Friday, May 23, 2008

Time for a New Challenge!

I don't know about the rest of you, but after a big race, I have a hard time getting motivated to run again. Even though I love running, especially the way I feel when I finish, if I don't have a schedule I am following it is hard to get out of bed.

So, Niki reminded me that we haven't had a challenge for a while, so here's how it's going to work.

Beginning Monday, May 26th, check in here whenever you go for a run. The person who logs the most runs by Saturday June 14th will win a Marathon Mommies or Moms That Run Decal.

It takes 3 weeks to make a habit, so let's start now! Those of you who have been wanting to run, now is your chance to be rewarded! We will have 2 winners- so that new runners will not feel like they have to run 5 or 6 days a week to keep up. (Which you shouldn't do when you are starting up! That is the quickest route to injury!) The 2 categories will be: a. experienced runner and b. new runner

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at kelmarker@gmail.com

Otherwise, good luck and have fun running!

Please use this post to keep track of your runs. We will keep a running tally on the side, but please update your total in the comments each time your run!

133 comments:

staciandrolo said...

Awesome Challenge! This is exactly what I needed! Thanks! I just finished my first 1/2 marathon and I need some added motivation to keep me running! I am doing 'relay for life' in a couple weeks here in Boise. That will be fun!

Have a Good Memorial weekend everyone :)

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

I am TOTALLY in! :) Thanks for the reason to pry my eyes open at an hour that should be unspeakable

Nikkei said...

Great idea! How about one more category: pregnant runners! Okay, that might narrow the competition too much. As long as I don't have to report my pace, I'm game.

JP said...

I'm in like Flynn...I needed something to get me excited. :)

Stohl Fam said...

Sounds fun.

Lindsay S said...

Sounds fun!! Cant wait :)

Charity said...

I've been in blah land for the last month...this is just the motivation I needed..

Thanks
Charity

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

I got in 4.25 this morning in 90+ degree weather at 6 AM.... it is going to be a long summer :(

Kelly(M&M) said...

Good job, Erin! I lived in Austin for 1 summer and tried to run and couldn't! I ran on the treadmill in the air conditioned gym.

So, I ran 5.25 miles this morning. It was nice and cool.

How did everyone else do?

foxontherun said...

I ran three miles this morning and then swam in a 65 degree pond. How fun is that?

staciandrolo said...

2 miles :) I wanted to take the day off since it's a holiday but I ran 2 miles and went on a hike with my family :)

Nikkei said...

I ran three miles today. I ran uphill for the first mile and a half, and I enjoyed every moment of the mile and a half back down.

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Three well ventilated treadmill miles and some weights this morning :)

Stohl Fam said...

I did 3.5 today (tuesday), very slowly pushing the 1 year old and 4 year old in the stroller.

Nikkei said...

I ran another 3 miles today. It was a little harder than yesterday since I took my toddler in the jogger. I think she had more fun than I did! So that is 2 runs for me thus far.

Anniebananie said...

5 miles this morning (Tuesday May 27th). It was a Beautiful morning and a beautiful sunrise. Aaaahh the good runs make it worth my time!

JP said...

I jogged/walked on Saturday with Tifferbob...but I have no idea how far we went.

JP said...

Funny story...just read that it started the twenty SIXTH. Funny...

I am a dork.

Lindsay S said...

2 Miles for me...(new runner catergory) Thanks :)

garrettandbritt said...

Ok this is going to be so fun!. I am sorry this is late entry, but I have been camping in the boonies of Wyoming. On Monday I ran 4.6 miles. Thanks!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

3.5 more for me this morning plus almost 11 miles of hills in spin class :)

Nikkei said...

Third day...third run. I ran three miles in the cool of the morning. This was a wonderful run. My 9 year-old son actually dragged me out of bed this morning to get me to go. He ran the first 2 miles with me. I'm glad that he was motivated because I was going to skip today.

tifferbob said...

I ran 3 miles last night. (new runner catergory)

wind runner said...

Does 16 miles on the 17th count?
Probably not...but here's this weeks count so far---
26-4.8
27-5.6
This is awesome. Usually the weeks after a long run I have a hard time staying motivated- and not exhausted but this will get me out the door! Thanks!

amydear said...

Augh! I'm dying because I can't run this week. I might have to run twice a day to make up for it. My knee is still hurting after the marathon, so I'm just chilling, trying not to eat my extra running calories. I think my body is in sugar withdrawl! Let's have another contest soon. I will donate the bling!

Stohl Fam said...

I did 6 today, Wednesday May 27.

Kelly(M&M) said...

I walked/ran last night for 3 miles with 2 friends that are just beginning to run. I LOVE helping people in their quest to become a "runner"! I also love to chat with my friends while we run. :-)

Keep up the good work ladies!

Alicia said...

Sorry, I am late in posting. This is awesome- I need the challenge. Here are my runs this week:
5/27- 2.3 miles :( I wanted 3
5/28- 3.3 miles
Both days pushing a jogging stroller. Uhg! I don't like running with a stroller.

Alicia said...

Oh, and I am definitely a new runner.

garrettandbritt said...

So this morning I ran 4.5.
Thanks!!!

Lindsay S said...

2 Miles for me today (Wed.) I wanted more but my baby was screaming in the gym day care...couldnt finish :(

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

10 miles for run number 4 for me :)

Nikkei said...

I did my 4th run today. Only 2 miles, but I had to get home so my husband could get to work. My son ran along w/me again, and I had fun helping him with his target zone and running form. It is really hard to try to explain running form to a 9 year old. My goal is 15 miles a week during my second trimester, so maybe I'll run 4 on Saturday.

Kelly(M&M) said...

2 miles in the rain for me. I never realized before this year how much I would enjoy running in the rain. It makes me feel like a "real" runner. :-)

garrettandbritt said...

Today I got in 4 good miles before the wind and rain decided to hit. You have to love our Idaho weather!!

Anniebananie said...

I ran 4.5 miles this morning. So that is two runs for me.

wind runner said...

Another 6 on Wednesday the 28! Yippeee!

Charity said...

6 today..stepped on a nail on Monday, finally feeling good enough to run without pain...

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Lindsay S said...

Mark up a run for me today (Thurs) I ran 2.4 miles

nicole said...

Hello,

I was lying about on the couch Tuesday afternoon when suddenly it hit me: the thought that I cóúld go for a run. So I ran 40 minutes on Tuesday!

Thursday I followed John 'the penguin's' schedule for the 10K and ran 48 minutes.

And all this in a very strange tropical heatwave. Strange, because I live in the Netherlands which is ususally not very tropical!

foxontherun said...

My patience runs are working. I am slowly able to run 5 miles a little faster each time without raising my heartrate. Yeah. That is two for me.

Tammi1407 said...

3.1 for me on the 29th, 3 for me today (30th - plus 1 hour of spin), and 3.1 for me tomorrow morning (5K)!
Thanks for the motivation!

Hannah said...

I just remembered that we are doing this- I will update on the days I do it now.

Put 3 down for me so far- MWF runs, each one 3+ miles.

Nikkei said...

I did run #5 this morning--3 miles. My son ran all three miles w/me. Hooray! He told me about how he used to be so tired after his 1/2 mile runs at school.

Anniebananie said...

I ran my 3rd run this morning. 5 miles.

wind runner said...

10 miles today! I made the mistake of leaving at 1:00pm- HOT! HOT! HOT!

tifferbob said...

I ran a 4 miler tonight.

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Run number 5 for me this morning ~ 4.14 miles

Stohl Fam said...

Run #3 for me today. I did 11 miles....does that count as two runs?:) just kidding

tifferbob said...

Ran 3.5 miles on the treadmill this afternoon.

Alicia said...
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Alicia said...

Ok, I didn't word that well. Today was my 3rd run for challenge. 6 miles baby!

Lindsay S said...

My 4th run for me yesterday (Sat) I went 10 Miles. Yahoo :)

Kelly(M&M) said...

I ran the Newport Marathon today with Suzie Petunia and Smith for my 4th run of the week. Stay tuned for report. :-)

Elle said...

I am keeping up! Hooray... I ran 3 times this week!

Anniebananie said...

I ran 5 miles in the am on Saturday and 3 miles in the pm on Saturday. So I guess that is 4 & 5 for me.

garrettandbritt said...

I am sorry this is a day late, but on Saturday the 31st I ran 6 miles. That is 4 runs for me. Thanks!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Run number 6 for me at 6.25 miles :)

staciandrolo said...

O.K last week I was a SLACKER! I only ran once and that has not happened for 9 months. I normally run three-four days a week. 12 plus miles. I needed a little vacation from running I guess :0 I woke up early this morning and ran 4 miles.

Total - 2 runs

Jessica said...

I've been on vacation--but I've been running (and biking/swimming). Anyways I am at a total of 4 runs.

Charity said...

Ran again, total of 2...I can't convince that hubby of mine to do anything but bike...now that kids are out of school and with him in school AND working nights, I'm having a hard time finding time to go...how DO you fit 3 kids in a double wide jogger????

So, perhaps, this week I will have more than my measly one last week...Starting out good, it's Monday and I managed....

again...total 2...lame I know....

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

3 miles for run #7 for me :)

foxontherun said...

I ran seven yesterday and it felt great.

Alicia said...

I ran 3 miles this morning for run #4.

Charity said...

Maybe I'm finally getting into the groove..3 today, for run #3

Elle said...

I ran yesterday for #4 run! I was going to go for a run tonight, But I have tonsillitis so I am not so sure how many more this week. I am very upset about it. I was doing so well.

Stohl Fam said...

4.5 Wednesday night the 2. That's run #4 for me.

garrettandbritt said...

I ran 2 miles Wed. One which was all up hill. Those hills are a killers!!!

Lindsay S said...

Chalk up another run for me. So that is 5 for me (I am not sure if you got my comment for my 4th run) Thanks!!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Run number 8 was 3 miles followed by a 10 nike hilly cycle class :)

staciandrolo said...

Run #3 Five miles this morning! It is cold and windy here in Idaho!

Kelly(M&M) said...

Great job, ladies! I am in recovery, so I am not posting a run. (I did a slow 3 miler yesterday and my quads were screaming at me!)

Please feel free to correct me if your updated runs is wrong. I am definitely not perfect! :-)

You guys rock!

foxontherun said...

I ran before spinning this morning. That is 4 for me

Anniebananie said...

Monday ran my 6th run...4 miles.

Jessica said...

I am at 5 runs now (Wednesday)

Alicia said...

Ran my 5th run this morning. Wow the rain was coming down! It was lovely!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Run number nine was 4 miles of speed work.... uuukkkkk :)

Stohl Fam said...

I had run #5 yesterday.

Sticky Niki said...

I have ran a total of 3 times during the contest period. What category do I fall in, M&M? Compared to you "crazies," I'm a newbie!

Hannah said...

Add 3 more for me...I swear I will start to do this daily. Sheesh.

Today's run sucked so bad, but in the "doing this for your own good" kind of bad and I was glad it was over.

Alicia said...

6th run was today- 3 miles.

Kelly(M&M) said...

I did my first combo workout today- swam for 30 minutes and ran for 25. It was tough, but it felt great, and doing it with friends always makes it better!
Erin- You are out of control! :-) You are amazing!
Charity- sorry I missed your other run before. How are you doing?
Sticky Niki- I would still put you in the Newbie category because you are still in your first year. :-) We will continue to bring you to the dark side, ha ha!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

#10... yes that is double digits.... was 3.27 miles after swimming and a spin class.... it was hard but I think it was the 40 mile an hour winds/85 degree temps/ 75% humidity.... or maybe it was the 20 mile loop I took my new bike out on last night... regardless it is still #10 :)

tifferbob said...

#4, ran another 3 miler.

foxontherun said...

Thanks for the run this morning Kelly. It was fun! That's 5 for me. Only, When Oh When will summer come.

Stohl Fam said...

# 6 for me today.

wind runner said...

Add three more runs for me!!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Run #11 = 5.36 miles

staciandrolo said...

Run #5 Yesterday and this morning i participated in Relay for life!

Hannah said...

#7 for me- I ran 1.5m and jumped on my bike for 10 more :)

Alicia said...

Run #7 this morn was 7 miles

Charity said...

Run 4 for me...

Anniebananie said...

I need to log in run #7 -5 miles and run #8- 5 miles.

wind runner said...

So---add two more for me....that should be 9 total. I'm really glad we're doing this right now or I seriously would not be running. It is the windiest-yuckiest June we've ever had. Yesterday's windy run wiped me out so bad I was falling asleep in church today- my fingers are tired I'm so exhausted from the effort. I was running 12 minute miles and I'm usually under 8! It's making me very grumpy! Just had to get that out there even if no one reads this.

Hannah said...

#8 for me today- with my husband...it's shocking really!

tifferbob said...

#5 for me, Ran a 5K with JP today. It was lots of fun!

Stohl Fam said...

#7, 8, and 9 for me. I was supposed to do 3 runs in preparation for Wasatch Back on Saturday the 6. I somehow squeeked them all in for.

garrettandbritt said...

I was able to run 5.5 on Saturday. The wind was blowing like crazy!!Does anyone else have horrible weather right now? I am about tired of it. This makes 6 runs for me!

staciandrolo said...

Run #6 :)

Kelly(M&M) said...

I love seeing 100 comments!

So, I had a fantastic run with foxontherun on Friday. We did a slow 5 miles and just chatted.

I did a 5k on Saturday, the Nike 5K for Kids, and got a PR and a third place finish in my category, woo hoo!

I started my triathlon schedule today- a nice 30 minute run and then I lifted weights.

So, I am up to 9 runs! This is fun!

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

run number 12 was a sticky running into the wind no matter which direction I went 3.2 miles

Hannah said...

#9 this morning- 4.5 miles pushing the stroller.

foxontherun said...

4.6 for me this morning. That makes 6 for me.

Kristen said...

i don't know if i'll be able to catch up to these newbies! but i ran a 4 miler last saturday morning.... ugh.... and 3 miles this morning. :) You all are doing great!!

Jessica said...

I'm at 6 now (Monday)

Stohl Fam said...

Run #10 today, Monday June 9.

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

#13 was 5 speedy treadmill miles this morning :) Gotta love airconditioner vents right above you

Tammi1407 said...

I did 4 miles on Saturday (7th), 3 miles on Sunday (8th) and 3 miles today (10th). I did a lot of spin and biking last week - the weather in Dallas was too hot to pound the pavement at my usual 6pm! Hubby moved the treadmill into the AC from the garage, so I'm BACK!

wind runner said...

Two more---so I should be up to 11 runs total! Thanks!

Sticky Niki said...

Three more runs for me, for a total of 6!

Anniebananie said...

Run 9 for me today! 4 miles even though it was windy, it was nice to get out.

rebecca said...

six runs total for me!

rebecca said...

and i'm a newbie

garrettandbritt said...

Another 90 mile an hour wind day today, I am so ready for some nice weather. Today I took it to the treadmill for 3 miles. That makes 7runs for me.

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

3 pace miles and a spin class this morning put me at 14 total :)

staciandrolo said...

Good Morning :)

It's raining and pouring here in Idaho! Crazy weather for all of us Road Runners!!

5 1/2 miles this morning!

Run #7

Anniebananie said...

I got my 10th run in today. 5 miles.

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

Run number 15 was 4.82 very sticky miles with great conversation which helped make the sticky not seem so bad :)

Lindsay S said...

Ok so I forgot to write a comment on my last couple of runs but chalk up 2 more for me this week. One on Tues and one on Wed. That puts me at 7 runs.

Jessica said...

I'm at 7 runs now (Thursday)

Stohl Fam said...

I'm at 11 today, Thursday.

Hannah said...

Run 10 for me- 5 miles ALL BY MY SELF!!!

Hannah said...

Run 11 for me this morning. We only had time to go two miles...but two miles is better than not going right?

Stohl Fam said...

#12 for me tonight (June 13) in Beautiful Jackson Hole...

Bart, Erin, Hunter & Jorden said...

last and final run #16 was a blistering hot 11.17 miles.

Stohl Fam said...

I did run # 13 this morning, 7.35 along the snake river in Jackson Hole, Wy. I wish I could run here everyday!

Jessica said...

Mark me down for run #7 today!

Nikkei said...

I started out so well on this challenge. I did five runs the first week, and then ... nothing! But on the afternoon of my fifth run, I began to move into a new house. I've been busy unpacking, cleaning, organizing, etc. during the past two weeks. I'm looking forward to the next challenge after I'm all settled in (90% there, I hope) and after I've delivered the baby (I've almost reached the beginning of my 3rd trimester). Thanks for the challenge!

Alicia said...

I really didn't mean to wait til the last minute to post this week's runs. Here they are:
June 10th: Run #8 3 miles
June 11th: Run #9 3 miles
June 12th: Run #10 3 miles
June 13th: Run #11 5 miles

Kelly(M&M) said...

Hey Mommies!

Congrats on your hard work. I am just getting back into town, so I will tally up the numbers. If you haven't commented yet, please let us know by Monday night and I will let you know the winners!

Anniebananie said...

Hi I forgot to log in two runs from last week. So add two more for me. Thanks!

rebecca said...

I know I'm late, but for the record, my total is 8 runs!