Signing up to an annual racing challenge (where you complete a distance over a year) is the perfect way to keep your fitness motivation levels up. As well as the endless health benefits of racing a regular distance, here are 5 reasons to take part in an annual racing challenge:
You’ll become better at racing
Running / cycling or swimming the distance over a year is the perfect option for those who want to stay committed for a full year by setting a target. Because not only will working towards an annual running challenge keep you fit, but it will help to improve strength, speed and stamina.
It’ll keep you focused
Having an annual goal to aim for is a great way to keep you on track. Without a clear goal in mind it can be far too tempting to slip back to old habits or let your training levels slide.
You’ll feel part of something great
Many studies reveal that runners are often happier than those who don’t run, claiming that it’s partly due to the sense of community they experience. If running alongside others doesn’t do it for you, you could always give virtual racing a go. A virtual race is one you can walk, jog or run, from any location – and more importantly, you can race at your pace.
Joining a virtual running community is a great way for runners to stay motivated and build confidence and still feel like you’re a part of something. Plus, as a virtual runner, you get to experience the thrill of the race and still hold up the race medals at the end. There are lots of awesome virtual running races with medals that you can enter. Find out more about doing a virtual run and our annual races at Virtual Racing UK
You’ll be supporting something you believe in
Running for a specific cause, especially one that’s close to your heart can give you an even bigger sense of achievement. At Virtual Running UK, there are so many great causes you can get involved in. Here’s a look at some of the charities we’ve supported and how as a virtual runner, you could be a part of it.
You’ll feel on top of the world!
There’s no better feeling than crossing the finishing line. And running the distance comes with its rewards. Who doesn’t want a race medal or a bit of ‘run bling’ to show for their hard work?
With Virtual Racing UK, all you have to do is complete your virtual race over the course of the year, then submit your race at your pace evidence, using our online form. We’ll then pop your race medal in the post, so you can wear it with pride. Find out more here
Top tips to get set for your annual racing challenge:
Get the gear
From running shoes to shorts and sports bras, having the right gear is important and will give you that added confidence. It makes sense to do your research and get some specialist advice.
Find a race
If you don’t fancy the pressure of running a longer distance like a marathon, all in one go, an annual virtual running challenge could be the perfect option. You can race at your pace and still get to say you went all the way! Find out more about our running challenges here
Make a plan
There are lots of great training plans out there or you might want to download a virtual running app to help motivate you and get those miles under your running belt. Our virtual runners also offer lots of other hints and tips on staying on track in their blogs
Set your goal
Signing up to an annual running challenge may feel daunting. But the key is to keep it in proportion and see it as a form of regular exercise, helping you stay fit and healthy in the long term. It’s also about building your mental strength in running by adopting a positive mind-set and believing in yourself. And just think, you’ll be a race bling medal holder at the end of it!
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up to an annual challenge today!