‘Run Every Day’ challenges seem to be the in thing at the moment and Social Run Group has created a March challenge to get you out pounding the streets (or trails!).
Part of the Up and Running chain, Social Run Group is challenging its members to run for 30 of the 31 days in March to promote health and wellbeing in the community. As with the various SRG run groups, the challenge is completely free and various social media and Strava groups have been set up to track everyone’s progress.
Before the month started you could choose from a number of mileage targets, depending on your ability and race commitments. You may have seen the following hashtags around Twitter and Facebook, #30in30Days #60in30Days #90in30Days and #120in30Days – All pretty self explanatory, averaging either 1, 2, 3 or 4 miles a day.
You get 1 rest day during the month to use whenever you need it and at the half way point, I’ve still got mine in the bag! Spot prizes have been promised although the criteria is unknown at this point… That is generous of Up and Running and an added bonus, but the main prize for me is motivation.
This challenge came at the right time for me. January and February were 47 and 53 miles respectively and with Kielder Dark Skies 14 in March, Keswick Mountain Festival and Keswick Half Marathon in May and Endure 24 in July, I needed a serious kick up the butt to get out and get motivated!
I managed to run for the first 9 days of January before a bad back put me out of action for a week and similar gaps in February meant I’d not made much progress in terms of fitness and mileage. After 15 days of this challenge, I’m ahead of schedule in the #90in30Days category with 56.7 miles and currently on target to surpass 100 if I can stay injury free.