Travel Diaries – Lisbon, Portugal Part II

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Boarding the train at Rossio station – next stop Sintra!

Even though our trip to Lisbon was short, we had the opportunity to do a few quick day trips. We visited the towns of Sintra and Cascais, which are both located just 45 minutes outside of Lisbon. Trains to both destinations depart regularly from the Rossio and Cais do Sodre stations respectively.  Continue reading “Travel Diaries – Lisbon, Portugal Part II”

Travel Diaries – Lisbon, Portugal

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A rooftop view of the Alfama district complete with a view of mouth of the Tagus River.

Sometimes I travel and not just to run races but to explore and to experience new cultures. I recently travelled to Lisbon, Portugal with friends for a much needed break. Even though it was a short trip, we still managed to take in quite a few of the sights. A few quick facts about Lisbon:

• Lisbon is the capital and the largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe.

• Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon and the only to survive the earthquake of 1775 which destroyed most of the city.

• Lisbon is nicknamed “The City of Seven Hills”; the city streets often traverse steep inclines and many are paved with cobblestones.

• Many in Lisbon speak both English and Portugese, tourists who don’t speak Portugese should be able to get by. Continue reading “Travel Diaries – Lisbon, Portugal”

An already August update

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So it’s August already and it always surprises me how quickly this time of the year comes by. When I was younger, I hated it because it meant back to school. Nowadays, I find myself looking forward to the cooler weather, I guess that’s just runner in me. And speaking of running, all of this training has kept me occupied and not around to post blog updates. You’ll laugh but I somehow thought it was a good idea to register for a race nearly every weekend this month. Yup. Big eyes and not well thought out. It’s okay as some of those races will be for fun including my first attempt at a duathlon. Woo-hoo! I think…

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Speculoos Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Speculoos Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The other day, someone asked me why I wasn’t posting recipes anymore. I didn’t think much of it until someone else asked me and then another person asked. So why haven’t I been baking? For starters, I’ve been trying to clean up my eating. Then I was also busy training for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in January. Training? What’s up with that? I know there have been recent blog posts that make it seem the races are a walk in the park (pardon the pun) and not a whole lot of training is required. But believe me, you do have to train to complete a marathon, Disney or otherwise. Behind the theme parks, characters and the fluff of the tutus, you are out there walking or running 13.1 miles for a half marathon and double that distance for the marathon. It’s not like you can wake up, jump into the race at mile 25 and claim that you’ve run an entire marathon. And while it is true that you’ll get a medal regardless of whether you officially finish a Disney race, that isn’t the point. Anyway, I digress. If you are seriously training, then you know how little time and energy you have on the weekend for things besides running and napping. That’s where I’ve been and that’s what I’ve been doing. And if you’re looking to start running, here’s a good spot – 10 Tips for New Runners.

But enough about that, let’s talk about the good stuff! The kind of stuff you can eat and not feel guilty about after a good long run – muffins.

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