Friday, December 24, 2010

Run From The Heart; 52 Workouts/52 Weeks/One Faster Runner; Holiday Giveaway Winner

"Sometimes, when not that fit or when I felt I needed to be competitive because much was at stake, or even when I let a fear of failure seep in, I would regress and try to run a "smart," conservative race. All, 100 percent, resulted in dismal races --- dismal times, dismal places (if I finished), and dismal feelings. Those races were not true to my nature. Sure, a lot of races I started hard in, I died, but the placing or finish is not what is important to me. My raison d'etre for running is to run from my heart, and I have never regretted a race where that is what I did. I have never had a magical race by pacing myself. A run doesn't even need to be a race to be magical. The excitement and competition appear to help, but mystical events can happen at any time. The only common factor in all my special runs is effort. They are all fast for me. The key is not in making myself run hard but in letting myself run hard, completely releasing the heart and soul to go. Who are the legs and feet to get in the way of the spirit?"

-- Excerpt from an article by Eric Clifton (Sep/Oct 2004 issue of Marathon and Beyond )


"Fitz," over at Strength Running, is offering a free book which contains a year's worth of weekly workouts that promises to:
  • Build monster endurance for the half and full marathon
  • Increase turnover and speed
  • Prevent injury and build stronger legs  
  • Keep running fun!
Consider it my gift to you this Christmas - don't ever say I've never done anything for you. Head over to get your copy of 52, Workouts, 52 Weeks, One Faster Runner now. It's on me.


By my count there were 44 entries; however, this was made more difficult by people like Em and Dawn, who could not grasp the 1 Comment limit imposed by our sponsor, the Endurance Athlete Project. I believe they are both blonde, could be blonde, have been blonde at some point, or just play one on TV. Moving on. Via the magic that is, the winningest comment belonged to Beth, at Shut Up And Run (the Sewer Lady).  Please follow Beth, she is struggling to attract followers and has resorted to writing scatalogical prose, posting pictures of herself in see-through bathing suits, and generally sought attention by any means possible. Beth, I've emailed you the promotional code for $35 towards your next purchase at CNS Stores. Enjoy!



  1. Run from the heart <3!!
    Congrats SUAR!!
    Merry Christmas to the Mighty Kovas and family :D

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours Kovas!

  3. The only person who can even make a giveaway drawing winner announcement hilarious. ;-) Merry Christmas!

  4. That's a great post how you introduced SUAR to the "scatalogical" a real word?

    Once again, happy holidays

  5. A very Merry Christmas to you!

  6. Hahaha may have been blond at some point!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  7. Beth (and ME) are blonde and left one comment (though I eliminated myself from the giveaway) - HA to you! Of course, I can't spell "chimney" either so I'd better be quiet.

    One more day 'til watch day!! :)

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!

  8. That quote was great!

    Merry Christmas Kovas!! :)

  9. Who knew ? Merry Christmas, have some great family time.

  10. Joyeux Noel! All the best to you and your family

  11. Merry Christmas Kovas! Hope you have a great holiday!

  12. Merry Christmas to you and yours Kovas.

  13. LOL! Funny about SUAR. Very cool that she won!

    Merry Christmas

  14. Yes pls come on over. What do I have to do to make all of you read my blog? More nakedness? More cussing? More cutting of the proverbial cheese? I'm desperate. Thanks for the great giveaway Santa Kovas.

  15. I'm so not down with that guy's pants.

  16. merry christmas kovas and family!

  17. Hilarious. Yeah, Beth's Blog is not entertaining AT ALL. Her timorous nature and conservative writing style just doesn't work for me.

  18. Easy on the blonds... I've been hopped up on a lot of sugar the past two weeks...

    Hope you had a great Christmas... :)

  19. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Yea I'm late, (oopsie) but I am right on time to wish you a happy New Year :)


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