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A different kind of marathon: Melanie Myrand, elite runner and frontline worker

Melanie Myrand

As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across the country, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic about the future of running. But the threat of the virus remains, and there’s still a long way to go before we cross any finish lines. 

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This week we speak with World Championship marathoner Melanie Myrand. In the midst of a global pandemic, Myrand is putting a different kind of endurance to the test. Her athletic career is on the back-burner while she focuses on her role as a nurse on the frontlines.  

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When adapting to new working conditions I think back to this day. Running a marathon in Doha in 42 degree heat at midnight was untouched territory for me and there was a huge possibility I wouldn’t succeed at finishing. Now I find myself facing the unknown again with other challenges including providing some of my working hours back at the bedside. I haven’t been a bedside nurse in over 5 years which is challenging enough but this time we have a new virus changing the way we manage patients, this time we are working in a hotel not a hospital to keep COVID patients separated from the others. I guess that can be analogous to running a marathon with the added challenge of heat and a midnight start 🧐 I’m grateful for the tools running has given me to overcome these new challenges ahead, also this time I’ll try to keep my eyes open 😝 #çavabienaller🌈🌈🌈🌈

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