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In a pandemic time warp




I can't remember the last time I posted. Was it March? April? I've been in a time warp since mid-March, so it's hard to remember anything anymore. I think the last monthly recap I did was February, so that's fun. 

Although my employer (local health department) is on the front lines of COVID, I can't say that I'm necessarily on those lines. The epidemiologists, disease investigators, and contact tracers are on those lines, as well as our environmental health folks, who have been tasked with enforcement of emergency orders. I sort of think of my colleagues as the offensive and defensive lines, while I am on special teams. I get more breaks, but hot damn, we've all had a lot of playing time the past 4 months. 

In Loop-relevant life, I sat out of running most of April due to severe allergies that would often lead to sinus migraines. Thankfully, I had invested in a spin bike, so got in lots of indoor miles, with some yoga & strength. Of course, I still managed to gain what some call the quarantine 10; I call it the pandemic 10 because I was still going into the office daily & didn't necessarily feel quarantined. 

May came around and I was able to increase my running outside, and continued more running through June. I joined in a few virtual races, including a "team relay" across Missouri. I forced myself back into a workout routine, setting the alarm 30 minutes earlier to escape the heat as much as possible and to get a workout in earlier in the day. It was a great decision. I was averaging 15-20 miles a week, doing some speed workouts occasionally, and I have been slowly running off the pandemic 10 (in addition to cleaning up my diet a little bit). 

We escaped to the country over the July 4th weekend to visit my parents, who I hadn't seen since Christmas. That was really nice. Plus, there were no fireworks to be heard anywhere, and it was a relief to not have Jeff the dog freaking out every two seconds while the neighbors do their crazy show. 

Last week, I had started a new routine, only to be interrupted by not feeling well. COVID rapid test says "not it!" but I know they have a high false negative rate, so I have been adhering to the isolation recommendations and am very excited that today is the last day of that. Still feel "off" but did a two mile run yesterday morning with no impact on my energy levels throughout the day, which makes me happy. 

As for future plans ... yeah. Have none. Been joining a running group occasionally that is taking lots of COVID precautions, which makes my public health self very happy. Having new routes every 3rd Saturday has been a delight, and it's just nice to change up the routine. Peloton is having a "Pelothon" for the next month or something, which involves joining a team (#LegendsofFun, anyone?) and taking classes from the instructors who are the team leads. Two of the instructors have outdoor guided runs, so glad I can participate in this and also not feel like I have to give up running outside. This will have me adding in more yoga, which is a good thing. Maybe those hamstrings will finally be like supple leopards by the end of this. 

In other news, I passed the due date I had been given for last year's pregnancy, which was a relief. I took the day off, watched both Princess Diaries and wrote a letter. The day after, I felt so much better. I hadn't realized how much I had hung onto that date until it had passed. Now, we are heading into the last month of not being pregnant before we have to reach out to a doctor. While expected - I am 37 after all - there are some underlying emotions I find hard to explain at the moment. I decided this morning that I just as well commit to getting as healthy as possible (note I said healthy, not fit or ripped or anything else), because that can only be beneficial.

So here's to cooking fresh meals, working up a sweat, well-rounded workouts, and keeping that mind clear.

What goals are keeping you focused in a world of no races?

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My goal is to go through a whole day without giving myself whiplash from shaking my head at how dumb people are. This is a good start, thank you.

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My goal, and what I find some comfort in is to follow a consistent daily morning routine.  When I get up in the morning I do a combination of stretching, mild strength, balance, and breathing exercises that takes me about 30 minutes, which I do mostly for injury prevention for plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis which I have had problems with multiple times .  I guess that completing this routine daily adds something that is consistent in my life and that things will be alright today during these crazy times.

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My goal is to experiment with different workout routines while I have no races in sight.  Right now I'm running shorter and slower, but more frequently.

Thanks for the update.  Stay safe, and good luck with everything!

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I started running every day, but also making sure my easy days are actually easy, which at my pace requires doing a run/walk (I go by my heartrate on my watch and walk anytime it hits a certain point until it drops back down to another specific point.) I've been able to extend the amount of time at the beginning of my run where I can run before I hit the heart rate level where I walk, even with the summer heat, so it must be doing some good. I'm also in the last weeks of my masters degree in nutrition. I'm not eligible to be an RD (no way I would be able to get the required internship, even if I could live for a year without pay) but there are other certifications I can get and that and a job search will be the next steps. A job search in the days of COVID is not something I'm super optimistic about, but it is what it is.

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