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Well done on reaching your goal, Zolla. Like you, I didn’t think I could get to 120km a month either, but these challenges certainly add that extra motivation that is sometimes needed.
I see your point about the cap being exceeded, especially this week. tmb was right to allow a 1km ‘landing zone’ at the cap, so that the 128km cap at week 4 means that you can do somewhere between 128 and 129kms, simply so that you don’t have to stop running midstride just to avoid going over the cap. Clearly, however, some people have really exaggerated. These last three days of July can be looked at as a new week, so you can do another 32km maximum, taking the total allowed to 160kms, 161kms with the landing zone included. 169kms and 188kms are clearly over-stepping the mark. But hey, who cares. As tmb stated at the very beginning of this challenge, “if you’ve come here to ‘win’ this challenge, you’ve come to the wrong place”. And that’s right.
These challenges are about motivating us to go beyond what we, as individuals, thought we could acheive, which is especially important for a beginner. You did that, so you can be very proud.
How far and how fast you go are only secondary to the fact that you simply get your Nikes on, get out there and go.
Congratulations to all of you who reached your goals this month and thanks to tmb for all your work and for hosting such a great site.
My goal was to reach 120km/month and this challenge helped me a lot giving me motivation to run.
But in the last 2 weeks the cap has gone, and even if I’ve ever tried to land in the cap correctly, there always was someone on the top over the weekly cap.
I don’t care about this ’cause I’ve reached my goal (and I’ve never thought that I’m able to run 20 miles/week)!
I only feel a little demotivated about this..
Just my 2 cents, this page is a great work, much better than the flash pages in nike+ challenge (thanks tmb), but I also think everyone has a life to live so.. who cares 🙂
Please could you sign me up for July, if it is not too late?
Nike id: Tango Juliet
I’m still really new to all this, so it’s difficult to estimate an expected weekly average — I hope to do more than 16 km/week.
Thank you kindly
Hello. I was given my I POD as well as the Nike sports pack for fathers day and have been running on average 6-10 miles per weeks since then. I love it.. Anyway I could use any motivation I could get so if possible I would like to join your challenge. This is my first challenge so I’m not 100% sure of the whole process.
no worries – I sent you yet another invite. if it’s not there, double check your Spam filter. otherwise just log into the Nike+ system. you should see a pending challenge there.
tmb – I appreciate what you’re doing here, and I suspect most other participants do too. Keep up the good work! I may be getting close to exceeding the limit and getting kicked myself, but that’s OK, and if it happens I will understand why.
I may need to be kicked from this challenge. I just started running 6 weeks ago (98.14 mi so far since 5/25). I’ve been running with the dog and gradually increasing from mostly walking 3 miles – to today we (the dog and I) actually ran the whole 3 miles and I felt great. (The dog was pretty good, too!!!) If I didn’t have the dog with me, I’m sure I would have run at least another mile or so. I honestly felt like a “beginner” and didn’t think I would be running more than 20 miles/week when I signed up for this challenge. I’m pretty sure that I will definitely be over that mileage cap by the end of July. It certainly is not my intent to “blow away” the competition. If anything – keep on running guys and gals!! I absolutely HATED running for the pure sport of it until I got the Nike+ sport kit as a surprise gift. I thought it would just be fun to see how far I could walk the dog and burn calories…. but once I saw that average pace the competetive spirit kicked in. There was no way I was going to post a 17 minute average pace on a site dedicated to RUNNING!! Perhaps your next challenge should be worded that the individual should be working toward a goal of 20 miles/week by the end of the 4 week challenge. I’m ready to do some real training, I thought I was going to be a “casual” runner. I’VE GOT THE BUG!!.
If you don’t mind, perhaps I could run one more week and then we can decide? I easily ran 32 K this week.
Beth J. aka BQJ
Shesh, why do people always complain about getting kicked, or about others not getting kicked? Just have fun ppl! Heh, wish I was good enough to get kicked. Well, actually I just wish I was good enough to improve my other sport (sport climbing). But having fun and getting motivated is what matters most.
Great work organizing these challenges tmb, and cool alpine pics!
@Zolla: the first two that were past the weekly cap were still within the challenge because I actually do have a life beyond Nike+ 😉 I was gone climbing for a couple hours just now. All this being a one man show it usually takes till I get back to check the progress of everybody to enforce the cap. hope this makes sense 🙂
as to the greyed out names: if you check above you’ll see a per second precise calculation of how far you are allowed to run, were you to run continuously 24/7. Basically it gives a visual estimate of whether you are above or below the allowed distance as of now. Given that I won’t kick until you exceed the weekly cap, this has more informational value.
I’m really enjoying the challenge, I’ts not so easy to reach 20 miles/week for a beginner, but I’m trying..
You’re motivating my runs 🙂
I got a question:
Why the first 14 has grayed and the number is in bracket, and why the first 2 who has passed the week cap are still in the top of the list?
I’ have looked for a legend that explains to me this, but I didn’t found 😀
Thanks and keep up the great job!!!