The Good News

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic today is: Pandemic Good News

It is so easy to think about how awful these times are for runners and everyone else.

Don’t kid yourself.  It is bad.  We cannot see our family and friends.  We are stuck in our houses. People have lost their jobs and can’t support themselves and even worse, people are sick or dying.

So here are some good things to ponder (related to running):

  • More new runners.  Some bloggers have mentioned that being cooped up in our homes has prompted an increased interest in becoming a runner.  Kudos to anyone who has started running and I hope you continue even after this is over.

  • More Online Options for training, working out, yoga, etc.. ZOOM is free and easy to use.  There’s FB live.  There have been so many opportunities to remain active even if your gym or yoga studio is closed.

  • Connecting More with your Running Friends.  One Thursday night, my running friends and I chatted for TWO hours via ZOOM.  One mentioned that it was better than post run brunches when we only chat with the person next to or across from us. And when we run together, it’s often hard to chat.

  • Increased Participation in Virtual Races. There are so many out there.  Some even send you a bib and a medal (and the fee often supports a charity). You don’t even have run an “official” virtual race.  You can just pick a race and a distance and then run it.

a great one for April

Plus there are so many FREE ones,  Why not??

Run the Edge – a different color each week and you can pic your distance – FREE!!

  • Increased Flexibility. Working from home may allow you more time to squeeze in a run, such as before work, during lunch or after work.

lunch run in the ‘hood

With everyone working from home, there is less traffic.  This gives you the opportunity to seek out a new place to run.

drive to Colonie Town Park for an after work run

  • More Late Summer/Fall Race Opportunities.  Many spring races have been postponed.  There will be quite a selection to choose from.  And you’re had all this time to train. LOL
Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon Registration Page

August 29, 2020

This will end.  And if we come out of it healthy, that’s the best thing ever.

Looking forward to seeing these smiling faces in person.

I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Any positives in your running life during the Pandemic? Please share. 

29 thoughts on “The Good News

  1. You’re absolutely right, there are a lot of good things about this situation. My husband is super happy, he’s running a lot more and work is much more productive. I get more time with my baby while working from home. And I love that more people are connecting virtually…Zoom is way better than a text message.

    I think we’ll all realize how blessed we are once this is over!


  2. I love this blog post! I think that it’s very easy to focus on the negatives of this crazy situation, but there are some great things that have come out of this situation as well.

    I’m enjoying the flexibility of having more time in the mornings to get in my workouts since I don’t have to get dressed or drive to work.

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  3. It’s nice to not have to walk/run so early in the morning now. My husband is WFH and he is able to take a midday break so we can get out without setting a 5:15 am alarm. So that’s a positive in these times of awfulness. 🙂

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  4. Yes! We need to focus on the positive things like these! I think many of us will come out of this as stronger runners due to the change in our routines. Its nice to be able to get more exercise and participate in virtual races. I am hoping for an epic fall racing season!

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  5. Yes! I see tons of runners and walkers everywhere! I hope most of them stick with it when the crisis is over! That is hopeful. I have been doing a few virtual 5Ks too, including the uncanceled project. Hubby and I just did one today. I hope you get to run with your friends and go out for brunch soon!

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  6. I love the positivity in this post and can relate to many aspects – I’ve never spent this much time with my kids, I’ve tried a new free pilates class online, I’m doing virtual races for the first time ever, and aside from some meetings I can’t move, most of my work can be juggled around my running/kids/cleaning and cooking schedule!


  7. This is such a great reminder of all the good things happening these days. You’re right, it’s really easy to get sucked in to the doom and gloom. And there is quite a bit of that to go around.

    Connecting with friends virtually has been the saving grace for me. I’m not even that social to begin with, but I do miss my running friends! Running friends are the best friends, right? 🙂

    What’s that earth day race? I might have to join…


  8. Is it a positive that I haven’t worn makeup in ages LOL?

    I go back and forth between positives and negatives. It’s just such an uncertain time and I don’t function that way. I also miss all my running friends and I feel like they’ll all forget about me by the time this is over and I am back at it. But that’s just my brain being a jerk.

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  9. The only positive is that I run when and if I want to . 🙂 No pressure. I’ve noticed that I have a good week of running and then the following week no running at all. Then repeat. Oh well. Thank you for liking up with us!

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    • It is what it is. Just important to stay healthy. Not just physically. I think that’s where stress free running comes in. My runs sometimes have more walking than running.

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