For the past 10 days I have been playing, performing, and working with the Dali String Quartet Chamber Camp and Festival! The camp is based outside of Philadelphia and is associated with ArCo Net, the Elite Strings Program, and of … Continue reading
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Mileage – YOGA!!!
QOD – Never hope for it more than you work for it!
I AM ALIVE! Just crazy busy playing music all day long at the Dali String Quartet Chamber Festival – and still running! But currently I’m getting my mileage back up after a 5 day rest and a VERY light week.
My first run after getting back to the United States was 2 weeks ago today and I felt a very funny pull and slight twang of pain on the outside of my right calf/ankle. I tried to walk it off but I continued to feel the pull and finished my run early. Like most runners, I went home and hopped online and did my research to self-diagnose.
Side-point: I don’t see anything wrong with this kind of self-diagnosis. I do not diagnose an infection or serious medical condition, nor was this a repetitive injury that may require more attention; when that happens with my hips in particular I go see a physical therapist. But as an athlete who trains regularly I just wanted to identify the area of pain and make sure I took the correct steps towards healing and prevention.
After a lot of research I determined that I had the early signs of peroneal tendonitis, which is an inflammation of the peroneal tendon which run along the outside of the ankle and if left untreated can also impact the Achilles and cause more serious damage.
So I took 5 days off from running and began with a 1.75 mile run last Tuesday, followed by a 2.25 mile run on Friday. I took Sat-Sun-Mon off and went for a 3.1 mile run yesterday and a 4.5 mile run today. My plan for this week is to run my standard number of days just at a much lower mileage avoiding hills and always being aware of my ankle and calves.
Now I’m off to bed…before 10pm…because I have to run and get to the rehearsal site early tomorrow morning! Will most more on the camp and what the next few months look like soon!
Mileage – 4.5 miles
Sorry for going MIA upon my return – I was working and spending lots of time with family and friends! I’m currently at my family’s happy place – Bethany Beach! But onto the post I previously promised…
The food in Paris and Italy. Yep, I miss it already. The funny thing about eating overseas is I can eat out daily (although I didn’t), never have any stomach problems, and eat all the foods that I love but rarely eat in the States – aka carbs, carbs, and more carbs.
A well picked restaurant means fresh ingredients and all the processed nonsense that messes with my body in the US just isn’t in the food – but even European processed food is usually cleaner than American. I didn’t eat out everyday because I honestly couldn’t afford that and a good portion of the trip there was no need!
In Paris we went out to one fancy dinner the first night and for a few days I lived off sandwiches from a bakery and fruit I bought at the store. I usually ate a hearty breakfast of yogurt, fruit, “granola bar” things, and fresh cheese. The last few days all my lunches and dinners were fruit, some cucumber, and sandwiches I made myself from a loaf of bread, world’s best goat cheese, and simple sausage I picked up in stores in St. Germain-de-pres.
I found these stores through an interview with Ina Garten (The Barefoot Contessa) where she listed her favorite shops in her Paris neighborhood! I’m not joking, the cheese was seriously the best goat cheese I’ve ever eaten and despite it’s cost I would go buy it again in a heartbeat and it lasted for 6 or 7 meals!
In Assisi we were provided a huge breakfast spread every morning by our hotel. I usually ate eggs, fruit, and granola in pineapple yogurt (no really it’s delicious) or a croissant with hazelnut spread. The croissants were baked during the night and we could always smell them when we came in for the night!
For lunch I bought peanut butter, bread, and fruit, and would snag something snacky from breakfast and that lasted me about 10 days. When that ran out I would go to the local market and get an amazing sandwich with fresh sliced meat and cheese for less than 3€!
Our dinners were really something. We had many courses with bread always on the table to start. Then antipasto, a soup and pasta OR two pastas, then a meat, cooked vegetable, raw vegetable, then a small digestif salad before dessert. The desserts were usually something you can serve a large amount of people quickly so we would of course have gelato after the last concert. The antipasto, pasta, and soups were usually my favorite dishes. I also LOVED the raw tomatoes – which normally I don’t like – and amazingly fresh watermelon we were frequently served.
I saved my real pizza eating for Rome because the pizza in Assisi was more American style with a thick crust. I love truly thin crispy crust and pizza Diavola, with spicy salami and cheese, is my absolute favorite. I ate at least 5 pizza diavolas during my 7 days in Rome and tried a few other pizzas as well. I also got pasta and sandwiches.
One odd thing I noticed now that I was paying for my own meals in Paris and Italy is how insanely expensive salads usually are! I mostly ate carbs and protein because a salad menu could start at 15€! I definitely will be enjoying lots of greenery over the next few days because I’ve missed my leafy greens.
If you can buy, store, and make your own sandwiches, meals, etc with fresh local ingredients while traveling in Europe I highly recommend it! It’s not only cheaper but you’re eating like the locals rather than possibly getting trapped at a touristy restaurant.
Sorry, but not really, I just rambled about my eating for the past month – but for me it was way out of the norm, delicious, and something I wanted to share!
Post coming soon about some running updates!
Mileage – probably a gym day, not sure yet!
QOD – Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.
Hello from one of my new favorite cities – Copenhagen!!!
I had never been dying to go to Denmark, my favorite Scandinavian country being Finland, but since I had such a long layover I had to go out and explore. It took a 13 minute metro ride and a turn out of the metro station for me to fall in love with the city.
I love being near the water, smelling the water, feeling the wind – so a canal city like Copenhagen is my kind of place. My favorite big city in Italy is Venice! The weather was chilly so I was glad I wore my sneakers, jeans and jacket and I stashed the rest of my stuff in a storage locker at the airport.
I first visited Nyhavn where Hans Christian Anderson, the fairy tale author, lived in several building that still remain and are well marked. Lining the canal are brightly colored historic buildings filled with shops and restaurants that weren’t open since I got there at 6am.
Then I walked around for the next 3 hours, mostly along the water but into some other squares as well. I saw the Royal Danish Theatre, the amazing new contemporary opera house, several gorgeous parks filled with fountains and statues, AND The Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid was my favorite Disney film growing up, but even after I’d read the H.C. Anderson original fairy tale I still loved the story so I was a woman on a mission to find the statue today.
I really enjoyed my brief time in Denmark and I learned that in the beginning of July Copenhagen has an amazing jazz festival and at the end of the month an opera festival – so here’s hoping that I will be back!!
I’m hoping to do a FOOD post from my trip soon – maybe start writing. before my flight if I get ambitious! But next time I post I’ll be back in the USA!!!
Mileage – stretching awkwardly in the airport, sitting on an airplane rest, and vacation workout challenge a home
QOD – A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
Today I went on my first run in Rome! I remembered Rome’s drivers being a little crazy from my first trip here, but after my reminder last night when we arrived I was actually a little nervous about running.
I did a little research before I ran out and it took me no time to figure my current hotel is near one of the best running parks in all of Rome – the best part is that it is mostly car free! Villa Borghese, the zoo, and several other parks are all linked by roads and trails and make for a great spot while I’m in this section of Rome!!! There were plenty of other runners out and about plus tons of dogs and owners playing!
I did not wake up early enough but I needed the sleep! It was already a warm 75 when I got outside, but it’s a fairly dry heat compared to what I’m used to. I wore my water cloth around my neck and did just fine! I guess it’s good practice for my return to Texas!
Mileage – 4miles, workout challenge
QOD – Just keep swimming.
Today is my last day in Assisi before I make my way to Roma!!! I’m sad to be leaving such a beautiful town with some of the kindest people – we’ve met many shop owners, restaurant employees, and religious men/women who are generous, welcoming, friendly, and helpful.
The weather hasn’t been the kindest to us the past few days but I’ve kept on running around the city and added a path outside the city towards the surrounding neighborhoods. Today the fog was crazy and yesterday was my day off.
But on Sunday I got rained on and when the rain was coming down hardest an elderly Italian gentleman stumbled upon me and offered to share his umbrella. I accepted and then went on my way when the rain lightened up. It was actually really therapeutic to run through the mountains with the light rain coming down.
Yesterday we went to the gorgeous Lake Trasimeno and took the ferry to the Islo Maggiore, where we wandered the beach, had some delicious pizza, and ate gelato on a pier before a storm came and rained out the rest of the afternoon.
Tonight I’m page turning for the pianist during the final opera performance and then my group of friends is celebrating the end of the festival!
While I’m sad to be leaving I definitely plan on doing the festival again and I’m so looking forward to Rome!!!
Mileage – 5 miles, workout challenge
QOD – Run in the rain.
Lack of internet means late posting! The adventures of traveling!
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Mileage – Running rest day, Yoga for Runners (so happy I have working YouTube because these hills are killer) and workout challenge
QOD – Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.
I was so excited to find a fellow hiker in Assisi willing to go on a 14km hike over Mount Subasio to the town of Spello.
Monday morning we went and grabbed some wine and fruit to put in our backpacks along with our lunches and set out a little before 9am. It was very hot in the sun and the initial portion of the hike was along a switchback road up the mountain to a hermitage.
We stopped and visited the hermitage, where St. Francis used to go to pray, and then continued on the road until we found the trail head. The initial trails were not difficult to follow, but roughly halfway through the hike the markers stopped carrying numbers plus the directions and map became vague and unclear.
We did have to back track at one point but we found our way and stopped at a rock to scramble up for some amazing views and lunch.
We continued through the woods with a ton of spider webs at my face height, and then made our way down the mountain when we thought we met the right trail.
Unfortunately we hadn’t found the right one and came down about 3km too early and had to continue hiking on a road running parallel to the highway. After several no door answers at homemade olive oil signs we finally stumbled upon a vineyard where we tasted wine and olive oil! Then continued our trek to historic Spello. We reached the city walls around 5pm.
We had just enough time to see the gorgeous San Maria de Maggiore church as well as another smaller church. We saw the Roman Forum remains, wandered the streets for a bit stopping at a wine shop, then we got gelato and waited for the train back to Assisi.
Was it fun? Definitely. Do I recommend that hike? Not unless you are experienced with the area, have a good guide, or speak enough Italian to ask for help when you stumble across someone (which was never on the trails and rarely on the road).
In the end we hiked closer to 11miles than 8ish miles and we were both sore the next day but I’m so glad I got to explore some of the mountain and surrounding towns on foot beyond just runs around Assisi.
Mileage – 2.25miles, workout challenge
QOD – There’s no such thing as bad weather, just weak people.
Assisi is a beautiful city, full of religious history, tucked in the mountains of Italy. Since the town is essentially built into the side of a mountain the city is incredibly hilly and full of steep stairs.
Running here is definitely the COMPLETE opposite of my super flat runs in Texas but I’m sure running here for 2 weeks will definitely help with my speed when I get back to the flat land haha!
My first two runs I ran several out and backs on the long main roads down to San Francesco and back to the Piazza Communale near my hotel.
But the past 3 runs I’ve been using a route one of the fellow musicians discovered when they
stalked followed a local runner. It’s a gorgeous 3 mile loop around the upper exterior of the city on some mountain roads and comes back into the city at San Francesco. I ran it twice for my long run 2 days and just a single loop yesterday plus alternating walking and running up the final hill/part of a mile to give my legs a “recovery” day.
Today I cranked the mileage back up just a bit to meet my 20 miles per week goal.
Musically I’m having an AMAZING experience!
I’ve been working on solo and chamber works, rehearsing with the choir to sing in a Masses during our time here, and practicing for the opera pit. It’s been so much fun making music with old and new friends and realizing how small the music world truly is!
It’s also pretty cool staying in a hotel and hearing all the music coming from everyone’s bedrooms – like being back in the practice rooms really!
I’m already hoping to find another year to come back and enjoy this amazing festival. I’ve fallen in love with Assisi!
Mileage – 4.85miles, workout challenge, yoga
QOD – “There is an itch in runners.”