18 weeks of training for a marathon cancelled due to the COVID-19! 18! You’ve rearranged your schedule, skipped family events, missed out on all the fun and for what? Notification of a race cancellation or a postponement. Anger, frustration, hopelessness, relief, gratitude. You name it; you’re probably feeling it. In fact, you may have felt them all and considering the hard work and sacrifice you have made you should. The same feelings can occur when sickness, injury or emergency derail your marathon training plans.
I know the feeling of disappointment is hard to shrug off. My favorite running event in April was postponed. Training for this event is what gets me through some of the winter blues. We must acknowledge those feelings and then let them go. Take this advice from Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge’s Instagram post, “To the thousands of runners who with me, have devoted the last months of our lives towards this goal I would like to say: Be proud of the work you have put into this journey, keep smiling and seek your next goal on the horizon to continue running in a smooth and positive way. I hope to join the starting line with you again soon.”
Gratitude allows us to focus on the positive and appreciate what we do have and it affects your health in a positive way. COVID-19 may have cancelled your marathon, but look for ways to be thankful.
- Be grateful for your health and be proud of your accomplishment through training.
- You’ve shown an amazing level of commitment so don’t let the fact that there is no medal define you. Your training defines you. Embrace the thought that you went out and did what most people won’t. You are a badass.
- Be grateful for your new level of fitness and keep running. Just not at the high intensity training level you have been doing.
- You have an open date on your calendar. You’ve reserved the race date; celebrate in some fashion.
“If you practice gratitude on a daily basis, then your motivation to run will last a lifetime.” Michael D’Aulerio