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Per minute, running is the second best way to burn calories after cross-country skiing. There's nothing better to achieve long-term fitness than establishing a regular running schedule. A lot of people start off with the occasional 5k or 10k, but keeping up the routine in the long term is the hard part. Taking this challenge will ensure you turn your newfound hobby into a lifetime habit.

To break it down, 1000km in a year is the equivalent of approximately:

83km per month
19km per week
2.7km per day

A suggested routine would be to aim for the weekly target of 19km, which can be achieved by two 5km runs, and a longer 9km run each week. Of course the breakdown is completely up to you. If you are new to running, start by aiming for about 10km per week, then you can make up the distance in the later months as you build up your stamina.

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“it's been a great year for running. I have trained hard for long distance running and endurance and have managed to complete nearly 2000 km since January 2013. I started with my regular 10km run 3-4 X/wk, then gradually increased my distance over the subsequent weeks leading up to my marathon run, that I successfully completed. It takes a lot of endurance and patience, but some good upbeat tunes on the course, along with familiar faces, was quite uplifting.”

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Mark H Run 1000km in 1 year Challenge

Contributorbronze Mark H Keeping this one for 2015... if I'm sober enough my plan is to do at least 5km on New Year's day. Will try and complete it in 8 months rather than the whole 12... not too ambitious I hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5th March 2011