Yep, the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee (GVRAT) is back again in 2021 and I’ve already signed up (bib 610).

Last year the GVRAT is what kept me running all summer and also what pushed me to my limits and beyond. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I could run more than 100km in a week and 450km in a month. But I did and I finished the 1,022km in just 77 days.

I’ll be embarking on that journey again starting on May 1. I’m not sure how long it will take me this year, and I’ll likely continue through the finish to head back and try to get to 1,000 miles by August 31. One thing is for sure, I’ll be pushing hard right from the first day if I can.

Getting Ready

Last year I ran a total of 303km in the four months before GVRAT began. This year, I’ve already run 375km and I’ve been logging >75km weeks already too. The plan is to ramp up to double-digit daily runs for a bit here just to see how that feels, and then ease back a bit through March and April to make sure I’m injury-free and fit to really go for it in May.

In May, 2020 I ran 315km and June clocked in with 454km. If I can throw down a couple of 400km months to start and then build a bit from there, the 1,000 miles should be doable in the four months I have to run it.

If you want to join me and some other crazies, the race signup is here. I guarantee it’ll be a heck of a summer of running.