Until earlier this week, I’d hoped that I’d never have to write this blog post, but unfortunately the time has come.
I’m sure you’ve all seen in the news over the last few days that the London Marathon has been postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst it’s not the scenario I was hoping for when I set about my training back in August, I believe that it was definitely the right call. We’re all being told to be sensible about where we go and how big our gatherings are. It’s safe to say that millions of spectators coming to London to watch forty thousand people running probably goes beyond the event size considered sensible right now.
Whether I run the marathon, now scheduled for 4th October, remains to be seen. I’m on the waiting list for more surgery so I’ve got to hope that comes far enough in advance of the marathon for me to get back on my feet and get some training in! If that’s not the case, then I’ll have to defer, but either this year or next, I WILL run the London Marathon.
For me, COVID-19 doesn’t just pose the problem of delaying the marathon. Several months of prolonged high heart rate in the lead up to my illness, coupled with the strain on my body of spending the last eighteen months fighting off infection after infection means that I’m fairly immunodeficient. This means that for me COVID-19 poses a real threat.
For that reason, I’ve chosen to socially distance myself as much as possible. I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home, so there’s no real reason to risk getting ill by getting on the bus to work every day. I’m applying the same rules to my personal life too – no more choir rehearsals, no more visits to the gym and certainly no more weekend afternoons spent in the pubs of Oxford with friends.
I’m nearing the end of day three of this regime and I’m bored already – it’s going to be a long couple of months!
So, for those of you beginning social distancing like me, I hope you’re okay, I know it’s not easy. To those of you who are still going about your daily lives, please remember to check in on those more vulnerable than you. They’re going to need all the support they can get.
Also, go wash your hands. Now.