Because of COVID 19, many events are being cancelled. Than of course the new sanitary pass, the Vaccine-Pass will enter the picture, so when races are back, they will be hardly accessible.
Europe is not one nation like the US. Every country have different protocols. One accepts salivary and anti-genique tests, others only accept PCR tests. Some countries do not let you to test and do anything unless triple vaccinated. Some countries need only 2 doses to have a valid certificate. Some countries, no matter what you do, will make you stay in quarantine for 5 to 14 days. Some don’t let you have fuel and access to shops without papers. Some doesn’t give a damn…
Just to say, even if international racing would be an option, accessing those places is nearly impossible in this totally headless, brainless, senseless madness…
Either ways, I am more motivated to run, than ever. I started covering a bit more distance and you know, got into some realizations, that I have been knowing for decades of cours. Nothing new in running !
One is to avoid concrete at all costs. Second is that road running shoes are way more comfortable than trail running shoes and trail running can be done in road shoes very well. Real, even if it was light, trail running shoes are necessary only for mountain trails. At high elevations, or when elevation gain and loss are significant and steep, if it was snowy.
I find that if the descent and uphill portions were relatively short and that steep, there is no scrambling involved of course, road running shoes can be worn and they are epicly way better than their trail running counterparts.
The goals at this moment are not clear. I enjoy running a lot and covering interesting distances every day. I will try to elevate my mileage and keep it high if possible.
I will inject of course some track high intensity drills into the picture to keep those special fibres engaged time to time. However I find it very tiring to do so. I did 10 x 400 and 8 x 200 classic easy session. 1:17s for the 400 and 36s for the 200m and I was under the weather for 2days after each seance. However after those two days, I am back to normal.
With this higher mileage however, speeds like 4:15 to 4:00 pace feels like nothing. Super easy. I am happy about this. I am a believer in aerobic base. The more you can cover aerobically, the more you can do and the easier it will be “anaerobically”.
The 10k prep is over, I felt the form, but there are no races to test. I will not try to hold on though. If there is a race and we will be allowed to run, I will do it.