Monday, October 29, 2012

Pile on the Miles

pile on the miles 2012

Pile on the Miles is an annual blogging event. It's a challenge to walk or run more during the month of November. The goal is to pile on extra miles, not pounds, during this food-filled time of year! This will be the  Fourth Annual Pile on the Miles Challenge. This year the challenge is being run by Monica of RunEatRepeat. I love her sassy attitude and blog

If you'd like to join in on the fun, sign up here. The link will take you to a Google Spreadsheet which you'll use to keep track of your miles throughout the month.

The Rules:

1. Sign up on the Google Spreadsheet by October 31st. There will be a place for your name, blog address and twitter handle. You must put in a name, but the other entries are optional.
2. Set a goal at the beginning of the challenge to WALK or RUN x amount of miles. These could be miles on the treadmill OR outside/inside walking OR running. No, biking or elliptical miles do not count.
3.  We will be using calendar weeks Sun-Sat, but the first week is Thur-Sat. It’s clearly marked on the spreadsheet. Please update your miles for the previous week by Monday.
4. Optional: Leave a comment on Monica's blog Nov 1 and 5, 12, 19, 26 with your Mileage Goal for that week. All comments on those posts will be entered into a giveaway.

The Prizes:

The person with the MOST MILES will win a $100 gift certificate from www.Running for any shoes you want!

All other participants who successfully finish the challenge will be entered to win:
1. An outfit and pair of running shoes from Brooks Running
2. An outfit and pair of shoes from PUMA
There will also be weekly giveaways each Monday when you report in with your Monday Mileage Goal for the week.

I'll being using RunKeeper to keep track of my mileage. I chose RunKeeper because it appears to be one of the most popular mileage tracker apps. Its features include GPS tracking, social media integration, fitness reports, and other features that help runners analyze their activities. You can create real-time GPS route maps, audio cues for distance and time, and input categories for non-running activities such as biking, swimming, and weightlifting. While the phone app collects data, RunKeeper's web page provides comprehensive activity history: users can track their monthly mileage, calories burned, average pace, average run length, and the number of calories burned. You can also sync your workout history with friends or teammates, comparing progress and milestones using the website's Street Team feature. The Runkeeper Races feature allows runners to add upcoming races to their accounts and keep track of the results and accomplishments of fellow Runkeeper users.

Sounds good - does anyone else use this app?

Don't forget to sign up for Pile on the Miles by midnight on October 31st!

~ Susan

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