And the past, OK, let’s see, gulp!, almost six months, have seen my life turn upside down in ways I would not have thought possible a few years ago. Quitting my job, leaving my hometown, closing my flat, saying goodbye to friends and family (well, I do see them every few months!), moving to another country, trying out what living together feels like (it’s all good, folks!), moving homes a couple of times in three months, looking for a job, buying a car and learning to drive on the right, taking up cooking (yes me, unbelievable, I know!). Well, basically starting out all over again.
Running has been one of the few things that I have kept intact in my new life and has actually served as a connecting link between this new life and the old one. Getting my new life in balance is still a work in progress, like finding a job in Oxford at the moment is a bit of a sticky subject although I am still happily pursuing my freelance writing assignments.
A big thanks to Colin for being there, for the understanding and for sticking through my long sessions and picking me up from the Iffley Road track when I was too tired to cycle home after tough sessions, and to Lisa the dog, who was my most enthusiastic and bubbliest of running partners during my easy runs. Also, big thanks are due to the Coach (Dimitris Theodorides) for his attention and breaking my stress with humour when necessary, to Denise Thomas of Peak Sporting Performance for the much-needed sport massages, and to the Headington Road Runners for making me feel at home in my new running milieu.
|I did most of my interval training at the Oxford University Iffley Road track, where Sir Roger Banister ran the first sub-4 minute mile.|