We had a Run Everyday Challenge that ran from the 10th to the 16th of October. I must say this was the toughest week of my life! The challenge was to run 5 kilometres every single day for 7 days and the participant who had the best pace won. There were 13 participants, please check out the table below to see how awesome everyone in the group was.
Unfortunately not everyone managed to run every day and we came up with a penalty. We decided that your slowest run plus 10 seconds was going to be slotted in for the days you didn’t run. Trust me, this method saw some participants who were ranking first place move down the grid. I think it was a fair move because running is hard, waking up early morning and sacrificing the comfort of your bed is harder and running every single day and telling yourself you can get through a run is hardest of it all!
Thankfully we survived the challenge but it came with a lot of changes for everyone in the group:
- Bed time was super early for most morning runners because most people had to make sure they were done with their run by 6am.
- I can confirm that when I went to bed I was completely lights out. I am a light sleeper and most times I wake up at least twice during the course of the night. With the challenge nothing of the sort happened; after jumping into bed I was probably dead till my alarm went off at 4am!
- Most runners complained of fatigue.
- I remember dreaming of new running routes to try out!
- The classic one was when were one of the participants stated they were too tired to have sex with their partner thanks to the running challenge.
- Women talked about how running actually helps during your period. Somehow exercise helps with the cramps and when one of the participants tried to back out of the challenge due to her period we encouraged her to keep going, it only gets better.
- I for one can tell you that my appetite went out the window. I was hungry in the mornings, lunch time as well but come supper time I was just too tired to feed myself! I think I lost a couple of kilograms but thanks to my bathroom scale dying out on me last minute I will never know!
- Calvin went crazy on the last day of the challenge and ran at a pace of 3mins 12seconds on the last kilometre of his run. WHO DOES THAT?? No one in the group ran anywhere close to that pace and we were all green with envy because that’s a pace we only dream of. Well done dude!
- Kudzai also set a great pace, look at number 8 on the grid. Unfortunately he missed a run or two and he lost the first place. I actually had my fingers crossed that he would win but I guess he needs a longer pair of “secret socks”.
- The one thing I was very happy about was that most runners had not ran 5 kilometres in a very long time others never at all but this challenge pushed them to their limits. Now that’s what a challenge is all about! Nothing but serious business when it comes to fitness!
The winner was Natalie. She is truly an inspiration (and very young too). The pace she set out for everyone was out of this world! I mean, who runs an average of 5mins 12 seconds per kilometre for a whole 5 kilometres! Like I said she is young and straight out of High School where they play sport, do all those cross country events almost every day so of course she was going to win! (This is what sore losers sound like. LOL) A big congratulations to Natalie, she did very well and because she was the winner of this challenge she got to choose what the next challenge will be.
The hash tags will be #NatalieChallenge #RunWithFitnessBae. In order to win you must take part and when you post your run on social media don’t forget to use the two hashtags I mentioned. This time around there are prizes to be won and they will be announced a few days just before the challenge starts. If you want to take part please contact Kudzai, Umba or myself and we will add you to the WhatsApp Fitness group. There is a lot of information on and fitness, encouragement, good laughs and healthy food recipes so if that’s your cup of tea come and join the family.
Well done to each and every single person who took part in this challenge. I know some participants have not taken on this kind of pressure before but look at how you sailed through this! This is the beginning of many challenges to come.
The next challenge is from the 31st of October to the 4th of November 2016.
I hope you had a weekend as lovely as mine. If you have any questions on the next running challenge or you just want to join and get started on your fitness journey don’t hesitate to get in touch. Today is Monday by the way, the perfect day to get up and do something!