One year ago, I got the opportunity to start being part of the Larasch community and athlete of Mizuno-Germany. Since then, I started writing monthly articles about my race experiences. Since March 2020, something has changed. This year I only had three races: the university championships 3000m (indoor), the regional cross-country championship and finally a mountain race. Later on, as I already wrote about in my previous article, something has changed and it feels as if time has stopped. Everyone had to start coping with a new situation. Some countries, regions and cities were more affected than others. I was very lucky living in a city where the restrictions still allowed to go outside from home and keep on doing sports. Just a few months ago, I had left Ireland where during the quarantine period there was a very strict lock down. The same happened in my home city, Genoa. So I really felt privileged to have the possibility to leave my house to take a run wherever and whenever I wanted to. Of course, for everyone it was and still is important to keep distance from others in order to take care of ourselves and others. Therefore, I started looking for new isolated paths and traine in the nature and woods more than ever before. Sometimes I was able to do it with another running soul, but most of the time I was on my own. It is very interesting to look at what is going on around us nowadays. I started taking walks, chatting or speaking on the phone with my Italian friends at home, because they were not allowed to and asked me to run for them. I started taking part at a lovely quiz via zoom with my Irish training group after training and kept on remembering the times when we still used to do it all together in pubs. I also had to absolve the last part of my internship working from home and for the first time in my life, I went to the library with no people apart from me in the midpoint of a semester: „how strange is that?!“ Once, it also happened to me that I opened an envelope from my parents with masks in it! That felt really lovely, funny and odd at the same time ;).
Like a friend of me told me a few weeks ago: „In this period of time it is pretty easy doing something you have never done before: when your surrounding changes and becomes in some aspects new, this will be reflected on your everyday life!“.
Dear reader, all I wrote about is now starting to get more familiar as the days pass by.
Well, lots of things are still in change and unknown, other things are still in shutdown mode.
I ask myself how the first marathon after this lock down might look like? How national championships will take action again and provide athletes the opportunity to compete against each other? The most recent news referring to the Italian national championships I have heard about, talked about a championship date in August. As of today, they will be held without middle distantance competitions, because of the high possibility of physical contact.
Now, we still don’t know the full extend of Corona ans its consequences. Thus, we become more creative and try out new experiences like virtual races.
Anyway, I personally highly appreciate the sensation of having the possibility not to race and instead, having enough time to work on my weaknesses. Surely, I miss competitions but I think that a situation and a possibility like this is unique and I won’t force it. I simply keep running, dreaming about the first time I will get the chance to compete again and try not to think about how it will look like.
To show you some of my running places, I will start posting some pictures on Instagram and you may look at them on my new profile “Mimosa_Spiridongirl”. Mimosa is a delicate and bright flower that grows in different countries. Spiridon is my “home-running-club”.
I’m not the only Spiridongirl, there are five of us and I hope to share some moments with them as well. Moreover, Spiridon is the name of an important person for the running world, especially for runners who have the dream to run a marathon at some point.
A presto und bis ganz bald,