***DISCLAIMER: Though my registration fee for these virtual races was waived because of my relationship with JOST RUNNING.COM, all opinions are solely my own!
“I could NEVER run a marathon” is one of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m training for my second full marathon. In fact, I remember saying this sentence many times myself. I remember thinking that 26.2 miles was an insurmountable feat of awesomeness I was not capable of taking on. But what if you could? WHAT IF you could accomplish the task over a few days, a week, or a month? This month, that is exactly what I did. In fact, if you add up my mileage, I ran TWO full marathons, One half, One 10K and one 5K. Not bad, huh? I ran all that distance at a 10:03 pace, I burned 10,788 calories, and I did it in 12:45:22. If only I could have earned a medal for all that racing…
The thing is I DID!! At the beginning of June I registered for the CRANK IT UP virtual 5k, the 10k, a half and a full marathon at JOST RUNNING and when I completed the races and sent in my completion times, I was able to receive medals for all of these events! And even better, I can track my results and my times on their website which is different from any other virtual race I know of!
What’s a virtual race? It’s a race where you pay your entry fee, you run the race and you receive a medal. What’s different? You can do this on any day of the week, at any location convenient for you, and you can finish the race in any amount of time you need. What I really love most about this race is that it makes what seems impossible to a beginner totally achievable! Is your goal to run 2 miles, 3 days a week? Great, sign up for the 10k. Are you a walker, completing one mile every day? Terrific! In just two weeks you can complete a half marathon. AND get a medal you can be proud of too!!
Another fantastic thing about JOST RUNNING is that each month, they support a phenomenal cause to share their miles with by fundraising. In June, fundraising efforts went to support The National Young Arts Foundation. This foundation was established in 1981, to ” identify and support the next generation of artists and to contribute to the cultural vitality of the nation by investing in the artistic development of talented young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts.” I love that I am doing what I love, running, while I support young minds in pursuing what they love. As a parent and a mother runner, I can’t see a better way WIN-WIN!
In July, JOST RUNNING is holding 4 more virtual races that you can register for. This month, the BEAT THE HEAT virtual races will benefit GIRLS ON THE RUN San Diego! The mission of Girls on the Run is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” I’m not sure there is a cause that mirrors my philosophy on running any better. To sign up for these races, you just need to go to JOST RUNNING and click on the race you can complete, whether it takes you a a half hour, a week, or a month do do so! AND seriously, the medals for July’s races are even cooler than the ones I got in JUNE!!!
HAVE YOU EVER RUN A VIRTUAL RACE? HAVE YOU EVER SAID NEVER AND THEN MANAGED TO DO SOMETHING DESPITE YOUR DOUBT???