Finding Opportunity and Positivity Amidst a Crisis

Week 10: March 9-15

Monday: AM - BOMF 10 miles in 100 minutes, PM 4 miles in 45 minutes

Tuesday: 8 miles in 62 minutes Speed Central: ladder workout in minutes 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1

Wednesday: AM - 6 in 49 minutes, PM 4.2 in 33 minutes

Thursday: 3.5 in 28 minutes

Friday: 15 minutes on the bike then strength

Saturday: 12 miles in 100 minutes

Sunday: 14 miles in 2 hours

Total mileage: 61.6

Logged some good TOF on Monday with two separate walk/runs. First up was Back on My Feet in the AM where I ran/walked with a good group of people. In the afternoon I got out for a nice 45-minute run/walk with Nicole as she continues to rehab her knee. All told 14 easy miles was a great way to kick off the week. Tuesday evening, I went to Speed Central where we did a nice ladder workout in minutes 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1. I pushed the pace a bit on these but kept them pretty steady. The dominant conversation amongst all of us at the workout was on Coronavirus. Mostly we discussed how it impacted our races and our training. How quickly things would change in the next 48 hours.. Wednesday, I doubled again with an easy 6 in the am and 4 in the afternoon. This was the day where things in this country and in the world really started to escalate in regards to COVID-19. My plans for heading to Florida on Thursday started to look somewhat doubtful. I stuck to the plan, got in a short run in the AM, went to work with the intention of getting on a plane at 8PM. As the day went along it started to become clearer that spending a week traveling to Florida to spend a few days with my mom and then a spring break trip with Nicole to Asheville and Nashville was simply not going to happen. Every major sports league shut their seasons down, schools all over the country began shutting their doors and businesses sent employees home to work remotely. The phrases social distancing and flatten the curve had not been in my vocabulary before this and now it is all people talk about. Traveling to three different states, taking three flights and traveling in general in a time like this did not seem like the right thing to do. So instead on Thursday night Nicole and I drove down to CT to spend a few days with her parents and their little dogs. It was very nice to spend some time away and not be glued to the news channel for a bit. Friday I did a light strength training session but gave the running legs a break.

I logged 12 miles on Saturday around Wilton which was a quick reminder of how damn hilly CT is! Sunday, I went to Stamford to run with one of my clients, Greg R., who is training for his first marathon, NYC in November. We logged some nice easy miles together and afterwards I racked up some miles on my own to bring my total for the day to 14. A good week from a running stand point, 61 miles and change, but for the world it was a week of fear, worry and concern for the future of the world.

Week 11: March 16-22