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A 100 mile challenge?

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Yesterday when I visited my local running store, I saw a notice for a “100 Miler.” At first I dismissed it as another of those “ultra” events for elite endurance athletes. Then I saw that the store has a “team.” Huh? There aren’t enough endurance athletes around here for teams.

No, it’s just a challenge the City Parks & Recreation Dept is holding for ordinary people to get/stay active during the winter months. The goal is to “walk, run, hike, pedal or paddle 100 miles (or more) in 100 days.” My running store is one of the sponsors.

I can do that. I should be able to run/walk more than twice that distance barring injury, illness or bad weather conditions. So, do I need an official “challenge?” Actually, yes I do, especially in the winter months when motivation decreases and excuses increase.

I’m also well aware of the benefits of connecting with like-minded people. Thank you SP! So I signed up, joined the team and this afternoon I’m going to attend the “kick-off event” as we begin our mileage journey as a group. It’s a self reporting activity after that.

Plus, I get a T-shirt with that “100 Miler” logo that caught my eye initially. The text underneath explains “100 miles in 100 days” so the world will know that I’m not an elite athlete (if anyone gets close enough to read my chest).
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