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!
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
We’ve all heard about how important exercise is and how sitting is the new smoking. Most of us step out our doors to go for a run or a hike or go to the gym for our workouts. What about those for whom exercise is not so easy?
My sister and I both have a rare lung disease called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). In July of 2013 our doctor prescribed us both supplemental oxygen. My sister needed it full time. I only needed it for exertion, when I was working out.
Mary Hill is the type of person who can make something happen. When given a choice of life or death, you’d better believe she’s going to make life happen.
When she was in high school, Mary participated in numerous school activities including basketball, volleyball and track—so it’s no surprise that she was in better physical shape than most of her peers.
In her twenties, Mary found the man of her dreams and got married. After their wedding, Mary let go of healthy eating habits and exercise routines since she no longer had to worry about fitting into “the dress.”
“For as long as I can remember weight has been an issue for me. Starting in high school, I always strived to be skinnier and would follow extreme diets to achieve my goals. It always failed.”
Hobby + Passion + Creativity = Miles of Memories
My husband, Jim, has always been active in swimming and biking and had been encouraging (bugging) me for years to take up a sport we could do together. When our son left for college in 2010 we bought road bikes and have been in love with the sport ever since. It has opened up a whole new world for us to explore.
2013 has not been the year that I thought it would be for my running. For the past few months I have been looking forward to running the ING New York City Marathon as a perfect way to cap off a difficult year and to show the world what I am still capable of doing. Unfortunately, it just is not in the cards for this year. Letting go of my dream of running New York this year has been very difficult for me, but it was a decision I had to make.
“I am not somebody who just likes to run. I am a runner. This is the difference between a pastime and a passion. I like to play golf, but I am not a golfer. I like to cook, but I am not a chef. I don’t just like to run. I am a runner. It is a passion. It is part of who I am and is woven into the fabric of my personality, character, and psyche.” – Adam Goucher from “Running the Edge”