Last week the kids and I watched Governor Brown’s press conference while we were eating lunch. Afterwards, Gigi turned to me and said, “How many times did they just say the words light and tunnel?”

It’s true. They said them many times.

And it’s true. We. Are. So. Close.

But COVID has proven to be a marathon and not a sprint. And, as anyone who’s finished one can tell you, those last 6 miles are the hardest.

You don’t train for the last 6 miles. You train for the first 20 knowing that factors outside of physiology will carry you through.

You make it through with sheer will and the belief that you can.

You make it through because you have no choice.

You make it through because you’ve spent months preparing for this moment and you’re certainly not giving up now.

When I ran my one and only marathon (pictured above BEFORE the start!) I had to count my steps to keep going during the last 6 miles. Everything hurt, especially my feet. I was tired and done. But if I didn’t keep counting and putting one slow jogging foot in front of the other, I was going to be stranded somewhere on the outskirts of Phoenix all by myself.

Jeremy had run with some faster triathlon teammates and I had failed to keep pace with the group of women who were trying to qualify for Boston. There was a lesson there, too. Nothing about that 4 hours went how I thought it would go. But in the end, all that mattered was that I finished.

Together, we can keep putting one foot forward in front of the other for these next few months to finish this pandemic out. We can. We must.

When we get there? All that will matter on the other side is that we made it.

And I don’t know about you, but I’m certainly not going to let COVID derail YOUR goals or Hyatt Training at this point. The light is coming. We just need to count our steps for a little bit longer.

There is no pause button on health. We look forward to supporting you just like always through this week and all of the weeks ahead of us.

The best way forward is together.

In health,

PS. My Friday Community Connections yoga class has a following of people who’ve known yoga is “good” for them but struggled to make it part of their routines in the past. If this sounds like you, I’d love for you to give my class a try. I believe our body is a tool to help us feel our best and my classes center around that theme each and every week.

Author Lee Carson is a writer, health advocate, principal and co-founder at Hyatt Training. She believes in a minimally processed whole-foods approach to nutrition, and loves sharing ways to use food and movement as catalysts and tools for optimal health. Learn more about Lee, or get in touch with her by emailing us at

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