Thursday, May 17, 2012

How I Got My Groove Back (& a giveaway!)

As you know, this past weekend I had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad run at a race.  (Didn't hear about it yet?  Check out the race report here.)

Last night, I headed out for a run, not sure how far I was planning on running, whether I would take walking breaks, or how I would feel.  I just knew it was a lovely day and I needed and wanted to get out there.  With my second half marathon coming up in ten days (eek! TEN DAYS!), I had to get back on the wagon with my training.  I have been feeling off since our trip and the long break in running, and haven't even had a decent long run in a few weeks.

I pulled on my new running skirt to test it out, a t-shirt as it was a little cool, my visor because it was so sunny, left the Garmin at home, and hit the road.  And I ran.  I ran and ran and ran.  Where I used to take walking breaks, I just kept running.  I ended up running the whole route - just under 6km - without any walking breaks or stopping or slowing down, other than at stoplights and stop signs.

I ran along the street until the canal, along the canal (which is finally filled and looking lovely and ready for summer!) to the locks, and down the locks to the river, along the river path until I reached the sidewalk that lead me home, and home again.  I was out for about 45 minutes and I felt great the whole time.  (It was my favourite route in reverse.)  I had my groove back.  Thank goodness.

I put on one other very important thing before I left the house: my Endorphin Warrior training bracelet.  After admiring them on other people's blogs and giveaways ever since last year's nuun Hood to Coast team wore them, I finally ordered one recently.  I had never been able to decide on which word I wanted until the Saucony Find Your Strong project started.  Then I knew exactly what word I needed: STRENGTH.


I think my bracelet had magic powers on that run.  I found my strong and kicked some pavement butt.  I didn't run fast or even particularly far - but for me it was a success.

The bracelet was soft and comfortable, even when I got it wet washing my hands before my run.  It stayed out of the way and fit perfectly.  I hardly noticed it was there, even though I knew it was there.  It was a source of strength, inspiration and comfort.

The training bracelets are available with many different words and phrases.  You can see all the different choices here.  If you would like an Endorphin Warrior training bracelet of your own, here's your chance - they have generously offered one bracelet to a lucky reader!  Check out the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

25 comments:

  1. I love these bracelets! I'd pick "breathe" to remind me to relax. -Jana

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  2. Angie Bilodeau - These bracelets are awesome!! I'd pick Breathe because I'm just learning to run and I'm always reminding myself to 'breathe' during my runs. This bracelet would be perfect!!

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  3. I have a new necklace from here http://www.christyrobinsondesigns.com/

    It's a goat and it says, "It takes strength to be gentle and kind". I think of it a lot in my (our) work and life. So I picked strength. Not just of your legs, your lungs, but of your spirit.

    xo!

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  4. These bracelets are very cool! I was just looking at them the other day.

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    1. I love them. I'm so glad I finally ordered one. Make sure you leave a comment with the contest info too so your entry will count!

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  5. I chose Courage.I have had to overcome some things in my life that I needed to have the courage to do. Jen R

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  6. I chose TRANSCEND because it means to surpass or go beyond. I always want to do more than is required and I think this bracelet would help keep me reminded and motivated. I love the sound of the word.

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  7. I also chose transcend because I chose to start running at a time in my life when I was told I never could. In 2005 I was severely injured in a car accident and told I would never return to running and physical activity. Learning to run has been about gaining my confidence back and gaining control of my life once again. I chose not to be a victim and not to let my injuries define who I am any longer.

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  8. Congrats on getting your mojo back! Looking forward to the TO Women's Half in 10 days (and taking a few weeks off from racing afterwards).

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  9. I would choose Believe, because if you don't believe you can do it, you can't.
    Glad to hear you had a good run, now on to the Half!

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  10. I love them all! I really like the TWENTY SIX POINT TWO Women's Leather Cord Bracelet, but I also love the BELIEVE Women's Leather Cord Bracelet & the
    BELIEVE Warrior Training Bracelet.

    Congrats on getting back into your groove! :)

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  11. I would love either the Warrior or Fearless ones - Warrior because you have to be tough, and fearless because you can't accomplish great feats if you are afraid :)

    Carly

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  12. I would choose the word believe because sometimes I forget to believe in myself and believe that I can in fact do it. Whether it be lifting a heavier weight at CrossFit or running a longer distance

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  13. Relentless...never, ever, ever give up! Just keep trying and success will come. (Kristi)

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  14. I picked "AS I RUN...AS I RUN...THE UNIVERSE IS RUNNING WITH ME" because it reminds me that I am not alone when I struggle through tough runs, I have the universe behind me pushing me along :)

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  15. I chose the word believe (Karen) because bottom line is that your legs will follow where your mind goes. If I just believe, then I can achieve. I have a marathon in 2.5 weeks and just hurt my ankle. I need to believe, in the process, my training and in myself.

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  16. I love when running just feels good. Congrats on finding your groove!

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    1. Since I commented before reading the rafflecopter...I choose BELIEVE because I sometimes think I don't have the ability or courage or strength. I must remember to believe in myself!

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  17. I would pick "Strength" as well, because it is the mantra I used while training and running for my 1st marathon 2 weeks ago. I started training in honor of my dad, who underwent a heart transplant last summer. His strength and courage through the whole process inspired me to train for my 1st marathon. Running, no matter what the distance, makes me feel so strong, mentally and physically, like I am capable of achieving anything. -Joelle C.

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  18. I chose Courage because I believe that courage can help me get out of bed in the morning, propel me forward when my legs are tired and keep me going day after day. Courage is what inspires and helps you persevere.

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  19. I love the word "strength" because it is so much more than physical power to me. It's mental strength, it's tenacity of will, and above all, to me it's strength in Christ and not my own abilities. A great reminder ALL the time for me. :) Thanks for this giveaway!

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  20. I chose "Breathe" because I definitely don't take enough time to slow down and take a breath!

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  21. I chose Breathe, because being mindful of my breath is key for me while running longer distances. These bracelets are an awesome idea!

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  22. I would pick strength, because i have a tattoo of the symbol of strength on my back and i like the reminder that I am strong and i can do anything

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  23. I chose Warrior, to remind me of all the struggles I have overcome to get where I am today, and all of the struggles I know I will CONQUER in the future

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