It's been said this time we're living through is more of a marathon then a sprint.
But it's actually more like training for a marathon. At least with a marathon you know when it's done.
I ran my only marathon 6 years ago and I still remember my longest training run of 22 miles. It was basically 11 miles out from my home, turn around, and run back. I left at like 4:30 in the morning and scared my wife, but that's a different story.
Mile 21- my last mile- I was done. I wasn’t even running at this point- it was like a fast walk. And right when I am experiencing some excruciating pain after 3 hours of running, this gal comes down a cross street, running much faster than I was, and a little too cheerfully says “good morning!”. She proceeds to dust me. In that moment I wanted to yell out “this is mile 21!” but I couldn’t really talk at that point.
Side note: it’s then I had the idea- free for any of you to take- of making shirts for runners with sayings on the back of the shirt like “distance day”. “Speed day”. “Easy day”. The shirts are perfect to communicate to fellow runners (like this gal) or even to people in cars who drive by and wonder why you’re not running faster and then smugly pat themselves on the back that if they ran, they’d certainly be running faster than you.
When you train for a marathon, not every day is a 22 mile distance day. Most days are like 5 or 6 miles. Some days are less and some days are more. Some days you’re doing some strength training in addition to the run and some days you’re doing nothing and resting.
As you live through social distancing, quarantines and stay at home orders, this isn't a marathon. It's training for a marathon, and here's what that means:
One last thing: just like my 22 mile run was the same day as someone else’s easy breezy run, your hard day may be your spouse's lazy day. Your lazy day might be a coworker's normal day. A Facebook friend or colleague might get to more normal days quicker than you.
And you’ll be tempted (like I was with the faster runner) to yell unkind things at folks having different kinds of day than you, but understand we’re all training for this together.
And we’re all going to train differently.
So rather than yell or judge, encourage and cheer each other on.
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