I can’t believe I’m going to type this but December is here. I guess it’s true that time flies when you are having fun! This was Off Road Pursuits first full year and I had a blast with all of you. With your support, we launched the San Diego 50 & Trail Marathon, introduced a whole new group of women to trail running with the 2nd Annual SoCal Wine Country Women’s Half & 5K and had another fantastic turnout for the Lake Hodges Trail Fest. Hopefully all of you had a great year, on and off the trails, as well!
With the year wrapping up it’s been WAY to easy to let training slip to the back burner with an increased focus on work, the holidays and the countless other distractions that life can bring at you. Having this in mind I needed a way to start 2014 on a strong note. So, to prep for an early season race and get back into some semblance of shape, I’ll be taking on the 30 in 30 Running Challenge. Of course, with December having 31 days, who wants to stop short so I’m making it the 31 in 31.
The goal is simple, run 31 times in the 31 days of December for a minimum of 30 minutes for each run.
I’d like to invite everyone to join me in the challenge and fight off the dreaded holiday weight gain/fitness loss and start 2014 stronger than ever! I’ve finally broken down and created a Strava account so that I could create a group for us to track and motivate (or trash talk) each other and keep each other honest. It’s free to create an account and then you can join the Off Road Pursuits group. Best part? Prizes for completing the challenge!
Off Road Pursuits 30 in 30 + Group Challenge
- Complete 31 runs in December
- Each run must be a minimum of 30 minutes. Runs can not be split into two parts ie. 2-15 minute runs in one day.
- If you need a day off, you can double up runs on a single day. They each must be at least 30 minutes.
- Log your run on Strava to share your exploits with the group.
- Some of us are Ultra runners, we know “running” may have a loose definition on certain routes. If it’s a form of forward progress you’d use in a 50K or 50 Mile, it counts as running!
- Plan Ahead: Take a look at the calendar and figure out what days will be hard to get in a run due to travel, work, or family obligations.
- Bank runs: Once you find days that you won’t be able to get in a run, plan to bank an extra run in one of the days leading up to it. It’s always easier to get the run in before you miss it than try to squeeze it in later to make it up.
- Explore: Running 31 days in a row is something I’ve never even come close to before and I know if I run the same route every day I’ll never make it. This is the perfect time to head out and explore new trails or neighborhood routes you’ve been wanting to check out.
- Group Runs: Running all the runs solo might also be a tough way to get through them. Use this month to get involved with some group runs you may not have done before.
- Listen to Your Body: There is no need to go out and destroy yourself every day, just get in 30 minutes of easy running to build a solid base. Don’t over do it! If at some point it begins to be to much, back off! This is about getting better, not getting hurt!
In addition to the obvious fitness gains there are other benefits to be taken from this challenge.
- Test Gear: We don’t have much of a “winter” here in San Diego but the canyons can get pretty cold and if we’re traveling for the holidays, this is a great time to test out some new gear.
- Learn: Take some time during your runs to learn about your running style. Not just your technique but what terrain do you feel the best on? What time of day do you run the best? How does what you eat before, or the day before, affect your running? Use this month to learn about yourself and your running to become a better stronger athlete!
- Win!!: Anyone that joins the Strava Group and completes the challenge will be entered to win some great stuff. I’m working to put together a grand prize package that will be drawn at random as well as something for everyone that completes the challenge successfully.
- BONUS: Take pictures of all your runs and post them to the Off Road Pursuits Facebook page and Instagram and tag Off Road Pursuits. Who knows, maybe there will be extra schwag for the best pics!
Need some motivation to get you going? Here are two great accounts of past 30 in 30 challenge completions!
- Toby Guillette – http://www.enduranceguy.com/2013/02/01/30-runs-in-30-days/
- James Walsh – http://jameswalshracing.com/2012/09/30-runs-in-30-days.html/
Alright, so let’s make this happen and cap a stellar 2013 in style! I can’t wait to get out there and start getting after it. Explore new trails and see how my body reacts to this much consistency from my running.
Join the Strava Group Now! http://www.strava.com/clubs/offroadpursuits