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Back in June I wrote about the California Coast 500 Virtual Challenge. It was 3 months into the quarantine life. I was looking for something motivating and exciting to do while in quarantine and this looked like the perfect challenge!
This challenge was to run 100, 250, 400 or 500 virtual miles from LA’s Santa Monica Pier to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge along California’s idyllic Highway One. It began June 8th and ends September 7th. I signed up for 250 miles which is about 84 miles each month.
So, as you know from Sunday’s post, I am not running. Since I began this challenge, I was on track to complete it last week. My last run was August 15 in which I had run 223.6 miles. Most likely I won’t complete the challenge. I have a doctor appointment on Friday (for my yearly exam) and I will double check with her (she told me it was OK to see her). I want to do the right thing but I am also itching to run outside.
This was from an email I received on June 24. KK Fischer finished in about 2 weeks. Wow!
While I am sad that I won’t complete it, I am glad I signed up for it. I was motivated to get out there and run. On the days I did not want to run, I reminded myself of this challenge and knew that every mile helped (or .10, .18, etc). I am not sure what I will do once this is over. I’m having a great training session with my coach and hope to continue, but don’t think I will sign up for virtual races or challenges.
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I think these challenges are great. I’m kinda sad mine ended because I feel myself slacking off. But it does become tedious to record everyday.
You are very active. No worries there.
Luckily my runs/mileage uploaded with my Garmin so I didn’t have to record anything. I just checked to website to see how far along I was.
That’s easier. This one you have to add it every day.
I’m so sorry you won’t be able to finish on time. But maybe you can still just finish it up when you’re able to — just for your own satisfaction? Can cycling be used for the challenge? Just a thought!
This is hopefully just a bump in the road for you. Fingers crossed.
I can run outside now so I will finish it!!! But before i knew that, I received an email from the race organizers that the finish date had been extended to one week.
I’m really glad that that all worked for you!
You were so close to completing it, Zenaida! I’m so sorry you can’t finish it. From your description, it seems to be a very motivating and happy challenge.
Congratulations on doing so well. Amazing what we can do when we’re motivated!
I will complete it! 🙂 Now I can run outside.
I’m so glad to hear that, Zenaida! YAY for you!
You’re so close to finishing the challenge – I’m bummed that you won’t be able to finish it, but it looks like it gave you the motivation you were looking for to go out and run more so that’s a huge positive!
This challenge was definitely motivating. Love it! I can run outside now so I will finish it. I am so happy!
Anything that gives us all motivation to move these days is a good thing!
Exactly! Now you need to set up a RunBet Challenge.
My Race Across Iowa challenge ended on August 10th (I was allotted 70 days for my distance). I far surpassed the 249 miles (with walking and running combined), but was hoping I could rack up enough running miles on their own. Oh well…August 10th was when the derecho hit, and my running and walking took a hit due to all the clean-up, and now I have this stress fracture as well. So, the timing worked well LOL Your California challenge looked fun with all the emails and badges, etc.
It is a great challenge with so many perks. I haven’t heard of others like this one.
I just love how motivated you were. You kept running and you did so even on the days you didn’t want to. Life threw you such an unfair curveball as you were so close. But to cover 223 miles in this timeframe, you did amazing. And maybe as Judy says, just complete it when you are able to, just for your own satisfaction.
I am excited because now I can run outside so I will finish it. There is a chance it could be this week. 🙂