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I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to find new and different ways to entertain myself during the Covid 19 pandemic. I’ve been lucky enough to work from home, and healthy enough to keep up my string of running every day since the quarantine around the pandemic.
The string of running every day has led some people I know to tell me I’m crazy, and my first retort is “I’m a runner, it’s part of the job description” which made me think aren’t all of us runners a bit out there.
About 5 ½ years ago, my daughter noticed a small bump on the right side of my neck and told me I needed to go see a doctor about it. She is a bit of a worry wart about medical stuff, but she also happens to be very persistent, so I went.
I wasn’t overly concerned, so you can imagine my surprise when my doctor told me I had Stage 4 Head and Neck Cancer. Not knowing much about cancer at that point, I asked her some questions; in particular, I asked her what Stage 4 meant. I can pinpoint the point in time I realized I was in deep trouble to when she answered “Well, there isn’t a Stage 5”.
After a short 24 hour pity party, we started looking at potential treatment options and agreed on the most aggressive one to start in a week so that had time to put in a feeding tube, and do a boatload of testing to make sure I could survive the treatment.
After the preparation, I went through 4 rounds of chemotherapy (losing about 40 pounds and all my hair) and 7 straight weeks of radiation, broken up only by a 5 day period where I had to go on steroids to reduce the swelling in my face and on May 14, 2015 I had my last treatment.
And, I’m happy to say, I’ve not only been cancer free but I’m probably in better shape than I have been since my 20’s having completed a Sprint Triathlon and become very serious about my running, nutrition and overall health.
This pandemic reminds me of this period of my life, and I think there are many reasons to use this crazy time period to better ourselves and come out in a better place. So, I’ve committed to running every single day during the pandemic and have come up with 5 reasons how and why you can use running to get through this and come out stronger on the other side.
The spread of the pandemic Coronavirus has begun to impact the United States in ways that are new and scary to many of us. Having just celebrated my 61st birthday, and only months away from the 5 year anniversary of my “cancer free” status I am in one of the high risk groups for this virus as is my youngest daughter, who is pregnant with her third child.
In doing some research in this virus, I identified a number of articles that helped answer the three main questions I had regarding the Coronavirus:
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The runners I know fall into two groups, those that are early risers and get up at the crack of dawn (or earlier) to put in their miles or those that are sunset runners who wait until the end of the day to pound the pavement. What I’ve noticed as my peer group has gotten older is the sunset runners have become more challenged to find the time to run with kids, work and life crowding out their schedule.
Becoming a morning runner is one of the best ways to make running a lifelong habit.
If you’re looking to become a morning runner, I’ve tried many methods to make it a habit with some failure but more success; below are the 6 ways that have worked the best.
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