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I've been blogging about running and products since October of last year. While I don't consider myself a veteran blogger by any means, I have noticed a few trends in the blogging world. Most of which I'm guilty of as well!
Here are a few of my favorites! 



1. Whine Fest. This would be better if it was WINE fest but it's sadly the other kind. For run bloggers, we usually whine about how we had a crappy run, or how we had to drop out of a race, or how we've grained weight while training. Those all suck and we all whine about it, including myself. Thanks for reading!

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2. Bad Advice. Should you run a half marathon the morning after a long night of binge drinking and tequila shots? Sure! Go right ahead. Your body will thank you for it! Not! We are not all 21 year old frat boys who can pull this off. I know I can't. As a blogger, you have to be very careful about the advice you put out there for your audience to read. That is why on my blog I have the disclaimer that I'm a Ginger, not a Doctor. 
I'm happy to share information with you that has worked for me if you ask, but please know it is nothing more than two runners talking shop and you should ultimately listen to your gut or your Doctor.


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3. Giveaways! This is a fun one to do. I just did one last week that I really enjoyed. Why do we do it? We want more readers! Or we want more people to like our Facebook Page, or we want more Twitter followers. You get the idea. Also, people like free stuff! What is better than winning free stuff? Nothing. Well, maybe PRing at a race. Maybe... 

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4. Typos. Eh, what can I say?T They happen. Spell check and Auto-correct have become the death of the average human's capability to spell on their own. I'm definitely guilty of this and give everyone full permission to point out my spelling errors. Just be nice about it!


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5. TMI - Too Much Information. Have you ever been reading a blog and the blogger just starts spilling their drama or their horrifying bathroom mishaps? TMI People! I don't want to read about it unless it is humorous, witty, helpful, or inspiring! Keep the TMI posts to yourself. Moving on!



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6. Photos, Photos, Photos! I'm SUPER guilty of this one. What? You don't want to see the 473 selfies I took after my last race? Weird! 
I even have a full page on my blog dedicated to my race photos. I'm even worse at collecting photos on my iPhone. I recently deleted over 500 and still have over 3100 photos. Is there if camera phone anonymous I can join?

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7. Overly Dramatic Blogger. Injuries happen, scheduling conflicts happen, bad weather happens. For one reason or another we've all had to pull out of a race or take some time off from running or our other favorite hobbies. But we don't have to be super dramatic about it! No, your life is not over because you can't run for a week. In fact, if you are dealing with an injury, it is probably best that you take off as much time as your body tells you that you need to get better so that way you don't end up doing more damage to yourself. No, you won't go crazy. I promise. Yes, there will be other races you can run after you had to pull out of the last one. Just keep calm and carry on. 

Photo Disclaimer - I found all of these photos on Google Images with the exception of my own Selfie. 
 
 
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Do you like to win stuff? I know I do. I also like to get stuff in the mail that is not a bill or junk mail. If you are like me, you are trying to pursue a healthy lifestyle. It's a constant battle. There are so many unhealthy options out there that can distract us. Well I've partnered with Bestowed to bring you some information about healthy options and to do a fun giveaway! 

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Raise your hand if you've heard of Bestowed? Raise your hand if you think this box is super cute? OK, you can put your hands down now. Bestowed is a company that helps you discover healthy foods you'll love. Once you join this monthly or annual box subscription you'll get 5+ products delivered to your door for $19 a month. Boxes are usually delivered around the 15th of each month. The products are hand picked by nutritionist and author, Heather Bauer. 

Oh yeah, at the beginning of this blog I asked if you liked to win stuff. I'm guessing you do. Here's how you can win a 1 month box subscription from Bestowed

Step 1. Follow Bestowed on Twitter @bstowed
Step 2. Follow me on twitter (if you don't already) @run_ginger_run
Step 3. Send us a tweet and tell us you want to win! Be sure to use this HashTag: #RunGingerRunGiveaway 
Here's an example: I want to win a 1 month subscription from @bstowed and @run_ginger_run! #RunGingerRunGiveaway

You can tweet to enter once per day until the end of the giveaway!

Contest starts on Monday May 20th and will end on Friday May 24th at noon central time! Happy Tweeting!

Oh! And if you use the code 5OFFBSTOWED01 at the checkout you can save $5 off your monthly or annual subscription! 

Bestowed Review

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Good Eating Salads - Book
First of all, I love this! This book gives you an overview at the beginning that talks about everything from Salad Techniques to oils and vinegar and even herbs. 
The book has over 300 pages of information and recipes with pictures of healthy salads. Now that I'm focusing on a low carb diet this will come in handy while I'm at the grocery story. It is also small enough I can put this in my purse and carry the recipes with me as I'm grocery shopping or hitting up my favorite salad bar. 

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Simply Sprouted Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips
I'm not a fan of spicy food or snacks but The Hubbo sure is. He liked this snack way more than I did. It would be a good and healthier substitute for the Chili Cheese Fritos. These are in the same shape as Sun Chips so you could even use these as a way to spice up a dip!
  • All Natural
  • Vegan
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Kosher
  • Whole Grains
  • Low Sodium

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Sun Cups
Sunflower Butter Dark Chocolate 
  • Organic
  • Nut Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Kosher
  • Non-GMO

These feel and look just like Reese's Peanut Butter cups (which I am insanely addicted to) only with dark chocolate and no nuts! If you have a nut allergy these would be a great treat for you! So good! Now I wish I hadn't shared the other one with the Hubbo so I could eat it! Shhh! Don't tell him that! :) This was hands down my favorite product in the box this month. 

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TeeChia Super Seeds Cereal
This was probably my least favorite product in the box. Hey, they all can't be winners, right? This is one of those products I would classify as so good for you though. It may be one of those that takes a bit to acquire the taste for it.
  • Gluten Free
  • No Sugar Added
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Whole Grains
  • Antioxidant-Rich

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Navitas Coconut Water Powder
This is a pretty convenient product. It's in powder form so its super easy to toss this in your gym bag for a hydrating drink post-workout. 
I tried this tonight and I like it more than some other coconut waters I've had. Its light and doesn't have an oily residue like some of the others I've tried and it mixed pretty quickly. 

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California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Or EVOO if you are a Rachael Ray fan. I received two packets of this which were both 12 mL each. It was a good amount to grill 1 lb of chicken. My Hubbo really liked because it had a lighter taste than our typical brand. It has a light fruity hint to it. I like that this product is 100% California grown too!

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Larabar Uber - Apple Turnover
This sticky treat tastes homemade and would be good to toss in your gym bag or purse if you need a pre-workout snack or a middle of the day treat. It's sweet so it will be good for that 3:00 pm after lunch snack attack!
  • Gluten Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Never more than 9 ingredients

I love this new box subscription I've discovered and plan to buy a lot of these products. You can buy them too by going to www.bestowed.com and going to the "Shop" tab. Let me know what you think about these if you end up buying some and good luck in the giveaway! Happy Tweeting!