What: Nuun #RunRideHydrate Virtual 5k
Where: Pittsfield, MA
When: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 8:30 am
Weather: Sunny and warm
As a Nuunbassador, I had the opportunity to participate in the Nuun #RunRideHydrate Virtual race. They were offering various running distances as well as cycling distances. I knew I was going to be in Massachusetts for the holiday weekend, so I decided to go with the 5k option. Packet “pickup” was super easy–they mailed the swag kit right to my house! I got a super soft t-shirt, a race bib, medal, two Nuun temporary tattoos, a Run Ride Hydrate sticker, and an individual tab of Nuun for hydration on the go.
I’m actually shocked I dragged myself out of bed as early as I did. I worked all day Thursday, then drove 3.5 hours to MA, then had a couple of beers and stayed up late. But after 8 hours of sleep, I guess I was ready to go. It was a beautiful morning, and after a glass of orange juice (yes, this was my only “fuel”), I hit the pavement.
This run was so much fun for me. Pittsfield is where my family lived for 6 years before we moved back to Vermont, so I have a LOT of memories of the neighborhood I ran through. So many of the houses I passed I had played in, because friends used to live there. I ran past the river where we used to catch crayfish and frogs. I ran past the nursery where we used to flip over rocks to find garter snakes. I ran past the street where I’d cut through yards and trees to get to my friend Amanda’s house; if I took roads, I’d be “out of bounds” according to Mom rules, so I had to find a nontraditional way to get there. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire run.
Somehow, I managed to pull out a time of 29:09, which is only 16 seconds off my PR. I have no idea how that happened, but I’m not going to complain about it.
Have you ever done a virtual race?