The DC Wonder Woman Virtual 10K & 5K: What’s the deal with virtual racing, anyway?

“Disclaimer: I received an entry into the DC Wonder Woman Virtual 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!”

“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.

Jessica may be my running friend who plans and wears the best, most elaborate outfits! She also has a family who provided support at her finish line.
Stacy, Pragya, Michelle, Peggy, Theresa, and Val did their race in bright reds and blues, wearing the Wonder Woman running hat that came in the swag bag.
Amy and Jolene wore matching red shirts with their Wonder Woman arm bands as they raced around downtown Raleigh.
Hillary has been using virtual races as motivation during the past few months . . . I’ve lost count of how many she’s done!
Clair and Maddie post-race, sporting the medal and hat.
My virtual Wonder Woman race day

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!

MetCon START Pre-Training Formula

Disclaimer: I received a pack of MetCon® START 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!

MetCon START is a pre-workout supplement. Its maker, MetCon Nutrition, claims that it is focused on increasing your muscular endurance and nitric oxide production.

Their website claims that it has as much caffeine as two cups of coffee. The caffeine source is green coffee bean.

My main sport is running, but I have not used this as part of my running routine. While MetCon START does contain electrolytes, I use a product before and while running that contains more than twice the amount of electrolytes per serving that MetCon START has.

At this point, I have tried MetCon START before several strength training workouts.  

The flavor is very good. It has a light fruit flavor, edging on a tropical mixed fruit taste. It’s light yellow in color, which makes me happy to see it’s not loaded with artificial colors or loads of sugar. It’s sweetened with stevia.

A slight negative for me took place during the first workout that I used MetCon START. I was taken off guard by the tingling that I felt. At first, I thought I was getting sunburned by the late morning North Carolina sun, since I started my workout outdoors. However, I remembered that feeling from several months ago, when I tried taking Beta Alanine to supplement a track workout.  That feeling didn’t sit very well with me, so after two attempts at using Beta Alanine, I decided to discontinue use.  Here it was again in this pre-workout supplement.

However, I did read on MetCon’s blog on their website, that if you experienced this type of effect or a strong reaction to the caffeine, that you should start with a half serving and build from there.

So, I did go to a half serving the second time that I used it, and I did not experience the tingling side effect. I am a petite, 5’3” woman, and I think a full serving is just too much for my size. A half serving seems to work well for me.

I have felt like I have had some extra energy during the workouts in which I’ve used MetCon START Pre-Training. It could be the placebo effect, but if I feel like it is working in a positive way for me, then I guess the placebo effect works!

I am always happy to get more amino acids into my diet.  I think the MetCon blog sums up nicely the benefits of amino acids and why they are important:

*They improve muscle growth

*They enhance fat loss

*They increase endurance and reduce fatigue during workouts

*They help with a faster recovery

*They help to prevent muscle loss

*They decrease muscle soreness

*They help to maintain healthier blood sugar levels

*They contribute to longevity and fight disease

Their products and their blog can be found here.

To get 20% off a one time purchase or your first subscription purchase, use the code BIBRAVE.

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BUFF Pack Run Visor

Disclaimer: I received a BUFF Pack Run Visor 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!

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Here we are, in the middle of the hottest, most humid days of summer.  If you need a new, super light, stylish, functional piece of headwear to shade the sun and soak up the sweat, this could be for you. BUFF has both a cap and a visor in their Pack Run collection.

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NowⓇ Foods BCAA Blast and Effer-Energy Electrolyte Tablets

I received samples of both NowⓇ Foods BCAA Blast and Effer-Energy 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!

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“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Why supplement with Branched-chain Amino Acids? Electrolytes? And my thoughts on these specific products . . .

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Coach Profile: Jessica Holmes

We have two new coaches on board this spring with both TK and Jessica bringing their wide ranges of running experience and expertise to our Fleet Feet runners. To learn more about TK (newest coach for the PR Squad), you can read his profile here in the blog from a couple of seasons ago. To learn more about Jessica, read on!

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AfterShokz Aeropex + Disney Wine & Dine

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AfterShokz Aeropex

Disclaimer: I received a pair of AfterShokz 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!

AfterShokz and Disney are teaming up with a contest you shouldn’t miss! There’s no purchase to enter, but the deadline for entering is 1/2/2020.

Find out more by reading on here.

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Mentor Profile: Steven

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I love reading about why other people run.  Their favorites, their struggles, their habits, their memories, their emotions, all tied to the sport. That’s why I started to ask questions and create blog posts about other runners. Steven’s profile hits all the highs and lows and awesome memories of his races and his interactions with other runners. I laughed the whole way through it, shaking my head at times, and read with awe the sheer number of races he has done.  It’s fitting that I publish this today, the day of his 39th marathon!

Steven mentors currently for the PR Squad and also at Fleet Feet Wade Avenue.

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