This is another accidental thing I decided to do. Yep. It’s a holiday running challenge.
I’m on the Runner’s World forums, and apparently, they do challenges. These are a great way to stay motivated during times like, oh, I don’t know, the holidays.
So let’s break it down.
There are two teams; the Running Reindeer and the Galloping Gobblers. While assignment to a team is completely random and done by the mathematics of the complicated program (that I can’t begin to explain), as a turkey baby this year, I was delighted to become a member of the Gobbler team.
As I understand it, the program sorts folks into teams by mileage. This year, it appears to be relatively balanced. One team has 139 players; the other has 136. I’ve pledged to do 140 miles in the 5 1/2 weeks. Barring illness, this should be easily doable for me.
275 players. Nearly 38,000 miles pledged.
Yes, that’s right. Your eyes are not deceiving you- nearly 38,000 miles pledged. That works out to an average of 3.45 miles per person per day. At this point, I have to assume there may be illness and/or injury. I am not sure how the program is manipulated or adjusted for those situations, but I know there is a way.
We’re 5 days in. Apparently, there are folks who will add totals today who have not yet logged their miles mi. Regardless, here are some numbers to blow your mind
5,459.46 miles have been logged. To put this in perspective, I have logged 24.75 miles in three days of running. (I didn’t run on Thursday and spent Friday in bed)
I am not even ON the leaderboard top 50 runners. The leader has 84.2 miles; followed by #2 at 76.4 (and today was that person’s rest day- those miles were logged in 4 days!); #3 has 75 miles. The runners bringing up the leaderboard at numbers #47, #48, #49 and #50 have each logged 30.80 miles. I land at #38 on my team roster.
#1 is a female runner in the 30-34 age group; #2 is a gentleman in the 55-59 age group. #12 is a male in the 60-64 age group with 51.36. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am #8 in my women’s age group. I’m #18 in the overall age group.
(Can you tell how much I ♥♥♥ the data?!)
At this point on Monday (it’s evening at this writing), my team has logged 233.53 miles. The other team has logged 282.4 and we are 241 miles behind!!! Holy cow!! But don’t worry- that really comes out to 1.79 miles per player to close the gap.
Obviously, people haven’t all posted, because other daily totals were considerably higher. For example, yesterday my team did 644.36 miles. The highest day total (by the other team) was 700.15 miles.
It’s early yet. I’ll be posting updates, mostly because I find the statistics simply fascinating. (no, really, I do- I’m not exaggerating )
I joined because I’m running and logging my miles anyhow, and I figured it would be fun to join a team challenge like this. My normal running days, I’d do 7.25, but I’ve been inspired to add another daily mile for ninja miles. It would be nice to get a little bit ahead and help out the team.