26Strong: Looking for Two Wannabe Marathoners
Fire drill of a post here: We are in Charleston, had internet issues last night, so our Hump Day Giveaway is postponed until tomorrow. Whew!
The tech problems were a blessing in disguise, though, because we learned this morning that we have exactly one week to recruit to mother runners to run a marathon with us as part of Saucony’s 26Strong Program.
Yes, you read that correctly: We’re looking for two wannabe marathoners to run beside either Sarah or myself. (And we’ll run your pace, your race, stop when you need a drink, gel, or a port-a-potty. We’ll be your not-so-little cheerleaders through the whole course.)
I have to make this brief because we have to hit the road to get to our Charlotte event, so here are the details of the 26Strong if you’re interested:
—You need to be a first-time marathoner. (Read: you’ve never run a 26.2-mile race before.)
—You need to be female—and, ideally, a mother runner.
—Because of our travel schedule, we need to run the Philadelphia Marathon, Sunday, November 23 (which is the Sunday before Thanksgiving, in case that matters). If you’re going to be next to us, you need to be available that weekend, too.
—Ideally, you’re mostly injury-free right now, and you’ve either crossed a half-marathon finish line or are planning to in the next few months. (We’re huge believers in stepping up in distance incrementally so both your body and mind are ready for 26.2.)
—You do not need to be in Portland or Denver. Although we love all our international runners, you have to be in the Lower 48 to be considered.
—You need to be cool with having your training documented regularly on this site and on a 26Strong website.
What else? The majority of your expenses (entry fee(s), travel, gear from Saucony) will be covered. Sarah and I will help you with your training—the TLAM 20-week Marathon: Finish It program would start July 7—and cheer you on virtually and in person if/when when our paths cross in training. Then we’ll be with you physically every step of the way on November 23 as you conquer 26.2—and find a strong you didn’t know you have.
Want in? In the Comments below—not via email, please—let us know why you’re an ideal candidate for the 26Strong program. Keep your entries to less than 200 words, please, and tell us why you’d like to run 26.2 with us. (Please include where you live and a bit about your race history.)
We will announce the winners here next Wednesday, April 16. If you have any questions, please put them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them asap. Thanks!