#MilesofShame – the Super Edition

PavementRunner and I decided to team up again for a Super Edition of #MilesofShame.

If you are unfamiliar with the rules, here is how it works (shamelessly taken directly from PavementRunner’s post):

Rules:
Pick a team. If your team loses, you have to run the point differential in miles.

Example:
49ers beat the Ravens 34-28. Loser would have to run 6 miles.
Ravens beat the 49ers 21-17. Loser would have to run 4 miles.

Mile Limit:
We know that not everyone can go out and run a bunch of miles in the case of a blowout, but it does HAVE to be challenge. We’ve limited the MAX miles to be 20. If that many miles still seems too high, we still want you to be part of it and you can cap your “bet” at 10.

To be run by:
Miles must be run within a week (Sunday, 2/10). It can be broken up into multiple runs, but this is meant to be a challenge so try not to break it up into more then 2 separate runs.

Prove it:
Loser has to tweet out (or Instagarm) an AFTER photo with their Garmin or treadmill (or whatever you use to track) and tag it with #MilesOfShame

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    Runner’s Wager – #MilesofShame

    Last year, Pavement Runner and I started a friendly wager when the NY Giants played the SF 49ers in the NFC Championship.  We did it again when the Giants played the Patriots in the Superbowl (GO GIANTS!!).  There were over 110 participate in the SuperBowl Challenge and we received a lot of positive feedback  – SO we have decided to do it again this year!!

    Sadly, my NY Giants are not in the playoffs (Pavement Runner’s 49ers are!), but that doesn’t mean I was gong to let an opportunity for some friendly competition pass me by.

    Below are the details if you are interested (taken from Pavement Runner’s post):

    Rules:
    If your team loses, you have to run the point differential in miles (#milesofshame).

    Example:
    49ers beat the Packers 45-31. Loser would have to run 14 miles.
    Ravens beat the Broncos 38-35. Loser would have to run 3 miles.

    Mile Limit:
    We know that not everyone can go out and run a bunch of miles in the case of a blowout, but it does HAVE to be challenge. We’ve limited the MAX miles to be 20. If that many miles still seems too high, we still want you to be part of it and you can cap your “bet” at 10.

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      What’s Beautiful?

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      When do you feel most beautiful?

      Is it when you are all dressed up for a special occasion?

      Or when you have your hair or makeup a certain way?  Or wearing a certain outfit or accessory?

      Or maybe you are like me and it’s when you accomplish a goal?

      At that moment, I feel unstoppable.  I feel strong.  I feel beautiful.

      One of the first times I really experienced this was during the summer of 1999.  I spent six weeks going through Cadet Basic Training (CBT), also known as “Beast Barracks” at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  I do not remember a lot about that summer…it’s mostly a blur of images and moments that remain in my memory.  But I remember the last day – we were on an 18 mile road march back to West Point after spending a week living in tents outside.  The ruck march was a requirement in order to successfully complete CBT and begin our first academic year at West Point.  The route was extremely tough – there were several large hills (including a ski slope) we had to climb – all while carrying our rifles and 35 pounds in our ruck sack.

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        Superbowl Challenge

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        After the great participation and feedback for the NFC Championship Challenge that Pavement Runner and I organized, we decided to host a similar challenge for the Superbowl on February 5th.

        Since Pavement Runner’s  49ers were defeated by the Giants (btw, he is now rooting for the Giants!!), I had to find another friend to host the challenge with me -> meet Samantha from Running and Cupcakes.

        We are 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!!

        Rules of this challenge (same rules as the previous challenge!):
        If your team loses, you have to run the point differential in miles. Simple. For example, when the Giants beat the Patriots (for the 2nd time in 4 years), 24-21, Samantha and anyone else who is rooting for the Patriots will have to run 3 miles. 
        Mile limit: In the occurrence that the Giants blow out the Patriots, 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 – or whatever distance you feel comfortable!
        To be run by: 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.
        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.

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          Push-ups for Patriots

          After 6 years in the US Army and 3 deployments to Iraq, I have had to say goodbye to many friends, classmates, and colleagues.   I’m not sure what an accurate number would be – but suffice to say it’s a lot.  Too many. 

          When you live and breathe the Army and the overseas campaigns, it’s easy to keep those who paid the ultimate sacrifice close in heart and mind.  However, I will be the first to admit that since I’ve returned home from Iraq (Feb 2009) and been honorably discharged (summer of 2009), it becomes easy to push them to the back of my mind.  My mind is on my son, my family, the daily chores (laundry, cooking) and unfortunately, I tend to forget.

          It’s easy to remember on holidays such as Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day – but what about the other 363 days of the year?  I’m sure their families don’t let a day go by without a thought or memory of their loved one.

          For the next 28 days, I’ve decided to participate in the Push-ups for Patriots Challenge.  It’s organized by two fellow FitFluential Ambassadors – @Kymberly and @Alexandra.  You can read more about their challenge and how it came to be on their blog -> http://funandfit.org/2012/01/push-ups-for-patriots/

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