Oh yes! It is that magical time of year again.
The month of May is nearly upon us, and with the dawning of a new May comes yet another “5k Every Day in the Month of May” challenge!
Friend, consider yourself to be officially invited to participate.
This year is going to be even bigger and better than last year! I am excited to announce that Jeff Polen Music has partnered together with Vertical Runner of Wooster to make the challenge even more legit, even more exciting, and even more awesomer (totally a word) than the past two years!
[cue thunderclaps and dancing ninjas]
Two years ago (2016), I decided to run at least a 5k every day in the month of May. It was thrilling and fulfilling. When I started, I had no idea how helpful running would be to me on an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual level, but it became such an important part of my sanity and well-being.
I would say that running was my savior, but that’s not true. Jesus is my savior, and in His mercy and grace He used running in my life to help me through a very difficult season.
Last year (2017), I decided to do it again! In fact, I personally never stopped. I ended up running at least a 5k every day for 399 days in a row (before trading out my 5k regimen for full marathon training).
A little over a dozen people joined me for the 5k Every Day in the Month of May challenge in 2017, and it was awesome to know that others were making the journey with me. I also added 3 chapters per day of Bible reading to the challenge, though that part was optional for the people who were joining me.
At the end of the challenge, we gave away 16 “5k Every Day in the Month of May 2017” T-shirts to the people who completed the running / walking portion, and 11 copies of my book, “The Greatest Sacrifice“, to the people who also completed the daily Bible reading portion of the challenge.
This year I am inviting even more people to join me on the 5k Every Day in the Month of May journey.
How can you do that? It’s simple (not easy, but simple).
1. Commit to running / walking at least 3.1 miles (5k) each day in May. I will personally be running at least 3.1 miles each day and will be making some of those runs public, which means that you can physically join me! But whether you run with me or not, the commitment is to run / walk at least 3.1 miles every day in May.
2. This year I am continuing the second element of the challenge! Along with running / walking 3.1 miles every day in May, I will also be reading 3 chapters of scripture every day. I will start on May 1 with Matthew 1 and will read 3 chapters every day, getting all the way to Acts 4 by the end of the month. I will be blogging each day about my run, as well as sharing what God is teaching me (either through the run or through the scripture reading, or both). I am inviting you to join me! The challenge is to read at least 3 chapters of scripture every day as we walk our way through the Gospels and into the book of Acts.
3. Interact with the daily blog!! To let me know that you are tracking with me, check in each day on the blog (posted at www.jeffpolen.com) to let me know how your 5k went and / or what God was teaching you through the daily Bible reading.
4. Claim your awesome prize!! Anyone who completes the 5k portion of the challenge will get a pretty cool T-shirt saying that they survived the “5k Every Day in the Month of May” challenge! Anyone who completes the scripture reading portion will receive an electronic copy of my book, “The Greatest Sacrifice“.
Be sure to register before May 1 so you can be sure to hit the ground running (do you see what I did there?). You can register for FREE right here: REGISTRATION
This year we are all official and stuff! In fact, Vertical Runner of Wooster may even throw in a discount for 5k Every Day in the Month of May participants, so you can get hooked up with some great new gear to help you conquer the challenge.
Let’s do this! The challenge has officially been issued and you are officially invited. Get registered, take the next few days to get mentally prepared, and let the month of May begin!