On the weekend, I had the privilege of watching some of the most inspirational athletes on the planet (my clients) complete the Gold Coast Airport Marathon events.nIt was 3 years ago when my wife and I completed our first half marathon on the Gold Coast. After hearing of what we achieved, one of my clients said, “There is no way I would be able to complete a half marathon; you’re mad!” I replied with, “You could do one quite easily.”nWell, 3 years have gone by and here was this same client, crossing the finish line of the half marathon, elated about what she had just accomplished. She couldn’t believe what she had done! Rach and I are so proud of her accomplishments.nAnd she wasn’t the only one. We had 2 other clients smash their PBs in the 10km run.nHowever, the race is not the thing that I am most proud of. What I’m most proud of is their dedication before the race; their nutrition, training, pre-hab and preparation strategies they stuck to. So many runners turn up to the event with a list of injuries, over-trained and half broken – they are lucky to make it to the start line, let alone finish the event. It’s the old “no pain, no gain” mentality. A race is not won at the finish line, it’s won in the months of preparation and dedication before the start gun goes off. And this is what I am most proud of. Well done team – you know who you are! Did you know that you don’t have to practice long distance running to complete a long distance event? When Rach and I completed our half marathons, we only did interval training to prepare for the event. Sprints, flat running, hill sprints and interval running – and we were still able to run 21km without stopping. The principles of ICE Training allowed us to do that – learn more about ICE here and grab your free 7 day pass to give it a try!