As 2019 draws to a close, and we grow reflective, we have decided to compile a few amazing stories from our awesome Run The Year participants. Hearing about these experiences is what drives us at Run The Edge to do what we do! Whether you are overcoming an injury, achieving a new personal record, drawing support in times of grief, or realizing potential you never knew you had, we are constantly awed by what all of you manage to accomplish and endure in 365 days! Read on to see what an amazing year we've had, and to feel inspired for 2020.
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Run The Year 2019...What A Year:
"Started the year off strong by getting my mom involved in running and made it back to run club. I finally did the 8 mile loop that I wanted to do and was excited to tackle it again, but I fractured my tibial plateau in a dirt bike accident and ended up with surgery. I was non-weight bearing for two months and have since been relearning to walk. It's been an emotional and physical roller coaster... But today I just learned I can resume all activities without restrictions. 2020 will be my year!"
"I did 15 miles today. Granted, it was not all at once and it was slow (my pb is 9:42 min/mile for 15 miles). At almost 14 min/mile, it's easy to be discouraged. To compare yourself to others. To compare yourself to you. Just stop. You are here. You are important. You matter. You shut that crap up in your head. You got this."
"2017 400+ team miles with a new hip and later that year a new knee. 2018 going strong until tibia fracture in June. Signed up for 2019 with high hopes until fracture went south. Surgery to repair one year later. Signed up for RTY 2020, Nashville 15k, local half (my first), RnR Dublin half and Philly half. Along the way I have learned about strength training, compression, running mechanics...oh, and shoes. Definitely learned about shoes😆. I have made friends that I am finally going to get to meet in Philly and picked up hubs as a running partner! You’re stuck with me until I meet this challenge😊 (that could be awhile)."
"I had the most amazing year ever - 3 marathons, 2 50ks and a 50 miler. Oh and I had the most horrible year ever - dealing with a high ankle sprain that has had me out of action for the last month! But that's how life goes - ups and downs, twists and turns. 2020 is going to be an epic year of my first 100 miler - gotta keep moving forward!"
-Cynthia Craig Thompson
"This was my first time to do this challenge. I’m 58 with arthritis and just trying to stay healthy and just keep moving. I usually do virtual races to keep me moving. But I did my first live races ever this fall. I did a 5K, 10k and half marathon. I’m looking forward to 2020 challenge now. Finished 2019 this evening."
"2019 started with me being 7 months pregnant with ever decreasing stamina for walking/running thanks to gestational diabetes and SERIOUS pregnancy induced edema along with all the normal end of pregnancy issues (small bladder, back pain, SI pain, sciatica). In February, baby came via c-section, which meant a long recovery from surgery. I wanted so badly to get back out running, but it was very very slow going. 3 months in to motherhood, it was May and I returned to work and an occasional walk/run. In came the post partum depression. It was rough. After three more months (now August), I was finally able to stop taking my anti-depression meds and try to figure out how to adjust to life as a mom (hadn't done this in the first six months due to the depression). Now diagnosed as pre-diabetic and began working with a nutritionist and taking metformin. Due to life, running was not as regular as I wanted it to be. Two months later (now October) and still struggling to figure out how to balance everything, but I did my first post-partum live 5k. It was slow. But it got done. Shortly after this, my Grandfather died. Grandmother moved from another state to live in my town. Lots of family drama and time dedicated to Grandma (November). It's now December. I just ran my second live 5k of the year. With three weeks left in the year, and despite all of these obstacles, I have increased my mileage 200 miles from 2018. I'm pretty pleased with this! I found a RTY Team that is AMAZING and I enjoyed getting to know them so much! 2020 will bring my first ever 10k, my first ever half marathon (October), and hopefully more 5ks (as long as they come with race bling, of course lol!)."
"I completed my first marathon! At the beginning of the year, I had no plans on running a full, but then I entered the lottery for NYC for funsies, and when I didn't get selected, I realized I was actually disappointed. So I signed up for Philly the next day. I started training on Memorial Day, and toughed it out training through some significant life issues (as we all do). The day of the marathon itself... well, I almost drowned then almost froze to death (not joking) because the weather was so horrible. But with some of the bestest friends (who I met through RTY) also on course giving me support and hugs as we passed each other on an out-and-back section, I got my medal 🙂 People told me I didn't have the build to go that far (I'm short and round), but I showed them!"
"My running year was a lot like a trail race. It had lots of highs, a few lows, and tons of lessons learned. I met one of my running heroes, Sarah Lavender Smith, after a half marathon at the beginning of the year. In February, I ran my first marathon, a grueling trail race with 5800’ of gain. Whoot! Then in March, I ran my first road marathon in Oakland. Very cool. In April, I ran my first 50k in Mendocino. Magical! (it was also very challenging and took me 8.5hrs). June brought my first international race – a half marathon in Banff, Canada! Gorgeous scenery. I spent the summer doing long runs in the Marin Headlands and flew to Ireland in September for my second international race, a road marathon on the Dingle Peninsula. Jaw dropping scenery and the loveliest people you can imagine. My big race of 2019 was supposed to be the North Face Challenge in San Francisco, a 50 miler with 10,000+ feet of gain. I’d been dealing w/PF in my left foot for a few weeks. It got better, then worse, then tolerable. The week of the race, my right knee flared up. I was still determined to race. The day before the race, I did a short run with up and downhill segments. I felt great! Until I hit the flat section when my knee almost gave out. I was crushed, but also grateful I could be crushed about a first world problem like not being able to run an ultra marathon. I started running in early 2018 and welcome every challenge that comes along because it’s all beautiful, if not in the package we expect.
Find the joy, embrace the joy."
"In 2018 I decided it was time to lose weight. I changed my diet and lost 30lbs.
At the end of 2018 I discovered RTY and signed up with finishing a pipe dream.
I will finish, early even. As of this email I have 22 miles left.
I have continued to lose weight and have lost a total of 53lbs so far.
I have run 5 IRL 5ks this year because of this program and the Facebook community.
Thank you for helping me on my journey. I can’t wait for 2020."
"2019, my Year of Yes.