So guess what? I am training for my virtual run. Yep, I have resigned myself to the fact that I can’t compete in or complete traditional races due to the obstacles that I face. Uneven terrain, the pavement, risking falling, the pounding on my knees, it’s all too much. However I have discovered my love of medals. I have my Happy5k medal hanging proudly on my wall. The one I did in the water.
I think I am in love with the idea of virtual races probably for the same reason I am in love with the online community in general. It’s super supportive, you get a sense of community and you still get to do it your way.
I am currently signed up for the *gasp* There are 3 options, 5k 10k and 13.1mi. Since there is no pressure, I am going for the half marathon. You can do it however you want, walk, run, bike Just do it! I have discovered that the recumbent elliptical is super great for my joints! I am currently able to do about 6 miles in a 30 minute session on there before having to really push myself mentally, as opposed to 2 miles on the traditional one before my knees start hurting from the hyper-extension.
I may even make it a mini-tri and break it into a bike/swim/run distance. At this point I am trying to find ways to make my activity more about fun and less about working out. (it’s why I got my hula hoop right?) So why not find a fun way to make it happen!
The thought of “training” for something seems daunting especially with my schedule the way it is. So much of my time is spent at work, and trying to maintain my relationships, and making sure I sleep, and eat right that I just need a goal to keep working towards. If I stumble its okay… I can take 2 or 3 days to “cross the finish” and I wont be judged.
Are you involved in any virtual races? Before I signed up for this one I looked at the Dr Who race, but since I don’t really watch the show much it didn’t hold that much interest for me, but I am looking for some more options. Share with me!