Dealing with all that is going on

A lot of us are feeling stressed right now. Don’t beat yourself up over it.

I have to admit, I’m having a hard time writing blog posts right now. I’m distracted by what feels like a news cycle that is changing by the minute. I’m concerned about both the present and the future. This is a very difficult time.

Fortunately for me, running is my fallback, my stress reliever. My training is going pretty well because I need my time out on the road and I live in an area where running in solitude is the norm.

I know my circumstances are not what all of you are facing, though.

I know that, for some people, running is what writing is to me. Something you might like doing but can fall by the wayside when you’re distracted or stressed. For others, for various reasons, running might simply not be available to you right now.

Whatever the case, do what you can. Right now, with the world in turmoil, take care of yourself. I hope you can make running part of that taking care of yourself but, if you can’t, then do what you can. Even if that means putting your fitness and/or competitive goals to the side for a while, that’s ok. When things settle back down, and they will at some point, running will still be there for you.

Whatever you do, please don’t make running another stress in this already stressful time. It should be stress relief, not yet another stressor to deal with.

Finally, on the topic of my writing, I’m going to do what I’ve done in past summers, to account for both less motivation to write and wanting to spend more time with my family. Starting next week and going through Labor Day, I’m going to shift to an every other week schedule for blog posts. So no post next Thursday but I’ll be back at the regularly scheduled time the following Thursday.

4 Replies to “Dealing with all that is going on”

  1. Your summer plan to back off on the blog is fair enough. However, if you get the itch to address a particular thing, please share. Sometimes fewer words get the point across better.

    1. Thanks for the thoughts Todd. I was actually thinking of your idea some and thought maybe I could also resurface some older posts. I have an idea for one I am thinking of bringing back up to the top of the list tomorrow.

  2. I actually just posted a comment just a moment ago. I really admire all you serious runners and realize how much it can relieve the stress of today’s livings situation. However, in my case, I am 83 years old and just use the treadmill to stay in shape when I can’t play tennis or pickleball, and all I want to know is the most basic advice as to the length of time, the speed, and the frequency needed to obtain the most favorable results

    1. Hello Bente,

      What you’re doing is great! I have a ton of respect for you and what you’re doing.

      I try to offer something for as wide of a range of runners as possible. However, I also need to respect that I can’t be everything for everyone. I offer what I can and I truly hope it can be of help for you. If it isn’t, I’m sorry I’ve missed the mark but I have no doubt there are other great resources out there created by people with more experience in what you’re looking for.

      Keep up what you’re doing!

      Ryan

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