In January I was one of the lucky few who managed to get registered for the Brooklyn Half Marathon scheduled for mid-May. I’ve slowly been ramping up my training, spending more and more time hiking and doing trail runs of longer and longer distance.
But I’m almost certain the race will be cancelled due to the Coronavirus as other races have, and as a larger set of mass events have been cancelled across the United States. It’s the right thing to do, and if it happens I’m going to keep hiking and running as long as I can because sometimes the very act of moving forward means more than whatever event or opportunity we were anticipating.
Coronavirus is serious and we should all be making smart preparations to follow the advice of the CDC and the World Health Organization to protect our vulnerable populations and to keep our medical infrastructure from being overwhelmed. We need to work together, to be mindful of how our actions impact others, to be helpful, and perhaps most of all, we need to be kind to one another.
We also need to keep moving.
We need to keep an eye towards the future when we are on the other side of this crisis, not to diminish the seriousness of it, but to help us mentally and physically endure it. We need to have things to look forward to even when it’s difficult, if not impossible, to foresee a time when things get back to normal.
Having something to look forward to plays a role in our happiness and can help us endure the substantial changes to our way of life we will be experience over the next few weeks (months?), the challenges of caring for family and friends who get sick, and the day to day stress of being faced with prolonged uncertainty.
We need to look forward as much as we are occupied with the present. We need things to anticipate and look forward to because it will help us be at our best NOW.
So I’m going to keep training (far from crowds). I’ll keep running as long as I can and if the race gets cancelled I’ll modify as needed because there will be a race in the future to look forward to. If or when I’m advised to stay home 100% (as has already happened for so many) I’ll do my best to move forward in small ways every day, even if it’s just to draw up training plans for some time in the future.
Take care of yourself. Plan, prepare, and hunker down. But keep moving. Keep looking forward.