Friday, December 9, 2016

Day 9 of 12 Days of Carlee's Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog TEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 9 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 9 Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wraps or FootNotes.


For today, DAY NINE, nine winners will be selected, each winning a motivate wrap or set of footnotes of their choice from Momentum Jewelry.

If you've been around these parts for a while, you know I love me some #WristCandy! And Momentum Jewelry is one of my favorite companies when it comes to adding to my #ArmParty. Why, you may ask? Well, for quite a few reasons. First, because who couldn't use their own personal cheerleader on their wrist when the run or workout gets tough? Next, because the wraps are so comfy that I don't even realize they're there (till I look down for that little boost of support or kick in the pants that I need). Also, because everything is made in the USA and hand-crafted with love!


Over the last few years I have acquired quite the collection of Momentum Jewelry goodies, including the Motivate Wraps, Footnotes, Necklaces, SPARKletsWish Wraps, and even a t-shirt! Even though it is hard to pick a favorite, I think the Motivate Wraps will always hold a special place in my heart (especially when Amy kicked off the #ShareTheSPARK campaign - "Be the spark that inspires someone... the spark that lights their fire. Be the reason.").


Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

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Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 15th at 11:59pm PST and the NINE winners will be chosen on December 16th.


And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Day 8 of 12 Day's of Carlee's Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog TEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 8 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 8 surprise Sparkly Soul headbands.


For today, DAY EIGHT, eight winners will be selected, each winning a surprise Sparkly Soul headband.

For almost as long as I've been running I've been rocking Sparkly Soul headbands (and for the past three years or so have been honored to be a part of their amazing ambassador program). I love the extra hit of sparkle they bring to my outfit, but not only that, they don't have a piece of black elastic in the back, they don't give me headaches and they don't slip or fall off during activity (and I wear them for everything from running to swimming and all activities in between).


Sparkly Soul was created for all the women who find their strength and soul while pushing themselves to their athletic limits. The company was actually started by a marathoner and triathlete (so they know exactly what an athlete like you and me need when it comes to activewear). Sparkly Soul was created as the comfortable solution for all of us athletic fashionistas so there will be no fussing with our hair while we are working out (or out on the town).
I wear Sparkly Soul headbands any time I have my hair pulled up (whether I'm working out or not). They help keep my fly-aways under control and the colors match any outfit I can conjure up. Sparkly Soul offers sparkly headbands, satin headbands, thin headbands, thick headbands, headbands that support charities, etc. (In case you were curious about my preference, I love the thick sparkly ones, but also have fun stacking different colored thin ones to mix it up too.)

A small assortment of my ever growing collection... I believe I'm over 50 now!

Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 14th at 11:59pm PST and the EIGHT winners will be chosen on December 15th.


And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

PS Use the code CARLEE for 30% off any regular price Sparkly Soul Sports & Fitness Headband now until December 15th (because EVERYONE is a WINNER in my book)! So go get your shop on and save a few dollars in the process!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Day 7 of 12 Days of Carlee's Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog TEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 7 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today is: a prize pack containing 7 items from #WeRunSocial.


For today, DAY SEVEN, one winner will be selected, winning a prize pack including seven items (LOVE hoodie, Sock Game Tight Shirt, PRO Sock, WRS Momentum Wrap, WRS racerback tank, WRS wristband and WRS sling bag).

Some of the #WeRunSocial gear folks are rocking across the InterWebs

For those of you who are unfamiliar with #WeRunSocial, here's a quick run-down. Some of us were running the Phoenix Marathon in 2015. We were using the hashtag #ItsGoingDownAtPHX (because it's a downhill course and the party was gonna go down there ;)). Mr. Pavement Runner noticed that even folks not running the race were starting to use the hashtag and join in on the fun. DING - lightning struck his brain and the idea was born! What if there was a running crew that welcomed EVERYONE and ANYONE, no matter the pace, distance, location, etc, and killed it on social media?!

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Do you love running? Do you love social media? Then you should be a part of #WeRunSocial. And the BEST part about it?! YOU ARE IN! No applications, no interviews - if you want in, YOU ARE IN! Start using the hashtag #WeRunSocial, follow on Instagram (@WeRunSocial) and Twitter (@WeRunSocial), like on Facebook (WeRunSocial). The gist of it is a supportive, fun-loving, insanely encouraging running crew with the only requirement being "BE GOOD PEOPLE". We take OVER races, the Twitter-sphere, Instagram-land, etc. Make sure you follow EVERYWHERE so you can take part in this love-fest, hit up race meet-ups, follow AWESOME runners, join in on the movement, etc!


I will never be an elite athlete - I run for fun (and actually PAY to do it, so you better believe I am going to enjoy every step of it that I can). Running is a hobby I started about 4.5 years ago and have fallen in love with it. I am forever grateful for all of the fan-freakin'-tastic people running has brought into my life (which is why I may sound a little pushy about the whole #WeRunSocial thing, but I just know how much my life has improved once I started running and met this amazing crew!). So why not rep my tribe wherever I go with all the #WeRunSocial gear?!

Me rocking just some of my #WeRunSocial gear

Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winner being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 13th at 11:59pm PST and the ONE winner will be chosen on December 14th.


And, finally, the winner must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Day 6 of 12 Days of Carlee's Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog TEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 6 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 6 pairs of PRO Compression socks/ sleeves.


For today, DAY SIX, six winners will be selected, each winning a pair of either PRO Compression socks or sleeves. The first winner will receive a pair of Marathon Socks, the second winner will receive a pair of Calf Sleeves, the third winner will receive a pair of PC Racers, the fourth winner will receive a pair of Arm Sleeves, the fifth winner will receive a pair of PC Runners, and the sixth winner will receive a pair of Marathon Socks.

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I have been enough to be on the PRO Compression Ambassador team for the last three years (and have been rocking the gear even longer). If you know me then you know I wouldn't rep a brand if I didn't whole-heartedly believe in it. And PRO is one of the first companies that I knew I 'needed' to team up with! Not only are they local (they're down the street in Carlsbad - literally, Ryan used to walk from his old office to pick up my orders), but they design and manufacture their products in the USA, their stuff has the perfect amount of graduated compression, the colors are bangarang (and go with every and any running outfit you can think up), and who's legs couldn't use an extra hug every now and then?!

Some of the recent pictures on my phone of me rocking some PRO socks

PRO's compression gear has helped me tremendously throughout my running career. I wear the Marathon Socks during long runs, after hard workouts, etc. If it's too hot or I'm doing a shorter, lower intensity workout, I rock the Low Trainers. Even if you don't run, but are on your feet all day or are traveling for long periods of time, they are amazing!

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I am not embarrassed to say that I have over SIXTY pairs and a drawer dedicated specifically for all of my PRO gear!

Top: The drawer with only my Marathon Socks and Calf Sleeves ///
Bottom: Low Trainers and PC Runners included
*Not pictured: Socks in the laundry basket, socks currently hanging on the drying rack, etc*

Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 12th at 11:59pm PST and the SIX winners will be chosen on December 13th.


And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

PS Just in case you aren't one of the SIX lucky winners, you can still use coupon code "GIFT16" for 40% off your order (because EVERYONE is a WINNER in my book)! So go get your shop on and save a few dollars in the process!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Day 5 of 12 Days of Carlee's Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog TEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 5 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 5 boxes of PROBAR goodies.


For today, DAY FIVE, five winners will be selected, each winning a box of PROBAR goodies (either an Endurance Pack, a box of BOLT chews {strawberry} or a box of BASE bars {peanut butter chocolate}).

To say the hubby and I are #FueledByPROBAR would be an understatement. I'll have a BASE bar for breakfast before workouts, the hubby takes a MEAL bar with him to work for lunch every day, we both snack on FUEL bars when we're out and about, and I fuel my long runs with BOLT chews. Once you find something that works, stick with it, right?!


And now PROBAR is offering Nut Butters, oh, say it ain't so! I haven't tried any of them, but if their other products are a tell-tale sign of how AMAZING these are, I know my wallet is in for some trouble (but my taste buds will jump for joy).

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We love PROBAR for oh so many reasons. Just a few of them are because they create delicious, convenient, healthy food products. Their ingredients are plant-based, coming from sustainable sources which have a small impact on the earth and a significant and positive impact on our bodies. PROBAR doesn't compromise when it comes to quality, and their Non-GMO Project Verified products are proof that packaged food can maintain quality, sustainability, purity and taste. Not only that, PROBAR uses certified organic ingredients in their products.


Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prize. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 11th at 11:59pm PST and the FIVE winners will be chosen on December 12th.

And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!

PS Just in case you aren't one of the FIVE lucky winners, you can still use coupon code "MCDOT16" for 15% off your order (because EVERYONE is a WINNER in my book)! So go get your shop on and save a few dollars in the process!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Workout Recap - Week 49

Sunday, November 27th – 45 minutes of yoga with the hubby, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Monday, November 28th – 2.5 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Tuesday, November 29th –  Strength Training (abs, back, legs and arms), 3 mile walk, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Wednesday, November 30th – 15 mile bike ride, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Thursday, December 1st – 3 mile run, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Friday, December 2nd –  10 mile walk, Stretched & Foam Rolled


Saturday, December 3rd – Rest Day, Stretched & Foam Rolled


If you haven't guessed it yet, I AM GOING CRAZY! My hip is not 100% yet, which is a MAJOR bummer! I have been taking it easy, but still trying to get in a few miles here and there as to check in and gauge how everything is healing. My chiropractor said that muscles/ nerves can take 4-6 weeks (sometimes more) to get back from over-use issues. Here's to hoping I can see the light at the end of the tunnel soon...

How were your workouts this past week?

Day 4 of 12 Days of Carlee's Christmas

Thanks so much for stopping by CarleeMcDot.com today. Whether you've been following along on my journey since I started this blog TEN YEARS AGO or you stopped by for the first time today - WELCOME!

And no matter how long you've been visiting, you picked an AMAZING time to pop in because we're celebrating my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas {read my post announcing this series HERE if you don't know what I'm talking about}.


Today is Day 4 of my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas! And the prize today is pretty FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC! Although, to be honest, all of the prizes are AMAZEBALLS! If I could enter my own giveaways I'm pretty sure I would enter each and every one of them in this series because they are just that awesome.

Up for grabs today are: 4 Nuun Prize Packs.


For today, DAY FOUR, four winners will be selected, each winning a Nuun Prize Pack (which includes a nuun Headsweats visor {white or black}, water bottle and four tubes of nuun active {grape, watermelon, tropical and orange}).

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I will be the first to admit that I tend to hydrate with water. This isn't a huge deal, well, until you are sweating. Science wasn't my favorite subject, but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be surprised to know that sweat contains more than just standard H2O, which means you need to replenish more than that during and after your workouts.

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One of the 'things' that you need to refill are electrolytes. Electrolytes play a key function in maintaining fluid balance, and supporting normal body function - can you say 'importante?!' [that means important in Spanish... another subject that wasn't my fave].

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That's where nuun comes in! nuun contains an optimal blend of electrolytes which keeps you hydrated for all levels of activities - whether you're running a marathon or a marathon of errands. The hydration aid comes in tablet form, so it's easy to pack for racecations or throw in a desk drawer to have after a sweaty runch. [For those of you who've never tried it, it's less of a 'sports drink, in-your-face' sort of taste, but if you like more flavor, just add an extra tablet or two.]

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Entering this giveaway (along with the other #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas giveaways) is easy-peasy! Simply use the Rafflecopter widget listed below on the giveaway blog post and cross your fingers. Some entries are available daily so I'd HIGHLY recommend entering early and often. (Shoot, I would even go as far as suggesting you set an alarm to remind you to come back to this page every 24 hours so you can take advantage of as many entries as possible!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, the nitty gritty details... All entries are verified, so please make sure to do whatever the required action for the entry is or it will be disqualified. I would hate for you to miss out on winning due to a technicality, so if you are going to click the option, make sure you do whatever it asks or a new, random winner will be selected in your place.

Also, this giveaway will last seven days, with the winners being picked (and notified) on the eighth day. The winners will have 24 hours to reply to the congratulations email from me to claim their prizes. That means, for this giveaway, it will end on December 10th at 11:59pm PST and the FOUR winners will be chosen on December 11th.


And, finally, the winners must have a US mailing address. International shipping seems to cost an arm and a leg these days, and customs is a major headache, so to make it easier (and cheaper) on the brands who have offered up their products, the winners must live in United States of America (or at least have an address we can ship to within the US).

With that said, BEST OF LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERS! And don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see what is up next in my #12DaysOfCarleesChristmas (I promise you do NOT want to miss out on any of these giveaways!)!