November 13, 2012

Endorphin Warrior bracelet review and giveaway

When we're in the middle of a long race and all of our body's resources are being drawn into the constant pumping of arms and legs, our brains aren't fully functioning. And if your brain is fully functioning at mile 20 of a marathon, I want to meet you and steal all of your secrets to awesomeness.

Back to not being able to use our brain bits. This limited neurofunction (kind of sounds like I'm not just making this up as I type) is why the mantra is so key to distance, or any, running. We need that one word or phrase that we can keep repeating to ourselves over and over when we get discouraged or need help clinging onto our pace for a few more miles.

For my race this weekend, I had a little mantra help because I wore my Endorphin Warrior training bracelet. I picked the word "believe" for my bracelet because I've noticed that is often where I falter in a race. I don't believe that I can run those last six miles of a marathon as fast as the first twenty, so I don't do it. But I really feel like believing it will make it happen, eventually.

Believing that I can.

My other mantra is "you're capable of more than you think you are." But based on my past mental performance while racing, nine words strung together might be pushing it for a mantra. So I love the simplicity of these one-word bracelets for a physical reminder of the mantra you want to stick in your brain when the going gets tough. And that's the one consistent factor I've found in racing -- the going will get tough.


Now for a little more info about what you get with these bracelets. 

  • Leather strap
  • Nickel-plated metal tag
  • Snap closure

Simple, which is why I like them.

Here are some shots of the bracelet after I wore it in my trail 21K this weekend. I like that it breaks in and gets more character as you wear it. 

Front

Back

You can purchase this bracelet here for $20, and you can check out Endorphin Warrior's full collection of motivational products here.

Or you can win one this week. One reader will win one of the warrior training bracelets with the motivational word and size of their choice.

To enter: 

Visit Endorphin Warrior and let me know (in a comment below) which word you would choose to motivate you during your runs and races. 

For bonus entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each so I can count them all!):

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I'll pick a winner on Sunday, November 18th. 

Endorphin Warrior provided the bracelet for review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way for this review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.