Boston Marathon versus Covid-19, part II

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The Boston Marathon is rescheduled for 2020 to September 14th.

The Boston Marathon is rescheduled because of Coronavirus. I wrote about the uncertainty last week (you can read that post here). This week, the only certain thing is that far fewer of us will be racing anytime soon. We have seen an unprecedented amount of races cancelled and postponed. You might agree with the steps taken. You might think people are overreacting. I have come to the conclusion – it does not matter what we think. I’m not trying to be rude, but we have no say in whether a race is cancelled. What we can control? Our reaction.

Is your race cancelled?

  • Don’t be mad at the race director. Often they are not the decision-makers.
  • Don’t isolate yourself. You might be wary of meeting friends for a run for fear of being sick. Be smart, but don’t cut off all your ties.
  • Don’t stop running. It might be tempting to have a defeatist attitude or you might lose motivation without having a goal. It’s important to keep training, not only to maintain fitness but also for your own mental health and routine.
  • Are you in PR shape? Take advantage of your fitness. Try to find a “Plan B” marathon close to 4/20. I suggest looking for smaller races as they are less likely to be cancelled. It is up to you on when you register. If you register immediately, you risk losing your registration fees if that race is cancelled. If you wait until the day of, you risk it being full. Check out Marathons in the RUN717 Area for options.
  • Are you fit, but not planning on a PR? Maybe you can find a local 10 mile or half marathon to race. 
  • Another option would be to gather your friends and run the distance on your own.
  • Retire from running and take up competitive eating. No, just kidding – don’t do that!

Is your race in late spring or early summer?

  • If your race isn’t cancelled yet, continue training like your event is going to happen. I would guess that most races will be cancelled or postponed, but smaller local events may go on. As of this post, the Chambersburg Half Marathon is still on.
  • If you hear a rumor about an event, find the source and verify before posting info on social media. (This should be true of posting anything on social media!)
  • Don’t waste energy trying to predict whether your race will happen, especially if it’s months away. Focus your energy on training. 

Many of you who were training for spring marathons are in great shape. Your long runs had been building and your weekly mileage had been increasing. Now what? With no marathon on the calendar, how can we maintain fitness without burning out? We certainly can’t continue running 20 mile long runs from now until September. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Maintain your weekly base mileage, or slightly decrease it. There is no reason to increase it at this point, but by maintaining your weekly mileage you’ll be ready to restart a formal plan mid-June.
  • Continue your weekly long run, but it doesn’t need to be 18-22 miles every week. I suggest alternating between a long run of 16-20 miles with a “shorter” long run of 10-15 miles.
  • The amount of speedwork you are doing should also decrease. Most runners preparing for marathons run 5-10 miles of speed each week. This is tough on the body and we can’t do this over a long period. To avoid injury it is safer to decrease this to 3-5 miles per week.
  • Do you have a “niggle”? A niggle is not a full-blown injury. It’s something that doesn’t stop you from running, but you might notice it before are warmed up, or it might be sore after a harder workout. Take the time NOW to address that.

Know that even though we aren’t racing on 4/20, our training is NOT wasted. When we work hard for months and make fitness gains, they don’t disappear. The miles we did last year, will help us this year. The miles we did this winter and early spring will help us in the fall.

Remember why you run and focus on the journey, not the destination. Yes, it is SUPER fun to get a PR, but for most of you, I think you run to feel good about yourself and see what your body can do. Don’t let the uncertainty get to you. Running is still important.

Boston Marathon Versus COVID-19, Part I

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Are we going to see the Boston Marathon start line in 5 weeks?

Will the Boston Marathon be affected by the Coronavirus? I have thirteen athletes preparing for the Boston Marathon and wondering the same thing. With six weeks left, we are in our final push before the taper. The current COVID-19 situation is on everyone’s mind – understandably so. The Tokyo Marathon, like the Boston Marathon, is one of the World Majors Marathons, and on March 1, it was cancelled for non-elite runners. World Athletics announced the postponement of the World Half Marathon Championships in Poland. The Paris Half Marathon was also recently rescheduled. Hong Kong, Rome, and Barcelona marathons were also either cancelled or postponed.

Will Boston Marathon be added to this ill-fated list? Will Boston cancel or postpone? There is no way of predicting that. I’m encouraged that the Los Angeles Marathon was held this past weekend despite coronavirus concerns. Here is what I do know: The BAA is monitoring the situation and they will do everything they can to hold the event. If they decide to cancel or postpone, I am guessing it will be done at the last minute.

What can you do?

Uncertainty creates anxiety. What can you do? Control what you can, and let go of what you cannot.

  • Continue to prepare for the marathon. It is easy for me to say don’t worry about it until you have to, but what is the alternative? Skipping workouts because it MIGHT be cancelled? Follow your training plan.
  • Focus on recovery. This means improving your diet and getting adequate sleep. Your immunity will be the strongest if you get adequate sleep.
  • Get the most up to date and accurate information. This means visiting the Center for Disease Contol, PA Department of Health (or your state’s health department), and the World Health Organization. Do not use Facebook or blogs as your primary source of information. Fact check!
  • Practice good hygiene. Wash hands, stay home if you’re sick, and avoid sick people.
  • Most importantly, stay calm. Stay informed, but if you find yourself overloading on the Coronavirus news, unplug for a day or two.
  • One of my athletes has made a Plan B. If Boston is cancelled, she has plans to run a different marathon. Need to find options? Here is a list of marathons in the RUN717 area: Local Marathons. This can help put your mind at ease. No one wants their training to go to waste!

Good luck in your final weeks of training and I hope to see all of you here in five weeks!

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Welcome to my running blog! Are you a beginning runner looking for some ideas on how to get started? You have found the right place. There are hundreds of cookie-cutter training plans on the internet and it can be overwhelming. Explore my blog for some great training tips and answers to some common running questions. Whether your goal is to run your first 5k, marathon, or maybe your first ultra, read on for help. Do you have a question that I haven’t addressed? Fill out the form below or ask on the RUN717 Facebook page.

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Experienced runners also have questions! If you’re like me, you love to learn new things, especially when it comes to running. I’ve been running seriously for about seven years and I’ve coached for four, but I still love to learn about the latest gear, training philosophies, and new advances in training. Are you not improving despite running consistently? Are you looking to complete your first marathon or qualify for Boston? I have included some of my favorite marathon specific workouts that can help you reach that goal. Have you have been running for a few years but have never tried speed workouts? Doing intervals, fartleks, and repeats might be what is missing from your training. Explore my blog to find training tips, marathon tips, specific workouts, recipes and nutrition, and more!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner because all of us struggle with being consistent. Since the best predictor of success AND being injury-free is running consistently, I hope my running blog helps you. I love running, I love runners, and I love talking about running. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing others reach their goals. Visit here to see how I can help you. Have a question or suggestion for the blog? Get in touch today! I look forward to hearing from you.

Protein

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WHAT is protein? Protein is one of the three macronutrients (along with fat and carbohydrates). If amino acids are the building blocks of protein, then proteins are the building blocks for our muscles. Because we can’t store amino acids, our bodies need to either make them from scratch or modify others. The amino acids our bodies can’t make are referred to as the essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine) and these must be eaten daily.

WHY do we need it? Most athletes know that protein aids recovery. Protein is also needed for regulation, blood clotting, fluid balance, hormone and enzyme production, and cell repair. Runners need a greater amount because the act of running breaks down muscle proteins and damages muscle fibers.

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