We leave the closing table feeling like champions as we celebrate a successful home sale or purchase. This feeling isn’t unusual for our unbelievably talented past client, Meredith Leader.
Spend 5 mins with Meredith and you will see what an incredibly driven, kind, dedicated and bad a$$ woman she is. By day Meredith works for a security company and by weekend she is an amazing mom, a thriving wine guide…and an Ironman!
Meredith has been an athlete majority of her life. Little did she know her love of running and lifting would propel her to competition. In 2004, a graduate school friend convinced her to start running and that is when she really made tracks…literally.
Fast forward 15 years later and she competed in her first Ironman on September 28th, 2019. Reflecting on her first full Ironman, Meredith recalls being amazed by the experience. “You can think about swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2, however until you are in the moment, you have no idea what it will actually be like.”
Most people wouldn’t know the challenge she faced just months before the competition. Having separated a shoulder after a fall running, Meredith’s preparation and training was completely altered. Her swim training was almost non-existent, only being able to get in the water a few times before the race. But that didn’t stop her.
Meredith frequently embraces words of wisdom to help her conquer a race. One of Meredith’s favorite quotes from a former CEO of hers is “Face, pace, focus, and strength.” She continued to recite this in her head over and over during the marathon; telling herself she could accomplish anything that she put her mind to. It was advice from a good friend to stand up on the bike every 30 minutes that Meredith remembered to get her through the cycling portion in the Ironman.
When asked what advice she would give anyone racing, Meredith says it’s important to find a training plan and stick to it! “Don’t ever think that you can’t do it. There are people competing in Ironman races that are all ages, shapes, and sizes. You can do it!”
For Meredith, competing is not just about reaching the finish line, it’s the before, during and after! Many Ironman participants bond with each other since they are all experiencing the same pain and excitement. Meredith reflects, “There are 2 people I will always remember from my experience. The first is Kristin, who I met around mile 70ish on the bike and she got me to the end. I was in such agony and so emotionally exhausted and she started chatting with me. She kept me distracted to the end! Without her being there, I don’t know if I could have made it through. The second was Paul, whom I met around mile 25 on the run. He told me his story and I shared mine. As we approached the finish line, he was a true gentleman and slowed down so I could go through the chute alone and enjoy my finish line experience! I was able to meet his wife and kids after the race and told them what an amazing man he was!”
With three kids ranging from 6 to 12, Meredith and her Husband, Todd are all about Family. Among her favorite things are watching the kids play sports and enjoying time together on their porch with a gorgeous view. Meredith and her family call a beautiful Colonial in Monrovia, MD home.