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Get Ready to Race Again

With the possibility of real races very much on the horizon now, not to mention the universal hope that Saturday mornings may once again begin with a Park Run (set to begin from 26th June – if landowners’ permissions can be obtained), many of us are planning our racing comebacks! And, what better way to train for your 2021 racing debut than with a virtual race?

Virtual Races Help

As you may already know, a large number of last year’s well-known marathons have been deferred to the autumn – with the eagerly awaited Virgin Money London Marathon set to take place on 3 October, followed by Manchester a week later, Brighton slightly earlier on 12 September and a range of distances on offer at the Liverpool Rock and Roll running series on the weekend of 23rd and 24th October. The Great North Run is also set to place along its usual route. Perhaps, with all these racing opportunities beckoning, it is time to sign up to one and dust off those road racing shoes once more…

Yet, with so much time having passed since the majority of us last raced alongside others in person, it’s only normal that there might be an extra smattering of nerves accompanying us as we attach our race bib and check (then double-check) the start time.

A useful strategy for moving your runs from a sedate pootle around the block to a PB-chasing effort (or even simply clocking a new distance for the very first time), as well as managing race-day nerves and other logistics that have become unfamiliar to us over the past year-and-a-bit, is to take part in a virtual race. Signing up to a virtual race can be a great way to summon some motivation and drive to put in the necessary miles. With it can also come a welcome dose of adrenaline that can help not only get yourself out the door for those extra miles, but also boost your confidence, pace, determination and energy!

Sometimes, running alone without the support of others or the community spirit of a running club can mean we only do the bare minimum; so much of running is psychological, and the past year (and some…) has taken away many of our motivational forces. A virtual race is a date to put on the calendar, a distance goal to aspire to, and – of course! – a lovely, shiny medal to look forward to! So, if you find yourself staring at the prospect of your first ‘real’ race in perhaps more than a year, and feeling something akin to dread, maybe now is the time to sign up to a virtual race and get the adrenaline pumping, motivation soaring and feelgood factor blossoming! You will thank yourself in the autumn, when you approach that ‘real’ start line full of confidence!

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