What does goodness mean to you?
To me, goodness is seeing the bright spot in something. It is seeing something that might be meaningless to someone else but brings a smile to my face. It can be a random motto or slogan for a company, a sticker on a light pole, some inspiring graffiti, or a good deed witnessed. It gives me an extra pep in my step and reminds me that there is positivity everywhere, even if you're not looking.
What do you enjoy doing?
I love working out. I am an avid runner and spinner. It truly brings enjoyment to my life and any day that starts with a workout is infinitely better than a day without it. Running, especially gives me a lot of joy. It not only is good for the body, but also for the mind. It's a form of therapy for me. Additionally, it allows me to set goals for myself and gives me a purpose to work toward those goals. Because of running, I have been able to explore so many different places and see things I never would have seen like amazing sunrises, hidden gems, cool street art, and my favorite, have popular tourist destinations all to myself. There is something magical about that and it often leaves a perma-smile on my face. When I travel, seeing the city on foot early in the morning before anyone else is out is one of the best things in the world for me.
What is something that you have seen/read/heard lately that has brought a smile to your face?
Last week I ran the Chicago Marathon which was my 11th overall marathon. Training for a marathon is never an easy task and certainly does not get easier with time. The energy of the city the couple of days leading up the marathon is electric and seeing all the runners from all over the world is amazing. Everyone smiles at each other and there is a level of respect being quietly communicated between everyone. On race morning, it is literally a sea of humanity with all the runners ready to embark on such a special journey and seeing all their hard work come to fruition while running 26.2 miles. Running the race, you pass people of all ages, nationalities, body types, etc... and realize we all put in the work to be here. It's beyond inspiring. There are multiple times along the race course I tear up because I am so inspired and in awe of those around me. From the 80-year old man running his 35th straight marathon to the handicapped runner with the prosthetic legs to the blind runner being led by a guide to the cancer survivor getting redemption on her body and the mother running up and hugging her husband and kids on the sideline...I could go on and on, but all of this brings a smile to my face and inspires me. Whether you've run a marathon or have been a spectator (which is equally inspiring, trust me), you know what I'm talking about and how awesome it can be. It is truly a magical thing to be a part of.
My name is Rachel Goldman and I am a 34-year old Chicago resident. Although I grew up here, up until two months ago, I spent the last twelve years of my life living and working in New York City. Even though I loved NYC (and still very much do), I needed a change in many aspects of my life and I wanted to be closer to my family. I left everything I have known in my adult life (work, apartment, friends, etc...), and made the move back home.
I love running, spinning, and just getting out and being active. I was an athlete my whole life and not only love playing sports, but I am also a huge sports fan! Traveling and exploring new areas are also huge passions of mine. And when I can combine running with traveling, I am one happy camper!
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