It's been tough to stay motivated to train while in-person training is on hold so I've been so thankful for the virtual races that have popped up to keep me going. I had been chasing a 5k PR since last October and after a failed attempt earlier in the summer, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to give it another shot at the America Runs 5k.
Although nothing quite beats the adrenaline rush of the start-line of any race, I really appreciated the mission of this 5k to connect runners from across the country. Especially for virtual racing, I think it's essential to have a "common goal" or mission to help motivate you. Not only was the overall messaging of the race a great motivator, but I loved that a portion of the proceeds were also being donated to Covid relief efforts.
On top of that, you've also got some sweet swag to run for. Not just the traditional race shirt and medal but I'm a HUGE fan of the hat that came with the race packet as well. Really, the only thing that could have gone better would have been if I put a little more effort into planning out my course but otherwise it was a GREAT race.
It gave me something to run for and I snagged a new 5k PR! Can't wait for the next one.