What's up with Spring 2021?
Things are a little different, now, than they were a year ago. There's still a lot of unrest and unknowns, but things are definitely moving in a better direction, at least in terms of "normalcy" for us runners.
Thankfully, I didn't put my running shoes (or other fitness accessories) in storage once Covid hit the fan, but there were some necessary adjustments last Spring. Now, as the vaccine is allowing for more freedom (and/or peace of mind... for some, at least), I find myself (again) adjusting my regimen.
Shall we do a then vs. now comparison?
One of the biggest then vs. now differences is racing. Last year, I had already done three races by mid-March (and there were several more on my Spring calendar). The hubby and I had just returned from the Leprechaun Chase (March 7th). Little did we know, at the time, that it would be our last live race (except for the Sully Freedom Fun Run, on July 4th) for 2020. This year's Leprechaun Chase was our inaugural running event of 2021. I've since also run the Chocoholic Frolic 5K and Drake Road Races Half Marathon. But, at the moment, my calendar is open for a few months...
|in 2020...at the after-party|
|in 2021...with a mask|
A year ago, I was in the middle of all those 5K time trials with the UN-Canceled Project (recap HERE). In 2020, virtual races and challenges were all the rage because that's all we had. Granted many of us didn't "need" those virtuals, but they did fill a void. With all my spring races either postponed or canceled, I threw myself into 12 weeks of 5K time trials. The benefit was a weekly speedwork session (of sorts). Obviously, those 5K's aren't happening this year...but I have been contemplating doing weekly 1-mile time trials, possibly in May and June. What do you think...could I? Should I?
I did most of those 5K's on Mondays (because that just seemed to work best with my schedule). And, most of those Mondays featured crazy wind. Almost.Every.Week. In keeping with what seems to be my Monday way of life, those windy conditions have continued in 2021. Even without all those 5K's, I still have all the wind. Call me lucky.
This year, I've had the stress fracture as part of my reality. Yes, my rally-back is pretty much history, but my winter/early spring mileage was very minimal...which has me (currently) in a bit of a holding pattern now. I'm back to a comfortable half marathon "base," but there are not many half marathons to run. I think I'll keep my weekend long runs at 10 miles (with an occasional cut-back weekend in there). In the mean time, though, I'll be biking! I acquired a nice collection of cycling jerseys last summer, so I'm all set! Consistent cycling will definitely be on the roster this spring, and will continue through the summer and fall.
So, those are some thoughts on the then vs. now of Spring 2020 and 2021. Fingers crossed we've (finally) turned the corner and all the unseasonal cold weather is behind us. I'm looking forward to plenty of sunshine and warmer temps. I'd love less wind, but that's wishful thinking LOL.
How are things in your fitness world, compared to this time last year? Are races starting to reappear in your area? Are you tempted to register for as many races as possible...or are you content to take things slow, and ease back?