Friendly competition: Ride or Stride Across America

Here I am with the Sammy the Sea Gull statue at Salisbury University. (Vanessa Junkin photo)

In my first week of a Ride or Stride Across America challenge at Salisbury University, I only logged 6.6 miles.

To be fair, the first “week” was only Monday through Friday — no weekend, when I do the highest mileage — and I did have a busy week. I actually bought a house with my boyfriend this week, and I do have two jobs — one of which is an adjunct faculty member at SU.

I decided to become part of the challenge after one of my friends was putting together a team, but when it turned out that everyone had to be associated with Salisbury University, that team fell apart.

But I figured that I’m going to be running anyway — why not log my miles as part of this challenge? So, I signed up as an individual and I’m part of the Random Runners #2 team.

I also log miles for the Zelle Virtual Run, which began on Nov. 7, 2014. I’ve logged nearly 1,100 miles in that run.

The Salisbury University challenge just involves tracking miles walked, run or on the elliptical from Nov. 16-Dec. 11. I have two relatively long races in that time period — the Redneck Romp 10-miler and the Rehoboth Seashore Half Marathon, so I figured that would help add to my mileage.

The mileage for my team hasn’t been posted yet, but two teams have already logged an extremely high amount of mileage — 205 and 205.5, with six others over 100. Teams can have up to six people.

Thankfully, there are three weekends included in the challenge. I will definitely be a better contributor to my team in the coming weeks.

I’ve already run more than half of my mileage for the first “week,” as I ran 4.1 miles today, with plans for a long run tomorrow.


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