The last week has been surreal. Almost nightmarish in scope. I’ve stared at this screen for hours, trying to figure out the words to make sense of what is going on in our world, and I’m coming up so very empty.
Now, more than ever, I need my community. This running community that has built around me over the past years. The mom community we now have to keep at a six foot distance. I’ve actually been socially distancing since November, when I broke my leg, before it was the thing to do. But now that I’m ready to be back out in the world, it’s all shutting down and I find myself having to find a new path.
So what am I going to do?
If you know me, you know I don’t breathe. Not when my bones snapped. Not when I get a massage. Not when I was in labor. Not in yoga. I fully admit there something is wrong with me when it comes to the whole inhale-exhale thing, but when the going gets tough, I apparently hold my breath. With everything spiraling so very much out of my control, I am focusing on taking those deep, centering breaths to stay calm and connected. It’s horribly unnatural, but it’s a small thing I can control. As an introvert home with two extroverts, I need to master this calming technique.
Exercise – Keep Running!
So I have stopped going to PT. My location treats a lot of older and elderly people and there is no way we are able to keep six feet apart. I don’t want to catch anything, nor do I want to unknowingly spread anything. It may sound selfish, but I have been working so hard to get back to normal, and that may never happen, through no fault of my own. However, I know the exercises. I know that it’s ok to start testing things (riding a bike outside for example). So I will do my PT at home. I will continue with my walks, and my stretches and my strength. And then, I will just try to run.
No matter what else, fresh air and exercise are still some of the best ways to keep yourself healthy. Practice social distancing (solo runs/cycling outings), and just do what you can.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff
Right now, my whole family is home. Mr. PugRunner has closed his office and works from home. Little man is out of school until at least April 15, and online learning, however that looks, won’t start until March 30. We are not setting alarms to get up. There are no more bedtimes. Meals are whenever. Right now, there are screens and junk food. Things are insane and scary, especially for a child, and while I do expect him to practice his clarinet and do one educational thing every day, things are hard enough without cracking down.
Manage The Disappointments
As I mentioned above, I’m pretty upset about the loss of my PT. We have a few birthdays coming up and I had to explain to little man that I will absolutely make him a cake and we will have a nice day together, but we probably won’t be having a party or a weekend trip. Heck, with Amazon shutting down, I don’t even know if we will be able to get presents. And in the scheme of things, none of that even matters, as people are getting sick or dying, losing their jobs and health insurance, getting quarantined and so much more. It’s a whole new world out there, and while it’s ok to be bummed and angry when we lose out, we have to remember the positives and our gratitude.
With events and races pretty much cancelled or postponed through the next few months, I’ve got to set some goals of my own. My comeback race is on hold, but I still have my virtual shirt and bib from the Starlight 5K I couldn’t run in December. I am already walking 1.5 miles, so shooting for 3.1 isn’t too far off. Lots of runners are continuing to train for their events, even if they are no longer occurring, to keep their focus off the state of things and on a specific goal. I see no reason not to do the same.
How are you running and coping?
We will get through this. It’s not going to be easy or without stressors, but we are in this together.
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