Social “Distancing”

This weekend I’m going to try social distancing… and yes, that’s a play on words. I’m going to run my first 5k in a year, but I’m going to do the “distance” while distancing. It’s a small race in a small town, so I think I can run it in a safe way. My plan is to avoid all contact with people breathing out heavily by starting at the very back and giving everyone a 20 or 30 second head start. Then, when I start and begin to catch up to people I’ll pass as far to the right or left as I can. The race is on open roads, so I don’t think it will be a problem… I guess I’ll find out.

It’s a shame that I still have to be cautious about being around people. I think trying to excel at something and encouraging the people around you to excel as well are important parts of Christianity, and yes, I could do that with a mask and from ten feet away, but there’s just something foreign about having to do it that way. I guess it’s too bad that I’m not faster. I could take the opposite approach and try to win the race thereby ensuring that I’m not breathing anyone’s exhalations. But, oh wait, I’m 46 and overweight. Nevermind.

Thanks for reading my 79th blog.

Mark Inglis

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