I started my running hobby with a challenge in August 2008. I was 27 and I was physically in the worst shape of my life. I decided to challenge a few friends of mine to run a total of 300 km by Christmas. None of us were active runners. All of us made the goal and I personally managed around 450km in the three and a half months leading to Christmas. Six months from starting I ran my first half marathon and another 3 months later completed the first full one.
Challenges and goals are great motivators.
Last new years eve a friend of mine, Adam, and I decided to do a year long challenge. My goal was to do an average of 10 chin-ups a day while he’d do 100 press-ups everyday. Carrot at the end of the stick was that we’d both stash away £1 per successful day towards Whisky. Yes. In a few weeks time, we’re both going to spend £365 on whisky..
10 chin-ups a day isn’t exactly that many or a difficult task to complete. As long as you stay on course. At start of June, I was doing them at the rate that would see me finish the required 3650 repeats by first week of July. Then I stopped. Last 4 weeks I had to play catch up and do around 28 repeats per day.. Still, I managed it.
This year, I want to step it up a notch. Here’s the two challenges:
- Run an average of 5 km per day for the whole year or a total of 1825 km
- Do 15 chin-ups everyday
I’ve never done a charity run before because I always thought I’d want to do something that truly pushed me. Something like the Trans Alpine Run or Marathon des Sables. Or run more kilometres and more consistently than I ever have before. For a whole year.
For the record, this year I only ran about half that. And there was only one month (July) where I ran enough to keep at that pace. This is also going to be one of the busiest years of my life so far with Uuni taking over the world which will mean plenty of long-haul travel. And you know, we’ve got two boys under 4.
It’ll be tough and I’m not at all sure if I’ll be able to make it but I’m definitely giving it all I can.
UPDATE TO RULES AND TARGETS:
Like last year, I’m still raising money to spend on whisky. £1 per day. Only difference is that this year, each end of month is a deadline. For example on 31st of January I’ll check if I actually ran 155 km and did 465 chin-ups. If not, then that month doesn’t qualify. I also can’t carry over extra kilometres (or chin-ups) but at the same time, the clock is reset so if I don’t do anything before November, I can still collect £31 for December.
Of course, you could look at it so that at the end of each month I need check if I’m still on track with the progress but this would make it really difficult to catch up, especially with the running. I need this challenge to inspire me to exercise through out the year, I don’t need it to discourage and de-motivate me in July, if I’ve missed a month or so.
I’ll collate progress throughout the year here