On Saturday, Jeff and I participated in our first virtual race - the Beat the Blerch 10K! This virtual race came about as a result of the popularity of the Blerch comic called "the terrible and wonderful reasons why I run long distances" by Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal. Jeff and I both loved that particular comic, and when the actual Beat the Blerch race was organized (and sold out within minutes), we were a little bummed to miss out (even though it was in Washington State and realistically, we couldn't travel there). So when they announced a virtual race, complete with swag, we were in! Luckily for us, the distance coincided almost perfectly with our training schedule (we were supposed to run 6 miles, so we just tacked on an extra .2) for race weekend.
The SWAG - better than anything I've received for a real race!
We even got a medal:
It's crazy and I love it!
The "race" was tough, not gonna lie. It was incredibly humid - weather said 99% at 4:30 am when I checked it online, and it was 73 degrees. Plus, I changed my intervals to 2:1 (run two minutes, walk one minute) - why, I don't know. Obviously I was still on a deceptive running high from California. But it it felt like FOREVER before my Garmin would chime two minutes and I could take a walk break, and that messed with my head, along with the dumb weather messing with my body. I ran with Julia, and although the company was wonderful, the run? Not so much.
Jeff and I afterward - even with a rough run, we still awarded ourselves the medals!
Because junk food is a major component of the actual Blerch race (they had Nutella sandwiches and birthday cake along with the regular race food at aid stations along the route), we decided to honor the race by getting a cupcake at Blue Baker:
Neither of us could stomach the idea of eating it so soon after running that many miles in the heat, so we brought it home and shared it later in the afternoon. It was delicious, of course!
This "race" was a fun way to break up the monotony of our training - we aren't quite halfway through the season, so it was nice to have a distraction AND get swag, too. Thanks, Blerch!