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Do You Want Free Sneakers? (Translation: A Giveaway!)

Date: May 25, 2012 at 8:47 am- by Ali- Comment(s): 486

Today is going to be awesome.

Hello, from Optimistic Ali! She’s back!

I’ve got Remicade cruising through my body and I’m wholeheartedly convinced I’m firmly on the road to recovery. I kicked off my day today with a 6:15 SoulCycle class and the pool of sweat I left underneath my bike at the end was an indication that today, or at least this morning, I’m stronger than I was yesterday, and the day before.

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve been dealing with the whole Crohn’s disease thing for 20 years now. But clearly, since I still get sick fairly often, I don’t have this disease figured out at all. One thing I am learning over time, though, is that while stress contributes about 97% to flare-ups, the other 3% seems to be related to what I eat.

This clicked for me after last year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon.

This photo was taken pre-porta potty stops. Clearly. I'm wicked excited. RUNNING!

I ate a piece of fish and a heaping serving of corn the night before, and I quite literally exploded on the race course. It was awful, it lead to a long flare-up to kick off the summer, and I haven’t eaten a single kernel of corn since that day. So yeah. Food matters.

Let’s talk about that today. And then we’ll get to the free stuff.

I spent the majority of my sick day yesterday researching everything I could find online about Crohn’s disease and diet. By 11 AM I was completely engrossed by the overwhelming number of resources, all touting “the healthiest diet in the world.” Yeah, OK, Atkins Diet. Reading about all these different options — some of which “cured” patients of their Crohn’s, others of which made symptoms radically worse — made me want to dive into a big row of Double Stuf Oreos.

There’s juicing, which I did pretty consistently for the past three days.

Mmmmm beet juice.

Juicing is fun, and I didn’t realize how much I liked it until I stopped doing it. I got frustrated during the juice thing because I missed chewing my food. But when I returned to solid foods yesterday, I didn’t like it. I’m impossible to please.

There’s The Paleo Diet, favored by carnivores, cavemen and Cross-fitters. This one is slightly intriguing. I like the idea of eating like primal people, but no pasta? I’ll have to rethink this one.

The Mediterranean Diet also piqued my interest. You get to use olive oil plentifully.

There’s Dr. Frank Lipman’s book, Spent, which I ordered upon recommendations from several fellow Crohn’s-people. I’m also currently reading Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs, which details his quest to become the world’s healthiest man. So far he hasn’t discussed a Crohn’s cure, but I’ll let you know if I get to that chapter.

There’s The Blood Type Diet, which, WTF? I don’t even know my blood type, so let’s rule that one out.

Then you’ve got Dairy-Free (no cheese?!), Gluten-Free (I’ve received roughly 419 messages over the past month with people trying to convince me to eliminate gluten from my diet), Vegan (no cheese?!) and The Anti-Inflammatory Diet, which actually sounds like a pretty decent option.

I’ve been taking flaxseed oil pills and Vitamin D pills with my meals, thanks to Dr. Brian, but I think I’m even more confused today than I was a year ago. There’s too much food in this world! Why can’t it be simple?!

Last night, Brian and I talked about eating a “real meal of food” in lieu of a green juice, but my goal was to still keep the meal green and healthy. Although my flare-up is still in full force and my stomach isn’t better, I did feel healthier after a few days of juicing.

So last night I cooked loads of vegetables and some whole wheat pasta.

Zucchini, broccoli, asparagus (makes your pee smell), garlic and spinach to-be-added-later.

Some people with Crohn’s survive on a mostly-vegetable diet.

Others eat lots of vegetables, but they have to be cooked thoroughly. Raw ones will tear them up inside.

Others can’t even touch vegetables.

I set out to see how I’d fare.

Pasta, always (usually) a safe choice.

The verdict?

I felt like total ass after eating this meal.

I don’t know if it was just the general return to solid food, or if it was the abundance of vegetables, but I’m pretty sure those leftovers won’t be getting eaten. They’re all yours, Brian! I didn’t even make it through my entire serving before I was in the bathroom.

Here’s the thing when it comes to diets: I suck at them.

Champagne is healthy, yes? It has…antioxidants? And bubbles of happiness?

Tell me I “can’t” have something, and it’s all I’m going to want. Brian seems to think I have “more willpower than that,” but I don’t know.

I can live without dessert if I must. Really. I can also do without booze, semi-reluctantly, and you can take the steak or chicken off my plate, I don’t care. But give me my fish, give me a hunk of gouda and dang it, give me penne pasta! A life without a gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese is not a life I want to live.

But I also don’t want to live a life in the bathroom.

So this is frustrating.

I have no discipline when it comes to “dieting.” I eat moderately healthy on the day to day, but I really love food and I hate the idea of having foods I love (cheese cheese cheese) be off-limits.

I think I just need to test some things because, most importantly, I have to get my stomach back on track before I start marathon training.

Last year during training, I rarely had issues with fueling. I was surprised to learn that while I found gels to taste disgusting, they worked for me and didn’t have a tendency to bother my stomach. I used them during the longest runs and on marathon day, and miraculously I didn’t make a single on-course bathroom stop during the marathon.

I’d love to figure out a regular fueling routine for training this year, and as of right now I have no idea what that will entail. Yesterday I snacked on a piece of sprouted wheat toast with that cool all-natural peanut butter you grind yourself at the grocery store. It didn’t kill me, but it also didn’t sit great.

How does this all translate into a free pair of shoes for you?

Surely by now you’ve heard of Saucony’s “Find Your Strong” campaign. I actually think this is pretty cool. I don’t usually fall for gimmicky marketing ploys, but the idea of “finding your strong” intrigues me, especially right now since I honestly don’t remember the last time I truly felt strong.

Oh wait, I AM strong. I lift humans and spin them…WHILE WEARING A STRAPLESS DRESS. That's superhuman skill right there.

Saucony is hosting weekly giveaways on its site, which you should check out, and this week the Saucony community has been chatting about “My Running Fuel.” Last year my running fuel was two Entenmann’s chocolate chip “granola bars” before my run and then some gel combination while I was out sweating. This year, though, I know that those “granola bars that taste like chocolate chip cookies” actually contain little to no actual granola or, frankly, nutritional value. So I need to figure out something better. Saucony agrees, apparently.

Anyway, while you’re here, I can hook you up with free stuff!

How pretty are these?

Saucony Ride 5s. So flashy. So awesome.

These are the Saucony Ride 5 sneakers. They’re very bright. I don’t really know what else you need to know about them beyond the fact that they come in a pretty color (and the size of your choice). You get to win a pair, I don’t, and I guess that’s fair because I like you.

Want ‘em?

Let me know.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment here telling me about the last time you felt super-strong. Maybe it was after a killer workout (SoulCycle has 5-lb. weights now and I’m dying to try them). Maybe it was at a recent race when you negative split (teach me how to do that!). Maybe it was lifting your kids out of a dryer at a laundromat after you put them in there “as a joke” (our country is filled with morons). Perhaps it was after seeing a particularly flattering photo of yourself where your triceps were bulging beyond your tank top (that’s hot). Let me know you want the shoes!

I’ll pick a winner at random Tuesday, May 29, at 9 AM EST.

Happy Long Weekend! Be strong!

486 Responses to "Do You Want Free Sneakers? (Translation: A Giveaway!)"

I felt super strong last night at yoga when I didn’t cheat on a single one of the ten million high-to-low pushups. :)

The last time I felt SUPER-STRONG was when I ran my last half marathon and purposefully dropped my time WAY DOWN to treat the distance as a training run. It was hard, but felt so rewarding at the end.

The last time I felt strong was yesterday in body pump when I upped all my weights!

Sabrina says: May 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

The last time I felt strong was getting four 50 pound suitcases, two carsseats, two children, a stroller, and my hubs from the airport, through customs, and to the rental car on about 45 minutes of plane sleep. Feeling badass in that moment is the only thing that kept me going!

Lindsey says: May 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

The last time I felt strong was at CrossFit a few days ago. I surprised myself with how quickly I finished the workout. Burpees are no longer total hell… just kinda hell. I’d love those sneaks :) ! I hope you are feeling better :)

I feel super strong when I can manage to feel balanced and stay on when I ride my horse in a cross-country gallop. It’s the best feeling ever when I’m not scared and I can just put my trust in a big animal.

Caitlin says: May 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

I felt super strong after a Body Pump class and decided to go log a “fast mile” on the treadmill. It’s what got me into speed workouts!

I feel super strong after my weight lifting class….my biceps are huge!!!

I ran for the first time on Wednesday night after several months out of the running game due to a buckled knee issue. I felt like a SUPERWOMAN. I am proud that I listened to my body and took the break I needed. PS – YOU ROCK and I love your wit!

The last time I felt super strong was my first 10K on Mother’s Day. I ran my heart out, and right before the finish line my son hopped in and crossed with me (as we held hands). A full heart and my love of family keeps me strong everyday.

Jessica says: May 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

The last time I felt strong was after a full week of clean eating, running and body-pumping a few weeks ago. I already run in saucony ride fives and I’d loooove a new pair for the beginning of marathon training next month!

I felt super strong when I did a trail race earlier this year.

I felt strong when I completed my first marathon in April in under four hours!

I felt strong last Thursday after finishing my last long run before my half this weekend.

I felt super strong when I completed my 5K under 30 minutes and then proceeded to do three sets of 10 military style push ups combined with three sets of jackknifes.

Beth @RxBethOnTheRun says: May 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

The last time I felt super strong was when I crossed the finish line of the NYC Half Marathon, back in March! It was my 1st half marathon and the strongest I’d felt in YEARS!!! Hoping to #FindYourStrong again when I start training for my second half marathon that I’m running in October! Half marathon training makes me feel strong. I would love to try the Saucony Ride 5s for my next training cycle :)

When I completed my first 10k race last month!

I felt strong when I could hold crow pose for a whole 10 seconds before falling on my face. Usually it was a pretty immediate face plant. Yay 10 seconds!

Courtney Leonard says: May 25, 2012 at 9:05 am

I felt strong the last time I took Body Pump and realized I was using heavier weights than everyone else in the class, including the instructor!

The last time I felt strong was the first time I deadlifted 100 pounds! It was awesome.

The last time I felt super-strong was after the DC half marathon. There is no greater, prouder feeling in the world (well, I’m sure there is. You know, like after giving birth or something, but this was awesome too!)

I felt super strong after I held a side plank for more than a few seconds, on EACH side. They are not my favorite:(

I felt really strong when I completed a 10-mile race a couple of months ago. I’ve been running for less than a year, and honestly didn’t feel prepared for the race. But I sucked it up, did it anyway, and even came in under my goal time! I didn’t have to walk once! I rode that high for a good while.

Jennifer @ Healthy Wifestyles says: May 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

The last time I felt STRONG was when I thought I could move another step at the Self Workout In The Park, and pushed through to complete y first ever CrossFit workout! I proved my strength to myself and only feel stronger every day!

I have crohns too and I’ve just started the specific carbohydrate diet. I don’t no if it’s going to work, but some people claiim if u really stick to it, you can get off your medication. Anyways, I felt my strongest the other day whenmy tennis match went to 2 tie breakers. I ended up losing, but it was the best I’d played in a long time

I felt strong during my last legs workout! The strong feeling was almost as good as the awesome soreness I experienced the next day!

Well, I felt strong this morning….2nd open water swimming (in your home state of NH) then a hilly 10 mile bike, followed by a 3 mles run…and tomorrow, a 65 mile bike ride ….swim, bike, run, eat, nap, swim, bike, run eat nap…that’s how the weekend will go

Jennifer says: May 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

I want free shoes! I’m lame and hate to spend money on running shoes but they are oh so important for these shins of mine.

I felt strong when I realized it was OK to slow down and modify my workouts based on my ability. The fact is, I’m still working out 3-4 times (spin and step aerobics) a week and currently I’m 24 weeks pregnant!

I felt super strong when I finished my last half marathon. I really need to start running again. :)

That colour would look fabulous with my summer tan!!
Last time I felt strong was last weekend when I went hiking. I felt so strong that I ran (or jogged) half way up the mountain! I could have gone longer, but the route became way too steep.
I didn’t even know I was capable of doing so! I loved it so much; I’m thinking of registering for a few short raids this summer.

I felt strong when I recently was at a wedding weekend with friends I haven’t seen in awhile. Knowing my working out and health living is paying off was totally worth it.

I felt super strong when my Hubs and I made it through the Warrior Dash together. He hates to run and my upper body strength isn’t much help when pulling myself up a wall on a rope…but we did it together and enjoyed the muddy awesomeness at the end!

Allison says: May 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

I felt super strong during my 15k last weekend because I held a pace I didn’t think possible for me! Grrrrrr (that’s me feeling strong)!

I felt strong when I finished my first half marathon! :)

The last time I felt strong was when I rocked out a Refine class the morning after the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I was so proud of myself for committing :)

The last time I can think of that I was strong was when I got out of bed this morning. Does that count? :) But when I completed my first race (10 miler) last month, I felt pretty gosh darn strong.

Chanelle says: May 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

The last time I felt strong was on a run where I realized that I am way faster (like 1:30 min/mile faster) than I thought. I trained for my first half marathon at a really slow pace because I was scared of bonking, but now that I know I can do it, I’ve been running faster. Yay me!

I’ve been feeling really strong the past two weeks because I’ve changed my workouts a bit to incorporate more bodyweight strength circuits. I can actually feel for once that I’m getting stronger!

the last time i felt super strong was the last repeat of my speed workout yesterday..i somehow found the energy to make it the fastest one of them all

Those shoes are awesome!! The last time I felt strong was when i was wearing short sleeves and carrying heavy boxes around my office and a partner yelled to me, “look at those muscles!!” tee hee :)

I felt strong when I finished my first half marathon in April – such a thrill!
Happy memorial day weekend!!

I felt strong yesterday morning at cycling when I was the only one who kept up with the instructor! And came out a sweaty mess after. :)

I felt strong last night at body pump! I haven’t gone in a while, but was determined to keep up with everyone else :)

I felt strong yesterday when I thought my personal training session was cancelled. I ran 8 miles in the park and then found out that it wasn’t cancelled – so i ran there for it!

The last time I felt really strong was when I got a sweet PR. It was only a 5k, but I peeled 7 minutes off of my 5k. That’s pretty big :)

I felt srong when I finished a 5K last fall in 4.5 less minutes than my previous one. Have a good holiday weekend and I hope you feel better soon!

I felt strong last Saturday after I finished 11 miles…the longest I have run in a training run since my marathon in January.

I completed a tough mudder a few weeks ago with my husband and a bunch friends! That was finding my inner strong for sure! It was tough and I was happy when it was done. Sign me up for another marathon anyday after that!

I felt super strong when I finished my 10K race this past week under my 52 minute goal time!

I felt really strong yesterday in choir practice when I held a note longer than anyone else and wasn’t out of breath. I knew it was because my lungs have gotten stronger from my increased running lately!

oooh the new Rides! I’ve been hearing great things about them! The last time I felt super strong was after my speed workout on Tuesday. That plus a runner’s high = the best.

I think maybe all of those cruciferous vegetables did you in, thinking about it more. I think a slower progression back to fibrous stuff may be better (so like plain pasta but no veg). Maybe try bland stuff until the end of the weekend? Don’t get discouraged! And take what you read about the different diets with a grain of salt, because as I’m sure you know, it’s so individualized. Once I’m official, I want you to be my first client because I WILL HELP YOU!

Since I finished this past semester in college I’ve been hitting the gym regularly and already feel so much stronger than I did 2 weeks ago.

My co-workers are on some crazy low-calorie diet & they are tired & cranky. Watching them makes me feel strong, as I eat a healthy lunch & plan my evening workout!

I felt super strong after running a marathon PR last weekend in a race where so many people were walking at the end because of the 80 degree heat (very uncommon at this time of year in the Poconos). I definitely did not negative split in the hot, sunny second half of the race though!

christina says: May 25, 2012 at 9:28 am

I felt strong when I single-handedly finished an entire bag of goldfish crackers last night! Not an easy feat but I was up to the challenge ;)

I felt strong during my tempo run on Tuesday when my paces were lower than they’ve been in six months! Finally getting fast again after injury!

The last time I felt super-strong was during my six mile negative split run earlier this week.

I just did my first real push ups! I went from never being able to do one to busting out 10! I guess I should have tried them again sooner. :)

I felt strong when I went to a weights class at my new gym! It’s super humbling and inspiring to go from running a marathon without a problem to having trouble lifting 10lb weights!

This is lame, but I felt really strong when I did lizard pose in yoga class! Check it out, it’s freaky cool!

I have been working with a personal trainer for two months and while my weight has not gone down much, i feel so much stronger. Doing a plank for 3 minutes was unheard of 3 months ago but now it has become easy!!

I felt super strong at my running club’s track workout two weeks ago. I was hitting slightly under the splits I wanted and just felt so happy, much less nervous than I usually do at a track workout. I hope it can continue for a while as I will also be doing the NYC marathon this November!

Leaving the gym after FINALLY forcing myself to do strength training!

I felt super strong yesterday in my work meeting, standing up to my boss. Different kind of strong (that sometimes annoying, chickpower-strong), but strong none-the-less. :)

Rachel H says: May 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

I felt strong finishing a 10k recently after taking a break from running. It feels good to be back into it again!

Madeleine says: May 25, 2012 at 9:39 am

I felt super strong this past Tuesday when I upped my usual running distance by about 20%. I just started getting into running and fitness about 5 months ago, so the progress has been slowww. It’s those great workouts that really keep me going!

i felt super strong after body pump the other day when i upped my weights!

I felt super strong when I got a 5k PR! I was SO proud of myself!

Shoes please! The last time I found my strong was my run yesterday morning! 6 miles in 98% humidity – I did the entire run without stopping and my legs felt like bricks the entire time! This is huge to me because I suck at running in hot weather/humidity!

The last time I felt strong was when I hit the boardwalk at the end of the Brooklyn Half last weekend and sprinted to the finish line after struggling through most of the second half of the race.

Ditto ditto ditto. Last time I felt strong was during this same race last weekend!

;)

Lauren C. says: May 25, 2012 at 9:42 am

I felt strong at Refine last night. SO MANY SQUATS. Ouch – in a good way. Maybe it was the 98% humidity, but I was sweating my balls off and my legs are nice and sore today. I always feel good leaving that class, but last night I felt proud that I had really pushed myself.

The last time I felt super strong was during the North Face Endurance Challenge at Bear mountain. There was this awesome wet, muddle creek. Everyone was avoiding it by walking on all the rocks along either side. I figured what was the point of avoiding mud and water if you awesome trail shoes. I ran right through the middle of it leaving about 10 people in my muddy wake. Oh, and it was on a hill as well. My rock star moment!

I always feel super strong during Power Yoga. Something about the combination of vinyasas, sweat and meditation makes me feel incredibly powerful. And that post-yoga glow helps too :) Now gimme those awesome shoes!! :) Enjoy your long weekend!

I felt strong yesterday when I had a slice of pizza (I am a recovering anorexic)!

Kristi A. says: May 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

I love Saucony shoes! I felt strong last weekend when I finished my first 10k!

The last time I felt strong was yesterday morning during my run. I’ve had a few bad runs lately, but I felt great yesterday, and even ran one mile 45 seconds faster than the last while running in the rain!

The last time I felt super strong was (totally embarassingly) while cleaning out a closet of documents at work, and impressing/shaming all the unhelpful young men with my banker box-carrying skills. And doing it in a skirt and blouse.

Elizabeth says: May 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

I feel super strong every time I finish a sweaty workout!

I felt strong this morning! I’ve had a good, hard week of training and capped it off with 10 miles today. The last 2 were at half marathon pace and even though my legs were tired and my stomach was acting up, I hit my pace.

The last time I felt super strong was last weekend running on the beach for the first time. It was much harder than I expected but so rewarding!

I run exclusively in Saucony’s so I totally dig this giveaway!!! The last time I felt really (mentally)strong was this whole week when I took my first step in ditching my vegetarian ways and eating some ethically-raised meat and NOT feeling guilty about it. I’m kind of loving life right now.

P.S. I would seriously try adding coconut oil to your diet to see if it helps. I know you said you’ve had tons of advice thrown your way recently, but I honestly do believe coconut oil is an amazing thing!

Meaghan says: May 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

I felt strong this past weekend when I finished a half marathon. I have been having awful pain in my left foot, but I was determined to finish what I started. Despite every step hurting worse than the last, I finished and am so proud of myself for pushing through!

I want the shoes!!!!!!! I felt super strong yesterday when I pushed through my Body Pump class even though I was tired. It feels sooooo good to lift weights!

Feeling super strong right now after eating a big breakfast!

Michelle says: May 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

I felt strong after running sprints on the treadmill yesterday…I pushed my self harder than I had in a while and it felt great!

I’d like to be able to say something like, yesterday, because my body is growing a tiny human and that makes me strong, but I don’t feel very strong right now at all. So … I will say my 5k PR right before I got pregnant. I had been trying to get under 30 minutes for awhile and I finally did it!

I felt strong at The Brooklyn Half Marathon last weekend! Well, my legs felt strong. Either way, I finished!

i felt strong last night when i finally went back to speed work after almost a year “away” – 6x800s at 10k pace with 400 recovery at HM pace – and managed to run all 800s well below 10k pace. i may actually PR at a race this year after all ;)

Gabrielle says: May 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

The last time I felt strong was last night I caught a glimpse of my shoulder in the mirror and my more regular weight lifting is working because my shoulders looked great! Have a nice long weekend.

I felt strong last weekend- I ran a 5K the day after a really tough half marathon. I told myself I didn’t have to race the 5K just run for fun since friends were doing it but I ended up pushing myself pretty hard and I felt great after (great=I ran so hard I thought I was going to puke!).

I feel strong last week when I finished a killer week and added a couple great workouts – I did 5 whole pushups… score

Last time I felt strong was when I PLACED in a 5K in Texas last weekend. Turns out, not-very-fast New Yorkers can win medals in non-competitive local races. Thanks, Texas!

I felt strong crossing the finish line of my first Tough Mudder at the beginning of the month! It was a great feeling – and I conquered a fear of jumping off a high platform into a lake!

Madison says: May 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

I felt prettttty stong in last night tempo run! It was my first time 3 consecutive sub-7:20 miles in probably over a year!

Madison says: May 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

Annnnnnd I need to proof read. The above should say: “I felt pretty strong in last nights tempo run. It was my first time running 3 consecutive sub 7:20 miles in over a year.”
:-)

Christine says: May 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

I felt strong when we moved a couple weekends ago, and my boyfriend insisted on finding a guy friend to help move the couch…i said we could do it, and we did =) we only dropped the couch once ;) Love the sneakers!!

I felt strong last night at a race here in Chicago! 3.5 miles in the heaaat

Lindsay Boggan says: May 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

I felt strong finishing my 1st marathon! And I feel A little stronger after every good workout- what a Mood lifter!

I felt strong last weekend when I completed a 69 mile bike ride! My longest yet!

The last time I felt strong was last weekend when I finished Ironman Texas on a less-than-perfect day!

Bridget says: May 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

The last time I felt strong was when I went for a run and wound up doing 13.5 miles (central park will get you to do that…) and then went to yoga after. I was convinced I’d be sore the next day, but even walking down stairs wasn’t a problem (which I know you know is the tell all to distance running aches and pains)!

Hope your flare ups go down – maybe the summer weather will help you relax. I hear the mimosa and margarita diet is incredibly successful in de-stressing…

I felt super strong the other day when I saw a muscle in my arm. Go me. It isn’t all for nothing. I do however desperately need these sneakers. :) I hope you feel better this weekend! xox

The last time I felt strong was when I finished a half marathon in February. I felt like I could conquer the world. So I conquered a plate of French Toast instead.

I really want to read that AJ Jacobs book as well – any good?

Get well, Ali!

The last time I felt super strong was after doing a bunch of pushups!

The last time I felt truly strong was a half marathon in December. One of those days where everything just went right and even though it wasn’t a race I was training for, I ended up knocking 3 minutes off my PR for a 1:34 finish. Haven’t quite found that spark in a while (clearly), but I know it’s still in there somewhere!

The last time I felt strong was Tuesday, when I worked out in the AM, worked all day, and still had the gusto to push through a four hour LSAT prep course without falling asleep. Yay for mental and physical uppity-ness! Best wishes to you in getting your diet figured out; I hope you find success! :)

Last time I felt SUPER strong was after my 25K race! It was awesome!!! LOVE that feeling.

I felt super strong during my long run last weekend. Finally one of those runs where I felt like I could go forever. Hope you are feeling better!

I felt strong this morning during my workout; I fit in strengh training and ran intervals all before 6 am.

I felt super strong during my last race. It was 10 miles through Philly which didn’t result in a PR but I had SO MUCH FUN and comfortable but still a great pace.

The last time I felt really strong was during a tempo run two weeks ago. I ran faster than I’ve ever run before and I felt like I was flying!

Meghan N says: May 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

When I just moved into my new apartment. Even my movers said, “WOW you’re strong!” :)

Rachael says: May 25, 2012 at 10:07 am

I felt strong when I PRed in my 10 mile race last month – especially coming off a stress fracture!

I felt super strong this morning! My spin instructor lead an incredible ‘race day’ workout this morning with lots and lots of sprinting intervals. I looked like I had jumped into the pool w/my workout clothes on when I was finished, but I felt so strong for having done it.

Last week I managed to hold a plank for a solid 3 minutes! PR right there and it did make me feel pretty strong :-)

My first ever double digit run a few weeks ago!

A few days ago, we had an event for work. I ended up running around like crazy all day. At one point I sprinted from one buidling to another and ran up a flight of stairs and back for something we forgot and needed RIGHT NOW. When I got back from that, I realized that a year ago, no way I could have done that and not be spent for the rest of the day. Shoot a year ago I couldn’t have walked a flight of stairs without being a little out of breathe. I felt strong that day for sure.

I felt super strong after my firts 20k run. The feeling of accomplishment and strengh was hard to describe with words…..it feel like you can do anything you put your mind (and body) to.

I felt strong after I finished my first 10k in 85 degree heat + humidity. It wasn’t pretty, and I totally started the race hangin in the porta-potties, but it was a great time!

Jessica says: May 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

I felt incredibly strong after finishing my latest half marathon at my goal time with 98% humidity and 815 ft of elevation. It was the greatest (and most painful) feeling in my life.

Margaret says: May 25, 2012 at 10:16 am

There’s a picture of me running the NYCM in 2011, smiling my ass of at Mile 23, while everyone else is dying, it felt so awesome. I’m an endorphin junkie! Hope you’re feeling better.

I felt super strong after my first 8K that I did by myself on Sunday, May 6th in Chicago. It was the Cinco de Miler and my running partner wanted to do the race as she is Latina and thought it would be fun. She ended up backing out of the race but I stuck with the training and did the race – I cursed her a couple of times during the race but in the end, I’m glad I did it and I felt like Superwomen after the race!

Last time I felt super strong was last night at Refine when I did every single squat, pull, and sprint without dropping my intensity for the full hour. I’m feeling it today, though. (Hello, foam roller!)

I felt super strong after my triathlon in April!

I felt strong last Sunday at the Cleveland Half Marathon. It was crazy hot and runners were dropping and passing out all over the place. It was a heart breaking day for a lot of people. But I ran that race only a minute slower than I did the year before (my PR at the time) in that heat and survived!! The high has carried me through the week!

This morning! After an almost week long workout siesta due to scheduling conflicts I got back in gear with two Jazzercise classes and a 3.4 mile run all in the past 14 hours!

The last time I felt super-strong was Monday after running double-digit miles (11+!) for the first time since getting injured in March. Felt fabulous! I WANT THOSE SNEAKERS;)

I felt super strong yesterday during body pump when I increased my weights and didn’t rest during the songs :) Made me feel stgrong on my run today.

I felt strong when I recently finished a race under my goal time!

I can commiserate with the “finding a diet that won’t make me poop myself” quest. I have IBS and after another trip to the ER a couple years ago, I realized something had to change. I had already cut out red meat and then worked up to cutting out all meat and have been vegetarian for a little over a year now. It doesn’t work for everyone, but for me, cutting out meat + restricting my dairy intake has been life changing (bowel changing?! hehe), just keep experimenting – and you’ll find something that works for you! My GI doctor had some good suggestions as well, so there’s always that route!

The last time I felt strong was this morning! I did a body rock workout and something clicked and all of a sudden this morning push ups weren’t terrifying. They still were sucky after over-head presses, but I realized they felt sucky because I was just going through the round – without taking any breaks! Awesome :)

Danielle says: May 25, 2012 at 10:25 am

I felt like the Hulk last weekend after completing a 5-mile run (my longest) without stopping/walking. I definitely *need* new sneaks after all those miles!

I felt super strong this past Sunday when I completed a Warrior Dash and didn’t find it difficult at all (I had been so worried!). I also kicked my boyfriend’s butt, hahahaha. =)

And those sneakers are HOT.

have been feeling super strong after bikram lately…. sweating my brains out and trying all different poses …

Mikaela says: May 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

Last time I felt strong was when I finished my first half marathon two weeks ago with (unknown to me) a torn tendon in my foot! Needless to say, I can’t wait to be back in my brooks again!

Margaret says: May 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

I felt strong running up “hospital hill” last weekend at the Marine Corps Historic Half. I used my daughter’s angel wings (she passed away in November) to get me up that hill. And I did it- no walking!

Holy crap, lots of comments already. Yes, I want those sneakers!

I felt strong when my 5 year old nephew was visiting and I was able to carry him around when he got tired. Cute kid. :)

I think you had veggie overload. A lot of what I read about increasing your vegetable intake says to do it gradually, not all of a sudden switch to an all roughage diet. Plus, I think broccoli is really hard on a lot of people.

I don’t know about the gluten free thing. I know some people says it helps them even though they don’t have celiac disease. Some people have a sensitivity that means the gluten causes inflamation, but I think you can get tested for that. It would be so hard to completely go cold turkey and not have pasta and bread (I know there are gluten free varieties, but who wants to pay double for glueten free food).
I hope your flare up calms down soon. Have a great holiday weekend!!!!!

Wait! Does a gluten free diet mean I can eat all the rice I want…. white rice (not brown). If so, maybe I could get behind that…. but it’s pretty hard to get a bacon cheese burger on rice. :b

The last time I felt super-strong was when I ran my half-marathon PR (1:45) last fall. Even though it had some hills at the end, it felt mostly effortless.

The FIRST time I felt super strong was during my taper for my first marathon (NYCM 2010). My goal was a 4:30 marathon and when I ran the 5-mile kickoff race the week before in 41:00 (8:12 pace), I thought maybe I had more in me. And I did, 4:09! :)

a recent superstrong moment?… when I completed a my first 5 mile run over the winter… I haven’t been doing that distance lately and I’m anxious to get back to it!!!

I felt super strong on my run this morning, but the new shoes I bought a few weeks ago aren’t breaking in like I’d hoped. I would love a new (free) pair!! Happy weekend, all.

Good luck getting the diet thing figured out. Isn’t it the truth that it seems like no matter what ‘diet’ one chooses, there’s ten other people telling them it’s wrong?! Why can’t we just let each other be?!

My recent ‘find my strong’ moment came during a 5K race last week, in 40mph winds and 91* temps. I wanted to drive away before starting, but I pushed through and ended up third overall. Yay!

I did a trail run last night and felt so strong powering up the hills!

(PS- I’ve been reading awhile and never commenting- oops. Right after your post on Crohn’s, I saw a work email announcing a collaboration between our company (pharma) and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation to work toward finding and treating the underlying causes- not just the symptoms. I just wanted to say there’s been research for a few years and it takes awhile to get a drug to market but I hope it happens for you and others!)

Lindsay says: May 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

I wish I could say my last runs felt strong, but they have been awful this week!! Such a bummer ;-( BUT, I did feel super strong at kickboxing Wednesday! Btw, you rock Ali, as does everyone else out there getting stronger ….have a great weekend!

Last time I felt strong – when I ran a marathon! :)

Michelle says: May 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

The last time I felt strong was when I didn’t die during a half marathon in 75 degree weather that ran out of water at mile 4!!!

Lindsay says: May 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

The last time I felt strong was during my run this morning before work!

I’ve worked by way up to 50 pushups in a row – that makes me feel pretty badass. It was my original goal, but now I kind of want to still how many more I can do. I also really crushed it at the brooklyn half and it was a really tough race for me mentally. I was proud that I had enough strength to push through. I could always use a new pair of sneakers for all this strength I got gong on!

Courtney says: May 25, 2012 at 10:36 am

I felt strong when I crossed the finish line of my first 5K last weekend. I was so proud I didn’t have to walk

“I’ve received roughly 419 messages over the past month with people trying to convince me to eliminate gluten from my diet” Lol! Honestly, I know three unrelated people with Crohn’s (unrelated to each other…and me) and all of them have been gluten-free since I met them. Until I started reading your blog a while back, I thought a Crohn’s diagnosis automatically meant no gluten allowed!

Mandy Blank says: May 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

I felt superstrong recently at the airport. I have muscle atrophy in my shoulder from a motorcycle accident. I cannot lift my arm over my head. I’ve been working on it and, when going through the scanner at the airport, I was able to do it!! Sounds silly, but I felt so powerful!

The last time I felt strong was doing yard work last weekend at our new-ish house. We ripped apart old beds of flowers, planted new grass, raked, moved stones, etc etc. Yard work is tough stuff!

The last time I felt strong was probably when I finished up my FIRST EVER 60 mile week. Turns out though, may have been a silly idea because I’m not feeling so strong going into the Buffalo Marathon this weekend…fingers crossed!!

Jacqueline says: May 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

I felt strong after my 10-mile run this morning when I didn’t really feel like running but got myself out the door anyway. It was rough going, but I pushed through.

I felt strong whlie I was running the NJ marathon!

I felt strong when I came within seconds of my 10K PR at the 10K mark in my goal half marathon. Motivation to smash that PR in the coming months!!

UGH!! One of my friends (actually how I found your blog!) just wrote a blog post about dealing with UC and being a triathlete (pro, actually). She talked about food in there and I think it’s worth a read. I think sleep is a huge culprit. I hope you can pinpoint your triggers better so you can live a more consistent life!!! :)

I guess I should have left her blog for you to read if you have time! teresanelson.blogspot.com

Kelly S. says: May 25, 2012 at 10:48 am

I felt super strong after my last long-run for my 3rd marathon this weekend. PR here I come!

The last time I felt strong was like a month and a half ago right before my calf strain and I was running like nobody’s business. Today, all I want is to feel strong and have that look at me run fire burning through my body.

I felt super strong after I ran my first 10 mile race at the beginning of June. I beat my goal time by 10 minutes and still felt amazing at the end!

Make that the beginning of May…May 6th to be exact :)

I agree -
A life without cheese is not a life worth living!

I felt amazingly strong while training for the Big Sur marathon. Dang injuries kept me from actually running the race (boo!), but those
18 mile runs? Yup, I was strong enough to tackle ‘em!

Caroline says: May 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

The last time I felt strong was…in the Parkway Classic 10 miler some weeks ago…braved the rain for negative splits and a new 10 miler PR! And did it all alongside my friend.
PS: I want some shoes :)

Rebecca says: May 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

I felt super strong on a 17-mile run that I did faster than my GMP. At first I told myself I was going too fast and then I decided just to go with it. My last mile was my fastest and I felt great! P.S. I love your blog and hope you figure out a “diet” that works for you!

I hate to do them, but I feel so strong when I plank.

First of all, I love that you call them sneakers. Who does that? Oh, you. (:

Second of all, I am kind of obsessed with the “Find your strong” campaign. I might even have a pink bumper sticker that say that…maybe.

I am all about strength. Strong is the new black. Or the new thin. Or the cool. Or something like that. I box twice a week (not cheesy, cardio boxing. Legit look-out-or-you’ll-get-a-bloody-nose boxing). Monday night I worked with an actual fighter, as in one who fights in the cage and puts people in armbars and other things that scare me. After a quick warmup (running? I don’t mind if I do), we did a lot of partner mitt work. After the hour was over, he looked at me and said, “Wow, I haven’t worked that hard in a long time. Thanks for pushing me.” Yup. 6’4″, 240 lbs, and I pushed him. WORD.

Elizabeth says: May 25, 2012 at 10:56 am

My fiance and I were at the store picking out some flowers for the garden and I bent over and he said. “wow your back is really cut”. I was like your just kidding with me! But inside I was SUPER pumped because I felt like all the hard work I do at the gym is really paying off!! This is when I knew I was strong!

P.S Feel better soon!

Spin class following by a run this AM. Feeling good going into MDW!!

I felt strongest when I finished my second race a few weeks ago. It was my longest distance race (4 miles). I couldn’t run a block a few months ago and am working towards my first 10K and half marathon.

Spin class followed by a run this AM. Feeling good going into MDW!!

Kirstin Darry says: May 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

I felt strong at my first race just a few weeks ago, I had a goal to finish the 7.46 miles in 1hr 30 minutes, not knowing if I could run the whole thing b/c of an injury – BUT I DID AND IT FELT AMAZING. I was 5 min shy of my goal time, but I will take that. Thank you for being so inspirational Ali – I LOVE YOUR BLOG. And look forward to reading it every morning. I also hope you can find a “diet / clean way of eating” that will help you. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. :)

Jennifer says: May 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

I felt strong last Sunday when I completed the Warrior Dash….. with a raging case of bronchitis. The doctor said no way should I run it but hey I had already signed up and there was no way I was going to miss it. I took it slow and had a blast!

I just completed my first marathon in 3:56!!! While I def did not feel strong right afterwards, I now feel very strong that I was able to do it!!!

I felt strong last Saturday when I biked farther than I ever have before! And that color of blue is my FAVORITE COLOR! It’s meant to be.

Vanessa says: May 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

The last time I felt strong was 2 weeks ago when I did a 10km race and PR’d by more than 4 minutes! The best part was that my pace felt very natural and I didn’t feel like I was struggling. :)

Last week, I went to what I thought was going to be a cardio-kickboxing class (i.e. lots of jogging in place and punching the air and flailing that kind of looks like kicking). Instead, it was a legit kickboxing class. Actual gloves. Actual pads. Actual women who looked like they could snap me in half.

After an hour of punching a heavy bag, I felt awesomely strong. And the next morning I couldn’t move, obviously.

Gabriella says: May 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

The last time I felt strong was after completing my first marathon, two days after I graduated college, a little sick from senior week festivities and pretty exhausted from all the family and friends, but with a smile on my face and not one injury in sight.

Cara E Bednar says: May 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Ali I love your blog and feel your pain when you just are not feeling strong mentally. It’s so hard to overcome sometimes when it feels like things are just not clicking. I can say my strongest moment to date was running the Boston Marathon this year in 90 degree heat. It was hot, everyone was hurting, but I can honestly say I was prepared and felt strong. I had to walk/ run which I have never had to do, but I felt I was prepared through my speed work outs, strength training ( I used to hate strength work outs I am way to ADD! I still don’t love them but I love the results!) and positive spirit that I honestly felt great running in that heat. The shoes are awesome I would love them!

Felt strong during soulcycle last night and while PR’ing at the Brooklyn Half- I thought of your blog when I had to pee at mile 5 – i was like…do not stop, just dehydrate the pee out of you…and it worked, kinda.

I also need new shoes – mine are too big a little and they are giving me shinsplints.

I felt super strong when I finished the Boston marathon in the disgusting heat!!!

I’ve been doing some weight training and that’s made me feel stronger than I usually do just running, so I hope to continue doing it!

May 24th. I held in plank for 90 seconds. That’s a big deal for me – I could barely do 30 a year ago.

I randomly went outside to our pull up bar and got two in a row without touching that thing in months!

The last time I felt exceedingly strong was when I was working with my trainer and she complimented me on my biceps; a few minutes later when I was doing overhead presses and was watching myself in the mirror, I could see what she meant!

I ran my first half-marathon in February and wow, did I ever feel strong after that. Well, in between the pain I was in, I felt REALLY strong. I was on a high from it for at least a week after and when I thought about it. I couldn’t help but smile. It was a great way to start the year and I can’t wait to do my next half in November. I sure would love to rock my next half in super cool Saucony shoes! Love the color…

(Incidentally… I want the shoes!)

Last week, I went to what I thought was going to be a cardio-kickboxing class (i.e. lots of jogging in place and punching the air and flailing that kind of looks like kicking). Instead, it was a legit kickboxing class. Actual gloves. Actual pads. Actual women who looked like they could snap me in half.

After an hour of punching a heavy bag, I felt awesomely strong. And the next morning I couldn’t move, obviously.

I ran the Deutsche Weinstrasse (wine road) Half Marathon here in Germany in April and PR’d by 5 minutes in spite of a monster 0.5 mile hill at mile 11! Not only did I feel strong but I got to follow it up with a half-liter glass of wine!

My last run of 6 miles worth of negative splits followed by tricep dips and planks.

I felt strong last weekend when I had to help my dad move furniture (think a ginormous bookcase and cabinet) to prep for a home renovation – it took us hours but I knew all my weight lifting was paying off!

Running my first 10K! I felt super strong it was a good change from half marathons and 5ks. I can’t wait for another.

It was just last weekend when I finished a triathlon. I was pretty sure before the race that I was going to drown in the swim. I didn’t drown and I kicked some ass on the super hilly bike and run!

I felt super strong 2 weeks ago during an 11 mile training run, felt like I could go forever…or 13.1 miles!! Unfortunately that strength didn’t last for the Portland Rock n Roll Half Marathon last week, my body was off, but I finished…that took strenght, it was the hardest half I’ve done! Love the shoes. Love your honesty and humor, I openly laugh out loud reading your blog:)

I felt strong last night, while doing repeat 800s. It was challenging, but I felt strong the entire time :)

Last time I felt strong was Dec 29, 2012 after a 10 mile run then I broke my ankle in 2 place, had surgery and haven’t run since. I plan to run again & I need new sneakers so pick me!

I felt strong on Sunday when my first marathon was cancelled when I was at mile 15 and I didn’t break down and start crying or playing the “why me” game.

PS, I hope you can figure out what bothers your stomach. It’s probably going to suck trying all these things but hopefully it’s all worth it someday :)

Hiking in Zion. Trashed my legs with over 70 miles of hiking in a week, and felt like a GI Joe by the end of it.

I meant Dec 29, 2011 but you knew that.

the last time i felt strong (read: invincible) was after my first half marathon where i beat my goal of 2 hours. sub 2 for the first time isn’t so bad! ;)

I felt super strong when I ran my first marathon in October : )

Also, I can totally relate to the feeling after you “can’t have something” and then it’s all you want. Instead, I try to focus on what I can eat and what makes me feel good and then there’s no room for the other stuff!

I love your positive attitude! So encouraging:) The last time I felt strong was when I PR’d the 8k I ran last Sunday. I wanted to beat 40 minutes and I crossed the finish line in 38:29! Woohoo!

I felt strong after this morning’s 9 mile run before 9am. :)

I felt strong after finishing Extreme Ride @ Crunch on Wednesday! Such a good workout.

Meghan Moore says: May 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

Everytime I finish bootcamp I feel strong!

Obviously I want these shoes. ;) Last time I felt strong…. was last night, after taking my busted lungs on a 5 mile run/walk!

Allispin says: May 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hmm two runs come to mind… I recently ran a 5.5 mile race and cruised in the 5th mile at a 8:30 pace (which is flying for me!) even though I was exhausted. And I negative split and felt amazing during a 5-mile running training for said race!

Cute shoes! I’m dealing with a heart condition that is limiting my exercise a ton, going from half marathons being a breeze to walks around the block being difficult. It is amazing how much my definition of strength has changed. So I feel strong when I do not let my condition drag me down mentally :). Love your blog!!

I felt super strong at the gym this morning despite taking the last two weeks off!

I never every feel string in races, except this most recent race- the crazy bay to breakers! It was so crowded in the beginning that I was moving like a snail. Then after the crowd thinned out, and conveniently passed that Hayes hill from hell, I found my strong and picked up my pace (ummm also helpful that it was like freakn 4 miles slight downhill!)
Most beautiful positive splits ever:
9:59
10:15
11:15
8:45
8:30
8:15
8:03
Amazing!!

I’ve been in physical therapy for a month with IT band/patellar tendonitis and haven’t run in 6 weeks. I am dying. Recently I got through several bike rides and other workotus without pain – and this week my PT told me that she could see considerable improvements and to keep up with my exercises and hopefully I can start running in a week or so! I hurried back and programmed my daily exercises everyday in my calendar I was so excited and motivated to keep it up and GET BETTER. Healing my body in a natural way is making me feel (slowly and steadily) strong!!!!

I took my first spinning class yesterday morning at 6 AM- and loved it! My face was beat red even on my commute to work, and I sweated even post-cold shower- so I knew I’d pushed it. Hope you are able to find a diet that works AND that you enjoy- have a great Mem Day wknd :)

angela i. says: May 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

The last time I felt super strong was about 3 days ago… I was FINALLY able to do an atomic push up on the TRX after my tempo run!!
It felt really good :)
Hang in there Ali!!!

I feel super strong for pushing through my plantar fasciitis with yoga and the elliptical even though all I really wanna do is run.

Jocelyn H says: May 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Sit-ups were never my strong suit so I didn’t do them. My personal trainer forced me to build core strength though and before I knew it I loved doing them. I was doing incline sit-ups when a guy hopped on the inclined bench next to me. I completely out sit… sat… sit-upped him!

Melissa says: May 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

I feel strong when I am able to balance my life, work and workouts!

I recently ran my first race ever – a 4-miler – at a pretty decent pace. It was the longest I’d ever ran and I felt great.
I have two more 5Ks coming up thi summer, which for me is a challenging run, and the ultimate goal of a half-marthon – in the distant future.

I feel strong when I ride my bike to and from the farmer’s market or grocery store – I love carrying all my groceries without a car! And best of luck with figuring out what works for you.

Elizabeth says: May 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

The last time I felt strong was yesterday when, for the first time, I breezed through my “Jillian’s 30-Day Shred” workout. Time to move up a level! :)

Last time I felt strong was this morning, when, even though I was so tired, I refused to sit out of any of the poses in my bikram yoga class!

Definitely this morning after doing tire flips at crossfit! and good luck with the diet – everyone’s body is so different and it’s frustrating to figure out what works, even without having to deal with Crohns!

about 6 weeks ago before i tore my hip flexor.

Gina DeCroix Russell says: May 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

I felt strong, and slightly crazy, when I ran my first marathon last fall with TWO BROKEN TOES! I am a dancer (ballet) and had hit the top of my foot on a set piece during our fall production. I have been a dancer my entire life, but was shockingly thinking how angry I was going to be if my dancing was going to mess up my running! I convinced myself they were just bruised. Three weeks AFTER the marathon I finally went to the Dr. Yep – very broken toes. Not only did I run my FIRST marathon (10 months after I first started running), I did it with broken toes. I felt like a badass! My inspirational saying is, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you make yourself do it.” Being strong feels pretty amazing! :-)

i always feel super strong after a bodypump session-LOVE that class!

Danielle says: May 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

I feel really strong when I have to stand for the whole 45 minute subway commute into work and then have to lug large boxes of Halloween product over to my work showroom. And then I collapse.

The last time I felt super strong was when I had a sub 2 finish time at the Long Branch Half Marathon on May 6. I was so proud of myself! It still makes me smile!

After finishing a half-marathon!

I know you are probably sick of getting diet advice, but here’s my advice: Go see a Registered Dietitian!

Anyway, as for the shoes, the last time I felt strong was after my last 12 mile run. It was really one of those really great, perfect runs and I felt amazing afterwards! Hope that feeling lasts until next Sunday when I run my second half!

The last time I felt super strong was after a conditioning class at my gym!

Elise (Elizabeth V) says: May 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

I felt super strong this morning during my training session. My legs did not want to continue to do mountain climbers at 5am this morning but i stayed strong, did not give in and finish 3 sets of of 1 minutes each. :) happiness

Jessica VZ says: May 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

When I finished my commute by bike home last night with crazy winds that made my legs want to stop after a 12-hour day at work. I felt amazing.

The last time I felt super strong was when I did hill repeats… I wanted to give up because, well, they hurt, but I kept powering through. My last one ended up being my fastest so I felt super tough! Also, the funny looks the Capitol police were giving me made me feel… awesome?

I swam in a meet last month for the first time in 12 years! I also busted out a relay split time I hadn’t seen since college and didn’t think I’d ever see again!

I started out 2012 having major surgery, so the last time I felt really strong was my first run post-doctor ok. It was only two miles, but I felt great…like, okay, so I overcame that (Bam!), so now moving on with life.

The last time I felt super strong was when I ran 5 miles for the first time :)

Lynn Carlson says: May 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

I felt super strong on Sunday after running the Portland Rock and Roll Half Marathon!!! I ran it in 1:58:48, which was my stretch goal!!! I improved 12 minutes over my last half marathon, and these hills were 1,000 times harder… SO empowering and exciting! :0) Now it’s time to chip away at training in prep for my first FULL marathon next month.

Meaghan S says: May 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Hi Ali! I recently lost a some weight as a result of a drastic diet change (they really do help!) and found that I could, for the first time, run a full mile and do 10 push ups! I’d love these shoes to push that up to 2, or 10 miles!

I felt strong on my run followed by a 20 mile bike ride. I thought a would struggle after my run, but I had a great time!

The last time I felt super strong was in a bikram yoga class.

I felt super strong after I ran my second half marathon 7 minutes faster than my first! Woohoo!

I feel my strongest and best after I ride my horse. There is no other activity in the world that makes me feel as mentally and physically engaged and powerful. But the best part is it makes me feel 12-year-old-horse-crazy-girl-smiley-happy. And I am now nearly 36!

I felt super-strong yesterday when I did a full gym workout and chased with with 3.5 hours of dance rehearsal. I walked out of practice at 11 feeling like I had just gotten out of a pool and it was amazing. Wouldn’t mind those pretty shoes for my next workout =)

xo Marie
Chocolate & Wine

I felt the strongest when I completed my first marathon in October. It was a great feeling!

Last time I felt super strong? A week ago, when I got off the elliptical at the gym, and realized that for the first time in 3 years, my Crohn’s-belly hadn’t made me take a break, or leave the gym early. I’ve felt strong ever since. Thanks, Remicade!

Kathleen says: May 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I felt strong when I ran in The Flying Pig Relay and had negative splits and a PR for the distance in my leg of the race! Please update us on your “diet” of choice and if it helps!!

Nicolette says: May 25, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Yesterday, I felt super strong and was super happy with myself when I managed to hold crow pose in yoga for all of 5 seconds. This is big progress coming from a girl who possesses little to no upper body strength.

Eleonora says: May 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I felt super strong when I trimmed all the grass using my dad’s trimmer. I won’t talk about my arms the day after, though…

Yes please! Went out to do an easy four miles yesterday and totally surprised myself by running a super fast tempo for five! Guess speedwork does pay off!

The last time I felt strong was last weekend for the Brooklyn Half. I actually ran a really awful race, but how I felt AFTER the race was a million times better than how I felt after my last half marathon (i.e. like death, if death felt like legs about to fall off.) The fact that I could have a dance party with my roommates to celebrate running 13.1 last Saturday instead of just melting into a couch made me feel like I could do anything.

I felt strong this morning running uphill on the treadmill. I hate the treadmill but somedays it’s the only way to get my run in so I feel good about toughing it out.

The last time I felt strong was back in March when I ran the Rock n Roll DC half. I missed my PR, but I still pushed through the brutal sun and finished strong. I was proud of that race.

Lindszrunz says: May 25, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I felt strong last night, running intervals on the track. Nothing like pushing your body to its limit, yet feeling completely free at the same time!

The last time I felt strong was when I found the courage to to sign up for the Fairfield Half- let’s hope I can stay strong during the training- and on that course race day! :)

I felt super strong when I tackled Mt. Washington with all my heavy gear and skiied down Tuckerman’s Ravine!!!!

running around the nearby lake in record time! :)

I felt strong at the end of my last triathlon. Everyone was telling me how strong I looked and I felt great too – plus I had my fastest 10k time ever (41:02) and know I can eventually break 40!

Last time I felt strong was in my last triathlon. I felt SO good! It wasn’t my best time, but I haven’t done a race in about a year so it was great :)

Tanya Wilson says: May 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I felt super strong this morning when I ran 5 miles and my Achilles tendon behaved itself! this is after 6 weeks of not running and physical therapy :(

I’m training for my first 5k and have been doing the couch to 5k podcast – I ran the most on Wed and feel strong….knowing I can totally do this!

Most of the time I just feel that YOU are strong, not me. My ibs is a walk in the park compared to Crohn’s. You are one positive and strong person, Ali.

For delicious sounding recipes from a person with Crohn’s I recommend http://themissy.com/ (I read Missy’s blog because she is funny, and because gluten free works for me.)

I can also relate to willpower issues. It has taken me two years to learn what works for me, and I occasionally just let it go. Usually unintentionally. And suffer the consequences. I could be cheesy and say I feel strong when I have finished a workout without any emergency bathroom breaks. But let’s not go there, ok?

Michelle says: May 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Last time I felt strong was yesterday when I swam a full mile without stopping for the first time!

I felt strong when I did push presses at CrossFit this past week. I was able to push press 90# 3 times, and I felt good!

I felt strong on May 6th, after I ran my first half marathon!!!! And the best part is that I ran in Saucony sneakers! They are the best for my feet…I’d LOVE to win these!!!

Catherine says: May 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I felt strong last weekend at the Cleveland half marathon! I paced my best friend through the first half of her full, negative split the last few miles (first and ONLY time that has happened!). I’ve never been that happy in a race. It was awesome.

I’d love these shoes!

Hope you feel better soon!

I feel strong today, which i guess is a good thing cause i’m running a marathon on Sunday! Wish me luck :)

Chrissy says: May 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Last time I felt strong was last week after actually sticking to my PT exercises for an entire week without skipping days:) Love Sauconys!

Feel better, Ali!

After I ran my most recent marathon :)

I felt strong when I cut 27 minutes off of my 1/2 marathon time at Rock and Roll DC in March. Guess a real training schedule does pay off!

I felt incredibly strong after I finished my last half marathon in under 2 hours (my goal). I think this feeling was magnified by the fact that I walked away pain free and not feeling like my legs were filled with lead.

I felt strong when I finished half marathon #5, that I hadn’t properly trained for and I was still running.

The last time I truly felt strong was when I was a varsity tennis player in high school. I was in great shape and I was skilled in my sport, and I just felt GOOD. Once I hit college, however, my stress level went up and I got completely off track. I’d love to find my way back to a healthy lifestyle someday (preferably soon)!

I felt supastrong yesterday when I really pushed myself in the second round of our WOD at CF and I kicked my time from the first round straight in the butt.

I’m not saying that gluten and dairy free is the right choice for you. I think that’s something only a doctor/elimination type experiment can show you. I just wanted to let you know that I used to live almost entirely off cheese and pasta, and I was certain I could never survive without them, so when I decided to go g&d free (for a variety of reasons, one of which being stomach issues) I told myself I’d do it for one month. I never went back, and I don’t miss them at all. Like, I used to love love love pasta and cheese (I’m Italian), but now, just one thought of how sick they make me versus how good I feel now makes them seem kind of gross to me, so maybe you’ll fare better than you think.

i felt super strong on saturday at around 11:30 am when i crossed the finish line of my second marathon. best news? i pr’d! i’m no speedy gonzalez, but that race made me feel preeetty awesome. and strong. and like i could eat approximately 17983 cookies without guilt.

I felt super strong in boot camp last night when I purposely did all exercises using a heavier weight or band than usual…good soreness today!!

The last time I felt really strong was about a month ago on my last long training run before my half marathon. I was running consistent 8:15-8:45 miles (which is fast for me these days) and that run was 8 miles. I had negative splits. I have NEVER had negative splits before in a long run and it just made me feel super confident in my running self.

I felt strong after my first 5K–running with a much younger crowd.

Valerie says: May 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I felt strong after last weekend’s Brooklyn half marathon where I PR’ed at a 1:50:23 time and convinced by sister, cousin, and 4 coworkers to join me!

Last Wednesday after my first run with Team in Training. I told myself I would not walk the entire run and I didn’t!

Last time I felt strong was in the final minute (70th) of the coed soccer game I played in… 80 degrees and no subs and I survived! Plus, we won :)

I PR’d a 5k earlier this month by 2 minutes. With two fractured elbows.

I felt really strong after completing the couch to 5K program.

I feel my strongest whenever I resist that food I don’t want to have – bagel, candy, pizza…

Love those sneaks!

the last time i felt super strong was when i helped my friend move a TRUCK full of her sneakers and the rest of her junk oops i mean prized possessions last week. ugh moving blows.

I felt strong after my first triathlon brick workout last night…..RAWR!
Those sneakers are blue! Like a cloud! i want them!

The last time I felt super-strong was one Wednesday when i ran 6.2 miles in 90 degree weather for the first time in a long time!!!!!

I felt strong after the NYC half marathon- A PR for me- even with those hills in central park!!!!!!! love the shoes

Finishing my first marathon a few weeks ago, on a hilly course, with a five-minute negative split and a lot left in the tank at the end? Yep, that made me feel pretty strong.

OMG! Already almost 300 comments! Probably don’t have much of a chance, but I NEED a new pair of shoes! I would say I felt pretty strong last weekend during the CLE half marathon when I was dying of heat, but still crossed the finish line!

Amanda N says: May 25, 2012 at 2:08 pm

The last time I felt super strong was when my husband and I did 10 hours of intense hiking in one day. We hiked two large mountains that day and one the trails had us on our hands and knees for an hour! It was long and at some points I wanted to give up. But at the end of the day when we looked back at all we had done and how we reached 2 peaks, it felt so great to have that accomplished!

I’ve been doing TRX and was able to carry two coolers full of ice around my campsite for a work event last weekend!

Tennille says: May 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm

The last time I felt super strong I was a month into a strict paleo diet, getting eight hours sleep a night and very devoted to Crossfit. I remember lifting my 40 lb bag of laundry up four flights of stairs and it felt so light, it surprised me.

When I finished my first marathon last Fall! I have never been so proud of myself :-)

I last felt strong when I PR-ed in my second half marathon by almost 15 minutes!!! and i LOVE saucony shoes and i have been dying for some in pretty colors!

Jennifer says: May 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I felt strong after I completed my 1st half marathon. My goal was to finish physically and mentally strong, and I totally did!!

I felt strong last weekend when I rearranged our bedroom furniture without asking my husband for help!

Emily B. says: May 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I felt strong when I got a new 10 miler PR!

Holly B says: May 25, 2012 at 2:23 pm

On my wedding day. My grandparents passed away 3 weeks before that but I was able to be present and enjoy the day and knew they were so happy for us.

i felt strong this am boxing with a trainer at my gym. so fun and so glad to get a workout in before work! love the bright sneaks!

I felt strong when my boyfriend convinced me to hike to the top of Mount Kenya.(16,000 feet!)..actually in that moment I felt weak due to lack of oxygen but looking back I feel strong that I made it!

I felt super strong after my last run yesterday morning before my marathon on Sunday. My legs are ready to run!

Kristen says: May 25, 2012 at 2:29 pm

The last time I felt strong was today when I passed one of my exams for my license at work! So happy I decided to take my test before the long weekend :)

I felt super strong about a month ago when I finished my first half marathon…. at a pace much faster than I had expected!

I felt super strong a couple weeks ago. I was practicing for a karate demonstration (because I was going to get a new belt) and I was supposed to kick the shield out of my sensei’s hand (while doing a flying front snap kick) and when I kicked it, it flew 20 feet above my head and then 20 feet behind me. My brother shouts across the room, “Did you just kick that across the room? SHOW OFF!!!”

The last time I felt super-strong was this past Sunday — before, during and after my first race of the year (and post-injury!), the Harpoon 5-Miler. I beat last year’s time by nearly 2 minutes, and I just had so much fun while feeling great.

P.S. Those sneakers are my favorite color, so I think I need them. :)

P.P.S. I’m sorry to hear your struggling with the Crohn’s again, but I think it’s great that you’re doing some homework on your own to figure out what makes you feel the strongest and healthiest. Kudos Ali!

I felt strong during my Fall Half Marathon in 2011. For 4 straight attempts, I had failed to break sub 2 hours. Then finally, I did just that. Smashed my PR by over 7 minutes. In a bumblebee costume. For a Halloween themed race. Being strong=being costumed. Honestly, I ran better because I was having fun and was relaxed.

I felt super strong yesterday when I did 20 push-ups on my toes for the first time!

julie16750 says: May 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I felt super strong two times this past week and neither was during a workout. One was when I carried 8 filled Target bags and a case of water, plus my purse and sweatshirt up a flight of stairs to my kitchen and the other was when I lifted my 33 pound toddler up above my head to retrieve his “mackincheese” from the top of the refrigerator.

The last time unfelt strong was last night at the gym when I was FINALLY able to get on a treadmill last night free being told by a doctor not to run for two months! It felt SO good to run after so long and I felt like I could run a million miles!!! ( but I don’t want to get re-injured so I didn’t :) )

Cassidy says: May 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

When I moved myself into my first (walk-up) apartment. Box after box and an armchair…I felt like superwoman.

I felt strong when I ran past a group of boys at my last half marathon race. It was 80 degrees and sunny but I momentarily forgot how hot it was as I dashed by them!

Loving the saucony campaign. It definitely resonates with me. I’m hoping you will find some combo of food that works for you! SO, I feel strong every time I complete a run. Even if it is the shortest run of the week, I know I’ve accomplished something I never thought I could before.

I felt strong last night taking my first “Urban Iron” class at my gym!

I felt SUPER strong in my Lean Legs class at barre n9ne today when I was stretching and felt how strong my hammies are. THAT felt good. Have a wonderful long weekend beautiful!!

The last time I felt strong was when I went out for a semi-crappy run on Wednesday, and I refused to let myself quit or walk. My time wasn’t great, but I’m proud I didn’t stop.

The last tie I felt super strong, I was taking a spin class at Flywheel – I biked 30 miles and I used the heavier weights. I LOVE spinning!

I felt strong when i upped my weights at body pump the other day! woo hoo :)

I felt strong when I completed my last full week of training before my half!

A speed workout the other night at the end of a rough day.

Ali Robinson says: May 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

The last time I felt strong was running my first race! 5 miles without stopping or walking! I was pretty pumped that I not only finished but ran the whole thing.

Today honestly…

22 weeks pregnant, intestinal issues lately, and extreme calf pain and of course extreme pregnancy exhaustion….I rocked my workout today with no pain, no exhaustion, no tummy issues. Felt good to rock it out!

I felt super strong a couple weeks ago when I was the only one to stay and finish the WOD at CrossFit. It was freaking hard and I wasn’t fast, but I finished.

A thought on “dieting.” I always struggle with eliminating foods in my diet. I think that “oh, I can’t have this” or “that food is bad.” Instead, I’ve tried to think about “I’m going to have this.” (the “this” being a choice in line with my goals.”

Also, with Paleo, most of my friends do 80/20 paleo and will sometimes do 30 day strict challenges. Something to think about.

I felt strong when I finished my half-marathon last weekend with a 9 minutes PR.

I felt strong yesterday when a friend was struggling with her heavy suitcase and so I took it from her to help her, and surprise, it was easy for me to lift!

So, I have felt strong since this, but when I ask myself this question, the moment that still is really fresh in my mind was completing my second Ironman (Ironman Arizona) in November. I had the flu for three weeks leading up to the race (perfect timing…boo) so I wasn’t able to swim free-style on race day (couldn’t effectively breathe underwater), which meant I had to back stroke the entire 2.4 miles. Ugh. It set me up for a long day (it added a full hour to my previous IM swim tim), but I kept calm, carried on and finished the race strong with a new bike and run PR. No doubt I found my strong that day.

I felt strong this morning when I doubled my planned mileage :)

I felt super strong when I ran my first half marathon a few weeks ago :)

I felt strong yesterday during my Pure Barre class. I held thighs for the whole time and during round back could almost stretch my leg to touch the barre. Marathon training starts in a few weeks though, and mama needs a new pair of shoes!

When I ran 8 miles and definitely felt like I could keep going!

Also, when I was a Girls on the Run Running Buddy. I helped my girl (who was historically the slowest) kick butt and become one of the fastest! The smile on her face made me feel strong too.

I felt strong when I passed on the cheese fries at lunch today.

That’s a lie.

I ate most of them.

Hmmm I felt super badass strong when I finished the Cleveland half last weekend in the 90 degree heat!

I felt strong when a was In a strength and cardio class and kept up for the whole class…unlike the guy next to me!

I feel strong when I run home from work and my students greet me along the way. They make me feel strong when they inquire (daily) on my runs.

I felt strong after I finished my first half marathon. I crossed the finish line and didn’t feel tired. I guess all that training paid off!

Barbara says: May 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Ali!

It’s me, fellow Crohnie and foot surgery girl. Tuesday I got my boot. I did NOT feel strong. In fact I had to keep using my crutches most of the day. I should send you a photo of my calves to prove the right one had (in 12 days) deteriorated to half its original size. And let’s not discuss leg hair. My leg was not interested AT ALL in supporting my body weight. Today I went to visit the newsroom where I work when I’m not doing elective surgeries. I put on real clothes and makeup for the first time in over two weeks. I walked in crutch-free. People told me how great I looked. I got hugs and wonderful potluck food. (It’s rough having gourmet foodies for coworkers…) I felt missed… and I felt strong. It took me twenty years to decide to fix my feet. My parents didn’t want to make the decision when it was apparent my feet resembled those of a duck due to bunions. I made the decision. I chose to do this. I smile when it hurts, because I’m doing this FOR ME.

I don’t need the shoes, because I can’t wear them right now and oddly enough my shoe size might change once I have both bunions corrected. I hope they go to someone who needs the motivation of a new pair of kicks to go out and run a couple of miles for you and me since we are on the DL right now. But we’ll get back to it. Always do :)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

I feel strong when my eyes are stinging from sweat after a good, hard workout.

I felt strong 3 weeks ago after finishing my first 20K – longest run to date. Can’t wait to feel how strong I feel after finishing my first 1/2 marathon in a few days!!

I felt super strong after taking my road bike out for the first time in two years (!!!) after lots of flywheel and soul cycle to prepare me. :)

I felt strong last week when I got up into forearm stand in yoga for the first time. I never thought it’d happen…ever. And suddenly there I was.

Lindsey says: May 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I felt strong at my last 5k! I hadn’t had a great race in a lonnnng time and I beat lots of girls on the uphill finish! Yay running! Yay hills!

i felt super strong when my group fitness instructor called me a beast :) and i hope to feel super strong as i start marathon training!

The last time I felt super strong was moving the majority of my stuff from my apartment last week! I graduated from grad school and had the opportunity to take a trip to New Orleans for celebrations with my sister. This meant my move-out day came a bit earlier (the day after graduation), hectic, yes, but what a great workout moving all those boxes and furniture down three flights of stairs!

I felt strong last week when I took my first ever yoga class and was able to do more than I thought I would be able to!!

When I ran my first race back in December!

I’m newish to running, and tend to wimp out and walk when it comes to the monster hill on my route. Last Sunday I sucked it up, let out a big yell, and sprinted to the top of that mother. And then kept on running.

Jo Anna says: May 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

2 strong workouts in one day!

Stefanie K. says: May 25, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I felt really strong just today when I went out for a trail run with some friends. Haven;t been running in a while and ended up doing 2 loops of the trail (about 8 km total)!! :)

emily b says: May 25, 2012 at 6:23 pm

the last time i felt strong was yesterday, when i conquered a 9-mile trail run in the blazing heat and humidity with a pounding headache. or maybe that was just stupidity?

I feel strong using the 8lb weights during a jillian Michael’s dvd

Love the shoes! Last time I felt strong was after I completed the longest distance I have ran. Love that feeling!

I WANT THE SHOES!!!

The last time I felt strong was on Wednesday after I did a run that I didn’t think I could do but I did.

Also, you might want to check out this book for diet ideas – this nurse seems to think that Crohn’s can be “cured” by diet alone! no remicaide, no asacol, etc… It was a good read (IMO): http://www.amazon.com/And-They-Said-Wasnt-Possible/dp/1412082129/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1337985694&sr=1-2-catcorr

I also thought this book was pretty funny:
http://www.amazon.com/Colitiscope-Living-Disease-Ulcerative-Colitis/dp/1935388002/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337985752&sr=1-1

heather h. says: May 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

after i’ve annihilated a turbo kickboxing routine (front row, center, baby), i’m feeling awesome, and super strong.

Coach Cane says: May 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I do not enter contests that are random drawings, only ones that are based on merit.

Today was the day…after weeks of a new exercise routine I was at work and lifted a carton of paper (8 reams) and carried across my massive office. Looked down and noticed some pretty good looking biceps. I am pretty pleased to say the least.

I felt strong today, when I walked away from a huge bowl of Mint Chip ice cream – my absolute favorite!

I swam 2.5 miles this morning, and overtook lots of men in the pool whilst doing so- that made me feel strong!

After I finished a super-hard workout video that had a lot of arm moves. Arm stuff is not my forte, but I finished it!

Marjorie says: May 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I just did my first un-assisted pull up yesterday. I felt amazingly strong and confident after working up to it for the last 5 months. Even as a kid I was never able to do a pull up but at 30 some years old I did it! =)

I felt strong in my I heart sweat shirt on my tempo run this week!

Btw not to jump on the bandwagon, but I think you should experiment with eliminating gluten and see how you feel. I read recently that 1/3 of the population has some level of digestive intolerance to gluten. Also, you may find the Primal Diet interesting – it is similar to Paleo, but less restrictive (I think you can still have cheese!!)

Holly B says: May 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

When I finished my third-ever crossfit class 2 seconds ahead of a hard-core crossfitter that is super strong.

Strong at 5:15 this morning? Yep–thag was me!! I rarely join my husband at CrossFit but the alarm went off and I was up for the challenge this morning. An AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) for 20 min of: 400m run, 12 squat cleans and 12 burpees. I made a full 5!

I felt super strong today at work when I stayed until 5:45, despite everyone leaving for Memorial Day weekend!

I felt super strong (and speedy) when I was swimming laps yesterday and the guy I was sharing a lane with asked me if I swam on a team. I don’t, but it made me feel awesome!

I felt strong after finishing the jamie eason livefit trainer!

Lauryn V says: May 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm

After my barre work out this morning!!

I went back to the gym this week after a two month hiatus. I took a 6am body pump class. You would think it would have made me feel week but I felt strong,

Carolyn says: May 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I felt strong when I negative split my marathon and BQ’d. I also felt incredibly happy and thankful.

Courtney says: May 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I felt super strong on Sunday when I did a warrior dash. Climbing up ropes and pulling myself over walls made me feel super tough.

Name ...Stephanie says: May 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm

I felt strong yesterday on my way to run a fun trail with my son’s running group. I ran a half in horrible heat on Sunday and had taken the next 3 days off, but really felt ready to go yesterday. (Didn’t actually get to run much because my son’s friend tripped and scraped his knees about 5 minutes in and I was in charge of staying at the back so we didn’t lose anyone in the woods. But then I ran this morning.) :)

When I finally started running again after taking a 4 year “break”. I’m almost back up to a 10k!

Thank you for sharing this post: I might not have any way of relating directly, I feel really moved by your passion, dedication, and sticktoitiveness.

I have struggled with feeling my strength, but lately I’ve been working on sticking to my guns, and keeping a cool head when I might have usually flown off the handle.

Also, running a half marathon (Brooklyn 2012!) in 1:47:45 felt pretty good…

I always feel so strong when I am cooling down and stretching after a Core Fusion Sport class! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway, Ali :)

When I ran my last two races, I felt pretty awesome.

I feel strong when I still work out after an exhausting day at work.

I felt super strong after my first half marathon last month and continue to feel strong now. I’m healthier than I have been in almost a decade and could use those super cute shoes to keep it up :)

I felt strong when I realized that push ups are becoming a lot easier than they used to be!

felt super strong in my half marathon 2 weeks ago with a new sub 2 hour PR and feel in great :)

Running my first 18km training run for my half-marathon (coming up this Sunday) made me feel super strong. The time was right and the feeling was good.

Oh, and I felt super strong after my first ice bath. They are so worth it!

I felt strong after my first double digit run!! 10 miles is a big deal to me!

I last felt super strong two weeks ago when I got back in the pool for the first time this season. That first swim is always tough but it felt so good to get the laps in and get it done. Just the right spark to re-engage my summer swimming addiction!

I felt super strong in my last 10k that I PR’d!
Also carrying a case of water up 2 flights of stairs at work and bypassing the elevator :)

I felt super strong my last sports circuit class I will ever take with that teacher as I was able to lift my heaviest weights yet!

Kristy B says: May 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I felt strong in my last body pump class, when I caught a glimpse of my arms in the mirror during the bicep track :) feels good to see improvement!

I felt super strong today running the loop in Central Park!

Kelly Ry says: May 25, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I definitely felt strong last week, when I gave birth to my third child. Nothing makes you feel stronger!

I assist my friend’s tabata class at the gym, and I feel super strong and awesome when I get to help new class participants learn the right way to squat, lunge, etc. It makes me happy to get people out of their comfort zones and teach them something new!

I would say the last time I felt really strong was when my refrigerator wasn’t working, and I pulled it out, figured out what was wrong, and fixed it. I know you mean physically strong, but I felt strong all over after that.

And have you tried rice pasta or spaghetti squash?

I felt STRONG LIKE BULL (something my Italian grandmother says all the time!) after I carried THREE 24 packs of water bottles out of the car! After I was done I had to go tell everybody how excited I was about it.. LOL

Tiffany says: May 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

The last time I felt really strong was on Tuesday when I did a treadmill work out and this HIIT/strength workout I did:

Treadmill: (x5)
1 Minute Walk
1 Minute Sprint at level 9.5

HIIT:
Bicep w/ lunges (20 reps)
Jumping Jacks
Pull ups (20 reps)
Burpees
Tricep Dips around box jump (80 reps)
Jump in Place
Hammer Curls w/ side squats (20 reps)
Push Ups
Bench Press (3 sets/15 reps)

After my last 10k — and PR!

The last time I felt super strong was when I lugged my 35 pound piece of luggage from my parent’s house in New Jersey, to work (near Union Square), & then after work I brought it back to my dorm at Fordham University. I took that thing on a NJTransit train, subways, MetroNorth, & up & down staircases!

I would love to win the pair of awesome free sneakers!

The last time I felt super strong was monday when I powered through a 2 mile run in the torrential downpour. I have never been good with bad weather running but I was determined and finished strong!

Sorry to hear all that you are going through but believe you have that willpower Brian says you have!

Justice says: May 26, 2012 at 12:17 am

The last time I felt strong was about halfway through my first 5k last weekend, then an IT band issue resurfaced! Frustrating! But it was nice to feel strong for those few minutes.

Katie R says: May 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

The last time I felt super strong was when I managed to do side crow in yoga. I know that success in this move requires part strength and part technique/muscle memory, but I felt awesome to have “flown”!

Anytime Im boxing I feel pretty badass and strong!

Everyday I feel strong. I feel strong when I finish any workout, when I eat healthy (for most of the day if not all day) & when I know I have made a difference in someones life (I’m a 4 year old teacher) or helped someone reach a goal of theirs!

I felt amazingly strong 3 weeks ago when I ran my longest training run for my marathon season. After pushing for 3 hours and running 19.3 miles, I went for a 50 mile bike ride the next day. And my legs felt STRONG.

I last felt strong at the end of an 18 mile training race when I pulled myself together and gunned it to the finish line. I felt I could run forever!

I felt strong when I completed a 5 mile race! Also, when I lift weights at the gym.

Last time I felt super strong was helping a friend move! Sometimes with weight training, it feels slow going with unnoticeable results. Then I started hauling boxes into a truck and my friends were like, “woah! you’re ripped!” And I felt great! I said, “heck yes I am, I worked for this! ROAR!” :D

I always feel the strongest after my Pilates classes!!! Kick my a** and it feels awesome

I felt super strong after finishing my first marathon 3 weeks ago and qualifying for Boston!

I fetl strong last night at bootcamp when my trainer told me I was an “elite athelete”!!!

Last time I felt super strong was in a 1/2 marathon last weekend. There was a killer hill, and everyone started walking it… except for me, and another girl in front of me (which was good because she was creating a path). It seemed to go on forever, but all I said to myself was: DO.NOT.WALK. And I didn’t. Though it was slow, it was steady, and although I’M slow, my race goal is never to walk. And I was really pumped about that!

The last time i felt super strong was last week when I went to a CXWorks Core training class (which I hadn’t been to in ages but had been doing my own ab workouts) and i was the only one that could last through the whole class! I felt super strong!! Hope I win these great shoes!

Yesterday morning after my run when I realized my average pace was nearly a full minute faster than normal.

I felt strong yesterday walking a fast four miles while pregnant. I’m not allowed to run (boo) but my legs continues to feel nice and strong!

The last time I felt super strong was when I ran my last 8K. I was able to make my time goal and really felt like I gave it my all and left everything I had out on the course! It was fantastic! I would love a pair of those Saucony sneakers, I have an old pair that could definitely use replacing and I haven’t tried that particular model yet! Plus, I LOVE the color!!!

I felt strong last weekend after finishing the Endless Summer 6 Hour Run in Annapolis, MD!

The last time I felt super strong was when I finished my first half marathon! I never thought I could run that far!

sarah r. says: May 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

the last time i felt super strong was on my FIRST run after my baby was born. it was a SHORT run but i was so proud of myself. since then my runs have not felt very strong, and i’m struggling with that, but nevermind abotu that for now. we’ll concentrate on that first one (which happened about 3 weeks ago). those shoes look amazing, btw.

Name ... says: May 26, 2012 at 10:56 am

YOU and those shoes are awesome! the last time i felt STRONG was when i walked the 2 miles last weekend for our CC Take Steps walk without using my cane…i thought i wouldn’t make it, but i did. my boyfriend and two of my kids walked with me. i have bilateral osteonecrosis, and most of the time i have pain from it; it was caused from years of using prednisone for Crohn’s disease. but luckily that day, i was able to put the pain aside and walk the whole route. it made me very happy!

Anytime I finish a race or kickass workout with a smile on my face.

I felt super strong when I finished a 10 mile run after being in the hospital for a week, and out of work for five weeks with rhabdomyolysis (weird muscle disease). 2 1/2 months after I got out of the hospital and I was back at it (per doctor’s approval :) )!

Speaking of diets, I’ve been trying the anti-inflammatory diet lately to tame a generalized inflammatory disorder that’s had my lower legs in shambles for about 6 months now. I felt strong last night when I said NO to mountains of deliciously inflammatory BBQ food that I knew would wreak havoc on my joints.. and then felt even stronger on my pain-free run this morning!

Christine says: May 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

…when I raced past three guys in a row while cycling up a hill!

What a great giveaway; thanks, Ali!

The last time I felt super strong was in yesterday’s workout – an all-bodyweight, unique-exercises, core-heavy workout. I LOVED it – something different doing weird poses against the wall and jumps and rolls. Feels good to push hard and use just my body to get my sweat on!

Last Wednesday when I ran 4 mi and then swam for 40min. It wasn’t easy( I’m not a strong swimmer), but I did it

definitely after finishing a half marathon!

Yesterday, I went on a 3 mile run around my hometown. I didn’t really set out to do anything special but I ran FAST. In that last mile, I felt like I’d run 15…my heart was beating out of my chest but I was determined to keep the number on my watch at a 7:xx and I did and I felt STRONG. (PS I love Sauconys…they’re seriously my favorite shoes).

I’ve been sporadic with hot yoga, but every time I go I remember it’s hard, but I push myself and feel so strong!

The last time I felt super strong was 3 weeks ago, when I ran a 10K in my Vibram 5 Fingers. It was the longest distance I’d ever run in them, and it felt amazing to be able to sprint to the finish line after all those miles. Felt fantastic!

I felt strong the last time I did 50 pushups in a row without stopping. My arms and back are still hurting 4 days later, but hey, it’s something I never thought I could do… so I’m happy! :)

I feel strong after a good strength workout. I love feeling the burn!

The last time I felt strong was at the inaugural DC RocknRoll Half Marathon in March. It was not a PR by any means, but I somehow managed to get negative splits!!! I was beyond excited especially since I had just begun recovering from some IT Band issues.

The last time I went running and finished my intended mileage!

The last time I felt super strong was finishing my last half marathon while recovering from multiple injuries.

I felt super strong last night, I was in the garage (workout room) with DH and my two sons. It was my first time trying the new battling ropes we got. I was in a squat doing slams with them and my older son was like, “Wow, Mommy. You’re good. And look at how the muscles in your legs are popping out!”

Mallory says: May 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

AHH Awesomesauce giveaway. last time i felt strong = this morning at an intense toning class. I rarely do weights but am trying to incorporate strength into my routine these days. then i ran a killer 4 miles and felt great!

Stefanie says: May 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

The last time I felt strong was this morning after finishing a hill workout! They are so hard but I feel so accomplished when I’m done!

When I PRed at my last race :)

Every Saturday when I finish my weekly long run I feel like she ra! and adding on more and more miles…new shoes would help tons ;)

Lea Ann says: May 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm

The last time I felt super strong was when I ran a sub 26 minute 5k! I’ve had good races wince then, but none where I felt as strong as that. Can’t wait to get that back.

I felt super strong after I ran my half marathon this morning!

Today, right now, on the night before my first marathon. Training for months has been incredibly difficult but rewarding! Definitely a feeling to remember.

This morning… finishing 10 miles… on the trails.

The last time I felt strong was during training for my sprint triathlon. Doing so many different activities and weight was awesome. I miss that feeling. Maybe crossfit will help! My newest “try something new”

Caitlin says: May 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I just finished my 2nd marathon and although I didn’t negative split, I did pr by 7 min!

roweroutofwater says: May 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

I feel strong for listening to my body and letting it heal, rather than listening to my mind and pushing through injuries.

The last time I felt super strong was when I ran an 8k in March and PRed by 2 minutes and 30 seconds :)

Lindsay says: May 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

After being in bed sick for a week, I felt strong getting back out and running again!! :)

Stephanie says: May 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

I felt super strong when I felt like I was cruising up Harlem hill on my bike, and didn’t feel like it was too bad. It really helped when a guy on his bike told me I was speedy (even though he thought I was someone else that he actually knew, still felt good)

helping my sister move. I am glad I don’t pack and move boxes often but it felt good to be able to haul stuff down and then up the flights of stairs without help

MelissaMDR says: May 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Compared to most of the comments above, this seems like a very small thing… but I felt strong in PT last Thursday after completing 5 minutes on the elliptical machine! Last summer I had my worst UC flare to date and learned that I also had sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Boo on chronic disease and pain! Now I’m back on track and can’t wait to do more. Thanks so much for all of your honest posts about IBD and the daily struggle not to let it define you!

The last time I felt really strong was when I swam a mile (for the first time!) just a few weeks ago!

The last time I felt super strong is when I carried two heavy bags of groceries 2 miles this morning in the 85 degree weather!

I felt super strong on Thursday (on vacation!) when I crammed in a 4.5 mile jog before a 2 hour tennis lesson, followed by a 5 mile bike ride with my husband AND I didn’t collapse or nap afterwards :-)

AND to be the 500th or so person to mention Gluten free diet… it has helped me TREMENDOUSLY with my inflammatory bowel issues resulting from psoriatic afthritis. I was resistant to try it but have been amazed by how much better I feel overall.

I felt super strong Thursday night after my 3.5 mi race. It was the best race time I’ve had and I felt great throughout.

May is Bike to Work month and my office decided it was a good idea!! Like you Ali, I’ve been dealing with a bum hip (translation: limited running) so I jumped on board. My round trip is a 52 mile commute, and each day I feel stronger than the last!! It’s awesome!!! And I love me some Sauconys for running!!!

After my first 5K!

This morning- when I busted out my brick workout of a 15mi bike ride and a 2.5mi run (via my current sprint-tri training schedule). I felt strong the entire time, despite the HOT temps.

The last time I felt really strong was when I finished a marathon I didn’t really train for!

Bethany Miller says: May 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

The last time I felt really strong was this past weekend when I completed my last run through of my dance for my dance recital. Hello endorphins! I have been really struggling with this dance, and when I finished it strong it made me so happy and relieved. Here’s hoping the recital goes well!

The last time I felt really strong was during my second half marathon in March. There was some rough weather after a storm with harsh cold headwinds during the race. I had to push myself beyond anything I had ever done before, both physically and mentally. It was such an awesome feeling finally crossing that finish line. Made me believe that I was capable of so much more than I even knew.

I felt really strong yesterday after my first 90 minute spin class! I wonder how far that is in real miles…

I want these shoes!! So pretty!!

The last time I felt really strong was last week in my spin/strength class. I finally moved up in weights (from 8 pounds to 10 pounds). It was hard but I felt like a beast!

The last time I felt super strong was when I crossed the finish at my half marathon. I wasn’t ready for the last couple of miles of hills but I dug deep and finished with a PR. It was awesome!

I felt so strong finishing my first marathon with a smile on my face, crossing the finish line holding one of my best friends hands. Couldnt have been felt stronger at that moment and I was so proud of myself and my body!

The last time I felt strong was back in April when I got a PR at the BAA 5k. I hadn’t felt great and got to the race later than I wanted but I raced well and was proud of my 27:01 finish!

Last time I felt strong was when I PR-ed at my last 5K. For the last half my knee was killing me due to a nagging IT Band and stomach was in knots. However, when I crossed the finish line kicking my old PR’s butt, I felt stronger than ever!

I feel stronger every time I accomplish something new that truly challenges me. Overcoming the mental negativity is true strength!

Just this past weekend!!! I held back aka started slow and didn’t blow up during my run!

The last time I felt strong was Thursday morning on a 7 miler, every step felt amazing and I had negative splits without even watching my pace.

I’ve been battling some health issues as well so its been a while since I’ve felt strong, but I’d have to say the last time I felt really strong was at my half-marathon at the beginning of March

Elizabeth says: May 28, 2012 at 12:18 pm

last time I felt strong was when I sold my treadmill on craigslist and helped the guy who bought it carry it down a flight of stairs. As much as I can’t stand the oppressive heat, I’ll be running outdoors from now on!

After my first 5k last week.

The last time I felt strong was yesterday. From 5 am until 7 pm, I never stopped running dogs, lugging that 65 lb flyball box (it’s a dog sport thing) in and out of the ring and coaching my team to a win. Even after driving five hours home from the tournament, I woke up still feeling strong and ready to take on the day-hence a really nice, really strong, really fast run this morning!

I’m currently feeling strong after my 3-mile run and 30 minutes on the stairmaster. The stairmaster kicked my butt, but in a good way! Love the shoes, and hope you start feeling better soon!

I feel strong right now after the active weekend I had! I am stronger than I was yesterday, but not quite as strong as I hope to be tomorrow.

The last time I felt REALLY strong was back in mid-April when I ran my longest distance (for me)…10 miles. I really felt like I could go further than that, and it took a long time to get there.

I felt strong when I ran my 4th half marathon 5 days after my father suffered a mild heart attack! It was certainly one of the scariest days of my life and I knew I had to hit the race for him-just as he wanted me to do!

I’d love to sport the Saucony’s! Awesome looking shoes!

I feel super strong after every run. Not all of them are fast or pretty, but getting out the door makes me feel great. I hope you are feeling better. Woot shoes!

I am feeling super strong as I am preparing to move. For one, it feels great to be able to pack my life into boxes and hoist them over my head (among other places). I also feel strong because I’ve made a tough decision to move to a place that will put me in a better financial position to chase one of my big dreams. It is not always easy, but I am proud of myself for making the hard choice.

Bonus: my new place is cheap and HUGE! Plenty of room for shoes…. :)

I felt strong (and exhausted) after I finished moving into my new apartment last weekend. How did I acquire so much stuff and how did it fit in my old, tiny apartment?!

The last time I felt super strong was last weekend running my first half marathon! Five years ago the only running I did was to the dance floor when Hips Don’t Lie came on, so it feels like a pretty nice accomplishment. Best part of the race was running alongside my hubby and our six-month-old baby in his stroller for a few metres near the finish line – they are the best cheerleaders :)

I felt super strong when I got a PR at my second half marathon. Hoping to crush my time and get a new PR this fall at my third half mary!

Melissa says: May 29, 2012 at 7:26 am

Last time I felt strong was when I completed my 50 mile training ride and was able to run the next day with very little quad pain. Normally I need a recovery ride the day after a long ride before I run again. It was awesome! And those shoes look awesome!!

Lauren Pan says: May 29, 2012 at 7:50 am

Last time I felt awesome was at Flywheel!! It was such a hard class and at the end I wanted to die, but that puddle of sweat under my bike made it all worth it. I left class feelin like I could do anything!!!

I felt strong after I finished by 3rd half marathon a couple of weeks ago- I PR’ed and rinished almost 20 minutes faster then my last half!

The last time oi felt really strong was during my half marathon PR I received last oct in Hartford CT. I wasn’t trying for a PR it just happened and I felt amazing!!

I never thought that a life without cheese was possible. Like…how do you cook? What do you EAT if there isn’t cheese? Won’t everything else basically…suck? I decided to go vegan after reading a book on the topic (Kind Diet) as kind of a test and later discovered a lactose intolerance. When I went to the allergist to test for it, she basically said so many people in the US have issues with milk but never know it (that being said…she was having a grilled cheese for lunch ;)). It’s not as hard as you think to live without cheese – just a different way of thought. For me, it was hard at first (hi, this isn’t food without cheese) but then it really started to make sense and work out and I feel great!

well even though i was just diagnosed with breast cancer by working out at gym makes me feel strong reducing the stress and focusing on what a strong woman is, mind and body anyway i am determined to look like the hottest 60 year old at that gym , plus they match my eyes lol

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