A Blogger Surprise!

A Blogger Surprise!

A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting to Girl Runs Wild about running music and playlists. During the online conversation, she mentioned that we should buy a basic MP3 player each, download our playlists, and mail them to each other.

And so, the great playlist swap has begun!

While Girl Runs Wild is still waiting for me to receive the MP3 player from Amazon to load and send to her, I received an email on Tuesday, telling me to look out for a little package through the mail 😉

And yesterday, there was a parcel waiting for me at the front door! Eeeek!

It was quite a large package, and my first thoughts were: was there something I’ve ordered for the wedding that I’ve forgotten about? Has @TheWelshWookie been doing some sneaky online shopping?

I carried the package into the kitchen, and opened it. Hmmm. It was a lovely pink box, wrapped in a silver satin ribbon. I was intrigued!


I carefully removed the ribbon, puzzling over this lovely package.  My thoughts included have I entered and won a competition? I rechecked the name and address, in case I’d accidentally opened a package for my neighbour: nope! It’s definitely for me!

I opened the box, unsure of what to expect. And what did I find? A box of fabulous goodies, perfect for a runner!

The lovely notecard inside explained all: this wonderful blogger was treating me to the whole ‘Girl Runs Wild’ running experience, including the music, fuel, recovery food and post-run pampering kit! 😀


In the box was: a 9 Bar (I love these), a bag of Lindt eggs (delish!), The Body Shop Total Energy Enlivening Body Gel, a big box of lovely scented tea lights and another small gift box containing the MP3 player!

I’m a very, very lucky blogger!

I’m already a huge fan of 9 bars, and I’m not sure you’ll believe this, but @TheWelshWookie and I polished off the last of our Lindt chocolate balls from Christmas only on Monday, so to receive the Lindt eggs now is just perfect!

The body gel smells really lovely, and I can’t wait to try it post-run. I use a lot of candles, and the ones Girl Runs Wild included smell divine!

I am tempted to have a sneak listen to the MP3 player but I’m going to hold off, and use it on my long run, so that I can really enjoy it. I’ll let you know all about it after I’ve listened!


I’ve been blown away by both the generosity and the lovely, thoughtful surprise: it has really made my week!

Thank you, Girl Runs Wild! You’ve really highlighted for me how fantastic all of you bloggers are!

In case you missed it, we’re also both signed up for the Around the World Running Blog Relay 2014: Are you in yet? No? Well, you’d best get a wriggle on, it starts on Saturday! 😉 Sign up here

Have you ever received a wonderful surprise?

44 thoughts on “A Blogger Surprise!

  1. What a brilliant surprise and a really cool idea to swap MP3 players – reminds me of when I was a kid swapping mix tapes with friends. 🙂

  2. Awesome! Not just exchanging treats but a little goody bag with a few things that sum up the character of the blogger. Signed up for the Round the World Relay, thanks for sharing the link 🙂

    1. I think the gift really represents Girl Runs Wild. Glad you’ve signed up- it’ll be high mileage from you at the moment!

      1. It is and it isn’t! I’m hitting the long runs on Sunday mornings but at the moment I’ve only been running once more during the week. I teach Metafit – a high intensity interval training class – every second day and after my long run on a Sunday and I find that builds my speed and stamina meaning that I can hit the high mileage runs on a Sunday on target pace without having to put a lot of miles in during the week 🙂

      2. Oh, of course. I’ve heard such great things about Metafit- tough but great results!

      3. Yes, pretty much! It’s like the speed session you know you should be doing but wouldn’t push yourself to do. It’s made a huge difference to me and I’m able to run fast without doing as much mileage as before. You should try it!

      4. I’d love to! I think my nearest class is 15 miles away, but it’s definitely worth me looking into it: when I lived in civilisation, I regularly did three different fitness classes a week- I like the discipline and the camaraderie of suffering together! 🙂

      5. Yes, that’s always good. People often fear they’ll look like the least fit people in the class and I reassure them by telling them that everyone will be too busy trying not to collapse themselves to notice what anyone else is doing! It’s tough and worth it if you are able to travel for a class but if not, you can follow the principles of it and do it yourself at home if you’re willing to push yourself

      6. Fantastic, thanks! I’ll see if I can get to a class to try it out, and if I’m struggling to do that I’ll get in touch. Thanks, Steve! 🙂

  3. Oh, your post has made me smile so much! I’m so glad you like it – Mission Accomplished! =D I hope you’ll enjoy my silly running music and find many songs that make you smile even more while you run!

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