Senin, 12 September 2011

Media Maratón Ciudad de Valladolid

This Sunday I'm running in the Half Marathon in Valladolid. Valladolid is a city about 200 kilometers to the north of Madrid and is famous for its excellent wine (Ribera del Duero, Rueda) - hopefully there will be a good bottle in the runner's goody bag, although it will have to wait until after the Marathon for consumption. The event is so well organized, it seems, that they are especially laying on a high speed train (just over an hour long journey) from Madrid, just for the competitors and their supporters. It just so happens that we are spending the weekend in a "Casa Rural" (country house) not too far from there, so I will sneak out early in the morning and hopefully be back in time for lunch. Its a shame that my train tickets will go to waste.

If the weather forecast holds true, then the conditions should be just right - 17 degrees, dry and not too windy. These last days I have been suffering in the heat in Madrid, which has picked up again. Friday was one of those rare bank holidays you only seem to get in Spain: it applied only to Madrid city but not the Madrid region so I got the day off work but all the shops where I live were open and the kids still had to go to school. The perfect excuse to have a lazy, self-indulgent day with plenty of time to get my training done. Even so, I struggled a bit with my training at the weekend so it's still anyone's guess how things will go on Sunday.

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