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!
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???
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!):