During the long weekend in August I visited a good friend I haven’t seen in a long time and on top of that, she lives near one of my favourite cities – Barcelona! I arrived late in the evening, decided to stay in the city the first night and chose a budget-friendly hostel… Well that night I found out that I’m getting too old for this type of accommodation because while I felt like I was the only one who seriously was looking for sleep, I didn’t get any at all. Despite the lack of rest, I stuck to my plan and climbed up the hill inside Parc Güell in the morning. Although that was quite tiring, the gorgeous view and a simple breakfast from the bakery woke me up while I was still by myself…
Iconic Sagrada Familia in the distance, the eternal construction site…
I continued my journey to Vilassar de Mar. Although it was my fourth time in Barcelona, I never get to spend much time there as I prefer to stay at my friend’s house with her lovely dogs and kids. So finally that afternoon it was beach and play time!
I haven’t seen V. for three years and it was amazing to meet her again – kids just grow too fast! Meanwhile she got a little brother and both are just super cute! We had a lot of fun together 😀
My friend isn’t only an amazing mother but also a great cook! Lucky me – being her guest – I got spoiled with lots of delicious (sea)food o_O
But she also convinced me to go on my first running challenge ever! Me! You should know that my last run (purposely) was in 2013, which means I was so. not. in. shape. Why not go on a 7 km night trail run straight then? You can see – before I was all cool and optimistic but after I was barely able to smile for the photo – it took me over an hour to finish the trail (which btw included forest, hills, stairs and sand) and I was SO exhausted! But at the same time I was super happy that I made it somehow 🙂 Btw the event took place in Lloret de Mar (Costa Brava) and was part of the WeFeelTrail Series by the discount chain LIDL.
As expected, the next day(s) I was barely able to move thanks to an overwhelming soreness unlike any I ever had before… We definitely deserved a rest and drove to Sitges – a beautiful beach town with a charming, historic centre and lots of resorts. It was peak season and the weather was hot too, hence the beaches were full with people. Nevertheless we found everything we needed: Sun, sand and sangria – could I ask for a better finish of my (too) short getaway? The soreness however lasted long after I got home even 😛
Have you ever participated in a run? What are your experiences?