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.
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?”
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.
“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