Regaining Fitness in a COVID-19 World
After a three months stay in self-isolation for safety I got lazy, fat, and mentally stressed and slightly depressed. I feared COVID-19 infection and stayed in, working from home, playing computer games, and watching series. Sucked into a downward spiral triggered by the global lockdown. When I looked outside the window, I could see people running, breathing the spring air, and felt guilty to not give my body the much-needed maintenance it once got and deserved. When I thought about the long runs and half-marathons that I ran last year, I just became more depressed.
The fear of COVID-19 infection kept me inside until I couldn't stand my unfitness anymore. It's simply not me. The day I finally went outside for my first run, I could directly feel how much damage I caused to my body. I felt like a smoker. At least from what I think a smoker would feel like when running. I hit my rock-bottom in fitness and to my surprise, I didn't make COVID-19 responsible for this. I accepted my defeat. And started from zero again. After two months of regular runs, I got back to my old baseline. However, instead of enjoying my regained fitness by becoming satisfied with it, I'll enjoy it with setting a 100km per month target for July.
Running is such an amazing solo activity because it doesn't take much to do it, and it gives you so much back. Breaking mental and physical boundaries like 5km, 10km, 21km or personal challenges are such rewarding moments, because the moment you do it, you realize there's nothing that is holding you back - show up and work on your goals.
Don't make running a habit - Become a runner.