What it was like to run your first marathon during the Covenant-19 – Canadian Run Magazine

This fall, we saw the end of street races across the country. Many Canadians were eager to return to the starting lineup after two years, but others entered the race for the first time. Thanks to the following Kovid-19 rules, the first race experience of these runners looks a little different from the previous ones. This fall we spoke to two Canadian runners who ran the Georgia Marathon in a new race, not just running the first marathon.

At first, Lorena Jones In one month, the Scotibank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, which includes the 5kg, 10,000m, half marathon and marathon, was registered. When she learned about the Georgian marathon, she decided to use the marathon as a marathon. Her peers immediately started talking about the race. It’s a good course for BQ (Boston Qualifications).

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“Unfortunately, I learned about this and felt the pressure that BQ expects,” she said. “Obviously, there was nothing to expect, but given my competitive nature, it took a few conversations with myself to see this.”

B Kerry Mui, Running the first marathon was a two-year goal. A.D. He started training for the 2019 tournament in 2020, but the pandemic has dashed his hopes for a physical race. When he was locked up, he continued to run as a way out, but he made a mistake by running too fast and suffered a leg injury that took six months to fully recover. Once he was ready to train again, he started looking for a fall race, but there were not many options in the Toronto area. ”The Georgia Marathon looked amazing, and October seemed right. ” “I was happy.”

For both runners, training has been provided to find time to run the required distance between work, family and other life commitments. Unfortunately for Jones, this often means training at the beginning and end of the week, which she believes has played a role in the development of her left knee injury. The injury did not stop her from running, but it certainly made the last few miles even more painful.

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Competition day

Competing in the Covenant-19 era requires more planning and estimation than in previous years, but both Jones and Mue were impressed by the organization’s level up to the day. The 21.1-mile[21.1 km]flat, outer and rear course will run twice.

“This course was a great success,” says Jones. I heard scary stories about other courses when no one was watching until you rejoined the half marathon. The AB x 2 format was great, which means you don’t always feel lonely because there are always other runners and a lot of spectators in both directions! ”

Bird View of Lake Drive along Simco Lake

What impressed the two runners was not only the support of spectators and locals but also the support of other runners. ”As we passed each other, the runners shared encouraging comments, which led to a sense of community, ”said Mue.

Some of the fans who came out to entertain the runners even put on their costumes. Jones befriended a fan dressed as an algae, who enthusiastically encouraged her every time she saw the entire race. Like Mui, she found the support of spectators and runners to inspire her. “I was worried that I would not be able to hold the event without stopping at regular traffic lights,” she says. But with all this support and the wonderful power he created, I was running faster and faster than I could have imagined.

Jones and her family after the race

In the end, both runners finished faster than expected and had a good experience. The finish line was not a party, but the energy from the crowd was great, and Mui and Jones really needed it to the end.

No matter how stressful it may be, I encourage anyone to take the test. ” “Know that there is a lot of support from friends and family on Seed Day!”

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