Lauren Polak

Migonis Multisport Athlete - Lauren Polak - marathon Growing up I played soccer and eventually ran track in high school just to stay in shape, but running definitely was not a passion of mine. I went on to college where I managed to find plenty of new interests, but none of them seemed to involve exercise. I ended up getting out of shape and frankly, really enjoyed my inactive lifestyle. After graduating in 2011, moving to New York City and then returning to Central New York in summer 2012 I realized something needed to change.

That summer I met one of my best friends and fellow Migonis athlete, Emily Zipprich. She was signing up for these “70.3’s” and half marathons. I was clueless and I thought there was no way I would ever attempt anything she was doing. I started running again to lose some of the weight I put on, but not to compete. In December 2012 Emily suggested we try Crossfit to see what it was about. We tried it, got addicted and eventually quit within 6 months, but it was exactly what I needed. It got me back into shape and motivated me to get back to do doing what I loved the most-workout. I ran my first half marathon in April 2013. I was absolutely terrified and questioned myself the entire time. I ended up finishing under 2 hours and from that point on, I was hooked. Since then I have gone on to run several half marathons and have completed one full marathon.

This is now my second, and hopefully more successful season with Matt! Last season I trained harder than I ever have before and as a result, I performed much better. I set multiple new PR’s and was racing frequently. As I moved towards my goal of another marathon, I started to not feel too well. I pushed through until I realized something was definitely wrong. Turns out I had mono! With that said, I was benched. I took some time to rest up and I was determined that 2017 would be my year.

For the 2017 season, I am looking forward to crushing more goals. I will be racing in a couple half marathons, but I am entering new territory. I will be racing in my first 70.3 in July at the Musselman. I probably should be more scared than I am, but I know I am going to be the most prepared first-time triathlete on the course thanks to Matt. Matt has been so patient with me as I start this new journey and I know that this will only continue. What stands out to me most about Matt is how much he genuinely wants you to succeed and not only reach, but exceed your goals. He is a supportive, caring and smart coach. What else would you ever want in a coach?! I am turning the tables a little bit this year too as I take on my first coaching gig at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. I have been appointed as the Head Men’s & Women’s Track Coach. I can only hope I’m half the coach Matt is!

Overall, I felt so lucky to be a part of such an incredible team in 2016. The support and encouragement from this team cannot be beat. I know 2017 is going to be a season to remember and I am looking forward to once again being part of the absolute best team!

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