Well, it has been an AMAZING month for running! I’m looking at my month-end running totals and they are just ridiculously high compared to previous months. So what happened?
First, a month-long running challenge in one of my virtual running groups (I call it the #guysversusdolls challenge). Runners on both sides spiking their running mileage and doubling up to boost their monthly mileage. Suddenly, a lowly Excel spreadsheet had extraordinary significance and runners were eyeballing it constantly to monitor their teammates’ mileage and opponents’ mileage. But we learned we are all in this together. This challenge alone pushed me to run 8 (!!!) half-marathons and one full marathon in July (so what if it was in 3 runs on the same day? Your point is?). Unbelievable! 240+ miles of running/walking for the month, 216.5 miles of which was running.
Secondly, a #SonicBoom challenge (also virtual running challenge) against 30 other runners from my wife’s employer. It started May 6, the day after the Lincoln Marathon and runs through August 16. Was very lazy after Lincoln Marathon and wasn’t taking this one too seriously until my #RWRunStreak began. During that streak, I surged to the lead. Then in July, my running mileage spiked so much that now I lead this one by more than 100 miles as of today. Two marathoners behind me. If I win, I get 25 “Sonic Boom” points (worth fractions of U.S. pennies), not much but stacked with other healthy challenge points, it can earn us cheaper health insurance. Woohoo! Oh the running/fitness games we play for cheaper insurance!
Finally, a new challenge (500 miles strong) starting yesterday, July 31, 2013 (feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits-did you know that the Pope is Jesuit?) running through July 31, 2014 to run and/or walk 500 miles. A Catholic Ignatian spirituality group suddenly formed on Facebook called 500 Miles Strong (also on Twitter @500MilesStrong) and added me to the group (notice: they didn’t invite me, they added me because they know how much I run!) The idea is to make regular physical exercise linked to spiritual exercise (like the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius) or prayer. No problem there. That’s only 1.4 miles per day.
Checked my year-to-date running mileage: 845. Need 1,068 to hit 2013 for the year (about 7.1 miles per day). Possible. Do I chase it? Yes, absolutely!
Hunting for my next awesome run, Jeremy