This week wraps up my 4 week challenge with RunBet. Thought I would share a little bit about how RunBet works and my experience participating over the last 4 weeks. I roped a few of my running friends into joining me because everything is better with friends. Especially running.
RunBet? You Bet!
RunBet is basically an app based game (free app) that encourages you to run (or walk) consistently. Each game has it’s own rules on how many runs per week are required and for how long (ie. 30 min). You can choose a game that fits your current lifestyle or fitness level. Games start each week and vary in length from four to six to 8 weeks.
My game required 4 runs per week with a 30 minute or more duration at under an 18 minute per mile pace for 4 weeks. Because I normally run 3 days per week, I would be walking the 4th run. As long as my walk was under an 18 minute mile it would count.
What’s the bet part?
At the start of each game, each player has to “bet” a set amount on themselves. My game had a $50 bet. As long as you complete the required number of runs per week, you get all of your money back. If someone else in your game drops out, their original $50 is split between the remaining players. Well, I am no quitter so this sounded like a fantastic January challenge for me.
How do I play?
- Download the RunBet app and find a game that fits your schedule and frequency of runs and or walks.
- Bet on yourself to achieve the given number of runs required each week.
- Run on a treadmill or outdoors (runs must sync from Garmin, Strava or Runkeeper directly to RunBet to count). Treadmill runs can be uploaded manually if you follow the exact instructions for doing so.
- Hit all your goals in the required amount of time and you win your own money back.
Once your game starts, you will see a game board with all of the current players. You can how many runs the others have done and where you fall in the game. It does not matter how many miles you run or how fast you run. It’s not about pace or distance only meeting the required number of runs. So far, all the players in my game are still “in the game”.
Overall thoughts on RunBet
Getting out for the 3 required runs is usually a no brainer for me. This month did pose a few weather challenges but I was really motivated to get out there and get it done. Having 3 friends in my game made things so much more fun. We also began walking together for our 4th “run”. Walking outside for 3-4 miles on cold January days is not something that I would have done on my own had it not been for the challenge. Some weeks we even ended up walking twice. I have come to really enjoy the afternoon walks and I plan to keep them up after the challenge ends this weekend.
I found RunBet very user friendly and easy to navigate and I plan to reinvest my bet in another game next week and keep it up! Thanks to Janice (Salads 4 lunch) for inviting me to join.
Have you tried RunBet or StepBet? What was your experience?