Sunday evening ramble

By Chiara   After a 6-day week of work between two countries – Belgium and Italy -, two interpreting modes – simultaneous and consecutive – and 5 languages – Italian, English, French, Slovak and plenty of Croatian – and about 60 km of running, I am stranded at the airport in Linate, waiting to go back to Brussels because tomorrow I have to go to work. Shit happens, as do delays… and I can’t help being beyond exhausted. But I am with my husband, and we are in this together. We will make it, one way or another. And I … Continue reading Sunday evening ramble

… Waiting for better times ;-)

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 😉

Happy birthday my love! Plus race recap

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

New track, old habits…

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…

Running encounters

Yesterday I worked, today I wanted to go to the seaside. But it was raining, so we decided to set our sight on a new mission: finding the very elusive Tuscany training camp. We turned in circles for maybe two hours in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Tuscany. We stopped to ask for directions two or three times, with local people being very kind to us and pointing us to other people who should have known more, but nobody could point us to the right place. What we were looking for was the track on dirt that … Continue reading Running encounters

Let’s find a panoramic spot in Zurich…

After the adventure in Mongolia, we stopped in Switzerland to meet Giulia, one of Chiara’s best friends, and she took us to one of the best panoramic spots in the whole city. Amazing and definitely worth an uphill run! Check out how to get there: https://www.strava.com/activities/1122816511/embed/339748cb549ea4d5bffd54bdb9bbcf95f828ea44 Continue reading Let’s find a panoramic spot in Zurich…