I was registered to run the Pittsburgh 26.2 on May 3rd, however, due to COVID-19 the race has turned into a virtual run. I have never participated in a virtual run before and I’m not sure what to expect. I don’t feel confident in my ability to run 26.2 miles virtually therefore I switched my registration to the 13.1 mile distance.
I have continued to use my running coach to prepare for the run and I’m planning to do the 13.1 miles on the original date of May 3. The location of my May 3rd half marathon is still to be determined. I am hoping Pennsylvania will have a decrease in social distancing rules and I’ll run the virtual race with friends.
Pittsburgh is not the only race that has changed plans. Harper’s Ferry Half Marathon was scheduled for Saturday May 16, 2020 in West Virginia. Due to COVID-19, everyone’s registration has been deferred to 2021 with a “Stay-at-Home” virtual 13.1 and 5K challenge coming soon.
The change of plans is hard for every runner. It has been difficult to stay motivated with training. Trails and tracks are closed, running groups cannot meet up, and all major marathons have been cancelled or rescheduled. We’re all in this together. It’s ok to feel upset over races being cancelled. I wish everyone the best moving forward and I hope events start to open soon. Stay safe, and stay home.
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