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March 2021 Monthly Running Challenge

katharmonickatharmonic Member, Premium Posts: 5,379 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,379 Member
WARNING: Following this thread may be addictive; it gets very talkative...miss a day and you can be 50 posts behind. This is the most popular challenge on MFP. If you found us in the middle (or end) of the month, you're still very welcome to join in - no requirements or special invite needed. Once you post, that's it 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 help keep you accountable, to enjoy a virtual post-run coffee with your fellow runners, and to make new friends and learn a few things.

This is a continuation from the February 2021 Running Challenge which can be found at:

Anyone can join in, new and old, and if you found this thread late, you can join in at any time.
We have members ranging from total beginners all the way to Boston Qualifiers and beyond. We are a friendly and encouraging bunch. You never need to be ashamed of your miles. If you are making the effort, you will find only support here.

Here are the details from last month that apply again:

Anybody want to join in for a running challenge? Set a goal here and update us every day. OPTIONAL: You can post your progress by creating a ticker at (if creating one seems difficult, or you're like me and can't be bothered, then just type in your daily miles in this thread).

You can run, walk, or do treadmill - just be consistent. Don't let the high (or low) goals of others intimidate you. Some do 25 miles, others do 50, some go higher than that, some do lower; it's entirely your goal and therefore completely up to you. We help motivate each other, so what do you say? If you're new to running, set a low goal. If you're from a part of the world where miles aren't your thing, log your distances in KMs. And if you'd rather log your progress by time rather than distance, then you're entirely free to do that as well.

Feel free to set your goal now but wait until March 1, 2021 to start logging your runs!

Also, don't forget to join our group which can be found at:
Bookmark the previous and past challenges:
Find a small group of runners that encourage and offer food support:

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.

Note: we also have a group on Strava and Facebook.

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). Simply keep a running tally of what you've done this month, and interact with the others. Many folks come in here and chit-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 (sometimes even about running ). It's a very friendly bunch here so don't be afraid to say hi (even if this is your first time), talk about a recent or up-coming race, ask questions, provide answers, or just lurk-n-learn. Participation is what makes this group successful.

Not quite sure how to log your runs? Follow the examples of many other challenge members. Even take a peek at last month's thread (posted above).

*******OPTIONAL TICKER*************
Info on tickers since I know there will be questions. Sign up for an account at and create your ticker. Then you need to update it after you finish 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. Simply add the distance that you just did, and the cumulative value automatically changes. Then hit next.

After adding your new miles (or KMs) to your ticker, you need to post it here.

After you hit next, it will give you a bunch of codes suggesting 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 image (img) tags around that link. So it will look something like the following (but 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:
Use the link that ends in .png
Remember the [ img] and [ /img] tags go in between the link
Remove the spaces in the img tags before posting
YES, there is a / in the second /img tag

By the way, everyone here should consider themselves a runner no matter how fast or slow. There's no judgment, we all started somewhere. And no comparisons, except with your former self. Don't compare your Chapter 1 to somebody else’s Chapter 20.

“I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” – Bart Yasso

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” – Confucius

"We all know that if you run, you are pretty much choosing a life of success because of it.” – Deena Kastor

“Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Get going … walk if you have to, but finish the damned race.” – Ron Hill

"If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." - John Bingham

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay on track.



  • TrambomanTramboman Member Posts: 1,886 Member Member Posts: 1,886 Member
    Thanks for setting us up for March, @katharmonic !
    Goal for me is 150k.
  • ContraryMaryMaryContraryMaryMary Member Posts: 1,416 Member Member Posts: 1,416 Member
    Sounds amazing @hanlonsk. It’s always good to do things that scare us. Enjoy the challenge. Enjoy the new trails. Enjoy the food.

    Wishing you all the very best!
  • AvidkeoAvidkeo Member, Premium Posts: 2,816 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,816 Member
    Amazing @hanlonsk congratulations!
  • polskagirl01polskagirl01 Member Posts: 1,349 Member Member Posts: 1,349 Member

    @katharmonic GREAT decision about not doing the challenge, and a great example to everyone of listening to your body and doing what is right for YOU, not overdoing things just because others are doing it!

    @hanlonsk Congratulations on the job and move! I bet you'll soar beautifully at the new job. And good call on surviving the month - that was my life in January. No added pressure is necessary!

    I'm going to stick with my 169 km goal for March, basically the 100-mile club :)
  • TrambomanTramboman Member Posts: 1,886 Member Member Posts: 1,886 Member
    @hanlonsk You'll do great!!! Believe in yourself and your abilities!
    @happyness4me Welcome! Check out Couch25k. It's a great way to get started with a running program.
  • Scott6255Scott6255 Member Posts: 1,272 Member Member Posts: 1,272 Member
    Thanks for setting this up @katharmonic!
    Welcome back @hanlonsk and Congrats on the new job/move. Oregon is a great running state (so I hear).
    And welcome @happyness4me!

    I'm going to just stick with 100 miles this month, again.
  • AvidkeoAvidkeo Member, Premium Posts: 2,816 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,816 Member
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