5 Reasons to Sign up for a Virtual Race – Even If You’re Not a Runner
During these stressful times, staying active and finding ways to connect with a community are more important than ever. That’s why we love hosting virtual races: it gives our members (and even non-members!) the chance to train and race together safely from their own neighborhoods. But maybe you’ve never participated in a race and aren’t sure this event is for you.
Here are five reasons you should sign up for In-Shape’s next virtual race – even if you’re not a runner.
1. You don’t actually have to run.
Plenty of people who participate in 5K and 10K races walk the whole race. You can train to walk it as quickly as possible, or just enjoy the distance challenge without worrying about pace. Others might start the race running and later walk to the finish. Some running coaches even recommend a strategy of switching off between running and walking every few minutes. Whatever gets you to that finish line!
2. …But signing up might make you want to.
Having a race on the calendar might motivate you to give running a(nother) try. And while training for the event isn’t a requirement, we have training plans and motivational coaches for different running levels ready to encourage you and help you train.
3. Virtual runs are convenient.
Although we usually recommend early morning to beat the heat, you can complete your 5K or 10K at any time of day on race day. Best of all, you can complete the entire race in your neighborhood. That means that this running event has no parking problems, no long lines for the Porta-Potty, and no reason to feel nervous or intimidated.
4. You get a cool race t-shirt.
There’s something so sweet about swag you get for completing a race. One day, when you’re having trouble finding the motivation to work out, you’ll pull out your virtual race t-shirt and remember how good it felt to cross that finish line. Our run club loves building their virtual race t-shirt collection—and it’s never too late to start yours!
5. It’s a great way to connect with a new virtual community.
This is our real secret to staying motivated. Working out without a workout buddy can be lonely sometimes. Our In-Shape Run Club Facebook group is a great way to see what other runners are doing to train, plus remind you to get out there and get your own running selfie. Best of all, our inspiring running coaches pop in regularly to share running tips and motivation. It feels good knowing you have the In-Shape Run Club cheering you on every time you get out for a run.
Setting a goal (and CRUSHING it!) will prove to yourself just how strong you are. And that new confidence will help you keep moving forward on your running—and fitness—journey.
Remember to abide by your city’s guidelines on being and training outside during this time.