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. 

 

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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!

 

 

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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!

 

IT’S BACK!

IT’S BACK  – 2017 – 100 MILES IN NOVEMBER

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The time of year you have all been waiting for the 100 Miles in November Challenge. I am ready to have a great year, and I hope you are too.

Let’s get the basics out of the way:

What is this?

The 100 mile challenge is in it’s 4th year… ok, I can’t remember. The first year was very low key, but I do know that a post from 2014 popped up on my Facebook feed. Anyway, it’s the time of year where running and races are winding down, plus the upcoming holiday season, so how do you stay motivated?  This is how the 100 Miles in November was born… a small group of us needed motivation going into the winter months. Not a competition – but motivation!

I do this on my own, with the help of great sponsors, partnerships and YOU! If you have been with me since the beginning, I can’t thank you enough – you help make this possible. I encourage to ask your friends to join and continue to motivate others.

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How do you sign up?

Easy – enter your name / twitter handle/ nick name on the spread sheet & log your mileage. Keep adding in the columns to the right. Please make sure I have a way to get a hold of you by following up with the google form.

This is a Google Doc, this is a public spreadsheet to everyone that has the link. If you need help with this, please send me a message.

*Also please leave the google doc alone – regarding moving names and columns around, unless there is a minor edit that needs to be changed. If you want your column to be pink or something that is fine. It’s easier for everyone if the names stay in the same column, easy to add your miles if you are always column M.

What are the rules?

  1. Only walking / running as exercise miles count. I am counting on your 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 by November 30th. You have until Dec 2nd to add your 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

Prizes – I mentioned Prizes…

That’s right I will have giveaways and a grand prize to help keep everyone on task.

  • Register by Nov. 10th to be one of 10 to win a protein cookie. These things are HUGE! I actually grabbed a whole box of these, and would like to share.

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  • Logging mileage each week enters you into a drawing for swag from either Corridor Running (shirt) or Bibrave (trucker hat).
  • Mid month motivation – log 45 miles by Nov 15th and you are entered to win a gift certificate to Iowa River Power Company / Flannigan’s in Coralville, IA.
  • An entry into the Run CRANDIC Marathon or Half Marathon.

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  • GRAND PRIZE – everyone who hits the 100 mile goal will be entered in a random drawing to win a a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanuium, bone conduction headphones!!!!!!!!!!! ( I have demo pairs available too, and a discount)

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  • Another final prize – Everyone who logs 100 miles will be eligible for the random drawing for a hand made, medal rack. Courtesy of String N Nails!
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The medal rack from last year

  • Possibility for random prizes throughout the month.
  • I still make headbands & key chains, and have an inventory of them – so speak up if you want one, will send by request only.
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I do not have all these patterns in stock

I am still working on prizes, but I am ready for “registration” to begin.

– Challenge will be live, Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017, please pay attention to the rules, as there could be a slight change or more prizes added before the first.

– Entry/registration will be open through November 8, 2017

– I have created a FB group 100 miles in November, if you like to connect that way. No requirement to join this group, but encouraged.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/597884697000625

-There is a Strava group for this challenge. Not a requirement, but encouraged. This is a private group, just so it’s open to the 100 mile members, just ask to be invited.

It is not necessary to have facebook or twitter to be involved with this challenge. I do ask that you pay attention to this blog for important information or updates.

Contact information:

  • email -amaskeberka@gmail.com
  • twitter – @angiemaskeberka
  • facebook – Angie Maske-Berka
  • add a comment on this post
  • Instagram – @amaskeberka

 

Closing In….

The last full week of the 100 miles challenge has come and gone, are you close to achieving your goal? How did you get there? Was it a challenge?

I am happy to have you all on board to do this each year, so I hope you are finishing strong, and meet the goal you set out to accomplish.

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I have a Corridor Running shirt to giveaway this week. The lucky winner is Faye P. CONGRATS!!!

Also, if you have read this, and want the “clean out the prize closet” prize, please comment on the FB thread (or let me know) and I will enter you into the drawing. If you would like to know, this ends up being samples I have picked up at expos, and I really don’t need them, but happy to share with someone else as I don’t want to throw them away.

Alright, finish this thing off!! The grand prize is on the line, an Orange Mud Hydraquiver and don’t forget the medal rack!

Turkey Week

Keep moving 100 milers!!!

This week may start the busy holiday season for most. Traveling to meet with family, or hosting a gathering can take a lot of your time, and running takes a back seat. Hang in there…and log a few miles, we are all cheering for you. In fact encourage the family to run that Turkey Trot with you!

I know, for me, running is a great stress reliever, so even though the holidays start to take more of my time, I always find a way to squeeze in at least a 3 miler. “There are 24 usable hours in everyday.”

Ok, so there are many international members of the group too, and may not be celebrating the holiday. However, maybe you have some tips for keeping accountable during a time like this?

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Getting right to it – Congrats to Ryan P for winning the Corridor Running shirt and to Katie B for winning the Bibrave prize pack!

A few events happening this week I would like to mention:

  • Corridor Running is hosting the Run Turkey Run. It’s a social/fun run! There is a suggested donation of 3 nonperishable food items. The run is a 5 mile distance. Meet up at the Franklin Middle School track on Thursday, November 24th, at 8am. (corner of E Ave NE and 20th St NE in Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • The Fleet Feet Davenport Track Friday, Donut Prediction mile. This will be November 25th at 8am at the Bettendorf High School. More details here https://www.facebook.com/events/1101888026575272/

Now – get out there and log some miles! Keep your encouraging pictures coming!

My week really isn’t much different than any other week. I continue to train for my 50k the first week of December. I will also be taking part in Black and Gold Friday, GO HAWKS! (Beat the Huskers!)

Halfway to 100 for November

Wow, 2 weeks have already passed for the 100 mile challenge. The older I get, time certainly goes by faster.

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Now that the challenge is underway, I imagine the difficult task is to get your miles logged. If you need that link again, here you go https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1HnON9Tg94bfSOssNu5AlOuUNH5cblLCLIj7wF3OfTmg/edit?usp=sharing

I love seeing the pictures too!! They are inspiring and keep us motivated. If you have one to share, please do. I would love to add you to the collage.

Now for the prizes:

Congrats to Matthew H on winning the weekly Corridor Running shirt!!

Congrats to Mike G(column Q) for winning the first Bibrave package for the month.

Update your logs through the 15th, that DD gift card is on the line.


If you would still like to get a headband or keychain, please fill this out https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZXdzRk2q5QsCCGuGxTazhRqDCw97oU6Nf_ocuJwanbaDBXg/viewform


What are your goals to finish off the second half of the month? Keep me motivated!

I am tired, I just hope to accomplish 100. I started the month with 2 marathons and some how need to be ready for a 50k on Dec 3. I will have my most recent race recap soon.


Keep up the good work…