Chin Up Apparel Review & Giveaway!

I’ve been a big fan of Chin Up Apparel for a while now – my obsession first began with the tanks I found in Kohls and Target:

They also have a bunch of wine-related running gear, like the “Will Run for Wine” tank I ran my last race in (even if it was covered by a race bib):


I even discovered that with a little ingenuity, you can get some more “outside the gym” mileage out their gear like I did with the Zen Elephant racerback tank I got direct from their site:


While it’s slightly different from the other pieces I own (the straps are thinner & it’s a Woman’s fit as opposed to Juniors), the quality is still super high like I’ve come to expect from Chin Up. The slouchy fabric was perfect for working out outside: not too thick and loose enough to give me room to breathe, but not so thin that it’s see-through or feels cheap. Just the opposite – the softness and richness of the fabric really stands out. And because the print doesn’t scream “I’m working out!” it was able to turn it into a fun little date-night outfit too:

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But enough of all that – why not get one of your own? Enter now for your chance to win a tank top of your choice courtesy of Chin Up Apparel! Contest ends on Tuesday, 6/9, and you can earn entries in a number of different ways – and the best part about this giveaway is that there will be TWO winners! – so go ahead and enter now, today could be your lucky day!

And the Giveaway Winner is…

Drumroll, please….

Congratulations to Tina Garstad! You’re the winner of my SkirtSports 13er Giveaway, and you’re going to be running the Skirt Sports 13er for free! I just sent you an email with details, so go read up and get ready to show everyone how #REALWomenMove!


I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this giveaway. It was so exciting to “meet” all of you through this awesome opportunity, and if you stumbled on this little blog because of the contest I hope you’ll stick around for the ride even though the contest is over!

Lastly – if you didn’t win this giveaway, don’t worry: there are a LOT of exciting things on the horizon here at Jess Runs Happy, (including more giveaways) that I can’t wait to share with you. So stay tuned, spread the word, and have a great day!

Giveaway: Win an Entry into the Skirt Sports 13er

In honor of the Real Women Move campaign, I’m doing my part to share the positivity by hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway! Capture That’s right: now’s your chance to win a Basic entry into the Skirt Sports 13er/10k/5k Local OR Virtual Race, coming up on June 14th! The beauty with all Skirt Sports races is that no matter whether you run the race in person OR select the virtual option, you not only receive a race packet including a Finisher’s Skirt (or bra or top depending on the race), race bib #, and sponsor swag, but you’ll ALSO win a gift certificate to spend right away on the Skirt Sports website, in the boutique or at an expo attended by Skirt! For this giveaway, here’s what you’ll win:

  • $50 gift certificate
  • Race #
  • Finisher’s Skirt (Don’t Sweat It Collection pull over skirt)
  • Sponsor swag

You can use this for the local race on June 14th or run it virtually on the same day. Not ready for 13.1? No worries! You can run the 13er, 10k, or even the 5k! So what are you waiting for? Enter now! The winner will be announced on May 13th – and I look forward to running with you in spirit in June! Enter Now!

Giveaway WINNERS!

Alright, folks, the time has come! I’m so excited to announce the winners of the Strut Your Stuff race medal and bib display Giveaway!

Without further delay, the winner here on is… The lovely Rachel from DarlinRae!

DarlinRae - Blog Winner 2DarlinRae - Blog WinnerCongrats, lady!! Shoot me an email with your shipping info and we’ll get your gorgeous sign out to you ASAP.

And over on Instagram, the winner is the fabulous Desiree, AKA Fitnessistamom14!

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Congratulations!! I’ll shoot you a line on IG and you’ll have your sign soon!

Thanks to everyone who participated, it was so inspirational to hear all about what medals you can’t wait to hang – you guys are the best! And don’t forget to check out Strut Your Stuff Sign Co. on etsy for a sign of your own – you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Race Medal Display Giveaway – Ending Soon!

Alright, peeps – if you haven’t already entered to win, you’ve got less than 48 hours! I’m giving away two beautiful race medal and bib displays, courtesy of the awesome peeps at Strut Your Stuff Sign Co.

image-1Want to enter?? Check out my original post about this great giveaway and leave a comment (on THAT post) about what medal you can’t wait to display on your new rack. I’m loving all of your responses so far, you guys are such a motivational, inspiring bunch 🙂

For an extra chance to win, I’m also giving away a rack on my Instagram page too – give me a follow and find the photo there for your chance to win on that site too!

Already entered? Check out Strut Your Stuff Sign Co. and see what else they’ve got – personally I see a few things there that will give me a great head start on my holiday shopping!

And be sure to check back here Wednesday night to see if you’re the lucky winner!

Strut Your Stuff Sign Co. Review & Giveaway!

In early October, I was approached by a virtual friend on Instagram about doing a review of the awesome Strut Your Stuff Sign Company. They sell gorgeous handmade medal displays and race bib holders with inspirational slogans – seriously, these things are beautiful. They’re definitely nicer than my sad attempt at a homemade medal holder that falls off the wall every time our front door closes, I’ll tell you that.

So needless to say I was super stoked to come home after this weekend’s half marathon runcation to find my medal holder waiting for me on my kitchen table (thanks for bringing it in, mama-in-law)!

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I tore into my goodies and found a perfectly nice little note and a *very* well packaged sign – seriously, it took me a good ten minutes just to get all the bubble wrap off. But on the plus side, I now had a pile of bubble wrap to annoy my cat with. Win-win!
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Inside that box of joy was the most perfect, professionally-made sign I’ve ever seen! I ordered the “Find Your Happy Pace” in Navy – because the color matches my decor and well hey, if it has “happy” in it, it was meant for me, right? And when I took it out of the package I found that it was really a solid piece of work – even bigger than I had originally thought it would be. The sign was slightly distressed (on purpose) on the edges to give it that homemade feel, and the lettering wasn’t just painted on – it looked like this thing came pre-made, it was that well-crafted!
In the box I also found the little envelope with the medal and bib hooks that I had to screw in by hand – they’re packed separately so the sign doesn’t get damaged in shipping. After the first few, my fingers started to get tired and found that twisting them with a dishtowel saved my fingertips a lot of struggle (live and learn!). It really was so easy to put together, and within 5 minutes I had myself a perfectly assembled rack, ready to hang!
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I was so excited that this weekend’s half marathon bib and medal would be the first things to christen this new sign: a new PR and a redemption race all in one would make a great story – and the medal was HUGE! Seriously, if I hung that thing on my old pathetic little one-hook holder, it would have taken the whole wall down.
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So I grabbed my hammer and a couple nails, used this nifty trick (slightly modified) and in minutes, I had a gorgeous new rack to hang my lovely medals on!
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I’m in love!
One thing to note: I had a little bit of difficulty hanging all of my differently sized bibs on the pre-spaced hooks on the left there. UNTIL I found the other little envelope in the box, containing these nifty little swirly circles:
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It dawned on me that these would give my bibs just enough room to move around and fit perfectly – which you can see above they do! Unless of course they’re for something else and I’m using them entirely wrong. In which case, oh well, they work so I’m leaving it 🙂
All in all, if you’re in the market for a high-quality, fully personalized medal display rack, I highly recommend Strut Your Stuff Sign Co. They come in a variety of gorgeous colors and shapes so you’re sure to find something to match any decor or space. And they don’t just do running displays either – they’ve got holders for triathlons, marathons, gymnastics, and even Spartan races too.
Interested in snagging a display of your own? Well, Strut Your Stuff has given me two – yes, TWO – gorgeous bib and medal displays to giveaway! “Keep Calm and Run On” in Chocolate Brown and “The Miracle” in Charcoal Gray:
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I’m holding the contest here on the blog as well as on my Instagram feed – you can only enter once on each site, but if you enter on both you get double the luck! To enter on the blog, simply leave a comment on this post about the medal you’re most excited to display. To enter on Instagram, check out my post there for rules. I’ll pick one winner per site and announce them in both places on Wednesday, October 29th – so spread the word, and good luck!!