Disclaimer: I was gifted the place to this race and the top I wore to run in came from a competition win.
Yesterday I made the trip to Dorney Lake in Windsor for the Run Through UK Dorney Lake 5km. For those of you familiar with my insta running page, you'll know I love the Run Through events. They are so laid back and there is never a sense of pressure. They are all about having fun and enjoying the running.
Dorney Lake is a great venue for a 5km. It's pretty much completely flat and is a single 5km loop. I wasn't out for a spectacular time but I imagine if I was, this would be a pretty good course to try and achieve it.
I'm not convinced it would be quite as much fun for a half marathon, given it would be 4 loops of the same thing but I suppose at least you know what's coming up!
As I sit here writing this I’m at another cross roads. Albeit one where I’ve already decided the route I’m taking. I have decided I’m not going to complete my marathon training in preparation for a spring marathon. Am I upset? No. Quite frankly I’m not. With everything going on in my life at the moment, it’s not the way to go. However, I’m in need of motivation so I have a plan!
Virtual Marathon Series
I was delighted to be approached to give the Virtual Marathon Series about taking part in one of their events (My event registration was kindly gifted). If you haven’t ever heard of them, here is a breakdown:
Run Athens Virtual
Run just over 1 mile per day for 25 days at your own pace or take on the full marathon distance in one to complete the Run Athens Virtual Challenge!
Run Berlin Virtual
Run TWO half marathons in a month, find a team mate and run a half marathon each on the same day or take on the full marathon distance in one to complete the Run Berlin Virtual Challenge.
Run London Virtual
Run the marathon distance on your own or share the distance between a team to complete the Run London Virtual Challenge.
Run Sydney Virtual
Run just under 3 miles a day for 10 days or take on the full marathon distance in one to complete the Run Sydney Virtual Challenge.
Run New York Virtual
Complete 8 5k’s in a month, form a team of 8 and do 1 each or take on the full marathon distance in one to complete the Run New York Virtual Challenge.
Run Tokyo Virtual
Run just over 10k 4 times, split them with your friends or take on the full marathon distance in one to complete the Run Tokyo Virtual Challenge.
Each of the events can be completed as an individual or part of a team. I absolutely love the idea of these events as there really is something for everyone. I think they are perfectly positioned to motivate without being unattainable.
My Virtual Goal
I have decided that I’m going to aim for the Virtual New York Run. I think 8 lots of 5km is perfect to get me back running with a level of consistency which has been missing in my training for sometime. I can run 5km pretty comfortably, it’s more about getting back into running regularly and having something achievable to work towards.
I’ll also be aiming to update the blog weekly so I’d better get out running to have something to write about!