Hello from Northern Michigan! Almost two weeks ago we decided it was best to get out of Florida and back to our home to hunker down. I was certainly sad to leave sunny weather, but I have never been so happy to be home!
While I was in Florida, I was training for the Traverse City Bayshore Marathon. I had some good runs and some pretty awful ones too. The weather in Florida was the best I can recall in years. Fun for the beach, but rough for adjusting to the heat. I made it through my 18 mile run, but the following week’s 15 miles was miserable. I stopped at mile 11 and bought two water bottles and quickly downed the first. I hate carrying anything in my hands when I run but decided to ration the last bottle for my final 4 miles. I made it a half a mile before I finished that bottle and then ran/walked the rest.
During those final miles, I decided my heart was no longer into training for a marathon. I was worried about the uncertainty of everything that is going on right now and my fears for my family. I wanted to get us home to Michigan and just throw in the towel. I’m a perfectionist and never want to quit, but I just didn’t feel now was the time to be training for an endurance race. You can imagine my relief when I received my e-mail that the race has been cancelled. Even better, I could choose to defer my bib to next year. Kudos to the race director for allowing this generous option!
Now that I am home and we have been inside for the majority of the past week, I’m trying to sort out my feelings about our current situation. I have moments where I enjoy the quite times and moments where I feel anxious and scared with all of the uncertainty. I’m happy to be with my family, but sad to see what is going on. I decided on my run yesterday to compile a list of all of the benefits to social distancing.
Benefits Of Social Distancing:
Sleep-ish: When you have two young children and school/work schedules, sleep is never certain. Our schedules are now wide open and somedays, the kids allow a little extra rest.
Extra Family Time: I read that most families only get 30-60 minutes of one-on-one family time each day. Right now, we are able to spend unlimited moments together. Sure, it isn’t always perfect. When we try to make the most of it, there are fun experiences to be had.
The Road To Yourself: We live in a rural area, but we definitely have neighbors. Now that non-essential Michigan residents have been asked to stay home, I basically have the road to myself. I’m enjoying my cooler runs, now that I am home.
Creative cooking: We are trying to avoid going to the store as much as we possibly can. We’ve been working to be creative and resourceful with meals. Last night we even made this super easy chocolate cake that requires no butter or eggs!
Time To Relax: I rarely give myself a chance to just sit down and do nothing. Now I have nothing but time. I still get my daily run in and try to spend some time focusing on work, but I also have time to watch TV, read magazines and books, and just be present.
Try New Workouts: I usually focus my workout time on running with a bit of time set aside for free weights. Now that I am not training for a marathon and my schedule has opened up a bit, I have shortened my runs and added kettle bell workouts. It’s so fun to change things up.
Family Workouts: We are taking advantage of our smart TV and adding in kid’s yoga workouts. The girls love Cosmic Yoga on YouTube. We especially like the Trolls, Frozen, and Moana sessions. Namaste!
Things are definitely up in the air and very different. It can be easy to let these changes get to you. But, I encourage you to look for the positive changes when you can.