What is the Summer of 2006 Running Challenge?
So what are the "rules"?
- The time period for the challenge is June 10 through September 10, 2006.
- All mileage must be accurately logged (date, times, distance, etc.) and reported weekly.
- Distance measurement can be estimated --- trails are too difficult to accurately measure, although Ian advocates
using a trail bike and odometer.
- Google has a "Pedometer" capability, which we're experimenting with. Here's a link to play with:
- The majority of your running should be "off road" on trails, tracks, etc. The point is to train for
cross country, not road-work for track.
- Your distance can include "calorie adjusted" alternative exercises (Ian doesn't endorse this for
himself, but us older guys need exercise diversity or we'll break at this mileage).
- If you do this, please use the CalorieKing
web calorie calculator to get a "ratio" for your weight for a specific exercise vs. a standard 6
- For example, for a 190 lbs male, a thirty minute light biking exercise session is "worth" 62.5% (.625)
of a 6 MPH run. In other words 30 minutes of light biking translates to 3 miles (running equivalent of 30 minutes
of biking at 6 MPH) times .625 and is worth 1.875 miles of running equivalence. Best done in an Excel spreadsheet.
- Running equivalent miles must be tracked and reported separately from "pure" running miles.
- You must take one day a week off --- this means no running.
- Have fun!!! This is not a competition, but a journey.
- Be very careful about the sun! Use sunscreen, protective shirts, hats, etc. Skin cancer is a very serious matter
--- don't overdo your exposure to the sun.
- Drink lots of water and drink Gatorade to replace electrolytes lost to sweating..
- Get new running shoes --- protect your feet.
- Watch out for mosquitoes --- West Nile Virus is on the rise in the Northeast US.
Last updated 6/16/06 by Steve MacLellan
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