This past Wednesday my friend Jorge tagged me on a Facebook post challenging me to do a “Running Challenge” for 2016. All I had to do was create a meme committing to running three miles per ‘LIKE’ that I got on the meme. I jumped onto the challenge for a couple reasons — 1, I like a good challenge and, 2, why not?
I set my running goal for 1200-1400 miles. Which is what it usually is every year. And, quite honestly, I didn’t expect to gather that many ‘LIKES’ on my post. I was thinking — 200 to 300 tops. If that?
That would give me 600-900 miles off the social media likes — then my additionally miles for my yearly goal.
But, yeah, that’s not exactly how it played out. I got 300 likes within three hours — and it just kept growing from there. And, by 11:59pm last night — it reach 889 likes.
Which would give me 2,667 miles for 2016.
Basically that’s —
7.29 miles a day.
51 miles a week.
204 miles a month.
That’s a lot of running.
Realistically, I know that my body can’t do that much running. But, at the same time — I want to be a man of my word. So what do I do?
After talking to a few of my friends and counseling with the big man upstairs I decided that I am going to count not just my running miles towards this goal, but I am going to also count my walking miles — and if for any chance I get on a bike this year — those miles too.
Basically, I am going to go off of my FitBit miles instead.
Fair enough, right?
Plus, I really think it could be a good challenge. Not only would that keep me running, but I’ll also have to be actively moving throughout the year to reach the goal. I really love the challenge.
So 2,667 miles in 2016 — and I won’t lie, I anxiously feel like I should be writing this while running.
Maybe I should invest in a desk treadmill for work?
New Year’s Revolution Run
I ran the New Year’s Revolution Run — again — today. This was the fifth time I’ve ran this race. The most of any race during my six years of running. I’ll provide a full race report on Monday, but in the meantime here are a few ‘grams from the run.
The first 16 miles are in the books for 2016! What a fun day with some of my favorite peeps! My plan was to keep going. I ran some, I walked lots and even sat down for a bit. But, more importantly — I had fun! My next half isn’t until May so I’ve got some time to train, fight some fat off and volunteer at more races! Happy New Year to all my friends! Make it the best yet! #runrevolution #race116 #running #utah #newyear #2016 @phatjosh180 @fight4phat @joshuwalla
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The Selfie Journal
So one of the “goals” I made for 2016 is that of keeping a “selfie journal” — the basic premise is take one selfie a day for the whole year. Not just of me laying on a bed looking up at my phone while taking a picture — but, each picture would tell a story.
Hopefully each picture would tell a story — of my day, my mood and/or happenings.
If you want to follow my selfie journal, you can do so on Instagram @selfiejournal —
Ran the Run Revolution today in Kearns. It’s a run on an indoor track — which means — IT’S A PARTY! Stopped for a moment during the run to teach a thing or two to some of my friends on how to make a proper smiling face in a “running selfie” Pretty sure they nailed it. #day1 #selfiejournal #selfie #2016 @selfiejournal @joshuwalla @phatjosh180 @fight4phat
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- One of the my favorite things about running — are listening to the stories BEHIND the runners. That’s one of the many reasons why I loved this piece about some of the most popular running stories of 2015. So inspiring!
- I need to take note of this and start eating in front of the mirror more often.
- I really like this Runner’s World month by month running guide for 2016. It’s perfect for any runner with any New Year’s Resolution.
- One of my favorite things is to find awesome podcasts to not just run to do — this is a good list.
- I can’t stop laughing about this picture found in the Manchester Evening News from New Year’s Eve — the best thing about our society is our well-timed memes.
- You know what? I really could a breakthrough running year. Basically, I gotta “be the hill,” right?
- This really shouldn’t be that funny — but, I’m laughing and I totally understand that the struggle is — sooooooooooo REAL!
- True story — as a kid I always wanted a Snoopy Sno-cone machine … but, didn’t get one. And, you know what? I still want one just as bad.
- Ooooh — I sure love this article. Because, it’s basically my plan for 2016 — strength and cross training. The article is chalk full of good information to help make you a better runner this year.