80 Mile Month
It’s that time of year again! Ahh December will be upon us at week’s end and if you’re anything like me, it can be a tough month to stay motivated. So, this year, as I have for the past couple of years, I’m rectifying my December 80 Mile Month challenge, open to anyone who wishes to take part.
The goal? Pretty simple: run 80 miles (127.7 kilometres) between December 1st – 31st. There’s no prize, no fireworks go off at the end or anything – it’s just a little friendly competition to keep each other motivated to stay active during a cold month where food and laziness can throw us off track with training.
For some, 80 miles in a month is no big deal, for me, it’s a definitely challenge. I didn’t manage to come anywhere near to it last year due to an injury that hadn’t healed. As I’m starting up marathon training now for London Marathon in April, I’m hoping I’ll be a little more successful with it this year.
You can go over the 80 miles, of course and fear not, you’re not banished from the running community if you don’t hit the target – it’s just there as a guideline. Essentially, if you just manage to get out there and keep training, that’s an accomplishment in and of itself.
So how do you keep track? I use Nike Plus and have started a group challenge on there. Feel free to add me (username: BangsandaBun) and I can invite you to the challenge. If you’re part of the challenge on Nike Plus, we’ll see everyone’s results as they come up in a leaderboard. Or you can just keep track of the miles yourself of course. I’ll be hosting regular conversations on the Spikes & Heels Facebook page to see where everyone’s at and hopefully we can keep each other motivated. Plus, we’ll use the #80MileMonth hastag on Twitter.
So, whaddaya say? Are you in?