Friday, September 13, 2013

Manduka Giveaway!!

Welcome to my I Run Long blog!  For those who don’t know me, my name is fRAN and I am a Marathoner!  I believe in comfortable, quality gear, that is why I am excited to give away a Manduka PROlite Mat 71” and eQUA Hand Towel to one lucky reader!  I was inspired to check out Manduka after my 'Yoga For Runner’s' Instructor told me about her Manduka mat.  I love the thickness of them and it is very comfortable.  It's perfect for all of your floor exercises when doing yoga, stretching those sore muscles followed by a race,planks, sit-ups, etc.  I love the variety of colors as well.  If you go to the Manduka site, you can save 10% on your next order just by entering your email address.  Look for that info at the top of the page at
Read The Manduka Story below and under that will be instructions on how to enter.

The Manduka Story

“Sometimes it’s the bumps in the road that end up defining our journey. This is the story of Manduka, a company founded on the simple idea that a better yoga mat could make a world of difference.
In the late 90's, Peter Sterios, an architect turned yogi, discovered a simple, elegantly designed black mat whose combination of firm grip and complete support revolutionized his yoga practice. In honor of the yoga masters who inspired him, he sought to share this amazing product with others.
Peter had always been the beneficiary of great generosity from other yoga teachers. To repay that debt, he sent mats as gifts to many of the teachers he admired including Erich Schiffmann, Rod Stryker, Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten, Rodney Yee, and Shiva Rea. The teachers who inspired Peter were his first customers. And in the great yoga tradition, they shared their mats with their students, and a true yoga company was born. Peter chose the name Manduka in homage to his teacher and mentor, Shandor Remete, whose core practice and teaching always included the ancient Hatha Yoga Pradipika pose, Mandukasana or frog. The first time Peter heard and repeated the name of the pose he experienced a sense of childlike joy and delight as the sound rolled off his tongue. The word and the pose were mirror images, simultaneously playful and profound. The joy of Manduka is now spoken in so many countries, all over the world.
The quality and performance of Manduka mats and yoga accessories are still unmatched in the marketplace. They are still crafted using simple, enduring, natural, and whenever possible, renewable materials and a fine attention to detail. Manduka is a company built by and for yoga teachers and their students. We are still evolving, still introducing new products, and still celebrating the spirit and wisdom of yoga teachers and their students. From the road less traveled, something great and meaningful has arrived.
Manduka: for your practice and for our world. Namaste.”

PROlite Mat 71”



1.     Type in “Me” for a chance to win the Manduka PROlite mat 71” in the comment section below


2.     Visit


3.     “Like” Manduka facebook page


4.     Invite friends/family to visit my facebook I Run Long page at


Winner must live in the U.S. and must reply with shipping address within two weeks after I announce the winner.  The items will come from me, not the company, so item may not be returned or exchanged for any other items.

Thank you and good luck!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Words To Sweat By Review & Offer


Thanks to Words To Sweat By for giving me the opportunity to let me review one of many of their fun motivational bracelets!  I LOVE IT! I got to choose what I wanted mine to say so I chose "Run Long" and I got to choose the color jersey knit I wanted, so I chose purple.  They also threw in a black jersey knit as well, so I was extra excited to have a couple of choices!
The bracelet is composed of 3/8" by 1 5/8" textured aluminum charm that is hand stamped with your choice of word strung on a bracelet made of lightweight gray jersey knit. Also included is an additional lightweight jersey knit strand that can be used to make a bracelet/cuff to layer with the charm.

The bracelet is really cute and I really love it and the option of switching out the jersey knit :)  I love the "Run Long" message as it inspires me to "Run Long", of course and it's also is a great conversation piece of jewelry.  I love running in it too! 

You can find this and many other inspirational items at;


Words To Sweat By is offering 10% off your entire order with code "irunlong" until 9/15/13.  Offer starts today!  Head on over and have fun shopping and be sure to check them out on facebook!

Thank you, fRAN

This bracelet is composed of a 3/8" by 1 5/8 " textured aluminum charm that is hand stamped with the word "TRANSFORM" strung on a bracelet made of lightweight gray jersey knit. Also included is an additional jersey knit strand that can be used to make a bracelet/cuff to layer with the charm. - See more at: