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    SPARK Blog — footnotes

    Cyber Monday: What's YOUR spark? (GIVEAWAY)

    Did you know that all of our products are made by hand? This gives us a lot of freedom to experiment, and to give you the best product we possibly can. So today, for Cyber Monday, we're giving you 25% off your purchase—and everyone who makes a purchase on Cyber Monday will be entered to win their very own custom Motivate Wrap (and a set of TEN to share with your friends). We'll also launch your Motivate Wrap on our website in the new year so that other people can feel inspired by your words, too.

    So what's your motivational phrase or mantra? We think you should wear your words with pride. From the pendant shape to the color of the band itself, if it fits within our character recommendations, we'll make it for you! All you have to do is choose the "CUSTOM" option when you're shopping our selection, set the whole thing up, and we'll create your custom piece of motivational jewelry for you. 

    Side note: We can customize just about any product on our website!

    Or, to enter our Cyber Monday giveaway (remember, the winner's saying will be made into our newest Motivate Wrap), simply make any purchase on our website and we'll add your name to the list of potential winners.

    Don't forget: 25% off all purchases made on our website on Cyber Monday. 

    Some examples of custom jewelry we've made for our customers:

    What's YOUR spark?

    It's National Running Day!

    It's here! It's here! Today is National Running Day, and we couldn't be more excited about it. In case you haven't heard, all of our running-themed Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes are currently on sale—but that sale ends tonight at Midnight, so take advantage of it now and stock up on some motivational running jewelry. Those long runs can be very hard, and we want to help you get through them one step at a time.

    To celebrate National Running Day, our special sale, and certainly the power of running, we've been sharing inspirational running stories from our Ambassadors here on our SPARK Blog for the past two weeks. We encourage you to check each of those posts out, if you haven't done so already:

    "Worry less, run more. And that's how I learned first-hand the importance of self care." Jama. Worry Less, Run More.

    "During long months of not running, I learned some valuable lessons. I learned how to survive (and thrive) and make the best of a running injury." Janelle, How to Survive a Running Injury

    "When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart." Heather, Running with Heart (and your mom and sister)

    "There is something innately wonderful about seeing a close friend achieve a goal right alongside you." Kathryn, 10 Reasons Why You Should Run with Friends

    Sale ends tonight at Midnight, CST. Happy Running Day!


    Guest Post: Worry Less, Run More

    It's almost here! National Running Day is Wednesday, June 6th, and if you've been following the SPARK blog, we're positive you can tell how excited we are about this upcoming day. We've been sharing inspirational running stories from our Momentum Ambassadors, and today, we bring you one from Jama:

    As International Running Day approaches, one of my favorite quotes comes to mind: “run often, run long, but never out run the joy of running.” I think the “worry less, run more” Motivate Wrap embodies this quote, and it has become my go-to for this stage in my running career—a career that is fast approaching the three decade mark. 
    Surely I can’t be the only person who is their own worst critic right? I don’t understand why we, as women, always put ourselves last. Is it something we’re born with? Something we’re taught? Or, are we simply just trying to be perfectionists? I guess it doesn’t really matter. 
    Last September, I finished my 11th marathon. I placed 2nd in my division, but was angry with myself for not doing better. I already had my 12th marathon scheduled for three months later, so I told myself that I’d train harder, longer...whatever it took. But deep down, I was burnt out. Running wasn’t bringing me joy. Something just wasn’t right. And then I got a text from my sister. “Can I call you?” it said. I am very close to my family. Texting daily is normal, especially when one of us is on vacation as I was. A phone call? I knew it wasn't going to be good. I called her right away and she said “it’s not good news” and my heart sank. She informed me that my dad had cancer. All I wanted to do in that moment was get home and hug him. Instead, I  took a walk on the beach and cried…and of course, I worried. What could I do to help? To fix this? Anything? I wanted to make everything better.
    Hearing the words “dad has cancer” has a way of putting life into perspective. Of course, I didn’t figure this out right away. I was so sick with stress and worry, and I went home every chance I got. I stopped running. I stopped sleeping. I stopped eating properly. And finally, my body gave out on me.
    In February, I visited my doctor for the third time in as many months. She noticed that I went from running marathons to being sick constantly—and then she informed me that I had shingles. If you know anything about shingles, you know they are awful and painful. On top of that, you can’t be around anyone who is going through chemo, like my dad was. I was unable to visit him for two months because of the shingles. During this time, I had to make a decision—worry less, run more. And that's how I learned first-hand the importance of self care. It is not selfish, but necessary. The “worry less, run more” Motivate Wrap was released as I was going through all of this mess. It quickly became a new favorite of mine, and I hope that it helps many others as well.
    I’ll never run a sub-5:00 mile like I used to. I’ll probably never run a marathon under four hours again either. But I will continue to run, and I'll do it for the joy it brings to me, and to maintain my health. That's how I'll continue doing what I love. And that's how I'll be able to continue caring for the people in my life that I love. 
    Remember, it's not about the finish line bling.
    Running is about the joy it brings to you.
    To celebrate National Running Day, all of our running related Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes are on sale—including the "worry less, run more" Motivate Wrap. Now is a great time to stack your wrist with friendly reminders and inspirational words that will always and forever remind you of the joys that running can provide. 

    Guest Post: How to Survive a Running Injury

    As we head toward National Running Day on June 6th, we continue to celebrate running stories that touch on the heart and soul of the runner—because that's where we find the inspiration. It's not about miles clocked or races completed. We believe it's actually about the runner, and what he or she does to cross the finish line. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it. So today, we give you Janelle from Run 4 Days. Those of you that are currently suffering running injuries will find her post particularly inspiring:

    So you're injured and you can't run your goal race. Your friends are all meeting on Saturday mornings for long runs and you're not out there with them. I totally get it; I've been there. A nasty heel injury last Fall kept me from running for seven months, and I only just returned to the roads this March. I could not run what should have been my first full marathon in November, and I missed months of training runs with my run club. I feel your pain. During those long months of not running, I learned some valuable lessons. I learned how to survive (and thrive) and make the best of a running injury.

    1. Become a cheerleader. Go to that race you were supposed to run and be your run club's biggest cheerleader. When the Philadelphia Marathon rolled around in November, I bundled up and supplied water and gels to my friends out on the course. I screamed my head off for them. You could also find a local race and volunteer at the water stops or finish line. Just stay involved in your running community and support the runners who are still out there. It will boost your spirits and fuel the fire for when you can lace up your shoes again.

    2. Keep moving. Now is the time to focus on cross training and strength training. Hop on a bike, swim, or try an appropriate fitness class. During my recovery, I thoroughly enjoyed weekly yoga and barre sessions. Let me tell you, barre is tough! Talk about focused strength and coordination. Many running injuries are caused by an imbalance that leads to compensation in your gait. Focus on your weaknesses and strive to come back stronger. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist and make sure any activity that you're doing not going to injure you further. 

    3. Take Advantage. Do the things that you’ve been putting off. Write in your journal. Watch that running documentary. Meet up with that friend you haven't seen in ages. Use your time wisely and be selfish! You have the extra time now, so take advantage of it. 

    4. Stop Googling your symptoms. Sometimes Google can help—but a majority of the time, Googling your symptoms is a complete waste of time. Google told me I had heel spurs and nerve entrapment, which I can tell you right now was not the cause of my injury. Instead, surround yourself with a team that you trust. After many doctors’ appointments and imaging studies, I found that my best resources were my physical therapist, my chiropractor and my massage therapist. It all depends on the injury, but these people are professionals for a reason. Use them.

    5. Come back slowly. Seriously, slow down. Really, even slower. After taking a good amount of time off, you can't expect your body to return to the same level of fitness. Depending on the injury, you may need to get used to the pounding again. Even if it feels good, have the patience and control to hold back and think about the long term. Keep doing your therapy and cross training—and always listen to your medical team! No exceptions. And no excuses:

    6. Stay positive. I know it’s easier said than done, but keep your head up. Have a small pity party and then move on. Spend some time with friends and enjoy a few laughs. You will not feel this way forever and this injury will pass. Those months without running may seem like forever, but your time will come. You will get back out on the road just like I have!

    Need help staying positive? All of our inspirational Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes with a running theme are currently on sale through June 6th, National Running Day. It's a good time to stock up! 

    Guest Post: Always believe!

    Every Motivate Wrap or Foot Note we create is made to inspire and empower. We hope that our products give you that extra push...that little bit of power you need to get through something difficult. Maybe they keep you moving through an adventure with strength and perseverance. We absolutely love hearing your stories about our products. Today, we'll share one with you. It's from Bridget of Fitness With Bridget. The word "believe" is her mantra, and this is her journey:

    Bridget Hammond

    Two years ago, I signed up to run my second marathon. I completed my first one at the age of 28, and I had no plans to do another one. Doing a marathon was a bucket-list item. I started running when I was 21. It was a form of therapy after I lost my mom to ovarian cancer. Running helped me combat anxiety and depression, but it also made me think I could eat whatever I wanted to, and I gained over 30 pounds.

    So after I crossed the marathon off my bucket list, I started off on a weight-loss journey.

    I began taking group fitness classes for more cross-training, and to have support from like-minded people. This helped me to lose 30 pounds. I felt confident, and I became passionate about health and fitness—so I became a certified fitness instructor to keep myself accountable and to pay it forward. I wanted to help other people on their own fitness journey.

    Fast forward a few years. I got married, had two kiddos, and added "personal trainer" and "online health motivator" to my list of jobs. This allowed me to leave corporate America, after which I began my clean eating lifestyle. I changed my workouts, too. I felt strong, and I was ready for another challenge.

    The Spring before I turned 40, I made a quick decision to sign up for Marathon #2. My goal was to be better at 40 (weighing 40 pounds less) than I was at 28. 

    I trained for five months. Race day came, and I felt ready. I was running a good pace, following the 3-hour/45-minute pacer until I reached mile 18. My IT bands locked up. I let the pacer go by, knowing I needed to just let myself breathe and run slower.

    I listened to my body.

    I struggled big time, but pushed through the pain the best that I could. I thought I lost an hour, it felt like forever. At mile 25, I saw the 4-hour pacer and was so relieved—my goal was to finish between 4:00 and 4:15. I could make it...and I did, in 4:01. I shaved almost an hour off my original time! Despite the pain, quitting was not  an option. And throughout it all, my “Believe” and “26.2” footnotes were a constant reminder that I could keep going...that I could finish, and that stopping was not an option.

    Momentum Footnotes

    My experience in both marathons, and my entire health journey have taught me so much. Most of all, these experiences have taught me to believe in myself. To believe that I can do hard things. That it takes work, but that pushing myself means that I am working on me.

    We all deserve to feel good in our skin. I am no longer training for races, but I am training for life. I will always believe in me—and no matter where you're at in your journey, you should believe that you can do anything.

    It just takes one step at a time.

    Our Foot Notes come in a wide variety of inspirational sayings. Get one, or one for each foot. We can also customize them with your personal mantra. Believe in yourself, and believe in the power of a personal mantra! Bridget is proof of that.