Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Saucony Shoe Giveaway–Find Your Strong!

Are you familiar with Saucony’s Find Your Strong Project I eat this motivating/inspiring stuff up like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

The message is clear:

“Strong can be found in every runner. Personal. Powerful. Insanely motivating. We find strong in others. We find it in ourselves, and when we share it, we all get stronger.”

The Find Your Strong theme this week is “My Personal Best” – encouraging runners to think back to a time when they hit their PR in time and distance.

For me, this happened on May 10, 2010, when my months of hard training towards my BQ came to fruition at the Colorado Marathon. My training for that race was smart, independent and smooth. I will take credit for that.

I followed the “Run Less, Run Faster” plan that had me running three key runs per week (tempo, speed and long). My speed workouts were Yasso 800s and I nailed them. My hope was to reach my Boston qualifying time of 3:50, so my Yassos were all kept in the the 3:40 or so range (yes, a bit overachieving). I did some mild cross training that included swimming and yoga. I was not fatigued or overwhelmed while training. I was balanced and at ease. My total weekly mileage never exceeded 50 miles.

I had NO clue if I could or would reach my goal that day. It was only to be my second marathon, and I was (and am) an inexperienced runner at best. But, on May 10, 2010, everything came together in the perfect storm. At the risk of sounding full of myself, I executed an ideal race and crossed the line in 3:43, smashing my BQ time and taking 20 minutes off of my first marathon time of a year before.

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That day, I surely Found My Strong (see full race report HERE and HERE).

To get a better idea of this whole Find Your Strong business, take a look at this very short, yet very energizing video HERE. Also, go enter the Find Your Strong sweepstakes HERE for a chance to win one of the weekly giveaways.

Saucony has provided me with a prize to give away to one lucky reader – a pair of Saucony Ride 5’s! These are a neutral, cushioned shoe weighing 8.6 ounces. They retail for $109.

Ride 5 ImageTo enter (each comment is worth an entry):

  • Leave a comment telling me about your Personal Best + 1 entry
  • Go to the “Find Your Strong” link and enter into this week’s sweepstakes. Leave a comment telling me  +1 entry
  • Facebook, Twat or blog about this giveaway. Leave a comment telling me + 1 entry

Good luck! Giveaway ends June 5.

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Fine Print:

  • Saucony provided the giveaway item.
  • Open to US residents only.
  • Winner will be chosen on Random.org on 6/5

295 comments:

  1. Oh my , i seriously need new shoes. My pb is only a 5k. I ran it in 31:53 at 8 weeks post-partum!!

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  2. I was excited about this,until I read the fine print- am in Oslo, Norway :-(

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  3. My strong actually happened this past weekend at my third half. I have been battling painful tendinitis and was not sure if I could hobble through the race. I had the most enjoyable experience to date...my best friend, great spectators, awesome volunteers and a beautiful course. My cheeks hurt from smiling and in the end I actually PR'd...a true case for mind being greater than body.

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  4. Carolyn Guercio-WislerMay 30, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    I'm almost certain "twat" is not the word you wanted to use on the last line up above, "Facebook, Twat or blog about this giveaway", but maybe that is a word that is used! In my day, it meant something altogether different! And yes, my mind is always in the gutter - sorry!

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    1. Yes, in fact, I did mean to use it and am fully aware of what it means. Just a little humor on a Wed. morning.

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    2. I was going to comment that if Chaucer used the word, obviously you may. Then I realized he used a different taboo word with the same meaning...

      But you're way funnier than Chaucer anyway.

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  5. I started running ONE year ago (exactly this week) at age 45. I always worked out and I've played softball for 30 years, but I've never been a runner. This past Saturday I ran the Chicago 10 mile. I ran with my 13 year old son (who is new to running.)

    I didn't win......my time was slow, but I ran the entire way, right next to my son. We ran across the finish line together. And I have never been more proud. From 1 mile to 10 in one year....I'm hooked!
    Kelly
    sitesx6@aol.com

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  6. Running my first half with horrible IT band pain from mile 8 to the finish. I still managed to finish with my A goal.

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  7. My personal best came in a 10K 6 days after completing my first Tough Mudder (which was awesome). I hadn't run other than a .75 mile test run of our new treadmill in between the two events. It was Thanksgiving morning, and I somehow managed to knock out a 10K in 48 minutes flat! I rarely ever run that fast for more than 1.5 miles, but I had forgotten my watch, and simply picked a group that I thought I could keep up with, and passed them, then picked another "target" and another and another for the whole event. It was awesome. I often find myself finishing faster than I had thought possible, and I always tell myself to stop being such a doubter.

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  8. My PR was at a hometown race (a Fireworks Day 5K). It was one of those full-circle moments for me - I was running a "Run for Your Heart" race. The start (and finish) was at the hospital where my beloved Gram had died at age 62 of a massive (unexpected) heart attack. The irony was not lost on me (or my sister, who I conned into running with me - her first race). I came in 2nd in my age group (surprisingly, there WERE more than 2 runners) and she came in 1st in hers (she's 10 years younger than me). My only goal of that day was to beat her (which I did). I am now working on my other siblings (2 brothers) to at least convince them they need to walk it.

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  9. I hadn't run a half marathon in a year and a half but in that time I had trained for and run 2 full marathons. I signed up for the Colchester Half which is a very hilly race held regardless of weather conditions in the middle of February here in Connecticut. That day happened to be not too cold, and no snow. It did have howling winds. The last 2 miles are uphill and straight into this sustained wind. I managed to eat up the hills and faced the wind full throttle. I PR'd my half marathon time by over 10 minutes coming in at 1:33.

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  10. My strong moment was a few weeks ago, running a 22:45 5k at 4mos postpartum, while not a PR, this was only my 3rd 5k after 4 babies in 4 years and my goal was to break 24....I have never pushed myself so hard and was so proud of the results.

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    1. Good job Katie k! I've had lots of babies close together and ran/raced during that time so I really understand! That's awesome!

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  11. My personal best was my recent 5K--24:01. I now KNOW that I can break 24....

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  12. oh, and she definitely meant to say twat.... lol

    I twatted too. ;)

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  13. I have a few personal best. My 3rd half marathon (I did 3 within six months) I achieved 2:15. Then a 10k I busted my hour at 58 minutes, and a 5k this year was 25:57. All three great times For me!

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  14. Finishing my first ultra, Le Grizz 50 miler, and under 9 hours...totally mind over matter head games doing on during that race

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  15. My personal best was finding the courage to start running!
    Kristin Williams

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  16. I also BQ'ed running the Colorado Marathon in 2011!! However I would have to say that my strong occurred when running the Boston Marathon this past April (2012) in the very high heat. Although my hopes of PR'ing were out the window before the race even started, I knew I had to refocus and run a smart race. I ended up finishing around 3:38... and never stopped once to walk. In a sense it was almost as mentally challenging as it was physical as I knew I had to take good care of my body with temperatures near 90 degrees on parts of the course. I've never been more proud of a slowly run race (for me) and am so glad that I was still able to soak in the experience of the race.

    @RunKaitrun

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  17. I signed up on saucony's site.

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  18. I also just shared on my Facebook page...and getting ready to twat about it too!

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  19. My personal best was running a marathon in 3:43 hours. It was my first marathon and I was so happy with my performance. Please include me in your giveaway.

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  20. My marathon PR is bittersweet - I missed my time goal that day, but I came off a long sickness and squeezed into the top ten women at Rock n Roll New Orleans. Since it was a home-town race I had plenty of crowd support, and it was gratifying to have my name in the paper just two years after my pathetic first marathon: in that time I cut an hour and ten minutes off my time! I wanted the 3:05 I missed, but I was still happy to be able to see improvement.

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  21. Okay! All done tweeting, & sharing on Facebook. I will blog about this too!!! I want these shoes! I love saucony.

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  22. I shared your giveaway/blog on my FB. Please consider me for your giveaway. Thanks!!

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  23. My half marathon personal best just happened back in April. I came down with the flu exactly one week before the race after a great spring training cycle. I was beyond discouraged and completely gave up on a PR and was not even sure I could even run. Each day that week I felt a bit better and when I woke up on race day, I felt great. I figured I might as well show up and just do what I could do. I was amazed as each mile ticked by that I was still feeling good, expecting that I would crash at any moment. At the end of the race, I had beat my last personal best by 3 minutes. The rest of the day I felt like crap, and I'm still not sure how my body managed to make it through.

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  24. My PR was with my husband last year at a 5 miler...45:00 on the nose! I made the mistake of telling him it would be cool if I could push myself to 9 min/mile. And I did :) with him pushing and pacing me the whole way! I was so proud of myself of making the goal. I'd love some new Saucony shoes...just donated my favorite pair!

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  25. I shared your giveaway on my blog's facebook page..Homemade Served Here too. :)

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  26. My PB came earlier this year. I was gunning for a half marathon PR (my previous was 2:37), but with the holidays and whatnot my training had fallen off a bit. My goal was to go sub-2:20 (lofty goal, almost 20 min PR) but didn't think it was attainable. That morning in January I sailed across the finish line in 2:14, a 23 minute PR. I guess I was stronger than I thought!

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  27. My personal best in the 5K is 26:28. Hoping to get a personal best half marathon time on June 9th!

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  28. My personal best was just a couple weeks ago where I SMASHED my own PR for a 5k. I came in sub 30 and it was awesome! I felt so great at the end.

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  29. I just had my strong moment a few weeks ago. I ran a Mothers Day 5k and PR'ed at 27:22 which meant smashing my previous 5k by over a minute. This was 2 weeks after running my first half. I'm convinced that all the training I put into my half helped me get faster and stronger for shorter distances.

    I shared your blog on Facebook. For some reason I can't enter the sweepstakes on the link you sent. It says more openings will be available next week. :(

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  30. OK, so, I didn't break any records.

    On Monday, I ran the Bolder Boulder. I started out slow, and was doing well (for me) until about mile 4 when I heard a pop, one that I could feel from my toe to my hip, come from my knee. Not this again! My knee has been an issue for a coulple of years, ever since I ran a relay race on a sprained ankle, and managed to get my knee out of whack with my awkward running. Anyway. I walked quickly for about five minutes, stretching the knee and looking like a complete dork, and tried again. Ow. Went back to walking quickly, zombie walking, really. Back and forth all through mile five.

    Finally, just after mile six, my knee started feeling better. I was shocked, but whatever had popped out had gotten back in alignment, and I jogged the last mile. It was my fastest mile of the race. It wasn't a personal record, but it was a personal best. I didn't fall, and I kept trying and I managed to work through my weird knee. I didn't think I could do that.

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  31. I am still a relatively new runner but earlier this year, I have a PB at a 10K with 1:05. I took 7 minutes off from my last 10K which was awesome!

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  32. I've had several PBs - since every race I just seem to get better - but my most exciting one was just last week - when after weeks of fartleks, tabatas and hill repeats, I set out one morning to see just how far I could go in an hour. 8 miles. I have no idea where that came from. I have yet to see it again.

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  33. The Find Your Strong Link says submissions will open later in the week!

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  34. My favorite PR memory is not running (yet), but I swam in college and at this huge swim meet I raced in the 100 freestyle. I remember feeling like I was slicing through the water and with about 25 yards left my body was threatening to give out. But it's such a short race I continued on. I won my heat with a 2 second PR (huge in a 55 second race) and was impressed by how "fast" I was! that speed used to be what I looked up to with other people and I was DOING it!!!

    Hopefully I'll have a similar story at my 5K on June 23rd...
    :)

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  35. My personal best was the Memphis in May triathlon this year in Mississippi. My first Olympic distance event and I had to push every step of the way mentally. It was fun to find out just how strong I was on hot pavement on a 90 degree day.

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  36. My pb was a 5K last fall. I was finished with all the big stuff for the year and just ran it for fun. Nice surprise! :)

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  37. I ran my first half in 2:08. Not great, but good for me

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  38. I tweeted! I always tweet... :) Love this contest and am super excited about it!

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  39. I'm finding it hard to pick a PB. I started running last year to reduce stress and lose weight. I ran a 5k in the fall. The BeaverDash. Love that name. Then thought I should challenge myself with a distance race. I signed up for the Dam to Dam 20k. It's this Saturday, June 2nd. I think my strong is making/finding time to run. I'm a single mom and my son is not old enought to be home alone. This makes long training runs a challenge. My strong is not giving up when things got hard or inconvenient. Pushing myself to remember I'm worth the time. That he needs to see me set a goal and reach it. My strong is not quitting on myself. I'll let you know how the 20k goes, but I've already won!

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  40. I started running January 2011 with the goal of running the disney princess half in 2012. February 26,2012 I definitely found my strong and crossed that finish line meeting my goal of doing it in under 3 hours. Not fast by anyone else's standards but I think it was the proudest I've ever been of myself.

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  41. My strongest run was not a race but a run between injuries...I ran a 5K (according to mapmyrun app I use)in 29:33. Breathing was right, form was right, I wasn't fatigued....great feeling! Hasn't happened since, but I'm praying it will on the 3rd 5K I've signed up for at the end of this month.

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  42. 7/25/2009
    Grand Prix Classic 10K
    1:03:31
    Felt great during the race. 2009 all together was a great year!

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  43. i experienced my strong moment last year...it was the entire family's first 5k as a family,including my 7yr old son and 5yr old daughter(the baby was in the stroller with daddy,getting the miles in that way-the 5yr old would run and sit in the stroller when tired) but it was my sons first 5k ever,something he had wanted to do for a long time! the plan was for my husband to run with the kids while i raced,and when i was done i would come back through and finish the run with the kiddos....since my husband's work had helped sponser the event a large team of his employees were there,as well as several ppl i knew from the gym. no pressure to represent,lol! the weather was hot,i wasnt feeling the running mojo-the first mile i thought i was going to die,and then when i realized i was in the top pack,i got the drive in me to win the race for my kids,so i turned my jets on,won overall female,turned around and found my husband and children and then we finished the race together. my son was over the moonexcited to be running with me and he beat me across the finish! even the race wasnt a PR for me by a long shot,it was def one of the best days of my life,having my husband and children with me,and sparking a light in my sons eyes to run a few more 5ks!!

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  44. couldn't enter on Saucony, not open yet :)

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  45. My personal best was finishing my first 1/2, the Nashville Half Marathon. I did a twelve week training plan, but the race was so much harder than I anticipated. Sprinting across the finish line was one of the best feelings ever. I'm already signed up for my next 1/2 and am ready to make it my new personal best. :)

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  46. my personal best:

    http://allaboutpace.blogspot.com/2010/11/race-report-outback-12-marathon-2010.html

    wearing Saucony (as always)

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  47. I don't have any PRs so far just keep feeling like I take one step forward and two steps back. I can totally relate to your daughter on the Bolder Boulder. Every time I run I psych myself out and think that what I have in mind is so far. I did it once again on the Bolder Boulder and did much better on the second half like her. Tell her thanks for her great wisdom!

    Come on draw me. Mama needs a new pair of shoes!!

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  48. My pr came this weekend as I managed to get my bq! Yay! With seven minutes to spare at a 3.33! This totally redeems my last attempt in Vegas where I missed
    It by two minutes (due in my belief to the crap mishandling of the race). So happy to have knocked off 9 minutes and have a sub 3:30 future goal to shoot for!
    Jenn dharmajellybean@aol.com

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  50. My personal best happened a few weeks ago at a local 5k. I finished in 30 min flat. Not earth shattering, but I am new to this running thing, and that was my goal for the race.

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  51. I ran a 1:39 half marathon 2 years ago. I crossed the finish line and was so excited! It was completely unexpected. I was so, so happy and my Dad started crying he was so proud. Its a memory I will never forget.

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  52. Shared your giveaway on FB.

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  53. Saucony's website says its not open for submissions yet.

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  54. I would also say my personal best is completing my first half marathon this past January. I met my 2:20 goal by .08 seconds (2:19:52!)... I cried at the end. After two knee surgeries, I was always scared to push it that far, but I am so proud... and HOOKED! Half marathon #2 down, and am registered for my first full next February!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! :)

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  55. My PB in the half marathon occurred just this past weekend. This was my second half, the first I ran almost 2 years ago with a group of girlfriends. This time I am 7 months post c-section of my second baby who refuses to sleep more than a 3 hour stretch. I trained for and ran this half on my own and beat my first time, it was awesome. The best part of this race was though was how strong I was mentally. I have been an on again/ off again runner for more than 10 years and I usually always quit because I don't mentally enjoy the run and instead would spend an entire run, whether it be 1 mile or 10 miles, trying to convince myself I can't do it. This past training program and race I am FINALLY putting that little voice to rest and really enjoying myself and it is soooo sweet!

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  56. The PR that still has me satisfied is my half marathon one accomplished the day after Christmas last year. It was run solely on a bike path paralleling the beach. In addition to the beauty surrounding me, the runner comraderie was amazing and it propelled me to a finish time I didn't even believe I was capable of.

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  57. My favorite PR was for my third half marathon. I ran the entirety with a friend (it was her first) and didn't realize until mile 12 that it was totally blowing away my previous times! We sprinted the last quarter of a mile and ended the race feeling great! 2:13 was our time, and now I plan to blow that away for my next one. :)

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  58. My personal best in the 10K was recently 28:37, but the best part was that it wasn't an exhaustive effort. I think I can do better- and soon!

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  59. My personal best is not giving up on distance. I continue to tackle marathons and ultras and keep improving each time!

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  60. My Personal Best is a 3:58 Marathon which I hope to surpass in 11 days :D The Ride 3's were my training shoes that got me there, but since they moved to 4's, they haven't worked for me...I love my new shoes but would love to check out the 5's! :D

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  61. I tried to do the Find Your Strong Project entry, but it was not accepting submissions. :(

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  62. I tweeted it too. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  63. I tweeted :D

    https://twitter.com/krissymmurphy/status/207833933751132162

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  64. My PR was at the O.C. Marathon last year. It was my first time running that race, but I entered because they had prize money for the masters division and they advertised a scenic course. I knew that not only did I WANT to win, but I NEEDED to win.My hubby had been out of work briefly and I had 5kids that needed school clothes. I finished in 3:13 and won my AG and the female masters division which paid $500. I ran it again this past May, and won AG (45-49) and 2nd in masters missing my PR by less than a minute.

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  65. website not taking entries yet :(

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  66. My half marathon PR was at the Dallas Rock'N'Roll in 2011. I trained the same way I had for my first half in 2008, but I was down about 7 pounds. Amazing what 7 pounds will do and how much better I felt. I was blessed with good weather and an awesome running buddy, but I also crushed my first half marathon time by 11 minutes, coming in at 2:09:54. I felt awesome :)

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  67. My personal best was in a training session actually. We were doing mile repeats and I ran 6:30 miles for 3 mile repeats.

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  68. went to saucony's site and can't sign up yet

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  69. I had a great marathon last year at Twin Cities. It was my second full and I beat my first time by over 9 mins coming in at 3:53:56. I'm signed up for that marathon again this year. I just missed getting into corral 1 a couple weeks ago at a half. I came in at 1:41:13 and needed 1:40. Although I was really happy with that time, I now have a new half marathon goal! I love those shoes by the way. Sauconys are the best!

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  70. I had been running long distances for a couple of years when I decided to throw in a 4 mile turkey trot last year. My husband (fiancé at the time) told me that the short distance was so much different, that I wasn't allowed to keep any reserves in my tank, I just had to book it to the end. I killed the race running a pace I didn't think was possible for myself and won my age division. It was definitely a time that I learned how to race differently and what my body was capable of!

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  71. I tweeted about the giveaway!

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  72. My personal best was the very first time I went for a run in January, 2012 (yes, this year). In October 2011 I was more than 100 lbs overweight and had lost about 65 lbs at that point, and I just felt the desire to MOVE. So move I did. In the last 4 months I've taken 8 minutes off my average mile time, run a 5k and a 10k and have more planned. But none of that would have happened, I wouldn't have fallen in love with running, if I hadn't gone for that first one.

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  73. My PR for half marathon is 1 hour 57 min!!!! I am hoping to get a new PR SOON!!!! Great giveaway. Thank you!!!!!

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  74. I went to the SAucony sweepstakes but it wasn't open for registration yet!!!! :)

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  75. I just shared this giveaway on my facebook page. Thanks SOSOOOOO much for the chance to win some awesome shoes!!!

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  76. My husband loves Saucony - I've been meaning to try them but have been hesitant - of course, if I win a pair I would have no more excuses not too!

    My personal best was running my very first half-marathon. I had been training for 8 months for my first marathon and this run was supposed to be a training run (pace) for me. I was feeling so good though I knew I could set a goal and up the pace a bit. So I decided to try heart rate pacing instead of my usual min/mile pacing. I followed all my nutritional guidelines to a T that morning and was totally psyched. I maintained a consistent heart rate of 180-190 and finished under 2 hours just like I wanted to! I felt amazing and totally energized by trying something new and it working so well for my body.

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  77. Would love a pair of these shoes... for free :) WOO HOO!! I went to the sweepstakes as well - still not open yet. My personal best is my first marathon last year in Chicago with a time of 5:03. I had no time expectation since it was my first but I had a great time and I'm looking forward to crushing that time this fall at the Marine Corps Marathon!

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  78. My personal best was completing the half marathon (the longest distance that I had ever ran). It was my strong for that day and carries me now when I've been hit with an endless supply of injuries, sickness, and fatigue.

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  79. Shared the video and sweepstakes link (not open yet for entries) on my ThereSheGoes FB page. ;o)

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  80. I just set a new pr for the half marathon at the Key Biscayne Half marathon with 1:57. I'm proud of that. But this weekend I'm taking on my first half-ironman and if I can get it done that will be a new kind of pr for me as well as a whole new kind of strong.

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  81. http://smithfamilyicecreamscoop.blogspot.com/2010/09/im-marathoner.html There's the post with a lot of words about one of my Personal Best running days. :)

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  82. My personal best was the Savannah Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon last fall. A great time?? No way. But considering that I unknowingly started the race with a stress fracture and finished on a broken leg, I'll take it! 2:17.

    Denise

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  83. I just ran a personal best in the marathon on May 20. I had to defer Boston this past April due to illness and the heat after traveling there with my whole family in tow from California, so I really wanted to BQ again when I recovered from my illness. Somehow I ran 3:35 at the Pasadena Marathon on a hilly course on a hot day. I think I ran on pure determination. I ran the marathon in Saucony Kinvara 2's and loved them! I also love the Rides (been through three pairs over the last few years) and have been anxiously awaiting this update...

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  84. I've been running for 1.5 years. PB time was a HM 6 months ago in 1:53. PB distance was a marathon a week and a half ago. Both very proud moments in my life. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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  85. I just linked this giveaway to my Facebook page.

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  86. Newbie runner here - but I did manage to do 4.5 miles in 1.01 hours in 90+ degree weather :-)

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  87. My PB was my first HM and I am proud of it 2:08
    Lorie

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  88. I am still relatively new to running and don't really have many personal bests, but I do have an unofficial sub-30 5k that I'm pretty proud of. Granted, it's not in a race and it was only by 30 seconds, but it made me happy!

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  89. My PB is still my nemesis... 2:03:01 half. Though it's my pb, I still want to break 2!!

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  90. My personal best was my very first half marathon. I finished exactly where I wanted to. I've never trained harder than that time. I need to get back to that!

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  91. 3 months into running and I did a 5.25 mile race in 57 minutes.

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  92. Over Mother's day weekend I ran the Palisade 1/2 marathon. And although I had issues, I set a PR by about 8 min (on a course that was not a PR type of course according to my running coach). I had trained hard for this day with the repeat 800's and repeat miles at the track, the long runs, the tempo runs and all the cross training at the pool and the gym. I love when I work hard there is a reward at the end. Here is the full recap that I blogged about http://trishakrapes.blogspot.com/2012/05/running-palisade.html

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  93. My personal best was last years half-marathon in Cleveland. It's considered a flat course, and the weather was a little on the chilly side (light rain). I beat my previous best time by 15 minutes!

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  94. My personal best was finishing my second half marathon in under 2 hours. It was my not so secret secret goal and I was so proud of myself!

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  95. Personal best... My best half marathon time was 2:10 and I REALLY wanted to break 2:00 (as in a constant a** chapping), so last July I set that as my get-it-done before the end of the year goal. I started training with a local group adding more miles, bridges (the best we can do for hills in Jacksonville, FL!), speed and a focused long run. I ran a 2:08 in Oct., a 2:03 in Nov. and signed up for a Dec. race kinda worried I wouldn't make it. I asked a Marathon Maniac friend to pace me and with his constant, "YO! Get up HERE! RIGHT HERE!", I did a 1:54! I was soooo insanely happy I made it and was faster at 46 than ever before!!

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  96. My personal best went down in Fargo...where I ran my second marathon & PR'ed by 48 minutes! Kaboom!

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  97. My personal best was when I finally broke through and 8 min mile to PR in a local 5k. I was psyched, it helped me realize that I can what I thought I would never be able to do.

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  98. My personal best was this past Sunday, 5/27. I ran my very first marathon, only stopping at miles 14 & 20 for a few minutes total throughout the whole run- to fuel up.. I found inner strength and just plowed through it. I knew if I stopped, I would be in great pain and it would be hard to start up again. It was so spiritually uplifting and moving for me, that I vowed after I crossed the finish line, to run atleast one marathon every year until I am thirty. Each time getting stronger, and learning how to train better.

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  99. My personal best has to be the Austin 10/20. My husband and I had talked about what our Top Goal would be and of course I had higher hopes than he did but he went along with me....and we beat it by 3 minutes!!!! :) :)

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  100. My personal best is coming up this Saturday but for now...it was Pasadena half marathon. I signed up at the last minute and paid the full price...because I wanted to "erase" Surf City half marathon from my head and I needed a better memory in there! I did not think I would PR there because the course was hilly...but I did!

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  101. I entered the sauconby contest

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  102. I have run several races and I'm proud of em all...but most proud of running my first full marathon this month....decent time too! (4:18)

    Haha...twatter.

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  103. I should say I TRIED to enter the contest
    it is not open

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  104. Love them! My PB was a 4-mile race for lung cancer. When I felt like my lungs were crashing I remembered the 2 family members I lost to lung cancer this year and it powered me to the end thinking about how lucky I am to have lungs to run.

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  105. I ran my first marathon last weekend May 19th. My time was slow, but my goal was to finish strong and I did. My shoes did not come untied once and I only used the bathroom twice. Totally a PR in distance and experience! Now I'm working on my speed.

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  106. I found my strong when I underwent hip surgery a few months ago. I want to be a runner for life and made the difficult decision to go under the knife to make that possible! The race I'm most proud of was right after my injury when I pulled out a 52 min 10k with torn cartilage in my hip. Yeah, not the smartest thing but it really amazed me as to what the human body is capable of-even under intense pain!

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  107. I just PR'ed in a half marathon last week with a time of 1:40!!

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  108. I went over to the contest site and it said submissions are being taken soon, come back later.

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  109. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/pace_of_laurel/status/207860468281384961

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  110. I entered the Saucony Find Your Strong contest!

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  111. My 5k pr is a 21 flat. I wasn't even planning that or expecting it that day, it just happened. 21 may not be a record breaker, but after having given birth 6 times and being into my 30's I'll take it & run!

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  112. I went to the Saucony website & signed up to get their emails/updates, etc. I was not allowed to comment about my pr there, site said it was unavailable for me to comment. Still got signed up for the FYS program.

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  113. I posted about this giveaway on my She Runs Everywhere fb page : )

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  114. My PB was last summer when I finally broke a 30 minute 5K (yes, I'm slow) and finished in 28:50.

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  115. My personal best was the 2010 Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 5:01. I plan on setting a new PR at the Chicago Marathon this year! Thanks SUAR for this giveaway.

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  116. This is so inspiring!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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  117. My personal best was a 10K last fall -- I'd run a half marathon the day before, rested for a couple of hours, and then went out to register for the 10K. I was achey and creaky, but I ran with a friend who's faster than I am, and we destroyed my time for the previous year's race.

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  118. I haven't been running very long so almost every race I have done is my personal best since it is my first race at that distance. But I see my personal best in a different way right now. I am injured and haven't been able to run since February. Even so, I get up every day and face that elliptical. I do my PT exercises, stretch, and cross train my little heart out so that someday I can run again. That is my personal best right now!

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  119. My personal best in the half marathon was last April at a small half benefitting a sick girl. It was very small, very low key, but an absolutely perfect day. It is the only half that I have been able to run the whole way through, even with all the rolling hills. It was a loop of the lake and a beautiful day. Afterwards there was a BBQ on the shore. Sadly, the girl had passed away shortly before the race so it ended up being in her honor. It's now a yearly event.

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  120. Oooh, those are the shoes I run in! Love 'em!

    My PB was at last year's Seattle Rock n Roll 1/2. I hadn't trained as much as I should of because of various things and the longest run I'd done was about 7 miles. I went into the race with no specific goal, other than to just finish and have a good time. But then my competitive spirit rose up. I ran the first 8 miles with stomach cramps, was completely out of gas by mile 10 but somehow forged on. Whenever I would think about walking, I'd hear a voice asking if I was gonna be happy with my results, knowing that I'd walked. I gutted it out to the finish line and finished with a PR of 2:27, beating my previous year's goal. I still am awfully proud of that race. Although I plan to PR again in a few weeks. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway SUAR!

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  121. My PR was also my first and only (so far) 1/2 marathon: 1:52:03. Trying to beat it this August! Thanks for the contest.

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  122. Also entered on Saucony's website. :)

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  123. My best came on Monday at the Bolder Boulder. After shredding my legs at the Colorado Marathon, I had to take two weeks off and had only run three times before Monday. I had some serious doubts about my race, so much so that I didn't even set a goal. But then I PR'd for the 10K and improved over 3 minutes from last year's BB.

    So I learned that my strong isn't just in my legs, it's in my head.

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  124. Oh, and I twittered/twattered too!

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  125. My PB was to finish my first 10k a few weeks ago. It was 40 degrees with a 20 mph headwind but I finished. Next up: my first 1/2 marathon in two weeks. Bring it!

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  126. Not really my personal best, but the first Marathon, running the rock and roll. Crossed the finish line and ended up in the emergency room for the evening. My personal best the love of getting out there and training learning what I need to know to finish strong, not in the emergency room:)

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  127. Entered the Find Your Strong contest.

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  128. I'm not a fan of the term PR or PB because I always feel like there is more to give but last year, I ran a 10 miler that made me proud. It was a hilly 10 miler in 1:22, relaxed, fun & things just came together. Best I've ever felt racing. #FindYourStrong

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  129. I am slow, but my PR was a week and a half ago at the Portland Rock 'n' Roll half. I usually do a run/walk for half marathons, but I ran with a friend and we just kept running, walking only through water stations long enough to grab our water and on a couple of the worst hills. In spite of being stopped by police for traffic THREE times(!), I trimmed 7 minutes off my best time and had a blast the whole way. Felt good enough after, too, to do another half last weekend as well!

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  130. I followd the find your strong link and entered the giveway....which also sent out tweet under my name.

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  131. My first race is June 23rd -- a definite PR! I will be as slow as molasses, but it will be great!

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  132. I'm fairly new to running (8 months) and have run only a few races. I have a couple that I'm training for currently but my goal is to give as much as I can into every run. No shoulda, woulda, coulda here. Every run I have the opportunity to do is a strong run. : )

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  133. PR'd on 5/20/12 running a 10K race!!

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  134. Got my 5k down to 22:20 on New Year's Eve, just before getting pregnant again. It felt amazing to crush my previous and accomplish something like that before hitting the speed lull that is pregnancy. Can't wait for more PR's next year when I make my comeback!

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  135. I've never raced before, but my personal best is always when I try my best!! gfc eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

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  136. My 5K PR is 24:08...and now I am DYING to beat 24.

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  137. I started running a year ago with the hopes of "someday" working up to a half marathon-this year I've run two! So my proudest PR was my first half and I cried like a baby at the finish-it was an amazing feeling!

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  138. My second half marathon was at 2:23:49. I took 10 min off and battled a headwind most of the way. I just put my head down and pushed through.

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  139. Oh my personal best was my best half marathon time this weekend in the mountains. I was hungover and it was cold and it tried to rain and snow on me. But it was the best half marathon time I have done so far!

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  140. I ran my first half marathon this past Sunday! There were record high temps/heat index. I went into that race feeling confident in my training, and although I knew it was going to be tough, I knew I had prepared the best way I could. It wasn't easy, but I finished and I've already signed up for my second half!

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  141. I'm running my first half marathon this Sunday. I will PR for sure, because I've never run one! I'm so nervous, I could puke, but I've trained and I have support, so I will rock it no matter what! Your blog keeps me motivated. Thanks!
    -Emily
    e.w.heinis@gmail.com

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  142. I hope to PR and BQ for the first time this weekend at the Ojai to Ocean Marathon.

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  143. I hit my 5k personal best last December. I added track workouts to my regular running training and ended up getting a PR and came in first place in my age group by only 5 seconds, just over one second per mile difference! It taught me that I was adding the right elements to my workouts to get faster, and it taught me that even one second matters and adds up.

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  144. I would guess a majority of people would consider it insensitive, but the day my little brother was taken off of life support, I left for a week-long vacation to New Orleans. While there, I ran my fastest 5k, all while I was smiling (on the inside, at least). I know it sounds cheesy, but Alexander never saw me run, but I felt him there that day.

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  145. My second marathon is just 4 days away so this question comes at a great time as it's the only thing I can think about right now anyhoo! My personal best we definitely my first marathon last October. While it took me 5:30 to complete the effer (hills in San Francisco? Seriously?) I was so proud that I pushed and finally completed the thing, and that feeling was all mine. Sure, I've run faster races but nothing quite like that first marathon... it was (and will be again this Sunday!) an amazing feeling of accomplishment.

    (Also, entered via the link, tweeted, and shared on FB!)

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  146. I'm most proud of my 10k PR from Oct 2011. My town only has 1 10k a year so it was only my 2nd 10k race and my concern was that i had done pretty well at my first one the year before and i wasn't too sure I was going to be able to beat my time (50:25). I remember looking at my watch that last mile and realizing Oh, yeah, I was going to beat it! I finished with 46:50 for a new PR -- and my first thought was How am I gonna beat this NEXT year!? We'll find out if I can in 4-5 months! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

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  147. My personal strong was a few years back when I was at my "fighting weight" and was placing in my age group. I had never been that fast before. Maybe the new shoes would help...

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  148. I am proudest of my PR on the Half (2:37). I was hoping for 2:30 or better but it was 8 mins off my previous PR and I pushed the whole time, so left there with mth ead held high.
    I'm considering doing something this weekend that I haven;t done in a quite awhile, a 5k. And I am hoping to have another PR story to tell soon.

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  149. My personal best was my half marathon last year. I had majorrrrrrrr potty issues, and I still finished in 2:17! Not the fastest, but I overcame A LOT of shitty obstacles that race. Heh heh...:)

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  150. Entered the contest on Saucony's website.

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  151. Probably the PR I'm most proud of is my most recent one - I PR'd the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k by 2 minutes! The reason I'm most proud of it is because everyone kept telling me, "Don't expect to PR the Bridge Run. Nobody PR's the Bridge Run." Well, I did! :)

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  152. I entered the contest on saucony

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  153. 1/2 marathon PR by 15 minutes on a tougher hillier course

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  154. i tweeted about the giveaway [username runner_girl5k or ~K~] Love the shoes! runner_girl5k at yahoo dot com

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  155. I just ran a personal best half marathon this past Sunday (1:46:55, TYVM). I don't think it's the best time I'll ever run a half (hopefully), but I am pretty proud. I have always sucked at sports and am incredibly uncoordinated with balls/nets/sticks etc, but this running thing I can do. Loving it.

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  156. I am new to this whole running personal best thing, but I am loving it! In April, when all my friends were gearing up to run a super-fast 5K, I was striving for under 30 minutes. Not a great goal, but appropriate for me. 28 minutes later, I was on cloud nine! Nine minute miles that is :)

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  157. I was training for a triathlon. My focus was on short, hard workouts. I was getting faster every week, and it was shocking. And then I realized I had a half marathon in a few weeks. I had signed up months ago and forgotten. My tri coach added one 8 mile run into my schedule to "prepare" me.

    I knocked out a 20 minute PR. WHUT?

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  158. My "personal best" was my PR at the A1A Half Marathon this past February. My running buddy had bailed on me at the last minute due to a knee ingury. (she was actually preggo and her doctor advised her not to run....I didn't find that out until after the race) The year before I ran this race in 2:38, which I was happy with because it was my first race ever.

    In the year between the two races I had really improved and completed my first marathon along with a few other races.

    Long story short...I finished in 2:00 cut 17 minutes off my PR and 38 minutes off my time from the previous year!

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  159. I entered at saucony.com. Loved reading everyone's story!

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  160. My PR is to find that I love running. I'm not the fastest nor do I run the most, but I've gotten to a place that I actually enjoy it, and that's awesome. Running after work today and I am stoked!

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  161. My personal best for distance still stands as an 11 mile part road part trail run at San Francisco's gorgeous Land's End. That came after a little more than a year of regular running. It's less than the marathon or half-marathon accomplishments fo so many here, but it was immense for me, always the un-athletic kid who could never run well enough to get even the lowest point score in PE, whose worst grade was always PE.

    Thanks for hosting and for your always inspiring and hilarious blog!

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  162. Also tweeted @buzibu

    thanks!

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  163. My Personal Best was this past Saturday, I ran my fourth Half Marathon, but for the first time, on a TRAIL! it was the toughest, hardest, gruesome race I have ever had. Mountains of rocks, and dirt and sand, and ponds of black water up to my knees.....there were moments I thought people were hiding playing jokes on the runners and making the route harder than it was because it seemed more an obstacle race than a Trail Half Marathon which was what I signed up for....but no, the place was as it revealed itself to me. A nightmare....I kept fighting the voice in my head that kept telling me I was not strong enough to do it, that I was going to quit, that it was ok to quit....I kept telling that evil voice to shut up, to stop, that I could do it because I was strong and I believed in me! and I did it. I won over my head, my very very Personal Best! never giving up no matter how hard or tough a race can be. and a sweet surprise later...out of 19 women, I was 6th place, and 9th place overall....incredibly, women ran better than the men in that race!!!!

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  164. My strong moment was running my first marathon, with an ankle injury and a garmin that died at the starting line. I have never felt so determined in my life.

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  165. My strong was my 6 minute PR at Boston! I ran a 3:34 and it was awesome!

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  166. I found my strong just getting started. I have tried running a couple of times in the past and got sidelined with shin splints. This year I started in Feb. working up VERY slowly and have much less pain. Ran my first 5K in April, just me and a bunch of much more experienced and much younger runners, came in absolutely last, but I finished. Second 5k was in May and looking forward to another this month. Still have to walk parts, but my "slow" goal is to run a complete 5K sometime this summer.

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  167. My half-marathon PR is 2:34. Before I could attempt to beat it I got pregnant - planned of course :) 2013 will be the year for me to get a new PR.

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  168. I've only ran 2 5Ks and have a 10K on the horizon next month so I don't really have great PR stories. But I agreed to run with an experienced friend two weeks ago and ended up running 8.5 miles. That's a PR in distance!

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  169. My 5k PR is 26:01. My first 5k, 4 years ago, was 32 minutes!

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  170. My personal best was at Cross Country Sectionals last year, a 2.9 mile course in 20:57. Also last years State Qualifiers track, a 1500 meter in 5:20. Running is how i keep sane and I love it!!!

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  171. Katrina JosbergerMay 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    My personal best was at Cross Country Sectionals last year, a 2.9 mile course in 20:57. Also last years State Qualifiers track, a 1500 meter in 5:20. Running is how i keep sane and I love it!!!

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  172. I am sloooooooooooooow.... my 5K PR is 48:58, which is a great improvement from my first 5K that took 1 hour and 3 minutes!

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  173. I entered the #FindYourStrong giveaway as well!

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  174. and I tweeted about your giveaway with a link to this post ... my twitter username is @MandaRuns131

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  175. PR'd 2nd 10K - 1:09:31 (Dec 2011)& 3rd Half Marathon - 2:37:31 (Mar 2012). Nice thing was that they just happened...I wasn't trying for a PR!

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  176. Entered the FYS sweepstakes!

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  177. Shared this post on Twitter!

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  178. My personal best: This last half marathon I did two weeks ago. I was injured and didn't even think I would start.

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  179. Entered on Saucony's website.

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  180. 5k PR is 27:36
    But my strong will be my first race this year ..haven't run since ankle surgery dec 30

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  181. My personal best was just this last weekend, the Soldier Field 10 Miler in Chicago. After surgery I was wandering if I was ever going to run past the single digit miles. 10 was fabulous and a PR for me.

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  182. My "official" 5K PR is 25:35, but that was with a 40 mph wind at my back. My "unofficial" 5K PR is 27:12. I hope to set a new half PR on Sunday!! Those shoes are beautiful!

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  183. So far each race has been a PR

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  184. Ran my 2nd half marathon in Dec 2011-5 months after my 3rd child's birth! I PR'd in my 3rd half marathon just 3.5 months later!

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  185. Posted on the site and I love Saucony! :)

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  186. Tweeted my pr. I finally broke the 2 hour mark in the Redline 13.1 in April! It was one of those days it all falls into place! The legs feel good and no starts happen. It was a glorious day!

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