So, COVID-19 is here, the world turned upside down, and it looks like we are in it for the long haul.
As a Floridian, the idea of unexpected time off, closures, and cancellations isn’t new. We have hurricanes often enough that stocking up on supplies isn’t a foreign concept. It’s annoying, inconvenient and expensive, but we know the drill. Except for the toilet paper hoarding. I don’t get that (in hurricanes, we hoard bread, milk and eggs for all the French Toast we suddenly feel the need to make).
The social distancing is new. During major storms, I think we work hard to reach out and forge connections, so holding back feels unnatural and wrong. We are happy to do our part and staying in as best we can, but it isn’t easy.
Sunday – 1 mile walk
After a super late night at a neighbor’s house, coupled with springing forward and losing an hour, we all slept in and had zero motivation. Little man had pizza for breakfast, that’s how unmotivated we were.
However, later in the day, we decided to go out for a bit of fresh air. We had lunch, and then little man and I hunted some Pokemon on a walkway around a little lake.
Once we made one loop, I told Mr PugRunner I wanted to try to go a second time, without all the pauses and stopping. He stayed at my side and I completed a (painfully) slow 1/2 male lap. It was simultaneously encouraging and discouraging.
Monday – physical therapy
I tried the new PT at our office and it went reasonably well. She was nice enough, but we had a bit of a learning curve getting in sync. Additionally, she did not approve of my not wearing my shoes for certain balance moves. Fact: I hate shoes and go barefoot all the time.
For all that, I did manage to hold my balance on my right foot for almost 30 seconds, which is a huge victory.
Tuesday – 1.2 mile walk
Instead of going to the gym, I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and take a walk. It’s just over 1/2 mile to our neighborhood’s amenity center, so I decided to walk there and back. Whoo hoo!
Wednesday – PT exercises
Wednesday was a weird day. I had a PTSO meeting in the morning, our last one before Spring Break. We talked about a lot of future plans, but I had a feeling that we wouldn’t be coming back to school after Spring Break. I asked Mr PugRunner to pick up some extra food at the store (just some pasta, rice and beans type of things).
I did some PT exercises and spent most of the night awake, reading Twitter.
Thursday – 1.2 mile walk
It was supposed to be little man’s last day of school before break but Mr PugRunner decided to keep him home. There wasn’t much going on, so I decided it wasn’t worth arguing.
I took another walk. Again, it went fairly well, and I was glad.
Friday – physical therapy
I was back with L on Friday and it was another great session. I mentioned that I was nervous about going to the gym in light of all the COVID-19 concerns, and she was absolutely on board with me walking. I also asked if I could ride my bike (not fast, and not with clips), and she said that was fine, too.
Look at my ankle turn! I might be able to some yoga soon!
Mr PugRunner ended up taking little man back to school. All the kids were instructed to bring home their binders and textbooks, so we wanted him to have his.
That evening, we joined our friends at the soccer field so the kids could play. I wasn’t planning on going but I brought a book and a blanket and took advantage of the fresh air. It was the right call.
Saturday – PT exercises
Saturday wasn’t my favorite. Through the whole week, we had been watching the scroll of world news and local cancellations. It was hard to get out of bed, hard to get through the day, and hard to sleep that night. While we remain healthy, so far, it’s been hard to explain things to little man and hard to swallow the feelings of despair.
I don’t know what the next days, weeks, and months will bring.
My comeback race has been postponed, so I will continue to work towards that as best I can. Maybe when it comes time, I’ll be able to run for real.
Everything is closing. Little man is out of school until March 31, at least. Events are cancelled. Races everywhere are shutting down or postponing.
We are choosing to practice social distancing. Mr PugRunner has shut his office and will work from home. Little man is allowed to play outside with the local neighbors, but no playdates or big crowds. We have stopped going out to eat, and making unnecessary trips. I only hope it has the desired effect of flattening the curve and making this virus manageable.
Perspective is important. We have weathered some big disappointments, but we will get through them. This is going to be a defining time in many of our lives, and the world has turned upside down, but I have faith that we will be able to right things again.
How was your week in training?
How are you holding up?