Happy Tuesday everyone!
As many of you know by now, I like to race...a lot. Last year, I ran 15 races, and this year my goal is to run 20. I like to use races as training runs, as practice for larger races, or as a goal race. I love running races of all lengths- from a 5k to a full marathon and everything in between, and on every surface possible- tracks, trails, roads. One type of race that I've never done, though, is a VIRTUAL race!
To be honest, I never heard of virtual races until last year. I figured for it to be called a "race", other people had to be involved and there had to be a set time and place. Lately, though, virtual races are the next big thing and I can understand why!
There are so many reasons why virtual races are a great idea, and why I decided to run my first one this month:
- You can select your own course. When you're running a race, you might not be running in your ideal location. While I prefer hills and running near water, other people prefer a pancake flat race on main roads. Someone else might do better on trails winding through a countryside. With a virtual race, you can choose where you run to help you do your best!
- There are no big crowds to deal with. Some people like huge crowds at races, but there's also a lot of hassle that goes along with that. Think about how much time is spent looking for parking, waiting for a porta john, and standing around in a corral waiting for the starting gun to go off. Then, you start to run and have to dodge people and waste precious time and energy zig-zagging all over the road! Now, you can just pick your place, not worry about parking or getting to the starting line on time, and use a real bathroom.
- You can carry anything you want! Most races have strict restrictions now about headphones, backpacks, etc. With a virtual race, you make the rules! Heck- you can have a pacer with you or push a stroller! In fact, some virtual races even allow you to run on a treadmill. Pretty awesome if you ask me.
- Pick your own date! I like to do my races and long runs on Sundays, but other people like Saturdays. Heck- some people even like doing their hard runs during the week, but where can you find a race that allows the option to pick a day?! And how many times do you wish that you could move the day of a race because race day is rainy or 20 degrees warmer. With virtual races, most of the time you can complete the race any day within a certain period.
Have I convinced you to do a virtual race yet? Are you itching to run one this month? I was recently contacted by Level Up Virtual Runs to participate in their April Incredible Virtual Run! I'm not being paid to participate or write this post, but I am getting free entry into the race. If you're also interested in participating, you can use the code SAVE10 to save 10% off your entry (sign up here!). There's a 5k, 10k and half marathon, so there's something for everyone! Here's what the awesome medal looks like:
Have you ever run a virtual race?
What is your ideal race (distance, time of day, course?)
Who else is doing this race?!
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