I drafted this post weeks and weeks ago, but hadn’t gotten around to posting when voilà! I got the medal in the mail today after so many weeks went by that I had forgotten all about it! So opening the mail today was fun!!
I’m looking forward to other fun mail this week, too… I’ll share when it comes!
Have you heard of this new phenomenon? Virtual races are convenient if you want to pick your own race, your own pace, and your own course. Basically you pledge to finish running (or walking, or biking, in some cases) whatever the distance of the virtual race is, and then you send proof of your activity to the sponsor, and you get your race medal in the mail! Some of them even send you a commemorative bib.
I recently participated in two virtual races to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the beneficiaries of the runDisney races this January for which I’m training.
The first one, “Just a Little Dopey,” required the participant to complete 4.86 miles, representing the 48.6 miles required by the “Dopey Challenge” at Disney Marathon Weekend in 2014.
About 3 months after I finished this challenge, I received my gorgeous glittery medal in the mail! It’s one of my favorites, after my 5th anniversary Disney Princess Half Marathon medal from last February.
A few weeks ago, I also completed a similar “Just a Little Goofy” virtual race. (Both of these races are closed now). I loved that I could complete it during a normal Saturday training run, so I felt like my 3.93-mile run had a purpose beyond just a means to an end. (After I took a screenshot of the 3.93 miles on my RunKeeper app, I went ahead and rounded it off to 4. I have an OCD about even numbers.
I didn’t have to get a sitter or travel out of town for this virtual race.
And one day several weeks from now, when I’ve probably long since forgotten this short training run, when my toddler and I are checking the mail together, I’ll have a glittery Goofy medal waiting to hang up on my medal rack! Yep! That happened today. And my toddler was, in fact, the one to open the mail box! Predictable yet unexpected.