2020: The Year of the Virtual Runner.

As 2020 is nearing its end (thank god) it’s time to reflect on what has been a challenging year for most. A year of lockdowns, cancelled races and no parkruns after start of march. At the start of the pandemic back in march when the first lockdown in the UK was implemented, I lost a little motivation for going out for a run, also having to isolate for 7 days too and worrying about being in the high risk group (due to my asthma), my running club, although we couldn’t train as usual on a tuesday found ways to keep us all motivated with the STAC rock(s) relay. The nicer weather too also helped me go out on longer runs as if i was still training for Leeds half marathon (in the hope it may return). I then signed up to a couple of virtual races to keep the miles going. Lands end to John o Groats 874 miles for the year , even though signing up later i backdated my miles to january to work out on average how many a week i would have to do to reach my target. I signed up for the VE day 75th anniversary virtual run on 8th may.

As race after race continued to be postponed/cancelled i did my first virtually real race in July. St aidans 10k completing the actual course itself with another member of Stac. I enjoyed plenty of longer runs during the summer just keeping my mind occupied in reaching the goal of John O Groats (Virtually).

I took part the Virtual Humber coastal half, originally a club championship away race but kept my spot and ran the distance myself to get my medal and t shirt, also got myself a 4 minute pb but i’ll leave the PB to a real race for it to count.

I eventually reached my target at the beginning of November with a 7 mile run. Short of 1000 miles this year but a new virtual race challenge awaits in 2021 in the form of a virtual route 66. I will be completing this in form of Running, walking and Cycling. And hopefully some races can go ahead next year.

Total Miles for 2020: 969.

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