You may have noticed that recently I have been doing quite a few virtual runs. I really like them, they raise money for charity and they have fab medals. This year they did a Poppy Challenge in November, which instead of being a race, totalled up your mileage over the month. I joined in because it was a great cause (they raised over £4,500 for the British Legion), the medal was gorgeous, there was no Poppy Run near me this year, and I thought it would keep me out running as the weather got colder and the evenings darker.
I learnt how to take a screenshot! It’s surprisingly easy! Hooray!
According to Strava I managed 76 miles in November, and as the Poppy Challenge was in km, that was just over 120km! Amazing. After I had submitted my distance, I realised that walking counted as well, but I was not sure how to find that on the Garmin connect site, so I left it as that.
It arrived very soon after I submitted my proof.
I think it really did help keep me running though. I think everyone gets tired at this time of year, and although I love running, and feel better for it, after a long day at work sometimes I have been tempted to just stay at home instead. I used to do 3 runs per week, but since marathon training I have been aiming for 4, and I nearly managed that, with 15 runs in November. Two Saturdays ago I marshalled at parkrun, and it was so cold. I had planned a run when I got home, but I really felt like I could not face going back out in the cold. A combination of earning miles for the challenge, and another running buddy in the same boat as me (I will if you will) meant I got out there, and even though my ears were aching with cold (needed to find my ear warmers) it was great to be outside, and running in the daylight.
It matches my 50 parkrun top! Although I didn’t wear it when running today!
I am not affiliated with them in any way, I just really like them. The website is here, and they do have international entries too.
Do you ever do challenges like this? I have seen lots of run streak/ run every day in… challenges, but I know they are not for me. I can do 4 days in a row and then I get tired and slow down and just need a rest day, and also it is stressful trying to fit in a run every day when work and other commitments keep on coming, so this type of challenge was perfect for me as it encouraged me without me feeling the need to push beyond what was appropriate for me.