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The February 2016 Running Challenge

Stoshew71Stoshew71 Member Posts: 6,592 Member Member Posts: 6,592 Member
It's February and leap year. Perfect time to leap into this challenge. This is your virtual running group to keep you accountable and enjoy a virtual coffee with your fellow runners after you run. Make new friends and learn a few things.

Hi everyone. This is a continuation from the January 2016 Running Challenge which can be found at:

Anyone can join in. New & Old. And if you found this thread late, you can join in at any time.
We have members that are total beginners all the way to marathon maniacs and beyond. We are a friendly and encouraging bunch.

Here the details from last month that applies here again.

Anybody want to join me for a running challenge? Set a goal here and mark it every day here. OPTIONAL: You can post your progress by creating a ticker at (If creating ones seems difficult, then don't let that stop you. Just type in your daily miles here.)

You can run, walk, or do treadmill. Just be consistent. I am setting a goal for 200 miles. Don't let my high (or low) goal intimidate you. Some can do 25, 50; whatever you like. We can help motivate each other. What do you say? If you are new to running, set a low goal. (You can also log your miles in km's if you choose.)

You can set your goal now but wait until Monday February 1st to log your runs.

Also, don't forget to join our group which can be found at:

There you will find lots of good info, and it's a place where everyone can talk to each other for further motivation. It's also a place to find help when there is a problem with this thread.

After you run, come in here and post what you did. Keep a running tally of what you did this month, and interact with the others. Many folks come in here and chat it up even on their rest days or while recouping from injury. This is a very social group and we talk about many things to include running. Very friendly bunch here so don't be afraid to say hi (even if this is your first time). Talk about a recent race or one coming up. Ask questions, provide answers, or just learn. Participation is what makes this group successful.

Not quite sure how to log your runs, follow what many other people are doing. Even look at last month's thread that I posted above.

*******OPTIONAL TICKER*************
Info on tickers since I know there will be questions. Sign up for an account and create your ticker.
Then you need to update it after you do a run and post it here. Here is what you will need to do.

After setting up your ticker, you will need to make note of the weblink they give you so you can return. An example would be: <<<< the last part will be a part of the image link (explained below) that will be supplied to you after you initially create your link.

When you return to TickerFactory with the weblink, go to your settings page. Make sure you type your pin in that you set when you created your ticker account.
Then where it says "Your current cumlative value, there is an add button. Just add what you just did and the cumlative value automatically changes. Then hit next.

Now after you added your new miles (or km's) to your ticker you need to post it here.

After you hit next, it will give you a bunch of codes suggesting on how to display your ticker.
Use the one at the bottom where it says Direct Image URL:

It will look something like:

To display that correctly in your post, make sure you place the img tags around that link. So it will look, (removing the spaces in the img tags):

[ img ] [ /img ]

^^^^^^^ Don't forget to remove the spaces between the brackets. ^^^^^^^^^^

Some key things to pay attention to when posting your ticker.

1: Use the link that ends in .png
2. Remember the [ img] and [ /img] tags go in between the link
3. remove the spaces in the img tags before posting
4. YES, there is a / in the second /img tag

Good luck! And happy running (or walking or treadmilling, ect). If you have any trouble or have questions, please feel free to PM me.




  • ariceroniariceroni Member Posts: 429 Member Member Posts: 429 Member
    Hi everyone, I'm Amy! I've been following the January Running Challenge for the last few days but wanted to wait until february to officially jump in. I'm currently training for a 10 mile race in March, as well as my 5th half marathon in May! There's also a few 5Ks and 8Ks that I have planned along the way haha. My goal for February is 130 miles, as dictated by my training plan. Can't wait to hear from everyone!

  • snhasnha Member Posts: 390 Member Member Posts: 390 Member
    I made my goal and then some for January. I am especially happy since I have been so busy, but kept the promise. My goal for this month is to get back to reading and commenting on posts! Next month will hopefully be a little less busy than January!

    80 for me this month.

  • juliet3455juliet3455 Member Posts: 2,980 Member Member Posts: 2,980 Member
    Staying at my 140 km Goal. Will kick February off with a Taper week for my Chilly Willy HM.
    Then a Training week, followed by a second taper week for the Hypothermic HM. Two HM's in a month is probably not the Best Planning wise - But what's a fellow to do? Run ??.
    Could be a struggle to get my 140km goal when you have 2 Taper weeks, its a good thing I have the HM distances in the mix.
    edited January 2016
  • 3dogsrunning3dogsrunning Member Posts: 27,179 Member Member Posts: 27,179 Member
    Upping my goal from January from 50 to 80km. January was just to get an idea of where I was.


    First race of the year on February 7th, a 5k.
  • 9voice99voice9 Member Posts: 693 Member Member Posts: 693 Member
    With a shorter month, I'm setting a 120 goal.
  • 5BeautifulDays5BeautifulDays Member Posts: 683 Member Member Posts: 683 Member
    I have no idea how to plan for this month--I have my first half on the 22nd, but I also have a number of life events and travel. I think I'm going to fall somewhere between 80-100 miles. So I'll set my goal for 100, but won't be terribly surprised if I don't quite get there.

    Upcoming Races:
    Feb. 14 Run Your Heart Out 5K, Reston, VA
    Feb. 22 Disney Princess Half Marathon, Orlando, FL


    edited January 2016
  • kimlight2kimlight2 Member Posts: 483 Member Member Posts: 483 Member
    Set a goal of 40 last month and missed due to injury so I am going for a conservative 25 miles this month due for that reason and an out of town hockey tournament for son. Also need to focus on strength training to stop this stupid cycle i am stuck in.
  • skippygirlsmomskippygirlsmom Member Posts: 4,274 Member Member Posts: 4,274 Member
    I'm going to say 80 miles and hope for the best. Thanks @stoshew71.
  • dominichorandominichoran Member Posts: 18 Member Member Posts: 18 Member
    Have work travel and 2 races, so mileage will be lighter. 300 miles, sub 17:30 5k and sub 60 10 mile.
  • kristinegiftkristinegift Member Posts: 2,406 Member Member Posts: 2,406 Member
    My schedule says ~245 so... I'm gonna put down 230 for February. I should probably give myself a few flexible days in case anything feels screwy or we get another freak snow storm.
  • WhatMeRunningWhatMeRunning Member, Premium Posts: 2,543 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,543 Member
    It's looking like somewhere in the 90's would be the right mileage this month, so I'm tempted to round that up and shoot for 100 in February.
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Member Posts: 8,375 Member Member Posts: 8,375 Member
    Welcome @ariceroni!
    @kristinegift whew! Girl be runnin'!

    I'm in for 110. February is my one year anniversary with the group! Thanks for the motivation all!

    Thanks again Stan!
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Member Posts: 2,927 Member Member Posts: 2,927 Member
    My goal is to hit the weekly mileages in my Boston training plan. For February, this breaks down as follows for the weeks ending:

    2/6 62 miles, less 14 run on 1/31 = 48 miles
    2/13 68
    2/20 62
    2/27 68

    Sunday, 2/28 assignment is 60 minutes easy, estimate 7.5 miles
    Monday, 2/29 is a filler day, estimating 8 miles. May need to adjust that estimate later, but it's the best I have now.

    Total estimate for February, 48+68+62+68+7.5+8 = 261.5

    Call it 262-265 miles, because I know I'll exceed weekly targets by a fraction of a mile even when I bring the week in very close. The goal isn't to blow past 265, it's to come in as close to the weekly mileages as possible. This is more miles per week than I've ever run, following an aggressive training plan; I need to treat the plan with respect.
  • MorningGhost14MorningGhost14 Member Posts: 441 Member Member Posts: 441 Member

    These now have 712 miles on them. They are my favorite road shoes... Merrell Road Glove 1, Size 9. Merrell no longer makes them and I have been hunting all over the Internet for them without success. I am very sad. I can probably squeeze another couple hundred miles out of them with the help of Shoe-Goo, but if any of you shoe divas run across some for sale let me know. I will pay good money for them. :)
  • ttaylortulsattaylortulsa Member, Premium Posts: 99 Member Member, Premium Posts: 99 Member
    Hi! I'm Tiffany and new to the group!
    I've done two half marathons, but have been away from running for about a year and a half. I've missed how strong it made me feel and have been slowly getting back into it (walking and hiking a few times a week with the dog).
    I want to set a goal that I know I can make in a short month, but will also hold me accountable to get out at least 4-5 days a week. Feeling like 40 miles is the magic number for this first month.
    Feel free to add me as a friend! I love being involved in the groups and the MFP community really has proven in the past to be a great motivator for me.
    Let's do this!
  • Becky_44Becky_44 Member Posts: 227 Member Member Posts: 227 Member
    I just want to steadily get through the next four weeks of C25k at my increased pace. Should be about 12 to 15 miles at least total so we shall see. I need to be patient with myself. If I can do that, then half way through March I will be working on my 10k. That would be amazing for me with my issues and struggles. :smiley:
  • 07KatieP1307KatieP13 Member Posts: 220 Member Member Posts: 220 Member
    My target last month was 60 miles but I only made 40.4. So this month my target's the same, 60 miles! Going to do it this time :)
  • Becky_44Becky_44 Member Posts: 227 Member Member Posts: 227 Member
    Oh man! I'm in the same boat with my favorite pair. They got worn and I bought new ones last year that were working fine, but with the issues I have been having this past year I can't wear them at all now. Even just to stand in them for a half hour messes me up for 2 days! I have been all over trying to find the ones that are perfect for me, even thought I did online, just to have them show up and be different. Not sure what I'm going to do, I have spent so much time trying to find the perfect shoe for my near flat feet. Frustrating issue to say the least!

    These now have 712 miles on them. They are my favorite road shoes... Merrell Road Glove 1, Size 9. Merrell no longer makes them and I have been hunting all over the Internet for them without success. I am very sad. I can probably squeeze another couple hundred miles out of them with the help of Shoe-Goo, but if any of you shoe divas run across some for sale let me know. I will pay good money for them. :)

  • dennie24dennie24 Member Posts: 251 Member Member Posts: 251 Member
    I am going to set my February goal low at 40 miles. I have several things going on in the month that conflict with the days I run and I'm just not sure I will find a way around them.
  • juliet3455juliet3455 Member Posts: 2,980 Member Member Posts: 2,980 Member
    Elise4270 wrote: »
    Congratulations to EVERYONE this month! Rome wasn't built in a day.
    To a new month, new lessons and new friendships! (And new shoes).. (And new gear).... And more miles! Cheers!
    YES !!!! What She Said B)
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