There were all kinds of grandiose things on tap for my 2020 spring racing season.
Sorry, but I'm not sorry for being an early bird (both in my daily routine AND in registering for races). There is a gamble, though, in that the race(s) may not come to fruition and that start line (and subsequent finish line) will not happen. It could be all on the runner (ahem, injury or arisen schedule conflicts) or it could be on the race day circumstances (the weather).
Or, in my case, it was due to COVID-19 messing with things.
First of all, let me emphasize that I am not bitter nor angry.
If it was all on me (and my own poor choices), that would be a different scenario. This, however, is a most unique situation. This is something that none of us could have foreseen, and it's affected pretty much all runners, at least in some capacity.
Currently, my spring "races-not-happening" have reached a count of six. I still have two events, a team relay (scheduled for May 9th) and a 20K (scheduled for May 30th) that are still "on." I'm not holding my breath, or betting the farm, on either's outcome.
Care to hear about my new Plan of Action?
Last Saturday (March 21st), the first of these races was to have happened on the streets of Tampa, Florida. This would have been my first time running the Driscoll's Strawberry Classic 10K. Obviously, this race was called almost immediately as everything else was canceling.
Also, did I mention the hubs and I would have been enjoying a long weekend, spring-breaking with friends, and watching countless NCAA basketball games? Well, none of that happened. In light of all that had escalated (in a very short time) with the virus, we made the wise decision to stay home. Instead, I ran the COVID 19-Miler Virtual Run as a satisfying consolation.
So, am I blue? Well, maybe just a little, but I'm not going to boo-hoo over it. Although I won't be training hard to run these as virtual events, I do plan to maintain my base and throw in some occasional speed drills. Basically, I'm forging on as if these actual events were happening as scheduled...but will be cutting myself some slack if need be. After all, I'm not getting paid to "perform" like an elite, so I certainly don't need to train like one.
And, let's not forget I will be staying active. Deborah and I are hosting the 19 Minutes for 19 Days Challenge, after all, so I won't be sitting idle pining away for what could have been. This spring will be like no other, but I plan to make the best of these lemons. #TeamLemonade all the way!
Have you had to take a step back and modify your spring schedule? Any races canceled or postponed? Any virtual options?
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