Tuesday, March 12 was the very first full training day in Olhos de Agua, Portugal. All in all, it was an easy day with two easy runs planned for me. I did the first one in the morning and the second one in the evening. I have to say that I do enjoy going for a run alone because it allows me to discover places. Both runs were discovery runs as I wanted to know more about the area where we shall be living for the next 2 weeks. Also, I do get bored and with all the mileage in my plan, I need some variety, different places for running. Oh, and have I expressed my love for knowing how a place works? How the streets come together, where the shortcuts are, where to find the secret spots… ah, I love it! The fact that I could get to the same point (first in the morning, second time in the evening) in two different ways? Oh, bliss! I understand this place much better than I did a year ago. Moreover, this year I finally opened Google Maps in the evening and studied the map for a bit to become even better in knowing this place.
Basically, we are in the middle of orange fields. And it’s orange season. The trees are full of pretty orange fruit and they also sell them by the road. A big net full of oranges costs 2 euros. And the taste? Oh my. It has been long acknowledged that once you have tasted the fruit in a place where it’s actually grown, you no longer want the awful stuff they import to your home country. Basically, it’s true. The mangoes of Thailand can never compete with the bland ones that end up in the fridges of Estonia. The oranges of Portugal are thus definitely at least 100x more juicier and full of flavour. These oranges here really are something. Will be eating lots of these while here. I sent a photo of an orange field to my mother who’s the kind of person who can and will eat a few kilos of bananas a day and she was stunned. I know what she would be eating if she was here.
1. Own and live in a house.
First training day was also the first work day around here. I did give only one massage but that’s pretty enough. I’m still having travel stress or something similar. I’m not fully here yet. Hopefully, I will be able to do more in the coming days.
2. Write AND publish a book.
I had an amazing idea for a short story during my morning run. In the afternoon, I tried to write it down. I did some brainstorming and wrote a few lines of dialogue. Not really flowing yet but I do know that if I keep at it, it will start flowing. The latest writing advice I have been reading is that there’s no perfect place nor time for writing. You just have to start and do it.
3. Win a major race.
Two easy runs. An hour in the morning and a bit less in the evening. The pace and heart rate okay, but legs a bit stiff. Did lots of stretching and some exercises.