Comments for TheStringbean https://thestringbean.co Adventures inspired by feet and friends Thu, 21 May 2020 14:41:53 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Joe McConaughy https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4220 Thu, 21 May 2020 14:41:53 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4220 In reply to Dan Cummins.

I have been yelled at multiple times as I ran by walkers, especially when COVID was first happening. My low was when I was about 40ft away from a lady and yelled at me to put on my mask. It made me a little upset and self conscious.

Thanks for your really nice note, vive le Stringbean is my new favorite battling cry. I’m trying to work on a running mask post, keep an eye out!

And while you are waiting for that, lace up and get in a few miles! Try back roads/routes, explore where you live and see less people.

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Dan Cummins https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4219 Wed, 20 May 2020 17:12:21 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4219 I gave up running six weeks ago, basically because I grew tired of worrying what other people would yell at me as they saw me run by. Even though I was running by myself in the middle of the street, I was worried that I wasn’t taking the health and safety of others seriously enough. Truth be told, I took the time to understand how this Covid jazz spreads, and to reflect on what is important. I honestly feel like while other people’s health is top priority, I have failed to take care of my own well-being and know I can run. I miss running. I need running! I am the type who doesn’t need a race to train for but loved getting locked in the rhythm of movement and getting lost in the miles. After I read your post, I’m now able to see over my fears of letting my fellow man down. I’m a big fan of yours and consider your post the nudge I needed to get back out there. Vive le StringBean!

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Joe McConaughy https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4218 Fri, 15 May 2020 15:36:18 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4218 In reply to Courtney T.

Stay motivated! I find myself doing a lot more local exploring in my neighborhood as well.

I’m sorry to hear you have been laid off as well and that you’ve had all the cancellations. Keep channeling that energy and momentum to positive places.

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Joe McConaughy https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4217 Fri, 15 May 2020 15:35:21 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4217 In reply to Garrett.

I’m glad you’re making it through. Thanks for the notes! Having a prolonged period of time with released expectations can be a very positive experience.

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Courtney T https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4216 Thu, 14 May 2020 20:07:42 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4216 I was also laid off (pretty sure from the same place you were) and two of my three 2020 marathons are cancelled (the third to follow soon most likely). I’ve found that running and working out is providing me with the control and structure I need in my life when everything else feels so out of my control.
I’ve been exploring my neighborhood in search of quiet streets that I can run with my mask down, building strength so that when we can race again, I’m ready to roll, and working on mobility.
Running and being active is my one constant, covid or not. It may look a little different right now, but it’s what I’ve always got.

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Garrett https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4215 Thu, 14 May 2020 19:59:26 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4215 Releasing expectations and practicing gratitude have been key for me right now. I had plenty of expectations going into this spring and summer of all the cool places I was going to travel to for camping and running. Those obviously got shot down pretty quickly, and after initial frustration, I realized that all I can do is be grateful for what I do have. Being thankful and attentive towards the resources available to me now has sparked plenty of fun & creative training ideas. Putting it all together, I guess the inconveniences of COVID-19 have really just made me a more flexible and adaptable runner.

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Daniel Easa https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4214 Thu, 14 May 2020 18:00:31 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4214 When races started to be cancelled I took some time off and struggled with the same questions about about motivation and the whys that you bring up. After much thought I started running again with some answers. I continue to run because I enjoy it and I love what it has done for my health and my body. I continue to run because I refuse to give back everything I have gained in the last 5 or so years as a runner. I also know that sooner or later races will be run again and when they are, I want to be ready for the ramp up, not starting from square one. I continue to run because it’s just what I do and part of who I am at this point in my life.

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Joe McConaughy https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4213 Thu, 14 May 2020 15:53:49 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4213 In reply to Jeff.

Thanks for commenting, Jeff. I worry about October races, too.

Now is a great time to explore lesser known places. I’m doing that around my neighborhood in Brookline, granted, they aren’t typically trails, but it helps me feel much more connected with my neighborhood.

Shifting to a focus on weekly mileage is important. I find this to be a much more applicable tool to judging progress, since a month should typically have some periodization in it. I try to structure a typical month to ebb and flow, Week 1: 55 miles / Week 2: 58 miles / Week 3: 63 miles / Week 4: 50 (recovery).

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Joe McConaughy https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4212 Thu, 14 May 2020 15:45:55 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4212 In reply to Do you like running? – An Outdoor Life.

Great article, I really appreciate your reflection on my writing! For anyone who is looking for more thoughts on this topic, give Kristen’s article a read (linked above).

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Comment on Why I won’t stop running due to COVID by Jeff https://thestringbean.co/why-i-wont-stop-running-due-to-covid/#comment-4211 Thu, 14 May 2020 15:08:12 +0000 https://thestringbean.co/?p=1059#comment-4211 For me it has been difficult to ‘find my stride’ for a variety of reasons that all center around uncertainty. A solo run of more than an hour and a half leads my mind to wander on a variety of topics outside of my control. The uncertainty of if my October race will be canceled. The uncertainty of if the trail heads are closed or too congested to enjoy.

Long runs have been the most difficult to get done now a days, a departure from their typical status as the highly of my week.

So far I’ve used the following methods to push the rock up the hill and accumulate the miles.
-Exploring lesser known local trails with my wife and dog.
-Abandoning the trails totally and logging long runs on the road. This serves the dual purpose of getting the miles done quicker and avoids the congestion of the trails.
-Instead of focusing on far out race goals focusing on weekly or monthly goals such as ‘get 50 miles in a week’ or ‘do a 26 mile long run’.

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