Activation had a great partnership with New Balance in South Africa. We would do athlete evenings and staff training to share ideas of performance and preventing and overcoming injuries.
This program was created out of this relationship, to better serve and reach the runners in South Africa.
The one thing that stands out the most for me with the runner’s program is the emails I received from strangers who had purchased and used the Activations before runs. There were stories about overcoming an injury they previously just could not shake. But the big one in the world of runners were the PB’s (Personal Best), there were so many great emails of runners who had found a new gear in their running and it was showing in their race times. To me, that was amazing and incredible. That we had created a tool that runners could learn and educate themselves, and then apply the ideas to their running and to their lives.
I had a great evening up in Johannesburg for a friend’s 40th Birthday and spent the evening bantering with one of the greatest marathon runners ever, Bruce Fordyce. He won the Comrades Marathon (89km) 9 times and London to Brighton 3 times (I think he still holds the world record for 50 miles). What I discovered was he was as much of a hacker of people as I was. He was so comfortable in his own knowledge of his body when he ran, that his mind could relax on a run and have fun hacking his fellow racers – only the ones, of course, he thought maybe a threat of course. That to me is what any sport, activity, or passion should be about. Know yourself and your body and then you can see what’s really going on around you.
These ideas have been used by runners of all disciplines, from the 100m to marathons. The idea is to be the best athlete you can be. These tools will help you get there.
I hope this program inspires you to hit the trails and the roads.