What is a Virtual Challenge?
A virtual challenge is a fitness goal that tasks you to run, cycle or walk a certain distance over a specified period of time. Anyone of any ability can participate and it can be completed at any location, at your own pace, and in however many stints you require. It’s a great way of keeping fit and staying motivated to reach your individual fitness goals.
Here at Race at your Pace, we’re passionate about getting people outdoors and keeping active. Each calendar month we organise challenges of various distances that adults and kids can take part in on foot or on two wheels, and you have the entire month to cover the distance. You’re able to choose the distance that most appeals to you (we recommend one that is challenging, yet achievable), and get going! Once complete, we’ll send you a premium medal as a reward for your hard work and determination.
What’s the Difference Between a Virtual Challenge and a Virtual Race?
Unlike virtual challenges, in a virtual race you compete against the clock and against other participants. You have to run, cycle or walk the set distance and upload your results online so that you can compare your performance with others from around the world.
Virtual races are generally completed in a few hours, and therefore cover considerably less distance than that covered in virtual challenges. 5k and 10k are typical distances that are covered in virtual races, whereas virtual challenges can require participants to cover distances as high as 175 miles on foot and 400 miles on a bike.
Benefits of Virtual Challenges
Run or Cycle Whenever Suits You
Joining a running or cycling club isn’t always suited to everyone – the clubs generally meet in the evening, at the same time people are just getting home from work and are running around after their kids! However, with a virtual challenge, you’re not required to meet at a specific time every week, you can instead fit your training around your busy day-to-day schedule. You have the whole month to cover your chosen distance, and whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, you can train at a time that is most convenient to you.
Also, as you have a month to cover the distance, you can gradually complete the challenge by frequently training. Rather than tackling the distance in one large chunk, you can separate your training throughout the month, covering part of the full distance each time – just remember to keep a record of the distance you’ve covered!
Anyone of Any Ability Can Take Part
As there are a wide range of distances for participants to take part in, anyone of any ability and age can take part. It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting into fitness or an elite athlete who regularly competes, there’s a challenge for everyone.
Run or Cycle at Your Own Pace
It is completely up to you how fast or slow you train. A 12 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile, and as long as you cover the entire distance by the end of the month, you will have completed the challenge. As you aren’t directly competing against any other competitors, you shouldn’t feel intimidated or pressured into running at a particular speed and can go at a speed comfortable to you.
You Can Train Where You Want
You aren’t physically tied to a physical place – there is no requirement to cover the distance at a particular location. You can cover the while you are on holiday, on a treadmill or anywhere else that appeals to you.
Race at Your Pace’s Virtual Challenges
Virtual challenges provide an ideal platform for people and children looking to get into fitness, and also experienced athletes wanting to push themselves or train for an upcoming marathon. Here at Race at your Pace, we run a variety of virtual challenges every month to help you keep active and feel great. Completing a virtual challenge is difficult, but it’s also enjoyable and rewarding! So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!