Day 1: Lands End to Penzance

01-signpostYesterday was the first day of my 100 Day Virtual Challenge. My aim was to ‘virtually’ walk, jog and cycle 11 miles from Lands End  to Penzance to complete the first stage.

I started off with two 3.1 mile run/walks on the treadmill, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, to ease myself in. This meant that I still had just under 5 miles to go to complete the first stage, but my legs were aching a bit by then, so I decided to use the exercise bike for the final part.

The results were as follows:

  • 3.1 mile run/walk – 34:19
  • 3.1 mile run/walk – 33:57
  • 4.8 mile bike – 30:00

I really liked using the exercise bike as it kept the pressure off the old achilles injury that has started niggling again, so I’m feeling pretty confident about completing this challenge… well, it is only Day 1 I suppose, so time will tell.

The other part of the challenge is to find out a little bit about some of the places on the route, so here goes…

Top 5 Facts About Lands End

  1. The Cornish name for Lands End is Pen an Wlas, which means End of the Earth
  2. The Lost City of Atlantis is thought by some to lie 100 miles off the coast of Lands End
  3. Lands End has been a popular tourist attraction for over 200 years
  4. The record for completing the route from Lands End to John O’Groats on foot is held by Andi Rivet, who completed it in 9 days and 2 hours
  5. The first female runner to complete the route unassisted was Marie-Claire Oziem who used a pram to carry her gear with her

Anyway, that was yesterday and today I’m in virtual Penzance, which I’ll tell you about tomorrow. As it is though, I have another 1100 miles to go and only 99 days left to do it in, so I’d better get on my bike… or treadmill. Next stop is Pengoon Farm.

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100 Day Virtual Challenge

big-mapAs I’ve been a bit rubbish with the whole blogging and running thing for a while now, I’ve decided to try something new… I’m going to attempt a 100 Day Virtual Challenge in which I will run/walk/cycle 1111 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Of course, as it’s a virtual challenge, I won’t actually be out there on the route, but instead will attempt to cover the mileage in my own neighbourhood and by using the exercise bike and treadmill

There is a website that you can do this though, but it costs a bit of money to join, so I decided to just find a route and log my runs on the map.

The route that I decided to use was from Mark Moxon’s website, which has plenty of maps and information about the route and talks about his own experiences of completing it, which will make interesting reading as I go along.

Unfortunately, because I have to go to work every day (not to mention the fact that I am also not very fit right now) I won’t be able to complete the route in the 70 days that he did. However, I will use his daily distances to mark out some milestones/ stage to help keep things on track. The first of which is a whole 11 miles to Penzance.

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I’ve made a start already today and am just over half way to Penzance, but I’ll do a proper update once I’ve completed the first stage, hopefully tomorrow. Until then, Happy Running!