Catching Pokémon to Running: The Land's End to John O'Groats Fitness Challenge

There's a new fitness challenge you need to know about. Whatever way you want to do it, wherever you are in the world, it's up to you. The aim: to go from Land's End to John O'Groats. Can you do this? Yes, you can!

I'm currently in my second round of marathon training - I know, I still haven't told you where it is.  I'll be totally honest with you. It's not going to plan. When I ran Hamburg Marathon, I did my training to the book. Rarely did I miss a run, I knew exactly what my weekly mileage was, I followed my training to the t. This time round, I'm training a lot more. A lot, lot more. It's a mixture of a lot more weight lifting sessions and running. It's so intense. But, I love this training program so much more. Hamburg's training quickly got me bored of running quickly yet this program is helping me to appreciate running so much more.

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I've found a challenge along the way that's going to help me focus on my weekly mileage during my marathon training. It's also going to give me something to work on after the marathon in November too: the Land's End to John O'Groats virtual challenge. Did you know Land's End to John O'Groats is the longest route in Britain?                                                                                                                                            
You can choose how long you want to take part in the whopping 1, 083 miles challenge; three months, six months nine or twelve months. You can do it individually, or share the challenge in a team of up to 50 people. I can't imagine running this route in 'real life' so doing this challenge over the course of a  few months is a fun way to help me do it virtually.

When you've recorded a distance that you've done, you can see yourself advance through the route, which I quite like as you can see where you are in relation to the finishing line. Plus, if you like a bit of competition, you can see where other participants are in the challenge.

Running, cycling or walking aren't the only ways you can use to cover your distance during the challenge. Be adventurous; any distance-based exercise is allowed so you can even count PokémonGo, row, hop or pongo-stick your way to the finishing line. Apps like Strava, FitBit and Map My Run/Ride all link with the My Virtual Mission app, making distance-recording so much easier.

The best part? After you've finished the challenge, depending on the package you choose, you can get a t-shirt and a medal like any other race. 

What are you waiting for? The challenge officially begins on 1 October and you can sign up here with £5 discount just for you.

I can't wait to see you at the end of the (virtual) finish line.

Mara xxx
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