An "Island Paradise" Giveaway!

>> Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Yeah. That's right. Steve in a Speedo can send you on an island adventure.

Wait, no I can't. I definitely can NOT. Nope. Can't. Sorry.

Here's what I CAN do. I can make you THINK you're on an island adventure.

Mid to late January is the most depressing time of year. I hear a "report" about that on the news every year: something about Christmas being over, holiday bills coming due, spring still being a long ways off, blah, blah, blah.

So how about 20 "Island Nectar" Gu Roctane gels?

It will let you dream of warm, sandy beaches with it's tropical flavor.

And just in case you're like me and stuck someplace cold, how about a BRIGHT Pearl Izumi Thermal Run Hat to "brighten" your winter mood?

These Thermal Run Hats are made with fast drying, odor absorbing P.R.O. Thermal fabric with Minerale (unreal technology that makes garments and gear incredibly more breathable). They come in black, red, white and screaming yellow. The winner here will get "Screaming Yellow" since it's UBER bright and actually useful for these winter months when it's darker and you need more bright pieces to be seen.

The winner of this giveaway will get 20 Island Nectar Gu Roctane Gels and one Pearl Izumi "Screaming Yellow" Thermal Run Hat:


*said in my best "infomercial" voice*

The people at Gu and Pearl Izumi have TWO sets of gels and hats to giveaway!

I'll give one set to a random commenter on this blog post, and I'll give another set out to those "social" folks hooked up in all kinds of social media. If you "like" Gu and Pearl Izumi on Facebook, and then send out this tweet...

Island getaway? Nope. How about some great tropical @GUEnergyLabs and some @pearlizumikody gear from @SteveinaSpeedo?!

... you'll then be in the running to win ANOTHER set of GUs and a hat. I'll pick a winner from those that sent out this tweet.

So that's 20 Island Nectar Gu Roctane Gels and a great Pearl Izumi hat for a commenter on my blog...

... and ANOTHER 20 Island Nectar Gu Roctane Gels and a great Pearl Izumi hat for someone who "likes" Gu and Pearl Izumi on Facebook and sends out that tweet!

Quick side note on this Gu Roctane.... Roctane is my gel of choice for hard workouts and racing. I mentioned all my details on that in my race day nutrition post. I'll have 2 Gu Roctanes on me for my half marathon this weekend.

*Gulp* THIS. Weekend...... Crap.

OK, comment NOW (on this post) to be entered to win, and LIKE Gu and Pearl Izumi on Facebook and send out that tweet to be entered AGAIN (if you'd like)!! (Your blog comment can be anything - if you comment "Unicorns are just Horny Horses," you're entered!) I'll pick 2 winners in about a week - sometime around Wednesday, February 1st. Check back to see if you've won! Thanks for entering everyone! And thanks to Pearl Izumi and Gu for the sweet gear!!


Jillann 4:58 AM, January 25, 2012  

I haven't tried the Island Nectar Gu Roctane! And I sort of love ridiculously bright running gear, especially in winter.

K 5:22 AM, January 25, 2012  

Me too, me too! Why should Steve be the only one running in ridiculously brightly colored apparel?

The Triathlon Rx 5:30 AM, January 25, 2012  

Mmmmm Island Nectar. Transports me instantly back to Puerto Rico!! And I love that hat! The last two pairs of Asics I've gone through are that lazer lemon and lightning lime colors. I like bright. :D

Gaye 5:31 AM, January 25, 2012  

I <3 free stuff, so sign me up!

Betsy 5:39 AM, January 25, 2012  

I got a sample of Island Nectors maybe a year or so ago? And had mixed feelings...but am ready to try again. It's always good to mix up Gu flavors. You can only have so much Mint Chocolate!

Jason 5:42 AM, January 25, 2012  

I'd love the free stuff! Great blog!

Greg 6:04 AM, January 25, 2012  

Thanks Steve......will the cap make me faster?

Lane,  6:14 AM, January 25, 2012  

Hey this is Lane from North Dakota sign me up.

Unknown 6:48 AM, January 25, 2012  

Dam strait I need me some Roctane! Sign me up!

Christine 6:57 AM, January 25, 2012  

20 Roctane might be the ONLY way I'll break 4 hours in a marathon, so pick me, pick me, pick me!

Ann 6:58 AM, January 25, 2012  

fingers crossed! I've always wanted to know what an island tasted like

PipTook 7:00 AM, January 25, 2012  

Pick me! I live an hour away from the Canadian border. I'm practically in the Arctic Circle up here!

Leah 7:02 AM, January 25, 2012  

I'm down for some color and energy!

ABC 7:03 AM, January 25, 2012  

I was hoping to see pictures of Henry wearing the hat.

TiGi 7:07 AM, January 25, 2012  

Unicorns are just horny horses! Sorry, had to do it

Jeremy Reichenberger 7:09 AM, January 25, 2012  

I'm all about ridiculously colored running gear, which normally determines my shoe choices more than it probably should. The more obnoxious, the better. Both of these things would be great now that I started my marathon training program up again!

Keith 7:10 AM, January 25, 2012  

This is a random blog entry. Do zombie sluts drive cars? Guess which blog I had just visited...

Looking fwd to the hat and gu arriving. We need more hats here.

Daniela,  7:12 AM, January 25, 2012  

I usually go for chocolate or coffee flavoured gels. I'm however intrigued by this Island Nectars gel... it sounds exotic.

Love the bright yellow hat, but I have a feeling that will clash with my bright orange/green running shoes, bright blue running jacket and purplish t-shirt. :)

R_Clackett 7:16 AM, January 25, 2012  

Sing me up please. Could definitely use a florescent toque!


Kelly Janowski 7:22 AM, January 25, 2012  

I want to win! I can rock that hat.

Laura (LunaChickRuns) 7:29 AM, January 25, 2012  

Yum! I need all the help I can get to pretend I am NOT in Wisconsin right now.

Anonymous,  7:33 AM, January 25, 2012  

Nice giveaway! Count me in.
Susan in Shoreview

Rose (Hacker Half Marathon) 7:40 AM, January 25, 2012  

I would love to try a new flavor of GU and obnoxiously bright hats are the best way to get through a dreary winter in MI!

Jen From Ohio,  7:45 AM, January 25, 2012  

Hmm....I'll have to go with "Unicorns are just Horny Horses!".

SKMDT 7:48 AM, January 25, 2012  

That hat would actually be a bit tame for me, but I'll take it anyways.

Kim 7:52 AM, January 25, 2012  

weee! i love giveaways!

Anonymous,  7:55 AM, January 25, 2012  

Roctane and P/I! What a combo!


Chris 7:58 AM, January 25, 2012  

I haven't tried Roctane yet, but this sound great! Plus my Ragnar team is full of newbies so we are having a gels/chomps/etc energy options sampling bar at our next meeting get together in Feb, so if I won, this would be awesome!

And I totally need that running hat!!

Christi 7:59 AM, January 25, 2012  

I love both products. Please sign me up!

Robert Harris 8:03 AM, January 25, 2012  

Yea Gu! Yea Pearl Izumi. Yea Steve!


Mark 8:06 AM, January 25, 2012  

Islands and bright hat! Yah!

I'M Tri-ing 8:30 AM, January 25, 2012  

I want to look like a human highligher all hopped up on Roctane GU!

Jay 8:32 AM, January 25, 2012  

Unicorns are just Horny Horses

Kristin Deaton 8:32 AM, January 25, 2012  

Yum I bet the Island Nectars rocks. Hum

hammer mama 8:36 AM, January 25, 2012  

could totally use some tropics right now! LOVE the yellow hat!

Jeremy 8:37 AM, January 25, 2012  

The Qilin is the Jacki Chan of mythical creatures. It tries to avoid trouble, but trouble always seems to find it.

Bill D.,  8:43 AM, January 25, 2012  

I'm in...thanks, Steve!!

amjeso 8:47 AM, January 25, 2012  

My hubby wants the GU and I want the hat :)

Jennifer 8:48 AM, January 25, 2012  

I could really use that hat and I'm always up for trying new flavors of gels. Please pick me! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please! Please!

Katie 8:52 AM, January 25, 2012  

that is a damn sexy hat. thanks for hosting this one!

Marcus S.,  8:53 AM, January 25, 2012  

Please sign me up. Enjoy the blog, it brings a smile to my face everyday.

BigNate 8:56 AM, January 25, 2012  

Count me in! Unicorns and horney mammals and all that good stuff.

Anonymous,  8:56 AM, January 25, 2012  

The Island Nectar flavor is horrible. Worst Roctane flavor. It tastes like bitter chemical flavors mixed with hippo butt crack sweat. Do NOT pick my name to win.

BriTriGuy 9:00 AM, January 25, 2012  

So if I tweet that, I get an extra entry but I'm potentially decreasing my chances of winning if I'm actually popular on Twitter...

kstone23 9:00 AM, January 25, 2012  

Count me in! I love roctane!

Rant and Relax 9:02 AM, January 25, 2012  

I'm in, GU flavors take me back to younger military days drinking Screech (Old Mil. powdered drink that was so powerful in taste it made you screech while drinking it) good times!! ....
The hat is pretty cool too!!

CautiouslyAudacious 9:04 AM, January 25, 2012  

I've been needing a good running hat for winter!!!

Christine 9:04 AM, January 25, 2012  

Well, that sounds like fun! Thanks.

Ben Berry 9:05 AM, January 25, 2012  

Everytime Stanley takes a steaming poo in the cold of the morning, I think of you. So, send me this Gu.

Lindsay 9:06 AM, January 25, 2012  

Loving your blog!! My bro is training me for my first half marathon and turned me on to reading all about your adventures. Thanks for being so you!!

Coy Martinez 9:07 AM, January 25, 2012  

I want!! The island AND the hat to wear on the island ;)

Coy Martinez 9:08 AM, January 25, 2012  

I liked on Facebook because I'm a winner!

Michael 9:13 AM, January 25, 2012  

Sign me up Steve! I love Roctane and bright hats!

Jeff 9:15 AM, January 25, 2012  

I Like Pearl Izumi and love GU. Hoping to try the Island Nectar. Tweeted and Like.

Dan Isaacs 9:19 AM, January 25, 2012  

Would be nice if at least the outside of my head was bright. ;)

Kris in Minneapolis,  9:21 AM, January 25, 2012  

I like free stuff!

TriMOEngr 9:27 AM, January 25, 2012  

About time you finally post the giveaway that would be "in the next couple of days" for the last week or so. LOL No really, with the gray midwest winter days, I could totally use that hat! I've never tried any kind of Gu though I just got a peppermint stick one to try from XLMIC. But who knows - I may need some for some races this year. :)

Purduerose 9:29 AM, January 25, 2012  

If i am not too late sign me up!

Shevaun 9:41 AM, January 25, 2012  

Love the yellow hat! GU Roctane is one of my favorites.

Robyn 9:53 AM, January 25, 2012  

Oh man the hat is so awesome. Haven't tried Roctane, but this could be a great chance!

J in K,  10:00 AM, January 25, 2012  

My husband loves Gu, and he needs a running hat. Please pick me.

kyle. 10:05 AM, January 25, 2012  

the hat would totally match my neon yellow brooks jacket.

Anonymous,  10:07 AM, January 25, 2012  

If a tree falls in the forest, then springs back up again, do the squirrels freak out?

(Tropical gu and a flaming yellow hat would clear this up)

George_Fulp 10:13 AM, January 25, 2012  

Could use the GNU for this weekend's half-marathon

bethtrue 10:13 AM, January 25, 2012  

What a great give-away; thanks for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous,  10:15 AM, January 25, 2012  

A unicorn is a horned horse!!! So true! Darren in Hilton Head will take one entry please! But not if it brings cold weather here ;)

Steve Gupta 10:16 AM, January 25, 2012  

I am hoping the Island Nectar will make me mentally warmer during cold training days.

Mary in Crystal,  10:27 AM, January 25, 2012  

Would love to be on a pseudo island adventure wearing this hat and consuming Island Nectar Gu! Count me in. Thanks - Mary in Crystal.

SteveQ 10:36 AM, January 25, 2012  

My favorite running hat's older than the last three women I dated.

Holly 10:37 AM, January 25, 2012  

I've been needing something in screaming yellow...

Trisaratops 10:46 AM, January 25, 2012  

That hat is all kinds of BOWL FULL OF SUNSHINE yellow! Giddyup!

Needlerunning 10:46 AM, January 25, 2012  

Pick me! Pick me! Always in need of bright yellow hat.

Randy,  11:00 AM, January 25, 2012  

In Calgary Alberta if you have a day job the only time you can run is at night and a bright Pearl Izumi cap would be perfect. GU gels have been a part of my running for the last couple of years, love the mandarine orange.

Drew 11:27 AM, January 25, 2012  

It would match my screaming yellow Pearl Izumi jacket perfectly.

Margot from San Francisco,  11:47 AM, January 25, 2012  

Sign me up please!

Bruther 11:48 AM, January 25, 2012  

Love to have the GU and hat...tahnks for a great blog

Steel Springs 12:06 PM, January 25, 2012  

Awesome giveaway! I'd love to be entered. Thanks!

traildiva 12:07 PM, January 25, 2012  

LOVE the Island Nectar Roctanes, but they're tough to come by.

r0kclimb 12:17 PM, January 25, 2012  

Weeeee! Free Stuff! I haven't tried the Roctane Gu's so now would be a good time to try 20 of them :) Sign me up

Priscilla,  12:31 PM, January 25, 2012  

I prefer blocks to gu, but I prefer free prizes to paying $1.50 per packet!

Sarah AJ 12:34 PM, January 25, 2012  

Nice! I have a crazy yellow jacket already, but my husband needs that hat.

Andrew 1:16 PM, January 25, 2012  

Cool, nothing like wearing a bright hat and suckin' down GUs! Count me in brotha!

neal 1:28 PM, January 25, 2012  

In on this, thanks for the giveaway!

Lesser is More 1:41 PM, January 25, 2012  

Awesome - the color of the GU matches the color of the hat!

Lee 2:28 PM, January 25, 2012  

My head can't be too safe. I think that color beanie has the right amount of "caution big head coming through" yellow.

Deb G,  2:55 PM, January 25, 2012  

Me too please!

Travis 3:06 PM, January 25, 2012  

On the other hand, you have different fingers. Thanks Steve!

Alexa 3:13 PM, January 25, 2012  

I love the hat! Can we please see a picture of Henry modeling it?!

Alexa 3:15 PM, January 25, 2012  

I tweeted about the give away! @AlexaTC

Anonymous,  3:34 PM, January 25, 2012  

Aloha, Steve! I'm a big fan of Gu, so pick me so when I train in my coconut shell bikini I stay nourished! OK, I don't really train in a coconut shell bikini... :( but I would if they had better support and I lived somewhere tropical! :) Melanie P in PA

Anonymous,  3:34 PM, January 25, 2012  

Hey hey, pick me! I am in the market for a new running hat, and would love that one.

Shelly 4:21 PM, January 25, 2012  

Unicorns are just...hey wait. You're not going to get me with that one.

Tweeted @TriAndRunForIt

Like: GU and Pearl Izumi already

Thanks for the giveaways!! It's cold here in Pennsylvania.

Lauren H,  4:23 PM, January 25, 2012  

I LOVE that hat!! It would match my friends jacket perfectly, maybe I would share...most likely not.

JD,  4:52 PM, January 25, 2012  

I think it's about time cars see me.

Running In Boise 5:15 PM, January 25, 2012  

Did the social media liking and tweeting - @runinboise

Jennifer 5:35 PM, January 25, 2012  

That hat is awesome! And I love roctane. crossing my fingers...

Sue 5:40 PM, January 25, 2012  

Need that hat - it's cold here in WV!

Kirk 6:00 PM, January 25, 2012  

Hmm...sittin on a beach with some Gu Roctane a bright yellow hat and nothing else but the sound of waves. I'll take it!

Pedalgeek 6:04 PM, January 25, 2012  

Pearls of add-wisdom...careful stepping in Gu...

Nicole 6:10 PM, January 25, 2012  

ooooo....that yellow hat combined with my reflective vest MIGHT keep me safe from the paperman in the early morning hours...maybe!

Mike Craig,  6:17 PM, January 25, 2012  

Another great give away. Thanks Steve!

Dave M 6:20 PM, January 25, 2012  

I don't tweet, but I would love an entry to win me some Roctane and that girly hat.

Rachel Wasserman 6:34 PM, January 25, 2012  

i love roctane and having a highly visible head. this giveaway is meant for me!

HairbyJenniferC 6:55 PM, January 25, 2012  

I would eat/drink anything right now that might make me imagine for 2.7 seconds that I am on the beach!

Anonymous,  7:34 PM, January 25, 2012  


(marks the spot)
Mike in Mankato

Ian M. 7:37 PM, January 25, 2012  

I liked and tweeted. Hope I win, I like that hat.

KarenM,  8:01 PM, January 25, 2012  

Some island nectar would help me get through the winter!

Michael 8:38 PM, January 25, 2012  

Wow...too easy!! Please count me in as one of the "possibly lucky" winners, and thanks from all of us.

Michael 8:44 PM, January 25, 2012  

I just did both "Likes" and the tweet as well. :-)

Anonymous,  8:58 PM, January 25, 2012  

Love the hat, perfect for running this time of year! Nice and bright! :)

Nathaniel 9:14 PM, January 25, 2012  

Steve, Hook me up with some Roctane and Hat. I would love to be all juiced up on some island nectar while I wear that spiffy cap all around town. The crowd will go wild...

KJR 9:46 PM, January 25, 2012  

I'm all about Gu and PI gear!

themeltonfamily5 9:53 PM, January 25, 2012  

I could use a warm hat and a cool island breeze!

l 9:54 PM, January 25, 2012  

Oh please let it be me.

Steve 9:59 PM, January 25, 2012  

I want to try the awesome new flavor. Only a half this weekend. I have a full!

Dr. Q 10:16 PM, January 25, 2012  

Love me some ugly hat.

Jes 10:22 PM, January 25, 2012  

As I am training for a Spring half, I can use both things. Huzzah!

Ryan 7:23 AM, January 26, 2012  

It takes 14 pancakes to cover a doghouse because a basketball has no feathers. And, sign me up for the giveaway and I tweeted!

Kristen 7:40 AM, January 26, 2012  

The yellow hat would help be seen at 5 am running...and the Island Nector Roctane...sounds delish!

Andy 8:50 AM, January 26, 2012  

Steve. I like Gu and hats. Please give them to me.

Katie 9:12 AM, January 26, 2012  

Comment comment comment, comment comment comment. Comment!

Queenie 9:20 AM, January 26, 2012  

I'd like both for my winter runs. The gel would help fuel my marathon training long runs, and the hat would keep me warm in the cold winter.

Michael McCollum,  10:19 AM, January 26, 2012  

Count me in! Love the hat!

kelands 10:32 AM, January 26, 2012  

I need that hat because I just got a really bad haircut- that way I can blind people with the neon and they won't notice my hair.

Steph 11:55 AM, January 26, 2012  

I loves me some Gu roctane and hats when I'd rather be running somewhere tropical!!

Anonymous,  12:12 PM, January 26, 2012  

Roctane is my favorite, and who doesn't love neon?

Katie B 1:34 PM, January 26, 2012  

That hat is awesome! I'm in.

Melissa C 2:59 PM, January 26, 2012  

pick me please! I have never had this flavor, but I swear by roctane in races. Just today I was thinking how awesome it would be to be hooked up to an IV of GU

Brent 4:18 PM, January 26, 2012  

Thanks for the giveaway Steve!

Brent from MInneapolis

blonderunner 4:40 PM, January 26, 2012  

Love that lime green color and Gu is great!

Lasiv 5:04 PM, January 26, 2012  

My schedule just changed, so I have to run in the early morning dark. The hat would be perfect. I haven't tried Roctanes yet...

Mike 9:06 PM, January 26, 2012  

Hook me up with the goods! 2 entries for me please.

Rachel Elizabeth 9:18 PM, January 26, 2012  

I'm in and I tweeted. I pretty much only have Twitter for your contests!!

test 3:39 AM, January 27, 2012  

Ok, i'm ready for some Gu.

hoodie 8:31 AM, January 27, 2012  

A lovely yellow Pearl Izumi hat to brighten a dismal Canadian winter would be awesome. Yummy Island Nectars GU would fuel a chilly long run too... Hope my number comes up!

Becca 8:48 AM, January 27, 2012  

I was looking up unicorn jokes to post something funny, but all of them are in bad taste.


Kyle S,  11:21 AM, January 27, 2012  

I'd love some Island Nectars to take me away from this gloomy, rainy day at work.

Brian B,  2:31 PM, January 27, 2012  

Did I make it!

Anonymous,  3:22 PM, January 27, 2012  

I could really use that hat.
Clinton from NC

Julie @ ROJ Running 7:43 PM, January 27, 2012  

Hmm not sure about the GU, sounds interesting. I'm loving the hat though!

John 9:36 PM, January 27, 2012  

Sign me up

Just one please

Evan Roberts 3:56 PM, January 28, 2012  

I would look dashing in gold.

Jen 2:18 PM, January 29, 2012  

I haven't tried Island Nectar Gu yet & that yellow Pearl Izumi hat is incredible! I love it!

Jen 2:19 PM, January 29, 2012  

I haven't tried Island Nectar Gu yet & that yellow Pearl Izumi hat is incredible! I love it!

Jen 2:19 PM, January 29, 2012  

I haven't tried Island Nectar Gu yet & that yellow Pearl Izumi hat is incredible! I love it!

Jen 2:19 PM, January 29, 2012  

I haven't tried Island Nectar Gu yet & that yellow Pearl Izumi hat is incredible! I love it!

Jen 2:19 PM, January 29, 2012  

Island Nectar Gu sounds yummy!!!! I'll need it for my long runs and 1/2 marathons.

& I am in love with that Pearl Izumi hat!

Stefanie 4:31 PM, January 29, 2012  

Sign me up. I love Rocktane and definitely need a winter pick me up!

Penny 6:17 PM, January 29, 2012  

I am loving the color of that hat. Havent try the Nectar yet either

Just Jen 4:58 AM, January 30, 2012  

I need a new winter running hat and want to try GU!

Anonymous,  7:09 AM, January 30, 2012  

I could totally use that sweet hat as I embark on Ironman training this week!!

Meg in MI,  7:48 AM, January 30, 2012  

Pick me!

Kris 10:33 AM, January 30, 2012  

Throwing my hat in the ring....virtually of course.

Dwayne 12:04 PM, January 30, 2012  

Free stuff? Yes, please.

Deb 1:49 PM, January 30, 2012  

Okay, I need to try this. I currently only use one flavour of gu! Some variety would be good.

I also tweeted...

Heather 8:32 PM, January 30, 2012  

A hat my kid might not lose so easily. Or I could threaten him with a gu if he lost it.

Elive 9:16 PM, January 30, 2012  

I want to Roctane the Pearl yellow hat!

Dan Mooring,  10:19 PM, January 30, 2012  

"Roc On"
Hit me up with some free sh*&.

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