Whenever I’m stuck for motivation I sign up for a race. I find that having a date and distance to focus on really gives my training a purpose.

It doesn’t have to be a big challenge, there are many multi-distance events going on all the over the country, yet, having that goal gives me a reason to lace up and head out of the door. If there isn’t an event that takes your fancy, you could sign up to a virtual event. They offer the same motivation but can be run locally at a time to suit you.
Sure, you don’t get the same atmosphere as an actual race, but there’s no parking problems, no crowds and no huge loo queues. They’re so flexible you can even do them on the treadmill if you wish!
There are lots of virtual runs that you can easily sign up online. I was recently introduced to a new company, Lucky Duck Virtual Runs. They got in touch and asked if I’d like one of their boxes.
How it works 
  • You simply sign up online
  • Choose your virtual run
  • Your chosen box is then posted out to you.
  • You can walk, jog, cycle or even swim the distance at your own pace and in your own time limit.

I received the Paris Virtual Run box. The box contains 5 individually wrapped Paris themed medals along with a virtual progress route map.

Getting Started
The concept is simple – run 26.2 miles (not in one go, don’t worry!) Log your runs on the map provided. Each medal corresponds with a point on the route map and you open your medals along the way.

You can start it whenever you feel ready – and there is no deadline to complete it and as you don’t need to send off any race evidence there is no waiting for a medal to arrive in the post.

As I clocked up the miles I collected;

Medal 1: Arc de Triomphe at 3.5 miles

Medal 2: Moulin Rouge at 6.4 miles

Medal 3: Sacre Coeur at 7.3 miles

Medal 4: Notre Dame at 16 miles

Finishing off with Medal 5: Eiffel Tower at 26.2 miles

It’s a great concept to keep you clocking up the miles and it didn’t require flights to Paris! Lucky Duck Virtual Challenges currently offer 3 different virtual runs. You can find out more about here

Disclaimer – I was kindly sent this medal box for free in return for an honest review. I did not receive any payment and as always, all opinions and photographs are my own.