Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway!

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After a year of ups and downs in running, I feel like my holiday gift guide truly reflects my favorite items of 2014.  You can definitely tell that while I still enjoy running, recovery has become a really important part of my year. And, if you are like me, you still have a whole lot of shopping to do with not a lot of time left!  So, for the athlete in your life, here are some of my personal favorites!

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1.  Bombas Socks (Retail Value $9.00 per pair)  These innovative socks are super comfortable and perfect for all your athletic endeavors.  The best part about these socks is that Bombas will donate a pair of socks for every pair sold.  Make Bombas a stocking stuffer this year and it literally is the gift that keeps on giving!

2.  Nuun Hydration Four Pack and Bottle (Retail Value $29.00)  As a Nuun Ambassador, I think you all know that this is my go to hydration product before, after and during runs.  With the drop of a tablet, you can turn any water into a tasty drink filled with electrolytes.  Plus, Nuun doesn’t have the extra sugars that many of your typical sports drinks.  Win!

3.  Tiger Tail – The Classic (Retail Value $34.95)  I absolutely love my Tiger Tail.  This compact roller can easily be packed in your gym bag and travel with you for racecations.  I can fit my Tiger Tail in my Apera Yoga Tote and inconspicuously use my roller during the workday.  Oh, and it’s great for relays since it barely takes up any space in your van!  When I think of Tiger Tail, I think of compact muscle relief.

4.  Backjoy Sitsmart Posture Plus (Retail Value $39.99)  If you are like me and spend many hours sitting at a desk, your body will thank you for the Backjoy Sitsmart Posture Plus.  It helps you maintain optimal posture and engages those core muscles to help relieve you of back pain.  This is definitely the perfect gift for the office dweller in your life!

5.  Scott James Jewelry – Run with Heart Necklace (Retail Value $42.00)  At ZOOMA Annapolis, I created a beautifully delicate necklace created by Scott James Jewelry.  The running themed necklace is perfect for everyday wear.  I own the ‘Live to Run – Run to Live’ round pendant alongside a turquoise bead and ‘Run Happy’ charm.  Scott James is providing the lucky winner with the ‘Run with Heart’ pendant and chain.  It’s beautiful!

6.  Manduka yogitoes Batik (Retail Value $68.00)  For the yogi in your life, the Manduka yogitoes mat towels are perfect for getting your sweat on.  The new winter colors, like the Batik offered in the giveaway, feature metallic trim, heather fabric, and patented silicone dot Skidless technology for amazing grip no matter how much you sweat this winter.  

7.  Apera Duffle Pack (Retail Value $119.00)  My Apera Yoga Tote travels with me to work on a daily basis.  Apera’s bags are have tons of space and offer you the ability to keep all of your gear organized.  Apera is giving one lucky ready the opportunity to select a Duffle Pack in their color preference!

Are you ready to enter to win Lisa Runs for Cupcakes Holiday Must-Have Prize Pack?

To enter to win, you must post a comment below  and tell me about your biggest accomplishment of 2014 or tell me about a fitness related goal you hope to accomplish in 2015.  Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and track all your entries.  This is mandatory to win! Simply log in with your Facebook account or email. Please leave your comment, check the box on the Rafflecopter widget to be entered.  There are additional options to enter using other social media channels.  Official rules are included at the bottom of the Rafflecopter widget.  The giveaway will close at 12:00am on 12/22/2014 and a winner will be selected.  You must leave your e-mail in order to be contacted!

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Many thanks to Nuun, Manduka, Apera, Scott James Jewelry, Tiger Tail, Backjoy, and Bombas for their generosity!  I hope you enjoyed my holiday gift guide!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Disclaimer: Nuun Hydration, Manduka, Apera, Scott James Jewelry, Tiger Tail, Backjoy, and Bombas are providing the giveaway items to one follower of Lisa Runs for Cupcakes.  Apera and Backjoy will be shipping products directly to the winner.  Lisa Runs for Cupcakes will ship the remainder of the items in a prize pack bundle.  No purchase necessary to win; only an email address is required. Your privacy is important to me, I will not share (other than with a sponsor for the purpose of getting a prize to you) or sell your email address or mailing address. Winner will be chosen randomly through and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. The winner’s entries will be verified. Lisa Runs for Cupcakes is not responsible for sponsors inability to live up to his or her prize obligation, nor is she responsible for lost, broken, damaged or stolen prizes. Open to U.S only, ages 18+.   The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This blog reserves the right to publish winner’s first name and last initial and reserves the right to choose a different winner in the case that the randomly chosen winner does not cooperate with rules, reply to winning email in 48 hour time period or does not have verifiable entries. Void where prohibited by law.


  1. Great giveaway! My biggest accomplishment of 2014 was running my first marathon (WDW in January!) 🙂

  2. I've never seen some of these products before, so thanks for sharing. I forgot my mat towel for yoga this past weekend – but mistake! Luckily the studio has rentals.
    My recent post Charleston Half Training – 12/8-12/14 – Week 6

  3. I had a lot of ups and downs in my running this year, too! I feel your pain on that one!! It is a toss up! I did my first ultra – a 6 hour timed run (33 miles!) and I ran my 15th NYC marathon so I am guaranteed entry for life. 2015 I want to try some new races and get back under 3:30 in the marathon. I have not been under 3:35 since 2007.
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  4. I spent much of 2014 injured but am proud that I discovered other fitness I enjoy besides running and have kept on track and plan to come back in 2015 even stronger than before!

  5. grabyourkicks says:

    I hope to run a 10k this summer! I've expecting my first child in April, so things have been very different on the fitness front. I hope to get back to the shape I was in pre-pregnancy.

  6. in 2014, I accomplished my goal of completing 4 half marathons. In 2015, my goal is to run 6 of them!

  7. MB@skortaholics says:

    MB @skortaholics – biggest accomplishment of 2014 was running two marathons within 6 weeks. For 2015, aiming for an Ironman!

  8. You know this was my year of injury but I bounced back aaaaaand ran my first marathon, woot! 🙂 great giveaway. I could use a new tote bag 😉
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  9. We bought a house this past summer

  10. I hope to get back into shape.

  11. I think my biggest accomplishment of 2014 was my PR in my half marathon! I trained really hard and was able to hit my goal!

  12. so much awesomeness in your gift guide!!! I think my biggest accomplishment must be that stepping outside my box and running on not one but 2 ultra relay teams. All my races – including my first TRAIL half mara and then 4 25k trail races – kept pushing limits and getting me to try newer distances and races. And culminated in me running a relay race in which my legs (all ran within the span of 28 hours) added up to over 36 miles. It's been a year of trying new things and spreading my wings! Feeling pretty good about all my accomplishments actually! yay!!
    My recent post OMG! What to do for a Ragnar?

  13. In 2014 I kept up a steady and regular exercise routine. In 2015 I'm hoping to add some new outdoor experiences to my belt!

  14. fitfoodiemama says:

    My biggest accomplishment in 2014 was finishing my first half marathon in Vegas!

  15. Oooh…I need to get some of these!

  16. My biggest accomplishment was running a marathon with six weeks of training and qualifying for Boston. Wasn't my fastest time, but I was still really proud of myself!
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  17. My biggest accomplishment in 2014 was overcoming my injury to PR in the 10K and 5K. In 2015, I hope to run a 1:40 half marathon.

  18. My biggest accomplishment this year was running my first half marathon in Chicago in September. My 2015 goal is to run another half marathon and see how much I can PR by!

  19. Shiduna Townsend says:

    A friend talked me into doing my first 5K on June 1st and I've been hooked ever since. I did my last "live" 5K last week and I have shaved over ten minutes off my time in six months! I couldn't stop smiling when I got my official time receipt. I definitely have a long way to go, but I am proving to myself that I can do anything if I work hard for it.

  20. biggest accomplishment was completing 4 HM's in 36 days! After that, I have taken a few months to focus on strength training instead. Ready to get back to running after the 1st of the year and hope to complete 8 HM in 2015!
    My recent post Fitness Follow-up Friday

  21. My biggest fitness accomplishment this year was quitting the gym and maintaining my fitness level. Sounds crazy I know, but when we moved I realized there was not a gym close enough to make it there for my 5am alarm. So, I got a treadmill off craigslist and fell in low with and have been having so much fun working out in my basement!

  22. Cynthia @YouSignedUp says:

    Fabulous giveaway – sharing!
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  23. Jillian Chance says:

    I hope to finally run a half marathon 🙂

  24. I'll be doing the Seawheeze lululemon half-marathon in Vancouver in 2015. It'll be my first half-marathon, so I'm incredibly excited for a weekend of running and yoga!

  25. Biggest accomplishment in 2014? Qualified for Half Fanatics in November as HF#9474! In 2015 I'm looking to volunteer more often (I'm in as a medical volunteer for the WDW Marathon) and run a sub 3 hour half (yeah, I'm slow, but I get out there!).

  26. I had a really great 2014 in terms of PR's. I'm really looking forward to getting some strength training in early 2015 and continuing it so that I can work on my speed, too.
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  27. Healthy Strides says:

    Consistently breaking two hours in the half this fall – while pregnant. I had struggled all year, and I nailed the training. It was awesome.

  28. Meg McGown says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! My biggest fitness accomplishment this past year was getting a PR in my half marathon. My goal for 2015 is to do it again!

  29. I ran my 7th half marathon this year and hope to run 365 miles over the span of 2015. I’ve never done a run streak before so it should be interesting!
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  30. my goal in 2015 is to complete my first marathon!

  31. In January 2014 I pr'd in a half-marathon.

  32. My biggest goal of 2014 was to complete a 10k. In 2015 I like to become a faster runner

  33. I worked out this year pretty consistently but I want to achieve more and lose weight in 2015!

  34. Biggest accomplishment was PR'ing in every race distance this year! Shows that I'm improving and it's awesome!!
    My recent post Last Week's Workouts Recap 12/8-12/14

  35. My new half marathon PR cause I worked my butt off for that time! And finishing Dopey Challenge with mom. Great giveaway!
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  36. My biggest accomplishment was running my first marathon!

  37. I ran the Chicago Marathon shaving 45 minutes off the marathon I ran one year earlier!

  38. My biggest accomplishment this year was running my first half marathon – and 3 more after that! It's been an awesome year and I can't wait for 2015!

  39. In 2014. I ran my 1st FULL Marathon. The Detroit Free Press Marathon was so good to me and such a great accomplishment that I’ve decided to make it my second Marathon ran in 2015.

  40. I hope to run a 2 hour half in 2015…

  41. I didn't do a lot of running in 2014 so I would have to say that my biggest accomplishment was that I stepped out of my comfort level and started taking aerial yoga classes and now I love them.

  42. biggest accomplishment: a sub 2 half marathon!!!

  43. What a great list of gifts! My greatest accomplishment in 2014 running my first half-marathon, especially since it almost didn't happen. I injured myself in a fall with 6 weeks to go before my first race. I still hadn't run more than 7 miles–ever. Waiting to hear if I had to go into the ER for x-rays was the longest hour of my year but it just made the race that much more special when I crossed the finish line.

  44. Great giveaway! Hoping to finish my first full IM in 2015!

  45. My biggest accomplishment was running a half marathon in honor of my Mother while raising funds for the Alzheimer's Association! My goal for 2015 is to do my first half marathon in California as we are moving there next year.

  46. My biggest 2014 accomplishment ~ getting out of a walking boot on one foot and an aircast on the other (April) to complete a half marathon in September.

    Goals for 2015 ~ 4 seasons of 1/2s. A half marathon every 12 – 15 weeks.

  47. I ran my first half marathon in 2014:)

  48. Ran 2 ragnar relays and moved to Northern California for my dream job! Goal for 2015 run a half marathon!

  49. I joined Team Tough Chik, will be running my first marathon in 2015 and my first RunDisney race. Working for a sub 3 half too. I ran my first trail race in 2014, a 20+ minute PR for 13.1, and overcame multiple injuries including two fractures. <3 Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. I am proud that I can back from having my daughter, did two half marathons, and broke 2:00 in the second one!

  51. Next year, I want to set a pr in the half marathon. 1:56, I'm coming for you!

  52. 2014 was a big running year for me. After doing So Cal Ragnar I was motivated to do a full marathon. 4 months of commitment and training paid off in September. I have never been more proud of myself!!! Such a sense of accomplishment and determination. Love to be able to say I am a marathoner!

  53. 2014 accomplishment? Completing America's Toughest Road Race (well, half of it!) – The Blue Ridge Half Marathon. Woot! In 2015 I want to qualify for half fanatics.

  54. In 2013 I had a hard time walking 1/4 of a mile without feeling like I was going to give up. My shins hurt. My chest was on fire. My sides ached. I was a mess. In the beginning of 2014 I set a lofty goal of completing 3 half marathons and becoming a Half Fanatic. Well 9/27/14 rolled around and I completed the most hilly half ever (thank you Amish Half), then another on 10/25, and another on 11/2. The next weekend I submitted my info and officially became the Half Fanatic I said I would become at the beginning of this year! My goal for 2015 is to complete a half marathon every month (preferably a live event) and work on my PRs!
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  55. Finished my first marathon and half ironman in 2014. Full ironman is on the horizon in 2015!

  56. Very awesome giveaway – thank you for hosting! My biggest accomplishment this year? Well I set out to run my first half marathon, which I did in March. I completed a total of 6 half marathons this year!

  57. great giveaway! my biggest accomplishment was running 2 marathons in 14 days and PR'ing the second one 🙂
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  58. my goal for 2015 is to be injury free!!

  59. My biggest (and most rewarding) accomplishment of 2014 was coaching my very first Girls on the Run team!!! And I look forward to coaching again in the spring!!!
    My recent post You Can’t Catch Me

  60. My biggest accomplishment is definitely my kiddos! I honk I have been a good Momma and raised those little ones well. My weight loss definitely stalled last year and I really hope to accomplish a bit more this coming year.
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  61. My biggest goal was to beat my 1/2 marathon time and I did that in Feb with 1:58 time. Next year is to beat that time.

  62. I hope to practice yoga more in 2015.
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  63. I hope to be able to walk and jog more in the coming year.

  64. My biggest accomplishment was running two half marathons while pregnant (19 weeks and 25 weeks) and staying healthy and active during my pregnancy. In 2015, I’m planning a race every month (at least a 5k) with my big goal of running 4 half marathons.

  65. Leslie @ TriathleteTreats says:

    Biggest accomplishment of 2014! My 4th Ironman (2nd fastest) and my 10th marathon (with a PR)!! Excited for next year and focusing my energy on shorter races!!!

  66. My biggest accomplishment in 2014 was running 5 half marathons. That is the most I’ve ever done and had one PR. Next year I hope to run 7 and to incorporate more 5ks in my training.
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  67. 2014 goal was to keep running!! 2015 goal is to finish my first half marathon in an upright position 🙂

  68. I hope to start running again.

  69. My biggest accomplishment was running my first half and then following it up with two more where I actually broke 2 hours. This is a big for a girl who only sprinted when she was in school.

  70. Carrie Jackson says:

    I went from C25K to running two half marathons in one year! I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings. I think I will concentrate on speed!

  71. My biggest accomplishment in 2014 is becoming serious about my running and completing a 10K as my farthest distance and signing up for the 2015 Princess Half Marathon and 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend 10K!! I'm excited about where my running adventures will take me and I'm enjoying the ride.

  72. Biggest accomplishment? Working my way up to a January 24, 2015 half marathon! After running 4 5ks and 2 8ks, I finally feel prepared to go further!
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  73. I hope to be abl to successfully do wheel pose in yoga

  74. 2015 I want to complete my 12 week training program, without injury. This year I’m proud of my stadium tour and will continue in 2015.

  75. My biggest accomplishment of 2014 was being brave enough to move across the country…and of course close to you 😉

  76. 2014 unintentionally became a recovery year from 2013. 2015 goals are double half marathon weekend, marathon, and first 50k.

  77. Fab giveaway! Fingers crossed!!!

  78. One of my 2014 goals was to run 1000+ miles and I should finish the year around 1300! 2015 goal is to PR in 5K, 10K, 13.1 and 26.2. Bring it on!
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  79. My biggest accomplishment was being able to complete my first Marathon all while raising a family, being a graduate student and active duty military! Running has taught me I Can do Anything!!!

  80. My goal 2015 is to start running again!
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  81. Great contest!! It’s been a great year. I rode in my first Pan Mass Challenge and beat my fundraising goals for Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I also set a trail marathon PR!! Here’s to an even better 2015!
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  82. Awesome giveaway, My biggest accomplishment of 2014.was qualifying and racing at the USAT Age Group National Championship! After only do tri's for 2 years and at 61! Yes!

  83. My biggest running accomplishment in 2014 was running the Marine Corps Marathon alongside my husband and Marine! I cried tears of joy upon finishing and hope to someday to do it all over again. In 2015, I'm going for that sub-2 half 🙂

  84. Great contest! Greatest accomplishments for 2014, after starting running in late 2013 I ran four half marathons this year! It was an amazing ride and I’m glad I did that it.

  85. Mindy Smith says:

    Hey Lisa! My biggest accomplishment in 2014 was overcoming depression, through fitness, by conquering my fastest half marathon and relay to-date and incorporating crosstraining into my daily routine/regimen. My goal for 2015 is to complete a sub 4:30 marathon in western NC and cut back on my daily sugar intake (processed and natural). 😉 Cheers!

  86. Brandy Hofschulte says:

    Biggest acoplishment of 2014- ran my 2nd half marathon. And in 2015 I will run a full marathon, I'm registered! And I am only 14 🙂

  87. I’d love to set a new 5K or half PR in 2015!

  88. I made it through my first marathon this year. I'm hoping for a healthier glut/knee/foot year with strength training and cross-training.

  89. I ran my first half marathon in 2014! I also became AFAA certified and zumba certified which was a huge thing for me since I did it with a broken arm (first time snowboarding and I broke it and lost my first job temporarily too!) a lot of firsts!

  90. My goals for 2015 are consistency and to become a member of Half Fanatics! This goodie bag would help with that! 🙂

  91. Hilary Barnett says:

    My biggest accomplishment this year was taking a huge leap from a job that provided me with lots of security to a job that pays very little, but I felt called to do.

  92. Marilyn Nawara says:

    My biggest accomplishment for 2014 is that I quit smoking June 20th and haven't had even 1 some since then. In 2015 I plan on increasing my daily 1/2 mile walk to 1 mile.

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