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July 2017 Running Challenge

Stoshew71Stoshew71 Member Posts: 6,592 Member Member Posts: 6,592 Member
It's July. Come run with us. The most popular challenge on MFP. If you found us in the middle of the month, you're still welcome to join us. No requirements or special invite needed. Once you post, you're in. And yes, we do this every month.

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 June 2017 Running Challenge which can be found at:
http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10561097/june-2017-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 progress by time rather than distance, you are free to do that as well.

You can set your goal now but wait until Saturday, July 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.

By the way, everyone here is a runner (unless you find a dead body- then you're a mere jogger).

Stan
edited June 2017
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  • MobyCarpMobyCarp Member Posts: 2,927 Member Member Posts: 2,927 Member
    Looked at my weekly training plan goals (revised downward during June), added what I expect to run on July 1, 30, and 31, and was intimidated by the answer. My body may well tell me even this reduced number is too much. So I'm making my nominal goal for July simply the sum of the four full weeks' mileage targets. That gives me 2 Saturdays and a Sunday worth of miles I can afford to cut out if I need to.

    I have three races scheduled in July. Firecracker 4 on July 4 is not important as a race, it's just a replacement for a speed workout. So there will be no goal associated with Firecracker 4. I will be a pacer for the Shoreline Half, a new experience for me; so the goal is to be a good pacer. Karknocker 5K is important as part of the Rochester Runner of the Year series, but I don't need to do any more than win the age group. Anything sub-20 should do that, and I might not even need to run sub-20. So I don't need a terribly aggressive goal for Karknocker.

    My July running goals are:

    Nominal Challenge Goal – 260 miles
    Real Goals: Stay healthy. Train toward Rochester Marathon. Pace Shoreline Half on July 15 as close as possible to a 1:40 finish with even splits. Run Karknocker 5K on July 28 in under 20 minutes.
    edited June 2017
  • kimlight2kimlight2 Member Posts: 483 Member Member Posts: 483 Member
    I am still trying to get used to 4 days a week running and I know there is 1 weekend in July we will be commuting over 2 hours back and forth for a hockey tournament and another weekend we will be playing multiple games in town. I am going to set a conservative goal of 40 miles again. I know I can reach that and may actually end up closer to 50 miles but I don't want to push it. Depending on how this month starts out I would like to add a mile to each week for the last 2 weeks so there will be a third goal of getting to a 10K distance by end of August.

    2017 Races :
    4/29/2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame 5k - Done
    6/10/17 Run and Ride Cedar Point 5K (maybe) - Done
    9/9/17 Kick off 5k (race 2 of series)
    11/19/17 Halftime 10K (race 3 of series)
    2/4/18 Championship 5 miler (race 4 of series)
    4/29/18 Akron Half Marathon (Can sign up for $26.50 by 8/1 without getting a shirt for full or half)
  • PastorVincentPastorVincent Member, Premium Posts: 6,668 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6,668 Member
    I expect to run less this month, as I have two funerals to travel to and preach at. I always end up slacking on running when traveling despite my best intentions. :frowning:
  • karllundykarllundy Member Posts: 1,494 Member Member Posts: 1,494 Member
    Adding up my "plan" gets me to 114 miles. I'll go with that.
  • PastorVincentPastorVincent Member, Premium Posts: 6,668 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6,668 Member
    cburke8909 wrote: »
    @PastorVincent didn't get out for my run yet today but I did start reading 80/20. From the early reading it's clear this is mostly an 80/20 group. My success so far has followed the main concept of not making every run a hard run but I have also done the cross-training instead of running thing which while not part of 80/20 does fall in line with other tested plans. I am willing to change that. Both philosophies have merit for better health but I see the key concept that 80/20 will be more likely to prevent injury. While I may have goals for running performance my purpose for running is health and the greatest threat to that end is injury.

    @cburke8909 I like the 80/20 concept in general. I really suggest you read up ch1,2,3,6 and 7 at the very least before digging into the plans. Ch 4&5 can wait for a later date if you are pressed for time. Chapter 11 has the actual marathon plan suggestions, but you will need to do some jumping back and forth in chapters to turn the outlined plans into actionable plans.

    I suggest you pick one of them that seems to be at your level and give it a shot as written. At least for a few weeks and start to get a feel for the idea of how to train using the 80/20 method. Nothing like time on your feet to learn these things. :smile:
  • karllundykarllundy Member Posts: 1,494 Member Member Posts: 1,494 Member
    @Elise4270 - Wish I was that close to Fitzgerald! Good job outta you!
  • AmyOutOfControlAmyOutOfControl Member Posts: 1,425 Member Member Posts: 1,425 Member
    (July miles to date) 0/170 (July goal miles)

    Upcoming 2017 Races:
    10/28 = Hill Country Halloween Half Marathon
    11/23 = Georgetown Turkey Trot
    12/10 = BCS Half Marathon
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
    cburke8909 wrote: »
    @PastorVincent didn't get out for my run yet today but I did start reading 80/20. From the early reading it's clear this is mostly an 80/20 group. My success so far has followed the main concept of not making every run a hard run but I have also done the cross-training instead of running thing which while not part of 80/20 does fall in line with other tested plans. I am willing to change that. Both philosophies have merit for better health but I see the key concept that 80/20 will be more likely to prevent injury. While I may have goals for running performance my purpose for running is health and the greatest threat to that end is injury.

    @cburke8909 I like the 80/20 concept in general. I really suggest you read up ch1,2,3,6 and 7 at the very least before digging into the plans. Ch 4&5 can wait for a later date if you are pressed for time. Chapter 11 has the actual marathon plan suggestions, but you will need to do some jumping back and forth in chapters to turn the outlined plans into actionable plans.

    I suggest you pick one of them that seems to be at your level and give it a shot as written. At least for a few weeks and start to get a feel for the idea of how to train using the 80/20 method. Nothing like time on your feet to learn these things. :smile:

    That's great advice right there. It's also something I forget when I get in speed demon mode....which happons all too often...lol
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Member Posts: 8,375 Member Member Posts: 8,375 Member
    karllundy wrote: »
    @Elise4270 - Wish I was that close to Fitzgerald! Good job outta you!

    Thanks Karl. Unfortunately I need to stop looking at women like Molly Huddle, Jillian Micheals, and autumn calabrese... Where I am is fine, *I keep telling myself... or just go to the gym .

    I jumped on the 21 day fix band wagon with a co-worker, which also aligns with his DQS system.

    As fast as you are, I figure you are not too far off.
    edited June 2017
  • cburke8909cburke8909 Member Posts: 990 Member Member Posts: 990 Member
    I'll set my July goal at 150.
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