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August 2017 Running Challenge

Stoshew71Stoshew71 Member Posts: 6,592 Member Member Posts: 6,592 Member
It's August. 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.

This is a continuation from the July 2017 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 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 (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 Tuesday, August 1 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 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:

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.

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

edited July 2017


  • girlinahatgirlinahat Member Posts: 2,966 Member Member Posts: 2,966 Member
    garygse wrote: »
    I'm not sure how much running I'll be getting in this month due in part to:

    Jury summons on the 1st; the outcome of that will range from nothing to anything

    When I did jury service the hours were shorter than my usual working day (if I recall, 10-4). Had I been a runner at that stage, running is EXACTLY what I'd have wanted to do after a day in court (it ended up being four weeks sitting on a murder charge).

  • cameronheelcameronheel Member Posts: 191 Member Member Posts: 191 Member
    Posting to see if ticker works. August goal will be 125 miles which is about what I did for July.

    May be tough to get the miles in this month as I am starting a new job after 23 years with my old company. I am hoping to still get the time to run enough for my goal.
    edited July 2017
  • skippygirlsmomskippygirlsmom Member Posts: 4,274 Member Member Posts: 4,274 Member
    @pastorvincent ha ha not disappointed at all.

    I'm in for 80 again this month. Thanks Stan @stoshew71
    edited July 2017
  • garygsegarygse Member Posts: 887 Member Member Posts: 887 Member
    @Elise4270 Awesome, I'll try and keep myself available...hopefully I'm not chosen to sit in on a four-week murder trial.

    ETA: @7lenny7 Welcome back, great to see you again!
    edited July 2017
  • Elise4270Elise4270 Member Posts: 8,375 Member Member Posts: 8,375 Member
    garygse wrote: »
    @Elise4270 Awesome, I'll try and keep myself available...hopefully I'm not chosen to sit in on a four-week murder trial.

    Too true!!
  • MNLittleFinnMNLittleFinn Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,271 Member
    Next 2 months are go big or go home months. August goal will be 250 miles.
  • shanabershanaber Member Posts: 6,004 Member Member Posts: 6,004 Member
    @7lenny7 - Great to have you back and without the niggles too!!!
    @cameronheel - Congratulations on the new job!
    @girlinahat - it takes time to switch to barefoot (0 drop) shoes. Be sure to ease into it slowly and let your calves and achilles adjust.

    I am in for 100 this month. Stretch goal of 120 but it depends greatly on how much work travel I end up having to do. For sure have a trip to Dallas at the end of the month.
    edited July 2017
  • seanevan10seanevan10 Member Posts: 393 Member Member Posts: 393 Member
    @shanaber You'll be in my neck of the woods.
    @cameronheel - good luck on the new job. You too @garygse!

    @girlinahat once you get used to the 0 drop shoes, I bet you love them. I do. I got a pair of Altra's that I LOVE.
  • allyphoeallyphoe Member Posts: 618 Member Member Posts: 618 Member
    Nominal goal: 44 miles, calculated as 3 miles x 3 runs a week for the first 2 weeks, then adding a 4th day starting at 1 mile for the second 2 weeks.

    Actual goals:
    - Figure out how to run 3-4 days a week while also getting my teenager to and from school and activities and myself to work on time, while complying with my preferred running path's dusk-to-dawn curfew.
    - Do at least 30 minutes of yoga for every mile run.
    - Do at least 30 minutes of additional non-running physical activity for every mile run.
    - Keep my acute-to-chronic ratio below 1.2. (This basically means "learn how to not run as far as I want to.")
    - Keep a more consistent pace from mile to mile. (This basically means "learn how not to run as fast as I want to.")

    I have a dumb question, because I am dumb. :) What the heck is conversational pace? I am generally a hard grader, and there is an *enormous* gap between "can speak entire sentences with relative ease" and "gasping between words." This guy on YouTube ( ) thinks he's running at a conversational pace, and that amount of out-of-breath-ness is gaspier than I am on a flat, but less gaspy than I am on an incline.
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