Today I completed running 245 miles of the NYC Subway System Challenge. No, I did not leave Massachusetts and run between all the subway stations of the The Big Apple in New York. However, I did at times feel as if I was there. You are most likely wondering why I would challenge myself to participate in an event that is happening virtually?
When you are accustomed to regularly participating in events there is a certain routine that takes place in in your life. There is of course the events themselves but the larger part is the training, Prior to Covid19 causing the shutdown of major athletic events members of my club, GNRC (Greater Neponsett Running Club) would sign up for marathons and other events and support one another during training running together and motivating one another to get through the workouts. This camaraderie is a major benefit of belonging to a club. Doing a few miles by yourself is fine but when you have to run many miles it’s helpful to have company of others to keep you on track, motivated and focused.
Many of my friends have already put in the training time prior to their events got cancelled. The virtual events allowed some of us to still do something with all the hard effort we have already put in preparing our physical body and our mind to push harder with each workout session. For most people who regularly participate in any type of race the event itself it the culmination of all what has already been done. For the most part people will login hundreds of miles over 220 weeks just to run 26.2 miles or 42 km in a marathon. It astonishes me each time when people are amazed that you just ran a marathon but no one actually stops to think of all the hours and miles you actually logged in before to be able to do that.
Last summer I trained and prepared myself to run 260 km over 8 days to run around Mt. Kilimanjaro with a small group of runners from around the world. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. On August 12th last year I posted: