What. A. Week. Let’s just take a minute for a collective deep breath.
Running has provided a constant this week as the state of (pretty much everything!) has rapidly changed. Escaping to the trails was a welcome reprieve from addressing all the ripple effects of all of this upheaval. As this week wraps up, my priority is being intentional regarding all my interactions. I am so grateful that I am able to run, it eases stress and leaves me with a clearer head to approach things calmly and rationally. This is one of the things I have always loved most about running. It allows us to face uncertainty as our best selves.
Alright, with that out of the way let’s touch on the next thing that is on so many of our minds… race cancellations. These “We are all in this together!” posts on the blog are intended to give you a glimpse into my training – highs and lows as well as my thoughts along the way. Well, I’ve had all kinds of thoughts about upcoming races this week. Will they still happen? Will they be cancelled? Am I upset? Here’s my consensus – I don’t know. Like so many of our other cancellations and postponed events, we just don’t know. This is uncharted territory (in my lifetime) and we are all just doing our best to, well… try to do our best. Thank you to all the race directors for all the work you have done organizing the races up to this point. I know it must be a very difficult choice to make to cancel the race. I understand that right now is the time to do what is in everyone’s best interest for health and safety.
For now, I will continue to train per (mostly) usual, with an emphasis on listening to my body. Being sure to rest a little extra, eat well, and stay hydrated. Stress is definitely a factor in my training right now, so I am trying my best to manage that as much as possible – knowing that one of the gifts of running is that it teaches us how to prepare, execute as best we can, and adjust for things outside of our control. I will try to continue to run on the trails as long as it is permitted and seems appropriate. If we are instructed to do otherwise or if I feel it is no longer appropriate, I will adjust accordingly. Not out of fear or panic, but rather out of respect and caring – especially for those most vulnerable. I will continue to strength train at home. No climbing, the gym is closed until further notice. Here’s to temporary sacrifice for the greater good. Reach out via email or on social media, the community is still all around you even if we cannot gather right now.
Wishing you and your families health and continued running this week!
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