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Summer Speed Challenge: The results, and you are AWESOME 🀩🀩🀩

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
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Heyup!

Here's the final graph, hope it's reasonably clear, if a bit busy! We had a wonderful turnout for the challenge, so there's a lot of blobs and lines up there :)

More details can be viewed on the spreadsheet here:

docs.google.com/spreadsheet...

As previously, I calculated each individual's pace in minutes/km, and from those I derived the weekly change in pace in seconds/km. I generated a graph of those data, as in the screen shot above. I produced a weekly leaderboard, and I also made an overall "best improvement" leaderboard in recognition of the fact that an improvement was not necessarily seen every week - on the main data table I have also indicated in which week these "bests" were achieved. People were running different distances, and I have not attempted to correct the data for this, so do bear that in mind when looking at the results - and to complicate things further we did have some changes of routes within the challenge :) On some days some people ran distances slightly different from those originally stated (e.g. 8.04 km instead of 8), so I corrected their results to reflect this. Additionally, some of you gave me Strava's calculation of best effort as their result.

We had originally 17 people sign up, although 4 never posted results for one reason or another (hope all is going well for those four!). APScotland entered a 5K and a 10K route, so we ended up with 14 challengers in total - 8 5K runs, 4 10K, 1 8K and 1 8-miler (13.32k in the spreadsheet to keep it metric).

Most people got off to a great start, particularly marco83, BLEWI, and Macmac - thanks, guys, for setting the bar high! Some struggled a little at first, but seriously - I have been amazed by how everyone has coped this month because most of you were dealing with some crazy warm temperatures!

Throughout the rest of the challenge people really dug deep and produced some glorious upward trends in their results. My hat is deeply doffed to Tbae, C3PO, and Langley-Loper, and also BLEWI in the first three weeks, for your magnificent improvements through the month. Tbae in particular - you have been so so determined to hit your goal! You can't go wrong with that attitude, well done. Others had more modest (apparently - remember that the results are not strictly comparable), but still great, successes. I know that many of you have really enjoyed the challenge, and it's been a joy to behold.

In Week 4 we saw ju-ju-, APScotland, and comeback-kid misswobble put in some amazing last-ditch attempts - brilliant!

But finally, and I'm sure you can all see it, but what about that runningnearbeirut??? This is a truly magnificent result, and I hope you continue to have fun running faster!!

Well done to 'beirut, and to everyone who took part!! Thank you so much for joining the challenge, it's been a pleasure having you! Sorry I haven't namechecked everyone here, but know that I think that you are all AWESOME!!!

I propose an Autumn Speed Challenge for October, and I hope to see you all there! With the cooler autumn temperatures I am predicting something rather spectacular 🀩

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Tbae
TbaeMetric Marathon

Thank you Abi for all your hard work and fantastic tips during the four weeks.πŸ’₯πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’₯

You are awesome, πŸ’₯ and I hope you do not run out of spreadsheet paper for the autumn speed challenge.πŸ€”πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚.

This has been a lot of fun and learning.πŸ‘πŸ‘ I think there will be a crush in the rush for October.πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

Take care of youπŸ‘

Eye on the prize.πŸ’₯πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’₯

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Tbae

Thanks :) You did good!

Tbae
TbaeMetric Marathon
in reply to roseabi

I don’t think your vertical axis scale of 100 secs/km improvement is going to suffice next time.πŸ€”πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Dream on, πŸ€” and eye on the

prize.πŸ‘

In order to run faster you have first to run fast.πŸ€”

Push that body punish that body.πŸ€”

Love it.πŸ’₯πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’₯

misswobble
misswobbleMarathon
in reply to Tbae

Thanks for that Roseabi. I am seriously impressed by your graph and manipulation of stats. ✊ Awesome job πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒ

Congratulations fellow combatants, and our Woman in Beirut in particular. Great job, well done. Congratulations πŸ₯‚πŸ…

We’re all winners Well done πŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒβ€β™‚οΈπŸ’₯

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to misswobble

Thank you, MW!! xxx

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to misswobble

And yes, we're all winners :)

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Tbae

πŸ˜‚ true, but I will be very happy if I have to keep adjusting that Autumn axis scale :)

Eyes on the slap-up breakfast, that's my mantra πŸ˜‚

Tbae
TbaeMetric Marathon
in reply to roseabi

Just love it. πŸ’₯πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Way to go Abi,not an extra ounce on you neither and with all you tackle it would not even touch the sides.πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

You must go supersonic after all that b/f and carbs.πŸ’₯πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ’₯✨

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

Brilliant, loving that graph..... and well done to runningnearbeirut 😎πŸ’₯πŸ”₯

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to ju-ju-

Thanks Ju! xxx

Lordi
LordiMarathon

Well done to all. I meant to attempt some 10k pbs but the Spain walk/run adventure got in the way.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Lordi

I can think of worse things :)

Macmac
MacmacMarathon

Many thanks again Abi for doing such a great job!! This was really enjoyable and made a change to go for 10k instead of 5k this time. I also liked not having to improve EVERY week, as some weeks you just need to take it easy... Well done to everyone that took part - some brilliant improvements there! I look forward to the next one - in cooler weather too πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ». Mac

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to Macmac

Thanks, Mac! It's going to be great :D

What fiendish fun and what vicarious joy I have had reading it.

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to GoogleMe

Awesome.

C3PO
C3POVirtual HM

It was fun participating with you all! And roseabi’s data was just the thing to help me dig deep.

Thanks for giving me a couple of months to recover before the next challenge!

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to C3PO

Ha ha - it's my pleasure :D

A really late reply as I've not been on here for a month (yes, I've run all of twice, yes I had internet access, and no, I didn't have my password and couldn't be bothered to change it!!).

So, thanks so much to roseabi for setting this up. It made me get up and run rather than just plod.

Looking forward to the next one, but as my base data will be rather higher this time, I will be super impressed with myself if I manage any improvement at all!

Well done to everyone who took part - I'm sure others would have been way better in improvement than I was if they, like me, had been equally lazy in the preceding 6 months and done nothing more than plod around a short route now and then!

Hopefully this has set me back on track in terms of aiming for a target, so thanks again, although, sadly, early indications don't look too promising at the moment!! I must get out there again...

roseabi
roseabiAdministrator
in reply to runningnearbeirut

Thank you, and it was an absolute delight! Looking forward to the next one 😊

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