We sure get a lot of COVID warnings and decrees nowadays!
One decree shut down all our county and state parks. One county park, Tourne, is not too far from the pictured roadside path. (Long ago, this path was a trolley car route).
The park shutdowns annoyed me. After all, I have been running in our county for 25 years. And never before did I have someone telling me where I could not go for my run!
So, one weekday at the quiet end of the park, there was no one in sight. So I snuck around a barricade and ran…. through the park.
But afterwards I did feel a little weird. What if I had fallen down and could not get up? No one would ever find me!
But more importantly I was also becoming a law unto myself, deciding on my own which laws were worth obeying. That’s not really consistent……….with what I profess to believe.
So, I did not run that route again. Thankfully, though, the issue became moot when the county and state parks got reopened.
I am thankful for my solo runs, but I sure do miss group runs. And runners standing shoulder to shoulder waiting for the start of a 5K. And then heading out for postrace beer and pub fare.
We all say the same thing the Psalmist did in Psalm 89 and Psalm 13: How long, Lord?
Lord knows when. But this will pass.
In the meantime: Happy running!