Disclaimer: I received an entry to the Virtual Carmel Marathon 10k to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
I actually ran my virtual 10k on July 18th. Was hoping my medal and shirt would arrive before my recap, but they haven’t yet. Once they do, I will post them on my Instagram account.
The Carmel Marathon weekend takes place in Carmel, Indiana during March or April each year. Because of the pandemic, the actual race was postponed until October, while offering virtual options as well. With the virtual options opening up in April, I was given the opportunity to be a part of the Carmel Marathon weekend virtually.
When I headed out for my run on July 18th, I had planned to complete my Carmel 10k distance. I ended up going further, running 8 miles that morning with some running friends (while practicing socially distancing). It’s hot and humid this time of year in Central Florida, so I knew it would be warm. If only I ran the 10k back in late April or May! 🙂
I enjoyed a nice, beautiful morning run despite the heat. We ran in Baldwin Park, which is a great neighborhood to run in locally. Watching the sun come up is always a highlight of a early morning run for me, and this run didn’t disappoint in that.
Since this was a training run (with the added virtual race fun), the pace was pretty conservative. Every mile was under 15 minutes. Pace average was 14:44 minute miles, which was good with temps in the 80s (not even sure what the real feel was that morning, but I’m sure much hotter). This pace range 14ish minute miles is my happy place lately in this summer heat.
This run was a fun one for me, as I did some video for vlogging through the miles. I put together a video and it’s up on my YouTube channel. I like finding new things to keep me going during a run, and taking pictures and now video are two things I enjoy.
After the run, I still felt good, just hot and a bit tired. On my way home, I grabbed my breakfast reward, an acai bowl from my my favorite local juice bar. Nothing like an ice cold acai bowl or smoothie after a hot run! It’s something I enjoy, that’s for sure. 🙂
You can still register for the virtual Carmel Marathon race distances on the race website. Use discount code “BIBRAVE5” for $5 off!