Runners are a competitive breed. They’re the kind of people who won’t willingly play a board game they know they can’t win. Without races in the immediate future, they’re finding ways to keep running fun, goals flexible and this strange time interesting. Here are some examples.
Running faster than the speed limit
Des Linden has been working towards registering maximum speed on her neighbourhood’s roadside speedometer. If you’ve tried this before, you know it’s both addictive and very fun. If you haven’t, you now have a challenge for this weekend.
The county placed a giant roadside speedometer about a mile from our home. All previous running goals are out the window and registering max speed is now top priority. What I’m saying is, stay flexible with your goals and keep things fun.#findsomerunhappy
— des_linden (@des_linden) May 11, 2020
Seeing how early they can start a workout
Aliphine Tuliamuk, an American Olympic Marathon qualifier, has been getting up earlier and earlier for morning runs. This proves that anything can be a contest, even if it’s just a contest with yourself.
Started my long run at 5:52 am and was finished before 8:15. I don’t even know who I am anymore, but I like this new me😎. Happy Sunday running to you all! pic.twitter.com/zxmzBrDQu1
— Aliphine Tuliamuk (@aliphinetuliamu) May 17, 2020
Learning a new sport
Without the challenge of a start line, some runners are taking up a new sport. Because the only thing better than having one sport to compete at, is having two.
Does anyone else find themselves desperate for new hobbies during these times? My newest one is golf, thanks entirely to #TheLastDance
— Rory Linkletter (@ThePapaLinks) May 20, 2020
Wearing a racing kit for a workout
Kyle Merber is wearing a race kit for a long run simply because he wants to feel again. While this isn’t competition, it’s certainly reminiscent of it.
Wearing my racing kit for this long run because I want to feel again
— Kyle Merber (@TheRealMerb) April 26, 2020
Widely participating in the koala challenge
The koala challenge has swept social media, causing folks to take to their living rooms and attempt to move around their partner without touching the ground (like a koala). Despite the fact that runners generally lack flexibility, they took to the challenge and did a pretty good job. Congratulations Aisha Praught and Will Leer, you’re the unofficial winners.
Trying to run slower than everyone else
Folks, @ByGollyMolly12 is now queen of the @SlowMileChallenge
— CITIUS MAG (@CitiusMag) May 16, 2020
Introducing the slow mile challenge, where really fast runners excel at running slowly. This is a curveball we didn’t see coming. On Saturday, Olympic marathon qualified Molly Seidel ran a ridiculously slow PW (personal worst) of 36:56.01.