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‘Member me telling you about that Holiday Challenge thingy I was gonna do during the holidays to stay motivated? Ya, well, it’s over.  😦

When we started, 275 runners on two teams (139; 136) had pledged nearly 38,000 miles. By the time I updated at the half way point,  we had dropped to 263 players, who pledged 36,650 miles.

It’s no surprise that 5 1/2 weeks through the holidays is a long challenge. At the end, we had 240 people left (125 and 115) who logged an impressive 36,861.64 miles- yes, those are actual miles run! As it turns out, through no fault of the fabulous sorting program, things kind of got lopsided. There was also some drama just after the 1/2, which meant some of the higher mileage runners totally dropped; some said they would and logged 0s, and then at the last minute added their mileage back in. I think the rules might change because of that.

My team, sadly, did not win. BUT. There was some great running, and a good many of us logged some fantastic “ninja miles.” By ‘definition,’ “ninja miles” were miles suggested by one of our team players (who, yes, has “ninja” in his name) that were stealthy, and unplanned for. Ya know, to sneak up on the other team.  😉

So, how does it break down? Not surprisingly, the person who logged the most miles was also the leader at the 1/2; the gentleman (in the 55-59 age group) who ran 617.2 miles. Before you pick your jaw up off the ground, the top 3 had over 500 miles each and the top 9 had all logged over 400 miles.  AMAZING!!!!!

The team with the most miles averaged 3.96 miles a day, per player.

My team averaged 3.91 miles per day, per player, and we had 10 fewer players at the end after we lost a few of our really high mileage runners.

I gave up at 250 miles myself.  😆  Since I had originally pledged 140 miles, I was pretty satisfied to land 110 miles over.

One of the most competitive age groups at races is the 40-44, and it appears this also holds true for mileage challenges like this.  🙂  In my age group for the women, I finished in 2nd place, behind a 251.79 mile finish. I remain very glad that they weren’t timing us.  😆

On my team of 115 players, I landed in 20th place.

Out of the total 240 runners, my mileage let me finish on the leaderboard in 35th place.

While I didn’t manage to make my new new goal of 950 miles for the year, I came pretty close with 935.76. Hitting a major flare on Christmas followed by a tummy bug didn’t do me any favors, but I didn’t die, so I’m happy.  😆

As you can imagine, it doesn’t really end there, because, you know, I’m certifiable.  😀  I’ve signed up for 2 more challenges, both of which are year-long. I’ve pledged 1,200 miles for the year, so we’ll see how that goes. So far, in two days of running, I’ve got 23.5 in, so this may actually not be out of the realm of possibility, if I can stay mostly healthy and injury free.

If you are thinking about starting a new running exercise routine, or just want a way to stay accountable and connected to other runners (even if you are just starting out!), the Runner’s World online community forum is the place to land. It is *amazing* how much great information there is out there, and people are generally very friendly. I lurked for a few years before joining, and I have to say, there is really a great group of people there.

I may not make new year’s resolutions, but I absolutely WILL make mileage goals!  😆  :mrgreen:

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Half Way There

Can you believe it?  I know I can’t! Nearly three weeks ago, I started a Holiday Challenge. Today is just over the half-way point (20 days out of 39), so I thought I would share some statistics y’all prolly could care less about.  😆

When we started, we had 275 players, who had pledged nearly 38,000 miles. If people don’t post for 8 days, they are automatically dropped. At this point, we’re down to 263 players, who have pledged 36,650 miles. The database is predicting we’ll hit 39,600 if the pace stays the same (which is unlikely, but hey, quite the goal.)

At this point today, 19,894.41 miles have been logged. This breaks it down to: 3.67 miles per day per member on my team and 3.89 miles a day per runner on the other team. Obviously, this isn’t an accurate reflection of what people are actually doing (because I, for example, only run 5 days a week), but the numbers are fun! The teams are still relatively balanced, too, with the other team just having a single player more than my team.

At this moment, right now, I am on the leaderboard at #50 with my measly 111.25 miles since Thanksgiving Day.  I say measly, because, seriously, there are some crazed folks out there! 😯

On the leaderboard, numbers 10 through 50 are under 200 miles.  Those others?  Sit down for this!  😆

#1- 324.9; F, 30-34

#2-  313.4; M, 55-59

#3- 278; M, 45-49

#4- 272.15; M, 40-45

I’m in 3rd in my age/gender group. I have no illusions that I’ll have a leaderboard finish, either. What I am finding really surprising is how many hardcore runners there are with huge mileage that are over 40.

Seems a lot of people do their long runs on the weekends, and with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day falling on a Saturday and Sunday this year, I think it’s safe to say that I can’t promise to run either of those days, particularly Christmas Day. That means, I won’t be surprised when I fall off the leaderboard on the weekend, if I make it on there that long.  😆

I should hit my pledged 140 miles by the beginning of next week, though, so anything over is total gravy.  😀 I also upped my yearly goal, and I’ll be interested to see if/when I hit that.

You can relax and know that I will share final results for the challenge and my yearly totals. I won’t let you down!  😆

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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 :lol:)

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.

Go Gobblers!   


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