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Double Social Distancing RR

amarie2009

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Double social distancing RR

Last week –

This was the weekend I was supposed to run the Asheville Marathon. As with every other race for the foreseeable future it was cancelled. I seriously debated over if I would run this virtually or not. Running marathon distance is hard enough in a real race, I wasn’t sure if I could even do it on my own, and I also wondered if it might be a bad idea considering how hard running that far can be on the immune system. I didn’t fully commit to doing it until I was actually running. Once I got going I felt pretty good, and I just kept going. I did stop my watch when I had to wait for lights and for a couple bathroom breaks. Unfortunately, after one of the lights I forgot to restart it until I got to the next light, so I lost a full mile on my recorded distance. I was running a route I have run probably hundreds of times, so I know I covered the full distance. I had some support from a Team in Training coach, though we maintained safe 6+ foot social distancing, I wasn’t fully solo. I ran it super easy, and I ended up barely being sore, so I feel like I didn’t risk my overall health too much. Timewise it was really slow. Initially I thought it was my second slowest marathon but later I realized that didn’t take into account losing that mile. With time for that additional mile it would be my slowest though I don’t know what my time really was. It’s all unofficial anyway so it doesn’t matter. All that matters is it didn’t cause me to get sick.

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Finishing my marathon. 

This week -

Today I ran the 10k in the Loopville COVID19 race series. I ran this at a harder pace. Between being just a week after running 26.2 miles and the fact that it was 70* and 80% humidity it was a hard pace but mostly pretty slow compared to what I have been able to do in 10k races otherwise. I ran this at Forest Park in St. Louis which made the social distancing part difficult. Here, as in many other places the parks are fairly busy. I was mostly able to maintain distance by occasionally leaving the path as needed when people didn’t move over or when I was coming from behind them. It wasn’t perfect though, so I guess I (or they) lose points for that. I really need to get back into some speedwork. I just turned 37. I hope I still have PRs in me.

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Bonus Izzie pic - That darn ribbon was teasing her...but she did successfully catch it.

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I did a 10K the week after a marathon once. I don't recommend it. Thanks for supporting the Covid-19 Loop Race Series.

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Well done! I'm trying to figure out the best balance of exercising enough to stay healthy without overtaxing the immune system 

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39 minutes ago, NavEng said:

Well done! I'm trying to figure out the best balance of exercising enough to stay healthy without overtaxing the immune system 

My thought in general is that the best might be working just hard enough to maintain fitness, it's not a time to push for new speed or distance. But cutting back is also probably not helpful, unless you have been training super hard.

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11 minutes ago, amarie2009 said:

My thought in general is that the best might be working just hard enough to maintain fitness, it's not a time to push for new speed or distance. But cutting back is also probably not helpful, unless you have been training super hard.

That's what I was thinking. It fits what I'm doing anyway these days, taking it easy and enjoying the view 

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3 hours ago, NavEng said:

That's what I was thinking. It fits what I'm doing anyway these days, taking it easy and enjoying the view 

I am attaching an info-graphic that our fitness center at work sent out with information about exercising and the immune system which I thought was helpful.

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Good work on that race so soon after the marathon.  (I don't know why ribbons like playing with cats so much.)

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Impressive!!  You do have more PRs in you!  I am 39 and ran my full and half PRs at 39, and my 5K PR 3 weeks before I turned 39.

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Very impressed with your solo marathon.  You are awesome!  And thanks for that exercise information.

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Still rocking the purple, I see!  Nice photo finish, even though it looks kind of lonely without the banner and the crowds and the other runners.

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