Charlene started running five years ago, and joined ASA at the urging of her friend Kerry Blackmer, the chapter’s community coordinator.
These days, she misses the positivity and energy of her ASA family. “We cheer and support each other,” she says. “I love the families and the athletes. There’s a true bond there. You see the parents of the athletes every race. The athletes enjoy the run. They push us as much as we push them.”
But she’s keeping busy. Charlene, a CT technician at Howard County General Hospital, has been coping with the added stress of new protocols and concerns related to COVID-19. That includes wearing a face mask, shield and disposable gown for her entire 12-hour shift.
Though it has been difficult, she says, the support of her colleagues has made it bearable. “We tell each other daily it will be OK,” she says.
“I love what I do. People say, ‘thank you thank you you’re a hero,’ but to me it’s my job. I do it every day.”
Even though she doesn’t currently have ASA runs for motivation, she is still active, finding time to ride her stationary bike, lift weights or go out for runs with Blackmer. ”Any movement is good movement,” she says. “I could be addicted to keeping fit, but at 49, if this is my only addiction I’ll take it.”
Credit: Karen Nitkin (ASA WingMan)