With just over 7 months until the start of the Arctic Trail Run, I want to share the fun of training with everyone else!
I’m also feeling more than a little inspired from yesterday morning’s November Project workout in downtown Boston — training is starting to ramp up, with increasing Sunday long run mileage, scheduled cross training, and some run/ski doubles mid-week — and I want to invite you to join me!
So, I’m inviting you to join the Climate Run Team! Starting on January 1st, 2017, I challenge you to run, walk, or ski 500 miles by August 16th as a way to get moving, get in touch with the world around us, and learn about how we impact the environment, climate, and help build a resilient self and resilient community.
Yep! That comes to about 2.2 miles a day — or about 15 miles each week. See? No problem!
Where do I sign up?
On the Climate Run 500-mile Challenge Facebook Group. Go ahead and join, introduce yourself, make your intention clear and get going 🙂
Do I have to run?
Nope! Human powered activities like walking and nordic / uphill skiing work just fine. The more you can do on trails, the better!
How do I record my miles?
First, you can record them on your own. I love using my Believe Training Journal to help me get a handle on my progress, and the prompts are really great.
Second, join the Climate Run Strava Group to record your miles and see how everyone else is doing.
Post goals, pictures, and inspirations on Climate Run Facebook Page to share your accomplishments!
Is that it? What else do I do?
The mission of Climate Run is to engage bodily movement as a way to build resilience in the face of a changing climate.
What does this mean? It means that by participating, you commit to learning about the impacts of climate change and sharing what you learn — both through your physical engagement with the world as you move toward your 500-mile goal — *and* through what you read, see, and learn about the climate.
Why August 16th, 2017?
That’s the day I plan to reach the end of the Arctic Trail in Kautekeino, Norway, having run the 500 miles from Sulitjelma.
Will it cost anything?
Nope! Just a little time and dedication. Of course, if you choose to support the Climate Run project, that’d be awesome. And, in a few short weeks, there’ll be all kinds of great stuff you could get to show your support — including 100% recycled shirts from Atayne & Vermont-made hats from Skida.
Any other rules?
Not really. Just that your walk / run / ski is intentional and not just incidental as part of your everyday routine. Can you bike? Of course! I love biking. But those miles don’t count as part of your 500. Just walking, running, and skiing.
I’m super excited to share the training and goal-setting with as many people as possible! The more people who are involved in this project, the more we can change the story of climates, communities, and
Also, in a self-serving way, having partners helps me to stay focused and motivated on this long, long-term goal!