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“Virtual Races” : We had these before 2020, I think . . . .
In the early months of 2020, when everything was ‘regular and normal,’ I was training for a half marathon PR. Everything was clicking along: I was coaching other runners and getting my own runs in on the side. I was juggling teaching and life and training, and things were going well. Race day was set for Sunday, March 15, 2020.
On Thursday, March 12, the reality of the pandemic set in. My race announced they were canceling, along with thousands of other events around the world.
Like the rest of the world, I think I was in shock for a few days (or weeks. or months. currently still . . . ). But I made up my mind within a few hours: I wasn’t going to let the training and fitness go to waste. What did I have to lose? I was going out to the course to complete my ‘race’ that Sunday morning, real race or not.
I went a little later than the actual race would have started, because it was chilly. And because I COULD. You see, with a virtual race (although on March 15, we weren’t calling them that, yet), YOU call the shots.
I warmed up, then set off on the half marathon course. Others were out there, doing the same thing. Some had people out there to support them. Some, like me, were getting it done on their own. I ran hard that morning, from start line to finish line, and I got the PR I was looking for. Along the way, I saw some friends as well as the actual race director, out there running his course on a day that was probably making him feel a little sad because of the decision he had had to make.
I learned a lot about the mental side of running that day. I learned I didn’t need the adrenaline of cheering crowds or other runners around me to accomplish goals.
I also learned what a virtual race is and how you can use them to celebrate your training.
When I got the opportunity to run the DC Wonder Woman Run Series Virtual Run, I was excited to take part in it.
The SWAG that you receive is awesome, definitely a great way to reward yourself for your training and your efforts.
Why else would you run a virtual race?
If I haven’t convinced you enough with my half marathon tale, let me make a list for you here:
*Motivation to get out the door
*Something to put on your calendar and look forward to
*You pick the course!
*You pick the distance!
*You pick the time of day!
*You pick the weather!
*You pick the aid station hydration and nutrition
*You get to decide where the aid stations are
*You get to pick the post-race snacks
*You can recruit your friends and family to cheer for you and to support you
*You can make it into a party
*You can make it into a hard challenge–keep it on the down low, give it your all, see what you’ve got. You’ve got nothing to lose and no one has to know if it doesn’t turn out the way you want it.
*You choose whether or not to upload your results
*You can pick a race that supports a charity you believe in
*You can pick a local race that you love and want to support–they are quite possibly struggling financially right now
*If you do have a great race time, you can proudly post those results. Some virtual races are even being recognized by the race statistics site Athlinks.
*You can get into races that are typically hard to get into: the New York City Marathon and the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon, to name a few. And you don’t have to spend money on travel!
Why is the DC Wonder Woman 5K/10K so attractive?
*The swag! Who doesn’t love a great super hero? Who doesn’t love a bad ass female super hero?! The swag that you receive for doing this race makes you feel like a kid again, dressing up in bright red and blue super hero hat, half zip running shirt, and wrist bands to complete the look.
Check out all of my running buddies who got on board and did this race.
I had intended to use this as a 10K training race a few weeks out from my fall marathon. Which is very fitting now, as my fall marathon, The Marine Corps Marathon, has also gone virtual! I decided to up the ante and tack on 4 more miles after a 10K to complete a 10 Mile race. It’s been a while since I’ve raced this distance, and I felt I had it in me to knock out a sizeable PR since the last time I raced the distance.
You have not missed your chance to take part in this race!
Visit https://dcwonderwomanrun.com/ to register.
More of a Batman or Batwoman type of runner?
Visit https://dcbatmanrun.com/virtual/ to check out that virtual race!