With the weather getting better, I am doing more running outdoors. That and my gym is still closed. I am following the social distancing guidelines so that means doing my runs first thing in the morning before there are too many walkers out and sticking to less crowded routes. It is kind of amazing how there appear to be a lot of “first time” walkers who don’t really understand how to share sidewalks or pathways. On my last time out, I literally had someone hold out his arms to try to block me from running on the path. I’m not sure what that was all about but at least I got a pretty good 9 mile time for myself breaking the 1:20 mark.
I’m continuing to do negative splits on my long runs and it is boiling down to a combination of me still not quite being used to running at my current low weight and … taking forever to warm up. My first mile times have been terrible lately. I don’t know if I can bring myself to do a warm up beyond just walking out to the main road but I guess that might have to be a thing for me. I’m also wondering if it will go away as it gets warmer in the mornings.
I can’t wait for us to get past the social distancing and have our lives return back to relative normal. I’m quite eager for a half marathon though there are a lot of discussions about how we are going to have new social norms to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID-19. I wonder how that is going to impact running events. We all certainly pack in pretty tightly into those starting corrals. I get it if that stops being how we start races but part of me will also be a little sad.