Here we go again. It seems omicron is going to really do a number on Ontario. What does it mean for running?

I’m fortunate to have already had three doses of the Pfizer vaccine as of this week. As a 50-year-old person in Ontario, we were able to book starting last week and I jumped right on that to ensure I have the most protection I can get.

I’ll be making some changes to my running as cases spike again and the danger of interacting with others increases. I plan to skip the Sunday run with the crew this weekend. Instead I’ll run solo. It has nothing to do with the guys I run with. I trust them completely, but with omicron being so contagious, reducing social contacts is one of the best ways to stay safe.

After that, we’re off to Canmore for a week at Christmas. The plan there is to mask up with good quality ASTM Level 3 masks for the flight and then in Canmore we have our own townhouse accommodations that will make the risks there about the same as we would face here.

I plan to continue the daily running solo throughout the rest of the year. There’s no risk in outdoor running to me or those around me and it’s beneficial for physical and mental health.

Stay safe, everyone. Breathe. We’ll get through this.