Two weeks have passed since the last post, as I’ve struggled with backpain, for some 10 days now. I did a run on March 5 (map below), just after the last post, mostly through central, historic areas where I had not been (Campo Martires da Pátria, Príncipe Real, Estrela, Rato). Then, I had to stop. I’ve almost fully recovered, and yesterday (March 18), I made a short run (~5 kms), but without recorder.
This made me think of yet another specificity of using sport as a method, in the sense that among the “risks” for the project I had not considered the possibility I could had stopped because of a minor “injury” like this. Actually, I should had planned for this, since during the first lockdown I had suffered of some days of backpains. In both cases, it’s probably due to a mix of the bad ergonomic conditions in my home office, of lockdown stress and maybe of some overwork mistake (in both lockdowns I have exercised more to compensate for the reduction of other outdoor activities).
At any rate, this will inevitably impact the project, esp
ecially in consideration of some news. So, infection rates have dramatically dropped in Portugal and we finally have a plan (presented on March 11) for getting out of the lockdown and emergency state. The latest emergency state (March 15 to March 30) has renovated the lockdown, but easing some of the measures: more shops are allowed to sell at the door, and bars can sell drinks (the café ao postigo is now allowed again!), people can now again sit and rest in public spaces (they cannot, say, do a picnic, but are allowed to stay sometime during their walk or sport activity), kindergartens and elementary schools are open again. It is expected that there will be another short emergency state and lockdown during Easter, but after April 5, it is expected that Portugal will move to calamity or contingency state, that is, lockdown (with the obligation to stay home) should be over. At any rate, it’s evident that people are using the outdoors, and particularly squares, parks and gardens, much more.
Now, I plan to do some final runs for the project next week and the following one, going over routes I did in the past to see the differences of these “end of the lockdown weeks”.