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Virtual Running Benefits

Virtual Running Benefits

The period of lockdown resulting from the pandemic has changed the look and feel of many parts of our day to day life, including hobbies, activities and so much more.

This is also true for running, where many large events have opted to go virtual instead of being delivered in person.

But running virtually can be a great thing, allowing runners a tangible goal during an uncertain time – as well as grabbing some goodies along the way!

We’ve put together our list of the top 4 benefits of running virtually.

1. New Motivation

Let’s face it; motivation during the past 12 months has been harder to come by than usual. Not knowing what the future holds has had a real impact on our way of living, socialising, exercising – everything.

So having a virtual event to look forward to can be hugely important to your motivation levels. Being able to set a goal and follow a training schedule gives you something to aim for and can help create good habits, even after the event is over. Virtual running actually produces two really important aspects for effective behavioural change – accountability and incentive.

2. You’re in Charge

One of the best things about a virtual event – you’re in charge! You get to decide what your event day run looks and feels like. Do you want to breathe in nature? Go for it. Want to jog around your local park 10 times? Why not. Want to run laps around your garden? Be our guest. The only thing you need to worry about is completing the distance of your chosen event, the rest is up to you.

3. Community Feeling

Even though we won’t be together in person, that doesn’t we won’t be together in spirit! Unfortunately, guidelines have dictated over the last 12 years that crowds should be avoided. So when else will you be able to join other like-minded runners, all trying to achieve a similar goal?! As soon as you put your race number on and head out the front door on your event day, you join the #bigfunrun family and become part of something much bigger.

4. Swag

If we’re being honest with ourselves, one of the best things about running an event is the kit you receive afterwards. If you don’t Instagram the medal once you’re finished, did you even run the race?!

But completing a virtual run is a huge accomplishment in itself, and you deserve to have that achievement commemorated with some great goodies.

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6 Summer Running Tips

6 Summer Running Tips

With the sun making a more regular appearance and the weather hotting up, summer is a fantastic time to enjoy running in the great outdoors as well as clocking up valuable training for any runs you have coming up later in the year (Big Fun Run perhaps?). Check our 6 top tips to make those summer day runs as comfortable as possible.

1- Stay cool
Enjoy those longer summer days while you can and plan your runs in the mornings or evenings during the coolest parts of the day. There’s also something quite spectacular about chasing the sun at sunrise or sunset.

2- Quench your thirst
Staying hydrated before, during and after your runs is even more important on warmer days. Try drinking around 200ml every hour before your run to set you up for success. Water or a sports drink are good choices and you could also bring supplies along with you on your run in a water belt or pouch. Aim to ensure you have fluids after you finish too!

3- Loosen up
One of the simplest things you can do to keep cool during summer run is to opt for outfits that are lightly coloured and loose-fitting as well as avoiding attire that is too tight and instead lets your body breathe and feel the breeze.

4- Slap on the suncream
We all know the dangers of the sun’s rays and if you’re spending more time outdoors running it’s important to keep your skin protected, even when out during colder spells of the day. Choose an SPF 30 and you’re onto a winner.

5- Rest and refresh
Try adding one-minute walk breaks every five minutes when you run on hot days to help keep your body cool. As you feel yourself getting fitter and faster just shorten or skip the rests.

6- Give yourself headroom
You lose a lot of body heat through your head, which is a good thing during the summer months. Don’t cover up with cosy headwear instead choose a more breathable alternative such as a visor or mesh cap to keep your noggin’ happy.

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