Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve had some bad moments during this pandemic, but this last week I just had it. It was just too much, all of it. It just felt hopeless.
But then my kid, who has been distance learning for a year now, helped pull me out of it by coming on a run with me.
My son is 10 and he’s gone through some major growth spurts, so his body is still catching up to his mind, especially in sports. But I was downstairs and thinking, maybe I should just forget about the run, today, when he came downstairs in his sweats and put on his shoes and asked if he could go on a run with me.
It was a short run, slow, but one of the best ones I’ve had during this pandemic.
Anyway, it was like getting my battery jumped and I feel a bit better. Got out today and had a nice run as I prep for the virtual Leprechaun Run this month.
And while I felt a little lost and hopeless last week, I feel more hopeful now. Projections are that by May, there will be enough vaccines to give to the adult population and that’s definitely a good sign for getting the heck out of this pandemic purgatory.
I don’t want to build too much expectations for the coming summer, but I would like to get out for an actual in-person race and, most importantly, I want my kid to be able to go to school with his friends and go running with them.
Anyway, if you’re feeling down, try to reach out to someone and maybe just talk on the phone. And if you can, run with someone you love.
Keep running, keep writing.