Well folks, it's amazing how things can change in a week. Seven days ago we were talking about tempo intervals and speed work. Now we're trying to figure out how to put the pieces together after every race for the next six weeks has been cancelled. We're all going to have to roll with the punches as we deal with something much bigger than all of us, but don't let that get you down. Whether it's battling an injury, increased workload at your job, or other unforeseen circumstances: runners are used to this. Treat this the same way as any other training interruption. It's OK to be frustrated and it's OK to be angry, but the beat goes on.
Before we go forward, let me emphasize this: PLEASE BE SAFE. Much of your training should, and must, be solo. There are very real possibilities of transmission at play. Please follow all state and federal guidelines regarding social distancing. That means six feet! If you feel sick, DO NOT RUN. While we're aware of some general symptoms of COVID-19, this is a very new virus and you can't make any assumptions. We all have many years of happy and fast running ahead of us. In the grand scheme of things a couple weeks won't matter one bit. Do not feel obligated to run. Take care of yourselves and your families first.
The good news is that as runners and athletes, we're already in good shape; literally and metaphorically. Studies have shown that consistent exercise boosts immunity and leads to reduced chance of infection. Please note that these are cumulative and not acute effects. The change in immunity from one exercise session will be negligible, and not worth risk of exposure if that's a factor.
I hope it's clear that I hope you look beyond just running right now and take care of yourselves. That said, if you know me you KNOW I'll be training. If you still want to, and I think many of you will, here's what to do:
Please don't hesitate to contact me (email@example.com) or any of your other coaches. Please know that we are doing our level best to monitor the situation. We will continue to be in touch with weekly newsletters, and we'll still be here for you.