I’ve been a runner for a long time – 7th grade to be somewhat precise. I can’t even count the number of 5ks I have run over the years between middle school, high school, college and after college. So many races. In 2007, I was bit by the marathon bug (and I got over the full marathon distance in 2012 with my 5th – and what I believe is my final – marathon.) I’ve run 5ks, 10ks, 15ks, half marathons and full marathons.
A year or two ago I ran my first virtual race. I’ve done 10ks and most recently I ran a virtual 5k. I sign up for these races through Shrinking Jeans and I love them because they allow for so much flexibility in timing. I can’t always run a race at 8 a.m. on Saturday, but if I pay for a registration, I will find the time to run on Saturday or Sunday.
So if you’re looking to run/walk a virtual race, here are a few tips:
1. Commit to training! Cross training works, but getting a run/walk in a couple of times a week is important. (The beauty of the virtual race is it can be run or walked!)
2. Plan out your route well in advance of race day. And plan out a back-up route. I have a regular running route that is great, unless I’m limited on time and can’t go too far away from my house. Then my back-up route is in my neighborhood.
3. Find a friend to run with you. Running (I believe) is more fun with friends. Even if they aren’t signed up for the race, you can still run with them.
4. Schedule your run. It can be 8 a.m. or 8 p.m., outside or on a treadmill. Make sure you schedule the time so you get it done.
5. Enjoy yourself! I think running and walking can be so fun, and races can be a great time for me (or they can be torture.) Don’t let this race be torture.
Have you ever run a virtual race?