One of my favorite races in the Boise, Idaho area, Race For the Steaks turned into a virtual running event this year. And as a look through my race recaps, this race has been in place since 2014, I have participated 4 times and not once have I wrote a race recap for the blog. Crazy.
I really missed the sound of the cowbell awards clanging, a hearty steak dinner and cold beer afterwards. But a virtual event was OK to get me through to next year.
I felt OK with this run. It wasn’t my fastest by far, but I got out there and felt like I accomplished something. The RaceJoy app appeared to work well, and was in sync with my Garmin data.
I didn’t have a time goal as I have limited my running the past little bit. I hobbled through with a walk/run thing and did not have a strategy. My shoe was too tight, which caused me to stop and adjust it after I already adjusted it during my warm-up.
My last mile was nice. I wasn’t really in the groove or mood to run, but it felt good to get outside. The weather was just about perfect after I warmed up.
One of the best things about this race is the swag. All useful stuff. My other half snatched the jerky and hid it and ate it already. There is a coupon for finger steaks at Big Jud’s and a beverage at Sockeye Brewery. We headed to Big Jud’s for post-race dinner.
I have only had the burgers at Big Jud’s but I devoured the finger steaks. Usually, most places use tough and grisly steak but these were really tender. Totally recommend.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for 2020 to be over and things to go back to normal. We can’t cancel everything in our lives forever. I want to run races with real humans beside me again. Even if it involves a face mask. But good virtual runs that work out and fall into place are acceptable.
How has your summer and early autumn been? Have you joined any good virtual, or live, races?