Disclaimer: I received a complimentary virtual race entry. I was not compensated financially for my participation in this virtual race. As always, all opinions are my own.
I got a slow start Saturday morning, and after taking care of some chores at home, finally headed out for my run at 11am. This wasn’t a great decision, as at the start of the run it was already 86 degrees! Oops! Thankfully, Preston decided to complete the run with me. It was a bit more bearable to tolerate the hot, sweaty run by having somebody to run with.
We chose to run on the trail instead of on the roads around our neighborhood. Even though the trail is hilly, it is more shaded (at least parts of it are) than our neighborhood roads are. It was definitely easier to run at a little bit faster pace during the shaded parts of our run.
Our five mile run was by no means fast, but we got to spend an enjoyable morning together. We completed the race in 54:11 (10:50 min/mile pace), which is far from my fastest run, but this race wasn’t about going for a PR pace. It was about getting the miles in and enjoying our time together. When we arrived back home, Preston presented me with my race medal. And you can’t run a race without getting a picture with your medal!
For my first virtual race, this was a fun experience, and made for a fun way to complete my planned long run for half marathon training. I will definitely consider running another virtual race in the future!
QOTD: Have you ever run a virtual race? Do you prefer virtual races or traditional races?