A lot of virtual runs are done as fundraisers for various causes, or some are held to get online groups of people together, like the one I did today. Organized by the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans, it allowed all of us who are members of their forum to participate in the run "together". We even get a t-shirt and a finishers medal (I'm guessing mine is held up in customs and will hopefully arrive this week).
So I laced up and ran 5K today. I never really believed people when they said that running was more mental than it was physical. I understood it today when after only 4 minutes of running I had to convince myself that I didn't actually need to walk and that I could push through it. Running Andy overcame Lazy Andy and I managed to run the full 5K without walking at all. I've only just started being able to do that, and it really is a great feeling of accomplishment.
Out of breath!
One of my better times, though I would really like to get below 40 just once!
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I've mapped out a 5K route in my neighbourhood that is easy to remember and doesn't really have any hills. I'm not ready for hills yet.
I have one more virtual run planned for November and then I think I'll be waiting (and training) for the spring race season to start.