The Great Virtual
Race Across Tennessee
Done and done!
On August 24th I completed
The Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee (GVRAT) 1,000km.
The journey started on May 4th when I read a post
from race organizer Gary “Lazarus Lake”
Laz said “Here’s
bit of advice for those who have never done 1,000
kilometers in 4 months before and are just hoping
to finish. This is a long event, and it is not necessary
that you are able to begin by averaging over 5 miles
a day. The key is to be patient and consistent. You
do not want to begin by pushing yourself to excessive
distances and risk injury.
Just start out doing
the distance you can comfortably do, and stay motivated
to go out every day. Some days you will not feel like
going out, but the hardest part of every run is the
first step. If you just go ahead and put on your running
togs and go out the door, you will be amazed how good
it feels after you warm up to the day.
On the days that you
think you cannot make it, do not get discouraged,
or give up. On the days that you think; "this
is too far and I will never make it" just realign
your goal to getting as far as you can get. One day,
you will look, and the next stop is in Buckeye Hollow!”
Incredibly over 19,000
runners signed up for this event, representing 77
countries, and 22 of the 24 time zones.
In total I completed
1,022 kms in 115 days (8.88695 kms / day) and I am
now officially a RAT finisher.
I had 3 goals:
1. Win the event: No
2. Finish in the top 10,000: Check,
3. Finish ahead of a Wake of Buzzards:
Check, 8 days to spare.
Two out of 3 ain't bad.