Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet and Giveaway

Last August when I ran Hood to Coast, Endorphin Warrior gave our runners a Warrior Training Bracelet.  Each bracelet has a word or phrase on it that represents healthy living and positive thinking.  When I was a rower at Tennessee, our team chant was “Relentless Today, Fearless Tomorrow”.  The word relentless always stuck out to me and I was constantly striving to attain that attribute in my life so I chose to have RELENTLESS on my bracelet.  There are so many other inspiring phrases like fearless, believe, courage, and even some that have the half and full marathon distances on them.  Choosing a phrase was the hardest part.   endorphin

Let me also say that I am usually not a big fan of jewelry because usually it tends to be flashy and gaudy, but this bracelet is so neutral that I can wear it in day-to-day life or even add it to a wrist stack if I’m wearing something other than spandex type clothing.  The plate that the phrase is inscribed on is made of nickel, so you could sweat on it or swim in it all you wanted and it would still never rust or tarnish. I have worn it almost everyday since leaving Hood to Coast and I often get compliments on it and people ask where I got it from.   The best part about it?  Only 20 bucks!  I’ve had my eye on quite a bit of “running” jewelry here lately but they all usually run (no pun intended) at least fifty bucks, and to me that is not worth it.

Wearing my Endorphin Warrior bracelet is sort of a fashion statement, but it is also a reminder.   I love looking down during the day and seeing the word relentless and being reminded to persevere and to not give up on my fitness goals.  I have to use my hands to reach for chips and cookies but when I reach out and see my bracelet on my wrist, then I slowly back away.  It definitely is a great reminder.

my bracelet and my wrist

my bracelet and my wrist

After being so in love with this bracelet, I contacted the owner of Endorphin Warrior, Eric, to let him know.  He was so kind and encouraging and I could really tell how much he loves what he does and how much he stands behind his product.  I asked if I could host a giveaway for my readers and he emailed back right away and was so generous and was so happy to offer a training bracelet to one lucky reader!  So here’s the nitty gritty of the giveaway:

What: An Endorphin Warrior Training Bracelet of your choosing

How: Go visit their website then comment here telling me a cool fact about yourself and which word or phrase you would select if you won.

When: You have until midnight on May 10 to enter.  A winner will be chosen using random.org

Additional entries: You can earn additional chances to win by liking Endorphin Warrior on Twitter (@EndorphnWarrior) or sharing the giveaway on your blog or Twitter (my twitter handle is @thegogirlblog)  All additional entries are optional.

Thanks to Endorphin Warrior for allowing me to share in this exciting opportunity for y’all. I may have been provided this bracelet at no cost, but I would not hesitate to spend 20 bucks to purchase it for myself and I was offered a bracelet to give to one lucky reader at my own request.  All these wonderful thoughts are of my own free will.  Happy training, y’all.  

Gifted Runner (Giveaway)

There is not much more that I love than giving a good gift.  Sure gift cards are great but actually taking time to think about the person and buy something that you genuinely believe they will love and enjoy makes it so much more personal.  When it comes to runners it can often be hard to find something that is tangible enough for them to use.  Even if all runners “needed” were shoes, how would you know which size to buy?  So here is a list of cool things to get that special runner in your life.

1.  Fuel:  There are so many different fueling options out there!  Most runners tend to know what works best for them but even if you choose something at random, chances are they will give it a shot.  You can purchase fuel online, at a running specialty store or even your local WalMart or Target.  Some of my favorite fueling options are Gu, Gu Chomps, Sport Beans, Honey Stinger chews, and Clif Bar.  These make a perfect addition to any gift or are great just by themselves.

optimal fueling.

2.  Headbands:  My hair is always in a ponytail (even when I am not running) and having something to push those stray hairs out of my face is a must.  Even on days when I’m dressed in “normal” attire (jeans) I almost always have a headband in my hair.  My favorite kinds are Sweaty Bands and BIC bands.  I’ve also tried Active Bands and Chica Bands.   They compliment any outfit and can literally be ordered in hundreds of designs and colors.

just a few of my bands adorning my closet

3.  Phone cover:  My awesome friend Robyn surprised me with an amazing personalized phone cover for my birthday.  Once getting over the fact that it had my name on it, I realized that it had random running quotes on the back of it!  How neat?  Most people constantly have their phones with them so what better way to accessorize?  Plus, it is a great conversation starter!  Since this gift is personalized it will show that runner that you actually put some thought into their gift.

The phone cover that I currently have...featured in Fitness

4.  Nuun:  I only drink water.  Every now and then after a big race I might have a cup of Powerade if it is available but I mostly stick to water.  Proper hyrdation is a big issue runners face but water can often be boring.  The solution?  Pop a Nuun tablet in your water bottle and let the flavor take over.  My favorite flavors are Grape, Tropical, and Fruit Punch.  Nuun comes in an easy to carry tube so you can pop it in your gym bag or backpack.  Definitely a great gift for anyone!

it is Nuun somewhere

5.  Race entry fee:  Races are a great way for runners to show off their hard work and training but often come with a hefty price tag.  Even a small 5k can run at least 20 bucks.  If a local race is coming up or if a runner friend of yours has their eye on another one then you can pay their race entry fee.  A cute way to do it could be to either sign up for them (might want to talk it over with them first) or get a brochure from the event and enclose the right amount of money inside of it.  I had a friend sign me up for a race that I purposely did not sign up for due to the cost.  This gift is a great gesture and also personal.

the favored gift of race entry.

6.  Magazine subscription:  I’m a sucker for a good running or fitness magazine.  Typically you can get a year’s subscription for under 20 bucks.  This is a great surprise if you know the person’s address because they will automatically be sent to them with you footing the bill.  Plus it lasts for 12 months so it is a gift that keeps on giving.

good reads.

7.  RoadId:  I had my eye on a RoadId for quite some time but luck beat me to buying it.  I won a gift card at a 5k for one and ended up getting a cool purple one.  I’m not a fan of running with my phone and sticking your id in your shoe or bra can sometimes be a pain so RoadId is a great option.  It might even make you feel better knowing your runner friend is running with proper identification.  They are very cost friendly and some are even fashionable to be worn without running attire on.

ROADID.

These are just a few suggestions of things that I love and would give to a runner friend.  These all are great options too if you know someone just starting to run or is possibly thinking about running.  Gifts can be huge motivators and show someone that you thought of them.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!  So…since I love you so much I’m going to send a few gifts of my own.   Five lucky people will win one thing from the following:

  • One tube of Nuun
  • Sports Bean packets
  • Honey Stinger Chews
  • Headband
  • Bagtag (for your gear check bag or gym bag)

To receive an entry, simply post a comment telling me what is the best running related item you have ever received.  You can also tweet about it to tell your friends (@thegogirlblog) or mention it in a blog post to receive one additional entry.  Be sure to tell me both things in one comment.  Winners will be chosen at random on April 30 at midnight.  Yay for gifts!