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Runs in the Time of Corona


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I'm missing my group runs. Sure I have run solo most of my life, but when it is forced, it does get sad after a while. I've noticed a change in how we react to each other too. A week ago runners were even more friendly than usual. More waves, smiles, nods, etc. Like, "Hey we are in this together - it's good to get out and run, isn't it?" Now I still get a few like that, but more and more people avert their eyes, turn their heads, or look at you like, "You're not going to come into my 6 foot circle are you?" It's more like they (we) are ashamed to even be out running, since we should be holed up at home. I come home feeling a little guilty. But, yeah, still glad I can get out there and work the body and make endorphins and de-stress and add numbers to my spreadsheet.

The beach bike path is closing tomorrow. I'll be running mostly on the empty roads. I skip the sidewalk entirely so the dog walkers don't get freaked out. Today I saw a guy driving a convertible wearing a mask.

Meanwhile we are finishing season two of Schitt's Creek (funny!). I binged all of Fleabag (funny!). Just watched JoJo Rabbit which was good. Parasite was odd but really interesting - recommended. Marriage Story was brutal but very well done. I'm watching BoJack Horseman which is amusing. I still recommend Black Mirror if you haven't seen it yet - some fantastic shows. Plus I read. 

This too shall pass. Eventually. In Love in the Time of Cholera, the guy did get his lover in the end. Keep at it.

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I haven't had any eye-averters, but giving others a wide berth is the norm, certainly. On Wednesday I was off the sidewalk for a quarter mile at one point to avoid the walkers. It's really different, seeing so many more out than is typical. Wonder how many of them will decide to keep doing it after this is over.

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It all just feels weird right now.  You explained a lot of it really well.  

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When you say "I read", what do you mean?  Is this a metaphor?  A simile?

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I don't get any sense of stigma or "shame" around here from people being out and about for the purpose of exercise and fresh air. In fact, people are doing it much more than ever.... families taking their restless kids out, couples walking together. I think as long as distance is maintained, it's such a good thing for your immune system! Nothing is helped by people getting haggard and weak and driving each other crazy. 

 

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20 hours ago, PegLeg said:

I don't get any sense of stigma or "shame" around here from people being out and about for the purpose of exercise and fresh air. In fact, people are doing it much more than ever.... families taking their restless kids out, couples walking together. I think as long as distance is maintained, it's such a good thing for your immune system! Nothing is helped by people getting haggard and weak and driving each other crazy. 

 

Wait until more people start dying in your area

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