COVID 2020 – is it worth training when everything is cancelled?


It’s easy to become demotivated along with many others who are saying that it’s not worth training for any large events while it seems unlikely they’ll take place.  While I understand this, my view is it is still worth training.

For those where it is purely about a race outcome – a number on a day, then yes, maybe you don’t want to train, as it’s likely you won’t get an official number on a finish line gantry and published in online results and rankings.

But we don’t all run perfect races on the day of the event (as you may know, I have certainly had my share of disasters).  So why only train if we think we are certain to have everything go the way we want?

We still gain from any outcome. We got fitter along the way, we learned how to train or recover better. We learned how to race. Those of you with training diaries record the learnings every week, and also lessons from events. If we are going to have faith in the process, then we will enjoy and learn from training.  Even when I have not had a good result on race day, I have always gained a lot in fitness and knowledge, and I have never regretted having done the training.

So my advice is to trust and enjoy the process of training. Learn from it. And use it as a fantastic spring board for training towards events when they do return.

For some products to support yourself and fellow runners during this time, see New Normal – Running support during Lockdown & COVID times.


About Art Of Your Success

Sarah is the athlete and artist behind Art Of Your Success. She is a marathon runner with a PB of 2:55, and a few silly Guinness world records. She also loves cycling, and has biked the whole Tour de France route. Sarah enjoys using her experience to make products to help motivate and celebrate your training and racing.

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