For Run The Year 2018 we've been taking time to share the stories of our users. It is an initiative we call "Faces of Run The Year". On social media and our blog we will be telling the stories of the people who make our challenge what it is today - An inclusive and motivating place to find your best self.
For this blog, meet Rachel MacDonald. Rachel is a Run The Year participant and avid writer who will be sharing her journey with us throughout 2018. She is a marathoner and Ironman 70.3 triathlete living in southern CT and says one of her favorite things is to earn "#allthemedals at #alltheraces"! You can follow Rachel on Instagram and Twitter at @runrach03
Running 2018 in 2018
As a long time runner, my yearly goals have ebbed and flowed. Some years, it has been all about tackling a "new distance". For example, when I had the opportunity to take on my first marathon, that was my entire goal for the year. Sometimes, my sole focus is to try and PR at a distance after recovering from an injury. Every year is new and different.
This year, I didn't set a major goal for myself right at the beginning of the year. I had already conquered a big race challenge the first weekend in January - the infamous Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World. If you're not familiar with this crazy challenge, it consists of a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon, over the course of four consecutive days, with each race starting at 5:30 in the morning. The race has earned it's name without a doubt! While the races went extraordinarily well for me, the aftermath of such a good challenge left me feeling a little like "what next"? I had the chance to complete the Run The Year Challenge with a teammate for the past two years, but I had never tried to tackle such a large amount of miles on my own. When I thought again about trying to tackle 2018 miles in 2018, I immediately jumped on board, but this time to complete it solo! I had found my big challenge for 2018!
This challenge does come with a caveat for me. I want to do my best to reach 2,018 miles, but I also don't want to get sucked into the trap of choosing quantity over quality. Over-training is no joke, and has some serious consequences. I also plan on racing an Ironman 70.3 triathlon later this year. I have to make sure I don't sacrifice my swimming or cycling for the sake of trying to hit a magic running number. I am sure this balance resonates with most of you reading this. Whether it is training for other goals or just balancing family, we are all trying to make it work.
Please follow along throughout the year while I take this journey with you. I will share my ups and downs as I balance all that I am trying to achieve in 2018. Yes, the main goal of this challenge is to hit 2,018 miles in 2018. However for me, this journey is more than that. It's to become a smarter, fitter, and (just maybe!) faster runner than I was a year ago.
Now it's your turn! What goals are you trying to hit during your 2018 in 2018 challenge?