By Jesse Huyler
We live in a technological world. This statement is not news to most people. If, somehow, this IS news to you it’s time you reevaluated the doorstop you carry around pretending it’s a cell phone. You’re not more laid back than me because you don’t Instagram your absolutely perfect turkey and avocado sandwich, you just can’t.
But I digress.
We live in a technological world, yes there are people who marry their internet-created character girlfriends, but we have figured out how to unite in less, uh, obscure ways as well. Virtual races, for example, are quickly gaining popularity as people look for communities that share their passion (or new years resolution) of running. Sites like SparkPeople and JostRunning are popping up all over the web, encouraging people to sign up for races that they can do any time they want, with whomever they want, even dun dun dun by themselves! All you need to do is join a race, track your running route and time, post that information to the company site and be the better you that you always wanted to be. You go better you!
You might ask how does one stay motivated? What is a driving force? What makes this selfless yet post all over your Facebook worthy? Well, in most cases you are running for charity. Jostrunning, for example, donates a portion of race entry fees to a different charity every month. In January this year, the site has organized a 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon that benefit The Disabled Athlete Sports Association.
To further motivate runners, tons of awesome companies — including us at Polar Bottle — donate swag to virtual races every year. Last year, Polar Bottle contributed sweet sport water bottles to virtual races like the ‘Swagtastic Virtual Half Marathon’ and ‘Put Kids First Virtual Marathon.’ In most virtual races you can also post your race time on race organizers websites and Facebook pages where people will ‘like’ and support you to keep you motivated — not to mention the awesome selfies you can take with the medal jostrunning.com will send you after you complete your race. Virtual racing provides the community and excitement that comes with racing while eliminating the hassle of traveling to the race location and paying insane entrance fees.
Whether you are already an avid runner or are just breaking in your sneaks there is no shame in adding in some audio inspiration to your running routine. To help you form your perfect yogging soundtrack, the athletes of Polar Bottle water bottle share some of our favorite jams and what it is about them that ignites the inner warrior. To see our suggestions just scroll to THE BEST SONG LIST YOU’VE EVER HAD. If you are interested in signing up for a virtual race here are some good places to start.
If you want some time to train:
If you want some time to stretch:
If you are ready for a marathon…but not tomorrow:
If you want to run a half marathon next week:
If you live in running shoes and want to run a 5K like…now.
THE BEST SONG LIST YOU’VE EVER HAD or at least some you haven’t thought of:
Frank in sales likes Johnny Winter’s cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61’The Ike Reilly Assassination, ‘when Irish eyes are burning.’ He says it makes him strong like bull. ‘sleep now in the fire’ in particular because it has a great beat and the intensity in the track makes her feel like she’s in an awesome movie. Florence and the machine’s ‘Dog days are over’ because the soft breaks against the heavy pickups make sprints a little easier with some sweet guidelines. Plus it says run fast…obvious but true. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
‘Raised on Rock’ a listen for a steady warm-up.‘safe and sound’ by Capital Cities. The horns are a cool detail that make it easy to be the star of an 80’s movie finale. It’s a make your own montage song so, who doesn’t like that. Widespread Panic’s ‘Chilly weather,’ he likes the lyrics “Time to go to work again,” which makes him feel like pushing through the struggle.