We live in a technological world. This statement is not news to most people, but if somehow this IS news to you, it’s time you reevaluate your rotary dial telephone. 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

For background info on SparkPeople click here, and if you want to know more about jostrunning click here.

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’  

Addie, our PR associate likes 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.

Dane, our events coordinator, listens to books on tape, so if you are a multitasker who isn’t satisfied unless you’re working both your glutes and your brain Dane recommends The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Judy, Polar Bottle’s co-founder and president listens to The King…if you’re too young to know who that is or have one of the fore mentioned doorstop phones, The King is Elvis Presley. You know, the guy with the hips. Give ‘Raised on Rock’ a listen for a steady warm-up.

Mike in sales likes Widespread Panic’s ‘Chilly weather,’ he likes the lyrics “Time to go to work again,” which makes him feel like pushing through the struggle.