a year ago today – Lisbon Half Marathon

image from www.littlemissjoey.com

A year ago today, Nicky and I ran the Lisbon Half Marathon on a very hot sunny day. And I loved it.

A week later, we set off on the Oxford Half Marathon which we ran separately; it wasn't as much fun, but I did it and wasn't even achey the next day. I was also a bit faster than in Lisbon, but for the first (and possibly only!) time in my running history, I didn't care – it was all about the fun indeed!

I had grand plans then to keep up my runs; not to increase my distance but certainly to consolidate what I had achieved. And I was adamant I would keep running as frequently as I had in training. Famous last words.

I stopped running straight after the Oxford Half. Nada. Niente. Nothing! Boo. I kept the dream alive by adding a yearly goal on running. Hahaha. Nothing happened either, as if all of a sudden I was a newbie at setting yearly goals and running, it would seem. For the whole year, I've been dipping in and out of running without feeling it. And you need to feel it.

So… now that the summer is over – who likes to run in the lovely mild British summer anyway – and just as the chilly air starts to set in preparing us for the proper cold winter will bring, I decide I will run again. Of course! That makes total sense. Fair weather is for the smart people, I'm a lousy weather runner! Because that's so much better.

I have a big deadline in mid-October. When normal life resumes after that, I'll be out of this door getting that morning cold air (and occasional heavy rain shower) into me. I'm feeling it now! I've also signed up for French lessons.

Sunday long runs are *almost* back on; Nicky, are you in?



  1. 5 October 2015 / 22:25

    LOL – I see what you mean about starting a running programme now that the weather has turned so bad. If it helps, on January 1st 2013, I went for a run – and I decided to run a total of 2013 Kms that year (2013 in 2013 – see what I did there?!).
    It wasn’t easy. Doing it wasn’t always enjoyable. But having done it felt great!

  2. 5 October 2015 / 22:52

    Yay for running AND for studying French!
    Bisou bisou

  3. 6 October 2015 / 08:44

    Yes I’m in…couldn’t you have found a better photo?!

  4. 6 October 2015 / 08:47

    2013km in a year, that’s very impressive. A 5K run each day…Joey and I will maybe do a 5K run every week!

  5. 8 October 2015 / 23:15

    WOW! 2013 Kms!
    It’s not only an amazing achievement, but it’s also REALLY COOL to run precisely that amount!
    Nick is right, I couldn’t do it… 😛

  6. 8 October 2015 / 23:16

    Waiting patiently to know if I’ve been accepted… we can then converse in French 😀

  7. 8 October 2015 / 23:16

    I happen to like this one – I’m happy, you’re in it, and so is ice cream 😀

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