NFC Championship Challenge (Updated – with Participants!)

When I was in high school, my basketball coach used to make us run sprints and suicides after a game for the number of turnovers we had, (if we lost) the number of points we lost by, the number of points over 35 that the other team scored… It really made every possession count during the game.

I no longer play on teams and am resigned to being an armchair quarterback / point guard / etc.  It’s fun to make the games more interesting –  my husband participates in a fantasy football league every year and despite telling him that I think it’s a waste of time, I really enjoy it.  It’s fun to cheer on our his players and have each possession count again!

So when my twitter friend, Pavement Runner, a San Francisco-er, asked me if I wanted to put a friendly wager on Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, I happily agreed!

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However, this isn’t your usual monetary wager.

We are both runners.  Distance runners.  So the loser will be running.

But this isn’t just limited to us – we’d love to have more runners join us in this friendly competition!!

Below are the rules (courtesy of Pavement Runner’s blog -> which you should totally check out because it is awesomely funny and informative!)

Rules: If your team loses, you have to run the point differential in miles. Simple. For example, WHEN the 49ers beat the Giants 24-17, @nycrunningmamawill have to run 7 miles. when the Giants embarrass the 49ers 27-17, Pavement Runner will have to run 10 miles. 
Mile limit: In the occurrence that the power goes out in Candlestick Park, AGAIN, and it turns into a blowout, we’ve capped the miles to 20 — meaning the most either of us would run is 20 miles. This works for us because we have a solid base and can log the distance. If this mileage is too high for you based on your current training, feel free to cap it at 10.
To be run by: I think within a week of the game sounds fair, but outstanding circumstances are understood.
Prove it: Tweet out a photo of your garmin in shame… LOL.
Feel free to play along. If you are rooting for an AFC team — Patriots vs. Ravens — same rules apply. You don’t need to challenge an individual, just make an agreement with yourself to run the difference after you pick a team. If you could care less about stupid football, but are forced to watch the game, at least you’ll have something to root for.

So tell us!!

Are you participating in this running wager?  
Which team are you rooting for??? 

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As of Sunday, Jan 22 at 8:45pm (EST), this is the confirmed list of participants (please let me know if I left you out!):

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    6. I am so in!!!! I’m all for San Francisco for the NFC. The AFC… I’m going to be honest here, I’m rooting for a natural disaster… Neither the Ravens nor the Patriots is a good outcome for me. 1) Patriots = most hated team in the world 2) I LIVE IN BALTIMORE AND WILL NEVER HEAR THE END OF IT!!!!

      okay that is all. I hope the score is relatively close because if we get up into the double digits I might die, but i WILL attempt none-the-less 😉

      awesome idea guys!

    7. I waited until game day, but this is such a great challenge how could I not participate?! Much like being peer pressured into the #TwitterRoadRace, this is also a worthy social media cause that I am all for joining. Plus, I am confident we can do enough salsa dancing to not have to run (as punishment anyway)!! As the Swami says, GGGGGGGGGG-Men!!

      • And as a follow up, since I try not to be “one of those” NY fans, I will run half the distance with the 49ers fans in the likely event that there is no joy in the Bay Area. Though I will do so wearing my Giants hat.

    8. We’re a Bears house, so we’re just glad the Packers aren’t in it 😉

      I have no real connection to either team, but I think it would be cool to see a Harbaugh Brothers Super Bowl!

    9. I wanted to participate but I am nursing a bad shin and am not sure if I’ll be able to run too far….with that said I a pretty confident the Giants will win!

    10. Haaa, this is awesome. Niner Nation all the way, baby!!! Count me in as our house is hoping for a Harbaugh Bowl :) Now I’ve gotta hope it’s a close one like this last game, it’s my taper week!

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    12. What a great challenge! Now, for those of us who aren’t crazy distance runners (even if we aspire to be), can the mileage be broken up into increments over a period of days? While I obviously have my preference for how your NFC game will go, I’m focused on Sunday at 3pm… Go PATS!

      • YES! The mileage can totally be run over several days!! Or you can run half the difference in points or something along those lines!
        Honestly, as much as I want the Giants to blow out the 49ers, I think it’s going to be a close game, so I think the loser will only be running a few miles!

    13. I want in on this! I’m an AFC-er though. Go Patriots! Since Eli Manning went to ole miss (I’m an MS State girl!) I’m going to have to go with the 49ers!

      • Glad you are participating!!! Not happy that you are rooting against my giants, but I understand your reasoning (I guess!). Maybe we will meet in the superbowl =)

    14. Great contest idea- I’m IN! Despite Eli Manning’s coach (Mike Sullivan) being a good friend from High School and College days, I have to go with my 49ers! Sorry Michelle :).

    15. Glad to see we have some 49ers fans sprinkled in. I’m rooting for them to win… especially since NYC Running Mama is faster than me. It will take me much longer to run those miles if that’s the case. Me, the road, and my shameful garmin counting the miles. LOL.

      Go Red and Gold!

    16. Haha! What a great idea!! My mileage isn’t up to those standards at all, but I think it makes for friendly [and healthy!] competition!!!

    17. I only would have joined in if the Broncos were playing. Of course I would ave gotten tebowed into running too many miles last week…

    18. I’m in too! I hear you on cheering along my husband’s fantasy football picks. Even though he’s a Philly guy, he’s picked the Giants as the better team. And while my west coast family will think I’m crazy, I’m gonna pick them too. :) Plus, I like watching Coach Coughlin’s face turn red when he gets heated.

    19. HAHA Love this!

      I’ll even wager on your game because I know the Pats are going to beat the Ravens, so I’m not worried about my game 😉

      Of course, Michele, I’m sorry to say that I’m not with you but I’m with Mr. Pavement and I’d like to see the 49ers win, I just hate the Giants.

      So yes, give me San Fran in this little runner wager please! :)

      • Samantha, even though I’m not happy with your choice, I can’t say that I don’t understand where you are coming from. I always root for whoever is playing against any team in boston =) Hehe

    20. I am in. A s a die hard Giants fan living in Dallas I would want nothing more than for the G-Men to go to the Super Bowl so I can hear all the whiny CowGirl fans complain about that. Or best yet how they have a better draft pick.

      Go Giants

      • Haha. Glad you are in, Jason! My hubby is actually a Cowboys fan…he has learned to appreciate (and surprisingly LIKE) the Giants!! Obviously if/when they plan against each other, he is rooting for the Cowboys, but any other day of the year, he’s pretty okay with seeing the Giants do well. =)

        Go Giants!