Last year, I did one virtual race, and frankly, I wasn’t a fan.
I’ve come to discover that I like having other folks around me while I’m running, and I do a little better with a structured race. However, the virtual races are growing on me. Let’s face it, aside from the finish line, both formal and virtual races end about the same for me… finishing by myself. And that’s ok.
Last Tuesday, I tackled the Dark Helmut 5K. Much like a regular race, I’m finding that course selection is key. For this race, I chose a course that I’d run once. It has a great downhill in the first half, but that same hill becomes an awful adversary on the return trip. And it’s that hill that has kicked my butt both times I’ve done this course.
But I finished, and I knew I had to.
This race was a fundraiser for another runner, Calla Hess, and was managed by the folks at MoonJoggers. I’ve never met Calla, but I was happy to run this race to benefit her. You can read her story here. With the Spaceballs-themed medal, I was even more excited to do this one. However, it sold out quickly, and I’d missed my chance to run it. A couple of weeks ago, the MoonJoggers folks said they were opening a second round for it, and I pounced on it.
I posted on their Facebook site, thanking them for bringing it back. I expected to hear from the MoonJoggers folks, but I was floored to get a response from Calla herself!
Many of the races I run have some kind of charity or organization that benefits from the proceeds of the race. This is the first time I’d ever heard directly from someone benefitting from my activity, and it was a wonderful feeling.
That’s really the fortune cookie in this run for me. Sometimes, it’s really not about how hard my race was. Sometimes it’s about how hard someone else’s race is, and being able to help.
May the Schwartz be with you!