Run Happy Virtual 10k Race Recap

I think it’s safe to say that my heart has not been in running lately…or ever.

I definitely didn’t put in the necessary training for a 10k this year and it definitely showed. That combined with the fact that this was a virtual race…well…about the only good thing that can be said about it is that I started and finished.

I committed to doing 13 races this year and, come hell or high water, I will do it. Sometimes that means that I have to get a little creative and thank goodness the idea of the virtual race has taken off recently because otherwise I wouldn’t have a medal to show for my efforts. But the thing is, aside from the medal (O.K., I may be a closet race bling type person), I don’t really like virtual races. There’s no excitement of race day, lining up at a starting line, having a balloon arch to run under at the end. Virtual races are nice for donating money to a charity or saying “I ran 13 races this year!” but, for me, they definitely lack that race feel.

Anywho…

Knowing that my heart wasn’t in it, I decided against having the start line be my front door. I had to get out of Dodge. I headed  to the towpath knowing that if I ran away from my car for 3.1 miles, I would be forced to run back to it and a 10k would be under my belt.

I wasn’t prepared for how muddy everything would be though, which slowed my already untrained slow pace way down. Then I started having shin splints about 2 miles in. I kept on slogging until around mile 3.5, although by that time, my run/walk intervals were becoming way more like shuffle/walk intervals until I just came to the realization that I was probably going to do more  harm than good if I continued to try to run that undertrained.

It turned into a lovely walk for the next 1.5 miles. I caught up on Facebook. I texted Dave. I checked out Twitter. It was quite delightful.

I decided that for the last mile, I would try to “finish strong” whilst not falling on my face. I was actually able to do 1 minute run/1 minute walk for the last mile without too much pain. I was quite happy that I finished like that.

Then I took the required pictures and drove home and downloaded my Garmin and chuckled at the elevation chart.

Screen Shot 2013-08-26 at 5.02.53 PM

Does anybody else see vampire teeth?

It’s the little things, people.

7 down, 6 to go.

Run Happy Virtual 10k, August 24, 2013 — Official Time 1:29:42

Photo Aug 24, 2 38 05 PM

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5 responses to “Run Happy Virtual 10k Race Recap

  1. Vampire teeth – you need to run the same route for the Ghostly Gallup!

  2. That’s pretty funny!! It’s done and that is the important thing! Now get out there and train for your next race!! xoxoxox

  3. Calories are calories and you took the same amount of steps to complete that 10K, so woo hoo!:)

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