Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BadAss 5 Miler Virtual Race Recap and linkup #TuesdayTales

Welcome to the 5th Race Recap Link-Up!! This week, I joined up with Jessica from The Silvah Lining and Meredith from FitNiceRunner for the linkup.

Race recaps are some of my favorite blog posts. It's a great way to learn about different races, support other runners, and gain motivation. A recap is the final leg of the race. It’s your chance to relive your race and allow others some insight. The training miles, the race day jitters, the glory of crossing the finish line. the good - the bad - the ugly! 

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Now down to business....
My race recap
The BadAss 5 miler Virtual Race

As you know from my last post about this race,  I was a little skeptical about running a virtual race. I didn't know how to prepare for this race and how to make it special, since I run 5 miles most days. Do I run it on a different course? Do I run it in my neighborhood? Do I wear the bib? And when do I run it? The race dates are scheduled for May 29-31, but due to scheduling conflicts, I'm not able to run it on any of those days. I'll probably get a 5 miler in next Saturday, but I have to work, and I don't want to "race" before I head into the office to see patients. I decided I'd run it this weekend, but again, where? I had a variety of options in my head. The forest preserve? The retention pond? Do I wait until we head up to Wisconsin and run up there?

After consulting the weather forecast (which is a must when racing, even virtual racing), I made the decision to run this race here, at home, in my neighborhood, on the 5 mile route I run most days, the one that starts and ends at my house, on Saturday. The weather for the rest of the weekend looked iffy. Heck, the town where are I live already cancelled Monday's Memorial Day parade, based on the the prediction of thunderstorms. Seriously. We are becoming a bunch of weather wimps, if you ask me.

So in my planning, I discovered the first advantage of running a virtual race. Flexible scheduling! No need to plan around the race, I planned the race around me and my schedule. The second advantage I already was realizing is that weather would not be an issue for my race! I picked a beautiful spring morning--it was 52 degrees and sunny at "race time", which was about 7:10 by the time I got moving. The conditions were perfect for a PR.

Anyways, once I made the decision to run at home, I felt a sense of relief. Yes, I was feeling a little pressure around this one! I wanted to PR this race, besting my 5 mile PR of 40:45, which I got last November at a Turkey Trot. If you're going to run a virtual race, you need to make it meaningful, right?

Ready to run!
I fueled with 2 cups of coffee and chocolate soy milk, and headed out to my driveway  the starting line. I considered putting a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on my running playlist, but thought that was taking it a little too far. Instead, I grooved to Killing in the Name of by Rage Against the Machine while I waited for my Garmin to find a signal. After about a minute, I got the go ahead and I was off!

It didn't take long for my legs to fall into a groove, which I was pleased with, since I didn't foam roll after my heavy lifting session with Becky earlier this week. As I ran, I was thinking that I didn't have that surge of adrenaline I get at the start of a race, but then a loud motorcycle sped by me at high speed, and I just about jumped out of my Asics. Ok, then, my heart rate is up!

I continued to weave through my neighborhood, listening to my half marathon playlist. I was moving pretty fast, and kept trying to hold back. My legs wanted to fly, and that was a pretty awesome feeling! I saw a couple of my neighbors out walking their dogs. I waved and kept going. I didn't see any other runners, but I did see some cyclists.

About mile 3, I started to get a side stitch, and my tummy was cramping a little. I didn't want to stop to use the bathroom at the park fieldhouse, because my Garmin stops when I do, and wouldn't that be cheating? So I ignored the cramps, slowed down a little bit (you can see that reflected in my splits), and let things settle down. I picked up the pace again, and headed for the homestretch.

The final stretch takes me along the frontage road that runs along a highway. I was moving really fast, and was starting to feel a little lot nauseous. I looked down at my Garmin and saw my time--I knew I was in the vicinity of a PR, so I pushed through the discomfort. I turned the corner onto my street, and as I approached my house the finish line, I hit mile 5 and pushed stop on my Garmin.

My splits. And a 7 second PR!


Well, seeing that just put a huge smile on my face! Even though it's not an official PR, it is a PR to me, and I glad I was able to push myself that hard without the motivation of a live race environment. Running a virtual race is a different experience--it's a different kind of mental prep. I put the finisher's medal around my neck, set up my phone to take a finisher's photo, and went in the house to have breakfast. 


A few more thoughts about running a virtual race: 
-A virtual race is A RACE. It might even be a little tougher than a live race because you don't have the race environment to motivate you. Set a time goal for your race. Make it meaningful. 
-Prepare yourself just like you would for a live race. Plan what you're going to wear. Take photos before and after. I took a picture wearing the bib, but I didn't race in the bib. I felt a little foolish, and my neighbors already think I'm weird. Maybe that wouldn't bother you, tho!
-Keep yourself honest. Sure, there's no official start/finish pad to track your time. No one but you will know if you cheat. But really, what's the point of that? You don't get to be a better runner by cheating yourself. 
-Plan your course ahead of time so you aren't weaving around to get the miles you need. I knew this route well because I run it all the time. And there is the definite advantage of running a familiar route!
-Savor the flexibility! Check the weather, run at the time of day that suits you the best. To me, this was a huge advantage. 

Overall, this was great experience for me. I loved the need for self-discipline, and the t-shirt and medal were awesome. Would I do another one? Well, it looks like I already have one on the calendar. I won a free entry to the Skirt Sports 13er, which is in June. That one is going to be a little more challenging. Local friends, if you want to run part or all of it with me, let me know! I'm working on the course/route as we speak!

Featured post from last week...

Christy at My Dirt Road Anthem ran the Run for Heaven's Sake Half Marathon

 Christy at My Dirt Road Anthem ran the Run for Heaven's Sake Half Marathon I chose this race because Christy had a tough time but powered through and ended with a great time! Read about it here

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53 comments :

  1. My sister is also doing the Bad Ass 5 miler. I just love those shirts! -M

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    1. It was way more fun than I thought it would be!

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  2. I think you should put the Star Spangled Banner on your next playlist! haha
    So awesome!

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    1. Just trying to simulate those race day conditions...

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  3. I have done a lot of virtuals, mainly for training miles. Last year, with my goal of 14 distance events in '14, I needed a few virtual races in the winter months to keep me on track (no pun intended). I agree, they are harder than "real" races because all the motivation and "crowd support" is up to YOU. :-)

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    1. I couldn't do it all the time, but this was fun. We'll see how my half goes in June.

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  4. Hoorray for a PR!! Well done.
    Love the t-shirt and medal - worth it for those alone.
    Great running!!

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    1. I'm sure that's why they asked me to do this one, designed with me in mind... LOL...

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  5. Love me some Rage against the Machine. Great job as always on your speedy pace and congrats on your PR!

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  6. I'll be running the Bad Ass Virtual next weekend, and its my first virtual race. I'm really excited!

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  7. Way to go on the PR! I've done a couple virtual races but never thought to make them super special. I always ran my usual routes in the city. Next time I should push myself more!

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  8. Your splits are just awesome! How I wish I could run those times! I haven't done a virtual in quite a while! I've been running with a group of friends and I need to suggest we do one to change things up! Thanks for the motivation! :)

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    1. This was a run experience. It would be even more fun with friends!

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  9. Awesome!! congrats on the PR and the great splits. You've sold me on a virtual race!

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    1. I wasn't so sure myself, but this was a lot of fun. Next up is that Skirt Sports 13er. Might be a little tougher to motivate myself for that one!

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  10. woot woot- love how you constantly push yourself - awesome time!!

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    1. I couldn't have asked for better conditions for a PR, that's for sure!

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  11. I have never tried a virtual race but maybe I should just to mix things up?

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  12. Awesome! Great splits girlfriend! I'll be doing this over the weekend!

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    1. I had to do mine early...life got in the way next weekend...

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  13. Congratulation on the PR! The shirt and medal are pretty awesome, probably my favorite virtual I have seen :) Both of my virtuals I ran with a target in mind and didn't stop. It does make it feel a little more special than a regular run. Love that you shared Christy's race ;) - she's awesome.

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  14. Well done! Cute name for a race. Virtual or otherwise.

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  15. Oh dang. Did i miss it? I thought it was next weekend. ... regardless, congrats

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    1. It is next weekend...I had to do it early due to scheduling conflicts. Ah, the beauty of a virtual race!

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  16. Congrats! In my opinion, every single PR counts. :-)

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  17. I kind of love this....my first ever blog post in Jan 2015 was called "Running My Own Race", and the virtual race does remind me a little bit of that....You should have put the Star Spangled Banner on your playlist!! That would not have been taking it too far at all.... As a matter of fact, maybe I will put it on my ipod for some extra motivation before some of my races !

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  18. Awesome job! I've never done a virtual race, but would like to sometime. I love your tshirt and the bling!

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  19. That's so cool that you could PR on a virtual run. I tend to take it easy when I run at home so I am not sure I could conjure up enough pressure to get me to top speed. Cute medal too!

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    1. I figured I needed to make it worth my while, since I run 5 miles on a regular basis. It was fun to push the pace!

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  20. So awesome that you did a virtual race and PR'd! I love that Rage Against the Machine song, too...definitely on my playlist. Thanks for sharing your report on my linkup.

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    1. Dang! Not sure what happened to my profile!

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    2. I'm not much of a pop music listener-- I prefer much more intense music. What can I say?

      I see your report on this link up! Thanks for linking up!

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  21. way to rock your run! amazing splits!! :)

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    1. It was really fun! Who knew I could push that hard without a race environment to motivate me?

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  22. You are a badass runner! WTG with the PR.

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    1. I'm sure that's why GFAR asked me to do this one...

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  23. I really need to do one of these!! Great job on the PR!!

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  24. Race recaps are my favorite posts to write! This is awesome that you started this. Nice. Can't wait to contribute!!

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    1. I actually didn't start it--wish I could claim that--it's Jessica at the Silvah Lining. Anyone can guest host with her. Maybe you should email her to do a week!

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  25. Nice job on the PR! Good for you because I can never push myself on my own. I've tried running my own 5Ks and usually end up slowing back after a mile. I need all those other races to help push me to a PR. Hopefully will get one at my 10k this weekend!

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    1. I knew I had to post a recap as part of my free entry, so I had a lot of motivation to make this meaningful!!! We'll see how I do with my virtual half.

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  26. I've never done a virtual race before! I've been wanting to try Beat the Blerch

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    1. We're actually reading his book for this month's book club, if you want a little background!

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