Introducing Viceathon

devilShaun has a drink problem. Only, the problem is that it’s not his drinking he has a problem with, it’s mine. So, last night, as I came out of the supermarket clutching eight cans of Budweiser (‘that’ll see you through’, he said), Shaun thought up a little challenge for me: ‘For each drink you have, you have to run a mile’.

Usually, I just tell him to shut up if he moans about me drinking but he’s a sneaky little chap, and knows I’m fond of challenges and so I thought about it and said ok, but I’m adding in cycling miles too.

So, this morning, after telling Twitter I had a new challenge for everyone (oh, sorry, did you think I was going to do this on my own?), a little discussion was born between me, Helen, Adele, Rachel and Jo who were all up for it.

I am aware that there are lots of moderate drinkers out there and so 1 pint = 1 mile isn’t going to be much of a challenge for someone who only drinks 2 pints a month so, if (like Adele) you’re more of a cakehead than a pisshead, you can use baked goods. Shaun, who is neither a pisshead nor cakehead, is going to run a mile for every 5 minutes of Peggle (a game on his phone) he plays.

It’s a personal challenge, so you can use whatever you like, e.g. 1 prostitute = 10 miles. (I appreciate that you might not want to write on your blog that you’ve been shagging prostitutes, so if you want to substitute the word ‘prostitute’ for ‘cake’ that’s fine.)

You don’t even have to run or cycle or go to the gym. If you want to walk a mile for every half hour of TV you watch, that’s ok. Unlike the other ‘athons, there’s no need to blog every day, but if you want to share what you’ve been up to, I’ve created a Viceathon Facebook Group.

The challenge starts on Sunday 1 April, so you’ve got a couple of weeks to think about what your vice miles will be. You don’t need to do your miles the next day, you just need a balance of zero by midnight Monday April 30. So, if you’re planning to eat a lot of cakes or go to the pub for six hours on 30 April, make sure you’ve got enough vice miles in the bank to cover it.

My personal challenge is:

1 drink (1 pint/glass of wine) =

1 running mile; or
2 bike miles; or
15 minutes in the gym

If this is too easy, I’ll up the bike miles and gym minutes.

Got it? Cool!

If you’re in, leave a comment below (with what you’ll be doing if you’ve decided yet) and I’ll add you to the list of Viceathoners in the sidebar.

Comments: 24

  1. Emma March 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Yes, I’m up for this. I’ll try going for the same as you; 1 pint/glass of wine = 1 mile.

  2. Adele March 17, 2012 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Well yes, of course I’m in! I will fine tune my challenge, but it will no doubt involve baked goods.

  3. Heather March 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Count me in. Just had my hours cut at work so am attempting to stick to a budget. Not something I’m terribly good at. So I’m thinking a mile for every £1 over budget I go.

    • jogblog March 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm Reply

      Great idea!

    • Adele March 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm Reply

      That’s a really good idea Heather!

  4. Pete March 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm Reply

    I’m in. For every sugary snack (biscuit, choccy bar or can of coke) I’ll aim to run 1 mile, or if I can’t run, due to injury, I’ll cycle 3 (indoor) miles.

  5. Tor March 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm Reply

    Totally. No idea what though! Mabbae “crappy things I watch on the iplayer”.

    Oh god. Hours spent frittering my life away on facebook and other nonsense online stuff.

    1 mile or 15 gym minutes for every 30 mins of crap I watch/30 mins of “online frittery”.

    I might add for every drink 10 lengths too, in the hope it gets me to the swimming pool! Drink like a fish, might as well swim like one.

    • jogblog March 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm Reply

      I was going to use ‘playing on the internet’ too, but I’d be running all day, every day if I did that.

  6. Bryan March 18, 2012 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Ok, go for it… I’m in. I’ve been looking for something to restrain me from having those damn Fox’s Chunkies on an evening. I’ll add 1 mile to my sunday run for every biscuit I have after 5pm until wake-up or is that too easy? Yeah, bugger it! 1 mile for EVERY biscuit I have!

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  8. 7stoneitch March 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm Reply

    I’m definitely up for this. Just need to decide on a vice!

  9. Jules March 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Hmmmm…. not sure how I feel about running as a punishment! Will have to think about this one…..

    • jogblog March 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Oh, it’s not a punishment, it’s just a bit of fun!

  10. Ian Chitson March 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Count me in. Not drinking much due to marathon training so I’ll go with chocolate bars :-)

  11. michael b March 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm Reply

    from what i can see…your biggest drinking problem is that your drinking budweiser. seriously??

  12. Ian (@runningman856) March 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Oh bollocks, here we go again. I’m in! Mon-Thur I’m in bed for 11pm, but I’ve got into the habit of going out at the weekend and waking up with strange people! So, 1 mile = every hour I go AWOL after 11pm. (additional punishment for every strange encounter). This weekend alone I’d be on 22 miles and 2 extra punishments !!!!!!!

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    Count me in as I will be drinking for England after the marathon!

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  19. Cassie April 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm Reply

    FINALLY I HAVE A VICE! Weaselling out of exercise

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