As Watson suggests, training for a virtual race should be the same as regular race training. You might not have the crowds greeting you on race day or drink stations positioned along the route, but you’ll still have the same nerves, excitement and energy. But as Watson explains, use this to your advantage: “One huge aspect of racing and training that I advocate for is to “control the controllable.” One of the big benefits of a virtual race is that you can control so many more variables. For a virtual race, you do not worry about race day traffic to reach the starting line. If the weather is poor, then you can simply wait it out. And, you choose your own course!”
Watson adds, “Virtual races leave so much in your own hands, take advantage! You don’t need to wake up at 4am to get to the venue, you can have all your friends out there supporting you, and you can even strategically make the finish line close to your favourite brunch spot. Have fun and good luck.”
Few things have the potential to zap your energy and drain your motivation quicker than scrolling through the news cycle. With the endless barrage of case numbers and global disasters, it can leave you feeling far from inspired and hopeful. Thankfully, Lululemon’s event presents something of a good news story for the masses as aside from simply just encouraging you to stay active during these uncertain times, it’s also giving you the opportunity to support inspiring organisations in the process that are committed to real world change. 100 per cent of entry funds raised in the virtual running event will be distributed to three non-profit organisations through the company’s social impact program, Here to Be. The organisations include Back on My Feet, Black Men Run, and Girls on the Run. For the uninitiated, Here to Be is Lululemon’s social impact program which seeks to disrupt inequity through movement, mindfulness and advocacy.
So, don’t despair over those fitness goals but rather work towards them - starting with the SeaWheeze virtual run challenge. Registration entry is $5 USD and goes towards supporting one of the not-for-profit organisations. All you need now is a head-turning ensemble to get you out the door and pumped to log some kilometres and, naturally, Lululemon have you sorted there too. Shop the SeaWheeze collection here and head over to the official website here to register for the upcoming 10km or half marathon.