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On August 20th, I ran my race for the NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k. The race window was August 16th-25th, so I had the opportunity to decide what date I wanted to do my virtual race. I run 3x a week, with Tuesday morning’s being a 5k with my group, so it worked out well to run it on the 20th.
With the NYRR Virtual Series with Strava, you have to either run the app during your run, or have your Garmin connected to automatically upload your data to your Strava account. Since my Garmin has issues sending runs to my Strava, I opted to just do a live tracking with the app that morning.
The day I chose to run the 5k ended up being a “hill run” day for training. This meant it was a bit tougher of a run for me. While we don’t have many hills in Florida, we do have areas we use for hill training that are probably more like inclines. When you don’t train on hills enough, even those can feel hard!
I ran the 5k in 42:32, which was an average pace of 13:32/mi. Not my best 5k, but also not my worst. Honestly, I wasn’t setting out to “race,” even though the NYRR Virtual World Championship 5k was a race. I just did my best, and I’m good with my end result. If it wasn’t our hill run day, I know I could have done a bit better anyway. 🙂
Running the virtual races are a great motivator as I train for my half marathons in the Fall. I also love NYRR, so anything I can do virtually from down here in Florida is nice. I’m a New York girl living in the Sunshine State!
NYRR and Strava have more virtual races coming, so be sure to keep an eye out! Some are free like this one was, others have a small fee. You can even qualify to run an actual half or full marathon in NYC through their virtual series program. Find out more on the NYRR website.