Happy New Year! I am welcoming in the new year with open arms and a open heart. While 2020 was full of many disappointments due to a pandemic, I believe good things still happened during the year.
For one, I was able to take my RRCA Running Coach Certification class and become a running coach. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now. Because of the availability of virtual learning, I was able to take the course from the comfort of my own home. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to take on clients in 2021!
While most in-person races were canceled from late March onward, running itself was not canceled. I was able to keep running with a few of my close running friends, we just kept our safe distance. It hasn’t been easy not being able to run as socially as usual, as I’m a social runner.
I was able to run two in-person races in December. My first one being the OUC Orlando Half Marathon, which Track Shack handled amazingly well. Masks and social distancing protocols in place, it was great to be able to “line up” for a race again. Major props to the race event staff and volunteers for everything they did so that we could again run the streets of Orlando in a “real” race.
Then, on December 20th, I closed out the running year with the Mount Dora Half Marathon. Again, masks and safety procedures were in place, and I felt so happy to get out and run another in-person race.
Many things didn’t go even close to what any of us expected in 2020, but I will always feel blessed for my family, friends and the fact that I have been able to keep healthy and not get Covid-19.
I’m not completely sure what the new year will bring, but I know that I can get through anything with God and the love of family and friends surrounding me… even if they have to stay 6 feet away.
Now…when can I start collecting hugs again? 🙂