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The Virtual Running Movement: How Jost Running Is Making It Happen (and changing my view)

Disclaimer: For the next three months I will be working with Jost Running as a virtual blogger. I received entries to their virtual events in trade for blogging about what they do and my opinions. No other compensation was received.

Virtual running events have always had me skeptical.

To me it was not truly racing. I did not want to spend my money on something that was not truly racing. With everything going on in my outside running world, I am being stingy with money.

But Jost Running is slowly changing my views of this.

Jost Running is a great small family run outfit that produces virtual running events once a month. Right off the top] one of the things that I love about what they do is each event you not only get to choose the distance you want to accomplish, each race gives back to charity. The races are reasonably priced (between 25-35 dollars) and come with a very nice medal and a bib you can bring yourself.

My 10K Soaring Medal for Jost Running
My 10K Soaring Medal for Jost Running
Septembers races have an airborne theme, and benefit Team For Kids Program via the New York Marathon. This program brings running to kids in NY and helps them learn how to adopt healthy life style.

I decided to take my challenge yesterday as the weather was going to be almost perfect for a 10K. I took off on my normal 10K route through Linnton and back home. I really do adore this route a lot because it does push me because of the hills but its rather scenic as well.

But yesterday I was seriously pushing the pace. I wanted to leave it all out on the road so I felt like I really did earn my medal. It was a little slick with some of the dropped leaves at Linton.

It was one of the fastest times I have set in a long time on the 10K distance which is something I am super proud of. I defiantly felt like I had did everything I could to earn my new amazing medal.

That being said. My racing schedule has defiantly been impacted by everything going on with my dad’s health and the issues related to it. I really like the idea of these virtual challenges to help me stay connected to my running, continue to challenge and motivate myself and continue to force myself to take some me time to accomplish some bigger goals.

My Adventures in @InteractiveFitness and my First Challenge Completion

In December of last year, our gym, West Coast Fitness brought in a lot of amazing new equipment. One of the funnest pieces was Interactive Fitness Expresso Bikes. The best way to describe these bikes is they are video games attached to in our case, spin bikes. For tri-athletes the best way to describe them is a trainer. They have rides of varying lengths, varying elevations and something called the Dragon Chase. (Which I will talk about in a future blog)

For me, who has the attention span of a flea when it comes to bikes, or treadmills. These had been such a refreshing change. These bikes are challenging and leave me in a puddle of sweat each and every time that I am on them.

Each month the company behind the bikes sets up a different challenge for riders. These challenges are meant to motivate riders to spend more time on the bike, motivate them to push themselves hard and commit to a big goal. If you accomplish the challenge you win a badge for your profile and you can purchase the shirt related to the jersey for that challenge.

On top of that each gym has a team captain (at West Coast that is me!) to help motivate and answer any questions that could come up.

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I have yet to be able to complete a challenge, they have either been too monstrous or they have been right in the middle of training for something else. This month with my transition into my “running for fun” project and my desire to try some different challenges, this month turned out to be the first month I could try for one and this one was one of the biggest ones they offer.

Vuelta a Expresso, is 106 miles in 21 different workouts. Again, they go from easy to a couple in the more challenging category. This one was a true endurance challenge. But again it was meant to inspire and push and that it did.

Yesterday, I became one of… As of today 320 some riders nationwide to finish. I am really super proud of it because it was a lot of work.

I can’t say it enough. If you have any of the Interactive Fitness products at your gym. I can’t recommend them enough. They are fun ways to take the boring out of your cardio.