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Oktoberfest Virtual 5K- AKA- Where did all that speed come from?

Note: Jost Running has been kind enough to invite me to participate in their fall series of events in trade for blogging about my experience. No other compensation was provided.

Just ever have one of those days?

You know you have.

When you are getting pulled in ten thousand directions, you have a plate full of things that have to get done, you are just not getting anywhere.

And it all feels like chaos?

That was one of those days for me today. I was a WRECK.

I was unfocused and a tad bit frazzled when my mail showed up. In the mail was the yet to be earned Oktoberfest medal from Jost Running. If you did not read my last blog. Jost Racing hosts a monthly virtual racing series that always benefits a charity. This months medal was for the Midwest Food Bank.

Because things have been far from normal for me, this virtual racing thing has been the perfect. It gives me motivation to challenge myself when racing may not be in the cards. Or it gives me a chance to challenge myself in my training without having to stress about the confines the race.

Today was just one of those days that I needed to have something to focus on. I went out to take a 5K on Willamette. I started out really fast, and I think it was just the frantic energy hitting me, but it felt really really good so I decided to go with it.

I knew the second my first mile was a 9:09, my fastest mile in at least a couple years (since I started to focus on the half marathons and full marathons) that I probably went out way too fast. But I made the decision instead of going back to my regular interval running I was just going to throw it all out there and see what was going to happen.

And it completely paid off.

I was completely spent after. But I pulled off the fastest 5K I have in a long time. It was nice to know that I could still pull that speed off when I was determined to do it.

For being a virtual racing skeptic, I am starting to see that virtual racing has an all upside. Its a great way to keep challenging yourself in between races or give you something to focus on when the world seems to be dragging you out of focus and you need to be centered. I have one more challenge to work on for them until next month.

You can check out Jost Running at https://www.jostrunning.com/ or click on the photo above.

My medal and the time that even shocked me.
My medal and the time that even shocked me.