Virtual Running Guide

A virtual running event is a concept that would have had many of us scratching our heads this time 18 months ago. However, virtual events have taken over the running scene in 2020 and 2021.

The great thing about running virtually is that it gives you a tangible goal during an uncertain time. What better way to spend time in lockdown than training towards doing something positive – and receiving a bunch of goodies in the process!

However, it’s totally normal to be unsure of the best method to undertake a virtual event. For many of you, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival Virtual Challenge will be the first time you’ve dipped your feet into running an event solo! So to help out, we’ve put together our top 5 tips.

1) Safety First

Obviously, your safety during your run is the most important thing. This means being careful, letting someone else know your route, and picking quieter routes where social distancing can more easily be maintained if possible. This is your moment of glory, so best to avoid letting anything get in the way!

2) Create your Fan Club

Whether it’s a significant other, running buddies, family members, or the man next door, make sure they know about your virtual run. You have chosen to Join in Edinburgh and you deserved to be cheered on! Tell them when you’re running so that they can either support you during the run, or shower you with praise once you’re finished. Motivation can be difficult when running alone, so having a support network behind you is sure to fire you on to the finish line!

3) Plan Your Route

One of the benefits of a virtual race is that the route is entirely in your hands. When else could you take on EMF around your favourite circuit in your local area? You need to make sure you complete the distance, but the rest is up to you! So add flats, downhills, uphills as you see fit. If you can, adding makeshift fuelling and aid stations into your route will help keep you going.

4) Timing’s Everything

Another benefit of virtual running – you decide when you run! Nobody knows better than you when it comes to your running preferences. So whether you wake up and want to crack on first thing, or decide you fancy an afternoon canter, the decision is in your hands.

5) Enjoy It

Remember why you entered the event, spent so long training and are here now. This is your moment, so savour it and enjoy it as much as possible. Remember to stick to your pace, and the rest will follow. Good luck!