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Well, it’s either the 34th of March or the 3rd of April. Since I’m not really sure which, I thought I’d roll March Runfessions and the April Coffee Date all into one. I’m linking up with Marcia for Runfessions, and with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date. And while I’m at it, I’m also linking up with Meranda and Lacey for the Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness!
I’m no hoarder, but I always buy in bulk, so I have plenty of coffee, cream, and GLG collagen to get me through the foreseeable (and unforeseeable) future. Why not pull up a comfy chair and join me for a cup?
Over coffee, I would runfess that I haven’t felt like writing for a while. Back in January I started a post titled, ‘Tokyo Marathon and the Coronavirus: Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ This was when we first started hearing about COVID-19 and it was confined to China. There was no talk of the Tokyo Marathon being cancelled (where I would have earned my 5th Star) at the time, but I started getting questions from friends and family about whether or not I still planned to travel for the race. In particular, my brother made it clear I wasn’t going…no matter what I said. All moot at this point, of course. Pretty much the entire country is under a stay at home order.
And not to belabor the point, but when we heard the race was cancelled for all but the elite runners, I runfess at the time, it felt like I was the only one on earth who wasn’t upset by it. So many people commented on my roll-with-the-flow attitude. What can I say? Grant me the serenity…
Over coffee, I would runfess that even I was surprised by the realization that I really do put a lot of time into working on my business. I work part time at the hospital and then run the business from my home. With my business (like so many others’) having come to a crashing halt, after the first two or three weeks of post-crash mayhem, I now find myself logging onto my computer every morning and having nothing. to. do. Seriously. Have you noticed I’m suddenly more active on social media? Sadly, that won’t pay the bills. But at least it’s helping me keep my mind off of things (I’ve already completely cleaned and rearranged my pantry, refrigerator, storeroom, deep freezer, bathrooms, and cleaned about five pounds of dust from under the fridge).
I have to runfess, I haven’t really started binge-watching anything, nor have I jumped on to
some one of the oddly popular shows right now. That’s right, I’m talking to you. I haven’t seen a second of it, nor do I plan to.
And last, pour yourself another cup and take some time to soak up these moments of forced isolation. These past couple of months have been a hard kick in the ass for all of us. I runfess, I can’t help but think being quarantined isn’t all that bad. I think most of us can use the time to reboot and take another look at our priorities. Stay healthy, friends. Stay safe, and for the love of God, stay home.
What would you runfess over coffee? Be sure to check out Marcia’s, Deborah’s, Coco’s, and Meranda and Lacey’s weekend posts, and check out some of the other linkers! You might just find a few new online running friends!
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On (or off) my 2020 Race Calendar:
January 9 – 12, 2020: Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge, Orlando, FL
March 1, 2020:
Tokyo Marathon DEFERRED to 2021
March 15, 2020:
Amita Health St. Paddy’s Day Half Marathon, Bolingbrook, IL POSTPONED until September
May 2, 2020:
Cinco de Miler, Chicago, IL Gone VIRTUAL
May 23, 2020: Soldier Field 10 Miler, Chicago, IL
June 21, 2010:
Wonder Woman 10K, Chicago, IL Gone VIRTUAL
July 12, 2020: Across the Bay 12K, San Francisco, CA
September 12, 2020: Run Mag Mile, Chicago, IL
October 4, 2020: Bucktown 5K, Chicago, IL
October 11, 2020: Chicago Marathon