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I recently finished a Runbet that I was doing from October 1 – October 28. I am happy to say that I won the Runbet! If you had told me that I was going to participate in a Runbet in October of this year where I had to run 21 times, I would have laughed in your face. I am not a runner and I don’t really enjoy running for an extensive period of time. However I did it and I crossed the finish line!
There were 500 of us in the beginning and 2 had to drop out initially due to health reasons so it ended up being 498. As each week passed by more people started to drop out and it encouraged me to run even more. The Run Bet that I did included 21 runs with 7 rest days, the runs increasing in length each time. You had to run .5miles (.8km) 3 times, then 1 mile (1.6km) 6 times, then 1.5 miles (2.4km) 6 times and finally 2 miles (3.2km) 6 times. You could do all of the running days right away or space it out and use some of your rest days so that it wouldn’t be too difficult.
Initially the small runs were fun and were actually great to do in balmy fall weather. I plugged all of the runs in my calendar so that I knew which days would be rest days, which would be run days and the length of them. As the runs began to get longer it became more of a challenge, but I stuck it out. I was pushing myself to do something that I never thought I would enjoy and I was getting a work out.
I joined a few days late so I used up all of my rest days too soon. I would look forward to each day with a purpose knowing that I had to do a run that day, no matter how unmotivated I was, no matter how cold or crappy the weather got. As it got closer to the middle of October we started to see more rainy weather and colder days which are not fun to run in at all. It was also not a great motivator knowing that it was cold, wet or windy outside.
You might ask why I didn’t do any of my runs inside on a treadmill? The answer to that is that I didn’t have access to one or a gym membership so I did everything outside. I made sure that my phone was charged each day as it needed to use the Runkeeper app and my GPS which drains the battery quite fast.
I almost lost the Runbet! There was a day where we had no power and my phone wasn’t charged at all ( I didn’t charge it at work as I thought I could charge it at home). I got home and there was no power and no way for me to charge my phone and do my run before time ran out. However by the time my husband got home, we put our son to bed, and then I dug out a spare battery/flashlight combo charge and charged my phone enough to use the app and go for my run. I did my run that night at 10pm and despite everything I am glad that I found a way to do the run and not get eliminated.
It wouldn’t have been a big deal if I had lost that day, but I wanted to push myself with only a few days left in the challenge.
3 Way To Win a Run Bet
- Add all of your runs to your calendar and add a time that you know you will be able to do it each day (plus or minus an hour). By doing this, I knew what days I would be running and what days I would be resting so there was no guessing involved.
- Get involved with the community in the game that you are participating. It was great to chat with a few people in the forum, encouraging each other, letting them know about your struggles and getting encouragement.
- Celebrate the little wins. After each run I would take a screen shot of my runs and post it to the group. I could also see in the Runkeeper app how much faster I was getting after doing a few runs of the same distance. It was really motivating to see that most of the time I was getting better, running faster and challenging myself to do better.
How much money did I make?
Money put in : $30USD
Money won: 35.88 USD ($30 from original bet and $5.88 for completing the challenge)
$5.88 isn’t really a lot of money when you think about it but it is the process of doing and completing the challenge that is worth it. There is a great support community out there waiting to help you out and motivate you when you might have given up. This runbet made me be really consistent in my days. I knew that as soon as I got home or depending on the day, when my son went to bed, I would go for a run. No excuses, no whining, just doing. I got a lot of endorphins throughout my runs and they were such a great stress reliever, proving that I need to exercise more in order to feel better. Would I do it again? Yes I would but I am going to wait until spring time when the weather is warmer.
Next on my list: Participate in a Diet Bet to help with my overall body weight. The way that I look at it, all of these ‘bets’ are great stepping stones to coming out of a rut and being more active. I am a person that really likes numbers when it comes to certain areas in my life. Health is one of them. I’ll start with losing the unnecessary weight, and then shift my lifestyle to maintain an overall healthy weight so that I can feel better and do more active things.
Have you ever done a Run Bet or any of the other bets by Waybetter? Which one was your favorite? Did you win or lose?