When I received my Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet in the mail a few weeks ago I was excited. They had extended the offer to do a contest via Twitter and I was happy to be on board. I have a bracelet like the one above that says FOCUS from Hood to Coast in 2011. It was my go-to word that year as I tend to wander mentally during races. The only issue with it is that it’s a bit too small so I can’t wear it all the time. My request for a new one (with a new word, of course) was received well so I chose BELIEVE. I have a bit of a hard time with that during some of my runs and can succumb to negative self-doubt more often than I like.
It’s honestly hard to review a fairly simple piece of jewelry – I’ll admit that I was putting off the post since I had so little to write – so I’ve been wearing it lately in hopes of having more, besides “I will believe in myself on race day”, to say. Last week gave me too much to say.
Life stress had me looking down at my wrist more often than not; I need to believe that certain things are changing for the best. And then Boston happened. I was at work when Colin phoned to ask if I’d heard. Working in retail, where I don’t see much of the outside world for 8 hours, I had not. After I had, though, I was on Twitter (regardless of cell phone use rules) trying to learn about all the people I’ve met in real life and online because of running. I was mentally checking off their names while also trying to learn as much about the situation as possible. It was frustrating and worrying. I wanted a hug.
As corny as it sounds, having a simple word BELIEVE to look at helped.
Believe people I know are okay.
Believe things I can’t control are taken care of.
Believe that those responsible will be found.
Because if I couldn’t do that I would have freaked out.
So, as simple as a piece of leather and a bit of metal are, my bracelet helped.
You could win your own Training Bracelet courtesy of Endorphin Warrior. Simply head on over to endorphinwarrior.com, look around, and let me know via a comment what bracelet you would want to wear and why.
Contest closes Thursday 25 April 2013 at 11:59PST. Winner will be announced Friday 26 April 2013.
Note: I was given my bracelet from Endorphin Warrior free of charge in return for this review/giveaway. All opinions are my own.