Are you Spartan?

I love to run and this past year have really pushed myself to regularly get in the gym to lift heavy things. Being a terrible blogger and a generally disorganized human being, I have yet to post any of my goals for 2014. I have them but they really haven’t gotten any further than swirling around in my head. Besides the obvious running goal of getting faster in every distance I normally race (yes I am super original), I want to try new things and do at least two unassisted pull-ups.

Maybe even climb a rope?

Who am I kidding, the only way I am climbing a rope is if there is a fire below it.

As far as trying new things, I really do want to try an obstacle race. I was excited when the Spartan Race contacted me to talk about an upcoming race, Tampa Special Ops Spartan Sprint.

Tampa Special Ops Spartan Sprint

The race is four miles filled with mud and all kinds of crazy obstacles.

Glad they give out medals and beer at the end. If I have to carry a big rock and get knocked over by some shirtless guy with a stick, someone needs to give me a beer!

They even have a Spartan Workout which is like boot camp on steroids. Would love to try such an intense workout.

Lucky for one of you badasses, the Spartan Race offered me a code for one lucky reader that is a free entry into any 2014 Spartan Race in the continental US in the open heat division. The giveaway will run from January 19, 2014 at 12 AM through January 26, 2014 at 12 AM. The winner will be chosen by and will be contacted by me with the entry code.
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If you don’t win, click here to generate a 15% discount code. You can even use this discount to enter the Tampa Special Ops Spartan Sprint, which takes place on February 15.

Have you done an obstacle race? Does the mud feel as gross as I imagine it to?

Disclosure: Spartan Race did contact me to spread the word about the Tampa Special Ops Spartan Sprint. I have not been compensated in any way and all thoughts about the Spartan Race are my own.

The Swiss Cheese Theory Of Life



The Swiss Cheese Theory Of Life is a self-help book for people who normally would not be interested in self-help books. It uses the adorable metaphor of cheese (Swiss mainly, holes and all) to teach the reader practical life lessons about letting go of regret and positive thinking.

The set-up of the book is unique in that each chapter deals with a particular concept, such as perfectionism, and it outlines ways to identify if you are falling prey to this issue. It then utilizes quotes and cartoons plus the addition of real world examples from the authors therapy practices. It makes each concept easy to understand and provides lots of different ways in which you can make the improvements and identify ways you may be falling victim to that particular issue.

Concepts that stood out to me on personal level:

  • Being unable to go back.
  • Letting the past stay in the past.
  • Focusing on things that you cannot change is a pointless pursuit.
  • The chapter on positive thinking really struck a nerve. It is something that I struggle with.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Swiss Cheese Theory Of Life by Judith A. Belmont, MS and Lora Shor, LSW and took away a lot of lessons.

I have one copy of the book to giveaway. To win, please leave a comment on one time you turned a negative situation into a positive. For extra entries which you can do one each day, please share inspirational quotes or posters that helped you through a difficult time or your favorite cheese.  I will pick the winner via Random.Org on October 28th.

I was given a copy of the book to review and one for the giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Fall Food

Fall is a great time for savory cooking. When the temperatures start to cool and new produce is in the stores, it makes me want to slow down and savor my food.

Fall Veggies

I love my old copies of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food because each issue is very focused on cooking with produce that is in season. I pulled out a fall issue and decided to cook Squash, Sage, and Ricotta Cannelloni.  What is more fall than butternut squash?

Butternut Squash

Sage and Nutmeg

The only changes I made was using whole nutmeg and grating it myself. The flavor is so much better and it really only takes a minute. J also suggested that the cheese mix on top could have been more flavorful. Next time I would try more parmesan mixed in with the ricotta.

Squash, Sage, and Ricotta Cannelloni

I was recently sent a pair of Eeyore Track Pants from OldGlory to try out. They are really cute for the gym or just hanging out in. Winnie the Pooh was my favorite Disney movie as a child, so I have a soft spot for Eeyore. (Please ignore how I look in this picture. Getting J to take a picture of me is like pulling teeth.)

Eeyore Track Pants Fullview


How you can win your own pair of Eeyrore Track Pants:

Leave me a comment about your favorite fall recipe.

Bonus Entries:

Go to the OldGlory site and tell me what T-Shirt you would buy.

Like Dina Runs on Facebook.

Follow me on Twitter @DinasRuns.

I will pick a winner using Random.Org on October 18th.

I was given one pair of Eeyore Track Pants to review and one to giveaway. All opinions expressed are my own.