Spring is usually a favorite season for runners of all distances. After bundling up and training all winter, many of us were gearing up and counting the weeks to our spring races. With all those spring races now cancelled, many of us may be thinking “Now What?”. Here’s why you should keep up your training after your race is cancelled.
Why You Should Keep Up Your Training After Your Race is Cancelled
Training is never wasted no matter where you were in your training when the world turned upside down. Presumably, you carefully chose your spring/summer races, maybe were even lucky enough to get in by lottery. You made a commitment to train for that date and have worked hard on your progress. Whether you were on week one or week eight of your plan, those are training miles in the bank.
Races will eventually return and be rescheduled before we know it. Keeping up your training ensures that you will be more prepared when race day comes. In a way, it’s a gift of more time. More time to safely build and maintain your base.More time to feel confident in your race distance. More time to break in new shoes and try new fueling strategies.
Staying on your regular exercise and fitness schedule can provide a sense of purpose and a sense of normalcy during these stressful and uncertain times. Setting small workout goals everyday and achieving them just feels good.
Finally, keeping up your running and fitness will keep you in better shape and hopefully health to weather whatever is thrown your way. I also might add, there may be more stress or boredom snacking going on and running can only help that!
Tell me are you sticking to your training plan now that some of your races are cancelled?
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