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January 2017 Running Challenge

Stoshew71Stoshew71 Member Posts: 6,592 Member Member Posts: 6,592 Member
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! (Almost if you are reading this early). Welcome to all the Resolutionists. You are welcome to join us. Actually everyone is welcome to join us. This is one of the longest standing challenges on all of MFP.

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 December 2016 Running Challenge which can be found at:
http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10484311/december-2016-running-challenge

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 Boston Qualifiers and beyond. We are a friendly and encouraging bunch.

Here are 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 http://www.tickerfactory.com (If creating one 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.) 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 Sunday January 1 to start logging your runs.

Also, don't forget to join our group which can be found at:
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/groups/home/21182-monthly-running-challange

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 http://www.tickerfactory.com 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:

http://www.tickerfactory.com/exercise/w6K1EiX/ <<<< 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 cumulative value, there is an add button. Just add what you just did and the cumulative 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:
http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/w6K1EiX/exercise.png

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 ] http://tickers.TickerFactory.com/ezt/t/w6K1EiX/exercise.png [ /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.

Stan
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  • Stoshew71Stoshew71 Member Posts: 6,592 Member Member Posts: 6,592 Member
    Elise4270 wrote: »
    Aw dam, sorry Stan. I got excited and replied in the wrong thread! Haha! (Just delete it).

    Anyhow I'm in for 30


    You nerd. LOL What thread did you reply in?


    EDIT: Nevermind, I see now.

    I should flag it for abuse. lol
    edited December 2016
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
    lporter229 wrote: »
    Should be getting into the 40+ MPW part of my training plan, so I am in for 180 miles in January.
    dang. you're making my goal feel lazy. I'll break 160 for December tomorrow though.
    Elise4270 wrote: »
    Aw dam, sorry Stan. I got excited and replied in the wrong thread! Haha! (Just delete it).

    Anyhow I'm in for 30
    RUNNING!!! YAY!!!!
  • RespectTheKittyRespectTheKitty Member Posts: 1,670 Member Member Posts: 1,670 Member
    Whoopee!

    Put me down for 100 miles. No holidays to get in the way this time!
  • dkabambedkabambe Member Posts: 543 Member Member Posts: 543 Member
    Haven't yet sorted my plan for January (must get on that!) so I'm just going to be super ambitious and go for 300km [compared to 220km in December].

    exercise.png
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
  • RunsOnEspressoRunsOnEspresso Member, Premium Posts: 2,902 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,902 Member
    I need to sit down & work out my numbers. I have my marathon on the 15th so aside from that my mileage will probably be low. I am also planning to focus more on strength training after my marathon, as I determine what my new running goal will be. Marathon has been my goal for the last two years.

    Mostly posting here so I can find it once I figure out my goal! :D:D:D
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
    I need to sit down & work out my numbers. I have my marathon on the 15th so aside from that my mileage will probably be low. I am also planning to focus more on strength training after my marathon, as I determine what my new running goal will be. Marathon has been my goal for the last two years.

    Mostly posting here so I can find it once I figure out my goal! :D:D:D

    Half the month is taper, thr other half is recovery. The marathon is a great goal itself.
  • BeeerRunnerBeeerRunner Member Posts: 728 Member Member Posts: 728 Member
    I need to sit down & work out my numbers. I have my marathon on the 15th so aside from that my mileage will probably be low. I am also planning to focus more on strength training after my marathon, as I determine what my new running goal will be. Marathon has been my goal for the last two years.

    Mostly posting here so I can find it once I figure out my goal! :D:D:D

    @RunsOnEspresso Best wishes in your upcoming marathon!! Like you, I want to see how the marathon goes before I set a bunch of new goals. I also want to do more strength training, but I also want to do some half marathon trail races. Anyway, I can't wait to read your race report!!
  • RunsOnEspressoRunsOnEspresso Member, Premium Posts: 2,902 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,902 Member
    I need to sit down & work out my numbers. I have my marathon on the 15th so aside from that my mileage will probably be low. I am also planning to focus more on strength training after my marathon, as I determine what my new running goal will be. Marathon has been my goal for the last two years.

    Mostly posting here so I can find it once I figure out my goal! :D:D:D

    @RunsOnEspresso Best wishes in your upcoming marathon!! Like you, I want to see how the marathon goes before I set a bunch of new goals. I also want to do more strength training, but I also want to do some half marathon trail races. Anyway, I can't wait to read your race report!!

    I keep coming back to trail running. I am going to work it in somehow I think.
  • RunsOnEspressoRunsOnEspresso Member, Premium Posts: 2,902 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,902 Member
    I need to sit down & work out my numbers. I have my marathon on the 15th so aside from that my mileage will probably be low. I am also planning to focus more on strength training after my marathon, as I determine what my new running goal will be. Marathon has been my goal for the last two years.

    Mostly posting here so I can find it once I figure out my goal! :D:D:D

    Half the month is taper, thr other half is recovery. The marathon is a great goal itself.

    True. It seems so far away, yet so close.
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
    I need to sit down & work out my numbers. I have my marathon on the 15th so aside from that my mileage will probably be low. I am also planning to focus more on strength training after my marathon, as I determine what my new running goal will be. Marathon has been my goal for the last two years.

    Mostly posting here so I can find it once I figure out my goal! :D:D:D

    Half the month is taper, thr other half is recovery. The marathon is a great goal itself.

    True. It seems so far away, yet so close.

    I have 5 months and it seems the same way to me.
  • greenolivetreegreenolivetree Member Posts: 1,282 Member Member Posts: 1,282 Member
    With my husband having surgery out of state, I'm gonna say 50 miles and hope for the best :)
  • kristinegiftkristinegift Member Posts: 2,406 Member Member Posts: 2,406 Member
    I'm setting a goal lower than usual at 100 miles. I want to take a few days off to start the year after the almost-40-days holiday run streak as well as get back on track with lifting since I've been unable to lift since 12/21 with traveling and all. Spring training will start in earnest in February, so January will be a low pressure down month to match December.
  • katharmonickatharmonic Member, Premium Posts: 5,444 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,444 Member
    I have a few runs/races planned for January, but they are all short:
    1/1 Resolution Run (4-6 miles, it's a surprise!), Syracuse NY
    1/14 CNY Snowshoe Run 5k - maybe
    1/22 Chilly Chili 5k, Cazenovia NY
    1/28 Stone Wall Snowshoe 5k, Mannsville NY

    I'm going to go lower and say 70 miles, mainly because of the snowshoeing and cross-country skiing I want to do that might cut into running time. I also have a bit of travel in there and some serious work deadlines. Let's hope for fluffy snow, no ice, and not too bitter cold.
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