Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2nd Annual Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K! (Virtual Race)



Many people have asked about it, saying things like: what the hell is a virtual race?? "We're having the FYTO5K race again this year, right?!?!"  Well, who am I to forgo one of my most favorite parts of my blog?

So, it is without further todo or fanfare that I hereby bestow January 28, 2012 as the 2nd annual FREEZE YOUR THORNS OFF 5K VIRTUAL RACE!!!!!!!!!!!  (Works better if you say it in an Oprah voice)

In my head, you're all doing this:
Ok, maybe this is Oprah's fav things.... this is ALMOST that good

It started in the summer of 2010, with the Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K.  The race season had died down, I was tired of paying money to "the wo/man" to race, I wanted an excuse to see fit people in spandex, and I just wanted to get together with some of my running buddies.  The result has morphed into a race that a group of Phoenix runners not only ran in person, but also ran virtually in their own cities.

For those of you who have not raced in a virtual race before, here are some tips/tricks :
  • I pick the day, you pick the time, distance, location, and basically everything else.  Just like in the bedroom always I don't do much of the work
  • If you want to treat it like it's own stand alone 5K - great!  If you want to do it as part of a different race or run - awesome!  If you want to do it naked in the shower by jogging in place for 25 minutes - take pictures!
  • Posting pictures of yourself with frozen snot will get you an automatic shout-out in my results post
  • All that is "required" is that you come back to my blog on January 28th and tell me you ran!  If you have a blog, post a report on there about the race, if you don't just leave a comment.  That's it!

Who: You and 10s of your closest Boring Runner readers (along with Phoenix area runners on a measured 5K course)
What: 3.1 miles
When: Saturday January 28th, 2012 (loads of time for you to prepare and me to figure out prizes)
Where: Wherever the crap you want! Outside, treadmill, in front of the WII, nude in the shower, wherever!
Why: Because basically everyone is doing it

Just like last year, there will be prizes for all that enter an participate.  I still haven't figured out what I'm going to give away, but it'll be GOOD.  One thing that I'm going to do this year that I haven't done in the past is give a few training tips to run your fastest 5K ever.  There are 11 weeks until the race.   PLENTY of time to completely train for a 5K - even if you're not running a step right now.  It can be done!!!


How to Enter:
Just leave a comment on this post saying that you are in!  As long as you are a follower of my blog you're entered for the prizes as well (best to tell me that you follow in the comment).  Easy peasy.  Then, once the 28th rolls around, hop, skip, and naked shower dance your way cross the 5K finish line, write up a quick report, and email me the link - theboringrunner (at) gmail.com.

293 comments:

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Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

You'll remind us, right? Because I've already forgotten. I hope 11 weeks is long enough to fix my treadmill so I can do this properly (aka not in the shower).

Emz said...

I'm so freaking in.

Whitney said...

I'm a follower and in for the Virtual Race!

Laura said...

I follow and I'm totally in!

Lucy said...

I'm a follower and I want in.

Ironmom (Julie) said...

I am a follower, and I'm in!

I've done a marathon and an Ironman, but this will be my first 5K ever. And my first-ever attempt to run fast. It's terrifying!

Kayla said...

I'm a follower and of course... I'm in!

TriMOEngr said...

Follower and I'd like to be able to run a 5K by then. I've been working up to it and can run about half of one now (well, jog 1 min and walk 1 min). Looking forward to your tips.

Wym said...

IN. Me In.

juanitagf said...

I am so in! Time for a PR!

Andie Marie said...

I'm so in. It's the weekend following my first marathon... something tells me this is going to be a slow and painful 5k.

Kate said...

I'm in, and since Chris K has dropped out of the blog world I guess I'll have to actually run my own race AND take my own pictures. Selfish bastard. :)

RunningLaur said...

We all know that the real reason you started the race was so that you could win your own race. Don't even pretend :P

Kim said...

I'm in! This is my first virtual race and it's right after I finish my 12 week heart rate training plan. I hope I can manage a sub 28 minute 5k by then!

Kim said...

Oh I'm a follower too...forgot to add that

Jo said...

It is on like Donky Kong my friend! I am so in for this!!

Kerrie T. said...

Yay! This year I am IN!

Melanie said...

Count me in on the action!

Caroline said...

yep I am in!!!

I follow I follow come on now!!

Dina @ DinaRuns said...

I'm in an a follower. (Will not be running naked though.)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I will be ready!!

Laura said...

I am in as a virtual runner and follower.

Run with Jess said...

I stalk you ... and I'm IN!

Detroit Runner(Jeff) said...

I'm in and I'm a follower!

Mary said...

I'm a follower and I am in!
I'm slow and have never won a prize at a race so I have high hopes!

Christine said...

How totally fun. I'm in.

J said...

Sign me up! And I am a follower!

girlevolving.com said...

I'm in! Can't wait!

BamaBarefooter said...

I'm in and I am a follower.

ltlindian said...

I'm a stalker too and I want IN to this race!!!

MCM Mama said...

I'm a follower. I'm in. And I wonder how many laps I'd need to do in my very tiny shower. (This would be one of those times I wish I lived in a McMansion in the burbs instead of a small urban house...)

Kristin @ Everyday Is Run Day said...

I'm in!

maggie said...

I'M in.

maggie said...

I'M in.

Beth S. said...

I'm a follower and I'm in!

C2Iowa said...

I missed the first due to recovery from surgery --

I am in on this one.

Precious said...

MEEEEE! This will be my first race of 2012! :)

Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles said...

I'm in from NC!

The Kidless Kronicles

Michelle said...

I have to run my first 5k sometime right?! Now I've got a date in which to do it and there won't be a thousand people around to see me in case I really suck. Gotta start the C25k and move past week 2.

Sue's Ramblings said...

I'm a follower. Would love to participate though can't guarantee any freezing since I live near the equator.


Sue

Jamoosh said...

Reppin' for Pearland, TX!

Diana Carolina said...

I'm in but what I think is freezing temps here in So Cal is probably considered warm in other parts of the country!

ecgeb said...

I am in and I follow

Platt said...

I am a follower and I am in. Though January is usually the perfect time for running in Texas.

Kelly said...

In! Do I get a special prize for last place?

Psyche said...

I'm still telling the story of that time Leopold and I sent you a picture of us jumping through a flaming hoop to win something from you...how couls I NOT be in?

Runners Fuel said...

I'm in!!

Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen said...

I'm a follower and I'm in for the race, thanks for organizing it!

Missy said...

I follow, count me in.

Nobel4Lit said...
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Nobel4Lit said...

I'm in!

Karna said...

I'm in!

Robyn said...

I follow and I am IN!

Tammy said...

I'm a follower and I'm in.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I follow. I'm in.
Remind me closer to the race!

Penny said...

I'm in. Need all the help I can get to stay motivated to running outside this winter. THANKS

Mike K said...

I'm following and I'm "Wisconsin cold day in January" in!

Randy said...

I'm in!

Lets play beat the race director...only one stipulation..you have to run carrying your toddler and I run as fast as I can.

tahoegirl said...

I'm in. Looking forward to your training tips for running a faster 5K.

Needlerunning said...

Count me in...maybe this year I can actually run. Can't remember what my excuse was last year, but I will try to be more creative if I skip it again.

Brian said...

I'm in, and I'm looking to win the South Central PA Division title.

(So don't let anyone else from South Central PA in the race!)

@jessywuv said...

I am in, again! :)

P1t0 said...

I'm in.... I'm a newbie and naked. Please be gentle.

Jen said...

I'm in! Sign me up boss.

Jessica Clem said...

Hi! I love your blog, cracks my shit up! Yes, I'm in for the 5k! I'm from Nebraska so I will try to run outside in the ice and snow to prove how bad-ass I am.

giraffy said...

oh, look, a race. Of course I'm in. Duh.

Emily said...

Another race, why not? I'm in. Here's hoping there's no ice on the ground so I'm not forced to find a treadmill!

Jill@Run for the Hills said...

I am in, but I'm going to one-up my festive costume this year.

Patty T said...

I'm in! (and a follower) I am assuming you will remind us about this because this is the day after I sit for one section of the CPA exam so I will be ready for a run! (but may forget to report back without a reminder)

Hunnybee said...

I'm in! and I follow!

Christine said...

I'm IN!!! It's going to be tricky since I'm due to have my 4th baby on the 20th of January, but I'll still be entered for contests if I get out there and walk a 5K a week after having a baby, right? I think that's pretty hardcore. (in my humble opinion)

Christine said...

Did I mention that I'm a follower as well?? baaaaaaa. (it's kind of hard to do a sheep noise on the internet. hmmm...)

Scallywag said...

I follow, I. Am. IN.

x

bakerunlive.com said...

I'm in...and I follow!

Shelly said...

I'm in and follow the blog!

MotherRunner said...

I'm in - even if I have to hop on my one damned femur for 3.1 miles. :)

Treat Runner said...

I'm in and following you!

Anonymous said...

I'm a follower and I'm in. Jan. 28 in South Dakota means this will be a treadmill run, so can you promise that my husband will have the basement finished by then so I have a place to put my treadmill??

JojaJogger said...

I'm in! (even though I wish it was during Rock N Roll weekend so I could run the non-virtual version)

Tahoe'nAshy said...

I'm in... and I've updated my status from lurker to official follower.

Jayne said...

I'll be running this!

S said...

Follower with nothing better to do that day, so I'm in ;P

Hannah said...

I'm IN but I'm not doing it nude.

fancy nancy said...

First I sweat my thorns off and now I'm excited to freeze them off!! I'm a follower and I'm so in!!

Thomas said...

I'm in, I follow. My wife is in too...and a friend or two. I'll put all of them in my race report.

Laura said...

I'm VERY intrigued by this shower option. How do I measure distance if I'm jogging in place?

Chicken said...

Follow you around, and I'm in! I'm also gonna try to get as many of my friends to do this too! Everyone loves a good race! Can you make t-shirts for this?

Run Your Ash Off said...

I'm in. As long as you send technical shirts, bibs, and goodie bags to each participant. I'll keep an eye out for this stuff to show up on my doorstep via Overnight Delivery from FedEx.

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I'm with Rose --- you will remind me right?

I had to become a follower just because this sounds so cool! Can't wait to race with you all, virtually!

Whitney said...

I'm a follower and I'm so IN!!!!!!

Sarah said...

I follow. I'm in.

Running Ryan said...

I am in.

Running Ryan said...

I follow too!! Forgot to pu that. My bad.

Jill said...

It's the week after my marathon...hopefully I can run by then and if so, I am in. YAY!

Run Jess Run said...

In!! I missed the Sweat Your Thorns Off b/c I was getting my learn on. No learnin' this time!

Rebecca said...

Just started running again after a 3 year hiatus, and I've never actually been in a real race. This looks like a great time to change that! I want to do it! I think I'm a follower now. I guess I couldn't lurk forever.

Mikey said...

Yeah, I'm totally in again. It should be nice and cold in CO by then!

Running Through Phoenix said...

I'm in.

Maddy said...

I'm in!

Also, hi, I'm Maddy, I've been reading your blog for a few months, love it!

Blaine said...

Miss out on the second annual? Never! I'm in and yes..I'm a lemming...oh, I mean follower...whatever.

Chris K said...

January 28th......that should be just around the time the Chiefs are resting up to play the Packers in the Super Bowl.

runningwithoutborders said...

Well, you already know that I'll be doing the race... LOL

Izzy said...

I'm in, although as an Aussie I'll be burning thorns off at that time of year.
I follow too

Carrie said...

I'm in! Already a follower. So glad you're doing it again. Fun!!

Running Moose said...

I am sooooo in (I follow you on here and when you run at night...woops- was that in my out loud voice?)!

Kelscraggly said...

I'm in! Recently started following you and think your blog is great.

Jacky said...

I'm in! I love virtual races! The date suits me perfectly ;)

Jessica said...

I'm following now and will definitely do this race!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I am IN!

Shannon said...

I've got a stress fracture in my foot right now, but if all goes well, I'm in!! It should be plenty of time for it to heal. AND despite the fact that I've run a half marathon and a 10k, I've never run an official 5k! This can be my first!

Thinktink said...

I'm in!

Scrappytbear said...

Im in of course. :) Also a follwer.

Adrian said...

Yup, I'm totally in! Oh and I'm a follower of the blog, think that was a requirement?

It would be hilarious to see photos of people wearing little racing outfits and reindeer antlers in the snow. Living in northern California, I don't get snow so I can't do it, but someone should! Maybe a photo shopped pic though!

Victoria said...

I am so excited! A virtual race! And I just started following yesterday. Hooray for freezing thorns off.

ajh said...

I'm in!

gene said...

of COURSE, me and Uranus are in.....but i am not IN...well....you get the idea...

Jessi said...

I'm in!! I'll be running from TX!!!

SquirrelHead said...

I am definitely in for this!

Joni said...

I killed the first one, not about to miss this one!
e.g. I am in!

pensive said...

Count me in!

Trinity said...

Sounds like a blast, count me in! Question--do you have a small badge so I can put it on my blog sidebar? Thanks!

EricaH said...

I believe i am comment #122 so that will be my race # cause I'm in. :)

Elise said...

I am in!

Joanna said...

I'm in, maybe. I'll be just shy of 7 months pregnant at that point. But I'm still running strong at 4.5 months with no plans to stop. So for the time being, count me in. At the very least I can walk it. And yes, I'm a follower.

Jamie said...

I'm a follower and I'm in! Hopefully at that point I will be healthy again with my injury kicked to the curb!

Rena @milehogger.blogspot.com said...

I am a follower. And hells yes! I'm so excited about this virtual race.

Sam said...

Following & joining in. Yay!

BitterHag Running said...

I'm in.
I follow.
And since I PR'd in the SYTOV5k back in June (a week after my first marathon!!) I have to beat that time. I'll be running outdoors in MN on January 28th so that may be a challenge!

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

I get to run AND shower at the same time? Sweet!

Oh wait... maybe I read that wrong.
I guess I'll virtually run anyway (or something like that).

And of course I follow. How else would I leave so many long-winded comments? ;)

Debby said...

Im a new follower, and IM IN!!

fromsurvivetothrive said...

Freeze my thorns off, eh? Maybe I'll figure out what my thorns are in the shower! (Wow, I sound naughty...)

Anyway, I'm following, and totally in!

Barry said...

I think Ned and I are in, as long as we get to pick the distance.
:-)

Sweetie said...

Ed and I are in...woohoo!

Suz and Allan said...

I'm in! Glad I found your blog!

Pavement Runner said...

Boom! I'm in. I hit follow and anxiously await "freezing my thorns off!"

Pam said...

I could have sworn I'd already given the "I'm in!" but I don't see the comment... so I guess I didn't! Soooo... I'M IN!

And of COURSE I follow. :P

Mike said...

I'm in and I follow.

Paul Molnar said...

I'm a follower and I'm in.

The Unexpected Runner said...

I'm in....I might have to get my 15 year old to come take pics of my freezing snot....he'll be thrilled ;)

Rena @milehogger.blogspot.com said...

I'm definitely joining in on the fun!

Holly said...

Totally thought I already did this, but I'm in and I follow you!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Do you really want Tricia and I running a 5k the day before our key half? Nice timing, coach. Not! :-P. But I guess I'm in... Slowly.

Andrew Opala said...

I am running. I hope I don't flip out in a field of snow again.

Michael said...

I'm in as well (and a follower of your fine blog). Should be interesting !

51feetunder said...

I think Adam's deleting my responses..maybe I should take that as a sign? ...Bah, screw that, I'm in!

Blog stalker on deck!

Erin said...

I'm in for the race! (Been a follower for a long time!)

Amy said...

I'm in! whoo hoo. Brand new follower, just now.

Megan Wagner said...

I'm a new runner. Just did my first 5K in October and now dental surgery has me slowed way down. I'm up for my first half in March so this'll be a nice stopover. I am in!

Sabrina said...

How much fun is this!? I'm a follower, Count me in...

Ali said...

Love your blog - I'm a foloower and I'm in.

Mom_2_Pippa said...

Sounds great!! Im a follower of your blog and Im definately in!

Ax said...

I'd love to do this! I'm probably running a marathon that day, but I'll look at my data and send you my best 5k from the race. You ok with that? (By the way, I follow your blog)

Theresa said...

Oh, heck yeah!! I'm in!!

Christina said...

there's a real one, right? I am in town and can help out.

Amanda said...

Im in :)

Brian "Sole Daddy" said...

I'm a new follower and really enjoying the blog. I'm in for virtual 5k.

Paula Bz. said...

I`m in! Will put on the calendar!

jillconyers said...

Hi from a new follower! I'll join you for FYTO5K!

[Fitness, Health and Happiness]

JJD said...

Hi, there! Just found you, and am excited about a January run! Thanks for hosting.

Robin said...

I'm in and I'm a follower of your blog!

Donna said...

I am a follower of your blog and I'm totally in for this virutal race!!!!

Meghan said...

I love this! Count me in - new follower here!

Jess said...

Just started following. I'm in..this will be my first race of 2012. :)

Erin from Long Island said...

well, i haven't raced since rekindling my love affair with running so this looks like a good place to start, no worries about embarrassing myself in front of anyone!

Erin from Long Island said...

oh, and i am stalking...er....following you!

Katy said...

New follower! And I am in, I need some new motivation!

Jess K said...

New follower, and I am SO in! :)

JJD said...

I hope you don't mind, but I am tying my run to Charity: Water, and I would like to post the link...



http://mycharitywater.org/January

JJD said...

I am going to run this for donating to Charity: Water. I hope you don't mind the plug or the link...



http://mycharitywater.org/January

mom27g said...

I'm in :D

Penny said...

I am in!

2BoysMomma said...

I would love to join in! :) You were highly recommended from a friend! And I need a good race to get me back to running!!

Razz said...

I'm pickin up what yer puttin down. (I'm in)

SeRUNity NOW said...

Totally in. Love it!

Matt said...

I am in sounds like a good time!

robinbb said...

I'm in.

Jan[et] Cicelia said...

I'm in. Been wondering how fast I've gotten...

Running In Boise said...

ok, ok. I will sign up for this thing. with 10 days off of work, i am getting pretty soft. this 5k will give me another reason to run!

Scotty said...

I'm in and I follow your blog!

Amber said...

i am following you and am loving virtual 5ks lately and am planning on running/walking yours!

J said...

I am in, cant wait!

Michael said...

I'm totally in!!

Bryan said...

I am so in! Need a good reason to semi train in January and this is perfect. 20:26 is my best 5k so we'll see if the treadmill will hold up to that kind of effort!!

Jen said...

I am a follower and I am in!

Jess said...

I'm in!

JojaJogger said...

I'm in!

dutchrunner said...

will run as well

Anonymous said...

I'm In!

The Roadrunner said...

I'm in!

Sarah G said...

I'm IN!

Deihdra Miller said...

I'm in and open to any race where I come in 1st place! Might buy myself a medal...

Dina @ DinaRuns said...

I'm in but I don't know how cold it will be in Florida.

Running Moose said...

I'm in!

T-dog said...

I'm in. I need goals, people. Races. People to keep me accountable!

Nadia said...

I'm in too.From Paris, France.

upinthecosmos said...

I'm a new follower & count me in for the virtual run!

Andie Marie said...

As long as my IT bands cooperate... I'm in! :)

eatpraytri said...

I'm in!! First virtual race. Stoked. Also a follower of your blog...loves it.

Sheina T. said...

I'm in (and I follow your blog)!

Julie said...

I'd like to join you. In Minnesota it might be really freezing so not promising treadmill or trail but I'd love to join. I'm also a follower now.
Thank you. Take care and have a blessed new year!

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