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    SPARK Blog — national running day

    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: Running with Heart (and Your Mom and Sister)

    National Running Day is next week, but we started the celebration on Monday! All of our Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes with a running theme are on sale right now. To highlight this, and the power of running itself, we're featuring inspirational running stories on our SPARK blog. Today, Heather has an inspirational story about her most unforgettable race weekend. We think you'll enjoy it: 

    If you told me five years ago that I'd be running, let alone taking part in a marathon, I would have said that you'd lost your marbles. Fast forward to 2018 and my love for an active and healthy lifestyle has grown into a passion. I love to share my spark with others, including my amazing mom and beautiful sister. 

    Over the past year, my Mom has endured some life altering battle wounds by way of an unexpected heartbreak and divorce. She’s also been diagnosed with some very irritating abdominal issues, which can impact her daily routine and any travel—but she doesn't allow this to stop her. She's always been my rock, and I wanted to show her just how strong she is. Together on a whim, we signed up for the inaugural Silo District Marathon. All proceeds for this race would be donated to rare cancer research. Knowing my mom is not a "runner," I encouraged her to walk or run the 5k portion the best she could. Of course, no trip would be complete without my one and only sister Kacey. She is not a runner, but reluctantly signed up for her first ever 5K race in Waco, Texas. 

    We each live over 800 miles from one another, so we flew to Texas and met at Dallas Love Field for an unforgettable race weekend. 

    The night before the race, we set out our matching outfits and I shared special Motivate Wraps with my mom and sister. I wanted them to know how resilient they are. I wanted to share some extra encouragement. I wanted these women to know that whether we are 800 miles apart or right next to each other, they are special and loved. I also wanted to remind them that everything they want is on the other side of fear. I didn’t want them to be scared, I wanted them to feel empowered!

    When your legs can’t run anymore, run with your heart. That’s exactly what we did at the Silo District Marathon. We laced up matching as triplets and headed to the starting line for my family's first ever 5K run together. Waiting at the start line, I began to get teary eyed thinking of how proud I was of these two women stepping outside their comfort zone to overcome recent emotional and health obstacles. I knew they could do it! I was beyond excited to share this journey with them and 6,000 other runners. I wanted my family to feel the powerful emotions that occur before, during and after a marathon. There is nothing else quite like it. 

    We took off together through the beautiful streets of Waco, Texas. Shortly after mile 1.5, my mom encountered a very unexpected and painful stomach issue. Many  people would simply call it quits, but not my mom. She kept on going, pushing her hardest to the very end. She embraced the race, made new friendships, danced and laughed her way to the end. She crossed that finish line with me and my sister Kacey right by her side. To see them dig deep and never give up makes me feel so proud. I feel blessed to have such amazing women by my side. We unite, we stand strong, and embrace each moment in life—good or bad, always together. 

    I got to spend four amazing days surrounded by the ones I love, the ones who encourage me to be the best version of myself, people who I cherish every day, people who love me through it all, no matter what. To be a part of something that was undeniably bigger than myself, bigger than a 5k race or marathon,—it was about changing lives and helping others by coming together for the greater good. And for that, I am thankful.

    We are thankful, too, for all of the members of the fitness community that continue to #sharethespark with others who strive to be the best versions of themselves. We here at Momentum love making jewelry, but it's bigger than that. It's about sending our products out into the community with the sole purpose of uniting and inspiring people everywhere. And our products do that because YOU do that. With every photo we're tagged in, and every story like Heather's that our products are a part of...we are grateful and, in turn, completely inspired. 

    Our special National Running Day sale ends on June 6th. Be sure to take advantage of discounted Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes. And keep tagging @momentumjewerly, #momentumjewelry and #sharethespark on social media. 

    Guest Post: 10 Reasons Why You Should Run with Friends

    Calling all runners! National Running Day is June 6th, and we're getting ready for it by discounting all Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes that feature running related messages. That sale starts today, and so does a series of blog posts related to running. Up first, Kathryn Metz from Mommy Goes & Goes with an argument for running with friends:

    When I laced up my first pair of running sneakers nearly three years ago and ran my first consecutive 1.92 miles (yes, I still remember how long the run was; I think I always will)...I was alone. Just me and the streets and some birds chirping. When I finished, I was hot and sweaty and so very proud of myself, but there was no one there to share the excitement with. No one to high five, no one to hug and no one to fist-bump. It was me, the birds and my sneakers. 

    Fast forward a few months, excluding many double-jogger stroller miles), it was  May 2016. I was signed up for a local Mother’s Day 5k race; my husband and sons accompanied me. I was super excited to see what I had in me. It was my day after all, right? What #motherrunner wouldn’t want a PR on Mother’s Day? Run, done.  25:55 PR achieved, but what happened after the race that was even better—I met a friend, and not just any friend. I met a friend who runs! “Let’s run one day soon together," she said. 

    This was a game changer. 

    Vicki and I ran together very soon after that day. When we finished, we hugged goodbye and walked away with perma-smiles plastered on our faces. Soon after that run, my eyes were wide open (and perhaps hunting) for other running friends—and what do you know, they started to pop up everywhere I looked. My friend Mariana and I ran my first 10k in Central Park the following month. She introduced me to several of her running friends, and I began to see that in addition to running itself being one of the best gifts—the community that came with it was even better.

    How is running with friends different than running solo? 

    Running solo has many benefits and there are times when running alone with your thoughts is truly the best thing in the world. When you’re a runner, it becomes your go to for life. You’re in the best mood, this day is perfection, the sun is shining so bright—the runner inside you beings to crave a good run. Conversely, it’s been the longest week, you are super frustrated at work, your kids have been off the wall, and you just need a break—solo running becomes therapeutic, and when you’re done, you feel so much better.

    But again, running with friends can change everything and I encourage you to find your tribe. Here are ten reasons why:

    1. It provides you with company on those longer than long training runs.
    2. It gives you a partner on hills from hell; it’s always better to have someone next to you shouting words of encouragement.
    3. You are guaranteed a hug and/or a high five at the end of every run.
    4. It makes dragging yourself out of bed at 3:30am to go run just a little bit easier when someone is waiting for you.
    5. The smiles during your run get bigger, and science has recently proven that smiling while running actually makes you run faster! 
    6. You don't have to pay a therapist because running with a friend is therapy.
    7. The miles go by faster, even if you’re actually running slower.
    8. You'll be safer out there in the unknown world of new trails or dark roads.
    9. Every finish is much more monumental...there is something innately wonderful about seeing a close friend achieve a goal right alongside you. 
    10. Sometimes you start as strangers, and in the end you become friends.

    Be sure to follow Kathryn on Instagram to see her hit the pavement with all of her best running friends. And you can follow Momentum Jewelry, too—tag us in your best Motivate Wrap and Foot Note photos so we can run with you from afar! Be sure to take advantage of discounted Motivate Wraps and Foot Notes with a running theme. Sale ends on National Running day (6/6/18).