Asics Frontrunner Holly Rush discusses how to deal with your competition or running event being cancelled or postponed and how to adjust your training.
- Firstly, take care of the logistical aspects of your races. For example, change or cancel flights/trains etc, contact hotels to see if they can change the booking to the new event date, check your diary to see if the new event date fits into your year plan.
- Do I still need to do those long runs now? - With a few countries on total lockdown this simply isn’t possible for some, but for many we can still get out and run solo in the countryside. However, this is not a time to tax your immune system. I would suggest shifting your focus to maintaining fitness and rekindling your passion for running; reminding yourself why you initially fell in love with the sport.
- Connect with your running community - yes there are still ways to do this whilst still practising social distancing or self-isolation. Virtual races have been popping up everywhere, embrace running solo but share your run online after with your running friends.
- Practical Solutions - If you can still run outside, I would suggest dialling back your training and concentrate on becoming a faster athlete or just working on your base. With most marathons rescheduled for Autumn 2020 this gives us all around 8-10 weeks of 5-10k training before starting our marathon training block. This is ideal prep before embarking on any marathon training cycle. This is also a good time to concentrate on your weaknesses eg hill climbing or drills.
- Become a stronger athlete - This is something I include in all my weekly coaching plans, but I know it's more often than not the thing us endurance athletes drop. Take this time at home to embark on a strength program. This doesn’t have to take more than 10-20 mins a day (we will be sharing lots of ideas about home circuits in the coming weeks) but the results will show when you get back to full training.