Friday, November 3, 2017

Gone For A Run - Live Love Run Virtual Race Recap

After a bad attempted long run, I knew I had to brush it off and move along. I had my Gone For A Run Live Love Run virtual race to finish up and I figured there was no better time to run for a reason. 

I headed out after work with all of my reflective gear and lights to race the darkness. It was a beautiful night, high 40s and pretty clear. It was actually quite enjoyable. I completely blocked out my last run and focused on the now.

My first mile felt effortless. I used the hills and just let my body do what feels comfortable. These miles don’t need to be fast - just needed to be done.

Mile 1: 9:17

Right after I finished my first mile I start to see other runners who are not in the best lack of daylight gear. It actually made me really uncomfortable. I understand not running with a light, but at least something reflective and not dark.

Rant over.

I also saw a lady running with two dogs who were completely in stride with each other. It was so cute!!

Mile 2: 9:09

Man, I need to slow down. That became my focus in mile three. I started seeing a bunch of deer. Where I run is a county park. You cannot hunt there. These deer are smart. The more runners I see not dressed correctly, that’s another issue.

Mile 3: 9:24

Good job legs. Way to listen! The number of deer are growing at this point. I even saw an eight point! There is something super calming about seeing deer not worried about people. I also saw my first runner with a headlamp on. THANK YOU!

Mile 4: 9:39

It is at this point I remembered that this virtual race is not a five miler, but a four and totally just finished my run. I counted more deer, judged more runners and had some moments to myself. That last mile was very wonderful. Plus, it wasn’t pitch black when I finished!

Mile 5: 9:34

Total Time: 47:08 - 9:25 pace

This is why I enjoy virtual races. These not so important workouts get a reason. This reason was to get out there and focus on the little things.

Did you run this Gone For A Run virtual race? Don't forget to upload your time and recap on the page!

Disclaimer: I was provided entry in to this virtual race as part of the Gone For A Run Virtual Race Team. All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Well any run of the season is never ever useless and all you need is commitment to do the work. You are doing really good and I hope that it increases more.