GIVEAWAY: Gatorade G Series Pro Carb Energy Chews

>> Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gatorade has a new line of chews out called the "G Series Pro Carb Energy Chews."

Here's a bit of info about them from a Gatorade flyer:

Gatorade sent me some to try out, along with this awesome goodie package:

Sa-WEET goodies in there! Thanks Gatorade!
(That silver thing at the top is for holding blow. Just kidding. It's for meth.)

I tried the Chews on my long bike ride with Henry 2 weeks ago. (Seriously, click that link for some cute photos of my guy on a bike ride.) They tasted good, and they went down easily. What more do you want in a Chew?!?

Gatorade has a CASE (14 packages of 2 servings) of Chews that they'd like to give to a reader of mine!!


LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST with you "win from within moment" while running. Gatorade has asked me to have you leave comments like that, and that's ALL you've got to do to enter. The BEST comments MAY earn extra entries, thus bettering your chance at winning!

My comment would read something like this: "My 'win from within moment' would probably be around mile 9 of the 2010 TC 10 Mile where I was REALLY hurting and wanted to walk, but I couldn't ease up because I was trying to break 60:00 in a 10 mile for the first time. I held on to the hurt and finished in 59:05 (with a 5:36 final painful mile)!"

Yep, that's it - just share your best "win from within moment," and 1 random commenter will win a case of G Series Pro Carb Energy Chews. Check back sometime around next Tuesday (Aug 21st) to see if I draw your name as the winner!

Legal junk:
- Giveaway open to US residents only.
- Just like in all of my giveaways, Gatorade has not asked or told me to say anything. All of these thoughts are my own.
- When you leave a comment, please "sign" your name if you don't have a blogger account, otherwise it will be hard to figure out who you are if you're one of the winners. For example, say something like "It's Steve S. from St. Paul. My win from within moment was....."
- I'll use (or other random number generating scheme) to pick a winner at random.
- If I can't get a hold of the winner in 3 days, I'll re-draw for a new winner. So make sure to CHECK BACK around next Tuesday!

So just leave a comment now to be entered! Do it before Monday the 20th!

Thanks everyone! And thanks Gatorade for the giveaway for my readers!!


Marie 7:06 AM, August 15, 2012  

Suffering from severe dehydration during IM Louisville in 2010, I realized that my calves would not stop cramping even when I walked. I knew I needed to pick up the pace so I decided that since my legs were cramping when I walked, they might as well cramp when I run so I was able to pick up the pace to get to the finish.

Ruby Leigh 7:06 AM, August 15, 2012  

I recently completed my first tri ever, and exceeded my expectation on finish time. It's a win from within moment for me because two years ago I could never considered myself an athlete at at all... but now I'm a successful triathlete!

David 7:15 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within" moment was during the Shamrock Marathon in March. I hit the wall around mile 20 and was alternating between a run and a walk, until mile 24 when the course started getting packed with spectators again. My pride wouldn't let me walk anymore so I ran the remaining 2+ miles to finish strong in 4:58. Not an impressive time, but it was my first marathon and I was proud of my accomplishment.

Jen From Baltimore,  7:19 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within moment" was in the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge back in January. Who does a 1/2 marathon on Saturday and a full marathon the very next day? Crazy! I took a lot of pushing and prodding from my running friends but I crossed that finish line!

Entrenched Jew 7:25 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within" comes from a friend. A while ago we were watching Chariots of Fire and he got very excited at the opening scene where everyone's running on the beach, particularly one character who seemed to be getting sand in his mouth. My friend starting repeating "He loves it!"

Now whenever it gets hard for me I just smile and repeat that

roughkat 7:45 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within moment" came around mile 55 of the Black Hills 100 when I was slowly hiking up a big hill shortly after cramping, throwing up and feeling like crap. I pulled it together though and managed to finish.

Christine 7:46 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment happened right near the end of the Marine Corps Marathon. I turned a corner and realized there was one more steep (to me) hill. I totally lost heart and prepared to walk up and maybe cry. A female Marine must have realized what was happening. She looked me in the eye and barked "Ma'am, GET UP THAT HILL!"

And I did. And I'm forever grateful for all the Marines who get up that hill.

The Evil Twin 7:54 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment happened at mile 13 of my first ever marathon. I was hurting, hot, tired, and that get out of jail free card (also known as the medical tent with rides to the finish) was tempting. Then I saw a spectator holding a sign that read, "This is the worst parade I have ever seen!" That made me laugh and I figured if I could laugh after 13 miles, I could finish the marathon. And I did!

Unknown 8:00 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within" moment was during an Olympic Triathlon Relay event.

We were up against another team who had won 4yrs in a row and we wanted to de-thrown them. Our swimmer came out of the water first giving us a great lead for the bike leg.

My responsibility was holding that lead on the bike. I felt fast and raced fast, but not fast enough. Close to mile 18 of 26, I saw that the second team member was closing and was only a few miles back. I had to go! For those last 8mi my speed was up almost 2.5mph higher compared to the first 16 and I couldn't let up.

Our runner saw that I was hurting, spent, and on the verge of throwing up, so he did the same.

We finished the course winning by a full 7 minutes!

bobbi 8:26 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment came last weekend when I ran a 3 minute 5k PR and posted my first ever run with a sub 9 minute pace AND ran my fastest timed mile ever. It was a good day :)

Anonymous,  8:35 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within was a 30km PR this spring, after running the first half pacing a friend I set off and managed a huge negative split. The course is known for it’s rolling hills starting at the 18km mark, as well as a massive hill at the 25km mark so being able to push through and excel with the added obstacles left me pretty pumped! My final 5km were the fastest of the race too!

Tap 8:39 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment came when I ran the Twin Cities Tough Mudder in May by myself. I was terrified but ended up having the most fun I've ever had in a race.
On a related note I will be running my first triathlon (St Croix) in 2 weeks and I hope I can have some "win from within" moments on the swim so I don't drowned. :)

Badgergirl 8:40 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within" moment came near the end of the Fox Cities Half Marathon last fall. I was hurting and wanted to slow down so badly. My legs were trashed. But I glanced down at my Garmin, saw the time and realized if I dug deep and pushed it, I could smash my PR by 10 minutes and blow every expectation I had going into that race out of the water. I did. It still remains my best race.

Kurt 8:52 AM, August 15, 2012  

My "win from within" was during a triathlon just this past weekend. I had someone chasing me down on the bike. They actually passed me around the 7 mile mark (15.6 total) but missed a turn right after that, they were quick to turn around but I made sure they did not pass me again. It was a rough rolling hill course but I PR'd my bike split because of pushing the second half so hard.

jbswimbikerun 8:54 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment was in my first marathon, 2007 Los Angeles. I was toward the end of the course and there was an uphill over a bridge. The angle was so slight, but it felt like the Rockies. I had been walking a little before but decided to pick up the pace and make it to the "top." It was difficult, but I made it and soon thereafter finished my first marathon.

Robyn 8:57 AM, August 15, 2012  

These are awesome stories! A "win from within" moment for me was on a 9-mile tempo run last winter... in unplowed, ankle-deep slushy snow. By mile 3, it was clear that it was ridiculous to be out running -- especially at tempo pace. I kept going anyway, splashing through icy slush. Funny, there weren't any other runners out that morning.

I was back at the "scene of the crime" yesterday on my bike (it was West River Road, with the worst running at mile 7 around the Stone Arch Bridge), and I felt so proud that I'd cranked through an epic run.

Maggs 9:09 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment is anytime I really just want to take a nap but know I need to ride my bike.

Michael McCollum,  9:12 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within happens everyday that I make the decision to get out of bed and go train. It would be easy to sleep in, but I know work has to be done if I want to be the best I can be. Thanks for all you do.

Greg 9:13 AM, August 15, 2012  

"win from within moment"? Let's face it, I'm an age grouper that has never and will never "win" a thing. However, without the help of Gatorade every 2 miles, I would never finish a dang thing!

Anonymous,  9:23 AM, August 15, 2012  

My moment was digging deep to finish my last 70.3 in July which was so tough mentally and physically. I wanted to stop many times but somehow found a way to push myself and exceed my goal by 30 minutes

Scott, Waukesha,  9:58 AM, August 15, 2012  

Win from within....Raising an 8 year old, 6 year old and a 2 year old an not bonk every day!

Anonymous,  10:17 AM, August 15, 2012  

I would consider myself to be a casual runner. I have very small aspirations when it comes to races. However, on weekends I like to go out for long runs that last until I'm tired.

One Saturday, I was feeling great and after my 8 mile run, I decided to keep going. By mile 10 though, I had hit a wall. Unfortunately, I was now 2 miles from my house. I could either sit on a bench until I felt better (I don't run with a phone so no one was going to come pick me up) or I could dig deep and run home. My "win from within" moment was when I decided to keep pushing and run home. I was really slow but I didn't stop and I didn't give up. That day also inspired me to run a half marathon (after a bit more training, of course).

On a side note, I've discovered that energy chews are also great for the busy person who forgot to pack a dinner or snacks for activities (running between a full time job, grad school classes, and theater rehearsals taught me that). Energy chews really are a helpful way to refuel while driving from one thing to the next without having to stop for greasy fast food.

Jen F from MA

Nathan 10:19 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from the moment was the day my wife decided her and i should bike a century. both of us living a healthier lifestyle is a great win no matter what.

Jford 10:22 AM, August 15, 2012  

my win from within moment was when it was so dang hard to figure out Gatorade anymore. It used to be green or orange and that is all I had to worry about and it worked well! Now I have to figure out a whole series of what to drink when!!

Chad 11:27 AM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment was at mile 23 of Grandma's Marathon this year when I almost started walking but talked myself out of it to BQ again by 12 seconds.

Josh M,  12:04 PM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment comes when I have about 60 minutes to drop a deuce, change, cram in a run while my 4 little kids are occupied watching pokemon. #dadoftheyear

Rachel Elizabeth 12:36 PM, August 15, 2012  

My Win from Within moment was finishing Grandma's marathon in under 10 minute pace (I'm not fast!) even with big time hip pain from mile 17 on and random quad cramps over the last 2 miles.

Shelly 1:10 PM, August 15, 2012  

My Win From Within moment came this spring at the Rock n Roll USA Half Marathon in Washington, DC. I really wanted to finish under two hours for the first time in a half. I was having a rough time keeping a consistent pace until we began running near the monuments. I began to think about how many people have fought to keep our country free and allow us to enjoy those beautiful sights. With this inspiration, I was able to keep moving and reach my goal of finishing in less than 2 hours!

rjm 1:14 PM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment was last Saturday. On a particularly dreary early morning run it started to rain. During the course of a downpour I took a wrong turn and ended up way off my planned course. Since there was no lightning i continued on. At the end of my planned distance I was still far from home and decided to walk it. As soon as I slowed to walk there was a huge clap of thunder behind me. It took every ounce of remaining strength I had to nearly sprint the extra 2 miles to home while remaining lightning strike free.

Jay Zemke,  2:10 PM, August 15, 2012  

My win from within moment what when I completed the Disney World Goofy Marathon and a half.

Ohio Triathlete 3:05 PM, August 15, 2012  

I have been fortunate to be competing in swimming and triathlons for a very long time and my most memorable moment came while at my last senior swim meet for high school. The event was 200 free and I typically swam it butterfly (to show off). Well a long time rival made a remark that it would suit him because he know he could beat me – and he did for 175 of the race. I decided (as if I had a conversation with myself) that I would not be beat for my last race. I then powered back a near full body length to win the event.
That was over 20 years ago and thinking about still gives me chills.

Foges 4:00 PM, August 15, 2012  

"My 'win from within moment' would probably be around mile 9 of the 2010 TC 10 Mile where I was REALLY hurting and wanted to walk, but I couldn't ease up because I was trying to break 60:00 in a 10 mile for the first time. I held on to the hurt and finished in 59:05 (with a 5:36 final painful mile)!"

wait, was it supposed to be our own moment or just copy/paste yours? rats!

Leah 7:16 PM, August 15, 2012  

"Win from within" moment many in a lifetime? Every time a woman gives birth is a win from within as those contractions increase and dilation about a race to the finish! Then there are those triathlons where the wind is up, and the waves try to throw you off course and keep you from breathing, then a headwind into the ride, and headwind into the run...or worse - a headwind INTO the finish!

Sparklinglady 9:33 PM, August 15, 2012  

I had a craniotomy in May to remove a brain tumor. Because of that I missed out on ITU Cross (off road) World Championships. My win from within was Aug 5 when, despite being in the middle of radiation treatments, I raced the XTERRA Black Diamond wearing my Team USA super suit that I was supposed to wear at Worlds. I raced the 1/2 distance, and was 2nd woman overall. It was a HUGE win in my book.

Kara,  11:32 PM, August 15, 2012  

I have to preface my 'win from within' moment with a bit of a back story: I am a triathlete mother of three young children. It's hard taking time away from the kids to train, but I am blessed with a supportive family.

My 'win from within' came this year when one of my daughters completed her first kids of steel triathlon, bursting into tears at the finish line and gasping that she couldn't believe she had done it through joyful sobs.

I can't believe I've raised an athlete with SO much heart.

Nick 8:18 AM, August 16, 2012  

My win from within moment is just about every time I have to do intervals, whether its swimming, biking hills, or running. When I have 2 or 3 intervals left, I want to just call it "good enough", but I tough it out to the end.

Tbabs,  9:01 AM, August 16, 2012  

My win from within moment was when I chose not once but twice to suffer through a half marathon without running a single mile previously.. dumb mistake on my part, but made me love the pain and pleasure of running..

bethtrue 11:26 AM, August 16, 2012  

My win from within moments happen when i get up at 4:30 a.m. to go workout... winning!!

Melissa @ Faster In Water 3:54 PM, August 16, 2012  

My win from within is swimming related. My specialty in high school was the 500 yd free. I was a "middle of the pack" swimmer where one team mate would beat me by a lot (she is now a professional marathon swimmer, so I don't feel bad about that) and the other would be much slower than myself.

I was at the semi-state meet for age group swimmers. Usually if there is only enough for 1 or 2 people in a beginning heat, they will bump someone into that heat so they are not alone or racing the other individual. However, it came out to be just myself and another girl in this first heat. We were neck and neck most of the race, neither one pulling ahead, but I was working my butt off! On the last hundred I KNEW that this girl would NOT beat me and gave that race everything I had. My time was 5:59! I broke 6 mins for the first (and only) time in my life. I was so excited and utterly exhausted/out of breath. That time was good enough for a 5th place back then!

Tri Girl Tri! 5:13 PM, August 16, 2012  

My win from within moment was getting back on the bike for my first tri back in 2011 after a huge bike accident ended my 2010 season. I was scared but I managed to beat my previous years time and I finished with a smile on my face.

Unknown 7:00 PM, August 16, 2012  

i was running my morning run and decided to go for a longer than usual route, wearing my liverpool top, at about 7k my mind told me to slow down for a bit just at that moment a older gentleman started singing "you never walk alone" (liverpools song) and I kept running for 15ks

Anonymous,  9:43 PM, August 16, 2012  

My win from within moment was during the 2010 Iron Girl in Bloomington. Our youngest daughter was 5 1/2 months old & not a great sleeper, plus I was still nursing. I didn't get enough time on the bike, especially for those hills. The 1st run went great, much faster than I anticipated. The bike, well... The 1st 11 mile loop was ok, a struggle but I got through. My nose wouldn't stop running & my quads were cramping. On the 2 loop they completely siezed. The wonderful thing about this race was all of the support all of the other women gave. After numerous stops & with 1 mile to go, I was on the go & clipping back in to my pedals & I hit the curb - crashed the bike, went flying in to the grass on my right shoulder & head. Lovely. Thd police officer at the previous intersection came to check on me & suggested I sit for a bit. My 1st concern, oh crap the bike - my husband is going to kill me!!! I shook the cobwebs out of my head, dug the grass & dirt out of the brake, took a few deep breaths & got back on "Lucy" (our bike). 1 mile to go?! Needless to say I started crying, then got mad at myself for crying & talked myself through it. I got in to transition, changed my shoes & started the shuffle out- cramping quads & calves... Double lovely. 2 miles, come on you can do it! My friend, who had already finished, came to find me on the run... More tears & then feeling stupid for crying. But, I tell our girls to never give up, and I am NOT a quitter... I finished, AND I was running. Never give up.

Sarah from Apple Valley

Swimtaxi 10:03 PM, August 16, 2012  

Our two children are athletes and we work hard to stay hydrated at sport events and during practice.

Travis 8:13 AM, August 17, 2012  

My win from within moment would have come during mile 19 of IM Hawaii last year exiting the energy lab. All I wanted to do was walk it in, but in order to grab that ellusive PR, I had to buckle down and put the nose to the grindstone for the next few miles until I got to Ali'i Drive... and I hit that PR!

UndemTri 9:48 AM, August 17, 2012  

My win from within moment came a few years ago when I forced myself to finish a half iron race with cramps so bad I could barely stand up. 2 Gatorades at each aid station helped to relieve the cramps and allowed me to finish.

Graham 3:01 PM, August 17, 2012  

Received a free sample of these at a marathon expo and LOVE them. Would also love to win a case of Gatorade goodies

Dave M 8:06 PM, August 17, 2012  

My win from within moment was when I stood at the starting line of my first marathon, Wineglass 2011. With a summer training goal of a 3:45 marathon, I had only run up to 19 miles six weeks out, and lost some runs battling a knee strain. In August and September, I worked in emergency operations for three weeks as my agency responded to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee - and I couldn't run at all. In the three weeks before the marathon, I was only able to run a total of about 40 miles, and nothing longer than 7.5 miles. I adjusted my time goal back to 4:00 and figured just starting was enough of an accomplishment for the year. I ran 4:03:10 in 40-degree (F) drizzle, convinced myself that it was a great race, and was happy to take the next five months off.

This year, I have a well-matched training partner and new friend, regular runs with my club (and a new club singlet!), good nutrition and supplements, a stretching technique that works, and lots of good luck. I am looking forward to a solid half marathon on 8/19 and smashing 4:00 in Wineglass 2012.

Unknown 10:21 AM, August 19, 2012  

My win from within moment came during the Oshkosh Triathlon this year, where I was exhausted close to the end. I saw the 3 mile sign for the run and thought, hey, there's only a tenth of a mile left, and I sprinted to the finish, passing 6 people on the way.

21stCenturyMom 9:27 AM, August 20, 2012  

Every time I get near the finish line I have a win from within moment as I step it up and think "I did it!"

blonderunner 9:27 AM, August 28, 2012  

My "win from within" comes from deciding that I would give the race my best effort before I even set foot on the plane. Despite getting a concussion I was able to finish the USA Triathlon National Championships…yes, I wasn’t thinking clear but certainly gave it all that I had. Here’s the compete story.

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