Over the past few weeks, everything around us has been put on hold, that includes many major races. Understandably, this is very frustrating but when considering everything else happening, it is all a lot more serious than a few races this year. It might be difficult to digest but you will get through it all and you should not let what has happened dishearten you.
You should be proud of where you are at right now and how far you have come with your training. You’ve become stronger and pushed yourself to do something you previously might not have been able to do. All your training wasn’t for nothing and you shouldn’t just give up and lose what you’ve gained so far.
Use this achievement to motivate yourself to continue training. Consider setting new goals – aim to improve your speed in a 5 km or focus on strength training or tackling hills. Working on different aspects of training will ultimately make you a more all rounded, stronger runner. When it does come down to finally doing your race, you will be in a much better position.
Adapting your training so it is less specifically geared will take off the pressure but allow you to continue moving forward and keep focusing on the positive. Could use this time to replace your training with other forms of cardio such as cycling. This will allow you to maintain the fitness level you have gained so far, but at the same time reducing the amount of impact done through running.
If your race is postponed until after the summer, you can cut back on your longer runs and adapt your training plan to suit your new race date. This might involve moving back a couple of weeks in your training plan, allowing you to keep active but at the same time giving you more freedom to set new goals, work on your weaknesses and develop areas that need more attention.