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Tough Girl Tutus - July Giveaway and Favorite Running Routes

Happy July!

We're giving away a tutu.  For this month's giveway, tell us about a favorite running route and why you love it.  We'll select a winner next week.

This morning I ran with an old friend.  Her name is Sarah and we grew up just a few miles apart in a small Vermont town.  Funny enough, we missed each other by a few years in high school and met just 6 years ago in Northern Wisconsin.

I call Sarah an old friend because she feels like an old friend.  We trade stories and share memories from our hometown, and over the past 6 years we've shared some good laughs and good conversations while running together.

Our route this morning took us through deep pines, a 9-hole golf course, shaded streets, an old snowmobile trail grown over with long grass, and looped back to our starting point.  One hour and eight minutes later, we congratulated ourselves on running for longer than we would typically run on our own.  It didn't feel like an hour had passed.  But it had, and we covered a lot of ground talking about family, plans for the Fourth, careers, friends, World Cup soccer. It's amazing what you can cover in one hour.

My favorite part of this route is the overgrown snowmobile trail that winds deep through the woods.  About half-way through there is a green, rectangular road sign (for snowmobilers) nailed to a pine tree. The sign reads "All-In Ave".

It's hard to count the number of times I've run past "All-In Ave".  And the number of times I've paused mid-step to read the sign, smile, and tell myself I'm "All-In".  "All-In" for this moment. For this day. For this life. 

"All-In Ave" is one of my favorite running routes.  It can be still or breezy, quiet or bustling with birds, lush green or stark white with snow or blanketed with crisp colored leaves.  It feels different yet familiar each time.

For a chance to win a Tough Girl Tutus, post a comment below about a favorite running route and why you love it so much. One lucky winner will be randomly selected next week as the winner. Winner will receive one Tough Girl Tutus tutu, valued at $29.99.

Sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States. It begins on 7/02/14 and ends on 7/09/14; the winner will be announced on 7/10/14. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via Facebook. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $29.99. Tough Girl Tutus product subject to availability. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. Facebook is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. 

 

Written by Christina Schleicher — July 02, 2014

Tough Girl Tutus | June Giveaway

This past weekend I, Julie, had a call from my good friend, Lisa, the day before a race. We had briefly discussed running an upcoming race a few weeks prior. I have put in very few miles this spring and have been far from consistent, so I just kind of nodded and said, "I don't think so. Maybe." I was unenthusiastic enough; I thought I'd successfully closed that chapter. It was a 13.7-mile run, more than a half marathon and all uphill. The idea of it was crazy to me. Time passed, I mean really passed...until the day before the race. Truly, I had thought I was off the hook. I had laughed off the idea of this race and hadn't given it another look. There was no way it was happening. 

She called the day before the race. I couldn't believe in her message she was telling me registration was going to close, so if we were going to do it we needed to sign up now. What? She was still considering it? I called her back with my numerous excuses - work is crazy, the kids are just out of school, I've logged no mileage, I'm not sleeping, I'm completely overloaded. In fact, I called her three times to say, no I didn't want to do the race. Each time I got off the phone, I reconsidered just long enough for my gut to tell me, "No, you're going to get hurt."

Then, I got this message: "C'mon, we'll throw on our tutus, we'll get to catch up, have a couple hours of peace and quiet without the kids, get some exercise and fresh air." You know how this story ends. She got me. I texted her...fine I signed up. I'll see you in the morning. I figured, I'll just walk if I can't run it.

So, I did it. We did it. And, got in almost 14 miles we wouldn't have otherwise. It was a really tough race for me. I walked some of the uphill, and I had some foot pain during the climb. But, we finished, and the soreness is gone a couple days later. Today, I'm feeling grateful for my friend giving me that extra push and pulling me out of the chaos to be spontaneous. An awesome friend and her motivation really helped shift my attitude. 

For a chance to win one of our new Tough Girl Tutus colors - Plum Purple, Royal Blue or Limeade - tell us about a running buddy or friend who motivates you! One lucky winner will be randomly selected next week as the winner. Winner will receive one Tough Girl Tutus tutu, valued at $29.99.

Sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States. It begins on 6/10/14 and ends on 6/19/14; the winner will be announced on 6/23/14. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via Facebook. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $29.99. Tough Girl Tutus product subject to availability. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. Facebook is in no way affiliated with this giveaway. 

 

 

New Bright Colors Have Arrived

Time to get your tutu on! We've officially added three bright and fun colors to The Original Racing Tutu line. Add some punch on race day with Limeade, Royal Blue and Plum Purple.

                          

Cheers to many, many miles ahead. 

Peace, Love + Tutus, 

Julie + Christina

Written by julie knapp — June 09, 2014

Riding with the Ladies

Bikes and tutus?

Yep, we think so. Coming off the heels of Memorial Day and the Bolder Boulder 10k, we're thankful for strong men and women, and we're gearing up to cover more miles in not only our running shoes, but our bikes, too.

This August, our friends at Venus de Miles will offer something pretty special: an all-women's road ride. In fact, it's the first all-women's road ride in both Illinois and Colorado. This means just ladies, bikes, and good times shared on the open road. 

And it's all for a great cause. Venus de Miles is a ride for Greenhouse Scholars, an education non-profit supporting Illinois and Colorado’s most promising and deserving college students. So pull on a favorite pair of chamois, add your finest tutu, and make a difference in a student's life.

There's still time to SAVE $10 when you register for Venus de Miles. Through May 30 use promo code REDWHITEBLUE. Choose to ride Illinois on August 9 or ride Colorado on August 23.

 

If you are new to biking or are worried about the distance, check out three course options for all ability levels and consider joining this crazy fun celebration of sisterhood.  Venus de Miles is many things, but it's not a race.  Be ready to eat, drink, and be pampered alongside both new friends and old.

This ride is a Boulder favorite and we hope to see some of you out there!  And if you're riding Illinois, we'd love to hear about it.

Christina and Julie

Tough Girl Tutus | May Giveaway

It’s Tutu Tuesday, and we're ready for another one of our monthly giveaways here at Tough Girl Tutus. Entering the contest is simple. Just tell us in the comments below which color hat you like best (green, pink, red or blue) for your chance to win a branded trucker hat from Tough Girl Tutus. One lucky winner will be randomly selected next week as the winner. Winner will receive one Tough Girl Tutus trucker hat, valued at $14.99. 

   

Sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States. It begins on 5/13/14 and ends on 5/20/14; the winner will be announced on 5/21/14. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via email. One entry per person. The value the prize is $14.99. Tough Girl Tutus products subject to availability. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. 

A Cameo by Tough Girl Tutus in The New York Times

See if you can find Tough Girl Tutus in the photo below, also featured in The New York Times over the weekend. We're tickled to see our Hot Pink and Black Tutu in print and complementing all the spring colors of the city. And, we're so proud of all the women rocking tulle at the New York Half Marathon last weekend. Check out the full story, The New York Times, Bill Cunningham | Two-Tone Spring

Written by julie knapp — April 23, 2014

Boston Love

Marathon Monday is nearly here. We couldn’t be more in awe of the amazing men and women who will partake. This year’s race marks an important moment in our lifetimes and we will be there in spirit, cheering for all those who unite to keep Boston Strong.

Let’s show our love!

Through April 25 we are selling all tutus for $26.20 and donating 10 percent of sales to the One Fund Boston. Enter code BOSTONLOVE at checkout on our site.

One Fund Boston was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino on April 16, 2013, with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic Boston Marathon bombings.

However you choose to support Boston, we hope you have an awesome weekend shared with friends and family.

Christina and Julie 

Written by Christina Schleicher — April 19, 2014

Top 10 Reasons Tutus Give Us An Extra Boost On Race Day | April Tutu Giveaway

It’s Tutu Tuesday, which means it’s time for another one of our monthly giveaways here at Tough Girl Tutus. We’re all about the power of the tutu, keeping it positive and supporting one another. We want to know, how does wearing a tutu make you feel on race day? Tell us in the comments below for your chance to win a Tough Girl Tutus of your choice and a bonus Tough Girl Tutus tank top. One lucky winner will be randomly selected next week as the winner. Winner will receive one Tough Girl Tutus tutu, valued at $29.99 and one tank top valued at $19.99.

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In the spirit of tutu pride, here are our Top 10 Reasons Tutus Give Us An Extra Boost On Race Day.

  1. Wearing a tutu eases tension at the start line and becomes an instant ice breaker when INTERACTING with other racers. We feel good having a little distraction from pre-race jitters. 
  2. Tough Girl Tutus keeps it EASY - no need to fuss over safety pins and worry about your race bib staying in place during the race. Lightweight, flowing tulle and a built-in race bib keeps things in place so we can focus on our pace.

  3. Wearing Tough Girl Tutus gives us an extra boost of CONFIDENCE on the course. When we feel good about what we’re wearing, we feel good about ourselves.
  4. Whether donning a tutu as part of a costume, wearing one as a good luck charm, or just throwing on a tutu because we just want to - tutus are a STATEMENT we like to make on race day.

  5. PARTNERSHIPS and PHILANTROPHY not only give us something to run for, but keep us inspired. It’s a lot of fun to race for a cause, and it feels amazing to spread the word about wonderful organizations doing wonderful things.

  6. We like to keep things light and try not to take ourselves too seriously. All things are easier when they’re made to be FUN. How can you have anything but FUN in a tutu?
  7. Tutus make us SMILE. Tutus make others SMILE. Period.
  8. POSITIVE energy makes for POSITIVE results. Every time someone cheers for the tutus – whether fellow racers or supporters from the sidelines – we get an instant boost and pick up our stride. 

  9. Getting out and moving is reason to CELEBRATE enough, but a race day tutu is a great reward for all our days of training and putting in the miles. We CELEBRATE in a tutu on race day.
  10. Something NEW. If you’ve never run in a tutu, you won’t know the feelings you’ll have about it until you do. So, please, don’t knock it until you try it. And, when you do, we’d love to hear from you.

Sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States. It begins on 4/1/14 and ends on 4/8/14; the winner will be announced on 4/9/14. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via email. One entry per person. The value the prize is $49.98. Tough Girl Tutus products subject to availability. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. 

Written by julie knapp — April 01, 2014

Ski for the Cure this Saturday

A world without breast cancer.

That’s the vision of Susan G. Komen and Komen Colorado.

And we’re thrilled to support this vision. It seems each of us can think of someone who struggles with breast cancer, has struggled, or works really hard to lessen the struggle for others.

We’re honored to join Komen Colorado in the fight against breast cancer. As a third party fundraiser through 2014, we’re donating 10 percent of sales generated through Komen Colorado back to Komen Colorado.

This Saturday, March 8th, we’ll join Komen Colorado for Ski for the Cure at Snowmass Mountain. Families and friends will don their best pink and schuss billowy powder to make a difference in someone’s life. We’re excited to be there. And feeling inspired just thinking of the strong and beautiful people we’ll meet.

Colorado friends, there is still time to dig out your best pink clothing and gear!  Register here through Friday, or onsite Saturday.  Volunteer positions are open, too.

For us, a ski day is a good day. And Saturday promises to be a really good day. 

Written by Christina Schleicher — March 05, 2014

Tough Girl Tutus | March Tutu Giveaway

It's Tutu Tuesday and time for our monthly giveaway at Tough Girl Tutus. To enter for a chance to win a Tough Girl Tutus, post a photo of you in a tutu on our Facebook page. Of course, we'd love to see your tutu of choice is a Tough Girl Tutus, but it doesn't have to be. It could be you in any tutu. Show us a pic of you in a tutu, and this will count as your entry. One lucky winner will be randomly selected next week as the winner. Winner will receive one Tough Girl Tutus tutu, valued at $29.99.

Sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States. It begins on 3/4/14 and ends on 3/11/14; the winner will be announced on 3/12/14. Winner will be selected randomly and notified via Facebook. One entry per person. The value of each prize is $29.99. Tough Girl Tutus product subject to availability. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law. Facebook is in no way affiliated with this giveaway.

Tough Girl Tutus - July Giveaway and Favorite Running Routes

Happy July! We're giving away a tutu.  For this month's giveway, tell us about a favorite running route and why you love it.  We'll select a winner next week. This...

Tough Girl Tutus | June Giveaway

This past weekend I, Julie, had a call from my good friend, Lisa, the day before a race. We had briefly discussed running an upcoming race a few weeks prior....

New Bright Colors Have Arrived

Time to get your tutu on! We've officially added three bright and fun colors to The Original Racing Tutu line. Add some punch on race day with Limeade, Royal Blue...

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