Several marathons, half marathons, and many other distance races and races around the world were canceled due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. Here's an update on how COVID19 affects runners and events …
How COVID19 Affects Runners and Running Competitions
Races and group races canceled or postponed. Worldwide, race leaders and local officials are canceling marathons and other running events to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This includes the Boston Marathon and the London Marathon.
If you were preparing for a race that was canceled … now what?
What to do if your race is canceled
First, check if your race is canceled, the date is transferred to TBD, or it is postponed to the set date.
The race website and / or email must contain official announcements of any changes to race day activities.
If it is canceled –
Find out if there are any options to defer or receive a refund. Then go ahead and decide whether you want to register to participate in another race this year, to participate in the next race, or to take part in the Netflix marathon.
If it is rescheduled –
a. Check your calendar to make sure you can run it that day (this includes checking for conflicting plans, other races you plan to run, your personal fitness priorities, etc.).
b. If you can start the race on a new date – YAY !! Record this on your calendar and update your travel plans (if necessary).
Then talk to your trainer or update your training as needed. How to set up a marathon or half marathon correctly depends on when your “A” race is scheduled, a new date and your goals.
If you were preparing to run a half marathon lasting less than 2 hours with your target race in 4 weeks … you are probably in great shape doing a lot of high-quality workouts and in the last big push of training before narrowing down.
So I think it’s fair to say (if nothing, at least for myself), “That sucks !!”
You can admit that you worked hard, got up early, gave priority to recovery and good sleep, ate healthy food, etc. – all in an attempt to achieve the goal or even start a new PR, and now you can not see this training cycle. to end.
You can give yourself 5 minutes to feel sad, cry, scream, swear, or do what you need to get it crazy. Then find out what options you have to move forward.
If your race is canceled or postponed …
Here are some options to consider if the race you were training for has been canceled due to COVID19.
Ultimately, you must decide on your next step based on YOU = your goals (race goal and long-term goals with running), physical fitness, other obligations / priorities, physical health, mental health, and any other factors that influence what the best thing.
If the race is canceled, select another race later this year. – Most races are postponed to September and October, so I would advise you to aim for the fall or later, to be sure that it will no longer be canceled.
If the race is postponed, but you cannot start this day – Choose a different race later this year. (See above) And check to see options for a refund or deferment until next year.
If the race is delayed and you CAN spend this day – Set your training plan so that it is in maximum performance mode on the new date of the race. (Work with a running trainer if you strive for a goal, are prone to injury, or do not know how to find the best training plan for you.)
It doesn’t matter – stay positive and do your best.
We cannot control the weather on race day. We cannot control occasional stomach problems at the 14th mile of the marathon. We cannot control much in running … but we can control our attitude and our efforts during training.
Training tips if your race is rescheduled
If you are in the “monstrous month” of marathon training and go through weeks with high mileage / long runs that push you to the best form of your life to start PR in the next few weeks, but now you don’t have a race, it will last for months ->
Think about your new race date and how much extra time you need to train.
Depending on your level of fitness, goals, history of injuries and level of motivation – you can use these tips and use what suits you best.
- Run your own race – Run a solo marathon or half marathon on your originally planned race day for yourself.
- Continue to move – if you feel great, you have no fatigue or signs of potential injury, and you feel that you can continue to move without injuries or burning … Think about using your current training plan and extend it until the race day. How exactly this is done depends on your body, but options include:
- Repeat weeks. Return to your training plan for the number of weeks your race is delayed. Ex. If 9 weeks are left before the new race date, return for 9 weeks in the training plan.
- New Plan. Get a new plan designed specifically for your current training, goals and a new race date.
- Air conditioning. Focus on keeping your cardio-physical fitness strong, but don't push it further to avoid undue stress on your body. Spend any extra energy on training and strength.
- Manage your life – do what works for you. Update your goals, training, approach based on YOUR BODY.
It doesn't matter what situation you are in – focus on what you CAN do.
If you can still run … run!
If you can still meet running buddies – have fun!
If you want to spend more time in conditioning, do it!
If you have a treadmill at home and you want to run, eat and sleep on it – I hope you dream to win Boston !!
Be brave. Run fast. Have some fun.
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Always consult your doctor, trainer, and any other medical professions you work with before starting or changing your diet or exercise routines.