It’s been previously established I am often looking for interesting ways to keep myself motivated to run. This becomes more important as autumn rolls in. The temperatures begin to dip, meals get heartier and I enjoy hunkering down on the couch, getting lost in a book this time of year. While these are all great things, at 35, my metabolism and I cannot allow running to completely fall off our radar.
This time last year, I was training for the Philadelphia full marathon so that kept me out and going. This year, I’m taking a break from running a full 26.2 for multiple reasons and I’m okay with that. However, without a race in front of me, what’s my motivation on a cold morning to get out and run?
Enter the Road ID Lace ‘em Up Challenge, sponsored by Strava. Seven days, 50 miles logged and a $10 gift voucher to Road ID. An ultra-marathon over the course of seven days, I can dig that.
How does it work? Simply go to the Strava site (www.Strava.com) on or before November 4, click the challenge tab, select the Road ID Lace ‘em Up Challenge and join. The Challenge will run from October 29 through November 4, and you can complete the 50 miles (on foot) in any daily mileage breakdown you wish. There are official rules posted on site. A slight snag for some might be that you cannot enter your runs manually so you do have to log your runs on the Strava site; but there’s an app for that! Easy as can be and sounds fun a heck to me. Also, this keeps us accountable.
Motivation doesn’t always come easy. I should admit I found this challenge while procrastinating work deadlines and a much needed run, hunkered down on my couch getting sucked into the internet. I feel a bit less guilty for finding the challenge and upon further scoping on the Strava site, was pleased to find other challenges of interest, too. Destination procrastination win.
As of today there are 2,012 registrants. I’m one of them. You should be, too!