2020 is not starting out well really is it? Let’s move away from the various chat about what’s the right thing to do, and health and safety for a moment. We all understand this, but the doesn’t mean it’s not ok to be disappointed. Whether you have had one race or ten races cancelled, whether you have missed out on an experience of a lifetime, a first marathon or just your local event, it’s still going to be disappointing, and it’s ok to be disappointed. We are runners, we work hard and train for events, so when that disappears then it leaves a void. So what do we do now, what do you do if your marathon has been cancelled by Covid 19?
Well it’s simple really, just carry on. Keep your training ticking over, see if there are any smaller events you can tackle, or try new challenges. Do whatever you need to and build yourself up stronger and better for when normality resumes.
I have heard of a lot of disappointment, and what is of most concern is the loss of motivation (see HERE for loss of Mojo blog). Its very easy to lose all interest and struggle to train when plans crumble, but let’s stay positive. I’m feeling it myself with 6 events cancelled/postponed so far, and a lot of stress trying to recoup some of the cost, which amounts to thousands, I’m gutted to be honest. I had the best couple of months planned with Tokyo Marathon, Rome Marathon, Limassol Marathon (2019 blog HERE), Manchester Marathon (2019 blog HERE), Brighton Marathon (2017 blog HERE) and London Marathon (2019 blog HERE). It is a little cruel getting the last 3 announced on Friday the 13th, but a postponement is better than a cancellation.
Are you able to run the new dates? If so, hopefully you can just concentrate your training and get ready for the new date. With a busy autumn it means some of these events clash with other events, so this is really more cancellations. For many of you it will mean a far busier Fall than you would like. You will need to make a decision on what is right for you, but what I would say is, don’t be afraid. You can do it and if it means your first double or triple weekend, then just plan around this. Take the events more relaxed, concentrate on recovery, and just enjoy running these events.
I am sure there is more disappointed to come for many of us, but just try and stay healthy, stay posting and keep running.
Let me know below if you have been impacted by the cancellations and what are your plans to stay positive and keep moving forward.