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When the coronavirus is finally washed away, Frank Greally plans to walk with great purpose along Gratitude Road

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Frank Greally: ‘No matter how stiff the challenges that may lie ahead we still have our own gift of days to celebrate and a chance to make the best of each one.’ Photo: David Conachy

Frank Greally: ‘No matter how stiff the challenges that may lie ahead we still have our own gift of days to celebrate and a chance to make the best of each one.’ Photo: David Conachy

Frank Greally: ‘No matter how stiff the challenges that may lie ahead we still have our own gift of days to celebrate and a chance to make the best of each one.’ Photo: David Conachy

Like so many others, I had great plans in the making for 2020. And I got off to a great start when I took part in the Tom Brennan New Year's Day 5k road race in the Phoenix Park, an event organised by Liffey Valley AC in memory of a great club athlete who once won the National Cross Country title.

Then I joined around 4,000 other hardy souls in late January in the annual Raheny 5 Mile road race and listened to lots of runners sharing their racing plans for the months ahead. Some were training for marathons like London, Boston and Tokyo. There was a great sense of excitement, camaraderie and positivity that Sunday.

I had my own plans too.