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?

14 Responses to “80 Mile Month”
  1. Annie. says:

    Sorry, but I don’t think that to be a sensible challenge, to be honest: It would mean (I calculate in kilometres), if you run 3 times per week, to do about 10,5 km per run. That would be a lot, but it’s not sensible to run more often (even more so if one’s not used to it. Then, doing much shorter runs 3 times per week would probably mean overdoing it).

    To me, it’d make a lot of sense to get a mix of long walks/walking/nordic walking/running/endurance-based studio courses and weight training done, intensity/time of training depending on what one’s used to do.

  2. Chloe says:

    I think this is an awesome challenge, and I’ve seen some major benefits to my health from doing cardio a minimum of 4 times a week. I’m not a runner, and I keep toying with going back to it, but I’m thinking I might set myself a similar styled challenge for January on the bike, as I think it’s likely to be the toughest one for me to get out there, especially if the weather is bad.

    Go go go all those involved!

    P.S. loving the headlamp, hope people take the lead on that. Be safe and be seen!

  3. Chel says:

    i like it! It’s a challenge which means do your best. I do 5 miles a few times per week, weather permitting so i should be able to do it..To hit 80 miles you need to be intermediate/advanced but there is no reason anyone else can’t give it a go!!

  4. Naomi says:

    This sounds like what I need to keep me on track through the Christmas parties.

  5. Lucy says:

    I’m in! I did 101km in October, and 97km so far in November, so I’ll try for 127.7km in December :-)

  6. Laura says:

    I’m in!! Will also be starting up my London Marathon training in Jan and am currently running around 15-20 miles a week so it should keep me motivated for the “month of temptation” during which there will be even MORE temptation as I will be visiting family in the USA for 10 days of it!!! I’ve done some forward planning though and have got in touch with a running club near to my brother-in-law and am excited to go and run in some new and exciting places!!! Will keep you posted…

    p.s. I keep meaning to get in touch to ask if you could do a post about how you’re combining your running and strength training as I’m hoping to keep both up during my marathon training and could do with some hints and tips!

  7. Elin says:

    This is great! Just sent you an invite on Nike+. After a month and a bit of injury and illness, I’m hoping this will get me back on track and keep me motivated to run when it’s cold and dark. I’m another one training for a spring marathon so I’m keen for any motivation to get my training started before January comes around. x

  8. Steph says:

    I am kind of joining you on this one – I am still injured from a fall in June and can’t run (*sob*) so I thought I would adapt and go for 160 miles on the bike this month! Hope that is okay, feel I need a challenge around the holidays too. Good luck everyone :)

  9. Zoe Gillespie says:

    I love this challenge! Joined in last year and felt great over Xmas & new year & was well prepared for race season! I’m definitely in! Thanks for the motivation! X

  10. Jasmine says:

    100% on this!

    Although the next couple of weeks will have jam packed evenings so am hoping having a target in mind will make me get out and run in the mornings before work!

    Bangs you are inspired!

  11. Laura says:

    Great challenge idea – I’m in!

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