Recently, I took on an annual endeavor-of-sorts, for the third time...the Week of Pi Challenge.
This quirky challenge coincided with the quirky National Pi Day, March 14th. For those not in the loop, the number pi is a mathematical "constant," used in physics and various fields of math. In short, it is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter (you're welcome). Approximately equal to 3.14, it's only natural that March 14th would be the perfect "National Day" to pay honor to it.
March 14th is also my birthday, and I am (and have always been) a bit of a math geek. How's that for a perfect coincidence?
For starters, this third installment of Pi Week, didn't have an ideal calendar placement. In 2020, when I first got the idea to do a week of 3.14-mile runs, Day-1 was on a Sunday, meaning Day-7 fell on a Saturday. A picture-perfect week! Last year, Day-1 was on a Monday, so the Pi Week still ended on the weekend. Not a bad scenario either.
Enter 2022, and Pi Day (March 14th) falling on a Monday...well that threw my planning into a mini tailspin. Do I begin the Week of Pi on the weekend prior (then I'd either have to add a bonus day or end the week on the 13th, Pi Day Eve)? Nope, that didn't appeal to me.
Or, do I go with the seven day plan, as in previous years, and start on March 8th and end the challenge on March 14th? I'm pretty good at going with the flow, but this did feel a bit awkward starting (and ending) on an odd day (rather than a weekend day).
Given the fact that 3.14 is an odd distance, though, I reasoned that it would be in near-perfect sync with the oddball "week." Alas, Pi Week 2022 commenced on a Tuesday and concluded on a Monday.
Here are the happenings and highlights:
All in all, this third installment of my annual Week of Pi ritual went well. Admittedly, I was feeling a bit fatigued in the final days of this challenge, though. I attribute much of that to the Saturday morning race, but I don't typically run eight days in a row (I don't take many full rest days, but I do scale-back the leg work a few days each week). While I kept the cycling to a minimum, and skipped lower-body strength work, my legs were ready for a break in action the day after the grand finale.
A crucial factor, that aided in the success of this challenge, was the weather. Even though the temps were quite chilly, I also had plenty of sunshine all week. I didn't have any precipitation to deal with, and that's always a good thing!
And, as in years past, I had a slew of Pi Pals who took part in the festivities. Some ran just one day, others ran several, and many others walked the Pi distance throughout the week. There's so much strength in numbers, and we all know the running community is wonderful for encouragement and support. Thank you, EVERYONE!!
So that's a wrap! Another Week of Pi is in the bank, and I'm ready for the next challenge to come my way.