Over at SBNation someone is thinking similarly to me: how do you plan to keep running though a pandemic when facilities are closed, keeping company is frowned upon, and being out on city sidewalks could become illegal? Keeping fit is a core part of many people's mental health strategy, and planning for races provides motivation to train. "When I embarked on this journey at the beginning of the year, my goal was not about setting personal bests or competing in my age group. It was about reaching my potential. That nebulous idea has come into focus during this period of doubt and uncertainty."
I was banking on a quiet evening, but that bike was calling.
Actually, I opened the app and I've been quietly chasing the ride totals of my one of my training friends. She bought the actual bike and has been recording rides on a regular basis. I wanted to see how long I could stay ahead of her, but she's been super-active over the last few days and went from trailing by a dozen rides to being a couple days worth of workouts into passing me.
So... onto the bike it was.
Our crew does a lot of summer hill training -- Wednesday Hill nights! -- but we largely think of it as uphill, strength-type training. Running 400m hill repeats for us is about a grueling climb followed by a casual recovery descent. But according to Runners World, not enough focus is given to the downhill portion of training in that training for downhill running is as specialized and as important as any other part of the program. This leaves a lot of questions about just how many specialized runs can fit into a summer of training, and how can a casual marathon training athlete mix-and-match, or even just fit it all in?
According to Google Maps, the start line to the 2020 Chicago Marathon is 2,635 klicks from the front door of my house. I found out I was running that marathon on December 12, 2019. Let's see how close we can get.