Inspiration can come from many places.  Here’s one: a story I read some years back that I’d like to share with you.

The late Grete Waitz was a nine-time winner of the New York City Marathon, and one of running’s true champions.  In 1993 she was inNew York for the marathon, although she came just as a friend of the race, and in support of her husband, who was running.  While she was there, she met Zoe Koplowicz, a marathoner who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and who competes while using crutches.  It usually takes her about 24 hours to finish a marathon, by which time there is hardly anyone at the finish line.  Grete promised her that she would be at the finish line, waiting for her.  In the early hours of the morning following the race, Grete ran out to the finish line to see if Zoe was there yet; Zoe was close, but hadn’t yet come into view.  Then Grete discovered that there weren’t any more finishers medals left.  Horrified and embarrassed, she ran back to her hotel room and grabbed her husband’s medal, telling him “you don’t really need another one,” and made it back to the finish line in time to put it around Zoe’s neck when she came across the line.

I often think of that story — about the caring of an elite runner for all the other brave people who attempt the marathon, and of the courage of a challenged runner like Zoe Koplowicz, whose achievement makes me thankful for having the opportunity to train and race.  Think of them too, when you’re a bit tired on the trail, and maybe you’ll find it a bit easier to locate that hidden reserve of energy within you.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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  1. That was truly inspiring! Thank you Jeff!

    • horowitzrun says:

      Thanks for getting in touch, Madeline; I’m glad you liked it. When I first read about that, I knew immediately that it was a story that I wouldn’t soon forget.

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