As a teaser, it has something to do with transportation...
I'll let that last thought marinate. ;)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Toe Juice Winnah!

There were a total of 33 entries in the Toe Juice giveaway, and chose #27....

Send me an e-mail to zoe @ with your address and your prize will be shipped! :)

Big props to Alanna and Lindsey for sending in their foot pics for extra entries!

I'm off to a wedding now, and the dress I have does not make me look like I'm wearing a giant sack like the last wedding two weeks ago.  This one is much more flattering!  

ALSO, be sure to stay tuned as I have a HUGE, and I mean HUGE, giveaway coming up...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

In Case You Didn't Win Elsewhere: $40 CSN Stores Gift Card Giveaway!

Who's up for a CSN Stores giveaway?  I know you've heard of them, and now you have a chance to win $40 towards anything listed on their site.  You could put it towards a dining table, a hammock, a sweet new bed for Fido, a new pair of running shoes, or even a pony!  Wait, sorry, apparently they are all sold out of ponies at the moment.* 

In all honesty, there really isn't anything you can't find on their website.  I mean, they have:
Canvas wall art
Easy as pie to find the right decor for your home...

Hand/Foot portable cycles

This should be under my desk right now...

AND, my fave right now:
Ju Ju Be diaper bags!

So cool, even Trav would rock this.

That's quite the selection of goods!  So, who's up for winning a $40 gift card???
*I kid, I kid. You can't buy a pony from the site.  Sorry folks. 

Here's the scoop on how to win:
(1 comment = 1 entry) 

  • Visit the CSN Stores site and tell me what you would get your best friend w/ the $40 (1 entry)
  •  Become a follower of my site and let me know in a comment (1 entry)
  • Link to this giveaway on your blog, Twitter (include @RunZoeRun), or Facebook.  Let me know in a comment (1 entry each)
  • "Like" Run, Zoe, Run! on Facebook and comment on the wall (1 entry)
  • "Like" CSN Stores on Facebook (1 entry)

The giveaway will end Friday 9/10, with the winner picked via & announced on Saturday the 11th.

**Note: Gift card giveaway provided courtesy of CSN Stores.**

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

An Award with Cupcakes!

I was a lucky gal to receive this award from Stephanie at Girls Just Wanna Go Run and Erika from Chasing My Monkeys 1 Mile at a Time.  But of course, being the prego chick that I am, all I saw was...cupcakes!  Yum!  Oh great.  I'll be right back...

...ok, back now withalittlefrostingonmyupperlip. 

This is how the award works:

#1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?

#2. Pick 6 people and give them this award. Then inform them that they received an award.

#3. Thank the person who gave this award to you!

1.  I consider myself to be lucky and to have a pretty normal, low-key childhood.  The only "fighting" was between us three younger sisters, but that wasn't a big's normal.  My grades were good and I was plenty busy with extracurricular activities.  Never did any kind of illegal drug.  Was probably a goody-two-shoes and a nerd, but that's ok by me.  BUT, there is only one thing that I really do regret and I've always wondered if it could've changed anything...I wish that I would have gone back to the hospital the night my mum died.  I had planned on it, but I ended up falling asleep with her pillow (it was about 2am when I got home).  For some reason, I just regret not being there.  It probably wouldn't have changed the outcome, but it was something I've always wondered about.  
Sorry, this isn't meant to be a downer.  I just can't think of anything else I'd truly want to change from my past. (Aside from maybe that guy I kissed in high school with braces...)

2.  Now, I pass this award to:

H Love @ Keep On Keeping On

Holly @ Run Like the Wind (or Shuffle Like an Old Lady)

Liz @ Writing Mommy

Karrie @ Hello*Pretty

Genesis @ More Than Your Average Runner

Jeri @ JerBear Shares

3.  Thank you so much for thinking of me, Stephanie!  You are totally going to ROCK the Chicago Marathon next month! :)

And Erika, keep up your excellent training and you will no doubt be amazing at your first marathon in Long Beach!  :)

Now, I have to go find some real cupcakes...


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