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Quarantine Training: The How and Why behind it


With the global pandemic afoot, it’s important for all of us to social distance ourselves in order to protect friends, family and loved ones. This unprecedented time is difficult for all of us and naturally now would be the time to be with those we care about for support, we are asked to do just the opposite per CDC orders. Living at elevation in Big Bear Lake, CA, isolates me from seeing my family, before the quarantine started there were very few trips down the mountain to Rancho Cucamonga to visit my family and now it has been limited to none. The last time I was able to spend time my family was in February, if I had known the drastic turn of events that happened in March, I would’ve visited again prior to the social distancing restriction. As a runner I am taking all precautions necessary to ensure my health along with the health of those around me. It has been a painful few months staying isolated, but I do it out of everyone’s best interest and protection. The quarantine has interrupted my training schedule greatly; I am no longer driving down to sea level for workouts. I’m sure many of you are aware of the Olympics being postponed and many still mourning the delay, however I do stand by the decision as it is for public safely. I also believe that the Olympics being postponed is the correct decision because a majority of athletes in Europe and other countries aren’t allowed to leave their homes right now to train, it would be an unfair advantage for all those athletes out there with stricter restrictions than myself. I wish the best for those athletes out there struggling and hope for the safety of everyone.

Despite that being said, I too am mourning the interruption of my training season and the races that were supposed to come along with it this year. With the pause of competition season I find myself in a conundrum, to train and at what effort? Or take the season laxed and have to work just to get back to the fitness level I had in 2020 BC (before Covid). I am still continuing my training in case the condition of the pandemic changes and there are races scheduled later this year. I have only been running in a small 2.15-mile loop in my neighborhood in efforts to maintain distance and avoid social contact. I would like to thank my community and neighborhood for showing me support these past few months by waving to me on my runs and cheering me on as I run by their houses during workouts. Big Bear Lake has also treated me with great respect and shown me the utmost support when it has come to my running. It has been a difficult transition to perform all my workouts on the road and at altitude, however I am grateful to still be running and training. Even though the races won’t count according to the new rules by the IAAF, I would still like to race and would enjoy the experience along with the practice. In the event that there are no races and the cancelations all stand then I would hope to at least compete in time trials later this year.

As far as my training goes, many adjustments have been made but my Ember parameters are very close to baseline if not better. It’s odd that something I had laying around the house could also tell me if I am at risk or have been exposed to Covid-19, which is my Ember device. My Ember device is noninvasive and delivers hospital-grade technology and accuracy, results in approximately 1 minute. It measure ten parameters: hemoglobin (Hgb), pulse rate (PR), pulse rate variability (PRV), perfusion index (PI), respiration rate (RR), pleth variability index (PVI), oxygen saturation (SpO2), oxygen content (OC), carboxyhemoglobin (CO), and methemoglobin (Met).

In a recent article I read published by Dale Smith, it talks about the feedback doctors are giving about investing in an oximeter in order to protect yourself against the Coronavirus. These devices are able to provide you with information about your oxygen saturation levels which in terms can notify you of coronavirus symptoms if your levels are too low. A normal oxygen saturation reading is anywhere from 95%-100% however doctors have found that patients with Coronavirus have reported extremely low levels, as low as 50%. With the intensity of the pandemic increasing, it is important to take as many precautions as possible to protect ourselves and those around you, which is why I'm grateful to own an Ember device by Cercacor. It is a reliable and relatively easy to use device that could give you an early warning on a possible infection and a head start on finding treatment.

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