Virtually Running Across Tennessee

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Virtually Running Across Tennessee

It’s been an interesting month of May. I started it by getting talked into running the Great Virtual Race Across Tennesee (GVRAT). It’s a 1,021km virtual run from one corner of Tennessee to the other, organized by Lazarus Lake of Barkleys Marathon fame.

I joined about 18,000 other crazy runners in putting some money down to run this epic virtual race. We have four months to complete the run, and I think we get a t-shirt and a medal if we get it done before August 31, 2020.

I was coming off an ankle injury that had me hobbled and resting throughout much of March and April. My plan was to slowly ramp up my running in May and to maybe get 225km done so I wouldn’t have to dig myself out of too big a whole in July and August.

Things just started to click as I began running every day. I got more confident that the injury was behind me, and started feeling stronger with each run. Soon the 6km weekday runs turned into 10km and more, and the weekend runs went from low teens to half marathons and more.

As of today, with May now behind me, I’m at 314km run and about 56km ahead of where I should be if I ran this to finish right at the end of August. I’ve never run more than about 275km in a month before so to have rolled straight into running every single day, and to pile up well over 300km in the month has been quite amazing.

The plan for June is to continue to build and maybe get to 350km for the month so I can have a shot at finishing the entire race by the end of July. We’ll see how that goes!

You can follow my progress on Strava or through the GVRAT tracking map.