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I enjoy running. If you haven’t guessed that by now, I am a worse blogger than I originally thought. Despite common misconception; ejoyment from running doesn’t always mean racing…Sure I run in a lot of races, but I am not a representative of the greater running population. The enjoyment of running can come from racing; but there is a freeing feeling when you are just running… anyway. Its March and I haven’t run in a race all year. For those of you who know me; no…I’m not sick. Yes…I’m alright.
But; without having a race; how do I keep motivated and on track? What about the swag…dont I need another t-shirt.
No; I dont need a race; but it’s nice to have a goal and something to keep me on track. The 465 Challenge was exactly that. It was a soft goal. A distance goal and a way to stay engaged.
But I can do that through my running apps, right?
Yeah; but this was a new challenge and a new way to engage with a different group of people.
The 465 challenge was cool because the group putting on the event was so engaged with their participants. They were on all the social media channels posting updates; congratulating finishers; encouraging people to do multiple multiple loops of the virtually course.
Submitting the results was super easy. I didnt have to download an app; or sign up for something else. I can’t tell you how much I dislike having to download another app for tracking
What I love about running is that despite it being an individual contributor sport; it is as much a team effort as any sport. The 456 challenge was a perfect example of what it means to be supportive and engaging. They provided a venue for safe and encouraging dialogue for runners of all abilities, not to compete, but celebrate and enjoy running.
And they have nice swag…