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