Does syncing your runs to Strava and doing challenges make you go faster,  further and higher? And what happens when your Garmin packs up?

I managed to do the 3000m Climb Run Challenge for July thanks to being in the mountains for two weeks. But my last hundred or so metres were achieved on 31st July on the South Downs, making it to the 184m  trigpoint on Cissbury. Ring, the second highest hill fort in England. So, woohoo, I uploaded my run on Strava, completed the challenge and was then instructed to go Premium in order to 'unlock' my trophy! Needless to say, the virtual trophy's still in Strava's virtual vault...

Then there's the 3500m Climb Run Challenge for August. Even though I am not in the mountains I figured with a bit of Everesting, as in running up and down the same hill a few times per session, on the South Downs I could do it.  And then my Garmin watch packed up, refusing to hold a charge so I've missed uploading a couple of hill runs and it's game over for August.

 I feel strangely bereft without a watch telling me how far and fast I'm running plus heartrate. It's like going cold turkey as an addict not recording and looking at Strava nearly every day. Mind you, I know certain cyclists who would be shaking wrecks without their regular fix of Strava.

And, also, it feels  surprisingly free! Running without the Garmin on Sunday was a complete Strava detox with no pressure to go faster, further, higher. Just running and enjoying it.  

But charging the Garmin on another computer has worked. So up and running again. We've just been up Highdown Hill and, yup, back to measuring pace, distance and heartrate. And uploaded on Strava.  I think it's too late for the August Challenge but, wah, maybe not. 

Here we go again...


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