The #FindYourStrong Project

Saucony is giving runners the chance to share their strong and to find inspiration, find a challenge, or a kick in the butt. The more we run, the stronger we all get. Strong is out there … what's yours?

#FindYourStrong When You Were Stronger Than They Thought

May 16th - May 22nd

Sometimes people try to tell you what you can and can't do, or what your limits are. Tell us about a time when you rose to the occasion and beat the odds. You could win a Kinvara Drylete Sportop.

  1.  #FindYourStrong I was stronger when I got injured last year and the physical therarpists told me I would never run a half marathon, well I trained harder than ever and ran my first half marathon in... read more

    • Christine

      Thanks for sharing Jamie. I hope not to get hurt but I hope that I will be persistent like you to come back.

      over 2 years ago Like

    • Jamie R.
      Jamie R.

      Thanks Christine. I really thought I wasn't going to come back, but I kept up a different weightlifting routine so that when I was able to return to full duty I could start back at a good pace!

      over 2 years ago Like

  2.  #FindYourStrong I had some serious doubters when I said I planned on running a full marathon last year. I had just started running the year prior, as the big 4-0 was approaching. I did it! And I... read more

  3. RUN
    good 5 mi 00:44 08:48 pace

    Hot and humid 5 miler at 6am =) Finally starting to get used to this 415am wakeup!!  #FindYourStrong #23weekspregnant

    • Jay S.

      Great job, Michele!

      over 2 years ago Like

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    • Martha
      Martha You're an Inspiration
      You're an Inspiration:

      You are amazing! I get up at 5:30 to run, not sure I could get up more then an hour before that. Great job on your run!!!

      over 2 years ago

    • Steve P.
      Steve P.

      nice 5 miler and pace Michelle!!

      over 2 years ago Like

  4. 5 years ago i trained for the boston marathon and was sidelined 3 weeks before the race with a stress fracture in my sacrum. my doctor told me running was out and i should take up golf. the next y... read more

  5.  #FindYourStrong: Nobody thought I could win the Norwalk High School Foreign Language Olympics pie eating contest when I was in 9th grade. Not only did I win, I went back-to-back-to-back winning it... read more

  6.  #FindYourStrong Finishing my third half marathon in a span of 50 days. People thought I was nuts and crazy. My body was tiring from all the training and racing. This was also during a very busy, he... read more

  7.  #FindYourStrong I think that the best example is when I initially took up running. I was nearly 40, a smoker, overweight, asthmatic and unfit. Despite that, I got up, got out and got going.

  8.  #FindYourStrong My first marathon - Chicago's full of potholes and around mile 8 or 9 I stepped in one - twisted my ankle. Lopsided painful running ensued for the next 17.2 miles. I hit the wa... read more

  9.  #FindYourStrong My first marathon, Marine Corps 2010, my insulin pump broke and I wasn't getting any insulin. At mile 17, my running partner's husband (also diabetic) had a syringe and i... read more

  10.  #FindYourStrong At the end of March 2010, I herniated my back. The doctors told me that I'd never run again, that I needed to just accept that. I did that somehow for over a year, then that I ... read more

  11.  #FindYourStrong I never had cancer or disease. I was in the military. I smoked, drank, and got-fat-my-way-into-big-pants. When I started running, my family laughed at the "I'm going to wi... read more

  12.  #FindYourStrong When You Were Stronger Than They Thought
    When I was a kid, I had to attend remedial PT classes (being one of only two kids at the school to have this particular «pleasure»), I was ... read more

    • Henning

      I still hate school sport, though, and I will never understand the joys of soccer. ;)

      over 2 years ago Like1 person

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    • Henning

      and then, you need a little luck, too. ;)

      over 2 years ago Like1 person

    • Ines H.
      Ines H.

      I am with you on the soccer subject. I really hated things like volley ball at school, to the extent that I went to see the orthopaedic surgeon complaining that a splint on my wrist really hurt to get out of it, and he promptly put my non-hurting hand into a plaster cast.

      over 2 years ago Like1 person

  13.  #FindYourStrong I was running 30km a week in 2008 when I was diagnosed with bone marrow failure and required a bone marrow transplant. The death rate is high, and patients often have chronic proble... read more

    • Honestjim

      Brilliant post Mel. Good luck for next weeks race, I'm gona check out your races listed now to see where your marathon is.. I honestly believe if your fit and strong we are so better placed to fight anything that's thrown at us.

      over 2 years ago Like1 person

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    • Becki

      This is incredible, you are such an inspiration! I hope you do beat your PB - and then some! It's incredible that people that have been through such traumas can bounce back so well - now anyone you tell that to can never make excuses for not running! (You're like the Lance Armstrong of running hehe) xx

      over 2 years ago Like1 person

    • Henning

      good luck!

      over 2 years ago Like1 person

  14.  #FindYourStrong My freshmen xc season I ran high 21s and low 22s for 5k for the majority of the season and eventually pr'd at 20:26 which made me 18th out of 24 on the guys team. After the sea... read more

  15.  #FindYourStrong I was the fat kid on the cross country team in high school who knew that the other girls whispered "why does she even keep coming to practice". 18 years later I won the ... read more

  16.  #FindYourStrong
    The thought of entering a marathon was a small egg in my head since I first entered a race (2005), but to be honest I was scared as hell.
    In 2009 I finally made the decission to jus... read more

  17.  #FindYourStrong When You Were Stronger Than They Thought. When my high school government teacher told me I should find a different dream if mine was to work in politics in Washington, DC because &q... read more

    • Patrick M.
      Patrick M.

      I love it when people tell me I can't. It's the best danged motivator there is!

      over 2 years ago Like

    • Kat

      The only reason people ever tell you that you "can't" do something is because they don't want you too. What a waste. They shouldn't be a teacher!

      over 2 years ago Like

    • Henning

      great story! there should be more people "like you" in washington.

      over 2 years ago Like

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     #FindYourStrong When You Were Stronger Than They Thought
    nobody really believed I was serious when I first said I was going to do it... look what's become of me

  19. Going through divorce, having to sell the home you built, and living out of boxes and suitcases till you find a new place to or just running consistently was just not there. I had ... read more