November 3, 2010

Race Bling Giveaway!

Am I driving you crazy with my Marathon fever yet? Well hang on just 18 more days... haha!
Marathons & jewelry have pretty much taken over my life lately. So it's no surprise that my two passions would turn into something fabulous... like a Race Necklace.

I am so excited to launch the Race Necklace on Erica Sara Designs! It's a gold filled round charm engraved with the race details of your choice. Marathoner? Triathlete? Swimmer? No problem. This necklace can be 100% customized to represent your awesomeness & accomplishments! Now I know I just had a giveaway the other week but I can't help having another one. That's how excited I am about this necklace. So here it is, the Race Bling Giveaway. I will work with you via email to completely customize your necklace including designs and fonts that are not available on my website!
This one is incredibly easy to enter. Just leave a comment below with your best racing tip or happiest racing moment. My goal is collect a great list that I'll then compile into a separate post for everyone to enjoy. Not a runner or athlete and still want to join the fun? Just leave a comment cheering us all on and you're in the running to win the necklace; we'll design something special just for you. For additional chances to enter, you can also become a follower of this blog, become an Erica Sara Designs facebook fan, or tweet about this giveaway. Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry you make. This giveaway ends on Monday, 11/8/2010 at 5pm. And no worries if you haven't completed your race by then; we'll customize your necklace once you have!
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42 comments :

  1. I am so excited for your big race day. I really love the excitement just before a race when your surrounded by a crowd of excited people who just there to run...to move...to embrace life with passion. It is a very cool thing to run in a pack of like-minded people.

    My very favourite race moment was when I heard the video my brothers made at my last race. As the narrated they kept yelling "we love you Lisa". I cried when I heard their enthusiasm.

    Run happy.

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  2. When Dori tweeted the picture of that necklace, I just fell in love! I adore it!

    My favorite race moment was my first half marathon. I remember being so excited throughout the whole race! I had so much fun! I ran it with my partner and we grabbed hands before crossing the finish line. That was by far the happiest and most emotional moment I've had while racing!

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  3. Oh wow, I have a million favorite race moments! Each time I ran a new distance or PRed is a "favorite."

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  4. And now I liked. Entry #2, please! :)

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  5. I've never raced but I think it's amazing! This year I'm gonna go to the NYC Marathon to cheer on my uncle and my friends who run!

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  6. I LOVE THIS NECKLACE!! I can't wait to wear it ALL THE TIME! Ahhhh you are so amazing and talented and thank you!!! SO excited to show this off to everyone and tell them I got it from Erica Sara Designs!! The next one you need to make is for yourself after your marathon!

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  7. Wow! That necklace is awesome!

    So my favorite race memory is completing the New York City 1/2 Marathon in March 2010. I had run two half marathons prior to this one, but neither were in NYC. Running through the city was incredible. There were so many spectators and running through Times Square was insane. When I finished the race, I knew I had PR'd, though I wasn't sure exactly what my time was. Turns out, I finished in 2 hours flat—7 minutes faster than my previous time!

    Whew, there's a mini essay for you. So to conclude: The NYC 1/2 Marathon was awesome and I love your necklace :)

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  8. I just became a fan on facebook!

    I found your blog through Dori and your work is GORGEOUS! I'm running the marathon on sunday and this would be an EPIC thing to win :)

    My favorite race memory is my first half marathon. I ran it BY MYSELF (it was a virtual Nike + race but i thought there would be other people running) and my family drove along the west side highway cheering me on and honking and stopping at certain points. it was pathetic, amazing, hysterical, embarrassing and triumphant all rolled into one ;) hehehe! Then when I PR-ed in Staten Island with a sub 1:54 that was a pretty amazing memory too!!!

    XOXO

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  9. This is so cute!!

    My happiest moment while racing came when I finally broke 30 minutes for 5K. That was one of my goals when I started marathon training, after avoiding gyms for 4 years!

    But my overall happiest moment was my first long run. It was only 6 miles and I walked a good portion of it but since I hadn't run/walked anything longer than 3.5mi before that, it was a pretty big deal. I walked out of the gym (treadmill) on such a great high and it kept me motivated for the last 5 months! :)

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  10. My favorite race moment was doing the midnight run in Central Park on New Years with the NYRR. Such a runner's high and adrenalin rush :)

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  11. Cute! My favorite race moment was probably back in high school when I was a badass :) But I continue to crank out marathons and other races and am happy with those moments too!

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  12. My best racing tip is to:

    RUN HAPPY!!!!

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  13. Going to be doing my first official "major" race this weekend. I'd say I have had two major milestones of accomplishment since I started getting into full-out running this spring. First, completing my first 5k early August. I had struggled to build my 3M/30min base from March. But second, crossing the finish line at the NERR 24 Oct was a huge accomplishment for me as well, because I was able to show myself that yes I could do a half marathon and it proved in certainty that my hard work paid off. To boot, I was surrounded by a good crew of friends also running and that's what made it (and it will make any race) even better.

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  14. Loving this site, and loving your jewellery as well! Very awesome, just subscribed to the site via GoogleReader. Looking forward to more fun content!

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  15. Edit: Nevermind, the twitter app finally allowed me to follow this blog.

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  16. I LOVE this!!! What a great way to keep celebrating a great achievement!

    I have so many favorite race moments, but the one that comes to mind right now is during my first half marathon in Miami, Fl. I was running as a member of Team Lifeline that raises money for services for kids with severe illnesses. Above all the amazing moments (including watching the sun rise as we ran past the cruise ships, catching up with mile markers before even thinking to look for them, seeing my best friend's brother on the side lines...) was running past, and being passed by, the members of the team pushing team lifeline kids in wheelchairs. They had the biggest smiles you could possibly imagine. I teared up each time I saw them
    (and now as I'm remembering). All of a sudden I wasn't just a runner, but a cheerer - two of my favorite things!

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  17. This necklace is beautiful!

    My happiest race moments happened just last month when I was running my fourth half marathon. As each mile ticked by, I looked at my watch for my time and I couldn't believe how good I was doing. Each split time made me happier and happier and I was able to finish in 1:49, a new personal best. The energy of the race really pushed me to do my best.

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  18. I have 2 favorites. First, my dear friend Meg and I barely new each other for NYC marathon (2003). We were in the same running group. A pit stop around mile 16 where meg "got her singlet wet" is a story we tell all the time. I loved seeing my husband waving a blackhawks hockey stick (we bought for the kids) on the sidelines for Chicago. I want one of these necklaces :)

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  19. Racing tip? I stole this from Haile Gebreselassie, the greatest distance runner who ever lived. "When you get to the starting line, the job is already done. All the hard work and training is behind you." Maybe that's why he's always smiling at the starting line :)

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  20. I have not been as happy-go-lucky with my running experiences. For the longest time, probably to some extent still, I have been fixated on the clock/time. However, I've noticed more recently that when I let go of the clock and just become more in tune with my breathing/pace/surroundings etc, I'm a much happier and, in fact, more successful runner. Made my PR in a 5K this way last September.

    Best running experience, hands down, would have been with my younger brother. It's not often that I get alone, one-on-one time with him as he's a busy NYer and newly engaged. Also, just happy to help him get into a healthier lifestyle.

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  21. For anyone who hasn't ran before and doesn't think they can complete a race, they're wrong. There are all kinds of community fun runs that anyone can participate in. I walk a 4 mile turkey trot with my parents and our golden retriever every year. We've finished in last place before and had an amazing time doing it. The dog usually gets a lot more cheers and crosses the finish line five feet ahead of me but it's not a competition. Find a community turkey trot in your area and just do it. I promise you thanksgiving turkey will never have tasted better.

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  22. The best tip I know that is usually the first one someone says and the first one someone will forget, is to not go out too fast. It's so important in a race of just about any length. The start is so exciting and it's easy to get caught up in the flow, but if you go out too fast, there's a really high chance that you'll end up much slower than you had hoped and expected. Better to have negative splits!

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  23. My favorite racing moment was beating a professional woman out of the water at the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon this May!

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  24. My favorite race moment came AFTER a half marathon I did in August. It was my first long race in 7 years, and as I was coming toward the finish line I saw my 6-year-old son's face high above the crowd. He was on my husband's shoulders, and I totally saw his beautiful face. After I crossed the finsh line, he told me "I wish I could make you a trophy as tall as you are". He was so proud of me, and that made my day. I really want to be a positive role model for my kids.

    My second favorite race moment came a few weeks later...I was doing another half marathon and realized at mile 11 that I would PR. The giddiness I felt carried me the last 2 miles!

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  25. My happiest racing moment was my very first 5k. I had a terrible run and wanted to give up, but something made me finish.

    As I crossed the finish line, all I could hear was my brother screaming my name in the crowd. He has been my biggest cheerleader for every one of my races and his support means the world to me.

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  26. I would love to win this for my first half on Nov 21st!!

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  27. Hi Erica! I just found your blog and I love these necklaces! They're awesome :)

    I'd say my best racing tip would be to not go out too fast, but I'm guilty of doing that almost every time. :) So my second best tip would be to find a group of runners who are running around your pace (or a little bit quicker) and stick with them. If you run on their shoulders, they'll help pull you along and keep a good pace without you even realizing it!

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  28. Oh i love the necklace!! My favorite racing moment was my last mile of the NYC Marathon. I realized I had enough energy to finish the last mile faster than any of the previous 25 and it felt awesome to be able to run through the park feeling great.

    My best racing tip .. .I'd have to agree with Lauren. Don't go out too fast ... it can definitely catch up to you no matter how good you feel in the beginning.

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  29. I love this new runner's necklace you came up with. I have a lot of friends who would LOVE it. I remember someone telling me "Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever" when I started to run.....but my husbands says it best with..."Your body will do anything your mind tells it too." That always gives me a boost to sprint away!

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  30. Finishing the NYC Marathon is definitely my favorite race memory!!

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  31. I just liked! Entry number 2 please :)

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  32. My favorite race memory so far was finishing the NYC marathon yesterday. Though against all advice I went out too fast and ended up having a very difficult miles 14 - 20. Once I'd come to grips I was not going to make it to my unrealistically ambitious goal time, miles 20-26.2 were amazing.

    Thank you for cheering!

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  33. Entry #2, please! I just liked on facebook.

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  34. Entry #3, please! I just followed this blog, which I'd been checking regularly anyway - loved the Diva half marathon report.

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  35. Entry #4, please! I just tweeted the link to this giveaway.
    Can you tell how badly I want this bling? :)

    It was great meeting you on Saturday!

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  36. Erica, I just completed my first half marathon on 11/7. I started running out of gas around mile 8-9. I determined to take about a 30 second walk break at each mile marker and finish that way. I was good up to about 12.5 miles. My brain was telling me that I had nothing left. I stopped to walk and saw the photographer. I thought this is great, my race photo will be me walking. So I started going again then someone slapped me on the back and said there was only another 1/4 mile and I said OK lets do this. I started running harder and left him behind and I could see 4 more runners between me and the finish and I started sprinting and blew past all of them. I guess I just needed a little encouragement.

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  37. My favorite racing moment was during the NYRR More/Fitness Half Marathon in March. It was FREEZING and POURING throughout the whole race. Before the race even started i was soaked and shivering. I knew that it was not going to be a fun race but I needed the race for my NYC marathon 9+1. 2.5laps of Central Park meant going up Harlem Hill and Cat Hill TWICE. UGH! I was dying. At one point I had to ask a spectator to open my Gu packet for me because my hands were so numb. As I kept moving I didnt care what time i finished in I just needed to finish. I stopped at a porta pottie and had a hillarious moment when I couldnt get my wet tights back up over my cold wet legs. I lost about 5minutes in the porta stop. Since it was raining there werent many spectators out cheering and helping to motivate us back of the packers. Finally I came to the finish line. I sprinted across and realized I had PR'd by 6minutes!! I was in SHOCK. I learned that putting in all those great training runs had paid off and even in the worst of conditions I had kicked butt!

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  38. Tweeted the giveaway (@deeFSU)

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  39. Entrance to the giveaway is officially closed! So excited to see who wins tomorrow morning!!!

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