Last year before Bayshore I discovered a mantra bracelet at Gone For A Run that said "It's all about the journey". It was perfect at the time because I needed to remember that even though I was going in with high expectations and a huge time goal, it was about getting there, getting across the finish line. The 9 months between giving birth and toeing that line were tough. Emotionally I was struggling to adjust to becoming a mom of 3 so quickly after becoming a mom to 2. I was struggling with the postpartum emotions and hormones that make the first few months after the births tough ones for me. Every step I took during training helped me become stronger as a person and as a mother. Running really helped me conquer those tough months. Physically 2 back to back pregnancies had taken it's toll, running was hard and the extra weight that I never lost with pregnancy #2 and the new weight added with pregnancy #3 didn't make running again easier since I was hovering around 200 lbs when I started running again in October 2011. I needed the reminder around my wrist that running and finishing Bayshore was not about the time goal or the medal, it was about the journey I had been on over the last 6 years. The journey to becoming a wife, the journey to becoming a mother to 1, 2 and then 3 boys, the journey to finding myself again and redefining who I was instead of getting lost in the new roles I had in life, the journey to becoming a runner.
|My mantra bracelet I wore to Bayshore 2012|
About a week before the Boston Marathon, when I was having serious Boston fever and dreaming of one day qualifying for the Holy Grail of races, I decided it was time for a new mantra bracelet. This time I chose an Endorphin Warrior bracelet with just one word on it "BELIEVE". I wanted that reminder that I need to believe in myself, that it is possible for me to achieve the goals I set for myself.
|My original mantra bracelet a year later, with new cords in Boston colors and my BELIEVE warrior bracelet.|
However, by the time my BELIEVE bracelet arrived the day after the Boston Marathon Tragedy the word took on a whole new meaning. I now see it as a reminder to believe there is still good in the world; believe that goodness with always triumph over evil; believe that the evil in the world will not turn the hearts of the good, cold and hard; believe that as a country we will come together and not just in times of tragedy; believe that as human beings we will respect one another and embrace our differences that make us unique; believe that we as a nation can stop pointing fingers and trying to blame someone and instead work towards a common goal of a better America....I am choosing every day to believe in something, including myself.
Review of the bracelet itself: I LOVE it! It is a simple leather bracelet with the nickel plated metal tag. I used the sizing help on their website and the bracelet fits perfect. I would definitely order another one or recommend them to a friend. If you follow them on Twitter and Facebook they always post codes for a percentage off too which is pretty nice.
**Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Endorphin Warrior (unless they want to make me part of their team ;) ) I ordered the bracelet after seeing it on the web somewhere and it was purchased with my own money...