Running in a time of pandemic

It’s been a while since I last posted here. Needless to say, things have changed in the world.

But, happily, I am running again. I restarted the couch-to-5K training program in November after recovering from a back injury, and I completed it in early March. At that point, the weather got good enough to run outside – which is just as well, as shortly after that all of the gyms closed and the treadmill was not an available option.

I’ve been running 5K every other day since we all started staying at home. Happily, it has been easy to maintain physical distancing, as I run early enough in the morning that I just encounter the occasional dog walker and the odd runner or two. While Mount Pleasant Cemetery was still open, I did a 5K loop there; after it was closed, I started running on side streets south and east of Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton. The streets are in a grid pattern, and there’s very little car traffic, so it’s safe and relatively easy to put together a 5K run.

I’m still trying to figure out the optimal route to wind up at exactly 5K at the corner of Soudan and Mt. Pleasant; from there, it’s a 5 minute cooldown walk to my home. But I suspect that I will have plenty of time to figure this out, as it’s not likely that things will change for a while.

If you’re reading this: stay safe and take care of yourself.