Posts tagged Laurah Lukin
"Boston" by Laurah Lukin

It was nothing of what I expected, but everything that I needed. . . .

In the week leading up to The Boston Marathon I had been a mess of nerves.  Following the Carmel ½ Marathon I had been experiencing a cranky nagging discomfort in my inside left ankle.

I was religiously going to see Eric at Beyond Exercise (one of my sponsors) to speed along my recovery and make sure I was ready.  Active release therapy was followed by sessions with the Deep Muscle Stimulator and myofascial release.  I grit my teeth and embraced the taper that Eric and the Russians prescribed with hopes that my body would be ready.

 On race morning, I walked up to the start line with thousands of other wide-open sets of eyes, the chill of morning air crawling into my race kit. 

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"Strength in Discipline" by Laurah Lukin

Strength in Discipline by Laurah Lukin

I was pretty shocked when “The Russians” told me they wanted me to race the Carmel Half Marathon (in Carmel, Indiana) nine days before the Boston Marathon …

Perhaps I am getting ahead of myself. 2014 has been my first season/year racing in the “Elite” category for road races.  I am not sure that I actually qualify as an “elite runner,” but I am having the time of my life racing alongside professional runners and dreaming of someday getting to that status.  At the end of 2013, I began training with “The Russians”, a husband and wife who manage, coach and act as agents for the L.M. Elite Running Club.  I am the only amateur athlete among a rotating group of professional runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Russia and Ukraine.  I honestly do not know why they took me on, but I am overjoyed they did.  I am learning so much; we have become close and fast friends, and they treat me just like one of their own. 

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