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We all need extra holiday cheer this year, and I'm happy to report I found it with the Elf Virtual Run hosted by Ram Races.
I appreciate when race management communicates on a regular basis, and Ram Racing certainly did. I received regular emails throughout the event.
Along the way runners could enter a contest to win energy gels, and download a training plan.
There's a race-specific Elf Virtual Run Instagram account that provides info and updates.
Adding Holiday Cheer to My #RunWithBuddy Race
As soon as I registered I started looking for ways to channel Buddy the Elf. I wanted to embrace and spread holiday cheer. Here's what happened:
Disclaimer: I received registration for the Elf Virtual Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews.
Why I Loved My Elf Virtual Run
If I seriously counted my miles, I geared-up and ran my Elf race 2 or 3 times. I liked running around the city wearing holiday gear and hiding painted rocks. It was the least I could do to spread Christmas cheer.
For me, having a themed race was a good distraction. We didn't travel or see extended family this year. Covid-19 and the economy provided extra worries. It was fun to focus on a holiday race.
The virtual aspect was the best part — I could share the race with friends and family who live far away. I didn't worry about safety precautions beyond my own mask and route. I could run when and where I wanted.
Plus, it felt good to train for and run extra miles during a season filled with extra carb-loading.
Elf Virtual Run Race SWAG is AWESOME
My red full-zip hoodie, race bib, and green ELF beanie arrived in early December. Race management advised us via email that the medals would follow later. There was a delay in shipping. My medal arrived on December 28.
If you need this great swag in your life, it's not too late to get it. You can register and run The Elf Virtual Run until January 31, 2021.
Sign up now, and you can enjoy the Elf gear for years to come! I know I will.
Check Out How Other BibRave Pros Personalized Their Elf Virtual Run
One of the best parts of a virtual race is that you can make it exactly what you want. I added a Scavenger Hunt because I like silly goals and distractions. Check out how some of my fellow BibRave Pros ran their virtual Elf Run for more ideas.
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When Your Half Marathon Becomes a 10K — And You're Totally Okay with It
I've been working towards a goal of a half marathon PR. My first try was scheduled for the First Watch Sarasota Half on October 20.
Due to weather and safety challenges, the race management cancelled the half. However, half runners were invited to run a 10K race for free instead. So, I did!
Read my review of First Watch Sarasota Half Marathon that became a 10K bridge run. While I didn't get a half mara PR, I did get an awesome challenge and race experience.
It was a solid training run that increases my chances for a PR in November. It's all good if you ask me!
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Hop on over to the race review page to learn why the Copperhead 5K is such a fun event. It takes place inside the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor.
This kick off event for the Valspar Championship landed on St. Patrick's Day this year. That led to some additional greens. The Veterans Alternative non-profit is this Copperhead Charities beneficiary.
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Lots of Race Options at the SPB Classic
Here's the bling I brought home after running the 2019 St Pete Beach Classic Duo on Saturday, January 19th. The Duo includes a 10K race at 7 am followed by a 5K race at 9 am. There's time in between to chat and relax. Plus, there's a cute Kids Dash that's fun to watch before the 5K.
Other race options include a Saturday night 3.8 mile Beach Fun Run, and Sunday's half marathon. If you're up to the challenge, run every single race to earn the Marathon Challenge medal. That's 4 races in two days that total 26.2 miles.
Check out my complete SPB Classic review here. If you haven't tried this race, consider it. It's a fun getaway weekend whether you live near or far.
The races take place over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend each January. Next year's race dates are January 18 and 19, 2020.
My Dad (a former track coach) advised me to hang on the shoulder of the leader for the entire race. Well, I couldn't do that since the winner ran the half in 1:18, but I took Dad's advice to heart, and hung on the shoulder of the 2:30 pacer.
This blog is my race recap. Detailed review here --> St Pete Beach Classic
The race began on time. Less than a quarter mile in, the sky opened and drenched us for a soggy minute. There was a collective moan from the runners as everyone realized we were about to run 13 miles with wet feet.
I was one of twelve runners with the 2:30 pacer (Carolyn), for the first few miles. Carolyn was amazing. It turned out she's a running coach. She kept us on pace the entire time — hills and no hills, wind and no wind. I was very impressed as each mile ticked off and we were still on pace.
That's the first time I ran in the thick of a pace group. Usually, I'm further back and keep them in sight. Coach Carolyn kept us engaged. She asked us questions, and gave us tips as our group ran mile after mile.
At mile 5, we lost 3 people from our group. A couple more runners dropped back at mile 8 when we faced very strong head winds. I learned later that the wind gusts were 30-35 mph.
The 7 people remaining in our group literally ran in a straight line trying to break the wind as we made our way through mile 9.
I suddenly got a Charley Horse in my left calf as we reached mile 10. My muscle screamed at me, so I slowed to a walk. Coach Carolyn turned and encouraged me to wait and walk through the aid station. I nodded. I wished that I could.
I watched as my pace group move ahead without me. Soon they were farther and farther away. It was sad to say goodbye to them. They were fun.
I massaged my calf muscle; even tried to roll it out each time I saw an appropriate railing. I decided to walk to mile 11 and then if my calf felt better, I would run the last couple of miles. I knew my PR had slipped away, but I wasn't ready to give up.
Questions? Feel free to comment or email me. #spbclassic
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2021 BDR Schedule:
Sept 25: Orlando
Oct 16-17: Safety Harbor