6 inch Virtual Run Medal
Please join Virtual Run World’s “Fear No Distance” Virtual Run. We are celebrating this virtual event, an anytime, anywhere, any distance, run or walk. Your fee earns you an awesome medal with dye sublimation lanyard and charity donation.
Please allow me to explain the correlation between a giant, 6 inch, “Fear No Distance” virtual run medal, dinosaurs, miles of running and tube socks. To put things in perspective and provide an explanation, I will give you my tainted history of running. I have a hazy recollection of being forced into running a mile in some pre-high school gym class. Historical photos show I was sporting some classic, fashionable, 70’s gym clothes. This outfit would have me voted (in my dreams) most likely to impress the ladies. The ensemble consisted of irresistible white tube socks with two wide red stripes. Because I could, I stretched these absorbent cotton bad boys up and over my knees. To ensure my legs had mobility, I pulled my oversized, striped, ballon shorts, up to my chest. This technique revealed an inch of skin between socks and shorts, ensuring I obtained enough Vitamin D through sun exposure. I wore the latest in shoe technology, a white, flat, no arch canvas tennis shoe. The previous model of running shoe during that time period was deer skin moccasins. I completed this look with a tucked in white Hanes cotton t-shirt. All that fashion, just to run a mile in gym class. Was that mile far? You bet, I thought I was dying, pleading to the coach to call an ambulance. He refused and I threw up on his shoes. One mile was hard, two miles looked impossible. Concerned that the coach would make me run further later in the week, I did some research on running. Apparently the first marathon, 24.84 miles, was run in 490 B.C. Gym coaches were brutal back then. A guy named Pheidippides was forced to run this distance in a dress or toga, tube socks and sandals. When he finished, he died. This prompted me to do more research. I read about the first modern marathon in 1896, again in Greece. This event had only 25 participants. Only 9 made it to the finish line. All modern day gym coaches are direct decedents of these 9 finishers. The story left out the fate of the other runners and the reader is to assume they also died. But those stories were in the same magazine that had some crazy story of men walking on the moon. Armed with the knowledge that gym teachers are homicidal maniacs of Greek descent, I took drastic steps to avoid running in gym class. So every time I saw the coach, I threw up. I am a survivor. After a lot of counseling on Greece, running and coaches through my school years, I joined the military. More running. A lot was the same, you run in the military because someone is trying to kill you.
As I got older, I ran longer distances because cholesterol was now trying to kill me. From a 5k to a 10k to a half marathon. Then I went to running a marathon, then an ultra where I felt I was trying to kill myself.
Stick with me, this is where I share my motivational secret and tie it all together. Wait for it …..yep, it’s “Dinosaurs”! Here is why Dinosaurs make sense of it all. Most of the time I run like a tortoise sprinting through peanut butter. But, when I believe there is a Dinosaur trying to kill me, I run like a rabbit on fire. Not really, more tortoise-like, less rabbit, but you get the picture – I think I am faster. So in my “run or die” world, I picture a Dinosaur chasing me and turtle dipped in peanut butter is on the menu.
What kind of Dinosaur I think is chasing me, depends on the distance. If I plan on a one mile walk or run, then it is a lumbering Brachiosaurus behind me. No offense to the Brachiosaurus, the world’s largest Dino, but they are just the equivalent of Ice Age cows. Just a big stepping, short mileage cow. Run in a ziggity zag, squiggly squid pattern to avoid being stepped on by this 70 ton beast. It will take awhile for this Vegi-saurus to figure out that plants do not run and you are not a moving carrot.
How about a 10k? The Tyrannosaurus Rex is one big mean machine. Lots of teeth. Endurance? I am betting that after a 6.2 jog, he will quit. I would start out at a little faster pace to avoid being eaten. I would expect that the T-Rex is one of those who start out way too fast on the start of a race, a little over confident and finishes at a crawl.
Are you up for a half or full marathon? The answer here is the Utahraptor. This is the Velociraptor’s much bigger, meaner, brother. The Velociraptor is only the size of a turkey, not so scary. I would have Velociraptor for Thanksgiving. The newly discovered Utahraptor is the size of a grizzly bear, in a lean runner’s body. That is intimidating. That should get you moving for some distance, even an ultra.
So this “Fear No Distance” medal will be dedicated to those who are trying to get one mile or add another mile to their longest distance. We all started somewhere, back in time, perhaps in the prehistoric 70’s. Share your story. We are here to celebrate any mile. Are you returning from a severe mental or physical setback and running that first mile or perhaps getting to marathon distance, once again?
The point of the story is that we are tempting you to grab that extra mile as you plan your first long or longer run. A Dinosaur theme with the title of Fear No Distance. Virtual Run World’s “Fear No Distance” Virtual Run is a self-motivated run or walk. Motivation: If You Don’t Run Far – You’ll Be Eaten By A Dinosaur. We are here to help. This virtual run is for achievements of all levels. Did we say run? Walking gets you to avoid the Dinosaur blues also. Treadmills? Of course, I see prehistoric creatures in the gym all the time, even running on the treadmill.
Virtual Run World believes that your progress is worth celebrating. We are on the honor system, so no proof of your run is required, but we would love for you to share your photos, comments and feedback about your efforts.
Fear No Distance
6 inch Virtual Run Medal
Fear No Distance Medal with Virtual Run World includes:
Custom Designed Large Dinosaur Finishing Medal – 6 inches of prehistoric bling!
Custom Designed 1 1/2″ Dye Sublimation Lanyard
Customizable Bib that you can personalize with your name and favorite bib number
How to participate in Virtual Run World’s “Fear No Distance” Virtual Run:
A virtual run or walk for anytime, anywhere or any distance.
Visit our Virtual Bib page to customize your bib with your name, favorite bib number and print!
Run or Walk Your Distance
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Receive Your Medal and Celebrate
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