These are just a few of the words that can be found on a Warrior Training Bracelet as seen in the photo above. They are words that stir something within. No matter what we do in life, having goals is part of being our BEST SELF and it takes focus and strength to reach those goals. Sometimes when life gets busy and things get hard, it can be so easy to get off track for what we are striving for...whether that be a race, to get fit, make it through a tough time, or accomplish something that we've always wanted in life. And sometimes all it takes is a word or some kind of mantra to evoke the "warrior" within us all. Words are powerful when they come with meaning and strength. That's one of the reasons I love my Warrior Bracelet so much. It's simple. Strong. Beautiful. And all it takes is on glance as the word "Breathe" and my body and mind feel focused and strong. The rest just comes together...it flows.
When I first saw my friend with her Warrior Training Bracelet, I Loved it! And I knew I wanted one too. It's been on my wish list for awhile. So, when we found out that Eric, the founder of Endorphin Warrior, was giving all of the Nuun Hood To Coast athletes a Warrior Bracelet, I was THRILLED! I had a hard time deciding whether I wanted the word Believe or Breathe but my heart went with Breathe. I had no idea how perfect it would be for me until I actually started wearing it.
Something so simple.
But so powerful.
I don't know how many times since I've had my Warrior Bracelet that I've NEEDED to read this word. There have been so many moments since Hood to Coast that I've felt myself needing that extra reminder to just....Breathe. Just a glance at my wrist brings a FOCUS and CALM that helps me "warrior on". Running Hood to Coast with an injury and a heavy spirit was hard on me. But I can tell you that there were many times during the entire Hood to Coast experience that I glanced at my Warrior Bracelet and felt a peace that helped me feel strong and centered...Body, Mind, and Spirit.
My Warrior Bracelet is something I'm almost always wearing. I can wear it while running, racing, or just as an every day accessory. And it has become my favorite gift to give! It is a perfect gift for a woman, man or even an older child in our life. In fact, last night, I found the perfect time to give my husband his BELIEVE bracelet. So perfect for him. For us. He LOVES it.
One of the things that is important to me in life is knowing the story behind the face. The HEART behind the Business. And I know that many of you, that read my blog, feel the same way. So before doing this giveaway, I asked Eric, from Endorphin Warrior a few questions so that I could share the story behind the business with you.
"Where did you get the idea for Endorphin Warrior? Where did the inspiration come from? Your "story"? When did it start? First one? Who supported you the most? Your background? "
Below is Eric's response. I love it. And it makes his business so much more than a business to me. Enjoy.
Okay...here's a little of the story behind Endorphin Warrior. I am the founder of Endorphin Warrior. As a college athlete (football, lacrosse) at some point during college I realized that all of the training I was doing was developing more than just my physical body...it was helping me develop in body and mind. After the end of college I started long distance running and trail running and this further spurred on my understanding that running was more than running...that it was a way to grow as a person and uncover who you are. I became very passionate about how physical training develops the "whole" person...body, mind and spirit. But rather than write a book about it, ala George Sheehan, I came up with the idea to create a brand and product line that expresses this. One day while on a long distance mountain bike ride, the words "Endorphin" and "Warrior" merged for the first time - I knew this was the company name I wanted - and Endorphin Warrior was born.
We started Endorphin Warrior in 2007 with the idea to create a company that expressed the joy, meaning and value of working out. Now, after a few years it has also evolved into a brand and product line who's purpose is to help people live stronger in body and mind, not just for training, but for all of life. My vision is to grow Endorphin Warrior into a company that people look to for products that give them inspiration and strength....for any facet of life, be it training, work, or life in general. I feel very fortunate to have this purpose in my life.
On the personal side, I'm 55, and the most important thing in my life is being the best husband and father that I can be (I have a daugher 22, a son 5, and two step daughters 13 and 17). Next is creating a great company, Endorphin Warrior and continuing to be a lifetime athlete."
So here's how to enter (please leave a separate response for EACH one). You will have one entry per comment.
1. Mandatory: Visit Endorphin Warrior HERE and leave a comment telling me what word you would choose for your bracelet if you won.
Extra Entries (one comment for each):
2. Like Endorphin Warrior on Facebook HERE (leave a comment here)
3. Follow Endorphin Warrior on Twitter HERE (leave a comment here)
4. Share this Giveaway on Facebook or Twitter (leave a comment telling me you did)
5. Post a comment on Runninghood's Facebook Wall telling me why you want to win an Endorphin Warrior Bracelet.
This contest will run from September 13th to September 21st. I will choose a winner randomly and announce it on my blog or facebook page.