A Personal November Challenge

Anyone fancy joining me?

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kittenkat    pirate
01/11/2011 at 08:57

Ok, November is a pants month, the nights are drawing in, the weather changing and it can be hard to stay motivated. Not much happens in November, let's face it.

Anyone fancy setting themself a personal challenge, the rules are that you have to try really hard and commit yourself to if for the whole of November. 

That challenge can be running orientated, you may decide to lose weight, give up or cut down on booze. Or maybe something else entirely, less time in front of the tv, get creative.. Well anything. Even a combination of things.

You write your goal(s) down here publicly and then you pop in regularly for support and with updates.

Fancy it anyone? 

I'll write down my commitment for the month after I've walked the pooch...

01/11/2011 at 09:11

I'm in.

Two modest challenges but reasonably stretching ones for me at the moment:

Run 100 miles (I did 60 in October)
Get below 12 stone (12st 6lbs this morning)

If I was to put money on which was most likely I'd say the second, but doing the first will help. 4 down, 96 to go!

(Edit: just looked back on Fetch, and my last 100-mile month was August. 2009. Gulp.)

Edited: 01/11/2011 at 09:12
01/11/2011 at 09:19
fellas - why not join in the Movember movement and grow a moustache for charity.....detais here

you can do that alongside whatever other challenge you set
01/11/2011 at 09:23
I'm putting a lot of thought into this.  I have several goals that I want to achieve and the temptation is to put them all down and then not achieve any of them.  I think I would be better off with one specific goal to focus on, but can't decide which one to go for.
01/11/2011 at 09:57
Good point fb, but why restrict to the fellas?  I need to get the bosses on side with that one next year - putting a reminder in my diary for October so I can sell it to them properly.
01/11/2011 at 09:59
SoVeryTired wrote (see)

I'm in.

Two modest challenges but reasonably stretching ones for me at the moment:

Run 100 miles (I did 60 in October)
Get below 12 stone (12st 6lbs this morning)

If I was to put money on which was most likely I'd say the second, but doing the first will help. 4 down, 96 to go!

(Edit: just looked back on Fetch, and my last 100-mile month was August. 2009. Gulp.)


Ah what the hell, I'm half a stone ahead of you but I've got near enough the same target in mind (so, 12st down to 11st 7).  If this all goes to plan I could be the lightest I've been at Christmas since I was too young to drink! 

And not exactly a quantifiable target but my main aim for November really is to get as fit and running-ready as possible for a return to running on 1st December, following virtually a year out through injury.  It won't hurt to be a few pounds lighter.

01/11/2011 at 10:04
SoVeryTired wrote (see)
Good point fb, but why restrict to the fellas? 


What, growing a moustache?  Well, I'll try.........................

Would not plucking my eyebrows do instead?

Mine will be very modest - 20 mins walk in the fresh air every day.  Given I'll be popping a baby out on 5th December, I think that's as challenging as I want to commit to.

01/11/2011 at 10:08
fat buddha wrote (see)
fellas - why not join in the Movember movement and grow a moustache for charity.....detais here you can do that alongside whatever other challenge you set


I'm in, with quite a few guys from work.  Did it last year and trying to double the fun and funds this year.

Running challenge, hmm... Let's say 200 miles in the month.  I did make it to 45mpw two weeks ago, so it isn't too much of a stretch, but it's a necessary one.  Sticking it in here might make me do it!

01/11/2011 at 10:08
"Good point fb, but why restrict to the fellas?"

you obviously know a few tasty "girls" then.... but sure, if the ladies want a crack, why not?? maybe they can dye what fluff they have
01/11/2011 at 10:09
fat buddha wrote (see)
but sure, if the ladies want a crack

Many do.

EDIT: that didn't take long, did it, to drag a KK thread down into the gutter...

Edited: 01/11/2011 at 10:11
01/11/2011 at 10:20

kittenkat    pirate
01/11/2011 at 10:47
fat buddha wrote (see)
"Good point fb, but why restrict to the fellas?" you obviously know a few tasty "girls" then.... but sure, if the ladies want a crack, why not?? maybe they can dye what fluff they have
Oh dear God, for a moment I thought you were suggesting...
kittenkat    pirate
01/11/2011 at 10:55

Ok, mine is holistic, but definitely needs to start with less alcohol consumption.

I have got into the habit, and it is habit, of having a drink on too many days of the week. That in itself would be fine if it was just one beer; but I don't do that, I either drink or I don't, and I'm doing it for the wrong reasons.. To try and boost my mood.

So, my first step is to write down on here how much alcohol I have this month. The target isn't zero, I don't want to give up, but I do want to significantly cut back.

So that's the biggy for me, alongside that erm...

Well I can't run at the moment because of injury, but I want to commit to some balanced base training and PROPER rest and relaxation.

Not quite sure my plan of action on that yet but I'm sure it'll form.

Crikey, I've said it out loud now.

01/11/2011 at 11:01

I am so not goal orientated.

I'd like to run 45 m/wk but it's not always possible with work.

I'd like to lose weight but I'm not sure how much weight is me and how much is fibroids - last time I got the balance very wrong.

Maybe I should aim to do at least one park run, get down the track on Thursdays and get back into core work (injury allowing).

get at least one Christmas pressie made a week. - should be 2, I have 8 to make. (on top of the 8 already made).

The Christmas pressie thing will be fun - I can post pictures.

Edited: 01/11/2011 at 11:02
kittenkat    pirate
01/11/2011 at 11:11
Ratzer wrote (see)
fat buddha wrote (see)
but sure, if the ladies want a crack

Many do.

EDIT: that didn't take long, did it, to drag a KK thread down into the gutter...

Ha, just noticed you beat me to it.
01/11/2011 at 11:11

Since finishing work two months ago I've been struggling to get into a routine.  I can't decide whether to go for an exercise goal or a routine / housework goal.  In a way the two go together as the more organised my day the more productive I tend to be and the happier I feel.  Days without organisation end up being wasted with nothing to show for it.

So I have some ideas but I am struggling to come up with specifics.  Particularly specifics that can be flexible enough to deal with the unsual things that happen.  For example, I am having some work done on the house soon so that will disrupt any routines I have.

So still thinking.

kittenkat    pirate
01/11/2011 at 11:12
Nessie wrote (see)

Mine will be very modest - 20 mins walk in the fresh air every day.  Given I'll be popping a baby out on 5th December, I think that's as challenging as I want to commit to.

All the best people are born a day earlier than that
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
01/11/2011 at 11:12

Neither of my goals are related to running (except indirectly).

I have a long-term recurring leg injury which I have been putting off getting treated  for a very long time,  (try 3 years or so!) more or less by ignoring it and hoping it will go away. But of course it doesn't. I know intellectually what I need to do but I'm scared of the result - so posting it on here publicly in the hope it will  spur me into finally making an appointment for a possible operation.  3 years ago a sports specialist told me to quit running. I'm scared to go to another in case he was right. I hereby resolve to make an appointment with my orthopaedist this month, so keep pushing me please!

2nd goal is to spend more time training my younger dog Nemo on tracking. We have an exam coming up in early May which sounds a long way off but it's just like Ironman - you think you've got loads of time for training and then the race is suddenly upon you. Don't want to fail in front of a knowledgeable audience!

01/11/2011 at 11:17

I won't be growing a tash, nor will I be grooming or dying any other fluff I may or may not have about my person.

However, I will commit to running 4 days a week, with an extra aim of exercising* a minimum of 5 days a week. I've got to get into the habit this month before I start marathon training next month. Just changed routine at work, so important to get this straight NOW.

*I will be including time spent bouncing about like a loon on the Wii Fit. It feels like exercise to me, so I'm counting it!

Edited to add: Great idea, KK. I'm unable to resist a challenge thread - even those press up ones I always fail dismally at!

Edited: 01/11/2011 at 11:19
01/11/2011 at 11:25
Ultra Ironwolf wrote (see)

I hereby resolve to make an appointment with my orthopaedist this month, so keep pushing me please!

UI, anything preventing you making that appointment before the end of the week?  To actually post up the appointment date and time before Friday...?

Challenge on! 

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