Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics.This week’s Tuesday Topic: What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic? You can write about this or any running related blog post. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post!
I think it’s safe to say that 2020 was a wild year. Although the year had a lot of sadness and twists and turns, it was also a good time to learn more about yourself. With so much time indoors, it was easier to focus in on the things that gave you joy. Here are a few things I learned about myself last year.
I am an introvert with some extrovert qualities
I can see where this would be interpreted as an oxymoron, so let me explain. By nature, I’ve always considered myself to be an introvert. I don’t mind being at home and I enjoy alone time. I’m not comfortable when meeting people for the first time (but once I warm up to you, I’m fine!). I dislike social events like huge parties and I hate crowds. The first few months of the pandemic weren’t that hard for me, but during the summer I started to miss interacting with people. This is why I was super thankful for Zoom gatherings with my friends, co-workers and all of the blogging ladies. I noticed that I actually am social, it just has to be in the eight setting.
I don’t miss long distance running
Remember how I had that goal to run a half marathon in 25 different states? Yeah…I’m not so sure about that one anymore. Even when it’s safe to do so, as a black female I no longer feel comfortable traveling to certain parts of the country. Besides that, I’m not missing long runs at all. I knew that I was done with marathons, but I’m not wondering if I’m done with half marathons as well. I ran a virtual half marathon last Fall and it was miserable. Why put myself through that if I don’t have to? During the pandemic I really focused on HIIT workouts and strength training. I was still running, but for shorter bursts of time. With running, we always go through high and lows, so I may feel different about this in a few months, but it’s just how I’m feeling right now.
I can be super judgmental
I am getting better about this now, but for months I found myself being very judgmental when people would posts photos of themselves eating in a crowded restaurant or just doing anything without social distancing or wearing masks. I really hated feeling this way because it would make me so angry and that’s an emotion I really try to avoid because it can get toxic quickly. At this point it makes no sense to judge people and their actions because people are just going to do whatever they want. All I can do is try to keep myself and my family safe by doing what I think is right. Hopefully the vaccine rollout will go well in the next coming months so that we can eventually put Covid behind us.
Tell me: What did you learn about yourself during the pandemic?
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