It’s that time of year when our Miami weather shifts, signifying that winter is, in fact, coming (ok, really anything below 80° is a seasonal change). This means it’s time for runners and other outdoor competitors to rejoice. A tad less humidity, less rain, and usually an impending race season. However, we can’t count on the November Turkey Trot or the post holiday Miami Marathon to help keep us fitness motivated around all the cakes, pies, cocktails and coquito shots. But we can create outdoor goals and take part in some unique competitive experiences this season.

Miami Virtual Marathon: The yearly #MiamiFamous event, the Lifetime Miami Marathon and Half Marathon is now #VirtuallyMiamiFamous with a digital rendering of the Tropical5k, Half Marathon and Marathon events. Sign up and you receive a complimentary 12 Week TuneUp running program for any distance (thanks to Frankie Ruiz), as well as plenty of swag, a shirt and a medal. Oh, and you can do it at any time, in case you dread that race day 4am wake up call. Or the last minute Port-o-Potty disputes…those were the best. MORE INFO

Friends & Family Holiday Walk/Run: How about a friendly competition with your neighbor or cousin? Create your own holiday trot at a nearby track, field or other wide open space and get in your daily steps or miles before a sit down meal, or around other activities. You can also get the kids in on the fun, in strollers, riding bikes or scooters or serving as the race officials. Set up a fun post race station for extra incentive.

Athletic Competition Apps: Pre-2020 there were already some cool apps that allow you to record and track your runs or rides, analyze your performance, and connect with other athletes. They also provide additional routes and maps to help mix up your training. Strava, one app example, has a solid community of runners, bikers and swimmers, connecting for friendly competition.

Run Miami 2020 Virtual Race: While the world is closed for traveling, you can still experience new places you’ve never been to before! With this virtual run, we’ll send you a virtual packet with a commemorative postcard with your own photo in it. Run a 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, or any other run distance anywhere, any place on your own time and route! Sign Up for December 19th or January 16th. MORE INFO

Photo via Lululemon Miami.

Hey! I’m Deanndria. You can find me eating all over Miami, sweating on the pavement with a running stroller, or helping other women find their strength through movement. @fitfatfoodiemama for all my loves. @cmpilates if you wanna move with me.