Running Through 2020 Like…

WordPress reminded me to renew my blog so it’s definitely time for an update. Last we left, i was running the Chicago Marathon in October 2019. That did happen! I really enjoyed my weekend in Chicago and the marathon was very well organized and the best part is i could walk to the start line from the hotel–no messing around with race day transportation which is always tricky! For my past Marine Corps and NYC marathons, I have showed up late to the starting line late despite following prescribed transportation! (looking at you Staten Island Ferry!)

I’ll have to share more about Chicago, but after the marathon my knee was in bad shape and I had orthoscopic knee surgery the first week of December 2019. It all went well and was nice to hear my surgeon say “it wasn’t as bad as I thought” when he came around post-op. Great! So I started PT through January and on my doctor’s advice, I considered taking up cycling. Running has always been my thing, no equipment, can do it anywhere, low hassle sport. But i would have to wait a few months to get walking again before even trying to run. So enter the Peloton bike. We ordered in December specifically expecting to need a bike to rehab my knee. I think i did my first 10 min ride in January 2020 and my new obsession was born! I’m going to save my Peloton journey for a next post or next 5 posts(buckle up)!

So then the pandemic hit and we have been working from home/ schooling from home since March 13th. I’ve quit counting off the days but it’s been about 6 months and it was great timing to have the Peloton in the basement since i was not going out to the gym during the times of quarantine.

2020 was to be my big year! This year was the Comeback Tour after knee surgery. I planned to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I turned 50 in May (uh oh) This was going to be MY YEAR! I was going to get my running back on track and take my fitness to the next level!

Whomp Whomp, then the pandemic hit. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So the first half of the Comeback tour was cancelled but we’ve added some new dates and new goals!

NEW 2020 Goals
I had a few fitness goals for this year and i’ve since revised them for this new world. I have been running and riding a lot more than I expected, likely had more free time working from home and not having to keep up with going places!

  1. Run 700 miles – I’m actually on track to run 1000 miles this year!
  2. Bike 1300 miles – I’m actually on track to bike 2020 miles this year or that’s my goal.
  3. Lose weight and keep it off – I’ve actually lost 31 pounds since January 2020 (future blog post!) Not much to do during pandemic but work out and I’ve been able to avoid some of my usual junk food traps by never leaving the house.

My 2020 Comeback Tour — All shows cancelled (like many a Morrissey Tour!) plus new Dates Added! Many of you know I love The Smiths and Morrissey and the latter is famous for cancelling shows though I’ve seen him 4 out of 5 shows in recent years, that’s a decent track record.

Comeback Tour 2.0 | Comeback Tour 2020 Dates!

4/18 Boston Athletic Association 5K (BAA Medley Race 1) –Cancelled. this was their Distance Medley series to run a 5K, 10K and then Half. The series was moved then cancelled.

5/3 Margarita Half Marathon–moved to 6/13 and went virtual. Did not run

6/13 Market Square Day 10K–Moved to September virtual only. not running

6/20 BAA Boston 10K (BAA Distance Medley #2)–Cancelled

8/21 – Millennium Anytime 5K! – Did run it in 26:11! Our local running store setup a 5K course around the block with a starting and finishing timing mat. You could go run the course Anytime day or night. I ran it in June at 27:39 so happy with the improvement!

8/29 NH 10-Miler–Offered in person and virtual. Did not run.

8/29 Tour De Fox –New show added! Rode 58 miles on Peloton for Michael J. Fox Foundation! This was my first “tour” where folks stack classes back to back on Peloton. More to follow on Pelo life!

10/11 BAA Half Marathon–(Medley #3 of 3)—Cancelled

10/11 New England Half Marathon – New show added! Live and virtual offered i am thinking to do virtual. Have wanted to do this race for a few years but the dates never worked out. Now i can since my race calendar is pretty wide open due to the pandemic! The medal is pretty cool, in years past it looked like a stained glass leaf for the fall colors.

10/17 PELOFONDO ! New Show added! I will attempt to ride my Peloton for 100 miles in one sitting. Note to self, need to order those padded shorts! More to follow.

10/25 Marine Corps Marathon–Cancelled, virtual only. Deferred it to 2021!

11/26 Portsmouth Local Turkey Trot –probably not.

So I’ve changed direction a bit with my fitness plans but the Comeback Tour is still going strong! Just some new tour dates and new cities, mainly virtual ones or my basement Peloton. More to follow on the blog now that i’ve renewed with WordPress for the year! Stay safe, – Jenn

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