remember two years ago, when i said i didn’t run? well… it’s fair to say things have changed a bit since then. it started while cheering for the athletes on the berlin marathon, last year. some of the people running the course were quite old or didn’t look very physically fit… and yet they were doing this amazing endurance feat! and it got me thinking that i should be able to do it too, at least a little bit. i mean, i’m just a regular person, i should be able to run a few kilometers! so i decided it was time to quit my whining and just do something about it.
i like how easy it is to get going: grab some shorts and an old tshirt, some music, lace your shoes, and off you go. i run with the boy until i get tired (about 5km in) and then i let him go on for the rest of his (much faster paced) run. so far, i’ve ran a total of 155km, and i plan on slowly running my way to a total of 300km this year.
also, i confess i’ve always been secretly jealous of his running medals… which is silly, i know… but now i can enter competitions of my own and get my own medals! :D i truly love how democratic running is: anyone can enter these races, just sign up and run run run!
so i did! here’s my brother and me, heading towards the starting line for lisbon’s mini-marathon:
the race is just 7km, and filled with people enjoying this unique opportunity to cross the amazing 25 de abril bridge on foot, so the pace is slow and relaxed. while the boy sweated his ass off on the half-marathon, the two of us leisurely jogged our way to the finish line, stopping to take photos and admire the view :)
and of course, there were medals! and ice-cream too, which was lovely! :)
(oh! and the boy ran the 21km in 1:28, breaking his previous record! humpf! :P )
december’s best bits included:
- christmas markets
- lots and lots of hugs and meals with friends
- christmas with the whole family
- lovely portuguese food
looking back at all the seconds we’ve kept last year makes me really happy. so much silliness, so much exploring, so many shared moments. none of these seconds is a masterpiece, but together they’re quite remarkable in the memories they bring up. i solemnly promise to keep it up for as long as we can! :)
i’m a bit late in my christmas wishes this year… but i do hope you had a nice time with your loved ones, wherever you are! we’re currently in portugal, dodging the rain while enjoying lots hugs and good food. it’s nice to catch up with friends… and meet their new babies! it feels like everyone is either pregnant or cradling bundles of cuteness these days! :D
for our season’s greetings this year, we did some scratch postcards using this recipe. they turned out great, and were a big hit with young cousins, old grandmas… and everyone in between! :)