My notice came in an email yesterday afternoon. Sugarloaf is cancelled. If you remember, for a week or so I'd been congratulating myself for picking a marathon in May instead of April. Turns out Mother Nature doesn't like to be upstaged.
On Wednesday I'd run one of my hardest workouts - 6 x mile repeats at 5K pace. If that workout was any indication, well ... let's just say my 5K pace isn't what it used to be. And it was harder than I wanted to get what I got. The last one was the slowest, and not for lack of trying.
So then I spent Thursday morning contemplating how excruciating the 10 mile recovery run that day was going to be. When the email from Sugarloaf came, even though it was hafl-expected, it was still a shock. Sent a FB message to ocrunnergirl, since I figured she'd have the same notice. Is it bad to think I was looking forward to meeting up with another Loopster as much as I was for the race? Her email had gone to her hub's account, so she hadn't seen it yet, making me the bearer of the bad news. I hate bearing bad news.
The rest of the afternoon I couldn't decide if I should finish out the week at my full training schedule, or immediately cut back, take a few days to process things and come up with a new strategy for the rest of spring and summer. Thought about how tired I was and that the only thing that's kept me going the last few weeks was the carrot of that marathon at the end of the stick. About this time in training that's normal. In the end, I decided that 7 was enough miles. By the end of those 7, I decided that I was right.
Today I'll do 5 and decide about tomorrow's long run later. Maybe I'll do the full 16, because being out for that long with no doubt be therapeutic and I could use some therapy now.
On a brighter note, the first weekend of the Loop's Covid-19 Races Series was successful. We had 34 entrants. 12 in the 5K, 10 in the 10K and 8 ran pikermis. There were a couple who did 8K and one was a 10-miler. There were a bunch of selfies, empty roads and neighborhoods, a couple of pets, and some adorable kids.
Here are the results, which I also posted in Loopville.
|1||Peg Erb||0:22:30||3.1||Selfie & Tucker|
|4||George Grennick||0:27:20||3.1||Selfie, cardboard box & an empty road|
|7||Maxwell Melvin||0:41:32||3.1||PSycho shoes|
|8||Edward Burgoyne||0:46:59||3.1||Spooky tree|
|9||Reed||0:59:31||3.1||Kite and a tree|
|12||Jessica Schultz||oops||3.1||Selfie w/ cute daughter|
|1||Heidi Murray||kids||4||2 strollers, 2 bikes, 3 beautiful little girls|
|1||Emma Jane Allen||0:50:31||5|
|2||Deirdre Hinkle Reyna||0:59:29||6.2|
|3||Scott Bader||0:59:33||6.2||Seahorse shaped route, Georgia flowers|
|4||Angela Brinker||1:05:17||6.2||Bloop and a cat.|
|6||Greg Holness||1:05:29||6.2||Selfie and rain|
|8||Brenda Haskill||1:11:22||6.2||Empty bike path, Elite runner, and a bloop!|
|1||Shanda Warren||1:44:56||13.1||Hot Selfie|
|2||Dave||1:52:27||13.1||Empty street, flooded river|
|3||Tim Emmett||1:55:02||13.1||Socially distant running buddy|
|6||Tim Pierce||2:08:19||13.1||Empty road to Navarino|
|7||Laura Hein McElduff||2:09:21||13.1||2 Ferraris|
|8||Holly Reichard||2:18:35||13.1||empty SoCal countryside|
The next race weekend is April 24-27, so gear up and make your plans. There's talk of a multiple distance challenge.
For now, all our Loopmeets, Loopfests, races and even training runs are destined to be solo or virtual affairs. It's an interesting time. Better than more people dying, though.
Hang in there, kids. It won't last forever, and we'll be here when it's done. Still running. Still racing. Still supporting each other.