Imagine you are a single runner. Even if you have been happily married for years, picture the following scene. You are out for a solo training run on one of your favorite trails. Up ahead, you catch a glimpse of the most attractive runner you have ever seen. This is your moment. This is your one chance to say something witty and strike up a conversation. You can’t afford to chicken out with a simple, “On your left” as you run past never looking back. You also can’t afford to be unoriginal. “Are your legs tired? ‘Cause you have been running through my mind all day?” is cliché and will not separate you from the pack. Your mind races as you try to remember all the cheesy pick-up lines you laughed about with your friends. Should you be funny? Sincere? Direct? Original?
At Run The Edge, we get excited when one of our virtual events coordinates with a live one. We announced at the beginning of September that we were partnering with Team Red, White & Blue for their fourth annual running of the Old Glory Relay (OGR) by raising funds via our Amerithon Challenge virtual event. OGR is an event that tasks over 70 teams to move a single American flag across the United States and Amerithon tasks participants to virtually exercise their way across the country. Yes, we thought it was a perfect fit too! :)
Sights, Sounds and Musings of a Daily Walk
Pretty, pink peonies in perfect pom-pom shapes, and purple varieties a plenty. There were peach poppies too, but I particularly prefer the orange ones.
A month ago we, interviewed one of our Amerithon participants, Jim Powers, to see what it was like doing the challenge as a team. Jim and his wife Deborah Lea-Powers are on a team together, striving to reach the finish line at the Washington Monument. After completing 2,016 miles in 2016 for the Run The Year 2016 Challenge, they wanted to find out how to stay motivated and continue staying active. Not only do they have to complete 3,521 miles to finish the challenge, but they get to virtually travel across the USA as they earn badges for each landmark they pass along the way. Read more to hear what it’s like to do the Amerithon Challenge as a two-person team straight from Jim!
"1 FLAG UNITING 62 IMPACTFUL DAYS BY MOVING OVER 4,600 MILES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FROM SEATTLE, WA TO TAMPA, FL."
“Everyone on social media knows I was doing this race and now I feel so embarrassed. What do I say when they ask me how it went?” — Anonymous DNF athlete
Sometimes external factors are what drive us to make a change. For Rebekah, learning that a former coworker needed a kidney transplant led her on a path that changed her life for the better and is helping her give the ultimate gift — life!
Read Rebekah’s transformation story and how she is going to be a living donor.
CONGRATS on making the commitment to starting a new running or fitness journey! Wait?! Let me double check, you have committed to this thing right?!Well then, let’s back up a minute. First things first, when we start anything new and unknown, our brains go haywire and start to think of all the crazy “what if’s.” Take the Amerithon Challenge for example—it may seem like an impossible goal. All those sneaky voices flood in and tell us why we can’t do it or what could go wrong. Well, hate to break it to you - your brain is actually doing its job!
Are you ready to increase your stength, flexibility, and overall health with a customizable month long yoga challenge?
As part of our Monthly Challenge Series for Run The Year 2017, we partnered up with Yoga expert Erin Sampson and Five Parks Yoga to create our August challenge. It is so good that we decided to open it up to everyone wanting to enrich their exercise routines with some yoga!
How do you participate? Just Download the PDF below with the instructions and video links and join in the fun! This challenge is completely free and completely awesome!
For our re-launch of the Amerithon Challenge, our chosen charity wear blue: run to remember founder Lisa Hallett is sharing the stories of a few of their program recipients. Today meet Seamus Donahue in Lisa's words:
Eighteen-year old Seamus Donahue ran the Marine Corps Marathon last year, shortly after the one-year anniversary of the death of his father MAJ Michael Donahue. Seamus and his dad had started running together a few years before. I jump in with our Gold Star athletes on the course, whenever I can. Seamus was cruising. Hoping to run a 3:25... but as he ran through the mile, his breath was ragged. "I can't breathe. It's harder than I thought it would be." His pace slowed. And we ran the mile together.