How to run a virtual marathon

What is a virtual marathon?

Virtual marathon is a running race which can be completed online. A participant can select any desirable race available online and choose their preferred route. It can be done running around your favourite block; your desirable park route; on a treadmill at the gym or in the comfort of your own house. After completing the distance, you will have to submit the proof that you completed the required distance. After you have done so, most of the time you will be awarded with an event completion certificate and a medal.

Why run a virtual race?

At the moment, it probably is the safest way to compete as a runner in the uncertain times that we live in. Virtual running does not require mass gathering of people to cheer or gather at the starting line, hence, it is safer. Moreover, you can complete a race in your own time, on your desired day at the desired pace. However, this can make it hard to police the results because people would be running in different weather conditions and on different terrains. Also, running a virtual marathon means you do not have to do any travelling whatsoever and you can implement the run into your weekly schedule. On the other hand, running virtually takes the race day buzz away which can directly impact your performance.

Where can I find how to join a virtual marathon?

Firstly, if you had a place for a live event and it was cancelled, explore the organisation’s website through which you booked your race. Occasionally they might have a virtual substitute. However, if you are looking for marathons or races in general, roam the internet and see what suits you best. Here, in the UK, website is a good place to start. You might also want to explore options on the .

Is there a fee to join a virtual run or marathon?

This very much depends on the organisation and the event you are trying to attend. Some of the events might have a registration fee or a minimum amount of donation if you will be running for a charity. You might be able to find some free events, but it might not be a marathon. 

Where can I run a virtual marathon?

This is totally up to you. You can choose your favourite running route and calculate how many laps it will take you to cover the distance. You might also explore and go to a place you have not been before, calculate the route and enjoy the run. However, if you decide to take such an approach, ensure that you research the quality of the terrain, as you do not want to hate every minute while running the marathon on a terrain that does not suit your running style. You can also run the whole distance on a treadmill at home, if you have one, or at your local gym. 

What do I need to have to start running?

In order to start running, all you need is to register and have a device to track your run as you will be asked to submit a proof of completion. To do so, you can use apps like zwift, strava, runkeeper, endomondo and many more.

What do I need to keep in mind while running a virtual marathon?

First and foremost, ensure that you have your distance spot on. Last thing you want is to end up half a mile short or run an extra 5 unnecessary miles. Also, it is suggested to run a route that you are familiar with, this will help you to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Try to plan your nutrition, hydration and recovery stops if needed. Also, remember that it is a very high chance that you will be running on your own, so staying focused and motivated can be harder. Try to stay safe at all times and share your live location on apps like strava so that in case something unpredictable would occur, people would be able to track your last location.

And finally, pace yourself, do not burn out early and then struggle for the rest of the run. Remember that it is very likely that you will be on your own without anyone to help you to push-yourself.

We hope this information is useful for you. If you need advice or have any questions about London Virtual Marathon or any of our treatments, please contact us. You can find us in Mill Hill Broadway and Islington. We are always happy to help. If you like this blog please share!

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