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Star Wars is LIFE...And other things I learned from runDisney Star Wars Weekend

  • Jan 25 2016
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Guys. I have a confession to make. I’m not a Star Wars fan.

BUT WAIT! Don’t stop reading yet! Because you’ll be glad to know that I’ve turned over a new leaf after meeting so many of you, super fans, at the runDisney Star Wars weekend in Anaheim, CA.

When Endure Jewelry Designer, Sunny, first asked me to join her at the runDisney expo for this year’s Star Wars 1/2 marathon event, I had to tell her I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars movies. (“Who ARE you?” is exactly what you are saying. I know.)

My knowledge of the movie series didn’t go much beyond the popular quotes, light sabers, set in the galaxy, good guys vs. bad guys, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and the Star Tours ride at Disney. I know at least the very basics and I could probably fake my way through a Star Wars conversation. (Thank you Pop Culture)

But below, you’ll be happy to read my journey in becoming a Star Wars Fan.

1.) Sunny took me to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens before we even left Florida from the runDisney Marathon weekend. Ok, Star Wars…you have my attention. That movie was legit. Star Wars Fan Level: 1

2.) We played #FindingSunny where Endure fans who followed us on Instagram were given clues as to our whereabouts in Disneyland. If they found Sunny and I, they won some FREE Endure Jewelry. Seeing their excitement and energy for the weekend was awesome! I was totally getting jealous hearing all about your costumes. Star Wars Fan Level: 2

3.) Sunny absolutely LOVES Space Mountain, which for the time being is called HyperSpace Mountain complete with a Star Wars theme. She had us ride front row with our sunglasses on…3 times! Don’t knock it until you try it. SO Scary but SO awesome! Star Wars Fan Level: 3
4.) We rode Star Tours. Since I was a little girl, this has always been a favorite of mine, but NOW after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this ride had a whole new meaning. I actually recognized and knew the names of the beloved characters featured in the ride. C3P0, R2D2, BB8, Finn…gang’s all here! Star Wars Fan Level: 4

5.) Since we didn’t hand out all the prizes for #FindingSunny, the game continued at the runDisney expo where Endure Fans gave us a their best #wookie impression to receive their free jewelry. It was hilarious! I wish we had video. I now have a favorite character…Chewbacca. Star Wars Fan Level: 5

6.) There was a moment during Day 2 of the expo when there were 5 people wearing Endure’s Star Wars inspired Galaxy Hoodie all within 5 feet of each other! For Sunny, designer of the hoodie, it was truly a remarkable moment for team Endure. The support for Endure is unreal! We thank you! Star Wars Fan Level: 6

7.) On Sunday, I went to ESPN zone to play games. All the points I racked up from winning…yeah, I traded them in for Star Wars Trading Cards. (I don’t even recognize myself!) Star Wars Fan Level: 7

Well played Star Wars and Star Wars fanatics everywhere! I’m now a big fan. While I’m not quite yet at a 10, I believe I’m well on my way! Since returning home from quite the epic weekend, I had a movie marathon of all Star Wars movies, talked Star Wars with other super fans, theorized about how the movie will pick up after that kind of ending (BTW, what a tease!!!) I’m even considering watching The Clone Wars on Netflix because I want more!

I’ve come to the conclusion that Star Wars is LIFE. And thankfully Sunny is STILL selling all the Star Wars inspired jewelry and apparel, which I now HAVE to have. Because…Star Wars. You understand, don't you?

by Marissa Garcia

Happy 5th Birthday Endure!

  • Sep 8 2014
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I can't believe it's been 5 years since Endure started back in my MBA classroom in 2009. The moment the idea of jewelry and running came to me, I never would have thought that Endure would turn into something so much more than just a brand.

In these 5 years, I've learned that Endure is not just a jewelry line. Endure is capturing moments that can be held close to your heart, it's commemorating milestones, it's celebrating successes, it's inspiration, it's all the blood and the sweat and the tears that remind us that we are human and that when you believe in something, everything and anything is possible.

I've met some incredibly amazing and inspiring people that have touched my heart and at many times have brought me to tears after hearing their stories of hope, strength, perseverance, and love. I cannot put into words how incredibly blessed I am to have met so many of you in person and even read your stories through e-mail.

Thank you to all of you who continue to support Endure in every way as we celebrate our 5th Birthday. You continue to inspire us.

Cheers! :)

Sunny Arada

Sunny in Studio 108 at the Endure Jewelry Sneak Preview in 2009

Sunny standing in front of her old stomping grounds in Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School Track

Slow and steady, wins the race!

  • Aug 1 2014
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Over this past weekend, I experienced the heartbreak of utter disappointment in myself. As many of you know, we were at the San Francisco Marathon. I ran the "2nd" half marathon, which finished at Embarcadero with a gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge at the final stretch. I was running as hard as I could and pushing myself toward the finish line. I looked down at my watch at the 13-mile marker I saw that I was no longer going to finish in the time I had hoped for, and I gave up and slowed down. After crossing the finish line, I looked down at my watch and saw that I was only 3 tenths of a second away from reaching my goal for that race. I had looked at the wrong numbers on my watch and confused the minutes in the hour for the seconds in the minute! A heaviness fell over me. The shame I felt in myself was like nothing else. If only I hadn't looked down at my watch and just…run! One of the simplest ideas immediately came to mind…just moments too late, "Never Give Up!".

Sometimes I feel that we depend too much on our technology instead of our heart. How many times do we get lost in a familiar city, or taken a turn too early, simply because our GPS told us to go somewhere else? How many times have you felt drained and discouraged from a long run when you are focusing too much on your stopwatch or heart rate monitor instead of listening to your body?

This morning I went on a refreshing run with no stopwatch, no headphones, and no baby jogger. For those of you who have the opportunity to just lace up your shoes, and just…run! I strongly encourage you to try this…and please share your experience with me as well!
TGIF! Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunny Arada

Alpha's Journey to her first 13.1

  • Jul 9 2014
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Family is of the utmost importance to me. One of my closest cousins is Alpha. Alpha was an athlete in high school but wasn't a runner. This year she decided to run her first half marathon which she completed recently and I couldn't be more proud of her! The following is a little more about her journey to her first 13.1. For anyone who has yet to complete their first 13.1 miles of a half marathon, I hope you find encouragement in Alpha's journey! Remember, 90% of the job is done when you step up to the line and just go!

Age on race day: 31

Athletic/exercise background/history: Played team sports throughout high school and intramural sports in college. I love attending workout classes like Bar Method, Cardio kickboxing, and Spin.

When did you start running? November 2013

Why? To train for my first half marathon

Did anyone influence you? My friend Jacquelyn wanted to get in shape after having her second child and asked if I would run with her, so I said yes!

Who do you run with? I run by myself or with my roommate. I live in Pasadena so there are some great places to run including around the Rose Bowl.

When was your first race? March 29, 2014

Your first half marathon? Yes

Did you have a goal and did you meet it? I just wanted to finish, I didn't care about my time. I wanted to run with my friend Jacquelyn.

Will you do it again? Yes

How has running changed your life? Yes, it has made me more aware of my health. I enjoy it now! I love making itunes playlists to run to!

Do you have any future goals? Yes, to improve my time and pace

Advice for anyone who has never run a marathon: Honestly I wasn't that consistent with training but I kept trying. Eventually, I started to get comfortable with my stride and breathing. I didn't run all the miles I had plan to run because, honestly, life happens and other things came up. The longest run I had was half of what the race was, about a 10K or 6-7 miles. I knew if I could complete about half, I could definitely push myself to double it on race day. On race day, I was really so excited and enjoyed all the support from everyone.

Photo of Alpha and friends at the starting line.

Photo of Alpha and Jacquelyn at the finish

Photo of Alpha in 2010 helping at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo

Rain, Rain, Come Again Another Day!

  • Jan 30 2014
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Today it rained for the first time in a long time. At first I was excited, then I reminded myself that I had scheduled a photo shoot for this afternoon. I contacted my photographer and one of my friends who was supposed to model for me and told them we might need to reschedule. Edward Yung, my photographer, reassured me that we could still shoot even if it was raining. He got me thinking about photos in the rain and I started getting excited. How often do you have the opportunity to have a photo shoot in the rain, and a photographer who is willing to do it? I started brainstorming ideas for the shoot but once the afternoon came closer, the downpour of rain started to turn to a drizzle. When the time came for our shoot, the rain had stopped completely. So now I've got some fun ideas for a photo shoot in the rain, but no rain to shoot in! Oh well, maybe another day!

Edward did take some fun pictures of my friend/fitness model, Chelsea, and I at the track on our old stomping grounds, Veterans Memorial Stadium at Buchanan High School. She and I ran together in high school and nowadays we try to make it a point to do regular workouts on the track to get some speed work in. While we were out there we saw some of our former coaches. Every time I see them it makes me feel like that little lost teenager who didn't know where the world was going to take her and here I am now, over ten years later, taking photos of some of my t-shirt designs on the very same track.

I am so excited to see how the photos turned out. Chelsea is such a beautiful subject to photograph, and Edward does such a great job especially with how picky I am.

Thank you for reading my blog post and stay tuned for the new pics!

Inspiring Fairies and Friends

  • Jan 16 2014
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I've been a runner since the first year I could run cross country in grade school. My first race I was 9 years old and came in fourth place. Little did I know at the time that I wasn't just taking step after step to the finish line, I was making strides to live a life filled with running. When I was a teenager I wanted to be a fashion designer. This dream continued through college while I competed in NCAA Track and Field. Running was my job, I had team mates and I had coaches. Although many people think that running is just lacing up your shoes and breaking a sweat, it's so much more than that. Running is what brings so many people together, it creates some the strongest bonds I've ever witnessed between friends and even family members. My "running family" continues to grow from my "play" mates when I was younger, to my coaches and team mates in college, to my awesome marathon running friends now. Running is something that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. Some of these people in your life, who are there through it all, can be the most influential people in your life. Sometimes I hear the voices of my family, friends, coaches, and team mates when I am faced with adversity, and I remember to "just keep going" and to always "press on" . Running is something that some people only wish they can do. And many, like a beautiful lady we met today (Michelle!), who only dream about it, make that dream come true. And it is life changing. Running, setting goals, accomplishing them, crossing that finish line, being with friends, and supporting those friends, these things are huge. Today, running is still a huge part of my life and I am so very grateful. I am living my dream as a jewelry designer. I hope and I pray that each and every one of you sees and feels the love I have for running when you wear the jewelry that, thanks to all of you, I have the opportunity to create.

Thank you, Dad! The slowest marathons are always the hardest!

...and Thank you, Jared. I run with you always.

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