Thank You

100 Miles in November Comes to an End – THANK YOU

It’s over, it’s all over. 

Where did the month go? I say this every year. At the beginning of the month the task of hitting 100 miles seems so daunting, yet here we are. 

I hope everyone reached their goal for the month. While the design of the challenge is to hit 100 miles of logged running or walking, I know many set other goals just to get you moving. Congratulations to everyone!!

Thank you! First I want to thank everyone for participating. I love to hear the encouragement from you all, I love that people keep coming back to do this year after year. This doesn’t happen without you guys!

Second, I would like to thank the sponsors that make you all accountable:

  • Iowa River Power Company – If you are in the Coralville area please stop by to enjoy the Sunday brunch, it’s consistently voted the best in the area.
  • Corridor Running – This is my local running club, if you are looking to join a running group in the area that supports the community, 2019 membership is open!
  • BibRave – You may still be wondering what BibRave is, well they are the Yelp! of races, make sure to check out bibrave.com to find, write or read a race review. 
  • Hawkeye 50k – My local 50k, I have had the privilege of running this race twice and volunteering at it once. This is a nice mix of trail and distance right here in the Corridor. Registration is OPEN and it will sell out! 
  • Aftershokz – I hope you know my love for the Aftershokz Trekz Air. These are bluetooth, bone conduction headphones that allow you to hear your surroundings. If you want more information I can set you up with a demo pair. If you are looking to make a purchase – save $55 on a bundle, but use this link – http://share.aftershokz.com/ANGIEM
  • Special thanks for Mike and Linnea for keeping the spreadsheet in check! With their handy work the group logged over 10,000 miles!

NOW the moment you have all been waiting for, prizes! These were all determined using a random number generator and checking you all had update logs or hit at least 100 miles. 

To finish off the last week I have 2 more BibRave prizes to give away, Congratulations to Kristin S and Mike G. 

NOW THE GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:

Congratulations to Jill W for winning the Aftershokz Trekz Air!!

Congratulations to Sarah P for winning an entry into the Hawkeye 50k/25k.

I will be in contact with all winners to get your prizes to you.

I can’t say Thank you enough and look forward to what 2019 brings and the 7th year of the challenge.

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100 Miles- Week 3 – 2018

3rd Week Recap

The month of November is rolling by, heck it’s almost over. Are you all on track to hit your goals?

Since day one, this challenge has been about logging my running miles only, and I have hit 100 miles every time. As I write this, I am close to hitting my 100 mile running only goal. However, my goal for 2018, was to log 2018 miles running and walking, and I am way behind this month….so I need to kick it into gear, I am loving all the motivational posts on Facebook, keep it up!!

For those that actually take the time to read these blurbs, thanks! I would also like to point out that I have went through the headband and key chain responses. I have sent them all out, unless I have made arrangements to hand deliver them. To those waiting for something, please check your preferred way of communication and get back to me. 

NOW – there are Corridor Running shirts as prizes this week. As a reminder I use the random number generator and double check that your logs are up to date. 

Congrats to Hope S and Dave F. I will be in touch to get your sizes.

Reminder that 2019 membership registration has opened for Corridor Running. Your membership fees go towards putting on seven races in the community, in addition to supporting local charities. If you need more information, please let me know. 

Now – finish strong and log those miles!

I will be out of town this last week, so the final prizes could take a while to get together and sent. Thanks for your patience. 

Week 2 – 100 Miles – 2018

Second week of 100 Miles

Congratulations to you for tackling the first couple of weeks! 

First I would like to thank Matt at the Iowa River Power Company for the mid month prize of brunch for two people. I like to have a mid month incentive to make sure everyone stays on track. It’s really easy to get off track, especially with Thanksgiving creeping in. If you did not win consider checking out the Sunday brunch for yourself. I like to treat myself after a weekend full of long runs. If Sunday doesn’t work out, stop by next door at Flanagan’s you may see Matt there, he’s the host with the most!

Congrats to Kristi C. for being up to date with her miles and logging 45 miles by the 15th of the month. If you need a brunch buddy, let me know!

Next – weekly prize winners. This week the prize on the line is from BibRave. Two people will win one BUFF®. 

What is BibRave? It’s the place to find race reviews, think of it as Yelp for runners. You can read a review or add your own. I am also a BibRave ambassador or BibRave Pro. In addition to writing race reviews, I write product reviews. These reviews are in exchange for race entry and products. I have been fortunate to learn about many new things, I am in my 5th year as a pro.  Check out more information at Bibrave.com

Also if you don’t know what a BUFF® is, where have you been? There are many substitutes, but there is nothing like the real thing. Winter is here, and I live in this item, it’s a tube of fabric that can be warn many ways. I like to wear it to keep my face warm. Heck, people wear them year round as head bands. 

Using the random number generator, and double checking that mileage is up to date, I have picked the two winners. Let’s put our hands together and congratulate Lori B. and Vanessa J. While you are clapping, keep it up for BibRave.

It’s Thanksgiving week. I would like to remind my local running friends about Run Turkey Run in Cedar Rapids – here is more information –https://corridorrunning.com/news/youre-invited-run-turkey-run-2018/ . If you are running a turkey trot let us know in Facebook, so we can cheer you on. 

Keep up the good work!! 

The 6th year of 100 Miles in November

I find myself asking, “where did the time go?” a lot lately. With that, it’s the sixth year of 100 Miles in November.

What began from a weekly twitter chat, has led to what will begin in a few days… and all because of you.

I considered not doing this last year, while it is simple, it still takes a little bit of my time. However, I know I need a kick in the butt this time of year, and you all inspire me to keep going. This year I have a goal I am still aiming for – 2018 miles in 2018, this will help me keep on track.

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The idea – log 100 miles in one month. November is usually the time of year when most races dwindle, the holidays creep in and running slows down.

With all that said – Here is the google spreadsheet to log your miles – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cVclRMBDisEVloE7jMxTwayXZ89F2X4oLkUuU-31M8A/edit?usp=sharing This should be self explanatory. Don’t be a jerk and please keep to your own column. Add your name in the first empty column on the right.

Here is your sign up information. Please fill out this google form- https://goo.gl/forms/NeQkctlhKQpFHZC13 I keep track of who participates only to contact you if you win a prize. It’s also the easiest way to keep my head from not spinning in 800 directions.

Alright, you might have read the word “prize” from above. Since doing this, I have always tried to keep some incentives. This year is no different as I have some of my favorite things in the prize closet. Also as I create the rules and this challenge, more prizes may be added at a later date. Don’t forget about headbands and key chains.

Grand Prizes (to be awarded after Dec 1):

  1. Pair of Aftershokz Trekz Air, bone conduction, bluetooth head phones
  2. Entry into to the Hawkeye 25k/50k Spring race.
  3. String Art medal hanger

Weekly accountability prizes:

  1. Corridor Running shirts – awarded to 2 people on Nov 10 and Nov 24
  2. Bibrave swag – awarded to 2 people on Nov 17 & Dec 1

*I am still working on the halfway point prize. I like to keep people on track by logging at least 45 miles by November 15.

Housekeeping:

  • There is a FB group for encouragement or checkups. I might rely on this group too much for posts, but it is not required to join the challenge.
  • Official posts and updates will be written on the blog
  • Registration will be open through November 10. At that time, any name added to the spreadsheet will not be eligible for prizes.
  • Contact me – amaskeberka@gmail.com, twitter – @angiemaskeberka, IG – @amaskeberka

Official Rules:

  1. Only walking / running as exercise miles count. I am counting on participants honesty for this. I think you should make an effort to keep active. Walking to the bathroom, or walking to kitchen will not count, or step counting. This is not a fitness tracker challenge.
  2. Miles need to be logged on the provided google docs spread sheet.
  3. Spread sheet is a public document, open to those who have the link.
  4. Each participant is responsible for keeping track of their own miles. If you can’t access the spread sheet make arrangements to have someone enter them for you. (send me an email)
  5. No entry fee, no cost.
  6. All drawings for prizes will be generated at random, via an online raffle service.
  7. Please pay attention to your body, don’t try to reach the 100 mile goal at the expense of an injury.
  8. Honor system in play when logging miles.
  9. Weekly prize eligibility, have to log mileage at least once a week. Keep your log up to date, logs checked on Sunday for weekly giveaway.
  10. To be eligible to win grand prize must have completed 100 miles.
  11. You do not have to be local, live in Iowa to compete.
  12. Your contact information is only for prize notification. It will not be shared.
  13. Random prizes to be determined later.
  14. Photos may be used for random prizes.
  15. Stay connected using #100miles.
  16. Information will be posted on the blog.
  17. This challenge is in no way administered, sponsored, or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. By entering this challenge you release Instagram, Facebook and twitter of all responsibility. You are also agreeing to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook rules terms of use.

Good luck and best wishes for a great November!

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That’s a Wrap

Recap 2017 Miles in November

I really don’t know where to start… No one knows this, but I was hesitant to put this on again, mostly because I wasn’t sure if I would have the time to give it the proper attention. I also like to secure prizes or rewards for you all, and that takes some work on my part too.

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Pic cred: Sheryl

I then remembered why I do this, why it was started. It really isn’t about the prizes, but instead, getting your butt out the door and logging extra miles during a busy holiday season. I used this challenge to get moving, it was my lowest mileage month in a long time, but thanks to this group, I got out there and ran 100 miles!

First – I can’t say it enough, thank you! Running can be hard to describe to people who do not partake, however, tell them you found something that motivates and inspires, and suddenly we have people stepping out the door just to walk to the end of the street, get out of bed, and personally push me to host this. Also a HUGE thank you to the sponsors and companies that work with me on this. If you see one of the, let em know you are appreciative too.

Second – Friendship! I was introduced to a new to me local running group. I was also introduced to many new faces. I have a lot of people that “live in my phone,” and while we may never meet in person. It’s great to know I have expanded my friends.

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photo courtesy of Ara 

Third – Prizes, I will be in contact about getting these to you.

  • run CRANDIC entry – Monty B (column AO)
  • Aftershokz Trez Titanium headphones – Nicole Vanderlinden (column U)
  • Dunkin Donuts $100 Gift Card – Roy G (column BX)
  • Run/Medal sign – Cindy McCarthy (column CV)

Fourth – Congrats! I know there were struggles along the way, health issues, and just plain life that might have got in the way. However, you pushed yourself to work on a goal. You also might have learned a very important lesson (many runners suck at) listen to your body, no injury is worth it, and live to run another day.

If you have any questions about sponsors, prizes, or this group, please ask me. If you have any complaints, that department opens tomorrow… I kid…but feel free to reach out to me.

What is next? While I can not maintain the group beyond one month, or keep up with another spreadsheet. I encourage you all to post your monthly mileage, a selfie, or motivation in the FB group; this group is open all year round.

Housekeeping – I have contacted those who have asked for a head band or key chain, however there were a few that I have no contact information for. If you are reading this and would still like one, please let me know. 

 

100 Miles – Week 4 update

This is it, the last week of 100 Miles in November.  I can not believe how fast this month goes by. Hope you are all close to reaching the goals you set forth at the beginning.

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There was some discussion about not meeting the 100 miles. That is totally fine…everyone has a different goal. I really hope you learn that you can fail at something but still feel accomplished, because you tried and did your best. It’s not failure, it’s just learning and living life. Michael said it best “the real purpose of this group was really just to give us all a goal to chase in a tough holiday month.”

There is one last weekly prize, and congrats go to Terry V (CK) for winning the BibRave Trucker hat.

This is where I tell you a little more about BibRave. I have been with BR since April of 2014. They are a race review website, think Yelp – but for runners. If you ran a race and want to tell everyone about it, leave a review. If you are looking to run a race, but can’t decide, search Bibrave.com for some thoughts from past participants.

I am also involved as a BibRave Pro. We are ambassadors for Bibrave, in exchange for our race reviews we are given opportunity to run races and even test out some cool products. The program opens up periodically throughout the year, so keep an eye out if you want to apply.

With that… I hope you log all your miles, I will be drawing the grand prize winners this weekend – Dec 2nd – if I remember correctly!!

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Once again, thank you for joining!

 

 

2017-week 3

100 Miles in November – Week 3 Update

How is it the week of Thanksgiving already? Time flies when you are having fun. Will this week derail your goal?

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The daily posts of photos and workout accomplishments are great, thank you for allowing me to share them.

This week for keeping up to date with mileage there were 2 more Corridor Running shirts awarded. Congrats to Kevin L (K) and Mark D. (AR)

I will have one more BibRave trucker as a prize next week – keep moving!

Reminder for those who have logged at least 100 miles you are eligible for a chance to win one of the grand prizes: $100 Dunkin Donuts gift card, Aftershokz Trekz Titanium, medal rack, or entry into the CRANDIC marathon.

Area happenings:

  • November 23 – Run Turkey Run, Cedar Rapids, IA. 8AM, near Franklin Middle School. Bring anon perishable food item. FREE
  • November 23 – Legend of the Fall, Iowa City, IA. 8AM, trail run. Entry Fee – I will be at this event
  • November 24 – Outdoor Buster 5k/10k run. 15 mi bike ride. Sac & Fox Trail, Cedar Rapids, IA. 10 am Sign up here – FREE!