What’s this virtual running you speak of?

I signed up for a virtual race today. There is this company called Jost Running that coordinates virtual races of 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon distances. Instead of traveling to a race, the race can be right outside your home, on your treadmill, or at your favorite running track/trail. Of course, it can be a little hard to find a marathon route that doesn’t involve traffic. Unless you run on a treadmill, of course, but who wants to run 26.2 miles on a treadmill?

Oh, wait.

Anyway, I signed up for the 5k (3.11 miles) race, and, if I am successful in completing it, I should get a medal sometime in the next couple of weeks. The process should be simple: sign up, send them your running time, get your medal. We’ll see how it goes.

After all, it’s cold out and I don’t really feel like traveling somewhere to run my happy little heart out and then drive all the way back, sweaty, tired, and cold.

In case you’ve forgotten, you can follow my fitness progress (and sometimes regress) here, here, and here.

I'm a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Public Health program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. All opinions posted here are my own, of course, and they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my school, employers, friends, family, etc. Feel free to follow me on Twitter: @EpiRen