Rick Peterson

We've come too far in this pandemic marathon not to finish

For What It's Worth

I don’t know about you, but keeping track of what day of the week it is has been a bit of a problem for me.

It seems like we’ve been doing this stay-at-home thing forever when really it’s only been six weeks. That said, six weeks is a long time when you don’t know from one day to the next what the next day will bring.

Our office has been functioning under essential business protocol since mid-March. At first it was strange, to say the least. Our front office doors have been locked, yet we have tried to maintain some sort of normalcy, and that has now morphed into the new norm, and frankly it sucks.

Everything about our business centers around people. From ad sales to gathering news, we’re used to day-to-day face-to-face contact with people.

The governor from the state to our west keeps telling people that getting through the pandemic is not a sprint but a marathon.

As you can imagine, I am not much of a sprinter but I have run a marathon. I know; it’s hard to believe, but I did run one. As I trained for said marathon, I kept hearing about this imaginary wall that marathon runners routinely hit.

Maybe one of the reasons I only ran one marathon was because I hit the wall at mile 21 of the 26.2 miles.

I didn’t see it coming – one stride I was fine, the next stride I wasn’t sure there was going to be another.

I started to walk and I kept saying to myself that I trained too hard and too long for this to end this way.

My only goal from the beginning was to finish the marathon under four hours. I hit the wall at just under the three-hour mark with only six miles to go. It took me one hour and 36 minutes to complete the last 6.2 miles.

I think many of us have hit the coronavirus marathon wall. Just like running a real marathon, we have all come too far not to see this stay-at-home thing through. I urge you to continue to be safe, continue to practice social distancing, don’t let the wall defeat you.

Because once you make it to the finish line, it’s not your time that matters; it the fact that you persevered and toughed it out till the finish.

 

 

 

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