As the year has passed, a lot has changed. Like for starters, I did little to keep my blog up to date. As most of us are aware, an international pandemic has erupted leaving very little ability to travel or race around the world as I would have pre-covid times. So it was near impossible to write about new and exciting races or travel experiences because they were simply non-existent. However, during that time, I was writing regularly, with a paid position as a freelance writer, for World’s Marathons. Unfortunately, the economic hardships on the racing community due to Covid-19 has erased that position as a paid creator. Currently, I’m trying to find the motivation to run, write, and keep my creative juices flowing for a new year, a new me.
So here I am today, back to my original share space. I am not one to usually take on a list of New Year’s resolutions and since it’s February already, you may have figured that out. I hope to at least bring some enlightening content back to my blog.
As I look ahead, I plan to bring running content with my continued partnerships with related health and wellness brands, by examining the running trials and tribulations during a viral pandemic, and instilling hope in the future of racing and traveling.
Currently, I’m training for a half marathon in the spring with not being registered for any race. I intend to progressively regain my distance in mileage. Thanks to France being in a lockdown for 4 of the last 10 months, which only allowed exercise outside for 1 hour per day within a 1-kilometer radius from home, I lost my marathon training endurance to a long run of 5km. That certainly played with my pride and put a bit of fear in me that I may have lost my long-distance abilities. With no real racing in sight for the near future, I had to make an individual decision to train for myself.
As a League of Garmin member, I relied on my Garmin Fenix 6s to help me stay motivated to get back to long runs again. I’m using Coach Garmin, to help me prepare for a sub 2 hour half marathon in May. The weekly workouts are catered to your schedule, pace, and heart rate and are easily accessible on your watch and the Garmin Connect Application. I chose the Jeff Galloway run-walk-run approach. This is a new program for me (I usually have followed the Hal Higdon programs online). I’m in week 3 of 18 and am excited to learn more about the program and to tell you all about it.
In the meantime, reach out to me on my social channels on Instagram, Facebook, & Tik Tok. I want to know how you’ve been holding up this past year, what your workouts are looking like, and what content you would like to hear more about.