Congratulations to all who completed the Bonn Marathon today!
Marathon day is very exciting whether you are racing or watching.
Today started bright and early with a bowl of almond butter and jam oatmeal.
I met several friends to stand along the racecourse and cheer with.
Our eyes were peeled, looking for:
Claire and Ines (my room mum)
Lisa worked at the school for 8 year, running many half-marathons. Although she moved back to England last year, she returned to Bonn to run her favorite marathon.
All finished the race- beating prior times. Way to go!!!
The runners freshened up and we went out to lunch to celebrate.
I ordered arugula pizza. I’m on a real arugula kick lately.
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day here in Bonn! A little hot to be running, but perfect spectator weather.
After lunch, I came home, cuddled up with the kitties and took a nap, followed by the gym.
Sebastian is working today, so dinner was an independent affair. I didn’t make it to the farmer’s market yesterday, so dug through the fridge and freezer to scrounge up something balanced.
Stir fry made with frozen wok vegetables, leftover basmati rice, vegetarian “chicken” breast, raisins, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of agave and soy sauce.
Dinner was enjoyed on the balcony, surrounded by the beautiful new shelving Sebastian and I put together after the IKEA trip yesterday.
I ran my first (and only) half-marathon last October with Will and Rachel. I didn’t enjoy the training at all and vowed never to commit to such a torturous event again. I loved race day, but was miserable throughout the many, many hours of training. I knew that seeing them today would be a little hard and that I would probably feel a pang of self-disappointment, but totally underestimated how sad I’d feel watching them run by. I am so proud of each of the runners, but wish I would have pushed myself to do it once again. Who knows, maybe I’ll sign up for the Cologne half-marathon again this year. I still have not come close to the feeling of accomplishment and pride of crossing over the finish line.
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Now for something cultural.
Happy Anzac Day!
Anzac day is the national remembrance day in Australia and New Zealand. Rachel was representing during the race today.
Last but not least!
Happy birthday to my little brother, Patrick!
Have a great birthday! I wish I could buy you a drink and toast to the wonderful person you are! May your 22 year be the best yet! I love ya!