While our area mostly has been spared (as of now) from COVID-19 cases, everyone is feeling stressed as our daily lives have been impacted to varying degrees. Running is a great stress relief for ourselves and family members.
For those of you running with others at this time, please limit your groups to less than 10 and practice everything you been hearing about social distancing and hygiene. And of course, if you are experiencing symptoms don’t show up and share your air with others. The Road Runners Club of America has put together some great information in this link.
To promote a little fun during this time, we encourage you to try something new with your (small group or solo) runs.
-Incorporate some fartlek (Swedish for speed-play) into your runs. After you are warmed up (5 to 10 minutes into your normal paced run), run at a faster pace for 50 to 200 meters (exact distance is unimportant and can be the next street crossing, big tree on the bike path, telephone pole, etc), then jog comfortably until you recover. Do anywhere from 4 to 10 of these pickups and then finish your run at a normal pace.
-Similar to the fartleks, perform a set of striders after you complete your normal run. These are 2 to 8 pickups of 50 to 200 meters where you just run like a kid and when you get tired or sloppy, just stop and walk until you recover.
-If you have children, get them out for a run but make it fun. It can be a running game rather than just a straight run. “red light – green light”, “kick-the-can”, “tag”, are but a few non-video games you can do with your kids. They’ll sleep better and so will you!
In addition, the LRRC is having a virtual mile competition between March 17th and April 15th. Time yourself in a mile and submit your times via a Direct Message to our Facebook Page. It’s on the honor system. You can go to a track or pick out a flat mile on the bike path (don’t choose the downhill from 2 to 3 miles). We will publish the results after April 15th. There may even be some prizes involved!