Bondi Band Giveaway! [Closed]

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I’m so happy to announce that my first giveaway on The Girl’s Got Sole is for an awesome Bondi Band! The folks at Bondi Band sent me two bands, one to review and one to giveaway!  They are great for holding your hair in place when you run, walk, bike, hike or whatever you love to do as well as keeping the sweat out of your eyes. Not to mention they are stylish and cute. Bondi Band makes bands that are just solid colors as well as bands that say motivating mantras and the like. I have been enjoying mine thus far during all of my outdoor workouts and have even ordered a couple more for upcoming races! The bands are extremely comfortable and have gotten me some compliments and thumbs up from people.

The band that I’m giving away is right up the alley of anyone who loves to cycle. Whether you’re the casual recreational type, or a triathlete, this band will be a great addition under your helmet or just on it’s own.

To enter, you must follow this blog and comment below what your favorite band is from Bondi Band’s website. Contest ends at midnight Eastern on November 4th and I’ll choose the winner on 11/5 using (Extended entry time! Enter by midnight Eastern 11/5!) 

1. Follow this blog.
2. Go to and tell me which band is your favorite.

**Please leave a separate comment for each of the following so that each entry gets counted!** 

Extra entries:
+1 Like Bondiband on facebook
+1 Follow Bondi Band on twitter
+1 Follow me on twitter (ShutterbugShann)

Congrats to Courtenay, aka autopilotlegs for winning the bondi band! And, thanks everyone for participating. Hopefully, I'll have more giveaways again soon!

Runner's knee, you will not be the end of thee!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I woke up Monday morning to my knees feeling sore and hurting. At first, I thought that it was probably nothing and that it would go away at some point in the day. However, this soreness and pain wasn't what I was used to with muscle aches from a hard workout. I should have taken the hint right away that something wasn't right, but instead, I shrugged it off. 
Today, I woke up still in the same amount of discomfort. I began to rack my brain. Did I hurt myself somehow over the weekend, or do something differently? After some thought and quick research online, I came to the conclusion that I have runner's knee on both legs (mostly on my right though). Thinking back and connecting the dots so to speak, I believe that my walking more on the sidewalk the last couple of walks, not to mention not using my knee support may have been the cause (also, now that my desk has been moved upstairs at work, I'm going up and down the stairs a lot). Also, I have to admit that I didn't stretch much all weekend after my 6-miler or my bike ride on Sunday evening. Definitely not helping my case any with very little post-workout stretching.
So, I'm going to do the right thing here and follow the treatment regime to get my knees happy again. I've already started to take some Ibuprofen, and I'll be icing tonight. Also, my foam roller is going to get some serious attention this week. My right knee has always been a bit weak, but I haven't had this kind of discomfort in awhile from my knees. It's not fun in the slightest, especially with working a desk job where my legs already get too much rest during the day. I've got 11-miles to do this Saturday for my 1/2 marathon training, but I'll have to see how things go as I might be cutting my mileage down for my long run day.
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