It’s no secret that my running has sort of been all over the place this year. Back in January I was so excited to start training for a half-marathon which was supposed to take place in May. I made it through about 6 weeks of training before it was postponed (the new date has yet to be made official). I’ve been doing virtual races during COVID-19 but some weeks I run alot (for me) and others I feel less motivated and don’t run as much. So I thought this would be a great time to focus on a new running challenge for this summer.
Last week I signed up for the Race Across Maryland. The goal is to run 250 miles between June 15th and August 31st (60 days). This is if you are running “west to east”. There is also an option to run “north to south” and do 100 miles in the same time frame.
So why did I pick this challenge to focus on? While it was a mostly spur-of-the-moment decision, there were some reasons it felt right to me right now.
I don’t have to focus on speed
Between the heat, stroller runs, and lifting heavier this is just not a good time for me to work on getting faster.
It will give me some structure to each week
Some days I just sit around like “how much should I run?” I like to have a distance in mind before I go out so I know how much time I need. This will give me some guidance. I usually run 5 days per week and I’ll need to run about 30 miles per week.
It is challenging, but doable
I was almost going to sign up for the “100 mile” race but then I figured I might as well challenge myself. I know I’ll run 100 miles in 60 days, but I’ll really need to be intentional to hit 250.
I can include walks
I usually walk for about 2 miles with the stroller whenever its nice out, and I can include these miles too. I will probably log them on an app rather than use my Garmin so I don’t mess up my running data. I no longer wear a fitness tracker but miles accumulated from regular daily activities don’t count anyway.
It supports local businesses
According to the website, “In an eye on helping Maryland’s small businesses get back on their feet, we will take some of the proceeds from the event and buy gift certificates and other “stuff” from local mom and pops, bars and restaurants and use them as prizes and rewards and help those Maryland companies. Your job will be to use your prizes and gift certificates and bring a friend or two when you do!”
Finally, its a virtual challenge. It’s something to work towards, but I don’t have to do this if I’m finding the mileage is too much or I need a break. It might also motivate me to get out for walks on days that I don’t really feel like it.
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Have you ever done a challenge like this?
Would you opt for the 250 miles or 100 miles?
How often do you get outside for walks?
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