2012 has been pretty remarkable. Not something I expected at the beginning of this year, but something that slowly unfolded over the course of this year…
How do you sum up a whole year?
I could talk about my running…
11 races in 3 countries, including the inaugural Edinburgh Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, the San Antonio Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon and the Cologne Half Marathon. A PR (new distance: 8.2 miles), 2 second fastest times ever (half marathon & 10k). A whole lot of time spent with great friends.
I could talk about my traveling…
Edinburgh, Budapest, San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Huntington Beach, Texas, Spain, Germany. Countless flights and air miles completed. Even my “staying at home” in London during the Olympics and Paralympics are really part of my traveling. It has been such…
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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals
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My slowest bestever!
I am pretty proud of that.
This year I have already PR’d in 2 distances and have run my second fastest in another 2 distances. The San Antonio Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon was purely for fun. It was my race to catch up with friends.
I have been running with Team in Training in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for 4 years and have been a mentor for a flex team this season. Going to the race allowed me to meet all my Team in Training friends and meet my mentees finally. One of my running friends snuck up on me at the Expo and this whole race weekend became a weekend of running with friends.
At the start line it was pretty clear that this was not a day to PR. It was hot and humid. My friend, who I was going…
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I know I am running in Austin, TX, when during the run, someone starts to scream and jump up high. It’s a real bonus if that someone is not me. And it wasn’t me this time.
I am back in Texas, visiting my old home for a short while. Next weekend I will be running the San Antonio Rock ‘n Roll half marathon with my Team in Training running team. I have been a part of Team in Training since 2009 and this is my sixth season as an active member. I have been mentoring a flex team (which is a team that doesn’t meet up locally as opposed to the local teams that meet up for training runs each week) and I am looking forward to meeting my mentees next week at the race.
Back to my run on Saturday. This was the last long team run before the…
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I discovered my new favorite breakfast granola: Coconut Chia Granola.
It’s so yummy and refreshing in the morning with some yogurt and banana. That’s how every day should start. Now I need to find a way to smuggle loads back to London or to find a place in London that may sell this brand. Yummy yummy yummy.
I finally made it to Austin, TX. In time for the warm weather again. First things first, of course, so today I met up with my Team in Training running team and joined their 2-mile time trial. This was a good test of how well I can run right now in the more than slightly warmer and sunnier weather conditions (compared to freezy and rainy London right now). All in all it went well.
The best part of training with a team is – of course – the after-track happy hour and I got to know a new Austin establishment, which opened after I left the city. The Monkey Nest. I can wholeheartedly recommend the flat bread pizza with prosciutto, onion and basil. I little heavy on the cheese, but perfect after a good work-out.
It’s great to be back running with the team in Austin. 🙂