Why not spruce up the scenery?
Virtual races are all the rage right now! So far I have not participated in one, but I might for one or two when the charity is right. Just to run? No thanks! But that’s me, everyone is different.
Maybe the weather sucks, or maybe you have to entertain babies/toddler/young children, or maybe you’re not allowed to run outside. Maybe the treadmill is the only option for you. How will you keep yourself motivated on that treadmill?
I did a little digging to find some options that might make a virtual race feel a little bit more like a real race. I haven’t personally tried any of these, but here goes:
Virtual Active lets you pick videos from scenic places to run all over the world. They can be guided or unguided. $7.95 for SD, $10.95 HD. Buy multiples in a pack for a discount. Subscribe to their newsletter for 20% off your first purchase.
You’ll find the running videos here (there are also videos for hiking and cycling).
Virtual Runner seems to be trying to appeal to more hard core runners. In addition to the videos you purchase in an app, it displays elapsed time, distance, pace, HR, and cadence. Of course most of that information comes from a footpod, and it wasn’t obvious to me where you buy the footpod.
The cool thing about the footpod is that it will slow down or speed up the video to correspond with how fast you’re running.
You must be able to maintain a 15 mm pace to use the app.
There are links to Android, Apple, and Microsoft apps here.
I think most runners, unless they’ve been living under a rock, are aware of the Peloton App (which you’ll find here). Peloton includes running classes and outdoor course videos. You can try the app for 30 days free. Did you know that they’ve stopped selling Peloton Treadmills because of the installation? My 20 year old treadmill better survive this virus.
Okay, I’ll bet that there are plenty more resources, but how about running the World Major courses with the elites without having to travel anywhere? I found course videos of them all on YouTube — except oddly Boston.
- London Marathon here
- Tokyo Marathon here
- NYC Marathon here
- Berlin Marathon here
- Chicago Maratho here
Do you ever run on a treadmill using course videos?
Do you think it would make it feel easier to run on the treadmill if you did?
What can you add to my list?
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.