NRG Newsletter: Groundedhog Day Edition
Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today. - Phil Connors (Bill Murray), Groundhog Day (1993)
Australians switching on the TV news or looking at news post have been besieged with politics, tragedy, anger and hopelessness. The vacuolated may seem to outnumber the vaccinated, and the vapid exceeding the validatory.
But when you're out for a run, all of that can disappear. The trees, the sky, the flowers, the birdsong, don't know or understand what's going on, and don't care. You're safe, you're free, and you don't need a mask. That's our big advantage as runners: full ability to exploit our 5km radius of radiancy and be healthy as can be.
We bring you, herewith, a sweet sweaty-gear-pile of hope and ideas to make your lockdown more liberating, the pressers less depressing, and your springtime steps feel springier.
For the past few weeks, we've been spruiking a 30km team challenge to substitute for the cancelled Bilpin Bush Run. Two teams went for it, and the results are below. We also invited our dear members to RunEveryStreet, but perhaps it was RunTooManyStreets as nobody posted a result. So here's one that's accessible and fun for all: Sylvano's answer to the cancelled-now-virtual Sydney Running Festival. No 5AM alarm, no big fee payment, no huge daily distance... this one is at your leisure and spans several days to cover your choice of distance. See below for the deets.
Also, I want to give a big shout out to our social coordinator Matt Kocz, who during a decidedly un-social time, has been spreading our reach and our good word through the main roads and back alleys of social media. When we do come out of lockdown, whether it be a sprint or a hobble, we'll be in a better position to attract new members to run with, supplementing to our committee's efforts to make a better club for our existing members.
Where shall I run this weekend?
Gladys promised us at least one type of restriction-easement for reaching six million vaccine doses in NSW (a week earlier than the goal, I might add). We won't know what that is until tomorrow, but can almost guarantee it won't be a return to group running nor having beers at the pub. Maybe it'll be making Sky News journalist Andrew Clennell run laps around Gore Hill Oval during her press conference. Ah freedom.
So with all that in mind, it's still groups of one or two together (or more if all from one household).
With the weather improving from this week's deluges in one of Sydney's normally dry months, a long run is in order. Maybe you're training for one of the blank weekends that will eventually, magically morph into a race; maybe you're keen for our September running festival or one of the virtuals; maybe you just need a long one. But choose a scenic location, take a photo of it and your good-looking face, and post it on Facebook. Inspire us all.
And what better way to do it than to try one of our new digital maps
! Yes, several members have been hard at work creating these...more details below.