January 2023 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 December 2022 Monthly Running Challenge which can be found at: https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10878735/december-2022-monthly-running-challenge/p1

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 http://www.tickerfactory.com (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 January 1, 2023 to start logging your runs!

Also, don't forget to join our group which can be found at:
Bookmark the previous and past challenges: https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10393468/current-past-challenges#latest
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 bookmark 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.comandcreate 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:

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. 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 ] 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:
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.


  • martaindale
    martaindale Posts: 2,115 Member
    edited December 2022
    Congrats and welcome back @penguinmama87!

    That’s a big goal @Scott6255! I’m rooting for you!
  • SummerSkier
    SummerSkier Posts: 4,884 Member
    Hi Everyone!
    My goal is "listen to my body", and I'll mostly be lurking unless my body decides to start allowing running again.

    @SummerSkier is there a link you can share to help us find your challenge? And is it just for running, or will walking be allowed too?

    @polskagirl01 this is from the Run the Edge challenge. Which is doing 2023 miles in 2023 of whatever your preference. You do have to pay to join the challenge but I think some folks already signed up for it. Just google run the year or run the edge. I am so glad you are managing to do SOMETHING active and that cold water immersion photo is making me shiver. Glad to see you are wearing gloves tho… ROTFLOL!!!!
  • AlphaHowls
    AlphaHowls Posts: 1,930 Member
    edited December 2022
    @Avidkeo wrote: »
    Hey everyone. Can I come back? I've missed you all a lot.

    I've had the year from hell really. Like @polskagirl01 I have done nothing but struggle since covid. I had it in April, though now I finally feel like im getting my fitness back. I ran a 5k yesterday in 30:08 and though it literally took everything I had to do that the sense of achievement was fantastic.

    I don't have a goal this month, I'm just going to follow my watch each day and eating better.

    My year goal is to increase my VO2 max. It was at 48 in April, down to 40 now. I want to see if I can get it back up again.

    Happy New year from NZ

    So good to see you back!
    Hi Everyone!
    My goal is "listen to my body", and I'll mostly be lurking unless my body decides to start allowing running again.

    So good to see you here and strava!

    Happy New Year, all! I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone and making some new friends! Most of my miles for the next few months will be walking, mostly with a stroller, up and down a lot of hills. 😵‍💫 Gotta build that endurance back up!

    Until yesterday I hadn't posted on the boards in quite a while, so if you haven't seen me before, I'm penguinmama, I have six kids (that's one more than before if you're keeping score at home 😉) and I live in the US.

    Distance Goal: 20 miles (walking)

    Awesome! Good to see you back!
  • AlphaHowls
    AlphaHowls Posts: 1,930 Member
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  • Scott6255
    Scott6255 Posts: 2,445 Member
    Welcome back @Avidkeo! I've seen you've been busy on Strava, but good to see you back here!

    @SummerSkier is there a team name for the RTY challenge? How do you join your team?
  • SummerSkier
    SummerSkier Posts: 4,884 Member
    I think in the run the edge website you just search teams. My team name is bONs2023RTY and open to anyone.
  • quilteryoyo
    quilteryoyo Posts: 6,078 Member
    edited January 2023
    @Scott6255 I think you have to join the 2023 RTY first. I couldn't figure out how to do that without going to an e-mail I had gotten and following the link they gave. Once I signed up, I searched for teams, found @SummerSkier 's team, bONs2023RTY, and requested to join. I don't like the fact that I have to choose from either 2023 miles or 500, 1000, or 1500. I'm going to shoot for 800, which is right in the middle, so said 1000, but know I won't make that....unless I count my mowing miles and tennis miles...then I'm not sure.
  • Scott6255
    Scott6255 Posts: 2,445 Member
    Yeah thanks @quilteryoyo I watched a video and saw that after you pay to join then you can search for teams. Haven't decided if I am willing to pay the $30 yet.