I have never had an interview or highlighed on of my clients here before. I want to tell you about Heidi. I'm so proud of her!
Heidi was a member of my first Beginning Women’s Running Class which met in 2008. Our goal was to run the Granite City 5K at the end of 8 weeks. Heidi was non runner. By the end the class Heidi ran the 5K in fine form and didn’t stop there.
I offered an Intermediate Run Class that focused on building strength and speed with hill work and track repeats. Heidi then participated in this class and became stronger and faster.
Soon Heidi was setting her sights on races of longer distance. 8Ks, 10Ks and then half – marathons became the norm. Heidi was interested in my online coaching service and soon became a client with the 2010 Twin Cities Marathon as her goal. I was so excited to train Heidi to the finish of her first marathon!
We began 5 months out. Within this 5 month period Heidi trained and ran as part of the Ragnar Relay. This was a great experience and an awesome run for Heidi. She worked hard during the 5 month period as she trained for the marathon.
Heidi states her s goals for the marathon were as follows:
“1. Finish the marathon in under 6 hours, so that I am not picked up by the bus. I did it!! I finished in 5:15. Could I have run faster? Sure, but it wasn't about the time...this was about the experience and it was such a beautiful day and it was fun to walk and talk with Katie. We felt fabulous running the final .2! I just kept saying to myself...this is real....I am really running a marathon!! I LOVED the feeling of accomplishment!
2. Finish with a smile, feeling good and wanting to run another marathon: I did it!! I felt really good at the end and will be running Grandma's in June. I never hit the wall - which I attribute to Julie and her training plan for me!”
I love that! Heidi finished Twin Cities Marathon, never hit the wall and is excited to run Grandmas Marathon!
Here is what Heidi writes about her race day:
“I was really nervous on Saturday and I made the mistake of not eating enough. This taught me a lesson. I had no reason to be nervous, because you had once again trained me well!! Twin Cities is a really well run race from packet pick-up to drop bag at the Metrodome to picking the bag back up a the finish - great volunteers and so many people cheering:-) What an exciting environment to run in! A lot of people, but it really didn't bother me....I was not worried about my time, I just wanted to enjoy:-) I loved running through downtown and how everyone would cheer underneath the bridges....I also loved running down the middle of the road and not having to worry about cars!! :-)
Beautiful morning:-) Cool with the smell of fall. Unfortunately early on I started to deal with feeling sick, which was an entirely new experience for me! :-( I just kept going and broke the race into smaller sections.....one water stop at a time. I had water and powerade at every stop and started eating the jelly beans early on, I finally started to feel better towards the end. People also handed out fruit, which I took and that helped. I didn't train 5 months to not finish!! I tried to focus on all of the volunteers and people cheering and the beautiful fall day. I love the mental game of running! I actually found the hills to be a nice diversion. About mile 22 I met Katie and we mainly walked the next 4 miles....and I really liked walking. It was a change and it gave me a chance to fully take in the race environment. I loved running down to the finish line at the state capitol with my new "best" running friend, Katie from WI.
I am so proud of Heidi. Enjoying the full race, smiling, that is what a first marathon is all about. Taking it all in, focusing on the surroundings, the smells, the feel of your first marathon. You only get one first! I say you should totally enjoy it ☺
Heidi closes with “what stands out most to me is the 5 months of training leading up to the marathon. How good it felt mentally to be out on the course and well trained! My time spent running has been such a blessing....time for myself, time with friends, time to enjoy nature, time to challenge myself physically and mentally....what a great journey!
Know that you are fabulous and I am thankful every day that I am out on the trail because of the email you sent spring of '08 to any women interested in giving running a try:-) I went outside my comfort zone and look at me now:-)”
Thank you Heidi. I’m just so thrilled that I was able to show you how wonderful running can be. It brings me tears of joy to know that you are out there, loving the run. Loving the challenge, loving the progress, loving nature. That’s it. Feeling the moment, living in the moment, feeling the joy, Heidi, feeling the joy…