18 Miles + Super Bowl Fun

Dance Party

I decided to do my long run on Friday this week – we had a bunch of things we had planned for the weekend and I didn’t want to dedicate 2.5+ hours Saturday or Sunday morning to a long run.  Some weeks I can totally pysch myself up to run in the freezing cold.  Other weeks, I have no motivation and will happily log the miles on the treadmill.  This was definitely a treadmill week (I haven’t run outside since my frigid 10k last weekend).

I woke up at 4:30am Friday morning in order to be finished running, showered, and out the door by 8:30 with my oldest son.  He is in a 75-min “class” at the YMCA (where we have a membership).  I love the class – he gets to interact with other kids his age in a classroom environment and I get to spend some one-on-one time with him (my mom comes over to watch my youngest son). I spent the rest of the day with the boys at my mom’s house (while our family room / kitchen were getting painted).  She makes the best pizza.  Ever.  Learning to make pizza is a must in my family:

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    #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):

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

    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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      Superbowl Challenge



      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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