My team rocked the Lake Placid Half Marathon!
We took off Friday night after the weekend traffic and started our trek upstate. It was a smaller team than normal because there were some injuries that forced some of my athletes to play it smart and opt out of the race. However, my small and mighty team had the excitement of 50 runners as we piled in the car and I played DJ on the iPhone dedicating songs to each of my athletes in my sarcastic, fun way! For example, for our running couple Marcie and Rick, I played Kelly Clarkson’s ‘My Life Would Suck Without You,’ from Marcie to Rick. For Marcie, I played Marina and the Diamonds, Primadonna (all in good fun). We all laughed and danced in the car upstate.
We stopped over in Latham, New York and found a hotel with a suite and all piled into one room. That’s right. The team who sleeps together…runs together?! It was fun. We had a girls bed, a boys bed, and a pullout.
We woke up the next morning around 9am and carbo loaded at the breakfast room and then pulled into beautiful Lake Placid around 1pm. We grabbed our numbers, met up with our other runners, walked around the lovely town and then drove the route. The comments centered around the rolling hills, but confidence was high.
After driving the route, they hit the road for a little jog to remind the body what was in store and then we hit up an Italian restaurant in town for more carbo-loading. The phrase of the night came from Rick. “I have eaten so many carbs, they are coming out of my eyes.” True. Story.
We hit our rooms and grabbed some shut-eye to ready ourselves for the 8am start time.
My runners were so relaxed that there was dancing at the start line as the race played Pit Bull songs–their relaxed demeanor had me grinning ear to ear. They were happy to be here and just enjoying the entire ride. The gun went off and so did my runners. I saw several of them at mile 3 and they still had smiles on their faces.
After a grueling last uphill in the last mile, they all finished with elated smiles from ear to ear. Some, even with the hills, beat their Brooklyn Half Marathon time by a few minutes. It was an emotional race that had Marcie misty eyed at how much her life has changed since she started running with me in January. In fact, when we hugged and she kept saying, ‘Heidi this is just so special,” and to that, we both had tears in our eyes.
It truly was special. Marcie didn’t have to cross the finish line first to realize that she was doing something truly exceptional.
This, people, is why I do what I do! I love showing people what is possible just by doing. Marcie is doing something that she never dreamed she could do or would do just one year ago. She went from never running a step to clocking her 3rd half marathon since March. She is re-defining her self-imposed limitations…in fact, she and all of my teammates are shattering those limitations, and just by doing that they will see that the possibilities for what they want in life are truly limitless.
After everyone crossed the finish line and we were laying on the infield of the outdoor speed skating track, it took just minutes for someone to inquire about the next race. You see, that’s what is great about running. You put in time, work and some pain and the reward on the other side is SO great, that you have to go after that ‘high’ again!
It’s all about taking on whatever challenge you face in your life, meeting it head on, and asking yourself, how much do I want this? If you truly want something, I promise you will get it. It’s not easy. It’s hard work to reach your goals–if it were easy, well, the reward wouldn’t taste as good, now would it?
To say that I am proud of this group is a massive understatement! We are 100% family and we will meet again in another race. In fact, we have all made a pact to run the Big Sur marathon next year (Signups are July 15th and this race will sell out fast!) and even beyond that the Comrades Marathon (the ULTIMATE human ultra race–56miles!) in South Africa. Now, if that doesn’t tell you how close this group is…well, nothing will.
I love you all so dearly and am, again, so incredibly proud of what you all have done!!
Oh…stay tuned…I have an awesome video montage of their race coming soooooon!
Post Race--SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!