Well, one thing is for sure, I did no running. OK, so we had the usual spate of visitors, but I was too exhausted to enjoy them, because our big news is that we are moving - again. So summer was spent trying to decide whether to move to Pittsburgh or Chicago. I enjoyed visiting both, but in the end we plumped for.....yes, we are moving to the Windy City!
The idea of another move after not even 3 months of moving to this place, left me reeling. I did have a little bit of a burn out, so much so, that I did not even get to Italy this summer. Ahime' it was a sorry business, but there were so many logistics to sort out. Anyway, a very long story short, we managed to find a very nice 2-bedroom flat right in the city.
I am slowly getting ready to move. Since we will be having space issues again, I am trying to get rid of stuff I have not used/worn in a long time. These items though are mostly books. Unfortunately almost all of them are non-fiction. I have decided to put all my anthropology books into storage, and just keep the art, science and exercise books out. Oh and I also bought a Kindle as I felt I was being smothered by books. No more buying of books, unless they are art or architectural books.
I have rather been enjoying myself - especially when I finally found out that I actually do have a saint. When I was teaching at the University of Siena, my students always wished me for my saint's day, but this was before the days of the internet, and I could find no trace of my saint. My mum had always said that the priest refused to baptise me because "Natalia is not a saint's name". My mum held fast to her guns as she is a a Dostoevesky fan. Now, in high speed internet land, I finally found out who she is. And since tomorrow is All Saints Day, and it is traditional to celebrate all of them, but especially your patron saint, I intend having a very good day indeed!
Finally, we get to the topic in hand - running. I have missed it dreadfully. But I have just not had the time or will to run, especially as I have been busy running up and down to Chicago on job interviews! Still, our new flat is below a beautiful running path, which stretches northwards for more than 25 miles. There is a bike path too......Oh, and the Chicago Marathon runs past our building. My goal is to start running again at the start of December......the move should hopefully be done then. I feel like a complete novice - any advice fellow runners? I also feel I should do my usual World Run Day run which comes up quite soon. But what can I do after not running for more than 6 months now?