Join the May Miles Challenge
Question: What’s the best way to eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time.
When you have a big, huge, dare I say, audacious goal, it can be helpful to break it up. You don’t want to loose sight of what you are ultimately shooting for. One way to achieve that is by setting small attainable goals/challenges along the way.
I recently read in Harvard Business Review how “critical it is for teams and individuals working on complex problems to achieve small wins regularly…” and, “…to maintain emotional health, each of us needs small wins in our personal lives…”
In The Sports Gene, author David Epstein says elite athletes set goals differently. They say, “…today in my workout, I’m going to push really hard from mile 3 – 4… they set actionable goals…. they have huge feats out in the distance, but set proximate goals that tell them what to do today.”
As we approach the half way mark of 2015, hopefully you are on your way to making this your best year ever. But perhaps your goals were way too audacious, and you have since adjusted. Regardless, the May Miles Challenge is designed to help you get some small wins, en route to accomplishing whatever your bigger, bolder goal is this year.
Why May is a Great Month for a Challenge
May has always been one of my favorite months of the year. When I was in school, it symbolized the end of the year, and held the promise of an exciting summer. As an adult, it marks the start of a change of work and life pace – spending long periods of time outside – running, eating on patios, or just going for evening strolls through the neighborhood.
As a runner, I have run a May half marathon for the past 7 years. This year, I am foregoing my spring ritual for Grandma’s Marathon.
You may have participated in one of our community running challenges. The challenges that get the most participation, are the ones where you simply log your miles towards a goal.
This month, we are going to try something, both individually, and as a community.
Our Common Goal
Even if you’re not one of the 120+ runners on our Grandma’s Race team, join us this May to hit 5,000 collective miles as a community!
You may have noticed we haven’t hosted a challenge in a few months. I have been trying to find a better way to collect and display our data. Free Google tools are nice, but I wanted something a bit more social.
Recently I found a new company from the UK, Etch Rock. They have a free new “challenge” software that I’ve been chatting with them about. It’s not perfect, but I like how it allows us to achieve these goals individually and together.
Here’s how it works…
- Register here for a free account. You can signup using Facebook, or email.
- Click here to “Participate” in the Minneapolis Running May Miles Challenge if you’re not already directed to it.
- Whenever you run (or you can do it every few days or once a week), simply click the “Leave you Mark” icon. From there, click on the icon that looks like a little stop watch .
- Enter your miles, leave a note, and you can even share some pics from a recent run.
None of your personal data (like email) will be visible to others. Just your name (or nickname).Click here to join!
Jason, a rep from the company, emailed me and said,
Within the next 2 months EtchRock will be able to integrate with your favourite GPS trackers (Garmin, Nike+ etc) and you will be able to download the data straight to your profile! We also have a pretty cool app on the way!
If you find a bug, or something isn’t working quite right, let me know and I see if I know what’s going on, or email the developer.
We’ve got a few new donations, as well as some familiar faces.
Mill City Running has generously donated a Headsweats MCR hat, Headsweats MCR visor, MCR Men’s Tshirt, and MCR Women’s Tshirt.
Excelsior Running has donated a $50 gift certificate along with a super cool Excelsior Running soft tee.
Right Fit Running in Mounds View has donated a $25 gift certificate.
TC Running Co. has (yet again!) donated 2, $25 gift certificates.
Winners will be selected at random, and if you run at least 50 miles, you’ll be included – that’s only 7.8 miles a week, or 1.6 a day… easy!
Don’t hesitate to reply with any questions. Lets make this a fantastic month of miles!