We traveled to Brasil for one month which was a great experience. It was lovely to meet all of Gabriels family and introduce Lucas to everyone. I also enjoyed the yummy food especially the fruits!!! I have not wanted to buy mangoes, pineapples, peaches or even bananas since. We were in Sao Paulo most of the time but also traveled to Barretos and then to Bertioga beach. It was nice to be at the beach for Christmas and New Years. Lucas had a great time playing in the sand and sea as you can see in some of the photos below. Traveling during a build up I learned from this trip to Brasil is quite difficult (but definitely worth it). You have to plan a lot more than usual as you don't know the areas you can train. It ended up being quite time consuming trying to find a safe place to run, a pool and a gym. Most days I managed to stay on track with my planned schedule but had to learn to adapt. Another difficult part is not knowing the terrain. When we were at the beach for two weeks there was nowhere but the beach. I was a little worried how this would effect my body and hoped I would not get injured as the beach had a slight camber even when the tide was out. Each step I took my foot would be moving around alot more than usual even in the frim sand. This made it difficult to run as fast as I had planned but I just went by effort instead. Also I had to take about a week off while Brazil as I tripped over while running really bruising my knee. It was very swollen. I was lucky to find a good physio there who did lymphatic drainage on the area. This worked really well and luckily I did not need to take too much time off.
On our return from Brasil we spent a few weeks in Ottawa before heading to Houston. Those two weeks were pretty tough for the running. There had been a few snow storms which made it impossible to run outside. However I became friends with the treadmill and found I really could push the pace and focus. After the trip to Brazil, having the time off from falling over, and then only being able to run on the treadmill for a few weeks made me very uncertain about what kind of shape I was in. I was worried that I would have lost fitness and with the half marathon in March coming around the corner I hoped this would not be the case. It was great to get to Houston and run outside on normal terrain and conditions and to my surprise my training level was even a little higher than when we left for Brazil.
We have been in Houston for about 3 weeks now and we are enjoying being back. It has been great to carch up with friends and run in familiar areas around Rice University and Memorial Park. I am really enjoying the warm weather and running outside. When we left Ottawa it was minus 25 celsius. In Houston the temperature has been around 20 celsius (no minus sign in front!!!)
All my training since the Toronto marathon is geared towards the world champs in August. I am back running around 160km a week plus 5-6 hours water running in the pool and weights once a week. Training is feeling good. I have a few niggles here and there but overall I am pleased with how the training is going. I am seeing gradual improvements which is encouraging and motivating.
I am racing the rodeo 10km this Saturday in Houston which I am very excited for. I am using this race as a tune up before the New York half on March 17. I will end with a few more photos from our trip to Brazil. I will update my blog every couple of weeks from now on.
Happy running everyone . .
|Xmas day at Guaratuba beach|
|Enjoying the beach and warm weather|
|Sunrise at Guaratuba beach|
|New Years Eve|
|The next great Brazilian football player|
|Loving the waves :-)|