Many Chinese runners cooped up at home during the Coronavirus outbreak are beating cabin fever through “home marathons,” according to a report.
In the city of Hangzhou, Pan Shancu spent five hours running 6,540 circles around two beds in his home, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.
Cheng Dadu covered 62 miles by pounding his living room floor in Xi’an, while Tan Xue finished a half-marathon in her home – then posted her race bib, which her son drew, on social media.
“I never stopped my training since the Spring Festival,” said 36-year-old Wang Yang of Changchun.
As a marathon enthusiast with four years of running experience, he snagged a ticket to the Chongqing Marathon and ran more than 150 miles during training last month.
But his outdoor sessions were disrupted by the virus outbreak, so he chose to continue training indoors.
“I run on the treadmill and do slow endurance runs and variable speed runs on odd-numbered dates, and do power exercise such as squats, deadlifts and planks on even-numbered days.”
Marathons have gained popularity in China in recent years, with more than 1,000 races being held in the country every year.
Original Article Author: Yaron Steinbuch from New York Post