Challenges

Do you partake in Challenges? I’m obsessed with challenges! I’ve found that challenges help to motivate me to be a better, stronger runner.

In the spring of 2016, our Wellness group at work held a 10k-a-day (10,000 steps a day) challenge for two weeks.

At the time I was running three or four days a week and on the days I ran, hitting 10k was not a problem, but on my rest days, I was averaging 5 or 6k. So by adding a short walk at lunch or after work on those days, I was able to hit the 10k goal.

I completed the two week challenge and decided to see if I could hit 30 days. 30 days turned into 60 and 60 turned into 90. At 100 days I was starting my fall 1/2 marathon training and came across a 100 mile a month challenge on STRAVA! At the time, I was hitting 70 to 80 miles a month, so by adding a few miles each week, hitting the 100 miles a month was within reach. I did that for 5 months then found out about the Runners World fall 1-mile a day challenge from Thanksgiving day to New Year’s Day! Well, not being able to turn down a challenge, I added this, which made it easier to maintain my 100 miles a month challenge. Two challenges at one time! Bonus! See, obsessed! I told ya!
I finished the Runners World challenge by running a 5k on New Year’s Day. The following week I started to train for my first full marathon so I was able to keep hitting my goal of 100 miles a month.
After my marathon in April (6-months of hitting 100 miles a month , I scaled way back and only ran about 50 miles in May, which was a much needed break, but by the end of the month, I was getting restless and needed a new challenge. Just so happens Runners World offers a Spring Challenge to run 1-mile a day from Memorial Day to the 4th of July (37 days). You guessed it, yep, I’m on Day 16 of 37.

Do you participate in challenges?

If so, which ones?

 

2 comments

  1. I do love me a good challenge!… but I dislike running streaks. It encourages me not to take a break, which is what I really should do. In fact, I shouldn’t run more than 3 days in a row, but sure enough, I had extra time this morning, and decided to get up and run. Should have been a rest day. My bad for running today!!!!! That’s why I need to stay on a training plan, because otherwise I just get up and run everyday and don’t take a break.
    But good job on your streak!! It’s an awesome challenge for everyone else 🙂

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