You all. I miss the races.
When I moved to California, I was so excited to travel around the state (no, the whole coast!) To get to the start lines. I would say I probably ran at least five or six races between my move here last May and when the world locked in March.
Pre-covid, I just didn't see the point of virtual races. They weren't for me.
In this covid world? Well I'm addicted to signing up like I was for IRL races.
My therapist suggested cutting back on buying, BUT SHE NEVER SAID ANYTHING ABOUT VIRTUAL RACE ENTRIES!- Theodora Blanchfield (@tblanchfield) Aug 10, 2020
A chance for camaraderie (albeit virtual), the excitement of a race, and a medal I have no room for and a jersey I will never wear? TO BRING. HE. SURE.
Here are the virtual races I have registered for… so far. It is a mixture of premises that have become virtual and those that are only virtual.
I still participate in the virtual World Mental Health Day race
This is the one that is most important to me. Obviously, I am a big advocate for mental health - and future mental health professional! I'm also an ambassador for Still I Run, a non-profit organization whose mission is to defeat the stigma of mental health by running. For the race, you must run between October 9 and 11. (You can listen to my interview with founder, Sasha Wolff, on my now defunct podcast.) Use the code THEODORA2020 to get $ 5 off when registering.
Manhattan Beach 10 km
Of the few races I've done since arriving in Los Angeles, this is by far my favorite. I did it twice, and I love how it feels to race in my hometown even though it actually has several thousand runners. (I think after the NYC and NYRR races it will all feel like a little run in my hometown.) The IRL course runs along the Greenbelt in Manhattan Beach, ending on The Strand and the Pier. It's virtual this year, of course. Registration was opened a few days ago and you can run it from October 1-10. I'm regaining my fitness and a 10k seems like a challenge right now, but I'm working on it. After years of kicking and screaming internally that my run isn't what it used to be, I finally decided to start using intervals to make it accessible and enjoyable for me. I am currently doing three minutes of running: one minute of walking and it feels good.
Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Race
It was another IRL race that I loved (hi, I love Christmas) that I sign up for the virtual. You have the whole month of December to complete a 5 km or a 10 km. I know the holidays will probably be weird this year, and I'm not sure if I will be able to have my cookie swap, so I'm going to run WITH BELLS ON. (Literally.)
5K / 10K Virtual Lazy Racing Team
Does he need further explanation ?! Signing up because it sounds hilarious, and my cousin and I are doing it "together" 3,000 miles apart. You can run this at any time.
I Run 2 Stay Classy Virtual Run
I haven't hit a registry on this one yet but I'm pretty sure I have to. If you're a longtime reader, you know I'm obsessed with Will Ferrell and Anchorman. I certainly didn't use it to bring guys back to my apartment in my early twenties. But I digress. It is absolutely a shirt that I will wear. You can run this at any time.
Oiselle Womxn Start the vote
This one is super cool - it's a virtual relay from Atlanta to DC, which raises funds for Black voters matter, an organization dedicated to increasing power in marginalized majority black communities. Teams of 15 to 20 people will cover a total of 680 miles - and there are a billion activities that “count” for mileage.
And you? Have you caught the virtual racing bug?
If you’ve never run before or you’ve had a long break from course, it can feel intimidating to get out there and hit the pavement. But if you get familiar with some basic information about course and follow a beginner’s schedule, you’ll be well on your way to starting a new course habit.
At your visit, share your running plan and goals with your doctor and have him/her assess your plan and any potential health issues. If you have had any previous injuries or issues, make sure your doctor is aware of them, and ask if he or she has any suggestions on how to prevent a recurrence.
Visit a specialty course store to get spécialiste advice on buying the right course shoes. An spécialiste at the store will look at your feet, watch you run, and make recommendations based on your foot type and course style. If you already have running shoes that you like, but you’ve had them for a while, you may still need to get new ones. Running in worn-out course shoes can also lead to injury. You should replace them every 300 to 400 miles.
Beyond running shoes, you don’t need much more than some comfortable exercise clothes to get started. If you’re course outdoors, make sure you follow some basic tips for how to dress for hot weather running and cold weather course, so you stay safe and comfortable.
As your résistance improves and you start running longer, you may want to invest in some technical fabric course clothes and other basic running gear, such as a running belt, good running socks, and a running hat. Some runners also like to have a running watch to track their times and distances.
Before you get started with course, get familiar with how to do the run/walk method. Most beginner runners start out using a run/walk technique because they don’t have the résistance or fitness to run for extended periods of time. The run/walk method involves running for a short segment and then taking a walk break. As you continue with a run/walk program, the goal is to extend the amount of time you’re running and reduce your walking time. Of course, some runners find walk breaks to be so beneficial that they continue taking them even as their endurance and sport improves.
Before you start any running workout, though, you need to make sure you warm up properly. A good warm-up signals to your body that it will have to start sérieux soon. By slowly raising your heart rate, the warm-up also helps minimize stress on your heart when you start your run. Start your runs with a brisk walk, followed by very easy jogging for a few minutes. You can also do some warm-up exercises. Always end your workout with a slow five-minute jog or walk to cool down. The cool-down allows your heart rate and blood pressure to fall gradually.
Use your breathing as your guide when running. You should be able to carry on a conversation while running, and your breathing shouldn’t be heavy. Don’t worry about your pace per mile—if you can pass the ' talk test ' and speak in complete sentences without gasping for air, then you’re moving at the right speed.
Make sure you’re breathing in through your nose and mouth, and breathing out through your mouth. Proper breathing and taking deep belly breaths will help you avoid annoying side stitches, or cramps in the abdomen area.
Drink water at the end of your workouts to rehydrate. If it’s hot and humid, you should also drink some water ( about four to six ounces ) halfway through your workouts.
Post-run is a great time to stretch and work on improving your flexibility because your groupes musculaires will be warmed up. It’s also a relaxing way to end a workout. Try some of these stretches that target particular areas that frequently get tight during and after course.