Amy began her Amerithon journey in July of 2016. She planned for the challenge to take her just over a year to complete, but had no idea what life had in store for her that would make that goal even more difficult than she anticipated. In August of 2017, she was diagnosed with colon cancer and immediately had surgery in order to mitigate the effects. When she started the challenge she had planned four days a week of running, and three days of walking or biking, but after surgery exercise of any kind was out of the question.
We recently sent this message to our Run The Year participants and felt it was worthwhile to put out to the rest of the world. Read on for a few May Wishes from US to YOU...
May is finally here and optimism is in full bloom! No matter how many miles you have completed so far, this is the perfect moment to examine your mindset and focus on the opportunity to really get moving heading into the summer.
Divorce, bankruptcy, homelessness, and countless other obstacles tried to get in her way. But through it all she ran. Marilyn Simmons Bowe ran to stay sane; to stay focused as she refused to give up on her dreams. She ran all the way to earning her PhD, starting her own company, publishing two books, and inspiring thousands along the way.
Run The Year participant Rachel MacDonald gives us a little insight into her running of the 2018 Boston Marathon. Read on to hear how 26.2 miles + cold + torrential rain turned into a day that won't soon be forgotten!
You did it! You signed up for your First. Race. Ever. You’ve committed to the program and will actually be training for your first race. From a sport psychologist's perspective (that’s me), you’ve mentally taken the hardest step of the whole process - making the decision and committing to do something totally new and out of your comfort zone! As any seasoned runner will tell you, on this journey you’ll have many ups and downs. You’re going to have days that make you question your sanity. Days that will make you think “what the (bleep) did I get myself into?”
A week ago the Run The Edge team tested out a new platform called GetVokl for our Back On Track Challenge. GetVokl allows us to both broadcast live conversations and facilitate group conversations in a round-robin style. You can see our live broadcast here if you missed it! We had a lot of fun...you might just get a few laughs if you watch...
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
Samantha’s life was forever changed when she fell off a roof and damaged her spine just over a decade ago. Medical experts told her that she would live with chronic pain for the rest of her life and may never be active again. At first she felt discouraged and didn't know where to turn. After gaining weight and suffering excruciating pain from spinal disc degeneration, she decided to make a change.
Most of us would give up on an active lifestyle after losing a leg and becoming wheelchair-bound for life. But most of us aren’t Jenny Sabbagh.