I’ve been thinking about ways to keep my running going after an epic few years. Post-marathon in 2012, I totally lost my running mojo and now that 2013 has been such a constructive re-discovery of running for me I want to make sure I keep it going.
One of the things I’ve always felt about running is that it’s better to run as part of something. I don’t mean to literally run with other people - although I can see the merit in that too - rather that aiming for a collective goal helps to create a sense of community and support.
That support helps me to ride out the lows - the injuries, the bad weather, the inevitable psychological downers - as well as celebrate the positives of the experience.
I don’t think that I’m alone in this respect. In fact, the last few years have taught me the a collective running goal can really bring the best out of people and achieve so much more than they thought possible.
With that in mind, I’m planning to run the equivalent distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2014 and I’d love you to join me. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Between 1 Jan and 31 Dec 2014 run the equivalent distance based on what Google Maps has told me. That’s around 1,407 km/874 miles.
To do this, I’d need to cover approximately 17 miles per week assuming I decide to use the full year, more if I decide I want to cover it sooner. That’s totally down to you.
The runs will be a mixture of training and events, meaning every single one of them is working toward the goal. You mix it up however you like.
You check in on your progress once a week on a Sunday evening using the tag #LETJOG14. Use the tag as much as you like throughout the week to pick up on the chat among other participants.
If you can’t run, cycle it. Maybe go to an from in the year. One of my friends has MS and is planning to take part by getting on his bike regularly for the first time in 20 years. That’s pretty inspiring in my book.
I think there’s something for runners of all levels in this: Do it however quickly you like, whether that’s a month or a year; Do it for the fun, competition with others or to raise money for a charity you love - you choose.
So that’s it. I’m in. Are you? :)