As far as the pandemic goes, things are bad here in Ontario, and across most parts of Canada, really. We’re seeing record case counts, overwhelmed hospitals and ICUs and we can’t vaccinate people quickly enough to get out of the trouble we are in.
The net result of all this is a very hard lock down that starts in Ontario as of 12:01 A.M. on Saturday, April 17, 2021. In other words in about three hours from now.
We’ve been pretty locked down here since Christmas but this new order brings back some of the measures that were in place at the start of the pandemic more than a year ago now.
As a runner, the biggest change is that we’re no longer able to gather with anyone from outside our immediate household outdoors. Prior to this, we could meet up with five people to exercise and just a few weeks back we could have a group of ten.
That means solo runs for me for at least four weeks. I was glad to have been able to do two of my 30km runs with Miguel over the last couple of weeks. I’m not sure I would have signed up for the virtual marathon if I knew this was coming.
My plan now is to compress my schedule a bit and prepare to run the marathon earlier in May, if I can. I’m thinking that I’ll work up to a 35km run on May 9, or 16 and if the run is going well, I’ll just continue on and run 42.2km.
That’s one of the benefits of these virtual races. There’s no real “race day” to aim for. It’s whenever I run 42.2km between May 1 and 31. I can try one day, and if it’s not my day, I can bail on it and come back again a week later.
While I’m bummed to have to run solo for a while, I’m thankful for the group runs we did manage this year. Here’s hoping that it won’t be more than a month or six weeks until the cases come down, vaccinations start to happen en masse, and we can get back to running together again.