I was a solitary runner before it was cool to be a solitary runner. To me going for a run is the time to clear my head. To relieve stress. To think and process. Just to be. I had recently talked about planning to get back into running with friends, that is off the table for the foreseeable future. So I will remain a solitary runner. Luckily I like it. For now that is enough and I’m just thankful that I can get out the door and run.
We all have so many concerns right now. Some about family that we are not with. Some about family that we are with. Some about how we are going to provide the staples that we need to stay at home with our family. Everyone has something. Most have even more than one something. Maybe even a pile of somethings. Right now more than anything we need to find a positive way to let that stress out. For me now as in the past, it is running.
I half heartedly joke that when this is all over I am either going to be back in shape with the running, online videos, and stress or I’m going to be 100 pounds heavier. The only thing helping with me not turning into a stress baker (another thing I love) is that I’m worried that I might have hard time replacing the milk and eggs. Hopefully once the store panic buying settles down, I can get back to baking. Until then I will run.
I don’t run fast. I don’t really run far. Although I am training for my virtual half marathon, I will run. And since it will be a virtual “race,” my training doesn’t have to be perfect. I just need to get the distance (which I will). I will need to wait another day to worry about the distance and the time. See a positive.
Being someone who has been a solo runner for years now, the transition isn’t that hard when it comes to my running. Although like going on a diet where you immediately crave chocolate, I miss running with friends. As the saying goes, you don’t know what you have till it’s gone is so true. So many things pre Coronavirus we took for granted….. Meeting a friend for coffee, shopping in fully stocked shelves, the ability to go out to dinner, and all those other small things. It will be a bit before we get back to those days, but we will. We just have to be patient. It’s only been 5 minutes.
Being socially distant to me is not the correct phrase we should be using. Right now, we need to be physically distant but socially there are so many ways to connect. I’ve even facetimed my mother recently. There is texting. There is the old fashioned calling. There is messanger, Instagram, facebook, twitter, and some thing that I’m sure I don’t even know about since I’m “older.” So while we have to be physically distant lets not socially disconnect.
Some people sadly have taken social distancing to an art form. They feel that it is a way to protect themselves. It may do that. They may feel it necessary. They may feel they have no other choice. For them, maybe that is what they think they need to do, but all it really does is keep them from taking a chance on people and everyone at arms length. When you keep everyone at a distance soon enough that distance will be too far to cross and you are then left wondering why no one crossed it.
For my running friends, we have all kinds of apps we connect on and through. So while we can’t run with our friends, we can encourage them when they get out there. We can be their in all sorts of way. So connect, but just don’t do it in person:)