Today, while running, a peculiar thought crossed my mind. Although, at first, it wasn’t really a thought but more of a feeling. The thought came a little later, but it hit me like a ton of bricks: my body no longer feels like an athlete’s body.
It’s been a strange irony that I, lying in my bed, should stumble upon a book that deals so intimately with the very thing that had brought me low. Covid had robbed me of my strength and left me short of breath, and yet it was in the midst of this struggle that I found distraction and, yes, a tune up.
As I step out into the chilly air, I can feel the weight of the past year bearing down on my shoulders. My Achilles tendon still aches, a constant reminder of the injury that has slowed me down for so long. And yet, despite the pain and the setbacks, I lace up my shoes and begin to run. It’s the first day of a new year, and I am determined to make it a successful one.
«Going to Exhaustion. Even When You Aren’t Prepared.» — Steve Magness, The Science of Running «The Race to the Start Line: Returning to Running After Having Covid-19» — Talya Minsberg, The New York Times «Running has taught me some important life lessons» — Audrey Danaher, The Globe and Mail «How to run 100K (in 20 steps)» — Keeley Milne, Cannadian Running Magazine «6 reasons why trail running is worth adding to your workout routine» — Spencer McKee, OutThere Colorado «Women Run the World: Aoife Cooke Would Love for Her Sexuality to be Irrelevant» — Cathal Dennehy, Women’s Running «Alternatives to UTMB – The Other Epic Mountain Races in Europe» — Helen Dixon, Trail & Kale Quick Links are usually added once a week to this blog and cover every topic possible.
You probably have experienced it yourself, or you may have read headlines like this one: «Running is enjoying a boom because of the coronavirus pandemic». And yes, it’s true. Gyms were closed. Spin classes and boot camps had been canceled. People were stuck at home for most of the day for a long time. So running has seen a boom during the coronavirus pandemic. But what about the overall statistics? Did people run more during the pandemic?