Experience Review: Virtual Canada 150 X Run

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 In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial X Warrior put on a celebratory X Virtual Run. Having done the St. Patrick’s Day version, I thought it would be fun to give this one a shot. Now for those unfamiliar with X Runs it’s a 5k with 10 challenge zones (I still refuse to think of them as penalties) which usually are mountain climbers, burpees, push-up, squats or something similar. Like the March iteration this one wasn’t a given location or time but a virtual run. To earn your medal, you can check in with video or going live on social media, track your distance with an app and post that, or just email photos/video to X Warrior. Unique to this event was that when you signed up for the run you were able to choose the colour of your finisher’s medal and buff. You could choose from light blue, pink, yellow or orange which was a cool and different touch.

Now doing the event itself was fun. Since it was in honor of Canada’s birthday I decide to make it a small little tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces for a few reasons. So mainly like you see in the US on Memorial Day with people doing the CrossFit Heroes workout “Murph” as a tribute to their troops, I have so much respect for those serve or have served in our Armed Forces I decided to merge this event with “Murph” and I decided to this whole thing wearing a 20 lbs. weight vest. This would also serve a secondary purpose of making it a good training day for the upcoming Red Deer Spartan Sprint. The third reason I thought the weight vest was a good idea is that on Facebook X Warrior had said they were giving away prizes for best social media posts and I thought doing the whole thing in a weight vest would increase my chances of winning. 

weight vest for the canada 150 x run
A little patriotism on the weight vest too

Now due to fact that Calgary Transit likes to call the police on me when I run in my weight vest I decided to do as much of the event close to home as possible, and to do all the challenges first. Doing all the burpees, push-ups, squats with the weight vest wasn’t as bad as I had thought it was going to be and I finished faster than I would have guessed going in. Running in the vest was hard but having done it a few times it’s one of those things that your body adjusts to, plus having slimmed down from where I was in March I was pretty much just running at that weight. I took my border collie with me on the run which she’s really good for pushing the pace and when running with extra weight she’s a happy-go-lucky distraction. The actually running of the event was good, which unfortunately leads to the bad. 

The event had two problems. Small one first, X Warrior had a hiccup checking social media posts and results which lead to a delay in some receiving their swag, I was one of those however it meant I got my medal the day before the Red Deer race and I actually liked getting two medals in less than 24 hours. The bigger problem was that on the Facebook event as well as the sign-up website X Warrior had promised some prizing for the best social media post which as I said was one of the reason I wore the weight vest, but it’s now the end of November and they have yet to award the prizes or clarify for not having done so. Now I’m sure it was just something missed or overlooked (kinda like how I missed writing this review until now) and I don’t think it was done intentionally, so it was more disappointing than anything.

 

Now having said that would I sign up again despite the problems? Probably. I’m not as convinced as I was after the St. Patrick’s Day run but I think it’s more that I would rather run at specific time/venue then do a virtual run, I actually find it harder to make time for virtual runs as I don’t seem prioritize them very high on my calendar and then have to scramble to get it done in time, but it does fit in to the family schedule more easily. I think it’s probably going to come down to price, date, and honestly the swag as to when (not if) I run another. There is a New Year’s one coming up that is almost enticing enough that it may be a coin flip to decide.

Thanks for taking to read my review, happy 150 Canada and we’ll talk to you next time.

x warrior canada 150 x run medal light blue

Scotty Voodoo
I am a proud father & husband. A former semi-pro skier, turned rugby 7’s player, I’ve now worked to become a OCR racer.
A level 2 NCCP certified coach, I also hold coaching certifications in 3 sports.

 

 

 

 

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