Running isn’t cancelled, its just a bit different right now. With racing not being an option just yet, are you still training for Fall races? Has your running changed?
For me, I am still running a good base each week, keeping up my long runs on Saturdays. I like to keep a base of 6 to 8 miles, and I’ve been able to do that. It is difficult to run longer distances as the weather warms up. That said, having trained for marathons through the Florida summer months, it can be done.
Virtual races have added some fun and motivation to my running lately. I’m not big on virtual races typically, but with actual races being cancelled until who-knows-when, I feel like they are a nice option. Some offer fun swag like medals (runners love their bling), and goodie bags. I’ve been able to take part in a few lately as a BibRavePro. I love being able to be a part of a race that I may not have been able to run otherwise.
If paying for a virtual race isn’t in the budget (or your thing), there are a number of free options out there as well. Strava offers many challenges, Facebook running communities are offering free virtual races, and some virtual events are offering runners the ability to choose a basic option to run for free.
What I do love about the virtual races in addition to the extra motivation, is that some of the races benefit charities and support races that may not be able to survive this pandemic without some sort of races. I’m happy to support great races any way that I can.
I’ve got two virtual race events coming up next month. I will be doing the Hospital Hill Run 10k on June 6th and Carmel Marathon 10k on June 14th. Both races have great virtual race options. You can run a 5k, 10k, or half marathon. I love the 10k distance generally, so doing that in my backyard works out great for me.
I’d love to invite you to join me in running the Hospital Hill Run on June 6th. The Hospital Hill Run offers a virtual 5k, 10k, and half marathon. Check out the swag, it’s pretty nice great! I can’t wait to get the finisher shirt. You can register here. Use discount code BIBRAVE1 to save 15% off. You actually have until the end of June to complete your chosen race distance.
On the day you decide to run your virtual race, I love to get my flat runner laid out, and sort of treat it like a night before race day thing. Then, I wake up, get dressed and gather my gear and out the door I go! Choosing a fun new route is a good way to mix things up too, that’s sort of what I did when I ran my Hot Chocolate 15k earlier this month. A friend and I chose a trail that we love, but don’t get to run on often enough. It made the morning more fun. I also love taking some pictures along the way. Document the run photographically, and if you are able to safely run with friends, have them join in with you. Hopefully, they signed up for the virtual race too. 😉
After running my virtual races, I make sure to post about it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Most races have hashtags they’d love you to use, so it’s the perfect time to share and be a part of the racing community that way. Search for the hashtags and like other runners photos, and see how they ran their virtual event. I’ve also made friends on social channels because of a shared love of running a race.
Beyond running virtual race events, I hope everyone is able to keep their training up and going. Actual races may not be scheduled right now, but they WILL return. We need to be ready for that. Also, running is just awesome and makes you feel good! There’s nothing like getting out for a good run.