Some Things to be Thankful For (Including Running)

For those of you who have followed my monthly newsletters for a while, perhaps months or even years, I have been writing about my running hobby for at least 3-4 years.  Often I will share a route that you can take to explore a neighborhood.  Perhaps I’ve encouraged you to go and cheer on your fellow New Yorkers running the New York City Marathon!  Or I’ve just shared a gorgeous place in the US that I’ve visited, like the Los Gatos Creek Trail in California.

One of my favorite new runs, the Los Gatos Creek Trail

My running has taken me to 19 marathon courses, 7 in New York City, but the rest scattered all over.  In 2017, I was able to run a new personal best of 3:33:41 (best since 2012) in the Suffolk County Marathon.   The people of Patchogue, New York, especially all of the Police and Firefighters working the course in the pouring rain, were incredible.  Running a marathon in the rain isn’t always the most fun, but there were lots of moments to be inspired, running through cute village downtown areas, or through Hechsher Park in East Islip or the Bayard Arboretum, where I saw a mile of memory for those local soldiers who gave their lives in recent wars abroad.  Something like that will help keep you going through the miles.

the marathon course

After these long training seasons, I have a lot of energy to share, and wanted to express the thanks again to so many of you who have helped me raise money in the past (Whether Fred’s Team, Team for Kids, Back on my Feet, or The American Cancer Society), or just supported me on Facebook or elsewhere

It’s no exaggeration that my running has always helped be the best professional to my clients I can be.  I find a way to take a long view to my work with buyers and sellers, and how I can help them achieve their goals, whether they are short- or long-term.  Everything I do is part of a bigger plan.  And I never forget that it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

I also make sure not to forget that I often enter people’s lives at a stressful time!  And anything I do that helps me stay calm for my clients is a major plus.

At this time of year, when we are thankful for what we have, I am glad to have you!  My clients, friends and family.  Thank you for your referrals, your calls, your questions, your laughter, your personality, your intensity, your brilliance, your willingness to share of yourselves and help me learn how to help YOU better.

I can’t miss the opportunity to thank my team here The Harris Residential Team, that allows me to be “on the road” as much as possible, running around the city (in a suit) or running marathon.  They enable me to do what I do for you and to do it well.  They make me strive to improve every day.  

But in this case, you definitely helped ME get better.  For those of you new to the blog, I had hip surgery for an FAI hip impingement about 2 1/2 years ago.

Someone once told me to imagine if I was given a car at 18 years old, and told that this was the only car I was going to get for the rest of my life.  Would I take incredible care of it?  You bet that I would.  That doesn’t stop you from bringing your car to the shop from time to time, of course!  Or in this case, the Hospital for Special Surgery.

I hope that my recovery helped inspire people to run, to explore finding ways to better their health and beyond.  I certainly know that you helped me get back to running through your support and well wishes.

Here’s to your success in 2018! Happy Holidays!!! -Scott & The Harris Residential Team

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