Taylor, my oldest son and virtual training and race partner thought that signing up for a Virtual race would get us moving. He found Yes.Fit online and chose the Ring of Kerry to be our first VR. I had never signed up for a VR and was worried that I wouldn’t feel as engaged and was just paying for a medal and shirt but I needed to get motivated and was willing to give it a try.
The Ring of Kerry is a 179-km-long circular tourist route in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. Starting in Killarney, it passes through Kenmare then makes its way around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney. The Virtual race is a 104.6-mile version.
We signed up in May 2018 and I felt eager to start chipping away at the 104.6-mile route through Ireland. I had a trip planned in June but there didn’t seem to be a definite end to the race so I figured I’d have time.
I had logged in online and connected my Garmin account to my Yes.Fit Account. It was actually pretty easy and chose that my running activities get synced with the race. If you don’t specify all activities get logged and as I walk my dogs every day and try to move a lot I wanted to only apply runs. Some of the races also allow you to apply cycling miles. So I was all connected up and decided to get a run in. 3.1 miles in later – my Garmin is updated, I get an email notification from yes fit saying I had an update to the virtual race. The cool part was they shared a picture of a mile marker that I had passed on the route.
I was so pleased that everything synced easily and I thought how cool – I got to see a little bit of my route outside. There was also a link to the Yes.Fit Facebook group in the email which I later joined. So far so good.
I have to say I opened every email I got from Yes.Fit along the way. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Ireland along my route and also enjoyed the posts in the Facebook group. Everyone was really encouraging and friendly. My Garmin kept syncing and I didn’t have any issues as I went along.
As you keep progressing it would tell you how far you had to go and what % you had completed. In the online version, not the app as far as I could tell, It also had a map of your route that showed your progress and each milestone and picture.
There was also an option to pause your race if you needed to. I considered this during one of our trips but as there was no official end date I didn’t feel that I needed to use that feature.
I finished a 13.1 mile run on Sunday and got my notice letting me know I only had .7 to go. Well, I probably should have looked ahead – lol because I could have easily added that additional .7 on my run, but I finished it today on my 3-mile training run. I’m excited to get my medal and t-shirt for this long race. For me, it signifies that I got back on track after a slow start to the year.
These Yes.fit races are pretty easy to manage – really all the logging is done behind the scenes. I’m totally in for more races as I build up to the Richmond Marathon.
Medals for training miles sounds great to me!
Have you run a virtual race? What was your experience?