Monday, October 6, 2014

Virtual Races...The Perks of Running At Your Own Pace

I decided in the middle of the year that I was not going to sign up for any races after my race in July. I wanted to rest after running five half marathons. I felt that my knees and feet would thank me for making this decision. Funny how my mind just didn't seem to agree with this decision. I follow other bloggers that are getting ready for their fall races and it makes me a bit jealous. 

Signing up for races can be costly especially if you go out of town. Most race entries cost anywhere from $60-$200. That doesn't even include hotel and food costs. The most I have spent for a race weekend was over 2k!! Financially I know I can't do another out of town race. Boy would I love to though. 



For the past month I have been running at least 15 miles a week. Not to be shallow, but I would like to be praised for my work too. I know it sounds completely childish but I miss getting medals! I make the effort, but I get no reward...until now! 




Have you ever done a virtual race? Have you ever heard of a virtual race? A virtual race is a race that can be ran at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside or participate in another race. You can run your race at your pace wherever you like. Pretty simple concept right? Well for a small fee, you can get a shiny medal too! US Road Running offers virtual races throughout the year so you never feel left out. 

Each month they have a different theme, a different medal. This month they have a Halloween medal for a 5k, 10k, or Half Marathon. I was beyond excited when I found this. I have no problem paying less than $20 for my hard work. 







If you feel like making a donation with your virtual run then Will Run For BlingRaces for Awareness or Jost Running are great options for you. Not only will you also receive a medal but some of the entry fee goes to charity. These virtual races are a bit more costly but still doable. Average price is anywhere from $20-$35.

Why sign up for a virtual race?
  • You are able to have total control of when you do your run and where you run
  • No expensive costs for race entries, no travel expenses
  • You get a pretty cool medal 
  • The opportunity to support a great cause if doing a charitable virtual race
Of course there are draw backs. I love the feeling of crossing the finish line or the sound of the cheering crowd through the tough parts. So that part is missed. There are no aid stations throughout your run. You have to provide your own hydration for your run. But you could always have friends in different parts of your run supporting you, cheering you on or supplying you with gels and water. 

So next weekend if you do a 5k, 10k or half marathon on your own consider signing up for a virtual race. Nothing like getting a new medal to show your hard work. 



Have you done a virtual race before?
What is your favorite medal?




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