Winning is for Losers

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Although I’ve been running regularly for the best part of 16 months now, I hit a point this month where it was really hard to get motivated and go running. A couple of factors influenced this state of mind, including a lack of sleep that consequently left me feeling too tired to run first thing in the morning (my preferred time to run), but also perhaps because I increased my mileage by 36% between December 2007 (69.69 miles) and January 2008 (95.47 miles) in an attempt to win a Nike+ challenge. As experts will attest to, the 36% increase in miles is too much of an increase within one month. The strange thing however, is that it wasn’t physical fatigue I felt this month, but more psychological fatigue. Why do I suddenly not want to go running? Why does the mere thought of running not interest me at the moment? Questions such as these have been running through my head and keeping me lying in bed first thing in the morning instead of embracing the dawn sunrise and getting out there to run.

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February Challenges

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Each month, the writers and producers of this Web site participate in some friendly competition with several friends and colleagues. While half the runners live in Memphis, Tennessee in the USA, the other half live within the English counties Hertfordshire and the West Midlands. That’s one of the great attractions and conveniences to Nike+ challenges and Nike+ in general — friends can compete against each other no matter what their geographical location may be, or what time of day or night they run. It’s only until all the running data from each individual run is uploaded to the Nike+Web site that we get to compare and contrast our performances against one another.

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Knowing that your friends are trying to run faster or maybe further than you, is what inspires and motivates us to keep in shape and run as best as we can. Whether we know it or not, we are motivating one another by each individual mile we run. Now that we’ve made our challenges public for the world to see, we now have a little more motivation and incentive to get up and run each day.