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The Moms Behind the Brands

  • May 4 2016
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I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you all to thank my fellow exhibitor "Mommies" who have paved the way for running accessories across the country, even the world! Many people don't realize how small our operations are and that even though we are under those bright lights at the expo, we are all working our little tails off to bring you the best and most innovative products to make your experience the very best. Being a "mompreneur" often means, no days off, lots of overtime, no sleep, and finding creative ways to stay ahead of the game while juggling the huge responsibility of not only managing personal finance, inventory, marketing, product development, customer service, shipping, social media, and fitting in running and motherhood at the same time! Just because most of us don't have small etsy shops, doesn't necessarily we aren't small businesses so I want to thank you ALL for your continued support and Happy Mother's Day this special Tinker Bell weekend to all of these amazing Moms!

Happy Mother's Day Brenda Brundage from The Roo Sport! She developed a patented design on one of the most amazing running accessories ever invented! Go Mama go!

Happy Mother's Day Carrie Lundell from Sparkle Athletic! One of the founders of Sparkle Athletic, Boston Marathoner, and Mommy of 4!

Happy Mother's Day to Christy Baker of Running Skirts!

Happy Mother's Day to Cindy Lynch of Running Skirts! Look at her run with her two adorable cuties!

Happy Mother's Day Elise Wallace from Sparkle Athletic! An ironman finisher and mother of 2!

Happy Mother's Day Kelly from Sparkle Athletic! One of the strongest women I have ever met! *muah*

Sandy from BIC Bands a super hard-working Mother Runner! Happy Mother's Day to you!!

On behalf of all of these Mother Runners, we thank you for all of your support! Happy Mother's Day everyone!!

xo

Sunny and the Endure Team ;)

Ultimate Runner's Gift Guide

  • Nov 30 2015
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It's that time of the year where we show the ones we love how much we truly appreciate them! Most of us have a person in our life that deserves to be recognized. If you have a special someone in your life that just happens to be a runner, we've got a little cheat sheet to help you find her the perfect gift!

Since most runners already know what kind of shoes they like, it's gets hard to get creative when it comes to gift giving. I've broken it down into price points to make it a little easier. Here are 15 gift ideas all under $75!


Gifts Under $30.00

Run, Half Marathon, or Marathon Bracelets! Priced at an easy $29.00 (current pricing), these stainless steel cuff bracelets make a perfect gift! They can be carefully adjusted to fit any wrist. They come in three colors, rose gold, yellow gold, and silver. The great thing about stainless steel, is that it doesn't tarnish!

Another idea for a runner gift under $30.00 is a festive holiday tee! The eyes and nose of these characters spell out the word "run". This is a cute twist on our signature "Run Smiley" design. Available in "Runny the Snowman" white, Run Santa red, and Run Elf green!


Gifts Under $60.00

At the top of my list is our sweaters from our Run Merry Collection! Again, choose between the Runny the Snowman, Run Santa, or Run Elf!

Another jewelry idea is our silver stud earring collection. All of these designs are inspired by running! We have the Tortoise and the Hare, which are our all time best sellers, the Roadrunners, distance studs in 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2, and newly added wing earrings! Current pricing: Sterling Silver $38 and yellow gold or rose gold plated silver $58!

Another great gift idea is a stackable ring! The only thing about this gift is that you would need to know the ring size you need. Most people can fit a size 6 or 7 on at least one of their fingers so if you are willing to just guess, a size 6 or 7 ring would probably work just fine! My favorite stackable ring is the "Runfinity" ring. Current pricing: $54.00

Other gifts under $50 are our Run Smiley Raglan Sweater $49 or our Run Smiley Tech Shirt with thumbholes $48! The Run Smiley Raglan is a comfy lifestyle top that can be worn off-the-shoulder anytime anywhere! The Run Smiley Tech shirt was made to perform! Wear it on a run, to the gym, or on race day!

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Gifts under $75.00

Our best-selling necklaces are definitely our disc pendants. We offer them at $72 with a chain and they include FREE engraving! You can personalize the back of these pendants with a special date, time, initials, or short word or name! Choose between "run.", 13.1 Half Marathon or Roman Numeral XIII.I, 26.2 Marathon XXVI.II, and others as well! There is a sweet option to turn these necklaces into genuine diamond necklaces for an additional $30.

You can see the approximate size of the necklace on the model shown above. (She's a 400m runner like me!)


Cross Country Necklace $72

We recently featured these at the high school Cross Country State meet in Fresno, CA. It was a fun way to commemorate such a memorable event!

With Christmas approaching so soon, I hope this gift guide has given you some great ideas for that special runner in your life! I hope you enjoyed looking through our gift guide and look forward to playing "Santa's little elf" in my little shop over the next few weeks!

TTFN!

Sunny and the Endure Team


Going Half Crazy: Part 3

  • Mar 23 2015
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PART 3: SPRING 2014

Spring is finally here and it seems like I'm on track to writing about each of these races one year after each of them! I'm super excited to share my March, April, and May races with all of you. Right now is one of my favorite times of the year to run in California's Central Valley. Hopefully some of you come out to either our big fall and spring half marathons. We have the 2CM Two Cities Marathon and Half in the Fall and the California Classic Weekend Half Marathon in March, and the Century ride in May! These have definitely been some of my favorites!


MARCH

Race #8 California Classic Weekend

A couple friends of mine, Nader and Alissa, ran the race as well as my Dad, sister, and nephew. Alissa was proudly wearing one of her Endure tank tops, it was a super cute "Eat My Dust" tank. She and her husband Nader were both dressed in super neon green so they could stand out. This would have normally worked if all of the volunteers weren't dressed in neon green so it ended up being super hard for them to spot one another along the course. Alissa set a personal best time and it was awesome being there to witness such a big accomplishment.

I ran the entire race with my dad, my oldest sister Melissa, and her (then) 11-year-old son Christian. My dad and I both ran the half and my sister and my nephew ran the two-person relay. The course begins in downtown Fresno right next to the Grizzlies Stadium. It continued through Fresno's historic Tower District, through Fresno's Chaffee Zoo, and back through downtown Fresno, past our gorgeous City Hall, and back to the stadium. My sister ran the first half with my dad and I, and my nephew met us right before the zoo. It was awesome running through the park with him and my dad and crossing the finish line with all three of them. My sister Melissa snuck back onto the course to finish with us. It was such a fun and memorable race. We didn't even take the race very seriously and still finished the race in 2:02!


Christian, Dad, Melissa, and Me before the big race!

Saying "bye" to my nephew Christian before he takes off on the bus to the relay hand-off.

Me, my dad, and my sister Melissa at the starting line.

Me and my friends Nader and Alissa after the race. This is the photo of the 2014 Finisher's Medal.

Medal Earned: California Classic Finisher's Medal with Fresno's most well-known buildings and a tiger representing the zoo! One thing that I think could be improved on this medal would be a different medal for each race. The Half Marathon and 5K finisher's got the same medal, wish each were different, even if it were the ribbon!
Running Buddies: Friends Nader and Alissa at the starting line and my dad, sister Melissa, and nephew Christian
Inspiration: Running alongside my family in the county I grew up in. Other family members along the way cheering us on were my other sister, my brother in law, and my son was there at the finish line.
Tips: If you're not from Fresno, learn about all of the landmarks and what they mean to the city. Come a day early, pick up your packet at the expo and visit the Tower District, eat food at Doghouse and possibly try and catch an FSU basketball game across the street. Take time to visit and enjoy the zoo too! One tip for running the half marathon, make sure you know where you are on every turn during the last 2 miles. You will be doing "city switchbacks" through downtown and it will feel like it's never-ending unless you know where you are. You literally will be going back and forth through downtown a number of times before heading back to Chuckchansi Stadium, so be both mentally and physically prepared rather than discouraged when the last turn, isn't really the last!


APRIL

Race #9 Not a half, longer! Big Sur International Marathon - 21 Miler

My race in April was one of my top three favorite races ever. As far as the course, it blows every other race out of the park. A close second would be the Big Sur Half marathon that is held in the middle of November every year. This was such an emotional and meaningful race to me that I can't even think of where to begin. So I'll start months before the race, a little while after I decided to register, summer of 2013. I wanted to register for the full, since this was something I had put on my bucket list to complete. However, my alarm was set at the incorrect time and before I got onto my computer, the race was SOLD OUT!! My dad and I decided we would register for the 21-miler instead of the full. We were pretty disappointed but in the end it was probably the better option for us.

About a month later, my dad was feeling chest pain and had complained to my sister Janielle and I about it. He's a registered nurse so we didn't think much of it because we assumed he would know if it were something he should be worried about. Later that night my mom found out, who is also a nurse, and she took him to the emergency room. My sister and I both felt guilty for not doing something when he had first mentioned it. He had a chest scan and they found something that had multiplied in growth filling his lungs overnight. Our family was distraught. My dad had always been very health conscious. He's told us before that all of his siblings and many of his relatives have died from either heart problems, lung cancer, or diabetes by the age of 60. He was to run 60 in three months. A heaviness took over throughout our family.

During the time my dad was in the hospital, one of my best friends, was getting married. My family stayed home to be with my dad. I was part of the wedding party so I traveled to southern California by myself.

For a couple weeks the doctors couldn’t determine exactly what it was that was taking over my dad’s respiratory system. We were afraid it anything from a small heart attack to lung cancer. It turned out that my dad had textbook Valley fever. There were spores that he had inhaled that began to grow in his lungs. The severity could range anywhere from it not affecting your life at all to death. Luckily, my mom and her instinct acted in time to treat him and he’s still alive and well today. Months later we celebrated his 60th birthday with an “It’s not cancer” party and we as a family drove to Sacramento for a fun day at one of our favorite breakfast spots, the Tower Café, lunch at Joes Crab Shack, touring the train museum, old time photos, and walking around old town Sacramento.

It did take my dad a while to recover. My sister ran in his place for the races he signed up for, the Two Cities Half Marathon in Clovis and the Big Sur Half Marathon. By the time our 21-miler came in April, he was ready to go. The expo was fun. I got to work it with one of my good friends Aimee. During the expo we met a girl named Lori who had the endure logo tattooed onto her wrist! It was awesome. I saw Lori on the course during the race too!

It was an emotional race for the both of us. The sights and the sounds along the race were absolutely amazing to say the least. We enjoying running up the hills, walking down the hills, and taking both scenic photos, and silly ones as well.

I will never forget the feeling I had the moment I thought there was a chance I could lose my dad forever. He’s the rock of our family and we all love him so very much.

Medal Earned: A hand-made 21-Miler Big Sur Medal with a leather cord

Running Buddies: My dad and I ran the 21-miler together. My friend Mika ran the full.

Inspiration: My dad.

Tips: Although I wished I had run the full, the 21-mile distance seemed perfect. Bring a fully charged phone with plenty of memory to take photos. Enjoy the beauty. Drink lots of water and enjoy the yummy strawberries when you’re nearing Carmel. From the pianist, to the course, to the officials, everything about this race is amazing.


MAY

Race #10 OC Half Marathon

This was my first race I had ever run by myself. With the exception of my friends Mika and Robyn during the race and at the finish, I had no running buddies and no family cheering me on along the way. Going to bed the night before this race was lonely. I was alone in the hotel room, getting my race outfit together, instagramming it, with nobody helping me decide what to wear. I woke up by myself, ate my energy bar by myself, had a cup of coffee by myself, and drove to the starting line by myself. It was definitely a strange feeling. I had never done this alone. I'm kind of a needy person with a strong need for other people's approval and there was nobody around to tell me good luck, to hold on my long sleeve shirt after I started the race, or to take a picture of me in front of the starting line. I wanted my family there, or even just a friend to start their watch alongside me. But I was alone.

I stepped into the first corral and awaited the national anthem and the start of the race. There I met a very friendly girl who I found out had run the course a number of times. I had never run this course before and was somewhat nervous. I had a goal of running under a certain time and I had a little bit of pre-race anxiety. I don't get it often, only when I have a goal I'd like to reach. Lately I had been running races just for fun and not for time. The girl I met helped take the nerves off talking about how awesome the course was and how she's done it for years. It was great to be able to talk to someone at the start of the race. It was as if I had met a friend that I had a lot in common with, but runners really just do have a lot in common with each other. I'm so thankful to have met her. I wish I had her name or brought endure business cards with me so I could know how her race went!

Since I had already been running for months, I had a goal of running this race under two hours and hoped to run around 1:55. I surpassed my goal and ran 1:52! It was a new feeling having to dig deep for the last few miles and the last quarter mile I had a stranger running alongside me pushing me along. To me, that's what running is all about. It's about encouraging one another, being there for someone when they need you every step of the way. Because whether you know the person or not, in a way, you're their team mate, running the course with the same challenges, the same pain, the same struggle, and stepping over the same finish line with an amazing sense of accomplishment. Sometimes running is lonely, but sometimes you'll also be very surprised how many people are there for you along the way.

This race was my fastest of the 12 races. Not my lifetime PR, which is about 10 minutes faster, but I was proud of this one.

Medal Earned: The US Bank 10th Anniversary OC Marathon

Running Buddies: I did this one solo :)

Inspiration: I had to dig deep, friendly runners along the course helped push me through the finish.

Tips: Check out the course beforehand to see what to expect. Either way you won't be disappointed. Orange County is gorgeous everywhere.

The San Francisco Marathon

  • Jul 28 2014
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San Francisco was absolutely beautiful this past weekend. It was unusually warm and the city was bustling with so many different events. The food trucks and movie crews added to the excitement of race weekend. And I was especially pleased with how our Finishers Necklaces came out! If you've never been a part of The San Francisco Marathon, I highly recommend running any of their races. Races range from a 5K, two different half marathon courses, and a full marathon that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge (the only San Francisco course that crosses the bridge.

Two weeks until Boston

  • Apr 7 2014
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It's been three years since I visited Boston for the Boston Marathon Expo. In 2011 Endure was a little more than two years old and I brought my Dad with me as my engraver and to help me with the show. I also have a friend named Emily who lives there who helped me at my booth. Emily and I ran hurdles together in college and she moved to Boston for her job. The next year, 2012, I didn't go to Boston because I was 6 months pregnant with my son. Last year, in 2013, I didn't go to Boston because I was trying my hardest not to travel to too many far away shows and be away from my son. It was a good thing I decided to skip Boston last year and most of us know why. http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/15/us/boston-marathon-explosions/

Even though I wasn't there I received numerous messages asking if I was there and I even received voicemails asking if I were able to comment for an interview. When I first heard the news I immediately thought of my friends that I knew that were in the area. I texted Emily and she had been updated me and told me that she was okay. Another friend of mine, Fernando Cabada, had already finished running the race and also kept everyone informed of his status. Luckily none of my friends were hurt that day. For many others this was not the case.

I recently took Endure to another small town show in Central California, the Modesto Marathon. My sister and I met a super sweet lady who came by and I was very excited about the engraving she had requested. She wanted one of her pendants to say, "Boston" and the other to have the date of the 2015 Boston Marathon written on the back. I was glad to engrave this for her and asked her if she had ever run Boston before and she we both shared our stories of how we both felt that day. I wasn't prepared to hear her story as the tragedy was still very much a part of her life. Two people that she knew were badly hurt and were still being treated for their injuries. This was not the first time my sister and I have been brought to tears at hearing a story on tour and it was definitely one that we will never forget.

In a week from tomorrow it will have been one year since this horrible tragedy. For those who have been affected and who are still being affected by this horrible act of evil, please know that you continue to be in our hearts, in our thoughts, and in our prayers. For those who are running the Boston Marathon in two weeks from today, we hope you show the world what it means to persevere, to prevail, to fight, to press on, to ENDURE.

Emily, Sunny, and Cheri in Nevada circa 2005

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.

Ready, Set, Go!

  • Jan 9 2014
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Hello Endure Friends! I'm finally posting a blog! I am super excited about 2014 with so many more events planned than last year. Next week we leave for the Tink show in Anaheim and I can't wait to meet some of our followers at the three-day expo!

The title of this blog post is inspired my son's early enthusiasm for racing. When he and I hit the track he is my mini race official, I say "ready, set..." and his little 18-month-old voice says "Go!"

So here we go...