New Life in Trying Times. Not the Gyms!

Post at-home workout

As if this year hasn’t been tough enough on everyone and incredibly hard on small business, gyms are more than likely to see another shutdown before year’s end. I can’t even! Literally, I can’t even process the impact this is having on the fitness community. When I think of the blood, sweat, and tears that have made many a fitness enterprise and the community they serve, it breaks my heart to see their efforts reduced to what we face today. Covid-19 has hit the fitness community as many others where it hurts the most. It has forced many into insolation, abandonment, evacuation, migration, and that’s only the physical effects. God help us, we still have to struggle with the affects of any and all of those decisions. I’m not one for lamenting or crying over spilt milk but man this is a doozy of a year. I’m ready to fly away somewhere, anywhere, where there’s just ordinary people living ordinary lives in a natural setting somewhere. I’m not even fussy, only let me have the ocean nearby please.

🧡VACCINES🧡

Before the calm must come the storm so while we might be in for a tough few weeks heading into the new year, there’s a silver lining out there with the vaccines that are due out next month on a limited basis. Who would have ever thought that word would elicit excitement much less two orange hearts! How times have changed. I know some are wary, and for sure many have their own opinions about it, but I encourage you to do your research in order to be armed with the best information to empower your choices. While you do so the facts remain that we need to mask up and follow proper social distancing and hand washing protocols to remain safe and to provide that same benefit to others. All things considered, and there remains a lot to be considered, that’s not such a bad deal after all. We are blessed to be here.

🧡GYMS🧡

On another note, and I’m all over the place with all that’s going on, I’ve been so perturbed about the gyms because I’m an avid gym goer, or at least I was up to March of this year, and I’ve been chomping at the bit to get back in there safely. I’ve also had my reservations about wearing a mask and working out. I’m sure that’s not on anyone’s list of ten things to do, but I really have to just get over it already. Some people have bigger issues and here I am stressing over masking up to exercise. Some people have no sense of priorities! I should be so grateful that I even have that choice and, the truth is I really am so enough with my whining. Of more import is another issue I’ve been grappling with, where shall I go? With all the restrictions in place and the changes to gym schedules and basic programming, I’m suddenly at a loss as to what to do. In fact, I’m not even sure if crossfit is an option right now. But I figure it’s more important to get back in at some level and figure out the rest after. These are different and challenging times, it’s certainly expected that I’d be a bit confused. That said, I’m in the process of working out a location that’s easily accessible and a bit versatile. No surprise that the pickings are rather few. We’ll just have to see how that goes.

🧡NEW YORK🧡

In the past 10 years, I’ve never been away from the gym for more than a week, two max when it was for a vacation. Y’all, it’s been eight months! The human spirit is resilient as heck and we often don’t give ourselves enough credit for bouncing back from incredible setbacks and difficult and trying situations. This year has certainly been all that and it remains to be seen how things progress here on. I remain hopeful though. New Yorkers are a tough bunch and while each city and state, and certainly every country, has had its own unique challenges to face in this pandemic, New York City has kicked some serious Covid ass. I’m praying that when the dust settles, amidst all the loss and grief of those we lost, we fill find that most of us are still standing, running, working, eating and drinking, gyming—my own word, busy living life and fighting for every part of this big apple we call home.

Strength for the Day 🏋🏽‍♀️

Wow what a crazy bunch of weeks the past month has been! I’ve had a death in my family – no relation to Covid- had to sit an exam in the same week, facilitate online activities and projects for the kids I tutor and my volunteer group, and still find time for running, cycling, and strength exercise. I need a vacation! Yup. Somewhere idyllic that involves a lot of nature, beaches, hiking, waterfalls, incredible sunsets, and sunrises to run for and that is non-covid threatening. If anyone knows of a place on earth like this that I could safely travel to, please help out a fellow runner. I’ll pay all that I have, which may not be a lot but c’mon it’s all I have – cause then I’ll probably never come back. In the interim, I really need to get into a sustainable routine that’s not so crazy and I should be fine. I think.

Since time waits on no man, and there’s no woman exception, we’re going full steam ahead into October and the full effect of Fall season. We’re talking Halloween🎃, which I don’t really care for and then Thanksgiving🦃, which is going to be very interesting this year, and the holiday Sales💰, which I might care more about if I had money to spend but really it’s not even on my radar right now. What is on there is that we are slowly and differently running again! I mean no big fall marathons, such as we’ve gotten accustomed to – ♥️NYC marathon and Chicago Marathons♥️ – but there are smaller races happening and the novel option to run said bigger races as virtual experiences this year. This is good news for runners like myself. It’s been all sorts of terrible for the racing world, and everyone really, since March and it’s good to know that we’re taking some running steps if not strides yet. I am thankful and strong!

Good news is also spreading in our fitness community. While things are different and not ideal, gyms are open and those that have been climbing the walls of their apartments in this city have the opportunity to hop in and out for a bit of a different scene that involves a lot of new guidelines but allows them to workout in the company of others once more – of sorts anyway. School too, has resumed, of sorts, and some people are back to work, again of sorts, but these days I’ll take all the “of sorts” as oppose to not-at-all. Among the important and relevant news is that I’m finished with my PT certification! It’s been some 10 weeks that I’ve been inundated with nothing but the biomechanics of the human movement system and I swear if it had not been for the the Good Lord and running, my mind would be toast. I made it and none too soon as cooler running temps are here. I have a lot of energy, good and bad, to burn as I get my feet moving and the blood pumping once more. Marathon season, whether there is a live one or not, is here and I’m about to run one just because I can. Well I hope I can anyway; while it’s been a minute with that sort of distance, I’m not worried about it. My lungs and feet are strong!

It’s the little things my friends. Gratefulness is my new mantra. That I can run, exercise, commit to a program, have the resources I need, pass am exam, celebrate my dad’s long years and that I have life, enjoy physical health and a sound mind – they are in fact not at all little but they’re definitely the things I’ve taken for granted in the past. Covid-19 has forever changed that, and me, and a lot of us I’d wager, but it’s for the better and that can only be a good thing. Each day I awake, more aware, more focused, more blessed to be here, no matter the inconveniences and despite the tragedies and loss. My story isn’t over and neither is yours; we have been given strength for today, and for tomorrow, and for the next day, and the next if God wills it. Now let me dig deep for the strength I need for 26.2 in this very unconventional Marathon season. And, BTW, yes you can! We are strong and getting only stronger in this season together.

Comment below if you’re up for it! #letsrun🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏾

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