Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm A Poet and Didn't Know It

Endorphin Warrior just launched their 1st Annual Haiku Contest. The first place winner gets a $50 gift card, second place gets a $25 gift card, and third place gets a $15 gift card.

You see, I would really really really really love to have one of their leather cord bracelets. I love the way they look and I would love to have an inspirational reminder right where I can see it.

I like the "fearless" one because I am just the opposite of that. I know that I need a constant reminder not to live in fear of finding out just what I'm capable of. It can be scary to test your limits or try something new, but generally things turn out okay and you begin to realize your potential. But before you can realize this potential, you have to put your fear aside. You can't live in fear of "what if...". What if I get injured? What if people make fun of me or think I'm weird? What if it's difficult? What if I fail? If you live in fear of the unknown, you'll never know what's possible.

I also really like the "twenty six point two" bracelet, in anticipation/celebration of my upcoming first marathon, which will likely be one of my biggest achievements so far in my life and something I’ll be very proud of.

They have several other inspirational bracelets (as well as shirts, hats, pendants, and rings) but I think if I had to choose, I'd pick the "fearless" bracelet...but I really do love all of them!

I think they look awesome and I’d really love one (have I mentioned that?). Since I’m cheap frugal and they are $48, I decided to enter the contest in hopes of being able to get one.

I really used to hate writing poetry in English class in high school, mostly because I thought my poems were terrible. At first I thought this contest sounded lame because I thought I wouldn’t be able to write anything decent. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or claim victory, but surprisingly I came up with not one, but four haikus that I think are alright (although slightly cheesy)! I’m sure other people will come up with much better ones, though.

In case there are any other poetry-writing-haters out there who don’t remember what a haiku is, a haiku is a type of poetry that comes from Japanese culture. The most common format (in English) is made up of three short lines. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second line contains 7 syllables, and the third line contains 5 syllables (for a total of 17). For the contest, entries are not limited to that format, but they must be 17 syllables and generally about training, running, cycling, working out, fitness, etc.

So, here were the haikus that I entered into the contest:

  1. My feet hit the ground
    With each stride I feel release
    The day’s stress is gone

  2. Sweat drips down my face
    Endorphin Warrior* I am
    Transcending my bounds

  3. Breaking through the wind
    The rhythm of my cadence
    Music to my soul

  4. Testing my limits
    Surpassing my boundaries
    Never looking back
*After I already entered this one, I realized that “Warrior” actually has 3 syllables instead of 2 (I pronounce it “war-your” rather than “war-ee-or”), so I guess this one would technically be disqualified. Oh well. Maybe they won’t notice?

Feel free to let me know what you think, but please don’t make fun of my (lack of) poetry writing skills.

If you would like to enter the contest, check it out HERE. They will take entries through October 31, 2011. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter, too! And feel free to buy me a bracelet.


  1. Great job!
    I thought of entering but im not very poetic...I love their stuff and would totally get the FEARLESS one too.

  2. I may enter I do have a way with rhymes - I make up endless songs for Logan about everything from food on the floor to bath time. lol I LOVED your rhymes and when I read them I didn't notice warrior :)

  3. Hi from a new reader! Great entries! They deserve to win!

    I'm not entering but I would love to have one of the bracelets. Off to check them out.

    I host a weekly blog hop, Fitness Friday. I would love to have you join. Linking up is a great way to increase followers, readers and interest in your blog.

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  4. love the bracelets...I want one :)

    I think I like all of them, but #4 is the one that pumped me up the most!! Good luck to you!


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