My Topic for today is: Running Success (during Pandemic Times)
In “Normal” times, as runners, we would most likely define SUCCESS with one or more of the following:
- Completing a New distance such as your first full marathon
- Attaining a PR (at a distance or a course)
- Qualifying for a big race (Boston?)
- Running a bucket list race (like one of the World Majors)
- Trying a new type of race – a trail race, a triathlon, etc.
- Returning to racing after an injury
Well, I doubt any of these have occurred this year.
So how do runners now determine success?
- No Covid-19
Only one of my running friends has gotten this and she recovered. All others including myself are and have been symptom free.
Since we are all working from home, there is less travel time and thus, more time to RUN. As a result, we are running more miles each month.
- Varied running routes
In order to stay safe, you have had to avoid those non-wearing masked neighborhood walkers or the bikers on crowded bike trails. So you have discovered new places to run such as secluded trails or quiet park paths.
- Virtual Races
No scheduled races has given runners who want to race the ability to sign up and complete a multitude of VIRTUAL races.
Many are even free.
- Participation in Challenges
In addition to virtual races, you can join a variety of challenges that will motivate you to complete a certain number of miles or kms.
So of course as running goes in 2020, we may want a do over but it always helps to focus on the positives. I’m sure you can find ones that I didn’t even think of.
I’m also linking up here:
Happy Running! How successful has your running year been? Have you had any of the successes mentioned or any others? Please share.