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Running and Diamonds

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


Running (and smiling!) around the Fair!

  • Oct 12 2015
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Hip hip hooray! It's fair time!

Last Friday I enjoying bringing my son to our local fair. It was an exciting experience for both him and I. What a fun day here in the Central Valley!

I grew up going to the Big Fresno Fair. It really is one of the biggest fairs in California and offers so many fun things for all ages!

My favorite thing to do at the fair is eating the fair cinnamon rolls. Of course, this was my first stop. I justified it by saying I was “carbo-loading” for my 20-miler the next day.

Our next stop was supposed to be carnival rides. But we arrived at around 11:00am an the big carnival rides weren’t open until 3:00pm. We were referred to the kiddie carnival area that opened up at noon. So I asked the gate keeper if we could sneak in to take some photos. He was so nice and let us in! This was fun and my little one was such a good sport about running around and doing a mini photo shoot. It was so fun for my little runner kid!

My little happy runner.

After playing around at the kiddie carnival, I stopped to get my second favorite fair snack, parmesan “elote”, corn with lime, chili powder, and parmesan cheese! It was delicious and a nice addition to my “carbo-loading” ;)

Our next stop was the Gem and Mineral exhibit. As a child, I remember going to this exact exhibit and getting so excited about polished rocks and gemstones. I truly believe that this experience helped spark my love for gems and jewelry. I remember choosing a rock for them to cut in half and this time, my son got to choose one for himself! He told me, I want this one! He handed it to the guy behind the counter and I gave him money to pay. I also showed him the other examples of the sliced geodes and he got excited to see what was inside of the rock he chose. We watched the man cut it open and he was so excited to look inside. Look at the pure joy on his face.

Next stop was the horse races. We enjoyed watching the horses prance around and prepare for their races and chose who would win based on the color of their numbers and the silliness of their names.

In the Central Valley, the Fresno Fair marks the beginning of the holidays. In a few weeks, Halloween will be here, then Thanksgiving and Turkey trot time, and then Christmas will be here soon!

I am so glad to have had shared these precious moments with my little one before all of the holiday craziness starts in the upcoming weeks! I hope all of your have a chance to enjoy your local fairs and cherish the special times you share with your loved ones!

Oh! AND..if you love his shirt, you can get it here --> Run Happy Face Kids Tee

If you want to match him we have adult sizes too! --> Endure Tees

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!

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...