Up until recently I’ve been in a pretty big running funk. I’ve had little energy or motivation to go out and pound the pavement. Part of that is due to some sleep issues I’ve been having but those are starting to get under control. I have two half marathons coming up and I want to survive the first and do really well in the second. What I really needed was a short term goal to get myself moving again. That’s where Strava comes in.
After returning from a short vacation to San Diego I noticed there were two challenges awaiting me. The first was the Roll Recovery R8K sponsored by ROLL Recovery to promote their R8 roller. 8K is five miles so no big deal. This challenge was time based but I had little intention of competing. I just wanted to complete it. I ended up finishing it five times in the one week period we were given between August 1st and 7th. My fastest pace ended up being 4:31/km which was good for 1319/8750th place.
A few months ago Strava hosted a Spring marathon training series consisting of three challenges. One month you have to run a half marathon. The next is a 20-miler. Finally you have to log a marathon in the third month. They’re back at it with a Fall marathon training series. You have until the end of August to complete a half marathon and I was able to check it off during the first weekend. It was far from a good run but it helped to motivate me to get the miles in.
It was nice to knock off two challenges in one weekend. It’s kind of amazing how a little virtual badge is enough to inspire you to go out and run. Now I have to figure out how I’m going to finish the Fall Marathon Training Series without having a marathon on my schedule!