Coach Denise's words of wisdom for Team One Tail athletes!
There are three things keeping me sane in these not so normal times. Two have four paws and the third requires my nikes.
Now more than ever, I feel like our pets are therapy dogs and therapy cats to the Nth power! And have you noticed they aren’t acting any differently now then pre-Shelter in Place…maybe because they are always living in the moment and not futurizing.
My other saving grace has been my running. Probably the first 3 weeks of the Chicago Shelter in Place, I had lost my motivation to run. I think watching too much news put me in a state of self-paralysis. There were days that I would suit up in my running gear but not leave the house and run. Even though I knew that I would feel better after. I knew I could not be alone with my feelings and lack of motivation so BOOM, I knew I had to make a change.
I had heard of running streaks but had never done one before. I felt like having a running streak with other runners would help keep me more accountable…plus it would keep others going through the same thing. So I started a running streak with the Facebook Group that I manage, Chicago Marathon Runners Unite. There are streakers from all over the world. To make it a little funner, the minimum amount of the streak is 2.62 miles…get it : ) And you can walk, skip, prance to get the distance in.
So far, I have run 9 days in a row!!! I haven’t run 9 days in row since I had a coach in 2009!!! Now that I have run so many days in a row, I feel like I am back in my groove. Plus, when I wake in the morning, I know my friends will be streaking so I can’t let them or me down. In case you were curious, Ron Hill of Accrington, England has the longest running streak, everrrr, 52 days and 39 days!!! I have a long way to go to top Mr. Hill but I will just take this Shelter in Place and my Running streak one day at a time.