day270 here I go – rat race

run1 – 6 miles this run. Total traveled for GVRAT so far 6 miles.

I found myself something to rally around for next few months. When my Facebook notification popped up from one of my former race directors – with something like this: would you like to run across Tennessee?

At first I was skeptical. Ya you go run yourself across TN. I am interested but I’m not there yet in my ability.

Then I saw the word “virtually”. I’m sold. As long as I could sleep in my own bed.

Take my money. Please. I insist. Take a few dollars more for some good cause.

I paid my entrance fee and off I went during my lunch hour. I am running off to TN for the next three months (virtually) in small cap. Whoo hoo.

As I ran, I started to calculate the feasibility. Sure, in 100 days, if I do 6 miles a day, will get me 600 miles. 1000k is 621.4 miles. I need about 4 more days. Gaah, I should do about 10k for the next 100 days. It is definitely doable. I can add in 13-14 days of rest (give me 114 days). It will take 3 months and 24 days.

Here is where my first run ended.

6 miles, finished at the fire station
Our humble sign: Welcome to Centreville. I have been looking for this sign for ages. They should put “population: 71,135” underneath (2010 figure)

My progress is being tracked somewhere on here. You can still sign up for the race [1]. They say they will give a map of my progress by tomorrow. I am doing my own map with some wizardry from Google and images from there to give a sense where I am in Tennessee! Actually after consulting the map, I am in Arkansas. Pretty awesome.

Virtual run summary. I started at about 4 pm GMT, local time was probably 11. Many probably were there in the early wee hours, maybe 5:00 or 6:00 AM GMT and were already on their way. I didn’t see anyone myself, but knowing the field now have over 12000 entrants, I will bound to run into some. People can still join until August 1. My plan is to start putting in some heavy miles to give enough buffer and maybe if I still feel up to it I will run back to the start in a month or so. Hopefully I will get to the front of the pack soon.

Today though, I am just easing into it and chose to stop after a brief jog. I did about 6 miles starting from the Mississippi River and running along the levee. And ended somewhere near a post office.


so here is what I am supposed to run with the help of satellite image from Google map.
Day 1. Ending point. Landmark. image of what is there. US post office. About half mile from today stopping point.

I wish I can find some images of the mississippi River of the starting point.

This is a lot of work to pull images off the web, not sure if I can keep up like this every day. But I really wish to see more of Tennessee virtually through the run. Can’t wait until I get to Memphis or any bigger city!

There were a lot farm land.

If I am doing it for real, I would have to find a place to sleep for the night. I wouldn’t have stopped in the middle of the road and call it a day. Today though, being near a PO is good enough.

2 responses to “day270 here I go – rat race”

  1. […] in May I was reenergized after invited to run the great virtual race across Tennessee (GVRAT). It is 1000k and we have until August 31 to finish. It seems to be a challenge because I […]


  2. Oh wow!!! That is sooooo cool!!! That’s kinda really awesome how they set that up!! What a great idea!!

    Good luck!! Can not wait to read more! That is really exciting almost like you really truly doing and it’s way easier lol

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