Corona! I am surprised at how scared I feel as I sit here in my home in Imlil, keeping away from my neighbours for 14 days because I have been on a plane. The information from the internet, media, friends, family is whirling through my head and churning in my stomach. I feel disappointed in myself – I have just walked across the Sahara for goodness sake. One thing is for sure – I truly regret watching seven seasons of The Walking Dead.
Then, in the midst of this turmoil, a call from Charlie, my MDS buddy, gives me pause. “Alice,” he says, “it is like running an ultra.” A lightbulb moment! He is right and I have survived and even thrived in ultra races when I am a terrible runner. The same rules apply – so, here is my list for survival.
Ultra rules for the corona race
- Do your research and make sure you have the right kit.
- Take it one step at a time, focus on the now and don’t look ahead to the finish line. That is too far ahead to even contemplate. Break it down into chunks of time and just reach the next mini goal.
- Practice self care. If you have a small niggle either mental or physical, stop and work out what it is and then treat it.
- Buddy up with someone who is the same kind of level as you and who has the same kind of attitude. You will meet brilliant people along the way.
- Understand that it is going to hurt and that you are going to suffer but don’t let that overwhelm you. It’s a fact, take the emotion out of it and get ready.
- When you think, ‘This can’t get any worse.’ It will. Be ready for that and keep going.
- Eat and drink regularly even if you don’t feel like it.
- If you start to feel exhausted or negative, stop those thoughts early. Don’t give the voices a chance to take hold. Remember how strong you are.
- Lift your head and look around you and be grateful for what you have and where you are right now. This may be one of the best moments of the rest of your life.
- Never, ever give up.
Stay safe everyone.
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