September 2022 Monthly Running Challenge

shanaber Posts: 6,407 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 August 2022 Monthly 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 September 1, 2022 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:

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 http://www.tickerfactory.comand 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

You may see some phrases / words that are unique to our little group when it comes to describing some of our runs. It is a mash-up of words that seem to best describe the way the run felt that day. Here are some examples. Feel free to come up with your own to add to the dictionary 😃

'sleasy' - Slow and Easy
'sneasy' - Slow Not Easy
'scrappy' - mix of Slow and Crappy
'wun' - mix of Walking and Running
'wog' - mix of Walking and Jogging

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay on track.


  • kgirlhart
    kgirlhart Posts: 5,013 Member
    Thanks for setting us up @shanaber. I'm just going to say 100 miles again. They decided not to do the Half that I have run the last few years, so I don't have any races at the moment so I haven't been following a plan. I am just trying to run consistently.
  • Sanjay212
    Sanjay212 Posts: 5 Member
    Thanks for setting this up!!

    Last year, I ran about 160 in September. This year I did 100 in July and 110 in August.

    Any suggestions for September??


  • eleanorhawkins
    eleanorhawkins Posts: 1,657 Member
    Sanjay212 wrote: »
    Also getting fed up with the very restrictive diet, especially as we're going away for a few days next week and that would usually mean treats, pizza, beer... all the tasty stuff I have to avoid.
    Hi Eleanor - Is it okay to reach out directly? I'm new and I don't really know the etiquette yet. I'm on Garmin, etc., but can't find a great way to Team Up on nutrition.

    My dietician is saying the opposite - that I need to be eating more nutrient dense foods. Yes, including pizza and beer. (Actually I ran a PR half marathon this winter after 3 (!) pints of beer the previous night. BUT...I am from Milwaukee.

    @Sanjay212 welcome. Pizza and beer are unofficial essential recovery foods in my book, but I'm currently on a 'gastric protection diet' prescribed by my doctor until they find the cause of, and treat, some nasty stomach/chest issues I've been having recently.
  • Teresa502
    Teresa502 Posts: 1,746 Member
    I'm setting my goal at 75 miles for this month. Got started with a 5 mile run this morning in glorious 59F temperature! Fall is in the air here in Virginia!
  • martaindale
    martaindale Posts: 2,115 Member
    Welcome @Sanjay212 and welcome back @emptydog! Either of you have races on the books for the fall/winter?