Introducing Fit Challenge 2015

It’s almost 2015, are you ready for a challenge? I am proud to be teaming up with some great Facebook sites to create something a bit different.

Have you done 30 day challenges? I have and they are really fun. The problem is though, what happens after the 30 days are up? Where do we go from there? That is the idea behind this challenge. Hampton Runner has teamed up with five great sites to offer a new challenge each month through each site’s Facebook page.

How does the challenge work? It’s easy. Just Follow the six Facebook pages involved; links have been provided below on the page. Each month one of the participating sites will post daily workouts on their Facebook page. Hampton Runner kicks off the challenge with Mountain Climbers for the full month of January – we will climb our way into the new year. February has The Conscious Runner leading us through Bridges. KR Endurance will then have us lunging into the spring. Next, RunBuzz makes us strong with Burpees. Running with Curves returns with Lunges. And FitNicePT takes us into summer with Push-ups.

Then it’s back to Hampton Runner to start off the second half of the year with Planks. Conscious Runner continues with Push-ups, followed by KR Endurances with Side Leg Lifts!

Final Surge Tracking

Even better, all of your efforts can be tracked with your own free Final Surge account. As a bonus, each month there will be a prize given out to one of the participants who has completed all the challenges successfully and entered each workout in Final Surge. To have your workouts tracked in Final Surge, simply create a free account at  https://log.finalsurge.com/register.cshtml?page_redirect=ActivateFitChallenge. Or if you are already a Final Surge user, simply click  https://log.finalsurge.com/login.cshtml?page_redirect=ActivateFitChallenge and login to your account.

To add a workout to Final Surge, click Quick Add either at the top right of your training calendar or on the date itself (located under the “+” sign) as shown below:

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After choosing Quick Add, you can scroll down to the challenge workouts and choose the appropriate one:

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Participating Pages to Follow

The pages to involved in the contest are listed here:

Hampton Runner

Conscious Runner

KR Endurance

Running with Curves

RunBuzz

FitNicePT

Now, one issue that you may run into is that Facebook does not always show all posts when you are following a site. If you find this happening to you, you can assure receipt of these by using the “Get Notifications” option on a page. This is accessed by hovering over Like on the Facebook page in question as shown below:

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Please be certain to Like Hampton Runner so you can receive updates about the challenge and start things off in January. This will be really fun!

Also, please share this with anyone you know. We are trying to make this as big as possible. If you have any ideas or suggestions, we would love to hear from you in the comments below, or on Facebook. Thanks again!

Shameful Running Representation

As a runner, I feel ashamed when I read stories like this one – Thanksgiving Day Race organizer: I can’t sleep. This poor organizer had to deal with behavior from runners that is absolutely reprehensible.

It is common for there to be snacks or treats after a race for racers to consume to replenish energy spent. It can be anything from bananas to protein bars to beer (although I can’t drink beer myself after a race in the daytime). This helps fill emptied stores and add to the social element of all the runners finishing – kind of a party.

Well, in Cincinnati, at the Thanksgiving race, participants turned things upside down. It’s almost like Black Friday greed took ahold of them early and they decided that they were entitled to something for nothing. There was a vendor who provided post race snacks – Pure Protein who handed out small boxes of treats. Many runners apparently couldn’t stop with just one… Or two… Or several… They were so disgusting about it that they actually dumpster-dived to hoard as many snacks as they could.

These individuals couldn’t care less it appears about any runners who came behind them, or even for the homeless who would get the leftovers in previous years. This is truly a bleak day for the sport.

I think of running as a sport of good competition and fellowship. I have seen some of the most generous people imaginable sharing courses whenever I have run. That has made me very proud to be among their ranks.

Incidents like this one however, make me sad. Perhaps I am not jaded enough. I considered running to be a safe-haven from the cynicism and greed plaguing the world around us. Now, I fear that it is seeping in. I only hope this is an aberration and doesn’t repeat itself.