The running community is a unique group of so many diverse members. In the best of times, we come together to celebrate our accomplishments and cheer on our fellow runners to do the same. In the worst of times, we are fiercely loyal and our bond is often felt more strongly. After major disasters like September 11th and the Boston Bombings, we came out in droves to raise money, to walk, to run, to show that we can overcome whatever is thrown our way. What do we do when we can no longer come out in droves? We run anyway. We run solo but we keep running. Right now, Virtual Runs are more important than ever here’s why.
Why Virtual Runs Are More Important Than Ever
Admittedly, until recently, I was never one to do a virtual run. I never really saw the point. If I wanted to do a race or raise money for a cause, I would sign up and run the race. With that impossibility right now, the prospect of virtual races is much more appealing. In fact, with so many cancelled races now offering virtual options, virtual races are the new running race.
What’s the point, you might ask? Right now, little things mean a lot. Staying on a schedule and staying active feels good. We all need a little more feeling good. Most large races have some sort of charity component to them. Your registration fee will still benefit those same organizations. We runners feel good about doing good. Sticking to your training plan and completing your planned race mileage can give you sense of purpose and accomplishment during a time when there is so much uncertainty. When there is so little we are able to plan for right now, having a virtual race on your schedule can be motivating and uplifting.
I am participating in Run The Edge’s Free Uncanceled Virtual Race series. Join me!
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Social distancing can sure make a runner feel very isolated very quickly. Many of us are used to being part of our local running communities in some way. Signing up for a virtual run race can instantly connect you with other runners. You can feel that (almost) same sense of connection as you encourage other runners to complete their miles while getting kudos on finishing yours. You may even “meet” some new running friends in your own community.
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Virtual Runs can also give you the opportunity to try something new on your own terms. Always wanted to run a new distance race but not sure about the timing of the race or fitting training into your schedule? You now have the perfect opportunity to do so! Ironically, spring is fantastic running weather and the perfect time to test out new distances or hone in on a favorite mileage. There is no stress about pacing or walk running or anything really. Virtual Runs are more important than ever to runners. Tell me are you participating in any?
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We hope this space gives our readers a place to connect and feel supported through this uncertain and stressful time.