October 2017 Running Challenge

Stoshew71 Posts: 6,553 Member
It's October. Come run with us. The most popular challenge on MFP. If you found us in the middle (or end) 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 September 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 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 Sunday, October 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 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:

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).



  • PastorVincent
    PastorVincent Posts: 6,668 Member
  • Elise4270
    Elise4270 Posts: 8,375 Member
    edited September 2017
    Let's try 80.

    Thanks for setting us up Stan!
  • MNLittleFinn
    MNLittleFinn Posts: 4,271 Member
    hjeppley wrote: »
    I am a trail runner recovering from a plantar fasciitis and hip injury and slowly building up my mileage. My goal for October is 75 miles total and get back to a 10K+ long run. I am also going to sign up for a race this month and another later on. Not sure the distance yet. I'll base that on how ramping is going.

    Welco.e from another off-road junkie. Here's hoping you enjoy a speedy recovery
  • kgirlhart
    kgirlhart Posts: 4,628 Member
    I'm in for 70 miles this month!
  • garygse
    garygse Posts: 896 Member
    power0304 wrote: »
    Bit of a novice. Initially started in January of this year doing walking and 2 x PT sessions per week lost 32 kg's and as a result became fitter. So started to do some running. Have competed in a couple of 10 -12 km fun runs and built my runs up to 16 km 4-5 days per week. I'm not fast by anymeans. Looking to build from here and increase my distances. Count me in for 350 km.

    At over 200 miles, that's quite the committed novice! Awesome goal, and welcome to the group. :smile:
  • Sounds like a good challenge, I'm in!

  • MNLittleFinn
    MNLittleFinn Posts: 4,271 Member
    JessicaMcB wrote: »
    So this month is Whistler 50 Miler (TWO WEEEEEKS!!!!) and I feel like I should put a more conservative mileage goal in to pretend like I taper lol. But me soooo...in for 450k :)
    LOL. Nice conservative goal. You're making me feel like I need to up mine.....2 weeks until you go down in flaming glory!
  • JessicaMcB
    JessicaMcB Posts: 1,503 Member
    You know I'm all about being conservative @MNLittleFinn :D ! I'd say your goal is good given you actually taper like a normal person and you're only three weeks out from Duluth!!! I feel like it was last week you were deciding whether or not you'd transfer to the higher distance- exciting!!!