My Topic today is: My New Goal (inspired by the pandemic)
If you read my blog, you may remember that my goal for 2020 was to run ONE half marathon EACH MONTH.
I even signed up for 7 out 12 races before the year even began.
First there was the foot injury and so I limped through January and February’s.
Then this pandemic!! My March’s was cancelled and April and May’s have been postponed. I have already run two uninspired virtual ones with many more to come, I’m sure.
I am not sure at this point if any of my half marathons this year will be real ones.
So onto a new goal.
ALL the LOCAL 25 NEW NATURE TRAILS. (I realize that ALL is a little vague. So is the word “local.” I am going to change it to 25 as my goal.)
There are 18 nature preserves just in my local area. So I far I have visited 7. https://mohawkhudson.org/our-preserves/find-a-preserve/
In addition to these preserves, there are many parks with trails, arboretums, and nature sanctuaries. Plenty to keep me busy. I have visited 6 already.
So why is this goal and why visit these areas now?
- They are free.
- They are scenic.
- They have varied terrain.
- They are well marked and maintained.
- You can walk them.
- The trails are looped and of varying distances.
- You can go when sunny, windy or even rainy.
- NO ONE ELSE is there!!
Yes, I feel safe and wear a mask (actually a buff). I have barely run into a person (and if so, they are surprised and polite and friendly.)
But of course, many of you would not feel comfortable with this goal. I am not being critical of anyone who is self isolating.
You can follow my progress with this new goal and view the gazmillion pics through my IG posts (@dsc59).
I’m also linking up here:
Happy Running! Anyone else getting outdoors more now? Have you changed your original 2020 running/fitness goal? Please share.