I’ve shared with you here before guest running posts from my cyber-friend Myriam.
Cyber, because although we are in touch, we’ve never actually met 🙂
Friend of a friend syndrome 🙂
Myriam sent me a lovely chatty update on her running news and, like all of us all over the world, running/races/exercising – everything these last 2 years has been dominated by Covid concerns.
What I love about Myriam’s update is that it is a reflection of what so many of us have gone through/are still going through, depending where in the world we live.
1) Small events with no spectators.
2) Then, as another Covid wave hits, back to solo running.
3) And finally, cautiously, actual in person events. With actual spectators!
Here you go – enjoy Myriam’s recap of her running adventures during this weird year:
“The blame is of course Covid 19. (since it exists it seems always the blame for everything 😀 – when you missed a call or a zoom meeting or when things are not going like you wish.)
But there is a little bit of truth in it.
Exercising and running alone outside or on the treadmill isn’t the same as running with a lot of people or friends.
My daughter An and I did a natural run in March. It was – of course – corona proof: the start with a mask on, a limited number of people, no music or cheering along the roadside and start running with distance. But we were happy to do this.
After that it went silent again.
No running till September/October.
I must say that I had a busy time: we moved from a house to an apartment and in a different community. I ran there a couple times. We have an apartment near the Rupel, a river in Belgium. So the runs are beautiful. Pictures hereby.
In November I did a run in the city of Mechelen, not so far from where I live. This time there was music, there was public along the roadside and it was fun.
Just at the start of the run in the sportscenter, it was alone for the runners. With a lot of control : your running ticket & your covid safe pass. Checking and checking again.
I did a good run, I even improved my running time. I was totally happy. I send you a picture of me at the start. I hope more runs will come.”
Myriam, well done on improving your running time in these difficult days!
I’ve been running solo ever since Covid struck us, last March. Met a friend once, just a couple of weeks ago, and thoroughly enjoyed that old sensation of running and chatting.
So I, too, eagerly await the next stage, i.e. in person races again. But not for a while, yet.
And I leave you with Myriam’s happy message”
I did a good run, I even improved my running time. I was totally happy.