Sometimes not training is much harder than any training. Setbacks are part of the journey, and it is normal to feel down when you can’t do what you like. I have a minor knee issue and was only able to do some strength training today because running hurts too badly, but hopefully we can fix that soon. In the meantime, I want to share some reflections with you. But this is also the time to look back at what we have done together. I had never run until about two years ago, and Francesco only started coaching me about a … Continue reading … Waiting for better times 😉
by Francesco Here in Belgium the weather is getting quite wet and “wintery”, while back in Trentino summer is still ongoing. My mother decided to feed my jealousy with this pic taken at Rifugio Laresei (between Trentino and Veneto), but it gave me the chance to show that up in the mountains we do appreciate the EU, particularly because we were right on the front during WWI… Nothing makes you love a peace project like the experience of war. Continue reading Europeans up to the top…
by Francesco As mentioned in a previous post, for my birthday I got a nice selection of Belgian beers brewed in small local breweries. I’ve started tasting them and I thought that I could share my impressions with you. I’m no expert in writing reviews, so please forgive me for not using the right terms and jargon! First up: La Lanterne Brewed by L’Ermitage Nanobrasserie (Brasserie de Bastogne), it is a light beer by Belgian standards (5.5%). I have to start by saying that I really enjoyed this India Pale Ale (IPA) beer. I popped it open and the first … Continue reading #BeerReview: La Lanterne
This morning I woke up next to a thirty-year-old husband. Happy birthday my love! We woke up and had cake for breakfast (of course), then headed to Jette, an area in the North-Eastern part of Brussels where we had never been, for an 8 k race. We had not done any specific training at all, but sometimes we just grab the opportunity to run with other people and explore the different “communes” of this city. We ended up with a 1-2 finish! Francesco won the men’s race and I came in second among the ladies. We had to run on … Continue reading Happy birthday my love! Plus race recap
It took a while and a couple of “Oh-God-where-is-that-Lego-block”-moments, but we assembled one of the cutest gifts we got at our wedding: thank you Mario and Fredrikke! 🙂 Continue reading Wedding gift assembled!
So, we finally went to a new track here in Brussels, which is located at the VUB sports centre (Flemish University). After registering at the desk and getting our card with 10 sessions on it (under 20 euros of cost, card included), we tested the track and I found some old toys (barriers) that maybe will be used again in training. The track is nice, quite and shielded from the wind…not the fastest around but fast enough! Besides, it should be lit until midnight and you can access the changing rooms and showers…fingers crossed, it is true! To sum it … Continue reading New track, old habits…
We all have crazy lives, busy weeks, demanding jobs, and sometimes when we get home after work all we want to do is just lay on the couch and open a bag of crisps (and possibly a beer). Well, most of the time when Francesco and I get home from work we have to resist that urge, change into running clothes, and go out and do hill repeats, a fartlek session, or even just an “easy” run (which more often than not feels everything but easy). But we also know how to spoil ourselves. I love to cook and we … Continue reading (Sweet) potato wedges
It can be August and Brussels is still empty, but you will always have to wait some minutes in line to get a taste of the best fries in town… Maison Antoine in Place Jourdan is a must if you are visiting the city. Right now they are serving their fries from a van, but soon they’ll open a new place in a brand new building. Enjoy! Continue reading There will always be a queue for the best fries in Brussels…
Back at home in Brussels, it’s time to update the map showing the countries that we’ve visited together (for this summer, we can add Mongolia and Switzerland). We are not talking about a very long list but we are working on it… This wonderful work of art was made by my sister, Maria Chiara, and the only problem it has is actually my fault: the plywood of the frame is too hard for the pins we are using and sometimes they just fall off. Sooner or later, I’ll fix also that! Continue reading Time to update our map!
We’ve made it! Our last flight for the summer is over and we are finally home. And we are both so, so happy. We have absorbed, enjoyed and made the most of all the love we have been surrounded by and showered with and we have now made it home again, after a little more than a month. It feels good to be home and to be able to spend some time with each other. To go back to all the old habits, but with a new role and a new awareness. To go get groceries together, cook for each … Continue reading Coming home as husband and wife