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February Virtual Run Challenge

February Virtual Run Challenge

February Virtual Run Challenge

The February Virtual Run Challenge has the coolest medal yet.

Can I play cupid for a moment?

Let me set up the perfect Valentines day for you. Sign yourself and your sweetie up for the Heart of Gold Virtual run.

When you sign up, you can get the finisher’s medal delivered before you complete the run. This is very important. You will see why in a moment.

Pack a nice lunch and head out to a park. Either run or walk your virtual run, head back to the picnic area and present your sweetie with this medal! Is that not thoughtful or what? You can’t buy this at Zales!

Distances

5k, 10k or half-marathon

The Cause

Someone is sexually assaulted every two minutes in the United States, and more than five children die every day as a result of child abuse and neglect. Help spread awareness and raise money for a charity whose vision is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse by participating in the Heart of Gold virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon. Run or walk whenever and wherever you want to earn what is without a doubt, the heaviest and most complex virtual race medal we have ever produced.

Sign up here.

The Swag

All registrants will receive a custom digital race bib and a 4″ heart-shaped box of chocolates medal. This medal opens to reveal 11 removable chocolate charms (charms are not edible), including one in the shape of a heart. But that’s not all…

HEART OF GOLD SWEEPSTAKES: When 10 lucky participants open their medals, they will find a GOLD heart-shaped charm and will win a Virtual Strides Prize Package that includes a Virtual Strides medal hanger,  a Virtual Strides visor, and a $25 Gift Card! Winning medals will be randomly distributed throughout the race period, following our standard shipping schedule. For complete contest details, please read the Official Rules.

Found a GOLD Heart inside your medal? Fill out the Heart of Gold Prize Claim Form by 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 31, 2017 in order to claim your prizes!

SHIRTS: During early registration (through 1/31), we have decided to once again run a campaign at Booster where anyone interested can order a matching race shirt in a variety of styles (unisex, ladies, tank top, long sleeve, ladies long sleeve or unisex hoodie). These shirts will be delivered separately from medals in mid-February, and 100% of the additional funds raised through this campaign will be donated to the featured charity in addition to our standard per-medal donation!

The Charity

The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Mariska Hargitay in 2004, with the intention of helping sexual assault survivors heal and reclaim a sense of joy in their lives. The vision of the Joyful Heart Foundation is a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The foundation’s mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever. The mission is carried out through healing, education and advocacy. The foundation has raised over $32 million to support its programs and has directly served more than 18,500 individuals.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to the Joyful Heart Foundation. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit JoyfulHeartFoundation.org.

Sign up here.

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January Fitness Challenge 2: Ladies Only

January Fitness Challenge 2: She Believed She Could So She Did Virtual Run

 

 

virtual run january

 

The January Fitness Challenge 2.

When January 1 hits, you will hear people making a number of resolutions.

One of the most popular ones is always “I am going to get in shape this year”.

As a trainer and coach, the most important thing I tell people is that you need to put some skin in the game.

By that I mean commit to doing something now. It doesn’t have to be a mind-boggling achievement. It just has to be something.

The “She believed she could so she did” virtual run is a great way to take that first step.

Ever do a virtual run?

This one is for the ladies… New Year, New You! Join the She Believed She Could So She Did virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon and run or walk your chosen distance anytime and anywhere you want to earn this inspirational framed mirror medal. Yes, the 4″ medal is a real mirror with a fold-out stand on the back, so you can display it on your desk as a daily reminder that you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

Want a matching shirt? During early registration (through 12/31), we will be holding a She Believed She Could So She Did campaign at Booster where anyone interested can order a matching race shirt in a variety of styles (ladies short sleeve, ladies long sleeve, unisex hoodie) and two different text colors (hot pink and metallic silver). These shirts will be delivered separately from medals in mid-January, and 100% of the additional funds raised through this campaign will be donated to the featured charity in addition to our standard per-medal donation!

The Charity

Left unchecked, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has a long history of taking action against tobacco use and its devastating health and economic impact on people and communities around the globe. For more than 40 years, ASH’s goal of a tobacco-free world has remained constant. The tobacco epidemic is global and so must be the solutions. From advocating for bans on cigarette advertising and smoking in public spaces to challenging the influence of the multinational tobacco industry—ASH takes action on a global scale.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to ASH. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit Ash.org.

Not so fast, this January Fitness Challenge has 2 Parts to it.

Part 1: The run

  1. If you like the idea, click and sign up here. Your choices are for a 5K, 10K or Half-marathon.
  2. You are now committing yourself to doing the run sometime in January. Congratulations!
  3. Once you complete the run (remember that you can run, walk, bike, skate or swim), log back into Virtual Strides and record your result.
  4. Wait for your finisher’s medal.

Part 2: Training

Commit to training for your run by telling me and the world how you are going to train. This part is free.

Here are some examples.

These are ways you can measure your training. Put down what you think you can reasonably do.

Choose one kind of training and fill in your own numbers.

  • I will run 50 miles this month.
  • I will spend 20 hours on the treadmill.
  • I will walk at least a mile 25 days this month.

You can email me or put it on the M Factor Fitness Facebook page. Look under events for the January challenge.

I do these every month and I will be posting updates on how I am doing.

6 Solid Reasons You Should Do This Fitness Challenge.

You need a goal with a deadline.

Yes the holidays are over but it is cold and dark in most of the country. Force yourself to get moving again.

Long Slow Cardio Burns Fat

I realize High Intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days. But most people can’t and don’t want to do it.

And that is actually okay.

 

The case for Long, slow cardio.

  • Long slow cardio is more relaxing.
  • It works on the oxidative energy pathway that relies on fat rather than carbs for fuel.
  • You can do it everyday.

You can inspire a friend to join you.

We all know somebody who is waiting for a reason to get in shape.

This virtual run challenge is the perfect opportunity because almost anyone can walk a 5K if they have a month to train.

Get in a habit

A question I get asked most often is, “How often should I work out?”

Then whoever asked the question regrets asking because the answer is “everyday”.

If you have something planned everyday, chances are you are going to miss one or 2 workouts in a given week. That is still 5 or 6 you got in.

Pretty good. Actually, very good.

Contrast that with planning 3 workouts a week.

Miss 1 or 2 and what do you have? Jack Squat.

You don’t have to set the world on fire every day. In fact, that would be a very bad idea.

Cycle your intensity of workouts. A classic way to do this is to alternate hard and easy days. Follow a hard workout with an easy run.

Support a great charity

Why pay money for a virtual run? I can do this anytime on my own for free.

Let me be blunt. No you won’t.

Once you sign up, you put skin in the game.

Once you state to the world what you are going to do, you have accountability.

I gladly sign up for these events because I know that once I sign up, I am forced to do it.

I like the idea that at the end of the month I will be in better shape and that I am helping a charity.

I will help you

If you sign up for the run and have any training questions, I will be happy to answer them for you.

  • nutrition questions
  • training questions
  • rehab questions

Where else are you going to get this?

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start the new year off right!

More question? Check out this post with F.A.Q’s on my Monthly Challenges.

January Fitness Challenge- Operation Enduring Warrior

The M Factor Fitness January Fitness Challenge is here.

Operation Enduring Warrior 5K, 10K or Half marathon.

January Fitness Challenge

Note:

This was a run scheduled for Veteran’s day. They still have medals available so I thought this would be a good time to help these guys out.

Start the year off right. Set a good fitness goal for yourself and help out a worthwhile charity.

Virtual runs are scheduled for a set period of time but if they still have spots open, you can do the run anytime. Just sign up now to reserve your spot.

The January Fitness Challenge.

Part 1: Running

  1. If you like the idea, click and sign up here. Your choices are for a 5K, 10K or Half-marathon.
  2. You are now committing yourself to doing the run sometime in January. Congratulations!
  3. Once you complete the run (remember that you can run, walk, bike, skate or swim), log back into Virtual Strides and record your result.
  4. Wait for your finisher’s medal to be mailed to you.
  5. Take a picture of it along with you enjoying your favorite beverage of choice.

Part 2: Training

Commit to training for your run by telling me and the world how you are going to train.

Here are some examples.

These are ways you can measure your training. Put down what you think you can reasonably do.

Choose one kind of training and fill in your own numbers.

  • I will run 50 miles this month.
  • I will spend 20 hours on the treadmill.
  • I will walk at least a mile 25 days this month.

You can email me or put it on the M Factor Fitness Facebook page. Look under events for the January challenge.

I do these every month and I will be posting updates on how I am doing.

6 Solid Reasons You Should Do This Challenge.

You need a goal with a deadline.

Yes the holidays are over but it is cold and dark in most of the country. Force yourself to get moving again.

Long Slow Cardio Burns Fat

I realize High Intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage these days. Long slow cardio is under attack even though it shouldn’t be.

This is pure marketing. Anytime someone can sell you faster results in less time, it will get attention.

I am not saying high intensity exercise doesn’t produce results but consider this:

  • Long slow cardio is more relaxing.
  • It works on the oxidative energy pathway that relies on fat rather than carbs for fuel.
  • You can do it everyday.

You can inspire a friend to join you.

We all know somebody who is waiting for a reason to get in shape.

This virtual run challenge is the perfect opportunity because almost anyone can walk a 5K if they have a month to train.

Get in a habit

A question I get asked most often is, “How often should I work out?”

Then whoever asked the question regrets asking because the answer is “everyday”.

If you have something planned everyday, chances are you are going to miss one or 2 workouts in a given week. That is still 5 or 6 you got in.

Pretty good. Actually, very good.

Contrast that with planning 3 workouts a week.

Miss 1 or 2 and what do you have? Jack Squat.

You don’t have to set the world on fire every day. In fact, that would be a very bad idea.

Cycle your intensity of workouts. A classic way to do this is to alternate hard and easy days. Follow a hard workout with an easy run.

Support a great charity

Why pay money for a virtual run? I can do this anytime on my own for free.

Let me be blunt. No you won’t.

Once you sign up, you put skin in the game.

Once you state to the world what you are going to do, you have accountability.

I gladly sign up for these events because I know that once I sign up, I am forced to do it.

I like the idea that at the end of the month I will be in better shape and that I am helping a charity.

I will help you

If you sign up for the run and have any training questions, I will be happy to answer them for you.

  • nutrition questions
  • training questions
  • rehab questions

Where else are you going to get this?

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and start the new year off right!

 

More questions? Click here for a post with Q&A. 

Operation Enduring Warrior

In honor of Veterans Day, support our nation’s wounded veterans by participating in the Operation Enduring Warrior virtual 5k/10k/Half Marathon. Run or walk your selected distance whenever and wherever you want to spread awareness and support the cause. All participants will receive a digital race bib and a 4″ bottle opener medal (the ribbon is detachable) in the shape of the charity’s logo, featuring a 3D-molded gas mask in honor of their Masked Athlete Team.

 

The Charity

Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded charity whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. OEW’s programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of wounded veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible. OEW is a 100% volunteer-run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its various programs such as Skydive Licenses, SCUBA Certifications, Athletic events (obstacle course and road/trail races, handcycle races, etc.), Public Speaking, Adventure Trips, Veteran Outreach and more. OEW’s “Warrior Christmas” event is coming up, which facilitates a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to spread encouragement and hand-deliver brimming Christmas stockings to recovering wounded veterans.

https://www.virtualstrides.com/product/operation-enduring-warrior/?ref=40

About the Mask:

OEW’s Masked Athlete Team are specially trained volunteers who support our wounded veterans with the physical and mental adversity of extreme athletic challenges. The MAT spends countless hours preparing and researching ways to successfully assist our wounded veterans in negotiating extreme athletic challenges. Past events have included obstacle course races, hand-cycling, 5k and 10k races, and half/full Marathons.

A portion of the proceeds from this virtual race (at least $5 from each registration) will be donated to Operation Enduring Warrior. For more information about this charity or to make a direct contribution, please visit EnduringWarrior.org.

 

 

M Factor Fitness December Cardio Challenge- The Puppy Rescue Mission Virtual Run

Why not do a virtual run in December and help a great cause?

Puppy Rescue Mission Virtual Race

 

 Accept the challenge and do a virtual run of 5k, 10k Half or Full marathon.

You will get a nice medal and a great sense of self satisfaction.

Are you feeling the extra weight of the holidays already?

Don’t be that person that waits until January to start getting back into shape.

Do it now and help a great cause.

This month will benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission.

The Puppy Rescue Mission (TPRM) assists in pet rescue, foster and re-homing when needed, in particular pets of soldiers, especially those deployed in war zones. The organization assists with requests, logistics, administration and fund-raising for the adopted stray dogs of war, rescued by and bonded with soldiers. This may include vet care, supplies, transport and related issues. TPRM works with or through other organizations that help our soldiers bring their companion animals home from war.
So use the link below and sign up for any race length you want. It is for a great cause.

Click here for info on the Puppy Rescue Virtual Run

The Rules

The rules are simple. Sign up for the race, run it anytime in December and send in your results.

You get a race bib and a medal to show for your efforts.

But you are not done yet….

The difference is we are not going to be satisfied with 1 day. I am asking all my in home and online clients to turn this into a month long challenge.

But since a portion of your sign up fee goes to a great cause, I want to open this up to everyone.

 

Option 1: Pick one of the following or mix it up.

  • Run outside
  • Run on a treadmill
  • Indoor bike
  • Outdoor bike
  • Swim
  • Walk
  • Skip, hop or kangaroo hop

Think about a number of miles you can realistically do this month. Please don’t make the mistake of putting down what you think I want to hear. I want you to be truthful with yourself because this is December and most people are going to find it hard to make time to workout.

Option 2: Pick a number of days you are going to workout

Commit to a number of days you are going to do either a cardio or strength workout.

Let me know your commitment either through email or Facebook, Twitter etc…You know how to get hold of me.

I will be posting my commitment Dec. 1.

P.S. I know this is the holidays. If you are really strapped for cash and can’t afford the $25 sign -up, you can still take part in the challenge.

Wouldn’t it be nice to start the new year with a little momentum.

Do the work, sit back and enjoy your medal with your favorite beverage!

Click here for info on the Puppy Rescue Virtual Run

 

Questions? I have them answered for you. Click here for Fitness Challenge F.A.Q.’s