The Calm Before the Storm

by Theresa DeLorenzo, RD

I was one of the lucky ones that got my marathon done right before the Covid-19 madness began.  I went down to Atlanta to watch the Olympic trials, which was extremely exciting, and then ran the Publix Atlanta Marathon the next day.  Watching the Olympic trials the day before was extremely inspiring.  It was pretty chilly the day of the trials but the weather for our marathon was perfect.  This was my second marathon, and a lot of training went into it as for any marathon.  It was uneventful in terms of the Coronavirus, but not for long. 

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After we returned from that trip, though, things began to unfold quickly. First, the NYC Half Marathon was cancelled. Several of my nutrition clients were signed up for it, and there was a mixture of emotions. Some were extremely disappointed about it being cancelled, while others were relieved that they didn’t have to make the decision about whether to make the trip down to NYC or not. That was just the beginning, though. The Boston Marathon was postponed, as well as many other races, including our very own Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon.

I normally run with the Glenville Pacers on Tuesday and Friday mornings, run with my friend Amber on Mondays and attend ARE events whenever possible. Although none of this is possible, I am able to continue running on my own. When my daughters are staying at my house, they join me. They have become my running group for the time being. In addition to running I also attend yoga classes several days a week. I had a yoga for runners class that I was supposed to lead at ARE, which was moved to Zoom. This led me to want to continue offering Zoom yoga classes, since yoga is a great way for people to stay calm in this time of craziness.

As a dietitian and yoga instructor, I feel a personal responsibility to provide as much information and support as possible to help people stay on track. Staying healthy is one of the best ways to keep our immune system strong. I have been posting recipes and Zoom yoga classes and am doing my part to stay home and flatten the curve. I will continue running on my own outside for as long as possible, although I have read that some countries are not allowing even solo running outside. Hopefully it won’t come to that here. Although it is a fear of mine, I am lucky enough to have a treadmill in my basement. If I have to, I will use it.

We are all in this together. Let’s do what we can to support each other and get through this. This too shall pass.

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