On Saturday I competed in the Inaugural Twitter Road Race. A big thanks to @seedouglasrun for putting on the race. And yes, I am going to be using people’s Twitter handles instead of their real names in this post, it’s only fitting! Another unique thing about this recap is I will be including some of my Twitter friends experiences in the Twitter Road Race as the whole point of this race was to connect with other runners on Twitter.
So without further ado, here are just a few stories from some of my tweeps who participated in the race. A word of caution: We are all part of the Idiots Running Club. You have been warned!
@WarriorBetsy : The Twitter Road Race was my first virtual run ever! I intended on actually taking the race to the road (or sidewalk) but it was 14 degrees out with a real feel of 6 so I ended up on the treadmill at the gym. I wish I had some fun people watching stories to share with you but it turns out that few people go to my gym on a Saturday morning. I finished my 5k in 29:04. Not too shabby but I should be able to pull out a better time since the conditions were all controlled. But the reality is, I don’t make a good hamster, I run better outside. Technically it is a 5k PR for me, but I am not sure I want to count it as one.
For me, the best part of the race was seeing everyone’s posts on Twitter! If you are not already aware, there is a huge running community on Twitter. And although most runners are pretty competitive, most are also extremely supportive and encouraging of each other.
@elle_dubya : The Twitter Road Race happened to fall on the same Saturday as the inaugural run for a group I’ve been wanting to form for a while. Like so many runners, I need the accountability of someone standing outside tapping their foot waiting for me to appear so we can pound some pavement. After speaking with the Recreation Minister (yeah, one exists!) at my church, we decided to form the group and put the info out there for the first run that just so happened this morning at 7:00a.m. Of the four runners who showed up, the groups skill level ranged from a 20 year old 7 minute-miler training for his first 70.3 all the way to a 45 year old experienced triathlete less than 2 months post-op from major surgery who needed the motivation and incentive to restart her training as much as anyone. We split into pairs and the faster (younger) fellas ran out & double backed to catch up with us older & slower ladies. The weather was cool, the wind was gentle & the morning was perfect for the first ever Twitter Road Race and the first ever group run of the WBCrunners!
@vetrunnah : This morning was the great #Twitter Road Race – alias 5K run. I signed up and thought it would be a pretty cool thing to do. Unfortunately, over the past week we have had freezing rain and snow, which made for interesting footing or more realistically slower going so I don’t end up on my butt 🙂
The temperature at 9:30 A.M. was 10F degrees, no wind to speak of and overcast skies (gonna snow a little bit again). I planned on going 5.0 and just have the 5K as part of the run. I started at mile marker .25 and turned around at mile marker 2.75, which tells me that is 2.5 miles or a total of 5.0 on an out and back course. The Endomondo App only gave me credit for doing 4.77 (boo, hiss).
So when I hit 3.1 miles on my iPhone Endomondo it was 31:29, so my official time for the Twitter Road Race 5K was that. Click here to read the full recap on @vetrunnah’s blog.
@openmikey: I was going to go for a long run Saturday morning, but then I noticed that it was the day for the #twitterroadrace and I felt the need to compete. I’m crazy like that. I ran hard the whole way, even when I started feeling lousy. In the past, I would’ve had to back off more than I did or puke. Not this time. I ran through it with only a slight dip in pace. I kept pressing on and finished with a decent time for me, 00:24. I guess we’ll see how it does on twitter later.
@mmeals: Did the Warrior Dash in Central Florida on Saturday. After a couple of years of pavement running, I finally got my butt kicked on a trail type run. I did manage to cut my leg open and twist my ankle . . . but I just followed the Idiot Running Club’s motto and rubbed some dirt on it. All better now and I finished in about 50:14.
@k_maul: So Saturday’s 20 miles had failures all across the board . . . from pulling a hamstring at mile 11, to the temp rising quickly and thus running out of fluid, to stopping by the girl I’m seeing’s condo to ask for help – only to find out she’s not home. Depressing to be a distance runner and walk home. As I shuffled into my house, I got a text from that girl. She had passed her online test that she was taking in her house, but some ” . . .idiot kept ringing the doorbell.” It’s confirmed. I’m an idiot.
@armytbonegirl : Since it was less than a week after my half marathon, I decided to just do the #TwitterRoadRace as a jogging stroller training run for my upcoming 10K. I got baby T fed and bundled up, got the stroller tires pumped up, and buckled the little man in. I had our race number affixed to the stroller canopy. We headed out on a loop course around the “block” in the neighborhood I live in. Since it was my first time taking little man out in the jogger, I didn’t want to have to worry about crossing too many streets. We had really nice weather for the run – about 67, slightly overcast, and a slight breeze. We did three loops around the block and then came home a different way to hit the 3.1 distance. Little man had a great time in the stroller and I think he napped part of the time. It was a good practice run for my 10K in 2 weeks that I’ll be pushing him in the stroller for. We finished the 5K in 35:42, which is not bad considering it was my first run with T in the stroller!