At YMR Track Club, we are lucky to work with many different athletes across all levels and from many different walks of life. Our latest collaborator and former Fashion Model Lucie Beatrix shared her story of how she fell in love with running with us whilst she also tested out some of our premium ladieswear;
From breaking 17 minutes in the 5k, to running 76 miles straight in 17 hours, when I run I go fast and far. But my path towards becoming a competitive runner is not straight and narrow. In fact, it’s long and winding, and I had no idea my body could ever come close to doing what it does now.
I was never an athlete growing up. I never related to the team sport mentality, and physical movement didn’t excite me. The other kids in the prep school I attended were playing in sports but I was having my mom write notes to get me out of P.E. class. I was too busy hanging out with the loners and the misfits who cut class and we were as far removed from the jocks as we could get.
It was then, in high school, that my life changed forever. I was working in a gift shop after school when I was scouted to be a fashion model. I landed my first major contract at 16 years old. While all my peers were preparing to go to college, I was busy traveling the world to establish my career as a fashion model. My teenage years helped me set the foundation to move to NYC as soon as I graduated— all on my own.
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People have a lot of misconceptions of what life as a fashion model looks like, but for someone who made a living off how I looked for over a decade, I can say it takes a lot out of you.
The intense expectations, constant travel, and cut-throat nature surrounding the profession would leave just about anyone feeling mentally and physically exhausted.
At the height of my career, I was on the cover of several magazines and my likeness appeared in ads and fashion spreads decked in the latest trends. But no matter how great things appeared on the outside, my spirit was dull. My heart just wasn’t in modelling. I was proud of my accomplishments, but my body and mind begged for something deeper. I craved finding something more fulfilling to derive a sense of purpose.
I had no idea that I’d fall so deeply in love with running.
One day, back in 2012, Hurricane Sandy blew through NYC and half the city was underwater. It was a rigorous storm and my jobs were canceled for a week. Suddenly, with this newfound free time, I hopped on the treadmill in my gym’s building.
There, for the very first time, I ran 10 miles (or about 16 kilometers) straight. It was the furthest I’d ever run in my life, and the feelings I had when I finished left me elated. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it— I felt confident and strong.
So, I decided to start doing exactly that over and over again. I ran 7-10 miles every single day for the next year or so. I kept chipping away at my times on my own, and managed to run 10 miles in under an hour, averaging just under a 6:00 minute mile or (3:44 mpk). That was when I felt ready to enter my first ever race.
With no prior racing experience, or any idea of what I could do out there, I ran fast.
That race changed my life in a big way. I was no longer just a pretty face on the cover of Elle, but I was a real athlete. My race time spoke for itself and I was quickly scouted by a coach. I started training with others on a local team, and now I train with Brooklyn Track Club alongside some of the fastest women in NYC.
My commitment to this sport has landed me times that people train their whole lives how to reach. For me, running is just this thing I did because it gave my body a strong sense of purpose; something that I so badly craved. Now, I love sharing this joy I have for movement with others through coaching, storytelling, and running with others who like to compete and test ourselves. I think about how far I’ve traveled to get to this point every single time I lace up.
With my eyes set on big running dreams, I believe that when you follow your heart, anything can happen.