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Do Spartans run virtual races?

Hello everyone. I have been keeping busy. Seems like every time I think things are slowing down, my calendar starts filling up again. I have a work project due right after Thanksgiving and two cake projects in the next two weeks.

No matter how busy I get though, I know I have to make time to run. It just makes everything else go more smoothly. This is true even when everything leading up to the run seems to be working against me, which happened to be the case on Friday.

On Wednesday, I couldn't find my headphones (which are also a wireless MP3 player) when I got back to my car after my run. I had taken them out of my ears when I finished running and put them in my pocket while I walked the last little bit to my car. When I realized they were missing, I retraced my steps and found them about 100 feet from my car.

Friday when I went to use them, I noticed they were a little banged up. Looking closer, I realized they had actually been run over. And they didn't work anymore.

Add that to the cold I'd had all week,which got quite a bit worse in the hours leading up to my run, throw in some pretty strong wind, and I wasn't the happiest of campers heading out for my run Friday morning.

But I got it done. I ran my virtual Hope for Philippines 5k. If you didn't register for the virtual race, you can still donate through PayPal at or by using a debit/credit card at

In other news, I wanted to make sure all you runnerds know about the World Championship Spartan Race being broadcast on NBC Sports on December 7th.

To help make sure you don't forget, Spartan Race is giving one lucky I Have Run reader a free entry to any open heat in any 2013-2014 Spartan Race in the continental US. You can find a list of the races HERE.

To enter to win the free Spartan Race entry, leave a comment letting me know which race you would enter and why you want to do it. For an extra entry, post about this giveaway on Instagram, Facebook or on your blog. Be sure to tag me (@ihaverun on IG) or leave a comment here letting me know you posted about it. The winner will be selected Monday, December 2 by

You can register and get 15% off any Spartan Race here:



  1. I'll have to watch that, I missed the IM special on NBC which bummed me out but this should be fun to watch too. I'd try the one in Colorado to test myself and because I have lots of friends up there!!

  2. I would love to try a Spartan race. If I win, I would either do the Montana or Utah races. We live in Montana so that would be closest, but we travel to Utah a lot to see family so that would be fun too.

    I need a challenge to shake the winter hibernation and drop a few lbs. Having to get my rear in gear to train would be helpful.

    Nice blog. I enjoy reading.

    1. Did you try the recent Spartan Race in Montana?

  3. So sorry about your headphones! Such a bummer...

  4. I would totally want to do the spartan in Utah in June! How awesome would that be! And a little scary! :) sorry about your headphones! :(

  5. I'd go for the Spartan Beast in Texas.

  6. I would do the one in Sacramento. We were discussing these races last night at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I have had these races on my bucket list for a couple of years but have always chickened out prior to registering. If I win I'd feel obligated to do one. :)

  7. I posted a link to this giveaway on my facebook wall.

  8. The one in Nevada or one of the SoCal races.

    1. I would attempt to do the Super. These races sound scary and crazy challenging but the after pics of the participants and the medal photos make it seem worth the pain.

  9. I would love to do AZ. I'd REALLY like to try a beast...but I'm scared...

  10. I would love to run the spartan race in utah. My husband did it last year and he said it was so much fun!


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