The Topic this week is: What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic?
First, things I learned that surprised me:
- I could let people see me without makeup.
- I could spend half the day in pajamas.
- I could wear the same outfit two days in a row.
- I could binge watch a Netflix series.
- I did not hate working from home.
- I cooked more often.
Yup, I admit it. I’m pretty vain. I used to wear lipstick even when I went out for a run. I plan my outfits and love to dress up. I rarely sit in front in of the TV yet alone watch 6 seasons of a show. I enjoy being on the go and loved the social interaction at a job. So the option of working in a room at home everyday was something I NEVER considered.
Secondly, things I learned that did not surprise me:
- I needed to color my hair and have my nails done.
- I missed shopping and the need to buy new clothes (and shoes.)
- I MISSED RACES!
- I missed going to the movies, shows, concerts and other events.
- I missed seeing my friends on a regular basis.
- I missed work travel and running in different places.
- I missed my Friday night mah jongg games.
- I was disciplined (or stubborn) enough to run all the miles even without races to train for.
- Even with more free time, I did not work out or cross-train.
- Running virtual races were just fun runs for me.
- I was not nervous running an in-person race.
- I enjoyed hiking as much as or maybe more than running.
- I’m not ready to retire.
2020 = 1017 Miles
Jan – 83.8 miles
Feb – 76.7 miles
Mar – 91 miles
Apr – 89 miles
May – 86.5 miles
Jun – 82 miles
Jul – 78 miles
Aug – 89 miles
Sept – 75 miles
Oct – 93 miles
Nov – 87 miles
Dec – 86 miles
As you can see above, I ran pretty consistently throughout the year. I usually try for 84 each month but some months are more and some are less. In fact, I ran MORE miles than the years that I was racing every weekend even in 2019 when I was training for my first marathon.
I love to be active so no surprise that when I was stuck at home everyday, I explored a new fitness option – Hiking saved my sanity, for sure.
So now it’s 2021 and the Pandemic is not over yet….
However I’m better prepared this year for the changes and inconveniences it brings.
I’m also linking up here:
Happy Running! What did you learn about yourself during the Pandemic? Please share.