I love to race in person, but sometimes a virtual race is a good fit. It gives you a sense of community and accountability, plus rewards your efforts.
When some friends opted into the 465 Virtual Race Challenge, I decided to join them. The challenge was to complete a 53-mile virtual loop between January 1 and February 29.
Except for a couple of hiccups in February, my challenge went well.
My initial training plan included a 10K in January, and two half marathons in February. I figured I could run 5 or 6 Loops (318 miles) during the 60-day challenge.
But, life happened. I ran my January 10K and lots of training miles, but didn't get to race either of my half marathons.
However, I did manage over 5 loops despite being sick the last four days in February.
Run, Bike, Swim or Walk Your Miles
The idea behind the challenge is to stay active long past the time most New Year's Resolutions last (2 weeks) to establish an active lifestyle habit.
Every participant chose how to get the miles in. Run or walk, swim or ride a bike. I ran and walked my miles. Many people added biking and swimming workouts.
Premium Challenge Participants Received:
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Participants Earn #465Challenge SWAG
465 Challenge Virtual Race Kept Me Motivated
Sometimes, we need help staying motivated — this challenge did that for me. I tracked my daily miles on the tracker sheet, and interacted with other runners on social media using #465Challenge. It was fun to see how people stayed active, and how many loops my friends finished.
I'd recommend opting into a virtual challenge for several reasons:
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