Smartwool Review and Giveaway!!

2 Jan

In an effort to promote winter running our friends at Smartwool graciously donated some PhD run socks to giveaway!



I wore a pair of the PhD Run socks at the Resolution Run earlier today and they rocked!  My toes usually go numb when I run in the winter and these socks kept my tootsies nice and toasty.  I had to run thru several snow banks and I was amazed at how dry my feet were.


Smartwool uses Merino Wool which works to  manage moisture, improve breathability, regulate temperature and control odor.


– Comfortable

– Warm

– Light

–  Wick Moisture Away from Skin


– Expensive (but well worth it)


These socks provide warmth and comfort for cold weather conditions.


Here at Weshallhavepie, we have challenged ourselves to run everyday outside in the month of January. We are challenging you to do the same!

We will be giving away 3 sets of Smartwool PhD Run socks to three lucky readers! (each set includes one pair of men’s socks and one pair of women’s socks)

To enter: Just leave a comment on this post telling us what you do or don’t enjoy about Winter Running.

Extra entries:

  • Become a member (follower) of this blog and leave a comment that you did (if you already follow our blog, leave a comment that you are a follower)
  • Follow us on Twitter and leave a comment here that you did
  • Follow us on Facebook and leave a comment here that you did

We would love to hear about your winter running adventures! Please send pictures to and will feature you on the blog :)

You will have until  January 31, 2013 at 8 p.m. to enter and we will post the name of the winners on Friday morning.

Good Luck!

Tina and Jenny


62 Responses to “Smartwool Review and Giveaway!!”

  1. Megan January 2, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Ah warm socks!! My feet get sooooo cold winter running! I love not feeling like I’m going to melt when the temperature isn’t 100 like it was all this year but I really don’t enjoy the frozen body parts at all : )

  2. Megan January 2, 2013 at 3:10 am #

    Since I would really enjoy the opportunity to have some warm toes this winter I am going to do all of the extra entries : ) I am already a follower of the blog!

  3. Megan January 2, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    Next up, the twitter follow, done and done I am @megankellly

  4. Her Happy Balance January 2, 2013 at 3:11 am #

    In the winter I don’t like the ice and snow when running and that burn that the cold air leaves in your throat. I do love the workout though.

  5. Her Happy Balance January 2, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    I recently became a follower!

  6. Megan January 2, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    ANDDD I liked your FB page!

    • Jenny January 2, 2013 at 3:48 am #

      Your chances right now are 100% to win Megan! Good LUCK! ;)

      • Megan January 2, 2013 at 3:50 am #


  7. nicky301 January 2, 2013 at 3:42 am #

    I don’t know anything about “winter running”…I live in Houston, TX; it was 65 degrees and raining yesterday on my very first training run!

  8. ommarathonlawyer January 2, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    I love smart wool socks, I use them in the summer, they actually breathe better than cotton. And in the cold they are great! It’s incredible what they can do with wool.

  9. ommarathonlawyer January 2, 2013 at 4:37 am #

    P.s. I am a follower of your blog, and I love running outside in the winter because, it’s peaceful, because the scenery is different, and because you don’t overheat – it was 18 degrees on my run today, bundle up and feel great!

  10. Mileage Mama January 2, 2013 at 5:35 am #

    I’m already a blog follower AND Twitter follower. So far I like winter runs to get fresh air and not be cooped up I in the house. But the uneven surface of the snow is tough for stability, and it’s making my legs cranky!

  11. Jean Ju January 2, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    I have bony toes and fingers. The very cold weather will make my toes and fingers very painful so that I can not run in the cold weather. I need to get special socks for my toes.
    Thank very much for sharing your blog and excellent giveaway.

    • Jenny January 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

      Oh my goodness=( Can I ask what kind of socks you have to get?

  12. runoffwriter January 2, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Yay!! Wes and I have been Smartwool owners for over a decade- we could use a new pair lol!

    Winter running…two things I love: being numb helps me go farther ’cause I don’t feel any muscle fatigue for a lot of my run, and because there aren’t a whole lot of other folks out doing what I do, I feel kind of hard core hahaha!!

  13. Jean Ju January 2, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    I have bony toes and fingers. They don’t have muscle to protect them so in the very cold weather they get painful very easy. I have to wear 2 pair of socks in bad weather day.
    Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful blog and great giveaway.

  14. Jean Ju January 2, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    Yes, I follow on this blog.

  15. Jean Ju January 2, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    Yes, I follow on twitter. (

  16. Jean Ju January 2, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Like on the Facebook. (

  17. Louise Cunningham January 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I run in Maine, so I dont enjoy the ice build-up on the sides of my paved roads. Especially at night!

  18. Louise Cunningham January 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I’m a blog follower!

  19. Nikki January 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I’m a follower and I just found you on facebook and I LOVE SmartWool running socks! I have several pairs and they are pretty much the only socks I will wear for running. I’m trying to recruit my husband also, so a men’s pair might be a nice incentive.

    Winter is my favorite season to run in for several reasons: I can breathe much easier, I find the freezing cold invigorating and motivating; it is very quiet and peaceful; I get to use my favorite cold weather gear; it staves off mid-winter blues and boredom; it helps keep the weight off from the comfort food and cookies; I enjoy other people’s reactions to my “insanity” for doing so.

    I feel a blog post coming on….

    • Jenny January 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      If these socks inspire on more person to run in winter, we have done our job!
      Blog away, I will come there and read your post! I agree with all of those statements!!

  20. sushismith January 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi, so I followed you all on Facebook!
    So what I LOVE about winter running, it’s so fresh. The air is crisp and clean, you feel light and airy. It’s a nice change to the tropics of Guam, where I first began running. The things I don’t like are that it takes a lot more thought about what to wear to run in cold temps. You want to be warm, but not too warm however, if you dress too lightly you’ll be cold and stiff….there is a very fine line.

  21. Ammon January 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    I hate running in the cold. Can’t wait till summer.

    • Jenny January 4, 2013 at 2:42 am #

      Do u use the treadmill during the winter?!

      • Ammon January 4, 2013 at 7:09 am #

        Nope. Today I just got soggy feet. I run with a soccer ball in front of me.

  22. Ammon January 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

    I’m a follower of the blog.

  23. Ammon January 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I’m now also a facebook follower.

  24. Ammon January 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm #

    Now I follow you on twitter too. @thepressingpen

  25. peacefly January 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    The one thing I hate about running in the winter is the cold air rushing through my ears gives me a headache! Argh! But I still push through :)

    • Jenny January 4, 2013 at 2:44 am #

      It normally gets too hot with a full blown hat on, but maybe consider a light weight headband thing that covers your ears:) I ran without mine today, and my ears were hurting after! Been a while since that’s happened!

  26. Alaina Maeve January 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Winter in my hometown, Portland is often damp, and the wet makes the cold feel so much colder than the temperature implies. But it’s days like today, when it’s freezing, yet the air is dry, crisp, and full of sunshine that make winter running such a joy to me! Love the review of the Smartwool socks, as my toes also go numb when I run. Sounds like a very beneficial product!

  27. Cubical Panic January 3, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Winter running definitely gets the blood flowing through the veins!

  28. lelomy January 3, 2013 at 12:27 am #

    Love my SmartWool socks, but they are starting to get a little threadbare! I have a hard time getting out the door for a winter run, but once I’m out, I love it. It makes me feel intrepid and energized.

  29. KB January 3, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    I hate that the tips of my toes freeze during winter running! Some new warm sockies would be lovely.

  30. sherri winston January 3, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    OK, now I feel guilty for not at least walking. Growing up in Michigan, I know all about cold weather and even colder toes. These days, however, I live in Orlando, Florida, where they consider a dip into the 40-degree mark “bitter cold.” Love your blog. Come back and see me again as I chart my journey to boldly rise off the sofa, shake the breadcrumbs off my ass and get moving to find myself a honey!

  31. Liz January 3, 2013 at 1:56 am #

    What I love about running during winter: It takes guts and the trails are nearly empty, only me and a few other diehards. What I dislike: Far too few daylight hours. Besides weekends and holidays having a full time 8-430 job means I spend far too much time running in the dark. I miss running at dawn before work, at about 6am. Staring into the rising sun during a run = heaven.

  32. Buxxy January 3, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    I started running recently and I live in NYC. It has been pretty cold here! Running outdoors seems to be the only thing that keeps me motivated so every other day I try brave the wind and cold temps to get better at running! Wish me luck! Love the blog. :)

    • Jenny January 4, 2013 at 2:47 am #

      We wish you all the luck in the world! Just keep pressing on, I promise it gets easier!! I think I mentioned this before, but I would love for a chance to run in New York!

  33. Danielle K January 3, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    I hate how my chest burns when I run in the winter!

  34. willbfit January 3, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    I’m a follower! I don’t like the short days, and unshoveled sidewalks that hide ice!! Yikes!

  35. runnergurrl January 3, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Oh where do I begin…..The worst part of winter running for me would be icy sidewalks!

    Twitter follow…..check
    FB like……check

    Great giveaway!

    • Jenny January 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Ice can be so deadly! But I only ever see people who are walking fall…maybe us runners are far to graceful to fall ;)

  36. progressbyaccident January 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    I live running in the worst weather, being tossed around by the wind, watching my fingers develop a frozen sheen, my feet thank me for the frozen puddle of mud I stamp through, the light layer of frost in my shoulders and thighs, the wobbly feeling as I push myself past my limits and then getting home, knowing that I’ve done something that’s at would think insane!! Keep running, blogging and I’m jealous of your snow run!

  37. Bonnie January 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    This is my first year running in the winter. I thought I would hate it, but it’s actually not too bad! I like the quiet, and that I don’t get as sweaty and dehydrated as I do in the summer!

    • Jenny January 4, 2013 at 2:55 am #

      Isn’t it weird!? I find that true as well. I started running in the fall, and found that summer was the worst time of year for running. I was so hot and miserable! Definitely better for distance running, but in general winter takes the cake for all around enjoyment!

  38. Bonnie January 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I am a follower!

  39. Bonnie January 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    I also follow you on twitter. I am @bbiggs72

  40. Shannon Michelle January 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I DON’T like the possibility of hitting black ice and slipping. I DO like that cold sweaty smell after a run!

  41. Shannon Michelle January 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Facebook fan!

  42. Shannon Michelle January 4, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    following on twitter as @channynn

  43. Elena Vo January 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    I love the pretty winter scenery in my local park (tall pine trees covered in snow, glistening snow fields and icicles on rooftops) when running in wintertime.

  44. elenavo January 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Liked you on Facebook as Elena Vo

  45. debbie jackson January 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    follow u on pin as jacksondeb
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  46. Marilyn January 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    If many of you miss out on socks you may like to download these mp3 hypnotic mantras to mix amongst your running music. With warm feet and the helpful positive mindsets maybe you will enjoy winter running even more. It’s a quick download and absolutely free. Happy training!

    • Jenny January 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

      Thanks Marilyn!
      The power of positive thinking is something that has been widely discussed over the last few years.I am interested in giving it a try!

  47. Ashley Hobb January 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    I like that it is a great way to enjoy the beautiful snow and be outside without getting too cold. I don’t like that it is tough to regulate your temperature and when snow makes the run slippery…but maybe a good pair of socks will help that ;)

  48. graceglimmers January 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    Smart wool socks are great! I have one pair, but they really do keep your feet warm and dry…great for running, around the house, or in boots!

  49. graceglimmers January 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Now following you on Twitter and Pinterest…I’m graceglimmers on Twitter. I have many female running buddies all over the country actually…we’ve moved a lot (USA). Running is a lifelong gift, and it is a great way to chat with friends! Nice site. :)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

A Poorly Updated Travel Blog

slowly documenting travel and life

Running Under The Rain

a blog about a runner's life

Will Run for Glitter

It's not sweat. It's sparkle.

Running On Healthy

Finding Balance, Happiness, and Health


Feminist reflections on fitness, sport, and health

The Vegan 8

8 Ingredient Vegan Recipes

Poetry In Motion

I'll stand before the Lord of Song / With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen


Where I unload my cooking notes...and other adventures

The Baker's Sheet

The baking and cooking adventures of a wannabe culinary student

high mileage mom

balancing family, fitness, a healthy lifestyle, and of course--running!

%d bloggers like this: