Sometimes, a race is all about the bling. The training runs in all forms of weather, the sore legs and tired feet, the long weekend runs, and the early morning rises. All for an amazing experience and a cool medal.
While training for the half marathon coming up in May, a few smaller milestones and shiny medal motivators help keep me going. Which is why virtual runs are so neat! If you haven’t heard about this, a virtual run is organized by a running company. You have the luxury of running where, how, when and with whomever you want, be that on a treadmill at 9pm or on a Tuesday before work.
How it works:
- You sign up for virtual run that fits your schedule – each one has a designated timeframe in which to complete the run & submit your time (usually around 2-4 weeks).
- You pick your desired distance: anywhere from a 5k up to a full marathon.
- You run the distance and submit your time to their website.
- They mail you the medal once the timeframe is over.
Level Up Virtual Runs gave me the opportunity to do their “Runner Awakens” virtual 5k recently with a really sweet Star Wars themed medal! Certainly made that day’s run a bit better.
If you need that extra push, or want to run a race with friends, or just on your own, this is the perfect solution. It’s much cheaper than an organized race, too! The next Level Up Virtual Run theme is The Incredibles. Hope to (virtually) see you on race day!
Besides running, here’s a recipe for a super flavorful and high protein breakfast. And it’s FAST. Less than 10 minutes and you can have a healthy bowl in front of you, whether to refuel after a run, or a breakfast you can slink back into bed with to enjoy 🙂
Curried Oatmeal with Scrambled Eggs
- 2 C water
- 1 C old-fashioned oats
- 1/4 tbsp curry powder
- 1/4 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp chili powder
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 C milk
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 4 eggs
- sea salt & black pepper, to taste
Bring water to a boil in a pot. Stir in the oats, reduce heat to medium, and let cook 5 minutes.
Stir in the spices and milk, cooking another minute or two, to absorb all the liquid. Spoon into two bowls.
In that same pot, heat olive oil over medium-high. Crack eggs directly into the pot and start stirring to scramble. Cook to your desired doneness, and split them up into the two bowls, atop the oatmeal.
Season with sea salt & black pepper and enjoy this ultra-flavorful and protein-packed breakfast!
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