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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
      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.
      Jay S.

      Great job, Michele!

      over 2 years ago Like

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    • Joe H.
      Joe H. You're an Inspiration
      You're an Inspiration:

      you're so badass!

      over 2 years ago

    • 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

  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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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
      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...
    ...now look what's become of me