Anybody else treat themselves to a lazy day post-long run? It seems like lately I've been so exhausted from my crazy long school-grad-class-training-filled weeks that my long runs pretty much do me in on the weekends!
My current set-up, where I've been laying all afternoon...
But no matter how tiring, there is something wonderful about pounding the roads for 8 miles on a crisp fall morning...
Seriously, is there anything better than a long run surrounded by fall leaves? My eight miles passed pretty quickly this morning, and again, try as I could to keep my pace slow and steady, my legs kept itching to speed up. I literally cannot wait for my half-marathon next month and to give my sub 2:30 goal a real shot. It is scary even to say that that's my goal for this race!
Speaking of sub 2:30, I've talked many times before about how this year I have committed to being fearless. This mantra has gotten me through training for triathlons and my first sub-30 5K. Today I carried that mantra with me on my training run, thanks to my new Warrior Training Bracelet from Endorphin Warrior. I am so grateful to Endorphin Warrior for giving me the opportunity to review one of their awesome training bracelets, and to share one with a reader!
Not my best angle, but I just ran 8 miles and am trying to take a picture of myself on my cell phone...
thanks for understanding :)
Fearless. One powerful word. I loved carrying it on my wrist during this run, and love keeping it close other times during the week. This bracelet is lightweight, comfortable, and just plain perfect for displaying a favorite one-word mantra for both yourself and the world. The leather band is 5/8" wide with a snap closure in back and a metal stamped plate in front. The bracelets come in a few different sizes, and you are able to choose between many words or displays, including PERSEVERE, FOCUS, BREATHE, and many others--even distances like 26.2 or 70.3.
The one improvement I would make to the bracelet would be to add a second snap closure to the band to make it adjustable between two sizes. My wrist was SLIGHTLY larger than the smallest size option, and the website recommends to size up if that's the case. My bracelet fits loosely now, and I wouldn't mind a slightly tighter fit. However, the nice part is that I can fasten it around a long sleeved shirt during a run as seen in the picture above, and it still fits comfortably if my wrist swells during a long sweaty run. So, even though the sizing isn't perfect, I am very happy with my bracelet. I can't wait to wear it on my wrist during the Space Coast half as I chase my sub 2:30 goal. Make it or not, I will not let fear of striking out sabotage this race for me!!
Want to win your own Warrior Training Bracelet?
Endorphin Warrior Jewelry has been kind enough to let me give away a training bracelet to a reader! One reader will get to select a bracelet with their own personal mantra to wear proudly. Here's how to win (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
- Be a follower of Juice Boxes and Crayolas and leave a comment letting me know! (Mandatory)
- Visit the Endorphin Warrior website and leave a comment letting me know which warrior training bracelet you would choose (Mandatory)
- Like Endorphin Warrior on facebook (+1 additional entry)
- Share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter (+1 additional entry EACH!)
This giveaway will end on Saturday, October 13th at midnight. I will post a winner selected using Random.org the following day. Good luck!