2020 – 1st Quarter Fitness Summary

While Covid-19 may be disrupting “normal” life one thing hasn’t changed and that’s my passion for fitness.  It’s time to summarize the first 3 months of the year.

January featured two winter series races.  The first, the John Rudy 5 miler, went very well.  It is definitely a favorite race of mine both for the section of the rail trail it’s ran on as well as the distance.  The second, the Indian Rock 10k, was miserable for a variety of reasons.  I’m fairly certain if I run the series next year I will be skipping this race for the simple fact that I dislike the flatness of the course and can’t race it well.  I had 3 days off from workouts in January.  I ran 15 days during the month for a total of 72.8 miles.

February had two winter series races as well.  I was finally able to run the Jacobus 5 miler after missing it two years in a row due to indoor track meets.  I definitely enjoyed having hills in the course after my lackluster performance at Indian Rock.  The Springettsbury 10k went well enough even with the multiple pee trips before it and the head winds during the race.  I had 5 days off from workouts during the month.  I ran 11 days for a total of 51 miles.

The winter series finished up in March with the Northeastern 5k.  That race will be a highlight of my running career for years to come.  It’s strange to realize that race was only a month ago when so much seems to have changed since then.  I only took 2 days off from working out primarily due to track season coming to an abrupt end two weeks into the season.  With no afternoon commitment any longer I began doing more DailyBurn workouts.  I ran 12 days for a total of 48.92 miles.

My game plan after the winter series was to scale back my running, focus on coaching and start training again after the season.  While I haven’t had running as a main focus I actually ran more in March than I planned.  This is mostly due to running with my dad as it’s one of the only social outings we can do right now.  Jason’s running is on hiatus until we’re certain his hamstring strain has healed, but he has me doing the DailyBurn Live to Fail program with him.  I’m about a week and a half into it and was quickly reminded of how weak my upper body is.  We’re also having karate classes via Zoom, so while the world may be changed for now, our focus on fitness remains as strong as ever.

Have you been working out more or less during the Covid-19 chaos?

About Tracy

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental and Indigenous Peoples advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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2 Responses to 2020 – 1st Quarter Fitness Summary

  1. Good job on the first quarter! And setting new goals and things to focus on. I’ve still been running, but working on my flexibility more. I found a good 22 minute online video I’ve been making myself do after I workout. I’m probably too old to do the splits (ha, ha), but the instructor moves into the splits toward the end, so I’ve measured how far off the ground I am, and I’m hoping to at least improve that number. By a lot. My hamstrings are always so tight!!!!

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thank you! Flexibility is very important as we age and it sounds like you found a good way to gauge your progress. My hamstrings get tight a lot and I’ve discovered my calves and shins can too at times. I’ve always stretched after my runs but I think having a sit down job really affects things. I can’t straighten my legs out overhead while lying on my back as well as I could years ago, the hamstrings always require me to bend my knees.

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