My Topic for today is: Running (during Pandemic Times)
My utmost priority is staying safe. That means not catching COVID-19 and/or passing it on the my hubby, my stepsons or worse my 95 year old MIL.
Most of the time I have not stayed in my neighborhood because I have found ways to feel safe when running elsewhere. I will share some of those ways below in addition to ways to save your sanity if you choose to stay near home.
- Wear a mask or buff around your neck
As you are probably aware, you wear something over your mouth and nose to protect others (even if you have no symptoms). So if you have it around your neck at all times, if someone comes close, you just pull it up. Also as respect for others, if you see someone else wearing a mask/buff (even if they are not close), you should pull up your mask or buff.
- Run early on popular routes or bike paths.
You’ll be surprised how empty your normal running routes are if you go early in the morning.
- Research new and rarely populated paths.
Do not run where you normally do That’s where most runners go.
Instead, find a new place, somewhere new, someplace uncommon. You will be rewarded with an empty, safe path.
- Call a friend.
You can run in your neighborhood. But every time??!! It sure gets boring no matter what you do.
Ask a friend to run with you. You two, of course, will be running 6 feet apart. But you can still chat that way and motivate each other to complete the distance.
- Play head games.
If you feel that your neighborhood is your only option and you cannot find a friend to share the experience, invent ways to keep it fun.
Look for rainbow signs, find new flowers in bloom each week, ask the names of the friendly dogs, give out awards to the nicest lawns, pick out your favorite house, etc.
I have no idea when things will go back to normal so that I can run safely anywhere, at any time and with my friends or at races.
This message still holds true…
I’m also linking up here:
Happy Running! Have you found ways to run outside your neighborhood and still feel safe? Or have you been sticking close tPlease share.