Challenges

Old Guy Running has developed some unique challenges that span each and every lifestyle and athletic ability. Whether you’re a parent juggling the hectic lifestyle of a full house, someone whose best friends are a pair of running shoes, or even if you’ve never run a step in your life: there is a challenge for you. 

Please note: while these challenges were developed with these daily running schedules in mind, it’s not required to follow these schedules exactly. Life happens. Things get in the way. These schedules are interchangeable; what matters is that you’re achieving the required amount of miles in a month. Just like life: even if you need to do things a little differently, the end result of success is the same.

DO TRY TO STAY AS CLOSE TO THE RUN GUIDE AS POSSIBLE  🙂

********FITBITS OR OTHER SPORT WATCHES ARE NOT ALLOWED********

**ALL CHALLENGES START AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH MONTH **

 

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THE  NOUVEAU

This Challenge is designed for the person who is new to the world of running.

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                                                                         The NOUVEAU
26.25 miles

WEEK ONE: 4.0 miles

DAILY RUN/WALK GUIDE

Day 1: Walk .25 miles at a normal pace. Then jog for 15 seconds. Then finish walking at a normal pace until you get to 0.50 mile.
Day 2: Walk .25 miles at a normal pace. Then jog for 20 seconds. Then finish walking at a normal pace until you get to 0.50 mile.
Day 3: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 30 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 0.75 mile.
Day 4: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 45 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 0.75 mile.
Day 5: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 55 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 0.75 mile.
Day 6: REST DAY
Day 7: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 65 seconds. then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 0.75 mile.

( Remember the rule of thumb when counting seconds is “1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, 3 Mississippi,” and so forth.)
WEEK TWO: 5.75 miles

Day 1: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 70 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 0.75 mile.
Day 2: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 75 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.0 mile.
Day 3: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 80 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.0 mile.
Day 4: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 85 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.0 mile.
Day 5: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 90 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.0 mile.
Day 6: REST DAY
Day 7: Walk .25 miles at a BRISK pace. Then jog for 100 seconds. Then finish walking at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.0 mile.

WEEK THREE: 7.5 miles

Day 1: Walk .25 miles at a FAST pace. Then jog for 115 seconds. Then finish walking at a brisk pace until you get to 1.25 mile.
Day 2: Walk .25 miles at a FAST pace. Then jog for 120 seconds. Then finish walking at a brisk pace until you get to 1.25 mile.
Day 3: JOG for .25 miles*. Then walk at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.25 miles.
Day 4: Repeat Day 3.
Day 5: Repeat Day 4.
Day 6: REST DAY.
Day 7: Jog for .50 miles* Then walk at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.25 mile.

(* When you start jogging your partial or full miles, it’s perfectly fine to stop and catch your breath as many times as you need, but then continue to jog. Do NOT walk until you have reached your jogging goal.)

WEEK FOUR: 9 miles

Day 1: Jog for .50 miles.* Then walk at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.5 mile.
Day 2: Jog for .75 miles.* Then walk at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.5 mile.
Day 3: Repeat Day Two.
Day 4: Jog one mile.* Then walk at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.5 mile.
Day 5: Jog for 1.25 miles.* Then walk at a BRISK pace until you get to 1.5 mile.
Day 6: REST DAY.
Day 7: JOG FOR 1.5 MILES.

**********Now that you have mastered the NOUVEAU, you are ready to sign up for the TIMEFIGHTER next month!

Post all your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the Nouveau tag:

#oldguyrunningnouveau

 

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THE TIMEFIGHTER

The most novice of all the Challengeville Challenges, the Timefighter is designed for those who are exactly that: fighting time. Be it due to family life, work occupations, or simply a beginner in the world of running, this challenge is an ideal springboard for those who are just starting out.

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Post your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the Timefighter tag: #oldguyrunningtimefighter

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THE PHOENIX

Just like the Phoenix that rises from the ashes reborn, this challenge helps you Hone new running skills  that you may have acquired from the previous challenge. In the end,  you  will soar as a runner, more victorious than before!

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Post your runs to instagram and hashtag them with the Phoenix tag:          #oldguyrunningphoenix

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THE TINMAN

This is the most popular of all the Challenges due to its ability to foster CHANGE–not just in a Challenger’s running abilities, but how they view themselves as people. The Tinman will completely revolutionize the way you think about goals and achievements, both in and out of running shoes!

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tinmanrgPost your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the Tinman tag: #oldguyrunningtinman.

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THE TRANSFORMER

Who runs the world? Girls. These days, womankind is stronger than ever: seamlessly gliding between careers, motherhood, and the abolition of being boxed into a stereotype. Today’s woman is tenacious, dynamic, resilient and unsinkable. This challenge was developed to honor the vivaciousness of the modern-day female (but of course, it’s open to any and all genders) and her ability to revolutionize herself into anything and everything she desires. Move over, Optimus Prime. There’s a new Transformer in town.

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Be sure to tag your posts with the Transformer hashtag: #oldguyrunningtransformer

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THE BIGFOOT

This challenge transforms a runner into a beast! If you are wanting to raise the bar with endurance and really unleash your inner monster, this is the perfect challenge for you.

 

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bigfootrgPost your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the Bigfoot tag: #oldguyrunningbigfoot.

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THE MADMAN

So, you’ve done all the previous challenges and you want to improve. This running schedule is for those on the brink of madness, as the daily running requires you to be a little out of your mind!

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Post your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the Madman tag: #oldguyrunningmadman
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THE CYBERLEX

This challenge was designed in honor of an incredible fellow runner and one of the founders of the online running community #teamigotyaback, Alex (you can find him at @jusrunlex on instagram…if you can catch him, that is). The CYBERLEX  embodies Alex’s bold spirit with its weekly running requirements, so be sure to eat your carbs and get your sleep!

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Post your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the CyberLex tag: #oldguyrunningcyberlex.

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THE TRAVELING MAN

This challenge will take up a lot of your time and energy, so it is crucial to fuel your body up with lots of carbohydrates and get as much sleep as possible. The running schedule is demanding, but the victory you’ll feel when you’ve completed this challenge will be well worth it!

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traveling-manPost your runs to Instagram and hashtag them with the Traveling Man tag: #oldguyrunningtravelingman.

At the completion of the challenge, email Challengeville to receive your custom finisher’s certificate!

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6 thoughts on “Challenges

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    • Holly, as long as you use it for extracurricular running, that’s fine. But some people are keeping it on all day long and turning all their daily movements into miles. And that’s not really fair to the other runners.
      Respectfully,
      Bart

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