Blackwell Dairy Run 15K and giveaway #1!

Thanks for all the great comments on the blog yesterday, I’m glad you guys like it! The 101 things page is up and running now, so if you feel like reading 101 things about yours truly–check it out!

First off, I should just tell you guys, that all of the amazing things on this blog are thanks to my mom and Eric. Eric did the image at the top! He spent hours in photoshop colouring her hair red and finding the right cat image that looked like Webster. I could never have done that! My mom did all the basic set up for me, she did the blog layout and figured out all the stuff with my own domain. So a great big thank you to my mom and Eric, this blog would not have been done without them!

On to my weekend and the 15 km race I did! Well, on Friday afternoon I was hanging out with my bosses, on the back deck, sipping a cooler–totally serious, they have a HUGE deck that overlooks the river and the city and sometimes on Friday’s they go back there for drinks after work–anyways, my one boss asks me if I’m doing the Blackwell Dairy run that weekend since she knows I’m a runner. I say no, I didn’t know about it and we move onto another topic.

Well that night I decided to look into it and found out it’s a 15 km run being held about 15 minutes out of town and the entry fee is only $23 and that includes a pancake breakfast. I was planning on doing 12 K on my own that weekend anyways so I figured why not. So, I signed up!

It was SO fun and I’m so glad I did it. I just love the race environment! I wish I’d brought my camera for you guy’s because it was a BEAUTIFUL run, when we got to the top of one big hill we were overlooking the river, the hills and beautiful green fields. It was a beautiful, sunny day and SO pretty.

This was the longest run I’d done since my half and it was very, very hilly so I took it easy and took walk breaks when I had too. At first I was trying to push myself and then realized that essentially, this was just another training run and I had to remind myself that it’s OK to walk and that doesn’t make me any less of a “runner”. I’m starting to think that maybe I pushed myself too hard during my half-marathon, because after that 13.1 miles was done, my legs HURT. Like they were in SO much pain I wanted to cry, and I was sore for a few days afterwards. On Sunday I finished my run strong but my legs weren’t hurting like they were after the half. I ended up doing the 15 K in 1:35, and I’m happy with that.

Oh, and it was literally around a DAIRY, at one point I had to leap over a big, pile of cow manure that was on the side of the road. And the smell, fantastic–let’s just say my stomach turned more than once, it was still fun though and I’m glad I did it!

OK, onto my giveaway! Today’s giveaway is….bars! We went to Costco last night, I was actually in search of Larabars but then I stumbled on Clif bars. I’ve seen them all over the blogosphere so I grabbed a box. I’m giving away one black cherry almond clif bar, one chocolate almond fudge clif bar, one chocolate chip clif bar, two cherry pie larabars AND a small thing of honey from the farmers market this weekend. This is GOOD, locally grown honey! Yum!


Oh, and I also busted into a Chocolate Almond Fudge one last night. Omg, delicious. It reminded me of those no-bake cookies, it was more like a dessert than an energy bar! Looks good, huh? Don’t you wanntt it 🙂


OK, so there are three ways to enter:

1. Leave me a comment below letting me know whether you have ever tried Larabars or Clifbars or not (if so, tell me your fav. kind).

2. Add me to your blogroll and in a SEPARATE comment leave me the link showing that my new blog ( is on your blogroll.

3. Link back to this post on your blog and in a SEPARATE comment leave me the link to the blog post where you mention this giveaway.

Please remember to leave three separate comments if you are entering three times (you can enter only once or twice too, if you want). You also don’t have to do all three entries at once, you have a week, so if you don’t get time to update your blogroll for a few days then just come and leave another comment when you do! Make sure it’s on THIS post though.  

Winner will be announced a week from today!

Also, me and my mom are still fooling around with the layout a little bit, so if it looks funny on your computer, like it goes over the edges or something is weird about it, please send me an email or let me know in the comments! I have to say that it seems like you can do a lot more cool things with a wordpress blog, but boy is it ever confusing!!

PS: If you’ve just stumbled upon this new blog and you want to learn more about me you can head over to my old blog, Amber Alert. I’ve decided not to delete it just yet, the idea makes me too sad!

31 Responses

  1. Katrina says:

    Love the new look Amber!!! Eric, your mom and you all did an great job! YAY for you all 🙂

    LOL your awesome! 15km race way to go!! Steve has his marathon this weekend YIKES!!! I only started running again last night and I loved it….it was still wicked hard…we live in hills now a 4 mile felt like harder then it should have…then again we hard stupid hot hot wings and pizza for supper…lol

    I can’t say that I’ve had that type of energy bar before…they have them downstairs at the snack shop….maybe i’ll give it a go, it look delicious!!



  2. I love the new blog, lady!! I think I used to eat Luna bars, but I can’t remember!! Unfortunately I can’t have them anymore since they aren’t gluten free. Boo! I miss being able to eat quick, healthy snacks like that!

    Props to your mom & Eric for helping you w/ the blog! You’ve got yourself one fantastic boyfriend!! And mom!

  3. LiLu says:

    I’ve never tried either, but my bff health nut and running fanatic swears by the Clifbars… I’d give em a shot!

    Btw, LOVE your layout!

  4. Jess says:

    Love the new look. It’s very fun! I like it lots and lots! Oh and p.s. I totally want to win the bars lol!

  5. Carissa says:

    I tried a Larabar once but never a Clif bar. I don’t eat too many energy bars but I’d still love to win! ha! because that honey sounds amazing! and I know my bf would love it. He likes to put honey on his rice krispies cereal 🙂

    kudos to your mom and eric btw. they did a fabulous job because the blog and the header look great!

    oh, and you are already on my blogroll so I don’t know if I need to leave another comment… 🙂

  6. Jen says:

    1 entry for the giveaway

  7. Jen says:

    Does that entry count?
    1. I have never tried Larabars or Clifbars bars. I want to win yours
    2. I dont have a blog roll. But you are on my Favorites list..number 1 auctually
    3. I dont have a blog, I live Vicariously through yours,

    I hope I win!!!

  8. Nora says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site.
    Congrats on the run… running over a pile of cow poop? Fantastic =)

    As for the contest, I love CLIF bars. The chocolate brownie kind is delicious but I also enjoy the oatmeal raisin ones (if they still have them. I’m not sure if the do?)

    I did update my blog roll for you today and now I have to remember to change my google reader!!!


  9. Megan says:

    I’ve never tried either, but Husband LOVES Clif bars. He likes to take a couple when he’s hiking or bouldering.

  10. Amanda says:

    Your new blog is so cute Amber! As for Clif bars, totally try the carrot cake one if you can find it. It sounds weird, but it tastes really good. I don’t even like carrot cake that much and I love it.


  11. Meri says:

    I’ve tried the oatmeal raisin walnut Clif Bar and wasn’t blown away by it…but that being said, I’m open to trying the other flavours. Some of them sound scrumptious.

  12. lesli says:

    What a cool new blog! And you are lucky to have such a savvy husband & mom!

    As for the bars, I have tried Luna bars and really like the lemon ones. But I have not tried the Cliff bars so put me in the drawing!


  13. lesli says:

    I have updated my blog list and favorite blogs and added Girl with the Red Hair. See I have not deleted Amber Alert yet though.

  14. Amber says:

    Hey Amber! Gotta say it again, I love it! 🙂
    I have not tried Larabars or Clif bars, but have seen lots of talk of them in the blogosphere so I think I might need to check them out (if I don’t win) so I can take them with me on my future runs! 😉

  15. ceecee says:

    Very cute doman 🙂 You’re boyfriend is so sweet, and you’re mom is great for helping you out with your domain 🙂 I hope you have fun!

  16. lora says:

    white chocolate macadamia nut cliffs are my fav ever and I prefer the brownie PURE bars now more so than lara…however fruit Lara bars are great!

    love ur new blog name and ur on the blogroll already!

  17. Bec says:

    any one with PB in them or the chocolate min Cliff!

  18. LG says:

    Carrot cake and chocolate almond are my favorite Cliff bars. Thanks for having the draw!

  19. LOVE me some CLIF and Lara Bars! My faves are CB: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, LB: Peanut Butter Cookie 🙂 Loving the new site!

  20. ikkinlala says:

    I’ve tried Larabars, but only recently and only two kinds so far (Pecan Pie and Chocolate Coconut) so I guess I’d have to say those are my favourites. I’ve never tried Clif bars.

  21. shoshanah says:

    I’ve never actually tried Lara Bars. I do remember trying Cliff bars several years back and not being a big fan. But I think that was something like Oatmeal Raisins which I’m not a big fan of in general. So I’m willing to give it another try!

    P.S. I love the polka dots in the background!

  22. Johanna B says:

    I found your blog today from a post you left on another blog. I’d love to be a winner of your “bars”.

  23. Johanna B says:

    I found your blog today from a post you left on another blog. I’d love to be a winner of your “bars”. I love Lara Bars but can only find a couple of flavors here.

  24. Anais says:

    I love larabars and clif bars (I’m super jealous you found clif bars at Costco!!). In the larabars, I love the lemon and lime pie ones, they’re my fave. Oh, and coconut cream pie! It’s amazing, you have to try it!

    CLif bars, I love the three that you posted, and I bought a whole bunch of other kinds in the States, so I can’t wait to try those 🙂

    I can’t believe Eric did the photoshopping…Big thumbs up to him!

  25. ann says:

    I have tried both & love them! I actually really like the clif z bars for kids (the chocolate chip is my current favorite, but they are all good) because of their size and their extra sweetness! For Larabars my favorite was the nuts over chocolate.. though i haven’t had any for awhile & have missed out on a ton of the new flavors ahhh!

  26. ann says:

    oh added you to my blog roll as well, thanks for sharing with your readers, so nice of you!

  27. Katie says:

    I’ve never tried either bar. Part of me is scared to, but for you, I’d do anything, Missy! 🙂

  28. Sassy says:

    I’m just catching up on everything here in the states and have updated my blogroll! I like the pb flavored Larabar and mint/choco or blueberry crisp Clif Bar. Yummers…

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