I can't think of a better way to enjoy 4th of July weekend than celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday, spending time with family and running a 4 mile race. Yup, I ran a race while being super busy thanks to no bib pick-up and no traffic or parking worries. How? It was a virtual race!
Thanks to Gone For a Run's virtual race format and the complimentary entry sent to me, I was able to run the 4 mile virtual race on my own time. I chose the 4th of July because it seemed like the perfect way to kick-off a fun but incredibly busy weekend. I woke up super early and ran along our local race and parade route, before either of the events officially began, in my virtual race gear.
The virtual race packet included a race shirt (you choose: either a Women's Athletic Tank, Men's Lifestyle Tee or Youth Short Sleeve Tee), a sweet finisher medal, a real race bib and a car magnet. I lOVE the fit and feel of the tank. I chose a medium which fit me perfectly and hugged my curves in all the right places - including the c-cup curves. Sometimes those are hard to cram into my running tops and bras.
I ran early and wrapped up my 4 miles just before it was time for me to pick up my daughter's birthday cake and birthday balloons.
Since I ran along the parade route, I was able to backtrack and head down towards the "backstage" area to watch the staging take place. The classic cars are my favorite and this Chevy is super sweet.
This 4 mile route is a usual training route for me, and I treated this virtual race as a training run. I ran slowly and thoughtfully, enjoying frequent photo stops and even ran into a couple of friends who were warming up for the local 4th of July 5K. The beauty of a virtual race is that it is as competitive as you want it to be. Today, my run was all about freedom and independence.
Visit GoneForARun.Com and check out their virtual race series. You can run alone or with friends. Challenge yourself, commit yourself and walk or run on your OWN time at your desired location and pace.
Disclaimer: As stated in the beginning of this race recap, I received a complimentary bib in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.