Oops, I did it again (and I don't regret it).
Since last year's inaugural Week of Pi was so successful, it was a given that it would happen again. After all, not everyone is blessed with a birthday that falls on the National Pi Day. That right there is a recipe for celebrating!
The thing is, I'm not only a runner, but also a bit of a numbers nerd. Most of us have probably played the game of runners' math (calculating how far one has run vs. how much further remains). I have also done many tribute runs, where I base my mileage off of a significant date or number. Call me weird, but I like to mix things up and not do the same-old-same-old repeatedly.
For many years, I have done such a tribute run on my birthday. A 3.14-mile run is short enough that it can fit into most any day (or night). It's also long enough that it feels like a substantial workout, regardless of how fast, or slow, it's run.
In 2020, March 14th landed on a Saturday, giving me an entire calendar week to have some fun. Thus, the Week of Pi was born. And, just last week, it happened again.
Here's what went down this time around...
So, I did it! Another Week of Pi, done and dusted. I can really see myself doing this, for many years to come. After all, it's my birthday and I'll Pi if I want to. If you're interested, here's what happened last year (HERE).
***I got really lucky with the weather. As mentioned, my treadmill was out of commission, so it was the outdoors or it wasn't happening. Thankfully, the temps were pleasant (though the wind was a little testy). I was even able to wear shorts for almost all of my runs! That's a total score this time of year in the Midwest.
***To keep things interesting, I purposely ran a different route each day. I didn't care about finish times, so it didn't matter if the routes varied in terms of hills, sharp corner turns, or traffic.
***Even though my routes changed on the daily, and my energy level wasn't always at 100%, all of these runs had very similar finish times. I didn't glance at my Garmin while running, so the finish times were always a surprise (even when some runs felt much harder than others).
***In addition to the daily 3.14-mile runs, I also added a few other fitness options to keep it interesting. It turns out that 3.14 kilometers is equal to 1.95 miles...so that distance was walked a few times. I also took Gustavas (my mountain bike) out for his first 2021 ride, to the tune of 3.14 miles.
***Lastly, I was blessed many times over with endless support, encouragement and camaraderie from numerous runner friends. Several ran one day of the Challenge. Many ran 3.14 miles on my actual birthday (March 14th, National Pi Day). Some opted to run 3.14 miles several times, and some even ran or walked with me every day of the week. WOW.
Consider yourselves warned, this will be an annual endeavor from here on out. I'm always up for a challenge, and this one fits the bill with perfection.
Have you ever taken on a challenge, such as this? Do you do a tribute run, to honor your birthday? Care to Pi with me next year?