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By Jana Hill
Mill Creek Beacon Editor 

Moving toward better days | Editor's Note

How to reframe the moment when outlets are limited


Last updated 10/2/2020 at 5:24pm

Photo illustration by Jana Hill

Running outdoors in a pandemic once required a mask, and now would require hazardous outdoor-air protection. With exercise outlets limited and communication strained, how do we all cope?

Now that the skyline looks like a white sheet and breathing is difficult when walking to the mailbox, my outlet is abruptly removed.

I run. If my mindset has moved between stressed to completely unhinged, I do something physical. Running, yoga, walking. With asthma, running is usually not an impressive act. My pace and duration are dependent on the day. I have learned to tolerate an interval run rather than a continuous one.

As smoke has filled the airspace all over the region, I am selfishly and passionately mourning the loss of my run. When the air is clear, I turn to the wisdom of rock...

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