I never thought I’d say this, but I’m totally addicted to running!
As a kid, I used to struggle a lot with athletics. I always dreaded P.E lessons at school, and the compulsory cross-country run would leave me coughing up blood and gunk for days. 😝
Back then, I could never understand how anyone could enjoy doing something so seemingly torturous!
Later, in my early 20’s, I caught Lyme Disease and became bed-ridden for many years. (There was definitely no running for me then!!)
One thing that my illness taught me, however, is the importance of setting goals (and having the patience and self-love to see them though, without reaching breaking point!)
In the beginning, my goals were small (such as walking just a few yards) but as I began to heal I found that I was able to set myself bigger and bigger challenges.
Thankfully (due to the Buhner Protocol) I’m now in remission, and this year I was able to complete my big dream and challenge, of backpacking solo across Europe.
It was an incredible journey (spiritually, mentally and physically) and – thanks to the amazing running scene in Budapest, and some inspirational women that I met along the way – I discovered my passion and love for running!
I did my very first run on the 25th July 2017, and to my amazement my body supported me all the way! It was an amazing feeling, and I was hooked almost instantly!
It wasn’t long afterwards, that I stumbled upon virtual running!
Now, it’s not what you might be thinking – Virtual running isn’t completely virtual, you do still have to run! 😂
Virtual Running in Four Easy Steps
- You enter a virtual race with a virtual running company – You usully pay to enter and the cost covers your medal, as well as a charitable donation. (I’ve listed some UK-based virtual running companies below!)
- You then run the required distance for your race; whenever and wherever you choose (although most virtual races have a date that you need to complete it by!)
- Next, you submit evidence for your run (via a screenshot of your running app or tracker) in order to be sent your medal.
- Your shiny new medallion arrives. You do a happy dance, take goofy photos and party!! (As does the charity that you’ve helped to support! Woohoo!)
Virtual running is a fantastic way to keep fit, reach your goals and help to raise money for a good cause!
I never thought I’d fall in love with running, but it’s quickly become a passion of mine, and when I see my medals hanging up on the wall, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come!
They’re also a great reminder to live passionately in the now, and keep setting goals – because you never know what’s around the corner!
I’ll leave you with a list of some UK-based virtual running companies, and if you decide to sign up for a race, let me know, and I’ll be over here cheering you on! 🙌🏻
Virtual Racing UK
Virtual Runner UK
POW! Virtual Running
Women’s Running Virtual Races
UK Virtual Race
Zoom Virtual Races
My Race Virtual Racing