Thursday, September 13, 2012

Breathe, Believe, and Warrior On! Endorphin Warrior Bracelet Giveaway





Persevere
Unbreakable
Focus
Strength
Breathe
Believe

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.


Breathe.

Something so simple.  
But so powerful.  

Breathe

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.  



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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.

"Hi Amanda,
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, it's giveaway time, which is rare on this blog unless I really love something. One of you will win a Warrior Training Bracelet for yourself or somebody else.  Thank you to Endorphin Warrior for agreeing to offer a giveaway.

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.

Good luck,
Amanda

178 comments:

  1. Okay I've visited Endorphin Warrior and I'd love FOCUS - that's what I need to remember every day. When I do - things work out for me. My biggest fuzzes happen when I lose focus.

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  2. And I've like EndorphinWarrior on FaceBook.

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  3. And I've followed EndorphinWarrior on Twitter

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  4. AND I've written on our FaceBook Wall. Xy

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  5. I like Endorphin Warrior on FB

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  7. I follow Endorphin Warrior on Twitter

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  8. and tweeted your contest.. I am a machine!! I want to win this one! :-)

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  9. And posted a comment on your FB page.. Ok - done.

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  10. I would also choose BREATHE- a good reminder for all situations running and life in general!

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  11. Love the bracelets, so simple!! I would chose focus. I need to remember this everyday, I have the attention span of a 2 yr old!!

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  12. I like the "Believe" bracelet. It is so inspiring.

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  13. And I also liked Endorphin Warrior on Facebook!

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  14. Liked Warrior Endorphins on FB!

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  15. I tried to follow on facebook but it will not work for me... will keep trying!

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  16. sent out the contest on twitter...

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  17. I would want mine to say "Relentless" or "Strength".
    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  18. I like Endorphin Warrior on FB!

    Sarah

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  19. I liked them on Twitter! ....Those bracelets are just too cool!

    Sarah

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  20. I left a message on your Facebook page!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  21. I would pick BREATHE. I have asthma and love to run but it can be difficult. So I would use this as a reminder to physically breathe and in life to take moments to ground myself.

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  22. I would pick either Believe or Strength, both speak to me in very different ways

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  23. I can't decide between 2 different bracelets! When I first saw COURAGE, I thought it was the one. But then right there at the bottom: "As I dance, as I dance, the universe is dancing with me." I love to dance, but I often need to be reminded to have courage - I guess I'll have to make a final decision when I win!

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  24. I liked Endorphin Warrior on FB (and in real life, too)!

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  25. I am already following Endorphin Warrior on tweeter. I liked your page on Facebook, and I really want to win--PERSEVERE

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  26. Liked Endorphin warrior on FB .

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  27. Left a comment on runninghood's wall:)

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  28. Left a comment on their page that I would like the word TRUST on mine. :)

    Have an awesome day, Amanda!

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  29. I visited EW and I like Unbreakable.

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  30. commented on your facebook wall!

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  32. I would chose Believe. I wrote it on my hand when I ran Boston two years ago. :) It made a real difference for me and has had such meaning to me since then. I'd love to wear it permanently (marker rubs off :D )

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  33. I love the persevere bracelet...that is definitely a word that I need reminded of.

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  34. already liked Endorphin warrior on fb

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  35. Breathe... I have to remember to breathe!

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  36. I like Endorphin Warrior on FB!

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  37. Well, now I'm leaning toward "believe"...

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  38. It's a toss up for me between unbreakable, believe, and breathe. At the moment, let's go with unbreakable.

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  39. Toss up between Breathe and Strength...I'd be thrilled with either!

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  40. I would choose the word focus. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  41. I follow Endorphin Warrior on Twitter

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  42. And I liked them on Facebook :)

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  43. I would choose BELIEVE. Great giveaway!!

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  44. I 'like' Endorphin Warrior on Facebook.

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  45. I follow them on Twitter.

    @FitLifeRun

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  46. I would choose Strength. I'm running my first half marathon in a week, and also have strength tattooed on my ankle. That encourages me that I can do this, I have the strength!

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  47. I like BELIEVE. I didn't believe I could ever be a runner. Now that it's happened, I need Help remembering that I can now believe.

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  48. Shared on Facebook... Hopefully that doesn't decrease my odds too much!

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  49. Absolutely love this and may just have to buy one if I don't win the giveaway because I am that sold! It would be a tough choice but I think I would have to chose believe! So many people believed in me when I was a lost 23 year old girl and started running and now I believe in me and constantly need this reminder in my life.

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  50. I would love to have one of these that says "Believe" because I so often doubt myself. So much of my struggle is mental, and I need to remind myself to BELIEVE in myself, my abilities, and especially my strength. I love these so much!

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  51. I'm a BREATHE gal... that's what I'm constantly telling myself right now. Just BREATHE

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  52. I'd probably get BREATHE. Or if I got a custom one it would say REMEMBER.

    Kiley @ dailyvitaminf.blogspot

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  53. oh my gahhhh i should win because it was just my bday yesterday so this can be a belated present ;)

    i love these bracelets. i was secretly admiring yours in asheville! i don't know what i'd pick... persevere, relentless and unbreakable all call to me. haha.

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  54. I've been wanting one of these bracelets for awhile. So beautiful! I'd get the believe bracelet if I won. It would be a reminder to believe in myself.

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  55. Love these bracelets - great giveaway!
    I would choose BELIEVE. I need reminders sometimes!

    Rachel

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  56. Love these bracelets! I would choose PERSEVERE

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  57. Definitely "Breathe" for my choice. If I catch myself struggling during a run, my breath is what I always start with. Just saying breathe helps me to reset everything.

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  58. Follow Endorphin Warrior on FB (Jill McC...)

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  59. Follow EW on twitter @runjillybean.

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  60. I liked Endorphin Warrior on fb.

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  61. I love the braclet that says BELIEVE

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  62. Choosing one is tough! If I had to pick one, I would pick "Believe". My next fave is focus because I start doing something and......Squirrel! (I get distracted.)

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  63. I would choose Believe. To believe in myself, my training, my strength, and my husbands love.

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  64. I think Strength is what I'd pick. It means so much on so many levels.

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  65. Left a comment on your wall. If I don't win, I'll have to buy one of these, love!

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  66. Commented on your FB page. THanks!

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  67. I posted your giveaway on my facebook page.

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  69. I shared the post on Facebook, too. Thanks!!!

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  70. i go with "breathe"! so need to do this right now... best part of my week is getting out for a long run on the trails... and breathe...

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  71. I would have to go with Unbreakable. Right now, I feel like everytime I get started with my training, I break. I was to officially start my first marathon training a month ago, but had to hold off due to a mysterious and weird foot injury (still waiting on results). I buffered enough for this, but then, I had to have surgery next week for an unrelated thing. This will be my second surgery this year (two different things on my body). Plus, I got a viral infection and vertigo for the first time, which lasted 4 weeks. This also weakened my immune system causing me to get sick quite a lot for long periods of time. My boyfriend has to constantly remind me that the universe is NOT out to get me. So, this would be a good reminder.

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  72. I would go with "Courage" or "Believe" because I sometimes doubt myself and my abilities.

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  73. I would love to win one to have that reminder of what I am doing with my life may seem mundane every day, but the overall picture is important.

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  74. I would love the "breathe" bracelet. The thing I forget the most is to breathe. The thing my husband most often reminds me to do, in traffic, with the kids, with frustrating adults, with injury and sickness - is to just breathe.

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  75. I also liked their facebook page.

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  76. I also followed Endorphin Warrior on Tweeter

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  77. I would get BELIEVE as a reflection of my faith and believing in myself!

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  78. I followed Endorphin on Twitter

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  79. I like conquor because I could take on the world.

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  80. I would choose the word "Believe." I would like to give the bracelet to a good friend of mine who is battling cancer right now. I want him to look at the bracelet everyday when he goes to his radiation and chemo treatments and believe that he is going to get well. I want him to live so he can see his kids grow up.

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  81. I liked Endorphin Warrior on Facebook! :)

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  82. I am following Endorphin Warrior and Runninghood on Twitter! :)

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  83. I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page too! :)

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  84. I shared the giveaway on my Facebook page too! :)

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  85. Beautiful bracelets! I would get “faith,” such a valuable word to me. Keep up the awesome writing and reflection Amanda.

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  86. I would love Persevere. Need that daily reminder to keep going.

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  87. I love the bracelets. I would choose BREATHE, as I often need reminding to just relax and breathe.

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  88. Following Endorphin Warrior on Twitter.

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  89. Shared your giveaway on my FB wall!

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  90. I would chose "breathe". It's the only thing that I seem to forget to do. It would be a nice reminder for all aspects of my life. I think those bracelets are so awesome! I don't know why I didn't enter sooner.

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  91. I like them on Facebook.

    Also, I of course meant "choose" above... guess I shouldn't attempt to type with only my wrong hand while nursing... or at least I should proof my typing. :)

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  92. Love your posts and Breathe reminds me of my yoga training too. So let's all breathe:-). Thanks

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  93. I like Endorphin Warrior on Facebook.

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  94. I think I would choose Relentless.

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  95. I follow Endorphin Warrior on Twitter - windyrunner

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  96. I posted the giveaway on Facebook.

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  97. I posted why I would like to win on your wall. Life has been extremely tough lately. It would be great to look down be reminded that I need to just keep going and never give up.

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  98. I love the word "believe". Believe that God is with me. Believe in my myself. Believe my family when they believe in me.

    Just never doubting, alway believing.

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