Run the Year, 2018
In January of 2018, I felt like I could accomplish any goal that I set my mind to. I had just finished my first marathon and was in the best shape of my life. This was the reason that when my daughter asked me if I wanted to attempt this challenge, I said yes. Not only did I say yes, but I convinced a co-worker and my sister to do the challenge as well.
Somehow, I didn’t think that running over 2,000 miles in a year would be that difficult. I was already signed up for two marathons, and I knew that I would attempt my first ultra-marathon that year. In order to hit 2018 miles, we had to average just over 5.5 miles per day. It doesn’t seem that bad until you realize that for every rest day, you have to run 11 miles. If you take two rest days, then it’s over 16 miles. I’m sure you can see where this challenge gets difficult.
My “Year of Running”
January of last year started what I now call my “year of running.” Through all types of weather, many vacations, all hours of the day…I ran. The list of races that I competed in this year was lengthy, considering I had only run one marathon prior to the start of the year. In March, I ran the Napa Valley Marathon with my daughter. In July I attempted the Sheep Mountain 50 miler, I made it 47 miles before having to drop out. In August, I ran the Reykjavik, Iceland Marathon. In October, I ran the Mount Desert Island Marathon in Bar Harbor, Maine. And finally, in November, I completed my first 50-mile race, Deadman’s Peak, in Cuba, New Mexico.
2018 Miles Seemed Unreachable
With all of my training and all of my races, 2018 miles still seemed unreachable. There were times when I wanted to give up. I had plenty of mornings when I had to force myself out of bed at 3:30 in order to get my miles in before work. I had many days of trying to find anyone that would run with me in the freezing cold or extreme heat so that I didn’t have to run alone.
Without My Sister, I Don’t Know If I Could Have Done It
I worked through all of these tough moments, and on December 30th, 2018 my sister and I completed our 2,018 miles! Without my sister, I don’t know if I could have done it. She pushed me to keep running when I didn’t think I could. And, I believe that I did the same for her. We needed each other for the moments when one of us wanted to quit. It was an amazing year. Would I ever do this challenge again? Probably not! But we will attempt many more races together.
You Can Do Anything That You Put Your Mind To
You can do anything that you put your mind to. Sometimes you might need a little help to get there. Whether your goal is weight loss, living a healthier lifestyle, or running 2,000 miles in a year, having a partner, friend, health coach, or personal trainer to be by your side could make the difference between giving up and achieving your goals.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can improve your health, I invite you to join one of our upcoming health, wellness, and weight loss workshops in the Boulder and Denver area.