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.
This past Friday-Sunday Gone for a Run hosted their most recent virtual race in their race series, the Road Shark Virtual 5 Mile Race. Since I had a 12 miler on tap for my half marathon training, I debated whether I wanted to devote five miles of Saturday’s long run to the virtual race. However, I felt that by doing so I might be “cheating” the idea of a virtual race, and decided to complete my virtual race separately from my long run.
Since I wound up taking an unplanned rest day last week, and my right calf has been bothering me a bit (I’m attributing this to wearing worn out running shoes far past their life, but I started breaking in a new pair of shoes last week), I decided to power walk the race instead of running it. This presented an opportunity for some extra cross training on Friday, and a great warm up to my long run on Saturday.
Because of the high heat and humidity on Friday, I headed to the gym to complete the race on the treadmill. Like with other long cardio sessions at the gym, I brought along my trusty iPad so that I could watch a couple old episodes of the Amazing Race while I power walked. This was a great way to stay motivated and focused, and helped to have the miles fly by.
I successfully power walked my five miles in 1:11:26 (14:17 min/mile pace). I must admit, I was able to maintain a much faster pace than I originally anticipated. Although the baby is starting to slow me down some, I underestimated my ability to still keep up a good pace.
After I completed the race, I awarded myself my race medal. Although it was a bit awkward to put my medal on at the gym, you can’t complete a race without proudly showing off your bling!
Thanks again Gone for a Run for hosting another fun virtual race. Once again, participating in the race was a great way to motivate myself to squeeze in a couple of extra miles last week. When’s the next virtual race? 🙂
QOTD: How do you motivate yourself to stay active when its hot and humid outside?