Are you targeting a virtual marathon? One of the trickiest bits with virtual marathons is choosing the perfect 26.2 mile route. Well my Crossroad Countdown technique may just be the route you are looking for.
You may be completely new to marathons, or you may have several under your belt, but make no mistake about it, 26.2 miles can be seriously challenging. Of course running a distance of that length is physically tough, but it’s the psychological demand which can really take its toll.
This is one of the many reasons I created my Crossroad Countdown technique. It helps runners of all abilities manage the distance in their mind, and the real beauty is in its simplicity.
How it works…
1️⃣ Pick your starting point.
2️⃣ Run 5 miles in one direction, turn around, and run back to the start.
3️⃣ Pick another direction. Run 4 miles out. Turn around, and run back.
4️⃣ Pick another direction. Run 3 miles out. Run back.
5️⃣ Pick another direction. Run 1.1 miles out. Run back.
Boom 26.2 miles!!! 💣💣💣
👉🏽 Mentally, it breaks up the run up – you’re never thinking about more than 5 miles at any point.
👉🏽 Each time you get back to your starting point you know the next ‘rep’ is shorter.
👉🏽 It allows you to explore little! Run from home, work, your hotel… anywhere! I often park the car up and just go. You will only ever be a maximum of 5 miles away, reducing the risk of getting lost!
👉🏽 If you’re coming back from injury, or if you perhaps haven’t done as much training as you hoped but are desperate to try and run the distance, it enables you to test the situation by giving you lots of opportunities to stop the run. Sometimes it’s better to live to fight another day.
👉🏽 You can leave water, gels/snacks, clothing etc at the start to save you running around like a packhorse, and you can focus on the task at hand… putting one foot in front of the other!
👉🏽 Another great advantage is it allows virtual marathon runners of all levels run together (albeit socially safe) as you can run the same course, do your own thing, and you’ll regularly pass each other for a wave and a dollop of encouragement.
Why not give my #CrossroadCountdown technique a go on your Virtual marathon and let me know how you get on!