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Has COVID-19 impacted your running? Researchers want to hear from you

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GPS device manufacturer Garmin has teamed up with University of Nottingham researchers for a global study on the effects of COVID-19 on running performance and recovery (Image credit: Westend61)

A global research project into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on running, training and recovery has been announced and researchers need your help. The Running Through study is a collaboration between Garmin, the GPS technology specialists, and researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK and is open to runners and walkers over the age of 18 across the globe who are willing to share their data.

The aim of the study is to explore the effects of so-called Long COVID-19 symptoms on running performance, the potential impact of running on recovery times for COVID-19 and other viral infections as well as COVID-19’s potential effect on training regimens and injuries.  Once the study is complete, the results will be publicly available, with the aim of giving runners worldwide a better understanding of the impact of the virus.

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The study will allow participants to share their training data which researchers will use, along with survey responses, to help produce specialized recommendations regarding training load, intensity and infection recovery (Image credit: Thomas Barwick)

“We know many Garmin running customers will benefit from understanding the impact that COVID-19 has had and will have on their training and performance,” says Garmin vice president of fitness Joe Schrick.

The study will allow participants to share their training data which researchers will use, along with survey responses, to help produce specialized recommendations regarding training load, intensity and infection recovery. 

If you own a Garmin wearable device and love to get out in your trail running shoes, you can visit RunningThrough.org to learn more about the study and sign up.

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.