So today was supposed to be Opening Day for Baseball and while I haven't made it to an Opening Day game in years, that used to be a tradition for me for a few years shortly after getting out of college (before kids).
I've always loved baseball and there is just something special about Opening Day. I used to spend a good bit of my summers as a kid with my grandparents and my "Papa" spent a lot of time listening to baseball on the radio. Probably what started my love of the game. Even now sometimes I'll listen on the radio even though every game is televised these days.
But Opening Day...there's just something different about it. And while it sounds callous to say this when people are dying, today everything suddenly felt "real".
Of course it wasn't just baseball not starting, or the Boston Marathon being postponed....today we learned that school at home is being extended further (no real surprise there) to April 17th and honestly I'll be shocked if they go back then.
Today "at" work I learned we're being extended at home all the way to April 31st and that management is taking a pay cut to save jobs. While these things are painful, I'm grateful to have a job that can work from home.
Today, I also heard from my printer for our performance running shirts that they are "non-essential" and shutting down for a while. So for now you can only get cotton shirts from us. More importantly say a prayer for those folks that they are ok and get through this without too much financial burden.
And today someone my age in my area died of the virus. Of course the news doesn't give a lot of details so I have no idea what other risk factors this person might have had, but still gets in your head a bit.
Quite a bit of things to take in all in one day.
But still I must be grateful for the blessings that are in my life. At the moment everyone in my family is fine, and unlike a lot of the folks complaining on-line...I'm having a great time "stuck in the house" with my wife and kids. We haven't even made it through all the board games yet :)
Sorry this post hasn't been much about running and maybe a little dark, so let’s end with a bit of hope if you will.
You're still in control of your experience.
But you still get to control how YOU respond.
Y'all stay safe and keep running
So you want to be in the top 0.5%? You want to join that tiny percentage of people who have finished a marathon?
The good news is you can totally do it. All you have to do is follow these seven simple (not necessarily easy) steps:
We're back. I'm back. I know for a lot of you the gyms are closed or will be closed soon. But good news another great benefit of running is you can do it by yourself, you can do it outside and you don't need a lot of gear.
So I know it’s not much notice, but we've got to get moving. A new challenge starts on Monday, so get your head ready and let’s do this.