I am a runner. It has taken a long time for me to feel confident in saying that. Despite years of track and soccer, despite running on and off over the years, despite completing (finally) my first 5K...it's just been in the last few months that I feel like I have REALLY become a runner. I make time each week to run, whether it's outside in the cold or sun...or inside on the treadmill...I do it. It's my time for me. When I workout at home, I get a cheering section and sometimes even company...and I LOVE that, but sometimes I need to just be on my own.
For me, running has always had a relaxing effect. I still fall into the same breathing patterns I learned when I first made the track team in 7th grade. An easy in through the nose out through the mouth rhythm that times out with my footfalls. I pop in my earbuds, turn on my audio book and just go. It's my way of getting back on track mentally.
What I have found since completing my first 5K last year, is that the high that comes from crossing that finish line is addicting. It keeps poking it's head up and saying "don't you think it's time to do it again?!?!" And I do. I really do. And even though I make sure I make time to run every week...making time for races is a whole different thing. Our weekends are packed generally with the girls activities and family fun and I wouldn't have it any other way...but still that pull for a medal hanging proudly on my wall is there.
I started to look into virtual races, ones where you can sign up and do your run and they mail you your medal. I know this lacks the camaraderie of an actual race, but for me...that part isn't as important since running is a solitary thing for me. As this idea started to take root...fate intervened.
Do you remember how when I kept hinting about a running belt for Christmas and didn't get it how I bought one, and then literally right after was approached about reviewing one? Well maybe I need to hone this skill more on lottery numbers, but as I started looking into various runs online, I was connected with Brad at Level Up Runs.
Level Up Runs is a company "run" by runners. They set up various virtual races so that all runners can have that medal earning opportunity. They know how hard it is to get those races on the calendars sometimes, so they allow for you to do it on your own time!
As a lover of all things Disey, and feeling pretty Bada$$ when I complete a run, I am VERY excited about their upcoming virtual race, The Incredible Virtual Run, I mean check out this awesome medal!
The Incredible Virtual Run is open from April 15-30 for completion, all ages and levels welcome. You can even chose your race 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon. You can register online here. The cost is only $25, and for you, my fine readers, they are offering a 10% off coupon code SAVE10.
I am hoping that since the hubs has started running again that he may even join me on this virtual adventure! Have you ever done a virtual run? What do you think of the idea?