The one thing keeping me grounded and sane through 2020 has been running and teaching my fitness classes online. They’ve been sanity-savers!
Fact: life as we know it has been turned upside down since March 2020. Parents suddenly became teachers. Teachers abruptly took their classrooms online. And workers not used to working from home quickly learned the self-discipline necessary to stay on task when it would become easy to be distracted. Others of us lost jobs and went on unemployment. And that was just March…
Here we are, now a full three months later, and despite our country (and the world) reopening, things are still upside down — in many different ways.
Staying Grounded with Running and Fitness in 2020
The one thing keeping me grounded through all of this has been running and fitness. I’ve been a certified running coach for five years now, and a trainer for two. Running and fitness is my lifeblood, both as a runner and a coach.
When things started going down, I was still running weekly with a friend. I knew her situation very well and knew she was being safe, smart, and proactive to keep her family safe from contracting COVID-19. And she knew I was doing the same. So almost immediately, without much thought, and without truly realizing it, we created a quarantine bubble. We’ve run through single digits, ice and snow, heat and humidity, and we’re currently logging significant miles together. I’m so grateful to have been able to continue running through all of this.
My run coaching business has been almost entirely online from the outside, but not my training classes. I adapted and moved my fitness business online with the shutdown. I now hold classes four days a week on Zoom. And let me just tell you something. It’s been amazing. No, it’s not the same as training in person. But I’ve remained connected with my clients and I’ve even gained some new ones.
Running and Fitness
For me, running and fitness has been a sanity-saver. Without all those miles and all those fitness classes, I don’t know where I’d be today. I’m not sure what the future holds in terms of races and in-person fitness. But for now, I’m going to keep logging miles and training online.
And a quick side note: I am indeed training for another 50K. So far it looks like it’s still on. As long as it’s on, I’m in. I’ll continue logging and increasing mileage. Fingers crossed there’s a race! I’ll be sharing more about what I’m up to next week!
What’s one activity or hobby that keeps you grounded?
Have you been doing any online fitness classes?