As Des Linden put it, “racing will be back, but running never left.” Having a race cancelled that you had been training for hurts. While it’s hard to see the silver lining, running and walking are still activities that can be done during this difficult time. It doesn’t have to be fast or far, the main thing is that you are getting out there and moving your body. Here are a few tips for training solo through race cancellations.
Find a Plan and Stick to it!
During this time of social distancing, a lot of things have abruptly changed. People are working from home or have different work hours and social activities have all been cancelled. Running and walking are two things that don’t have to change. Setting a running or walking routine is a great way to add some normalcy back into your life. Pick a time of day that you like to run or walk and show up for it everyday. Maybe even write a training plan for yourself about what types of runs and walks you want to do each week.
Have Virtual Competitions with Friends
Stay connected with friends through virtual competitions. Garmin, Apple Watch, and Strava all have options where you can challenge your friends. Keep each other accountable and see how your friends are doing each week.
If your race was cancelled or postponed, now is the perfect time to plan ahead. It is never too soon to get excited about a Thanksgiving or Christmas race! This is a great way to stay positive and motivated during this difficult time.
Stock Up on Running Supplies
Spring is coming and that means back to running and walking in shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops. At Potomac River Running we’ve got you covered with the latest and greatest spring apparel. Also, if you are putting more miles in than usual, it might be time to get a new pair of shoes. All shopping can be done from your own home via our online store.
Listen to Your Body
Last but not least, it is so important to listen to your body. Be gentle with yourself! If you are feeling tired, take it easy! If you aren’t in the mood to walk or run, save it for tomorrow. Use this time to practice going with the flow and following the lead of your body.
Scratching those spring races off your calendar isn’t fun, but remember, your daily walk or run is something that will stay on your schedule!