So a little over a month ago, I signed up for a virtual race. My first virtual race. And it was a 10k. I signed up to use it as a goal race for the end of the month. I needed something to keep me motivated after my half marathon. (I always take a break after a race and it’s hard for me to get back into it!)
After I signed up for the race, I realized that it was going to be tougher to get a race in on Sunday. My husband is out of town and my mom was already watching the toddler on Friday and Saturday. I also needed to really spend time with the toddler. So I made the executive decision to run my race in Atlanta.
Here are a few photos from my run. (I grabbed the Fit Card from my hotel, and it outlined a 5-mile route. Once I hit the park, there were loops that I could run and add mileage.)
The downside to running in Atlanta? The traffic. And the stoplights. I was stopped for about 5 minutes at one light. It happens, and I’m not mad at my time, even though it was on the slower side for me.
I actually REALLY enjoyed running this virtual race. So much that I can’t wait to sign up for another!
The perks to running a virtual race:
Run when you have the time. You don’t have to be at a start line across town at 6 a.m.
Choose your own course (in my case, I chose downtown Atlanta!)
There is usually a cute shirt involved. And/or a cool medal. I’ve never received a medal for a 10k….until now! (I’ve only ever received them for half and full marathons.) Of course, I don’t have a photo at the moment, but hopefully I’ll add one later.
Run solo or run with your friends.
You can also walk. There are walking options.
Strollers are also allowed. 😉 I haven’t found many races that will allow my jogging stroller.
Need to change the date? Sunday morning doesn’t work for you? It’s ok! You won’t lose your registration fee.
Have you ever considered running/walking a virtual race?