On Friday, we will ring in the new year, which means it’s time to take on a January challenge! I’m not going to pretend that 2021 is going to change everything, but it is a time to renew, refresh, and restart.
Run The Year Virtual Running Challenge
Perhaps the most popular January challenge, at least for runners, is the one offered by Run The Year. The intent is for each athlete to complete 2,021 miles over the course of the upcoming year, but there are options for 500, 1000, or 1500 miles as well. Registration ranges from $30 to $60, offering a minimum of a mobile-friendly mileage tracker, optional private Facebook group, and branded mileage guide, all the way up to a RTY t-shirt, medal, legacy coin, and passport with stickers.
Ragnar 31 Day Challenge
I’ll be taking part in Ragnar’s January challenge with my local She Runs This Town chapter this year. This 31 Day Challenge is only $5, and offers a way to log daily activities, compete among your teammates, and earn Ragnarian bragging rights. Participants can also purchase optional swag, and opt in to motivational texts, increasing the fun!
Strava Fresh Start Challenge
When I was sidelined, I didn’t focus a lot of attention on Strava, but this year, I’m joining a few of their challenges, including the Fresh Start January Challenge. The goal is to log 30 total hours of activity this month, and in return, athletes earn a digital badge in their trophy case. Obviously, my main focus is always running, but almost every form of activity or workout is eligible for the grand total, which should motivate me to branch out. Want to be friend on Strava? You can find me here!
Make-Your-Own January Challenge
For the first month of the year, I’m going to cobble together my own challenge. In August, I took on a wellness challenge, and I really liked ticking off daily activities on the calendar. There are some things I definitely want to work on for this month, including
- running three days a week
- adding one day of speed work
- drinking more water (surprise)
- reading at least 30 minutes a day
- spending more time building Runs With Pugs
- dedicating more time to strength and stretching
From there, I think I will add in a plank or pushup challenge, like this.
I don’t expect 2021 to have any kind of magical beginnings. We are still deep in the throes of the pandemic, political chaos, and so much anxiety. Clearly, that’s not going to disappear, but I still want to do my best to stay on track and set some realistic goals to distract me from the difficulties we continue to face.
Are you taking on a January Challenge?
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