Yesterday, I completed my first in-person race since 2019. I realize that there have been races here and there since then, but I didn’t feel comfortable racing in-person until I was fully vaccinated. I was also freaking sick of virtual racing (does anyone else feel this way?).
So, I chose the Run Y-town 5-miler as my welcome back to racing in-person. This event is always organized, and the weather is almost always wonderful. Even with the course changes due to a sinkhole on the original course, it was a really fun day.
Here’s the best part: I didn’t run. I ran about two tenths of a mile total throughout the five mile course. And you know what?
I’ve been running for a decent amount of time now: almost six years! Through those six years, I have suffered multiple injuries, ran a 5k at 39 weeks pregnant, finished a marathon, and cried a lot of happy and sad tears.
Oh! And I became an RRCA Certified Running Coach. So, I’d like to think I know a thing or two about running. Ten things. I know at least ten things about running. And you know what? It’s time to permanently bust those ten running myths.
I see a lot of people starting their running journeys, and it makes my heart so happy. Running is a great way to maintain level and strong mental health, keep yourself healthy and in-shape (notice I didn’t say “skinny”), and get outdoors while maintaining good ol’ social distancing.
So, how do you get started safely, and what should you focus on during your first week as a member of the running community? What should you avoid? How much should you run? Keep reading — Coach Court has all the tips!
Welcome to Coronarunning: Everyone is on a run streak because we may or may not be able to stomach another virtual race!
Okay — maybe not everyone is on a run streak. But a lot of people are, and that’s a little concerning as an RRCA run coach.
We had a discussion in our certified coaches group about how on one hand, we preach that rest days are “so important,” but on the other hand (and due to the pandemic), run streaks have become the new 5K (statistically, 5K is the most popular racing distance). So, what gives?
As both a distance runner and running coach, I have thought about this, and I really do think there are ways for every runner out there to complete a run streak. There are right and wrong ways to do it, though — and the following five tips will help you start and finish a run streak safely.
The short answer: Yes…
I’ve been giving my athletes five tips to follow as they embark on outdoor running during this challenging time. Here are my top five tips!