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The Half-Marathon of Porto

The half-marathon (meia maratona) of Porto is coming up on the 10th of October, and I have decided at the last minute to run it.

Crazy, I know.

I’m having a hard time running 10 km, so I’m not sure how I’ll do 21 km by then, or if it’s even a good idea to try, but I’m stubborn. I know.

I have about two weeks to get up to about, oh 16 or 18 km. If I can run that distance straight then I will feel confident that I’ll be able to finish. This will be my third half-marathon (and my second time running this particular one), so I know that I have it in me somewhere deep (deep) down. We’ll see if it comes out on race day!

Also, I wanted to say that running here is truly an adventure. It’s not like running around the quiet ‘burbs of Davis or Berkeley… Porto is a big city, with lots of hills, and lots of pedestrians. I’m almost always mowing down an old lady, or getting stuck behind a slowly moving one… I tell myself that it will make me a better runner, but sometimes it’s just really annoying.  I’m an American, I guess I just intrinsically crave space. It can’t be helped!

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Porto: cidade dos desportos

PORTO IS THE CITY OF SPORTS!

It just so happens to be the home of the oldest (and BEST, of course) football club in Portugal, the Futebol Clube do Porto (FC PORTO). I am happily on my way to becoming an official PORTISTA. I even went to a game, my first ever professional football (soccer) game, a couple of weeks ago, and it was tons of fun!

My PINK FCPorto scarf!

My PINK FCPorto scarf!

PORTISTAS!

PORTISTAS!

O Estadio do Dragao, The Dragon's Stadium

O Estadio do Dragao, The Dragon's Stadium

Popcorn! (their mascot, by the way, is a dragon)

Popcorn! (their mascot, by the way, is a dragon)

They played against Sporting, a Portuguese team from Lisbon (BOO!!)

Well, I will reserve this post for the pros, but the next will be about amateur “athletes” …starring… ME!!! 🙂

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