The beginning of last month I got an email from Active.com saying I was the grand prize winner of their Get Tone, Stay Active sweepstakes! This was one of those contests that you just entered your information for and forgot about. I had entered way back in November and didn't give it a second thought. The email said I won a LG Tone+ headset and $1000 worth of personal training. After checking it out and doing my best to verify that it was legit I emailed them back with my mailing address and a copy of my photo ID. Last week I finally received my package from FedEx. 
In it was my headset and a Visa gift card for $1000! I'll talk about the headset first. The LG Tone+ HBS-730 headset is retailed at $79.99 but is available right now at Amazon.com and other retailers for $54.99. I usually don't run or workout with music because the headset cords bother me and get in the way and I am too cheap to buy my own Bluetooth headset. So I was pretty excited to win this one. It was very easy to sync to my phone and I have used it a few times so far. I really love it. The only minor thing I don't like is when running the set moves around my neck. Putting it under my shirt remedied that. Unfortunately, because I never really listen to music on it, there is none on my phone! I am using Pandora for now and will be making myself a workout playlist very soon. I also need to get used to using ear buds. There were three size ear bud covers included which was nice since I need the smallest ones! I tested it out on a phone call and it worked great. I also love that I will be able to have my interval timer in my ear. Intervals can be a pain at races when it seems like half the runners have some sort of device going off. At my last race I didn't even turn the timer on just because there were so many people on the course. 
As for the gift card, I am going to use it mainly for fitness related expenses. So far I have bought myself a new pair of jeans (in a smaller size ;) ) and I ordered a RunnerBox. http://therunnerbox.com/ I received my RunnerBox today and will talk about all the neat stuff that came in it soon. As of now I don't have any other running or fitness related items I want or need so I am saving the rest of it for race registrations. 



05/07/2013 9:53pm

Congratulations on your win! Now I have a selfish question to ask you...
Did the email you receive seem very generic? Like:
Thank you for entering the Get Tone. Stay Active Sweepstakes (presented by LG Tone+) on ACTIVE.com’s Facebook page.

Congratulations, you have been selected as a potential 1st Prize Winner of $1,000 to be used for personal training sessions.

Please respond with:

1. Your shipping address
2. A copy of a government issued ID to verify your name and eligibility (over 18 years old). You can scan a copy, and return to me via email. You can block out all personal information other than name and date of birth.

After your eligibility is verified, an ACTIVE.com team member will fulfill your prize to you.

You will have 10 days from the send date of this message to provide proof of eligibility. Unfortunately, if we do not receive this information by end of day Friday, May 17, 2013, we will have to choose an alternate winner.

Please feel free to reach out should you have any questions.

The ACTIVE Team"

I received that email today and started to feel skeptical of it so I've been searching around. Thanks in advance! :-)

05/29/2013 9:28am

I'm sorry I never replied!! My settings did not have me getting comments emailed to me. Yes, that is the email I received. I hope you got back to them in time.


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    My name is Amanda, I am a runner and a full time student. I started this blog to share my experiences training for and running races as well as coordinating virtual races. I hope to use my blog and races to inspire others to get out there and run. In March 2013 I started my first "virtual" 5K and plan to host many more in the coming months. I want this to be a fun, safe place to share and inspire. The name of my blog was inspired by the fact that even when I am out running alone, I know I am not on my own. I have my online running buddies, husband, family and friends with me at all times. 


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