Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run Virtual 5k

Happy Halloween!! 🎃🖤

How does one recap a virtual 5k? Because honestly I’m not sure. 😂 With no pre/post race festivities to talk about (because obviously there were none) this “race” really just felt like any other training run.

I am really glad that I signed up for it though! After not running for two weeks because of a knee injury this was really good motivation to get out the door and run 3.1 miles.

I decided to switch things up a little bit and go to a paved trail not far from where I live. I figured that would be more fun than running around my neighborhood for the 8 millionth time and it definitely was! Plus it was a beautiful day and there was some really nice fall foliage to be seen!

So this trail is like 20 miles long I think, so no loop for me today. I did an out and back which was actually really nice! Coming back from an injury feels a lot more manageable when you get to turn around and start heading back to your car at 1.5 miles into your first run back. 😂

My knee felt alright during this run although I did do quite a bit of walking. But I am thinking I’ll be able to start doing a few short and easy runs every week now so I’m pretty stoked about that!

Once I finished my 5k I immediately took my medal out of its packaging (I never opened it because I didn’t want to see it until I had finished the virtual run) and put it one. Honestly it felt kinda weird. Like I said, this felt just like a normal training run, although I did feel rather accomplished for getting it done.

I’m not gonna lie, I really miss IRL racing. My local running companies have been doing some IRL races over the summer and now into the fall but right now I really don’t want to risk going to one. I don’t want to be the reason we end up with COVID back in the nursing home I work at. Although we are kinda preparing for round two of it…but still. I just don’t feel comfortable doing things like that right now.

And speaking of COVID, is anyone doing anything fun for Halloween? Or are you just hanging out at home? Hahaha my virtual 5k was my Halloween fun for the day. 😂 We bought candy just in case we do get trick-or-treaters but honestly I don’t know if we will. I guess we shall see.

I miss precedented times…

Hahaha anyway, I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!!

~Ashley 🎃🍂🖤

4 thoughts on “Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run Virtual 5k

  1. WVRunnergirl16

    I just finished another virtual 5k myself and like you I don’t open the packet (if I have it) until I’ve completed my race, submitted my time and if I can submitted a copy it from Strava. I gotta earn it 😄

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  2. TrekkieLianne

    I’m glad you had a nice run! It will be great when live racing returns. And best wishes on getting the knee back in order. I’m working my way back from a late September Achilles strain and ran two miles of a virtual 5k today with some people from my run club. It was a Dia de los Muertos run and we had steak tacos with beer at 10 am for breakfast. The life of a runner, crazy but someone’s gotta do it! 🙂

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