Just Keep Sprinting + Virtual Runs

Virtual Race v. A “race” that can be ran anywhere you want! Usually done between certain dates and there is not “real” winner. 

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This week has been AWESOME! Well, in my running world at least…my real world has kinda stunk. However, like I mentioned before I started my training and so far so good! 

Sunday, I ran 4 miles at the gym on the treadmill–which I already told ya’ll about.

I also had to make some small changes to my schedule for the week because…well I just did! :)

Monday ended up being a rest day. When I say rest day I mean I got home from work and didn’t move from my couch! I started a new show on Netflix called Orange is the New Black. It is pretty funny and entertaining.

Tuesday:

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I ran 6 Miles and felt like a SUPERSTAR! It was great and I didn’t give up! My Twitter friends keeps telling me that in order to get faster I have to start SPRINTING. Yeah… 

Needless to say I have been terrified of the sprint because I kept thinking I couldn’t do it. Well…doubt gets you absolutely no where. So as I was getting bored on miles 4 and 5 I decided…why not? 

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So I found a sign…and then I made sure there was a sign past it too (see the sign in the distance?). When I approached the first sign I turned on my turbo jets on my shoes and HAULED it!!!! 

I felt like I was flying! I am pretty sure I looked like a complete idiot, but who gives a crap? Be jealous stranger in the car…be jealous!

I repeated my sprints about 5 times. 5 felt like a good number because I was also doing repeat hill work (I live on a hill… so I was literally running up the hill, then down the hill, then up the hill…you see?).

Sprints ended up being pretty awesome and I could still walk after. So if they are gonna help me be fast then I will definitely do them more!

Wednesday:

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My goal was 5. I pulled out 4.5 and I was happy with that. I spoke too soon…the sprints and hills caught up to me. Or maybe it was the fact that I have never ran larger miles back to back. Anything above 2 is large miles for me! 

Thursday:

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VIRTUAL RACE DAY!!!!

So about a month ago I heard about these cool races called Virtual Races. I mean… a race I can do anywhere, anytime, and I have about a week to complete it? Sign me up! 

Well I DID sign up! I went on active.com and found one that looked fun and was for a good cause (I’d be lying if the medal didn’t have something to do with it). YES! I said it…MEDAL! You get bling for a Virtual Race. What girl doesn’t love a little extra bling?

That’s how I found the:

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Cute right? Plus, I get to help the furry friends of Franklin.

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That’s Franks….just in case you forgot.

So, because of my work schedule I picked today to do my race. I did a little extra because I needed to do 7 Miles for my schedule. I was super pumped for race day! I even laid out all my swag (I even customized my bib) :)

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The person who hosted the race (plantbasedrunner)…emailed the bib template out and I just HAD to make it my own!

I woke up super early (which is VERY abnormal for me! 6:30 am with NO alarm). Once, I got ready and had my ENERGYbits, I drove to my favorite running spot!

I admit…I probably looked like a total running douche. I say this because I had a camel pack, a fuel belt, a bib, my IPhone, and KT Tape all down my calf. DOUCHE!

BTW: I was super disappointed with my first KT Tape experience. I tried to follow all the instructions to a T, but it still peeled at mile 1!

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I will try it again, but that crap is hard to put on solo. 

I felt absolutely AMAZING for this run! I started and I wasn’t in pain and I reached mile 3 in no time (ok, my time was slow as hell but it felt easy). I lost my shirt and my bib on mile 3. It was SO hot and I sweated my bib off :( it ripped. However, I ended up running in just my shorts and a sports bra. This is a HUGE step for me! I get very self conscious and I felt like I rocked my sweatiness (did I mention I was really hot).

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Yeup!

The run I did is pretty much 3 miles out and 3 miles back. On the way back I was running with the sun on my back!

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Don’t ask I have no idea how that ended up upside down.

On my way back these interesting things happened and pissed me off:

  • I thought there was a stray dog running alone (go figure on my Dog Days of Summer Run). However, his owner was just the lady I had past about a quarter mile back. Lady- get your dog on a leash, run with him, and get the poor guy some water!!!! P.S. don’t give me the stank eye when I stop to help him in the HEAT! UGH!
  • Almost got smashed like a bug crossing a cross walk. You know those clearly marked white things in the road when walkers and runners have the right away? Yeah…Lady- get off your phone and realize I was IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CROSS WALK as you barrel through!
  • A trash truck drove by me and I wanted to PUKE!

Other than that my race was great! I had fun, I had energy, and I did something new (a Virtual Race).

I can’t wait for my bling to come in. I am going to check the mail later! If you want to do a race, but have a crazy schedule I HIGHLY recommend trying a Virtual Race! They are affordable too because there isn’t a location and all the extra junk to fund. I only paid $20 and all the proceeds went to the ASPCA.

I challenge you to try something new, start a schedule, take a new route, sprint a little, anything you want that is different than your norm. You never know…it may end up being one of the best things you’ve ever done!

Question:

How do you feel about dogs off the leash? Running your dog in the heat? Am I over reacting about the lady and the dog?

Feed me with feedback!