The University of Nottingham is conducting research into the impact that COVID-19 has on runners and is looking for participants who are willing to submit their data. In order to participate, you will need to have an active account with Garmin, Strava, MyFitnessPal, Fitbit, or WattsonBlue.
I’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19 twice. Even though there was a year between each infection, I discovered that my running numbers suffered significantly during each one of them. It took around two to three months for things to get back on track, and that same amount of time for my Vo2Max to return to its levels before the COVID.
This should not come as a surprise. Because of the infection, the alveoli become filled with an excessive amount of fluid and inflammatory cells. The lungs are unable to carry out their function to the same degree as they were able to in the past. It is for these and a number of other reasons that complete healing and recovery require a considerable amount of time.
Running won’t protect you from catching COVID-19, even if you do it a lot. However, will it speed up the process of your recovery? This is the question that will be investigated in depth by a project that is being coordinated by the University of Nottingham.
Long-term fatigue is one of the COVID-19 symptoms that some people continue to feel even after the infection has been cleared up. This is what some people refer to when they say “Long COVID.” In addition, the effects of Long Covid on running performance, training regimens, and cardiovascular and respiratory problems are being investigated as part of this study.
However, the scientists could really use your assistance. In order to participate in the study, they are looking for individuals who are at least 18 years old and who run. You are required to either have one of the following accounts or own a heart rate monitor or wristwatch manufactured by Garmin or Fitbit. Additionally, you will need to consent to the researchers accessing the data stored on your smartwatch.
All of the information will be stored in databases that are only accessible through a limited computer system and will require a password to access. This information will only be accessible to the researchers. When presented to the general public, the research data will also be anonymized in some way.
Visit RunningThrough.org and fill out the participant questionnaire in its entirety to register for the event. It shouldn’t take more than five minutes to finish up all of the steps. In addition to questions about your general health and running history, you will be questioned about any previous cases of Covid-19 infection.
Your participation in the research will not result in any tangible gain for you in any way. However, the purpose of the study is to contribute to the greater good of the running community by delivering to that community data-driven advice for training load, intensity, and recovery from infection.