Join The 2017 January Miles Challenge
Happy New Year! I’ve spent the last several days reflecting on 2016, analyzing what went well, and what I could have done differently. 2016 was an incredibly busy year; from new babies to a new job, it has felt like a whirlwind. I find myself coming into 2017 needing some help and motivation to get my running back on track and to figure out what it looks like in this new season of life.
This is where the January Miles Challenge comes into play. Join me and start the year off right by setting a small, achievable goals to gain momentum on an amazing year of fitness of personal achievement!
Why the January Miles Challenge?
I have always tried to use January as a time to begin building a base of fitness I can use throughout the entire year. I’m still trying to decide exactly what my 2017 goals are (marathon?), but no matter what, they will require a nice healthy base of miles to get me there.
Between ice and snow, or slush and rain, running in January can be brutal. Rather than try to tolerate a treadmill, or just white knuckle the elements alone, a January Miles Challenge is a great way to collectively start this year on the right foot.
We haven’t done one of these virtual challenges in awhile, but we learned from our recent survey that you’d like them back, even if on a limited basis. We know running with others is a fantastic way to stay motivated, so let’s use our online community of 5,500+ runners to find that motivation to get out there and run!
Two Different Goals
It’s always a good idea to set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound goals. Setting a specific number of miles to run in January will do wonders to jump start your year of PR’s!
As I have done in the past, challenge yourself to run 50, 100, or 150 miles this month.
If you haven’t run in a while, or are new to running, start with a goal of 50 miles. Here is a simple schedule you can follow:
- Week 1: 9 miles
- Week 2: 11 miles
- Week 3: 14 miles
- Week 4: 16 miles
- Total = 50
DO NOT run more than this! Running too much too soon is the best way to get injured. We want you to start the year off on the right foot, not a broken foot!
If you’re currently running 15-20 miles a week, 100 miles is a nice goal to set for yourself. This comes out to be about 23 miles per week and should be very doable, but take it easy. I plan to challenge myself with 100 miles. Given my current family situation, it’s all I have time for and will be a bit of a stretch to hit my goal.
If you’re planning to run 150 miles, I don’t think you need my help planning!
How to Log Your Miles
- You MUST use the same email every time you log miles so that the log can keep track of you. (Don’t worry, we keep your information private and secure.)
- Add your miles every day you run, once a week, or whatever is easiest for you.
- All logs are on the honor system.
If you don’t see your results a day or two after the first time you’ve entered them, let us know!
Each person who successfully reaches their goal will be entered into a drawing for some sweet Minneapolis Running t-shirts, hoodies, singlets and more! I’m also in the process of getting some additional gear from a few local running shops in Minnesota. Stay tuned!
Have a very Happy New Year, and here’s to you and making 2017 your best year ever!