Wednesday, March 16, 2016

February 2016 Monthly Challenge!

February 1, 2016 ~ Well it's a new month and after taking January by the horns it's time to do the same with February! I signed up for a different monthly challenge this time. For this one there is no medal but there is dedication, passion and giving back. By signing up for this challenge it directly impacts a healthier lifestyle and supports our troops. http://taji100.com/

Mission Statement

The mission of Taji 100 is to encourage health and fitness by promoting an active lifestyle. Working collaboratively with the members and businesses of our communities, we offer products, education, resources, and services though a peer-supportive network. While encouraging, motivating, and inspiring healthier Americans, we simultaneously raise awareness and support for American military service men and women by collecting donations for military related non-profit charity organizations.

Camp Taji, Iraq
THE FIRST TAJI 100 was held at former Camp Taji, in Al Taji, Iraq, in February of 2010. The once-thriving American military base was located in a rural region approximately 20 miles north of Baghdad. During the Saddam years,the camp was an Iraqi Republican Guard base central to the production of chemical weapons. Camp Taji was heavily bombed during Operation Desert Fox, and came under American control in 2003. The last of our U.S. troops withdrew from the base in 2011. Captain Carole DiPardo, 211th Military Police Battalion, created the friendly competition for her fellow troops in Camp Taji with a simple goal: Run 100 miles during the month of February. Although DiPardo originally established the challenge to promote cardiovascular health and fitness, the run was also instrumental in helping stationed U.S. service members relieve stress and boredom during what were often long and tedious deployments. 
With nearly 300 registered runners and walkers its first year, the inaugural Taji 100 was a huge success.


Paul Fukuma, President and Chairman of Taji 100, was a participant in the first race while serving as a US Army Combat Medic in Taji, and has competed in 5Ks, 10Ks, and half-marathons ever since. To help others follow through with their New Year’s health and fitness resolutions, he organized the first stateside Taji 100 in 2011. Fukuma says, “I see most people’s New Year’s Resolution motivation start to fade after only a month. This competition will help to keep those fitness promises and hopefully get people over that slump in motivation.” 

So this month I have taken the pledge, along with my friend and motivator Jacki Swank to walk/run/jog at least 100 miles for the month of February and here's the proof that I not only stuck to my goal but exceeded it! (Hey every little bit counts right!?!?!)

February 1, 2016
"Freedom Run 5k"
3.10 miles
February 2, 2016
3.10 miles
February 3, 2016
3.11 miles
February 4, 2016
3.10 miles
February 5, 2016
3.30 miles
February 6, 2016
3.10 miles
February 7, 2016
5.00 miles
February 8, 2016
4.00 miles
February 9, 2016
Mardi Gras 5k
3.76 miles
February 10, 2016
6.00 miles
February 11, 2016
4.00 miles
February 11, 2016
2.00 miles
February 12, 2016
"Owl You Need Is Love 5k" and "Cupid's Arrow 5k"
6.20 miles
February 13, 2016
"Run For Love 5k"
3.10 miles
February 14, 2016
"Love 2 Run... 2.14 miles"
2.16 miles
February 15, 2016
3.35 miles
February 16, 2016
4.25 miles
February 17, 2016
4.00 miles
February 18, 2016
3.10 miles
February 19, 2016
3.15 miles
February 20, 2016
6.10 miles
February 21, 2016
2.00 miles
February 22, 2016
3.15 miles
February 23, 2016
4.00 miles
February 24, 2016
3.10 miles
February 25, 2016
6.20 miles
February 25, 2016
2.57 miles
*100 mile challenge is officially complete!*
February 26, 2016
4.00 miles
February 27, 2016
2.00 miles
February 28, 2016
3.40 miles
February 28, 2016
5.00 miles
February 29, 2016
3.10 miles
February 29, 2016
2.29 miles



Love this quote!

Total of  119.79 miles for February 2016! 
(19.79 miles above my 100 mile goal... Sa-weet!)

I also want to see how close I can get to the 2,016 miles by adding up my total daily Fitbit miles. So each day I have wrote down how many total miles I get in the course of a day and write it at the top of each day in my Day Planner.... For the month of February my total Fitbit miles are 170.74 miles! (Now I realize that you don't count total Fitbit miles and just the miles you actually make time to walk/jog/run. Not too shabby since you would need 168 miles per month to complete the 2,016 mile yearly challenge! I'm telling you... having a Fitbit and thinking about the walking/jogging/running that you do when you think about exercise will increase your distance for sure! Now let's see what we can do in March for our monthly challenge!

2,016 Miles:
January: 151.03
February: 170.74




 When I signed up for this challenge I didn't know there would be a finisher medal available once you completed the 100 miles. You can imagine how excited I was to get mine in the mail! What a great challenge and a great reminder of those men and women who protect our freedoms every single day.... THANK YOU!

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