Time has lost all meaning to me, but I think we’ve pretty much been in going on 6 weeks now. Who knows. Is it still April? I think April now has 675 days. Each day is the same. Each day is long. And yet still there is not enough time to fold the laundry or empty the dishwasher until the sink is filled with dishes. I’m not sure how that happens, but it does. This is my life now. Searching for food delivery slots that are not available. Making carts on the off chance that someday I will hit the lottery and get a slot which has happened twice in these 6 weeks. Then there is the inevitable suiting up to go to actual store since teens in a Pandemic apparently will eat more food than required by a heard of elephants.
This is my life.
I am still blessed.
On top of that every and any event has been cancelled. Not just for now, but for next month and the month after and the month after. On and on the cancelations go. So much for my doing a race a month for the year. Ha. I will take for still being able to fit into my running clothes when this is over. That being said, with health officials already talking about a reoccurrence of this crap in the fall during flu season, you wonder if this year all major marathons will be cancelled. Chicago while not cancelled is allowing participants to cancel. Unheard of. Many while not outright cancelled do not have a new date yet which makes you wonder. NYRR has cancelled their NYC half and their races through June. It makes you wonder what they will do for the Marathon that normal has 50,000 runners. To me, a layman, runner; I just don’t see how it is possible but what do I know.
I had been thinking of running NY again for Team Sandy Hook Promise but I don’t see that happening. With so many people hurting financially raising $3,000 does not seem feasible. Honestly nor does the thought of going to an event with 50,000 people. I went to Target for groceries and thought I would have an anxiety attack with all the people in the store who were wearing masks and most being good about socially distancing from each other. I couldn’t see myself at the village start line. Honestly I can’t imagine how an event like this will happen even though it is still months from now.
Who knows what will happen. I do know that no matter what I can’t see myself in the middle of it. That being said, I have run a marathon every year since 2014, somehow someway I do not want 2020 to be the year I don’t. I’ve already been thinking that trails are the way to go. Who knows, I might have to do my own virtual marathon. Then again maybe I just skip this year. In the whole scheme of things, it is not the be all end all.
Yes, I miss my running crew.
Yes, I miss group events.
Yes, I miss it all.
But what I have taken away the most is that in the big scheme of life….. for me…… although I am a runner, although I love to run, although I have had and will have again so much fun running……… When this is all over, I do not want it to go back to business as usual.
I want it to better.
I want to think about things differently.
I want to realize that while I am a runner, I am so much more