As we find ourselves in this difficult situation, lots of people have been doing home workouts, online classes and taking up running (which I think is fabulous and I hope people keep it up!).
I write a post here about keeping active at home, including virtual races, and I have taken my own advice and done some of these to keep motivation going.
I loved virtual races when I first started running, and I am rediscovering my fondness for them now as all my real life races of course are postponed, cancelled or gone virtual themselves.
Here are my mini race reports so far.
I signed up for Plan B on 19/03 to run 50km by the end of April. I underestimated my own abilities and managed to do it by 08/04.
I didn’t get a place in the London Landmarks half marathon this year, so I jumped at the opportunity to do Local Landmarks instead.
I was wary of visiting the actual landmarks of my city as they were still quite busy at this point, so did a spring landmarks instead, taking pictures of all the lovely plants I saw on the way.
Adidas City Run 1 Hour
I took part in this race last year and I really loved the time not distance format, and it spurred me on to enter other events like it.
This year it went virtual. Last year I managed 6.36km and this year I did 7.5km (treadmill) so I was really pleased. I got my 2nd fastest 5km and 3rd fastest 2 mile Strava efforts.
Ultra X 14.1
The next race I signed up for was the Ultra X 14.1. “an odd distance, for an odd race, in odd times!”.
I did this on my treadmill using Zwift and it is the furthest I have ever done on a treadmill. I got a Strava best effort for 10km and 3rd fastest 2 miles.
One day I’d love to do a real life Ultra X race, but it’s still a long way off yet. Future goals!
Here’s to more fun challenges soon!