I’m going to be perfectly honest, this sucks. I miss all your faces.
As a leader, when I stood in front of all of you spouting positivity and encouraging words, I hope you know that I meant every word. I mean EVERY WORD. I want to be in your presence as you run around the park early in the morning, with every step becoming healthier, stronger, faster. I love hearing your jokes, banter and laughter. When each and every one of you showed up, rain or shine, it gave me new energy, hope and it lifted me up. I wanted to be better for you.
In the last 7 weeks, I have struggled. I have struggled mentally, physically and emotionally. (Without going into too many details, I have definitely had one or two downward spirals, but believe me when I say, things are getting better.) However, every Wednesday (minus one), I’m there to see your smiling faces on a screen because that’s all we have. And those moments are precious right now, and I don’t take them for granted. I hope you don’t either. The reason I’m telling you this is because you’re not alone in any feelings you are having during this time. Being a leader, I need to remind myself that I’m allowed to feel this way – I am, after all, human.
Recently, there’s been a glimmer of hope. “The Best of Sunrise 6k” was an excellent idea proposed by the leaders of NP Boston and something we could, as a global community, do TOGETHER. Run as one, worldwide, and share our stories as we entered into another day. Roughly 7000 people ran that morning and of those ~2500 submitted their story. Wednesday morning, I woke up after 4 hours of sleep (nothing has changed haha), chugged a glass of water and washed my face. I got dressed into, what will now be called “The Creamsicle” outfit, flossed and brushed my teeth, drank some Nuun, laced up, pick a playlist and headed out the door. It was HELLA early. I had my route picked and I knew it was going to be a slow pace and I was perfectly ok with that. The reason I’m ok with it is because nothing is normal right now.
With all of our plans in the next few months disappearing, it is now more than ever that we stick together and keep up the morale. Together we can do this and when we return to Queen Elizabeth Park, we will be stronger than ever. I keep picturing the first hug I get, the laughs to follow, the “GOOD MORNING!” yelled to gather you all together … THE FIRST BOUNCE … the “F*CK YEAH!” …
Verner and I love that you are all still so committed to showing up virtually – it means the world to us. With our combined energy and heart that we put into this community, we will prevail. Be prepared for some creatively weird ideas to come your way – not just for fitness, but for fun too!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reach out to each other. Keep in contact. Check in.
Mel G xoShare via socials: