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September (2016) Running Challenge

Stoshew71Stoshew71 Member Posts: 6,592 Member Member Posts: 6,592 Member
It's September, and now that the weather is cooling off, no more excuses to join this month's running challenge. You set your own pace and distance for the month. We will all be doing it together. 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 August 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 250 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.) Also, if you rather log your process by time rather than distance, you are free to do that as well.

You can set your goal now but wait until Thursday September 1st to start logging 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 into this thread and post what you did. (don't forget to hit the star in the upper right corner to bookmark this thread) 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.



  • AzercordAzercord Member Posts: 573 Member Member Posts: 573 Member
    Because I had good timing, 100 miles as a minimum goal and shooting for 105-110 if I can squeeze a few extra miles in.
  • TattooedDolphinGirl78TattooedDolphinGirl78 Member Posts: 5,216 Member Member Posts: 5,216 Member
    Going again for my 150 kms!!! :smiley:
  • louubelle16louubelle16 Member Posts: 579 Member Member Posts: 579 Member
    I'm in for 70 - just need to get back on track :)
  • 9voice99voice9 Member Posts: 693 Member Member Posts: 693 Member
    Made my 140 the last 2 months in the heat, so there's no good excuse NOT to bump it to 150. Especially with HMs coming up in January and March.
  • skippygirlsmomskippygirlsmom Member Posts: 4,274 Member Member Posts: 4,274 Member
    I'm in for 115 miles.
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
    I'll say 115 miles, but in truth have no clue. Only a week and a half of hard training before 2 weeks of taper before my second HM.

    Real goal: finish training build up well, taper well and "hopefully" pull off a 2:00 half marathon
  • luluincaluluinca Member Posts: 3,385 Member Member Posts: 3,385 Member
    Let's see.....I started here around week two of August and had a cold the first two weeks of the month. Ran my first 5K race about 1.5 weeks ago and managed 35 hours for the month.

    I could probably do 45 in September but I think I'll say 40. Our daughter is getting married in CO on the 24th and we'll be gone 5 days and as soon as we get back it looks like my husband is having surgery. I'd really like to do 45 since I'm training for a 10K in November but I'd rather surprise myself with more miles than disappoint myself by not reaching my goal.

  • ddmom0811ddmom0811 Member, Premium Posts: 1,869 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1,869 Member
    @sparklyglitterbomb - we all started there or less. We encourage - no mocking!

    Okay, I've had the goal of 75 for many months and went past the last two months. It really won't be any cooler here in Orlando, but I will go for 80.

    Thanks Stan!
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Member Posts: 2,927 Member Member Posts: 2,927 Member
    I'm still a beginner, so can I set it really low (especially compared to some of you!) without being mocked too much? I've just recently done my first 5k :D

    @sparklyglitterbomb - There's a nice graphic that gets posted here from time to time, with the caption: Don't compare your Chapter 1 to someone else's Chapter 20.

    We were all beginners at some point. So I'm running 200 miles a month now, I ran Boston last April, and I'll run Boston again next April. Want to know where I came from? When I set out to become a runner, I could run for one minute. That was it, then I had to slow to a walk.

    So you've just run your first 5K? You're ahead of where I was when I started. Welcome to the group!
  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Member Posts: 2,927 Member Member Posts: 2,927 Member
    I don't really know what to expect in the way of mileage for September. It will start with a taper toward the Rochester Marathon, then a period of recovery where running will depend on how well I manage the race for Rochester.

    Let's call it a nominal goal of 200 miles, with the real goal being to manage the Rochester Marathon well and recover quickly. If I do poorly at the real goal, it's unlikely I'll hit the nominal goal.
  • OrphiaOrphia Member Posts: 7,038 Member Member Posts: 7,038 Member
    Goal: 150 km

    September 18 – Beat the Blerch Virtual Half Marathon 21.1 km
    October 23 – The Bloody Long Walk 35 km
    November 6 – Vitality 10 km
  • AdrianChr92AdrianChr92 Member Posts: 567 Member Member Posts: 567 Member
    250 km for next month. If everything goes to plan I should be around there

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