Goodbye California, Hello Europe

Hallo? Anyone there? No? Oh well….it’s probably better that way.

The past year hasn’t been a picturesque running year, so to say. I’ve “started running again” a dozen of times, each attempt lasting anywhere from a single day up to a single week. 

While it hasn’t been perfect, I have remained marginally active (see me jumping around Joshua Tree above) and completed a few races. In October, I did the Long Beach Half Marathon, clocking a respectable 1:49. In March I squeezed in 2 races—the San Diego RnR Half and the Carlsbad 5000. The 13.1 was a miserable race that I finished in 2-something. It was at that point that I realized I had 100% lost my endurance—shucks. Later that month I ran the Carlsbad 5000 with a goal of having fun, which I happily succeeded in. I think I did the race in around 24 minutes, and then immediately headed to the beach for some fun in the sun. I also bumbled my way through a Wipe Out Run 5K, which is a silly obstacle course sort of run.

And now, I’m about 3 weeks into running regularly again and I feel confident it’ll stick—unlike my past “running again” efforts—hence the blog post. With a slow and steady approach, I’ve been running 2-5 times a week and usually squeeze in 2-4 miles. I have an inkling though both those numbers are about to increase, as running is a great way to explore your surroundings and I recently moved to a different country.

Did I mention I moved to The Netherlands?

Oh yes, that happened. I’m starting a graduate program (Masters – Comparative Literature) in Utrecht this September, and thus I quit my job, sold my car and bought a one-way plane ticket to Europe!

Naturally, one of my main concerns is how I’ll learn to run in the rain and cold weather. I’ve only been here 10 days and while there have been an abundance of beautifully sunny San Diego style days, there has also been days plagued with more rain than San Diego has seen in the past few years. What’s worse? I’m told it’s only going to get colder and wetter.

Okay okay, I knew about the rain before I moved and have no right to complain. Nonetheless, any suggestions on how to run in weather below 60 degrees are quite welcome!

As this adventure continues, I’ll do my best to start writing again. Doei for now!

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