Now that the weather is getting better…

It’s a great idea to get outside for a run or cycle, but the good weather also means there are a lot more people going outdoors. Physical distancing has been going on for more than a month now and everyone is probably feeling a bit confined in their homes, so it’s natural to celebrate a good day. It’s still as important as ever to maintain good physical distancing habits even with the better weather though. Here are some tips to keep in mind as the weather gets better.

  1. Try to go out during off peak hours or when the weather isn’t as good. It may not be as convenient, or as nice, but it will help to avoid overcrowding. It can also be nice to have a trail all to yourself. If you manage to wake up early enough, try to even catch the sunrise one day. Running in the rain is also an experience worth trying at least once!
  2. If you find yourself behind someone on a trail, try to stay to the side of them rather than directly behind them. This will help to avoid contamination from air they’re exhaling flowing backwards towards you. Just make sure you aren’t blocking the entire trail by doing so.
  3. Look for trails or paths less travelled. The most well-known trails are probably also the busiest. If you feel like you’ve exhausted all your options, you could even try driving or cycling to a further point and then running from there to expand your horizons.
  4. Try not to linger at parks or on benches. It can be tempting after a long run to sit (or lie) on a bench, but the more surfaces you touch the more risk there is for contamination and spread. Try to keep walking even after your run until you’re home and then feel free to flop out on the couch.
  5. Switch it up and do an indoor workout. This whole series is about outdoor activities, but there are a ton of strength-improving exercises that can be done indoors that will help boost your performance during outdoor activities. Here are some for runners:
    https://www.runnersworld.com/training/a20805692/10-essential-strength-exercises-for-runners/

Sylvie Bowden
Written in collaboration with Kelvin Ng