I have a feeling this will not be my last post on virtual racing, so bear with me.
I promise to vary the content and the details. After all, there will not be any race recaps in the foreseeable future. I guess highlighting some of the experiences from this temporary "normal" will have to do.
Anyways, we are barely one month into the COVID Cancellation Crisis, and I have already run five virtual races (and done one virtual stair climb event). YIKES. I think I have matched my previous "record" of virtual events, all in the matter of a few ((short?)) weeks. And, this has barely scratched the surface of what is yet to (virtually) come.
To say I have a new found respect for all things virtual would be an understatement. Not only has there been virtual races, but also some virtual Face Time walks, virtual coffee gatherings, and virtual hugs shared (but I'll save those for another blog post).
So far, there has been one virtual race run due to an actual event "going virtual," the Chocoholic Frolic 10K. The race organizers wasted no time in mailing out the race packets promptly within days (literally) of cancelling the actual race event. Upon getting home from work, late on a rather cold and windy Friday afternoon, I found said race packet waiting in the mailbox for me. Within 15 minutes, I was suited up, my shoes were tied, and the Garmin set...and off I went.
|Chocoholic Frolic 10K|
|Crushing COVID 5K|
|Gratitude 10K (top, left); Hope 5K (above)|
My plan? Run the same route, each week, every Monday. It's about a 1/2-mile distance to get there (for a warm-up), then three laps of a 1-mile "loop" around the main college campus (hence, no traffic crossings to deal with), then a 1/2-mile back home (for a cool-down). Of course, the precise time of day will not be identical, nor will the weather, but the route itself will be the same.
|last Monday (on left) vs. this Monday (on right)|
Tell me what's happening in YOUR little world of racing right now. Are you doing the virtual thing? Taking some time off? Scaling back on the training? Or, full steam ahead to train for fall races?
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