Whether you run outside (at a safe distance) or on a treadmill (at home, if you have one), running alone helps you shake off stress and keep your fitness.
Running alone right now doesn’t have to feel less joyful than running with friends.
Running can still be your refuge, an enjoyable pursuit, even if you must run alone for a while.
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RUNNING ALONE WHEN THE WORLD IS UNCERTAIN
Running today can be harder than normal.
Every part of your life demands mental energy and attention.
If you’ve poured your mental energy into keeping up with the latest news, you’ll have less for running.
And this can make running much harder. (There are 2 other reasons running can feel much harder, which you can read about here: Why some runs feel harder and 3 useful tips you need to know.)
Mental fatigue is both real and tiring.
So feeling drained, and extra stressed? Make room to do what feels good for the day.
“You’re a collection of semi-organized stardust that came together to run and laugh and love (and fear and worry and read semi-coherent brain splats), and that’s so cool.
And, damn, you deserve so much love just for being.“
Source: A Message In The Time Of Coronavirus: You Are Amazing, by David Roche, Trail Runner Magazine
Before we dive into uplifting running resources to help lighten your mood, do you have any questions you’d like answered? Ask it here.
THE BEST INSPIRING RUNNING RESOURCES
“Trust yourself. Taking in the good helps you see the good in yourself, and in the world and other people.” Hardwiring Happiness, Rick Hanson
Your mental well-being is as important as your physical one.
And here, you’ll find a list of resources that will help lift your mood and strengthen your mind.
If you need a boost of motivation, read:
If you need some inspiring running books, read:
If you want to sharpen your mental toughness skills, read:
If you want awesome advice from other runners, check out these YouTube videos and channels:
- Steph Bruce, professional runner for Hoka NAZ Elite.
- Gwen Jorgensen, Olympic Champion triathlete and professional runner.
- Vo2maxProductions by Sage Canaday.
THE BEST SAFETY APPS FOR RUNNERS
Besides protecting yourself from illness, stay safe by using these apps for runners.
- bSafe, an app available for iOS and Android, tracks your location with live GPS tracking.
The app also includes a ‘Follow Me with Timer’ feature. bSafe follows your steps for a specific length of time and if you haven’t checked in when the time’s up, the alarm will alert your friends.
- ROADiD, an app available for iOS and Android, uses an ‘eCrumb Tracking’ feature to share your location while running.
If you’ve stopped moving for over 5 minutes, the ‘Stationary Alert’ will alert your selected contacts.
The app includes an ability to customize your phone’s lock screen to give your medical information to First Responders in case of an emergency.
Also useful? The ROADiD bracelet. This faceplate can contain useful information that displays medical information to First Responders, such as your emergency contact phone number and allergies.
- Strava is an app that’s equal parts performance data, social network, and safety app for runners and cyclists.
It’s available for both iOS and Android. Strava has a membership service, called Strava Summit, that includes three packs (available individually, or as a bundle)—training, safety, and analysis.
Specifically, the safety pack helps you find popular routes and provides important safety features. These safety features, named Beacon, allows you to share your live location with select contacts.
AND FINALLY, IF YOU NEED TO LAUGH OUT LOUD
- No treadmill at home? This man has an awesome alternative.
- Ever wonder how penguins go up and down a flight of stairs?
- This runner ran a marathon on his 23 foot balcony to show support for medical professionals.