Running Is The New (Human) Dodgeball

humor, running, fitness, Modern PhilosopherI’ve been going through the blog’s online mailbag this week, Modern Philosophers, since the interns aren’t allowed at The House on the Hill in compliance with the governor’s stay at home order.

Not that they ever paid much attention to the mail.  What a bunch of slackers!

There are several letters asking if I’m still running, and if it’s even legal for me to be out running during the COVID 19 pandemic.

I will assure you that I am not a lawbreaker.  Governor Mills specified that we are allowed out of the house to exercise as long as we practice proper social distancing.

As a card carrying member of the International Introverts Society, social distancing while running has been second nature to me.  However, now I take it even more seriously.

I operate under the assumption that everyone else is not practicing optimum social distancing techniques.  This means that I am going above and beyond to keep myself safe, so I wear a mask and gloves on my runs.

At first, I wore the mask all the time, but it was very difficult to breathe.  I checked with some of my runner friends, doctor friends, and did a little online research, and determined that I didn’t have to have the mask over my mouth and nose at all times.  Now, I simply pull it up whenever I see another person.

humor, running, fitness, Modern PhilosopherBasically, running has become a game of human dodgeball.   Whenever I see someone in the distance, I allow myself to get within no more than about twenty feet.  Then I just turn around and head the other way.

I’m constantly dodging human contact, which makes for some interesting routes.

I’d prefer to run on my usual path along the river, but everyone else likes running down there, too.  Apparently, I made it super popular by writing about it on my blog.

I mostly run along random streets near my house, altering my route whenever it’s time to dodge someone else, but I still manage to get a little time along the rive.  This morning, I was able to get about a third of the way down the path before I saw a couple approaching.

I ran until I hit my twenty foot buffer, and then I turned around and headed back for the road.  Once there, I sought out a new route back to The House on the Hill.

I ended up running over 4 miles today, which was my longest run of the quarantine.  It is difficult to put in longer runs right now with all the people dodging, and that voice in the back of my head telling me not to push myluck by staying outside for too long.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherBut I want to continue to run.  During these uncertain times, running is something that I can depend on to keep me connected to the way life was before social distancing, stay at home orders, and the Coronavirus.

At a time when my anxiety levels are creeping higher on a daily basis, I settle my mind by telling myself that a health body is better equipped to fight off a virus should it attack.  Please don’t ruin that for me by telling me that healthy people get sick, too, or that there’s no evidence that daily exercise does anything to prevent infection.

This is a philosophy that is helping me to get through a very difficult time, so I do not want it ruined for me.  It’s the talisman I cling to in hopes of warding off the evil spirits.

In addition, it just feels good to be outside and feel the sun and fresh air on my face.  I’m a big fan of The House on the Hill, but being cooped up inside all day does promote a sense of cabin fever.

Remember, I am promoting the idea of one person going out to run while practicing proper social distancing.  I’m not saying that we should go out in groups, clump together so that there is no personal space, and endanger others during a pandemic.

running, health, fitness, humor, Modern PhilosopherI’m just looking to keep myself healthy, to maintain some semblance of my life from before the pandemic, and to see if I can still fit into my skintight running pants.

I hope you are all staying safe.  Thanks for the letters to the blog’s mailbag.  I look forward to answering more of them soon.

Have a great weekend!

What are you doing to stay healthy during the pandemic?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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4 Responses to Running Is The New (Human) Dodgeball

  1. beth says:

    i’ve been walking on the open city streets and in the parks and woods. i always keep my distance, and wear a mask. good for my mind as well as body

  2. markbialczak says:

    I support your dodgeball style of running, Austin. Healthy is a very worthwhile goal not only now but even when we get back to a more public routine that includes treatments and a vaccine for this dastardly, deadly virus.

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