INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis wife, mother and running coach is featured on the September issue of Women’s Running, the world’s largest women-specific running magazine, released August 18.
Lindsey Hein, 30, was chosen through the magazine’s Cover Model Contest which solicited women to submit the inspiring reasons why they run. Out of more than 2,000 entries, Hein was selected as a Top 9 Finalist, and won the contest by receiving the most votes out of more than 27,000 cast.
“For the contest, they were asking people to tell them about their ‘Find Your Strong’ moment and I thought, ‘well I’ve really been through a lot this past year and I think I have something to say,’” says Hein.
In June 2013, Hein discovered she had the BRCA2 gene mutation which puts her at an 86 percent risk of developing breast cancer and 27 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
“It was a hard decision, but I decided to go ahead and have a prophylactic double mastectomy in October 2013,” says Hein.
Hein was cleared for surgery on the day before she raced Ironman 70.3 Muncie, a grueling endurance race consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.
“I was already nervous about the race because it was a distance I had never done before,” says Hein. “It was a distraction from the race to have these health things going on – but the race was also a distraction from the health issues.”
Hein wrote about her experience in the Cover Model Contest submission: “As I competed that day, I felt strong, courageous and determined. When I got to the run course (my favorite leg of the course), I told myself, ‘This is your time. This is what you are good at. Run these people down and be grateful that you are out here doing what you love.’”
Hein had a double mastectomy in October 2013 and reconstructive surgery in January 2014.
“Having the surgery with a 1.5 year old was really hard because they put you on a big weight restriction for 6 weeks, meaning I couldn’t pick Marshall up or anything like that,” says Hein.
Hein chronicled the entire experience on her blog OutForARunTraining.com, a website where she and her husband facilitate virtual coaching for runners and triathletes.
The cover shoot
Hein received an email in early July from the staff of Women’s Running magazine informing her she had won the Cover Model Contest.
“Literally the next week, we flew out to San Diego,” says Hein. “The photo shoot was interesting – I’ve never done anything like that before; I wore more makeup than I did on my wedding day!”
Hein described the photo shoot as a 5 hour event with “6 or 7 outfits” and admits by the end of the shoot she was exhausted because she was 13 weeks pregnant.
“That’s the stage where you’re kind of poochin’ out a little bit and I wasn’t exactly feeling like I looked how I would want to look to be on the cover of a magazine, but it’s kind of beautiful,” says Hein.
The next steps
Hein is due to give birth to her second child in January 2015 and believes even bigger changes are still to come.
“I’ll probably have a hysterectomy pretty early – maybe in my late 30s, so I’m in the mindset where I want to have a couple more kids before I do that,” says Hein.
Until then, she’s enjoying staying home with her 2-year-old son Marshall, and the rejuvenation she feels giving her body a rest from grueling training.
“The nice thing about pregnancy is it rejuvenates you, it gives you time to relax and reflect on the things that you’ve done and the things that you want to do,” says Hein. “But right now it’s an exciting time for our family.”