Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Fabulous holiday, no running!
I am back from a fabulous and very intense 9 days in Siena. Naturally it was all too short! It was baking every day, with the average temperature around 35°C. Of course, it would have been ideal to get up early and go for a run, but when you have been up until 4am every night, it is a bit challenging. By the time we had breakfast etc, the sun was high and hot in the sky.
I'm afraid there was no time to do anything exercise related, except talk about it! I saw my friends, ate good food, drank good wine, and just generally felt back in my skin again. I felt the old me and it was wonderful. Everyone was curious about the US, and could not believe how easy it is to do a triathlon, duathlon etc. These things are not difficult in and of themselves in Siena, there are perhaps just fewer events - especially triathlons, which are mainly olympic distances in Italy.
Still, I did have a sign, and reconnect to my old running life: I met an old team mate at a concert. Gabsi was a professional athlete, and could run like the wind. He told me that he was getting on a bit, but "is still amongst the first" in races. His idea of 'getting on a bit' is running a marathon in 2:18! Gabsi and I have made an appointment to run another race together. In Siena, I used to see him at the starting line. By the time I finished, he had already collected his medal, his bags of pasta and bottles of wine and oil, and gone home. But next time I go back, we will do a race together again.
Well, I could on on and on, but I've posted a link below, with more pics of my trip, and since I got back, I have done a couple of short runs, and also some stair climbing. My training for the Philly marathon starts at the end of July, and I am looking forward to starting with the right foot!