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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 :-D
Thanks and keep up the great job!!!
that post was hilarious – i wish you had posted it to the blog for everyone to read. a couple quick answers though, before you go pouting about:
1.) i’ve been doing these challenges for a while now. and most people from april, may and june are coming back each month, because I *do* not only play by the rules, but enforce them as well.
2.) had you read the blog posts you would have know, that the limit is indeed 32k+1k. in may we had someone running 32.001k in the first week. was i supposed to kick? no – I exercised a bit of charity and decided that with 32k being the cap, we might as well have another k buffer for people to land in. it’s been like that for 3months now. it’s been expressed before and had you paid attention, you might have noticed that I wasn’t the first to hit 32+eps km without being kicked.
3.) lets have another look at the history of my monthly standings: - June: 286th
- May: 29th
- April: 12th
yeah – I’m kicking everyone that’s giving me competition – rigourously – no exceptions … LOL ! BTW, I don’t expect to be in the top10 this month either. For me it doesn’t really matter (or would I keep doing organising these challenges just to continuously »loose«), it’s for fun. as stated numerous times, I’m doing other sports and only run to stay in shape for my mountaineering. Winning or not: I’ll be running 120k this month! HOAH!
4.) one final [more serious] note: I’m sorry if you feel like I wronged you in some way. you exceeded the limit and that’s it. a simple “sry, ya all – I was put on new drugs but it won’t happen again next week” would have been sufficient – that is – any explanation why I should have kept you in the challenge would have done the trick. But honestly, don’t you think this challenge is a bit below you? you seem to have exceeded the limit easily (within 3 days) – hence it’s save to assume you could run even more in the next 4 days before the first week is over. Don’t you think you are better of in some challenge for more experienced runners?
5.) you did read the part in the challenge description, where it says “if you want to win this, you are wrong here”? just making sure…
all that said, I think I’ll actually do post all of this to the blog. it might answer some question other might have as well.
ps: in all honesty – I am open to any criticism. so do feel free to express yourself. I know the leader gets flamed in each competition… just bring it on!
Hey…it’s not nice to boot everyone who’s beating you in a challenge out of it. According to guidelines all challengers are supposed to be under 32K a week, and you’re at 32.949. I was barely over with 33 something and you kicked me out? I understand if I had run a significant amount more than everyone else, but I definitly didn’t. I’m not posting this on the blog page because I don’t think you should remove yourself from your own challenge…it would be nice though if you played by the same rules you want me too and enjoy a little healthy competition instead of removing anyone who’s beating you. Is it really winning if you remove the only people from it who give you any competition?
I would like to do the July challenge. I did the May and June and moved from 50% to about 20%. My weekly average is about 10-12 miles right now. I’m trying to consolidate there before adding more volume. My Nike+ id is kevinf59.
@Brett: this is a most distance challenge for Novices / Beginners. Hence there’s a 20mi / 32k weekly cap. For more details see the complete description.
@LiveFree777: thanks for the feedback. you might want to read all of this and this – just so you know we’ve been over all of this… a brief summery: 1.) this challenge is a motivational challenge for novices & beginners* 2.) strong runners don’t motivate weak runners – at least not the majority of whining beginners. 3.) you may notice, that the cap used to be 25k per week – it got raised last month to bridge the gap to lower intermediates. I will not raise it any further this month. 4.) this challenge is NOT supposed to keep you from running. you said yourself, that you are in plenty other challenges that motivate you. by all means: keep running! I will promote you out of here, to keep the peace with in this challenge. One beginner (Mckeywest) dropped out already because he was intimidated by the strong runners among us (see here). Obviously you are a stronger runner than you though when you applied. There’s plenty intermed challenges out there. Run all you’ve got there.
I think all beginners with less than 100 miles at the start of the challenge should not be kicked out. Take me for example: I ran 80 miles total in 7 months. I found several challenges and I feel motivated like never before. I already ran 18 miles this month. This is great and it should not be discouraged.
Im not really clear on what the July challenge is. If its total miles within the month or what? I would like to join though. I recently started running again after a 12 year hiatus. I have been averaging between 10 to 12 miles a week.
hab den @web.de Platz rausgeschmissen und Dich neu eingeladen. Sry wegen der Verwirrung. Bei Anmeldungen hier nehme ich immer die E-Mail, da die meisten nicht den richtigen Nike+ Namen angeben. Hoffe das es jetzt klappt :)
hat irgendwie nicht funktioniert. Mein Name in Nike ist .andre. (also mit punkt davor und danach). Ich hatte zuletzt die web.de adresse angegeben, bei nike bin ich aber mit t-online dabei ([ZENSIERT]) – Kannst Du es nochmal probieren mich einzuladen? Danke
Hey everyone! I’m a 33 yr old female on my way down from 270 lbs, currently at 215 lbs. This challenge is so motivating to me, I love seeing my ID up there. It’s great to watch all those miles we’re adding up!
@tmb: Dude! With a 120km this month, you’ll really be pushing the limits. I have some doubts about being able to find enough time to plough through quite that many Ks but when you throw down the gauntlet like that,… a dude’s gotta try.
@ElinR: which is exactly the point, ElinR; you’re right on. This whole Nike+ thing, in conjunction with people like tmb who are willing to dedicate their time and put their skills to work to create great sites like this one, gives you that extra spark of inspiration that gets one up off one’s behind and gets one out there, regardless of how fast or slow one goes. After all, Nike has been saying it for years: Just Do It.
The May and June challenges put me through my first training program EVER!!! I’m still not very fast, but at least I get out there and that’s the point. Please sign me up for the July challenge as well. It will be extra challenging as I will be traveling a bit this month, but there will also be lots of new trails to discover for me. Thanks!
@Daxoo: great to have you back in July as well. To your question: I guess when it comes to running in these challenges I’m not not resentful. My monthly running distance varies greatly (40k in March, 87k in April, 100k in May, 56k in June). Some of those who reapplied said they wouldn’t be running as much this month. Other said, they would like to participate for as long as they are within the limits. To my mind everyone is welcome, as long as they don’t mind to be “promoted out of here” if they are too strong a runner.
By the way: my goal this month is 120k – so beware everyone :)
It seems the reason my runs weren’t showing up in the challenge is because my computer date was set wrong so everything for today loaded under 6/29 instead. Thanks TMB…the problem should be corrected now. Happy Running!
“I bet you can figure it out by yourself, but it just ain’t July”
Well, I can now, yes! But I deliberately left my Friday run until Saturday because I thought it was July 1st! It wasn’t until I realised everyone on here was still on zero that I realised it was still June. That’s what being on holiday does for you. BUT…. you made me get off my butt today too, and God only knows when I last ran two days running. It was 1990-something! So thanks…. I guess! ;O)
that’s what I call dedication and motivation – Hoah! Keep it up! I’ll try to catch you 2night. Already did a morning run, but given that ppl are rather anxious this month I guess I have to log another run once it cooled down a bit.
I bet you can figure it out by yourself, but it just ain’t July yet ;) Try to see it that way: it was you best run YET, I’m sure by the end of July you’ll be smiling at what you considered a good run today.