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Header - Post - 100 MilesI am beyond busy. My plate consists of work, church responsibilities, family relationships and various doctor appointments.  When my commute to work changed from 15 minutes to 60+ minutes in June 2014, my life became one of living in my car. Since that time, I have been forced to be creative with getting my health and fitness routine back in gear.

I enjoy participating in races for the camaraderie and the medals (who doesn’t like a tangible benefit?).  BGR! Medal - 03.28.15I can take or leave the t-shirts. I like to do races where there will be a contingent of my fellow Black Girls RUN! members. Unfortunately for me, the vast majority of races are held on Sundays, which conflicts with my life as a minister.  I made an exception to the “Sunday Rule” when I participated in my first 5K because I was working to reach my goal of running a 5K before the Spring ended.

I was happy when I received an email from Black Girls RUN! about the 2015 Virtual Race series. The distances are 5K, 10k and 13.1 miles. If you are not familiar, a virtual race allows the participants to run anywhere, any time as long as the race is completed prior to the end of race day. The Black Girls RUN! Virtual Race Series occurs on March 28, June 27, September 26 and December 5. 

For the March 28 race, I ran/walked a 5K. It was tough because I was just getting back into the gym on a regular basis. Planet Fitness has finally opened a gym in my town (hallelujah!!!), so no more driving 30 minutes one way in order to exercise. And it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Good stuff.

When my medal arrived in the mail last week, I was so excited that I have decided that the June 27 race will be a 10K! I even created a training schedule on my Nike+ Running App so that I will be prepared for this new distance. I haven’t even walked this distance on one occasion yet. It ought to be an interesting training program. Pray for me. 

Have you ever participated in any virtual races? What has your experience been? Please share your thoughts with me.  You can leave a comment at the end of this post or on the Facebook fan page, Tweet me, or complete the form on the Contact page.  Be blessed. Remain encouraged. 

Min. Crystal L. Cochren