This may be the longest “race report” about a virtual race, ever. But, I *puffy heart* loved it so much, I have to gush. Please indulge my love letter to my “sole sisters”.
I’ve said before how much I absolutely ADORE my Moms Run This Town chapter. These ladies are all so amazingly supportive and all around bad ass, I can hardly stand it some days. A few weeks ago, I asked if anyone knew of a local-ish half marathon on Valentine’s weekend because I needed a time check for Blue Ridge. These ladies can ferret out some of the most obscure races so I thought one of them might be in the know. We can up empty handed but one of my friends piped up with an offer to make a virtual course for us. And, the First Annual Share the Love (of Hills) Multidistance race was born!
It was a double looped course, with the second loop in reverse. The main loop was actually a figure 8, so ladies could drop out when they hit their desired distance. The house that was acting as home base was fully stocked with Lara Bars, Honey Stingers, water, pretzels, candy hearts, and other goodies. The mom even remembered tissues and handi wipes (which froze, but that’s okay).
Our numbers were diminished a bit, due to the frigid temperatures, but everyone was happy to be running. It was a real feel of 0 at the start but, luckily, the wind was light and the sun was shining!
Only 3 of us were running the full 13.1 but we caught glimpses of the other distance runners and having friends at the aid stations was a big boost!
The actual race was pretty uneventful. My two running companions were in great spirits and we had a fantastic time just taking the hills, one at a time.
Before we knew it, we were done!!
With the help of these fantastic ladies, I was able to achieve an 11 minute personal record in my half marathon time. That’s with a ton of hills and absolutely freezing temperatures. I am so incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic support network! I never thought I was much of a “group player” but being a member of MRTT has completely changed my tune. I have received so much from the other members and I try to give as much as I get – but I know that the equation will never be balanced. I truly ❤ MRTT