Tuesday, 12 August 2014

30 Before 30 Update: Road trips, Packing and My Nemesis - Jogging


Greetings Noobs!  I'm sure that many of you had thought that I had forgotten about my humble 30 before 30 list.  Well, fear not because lots has been bubbling behind the scenes.  I've been trying to map out how to check off a good portion of my tasks before summer's end and I think that I've come up with a concrete plan - at least for a few things.

Take a Roadtrip:

I am not a car person.  I love travel, and certainly have an unquenchable wanderlust but traveling by car is definitely my least favourite mode of transportation.  I was racking my brain on road trip destinations that I would enjoy visiting and travelling to, and not getting very far until I started to think outside of the box and had a 'eureka' moment.  My upcoming trip to Italy includes visiting various parts of the country, including travelling from Rome to the Southern Coast of Italy, and instead of taking a train like originally planned we will now be renting a car and driving.  We would leave from Rome and travel by car to Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi (with a ferry to Capri squeezed somewhere in there) and then back to Rome to continue on with our trip.  I have to admit, the thought renting a car and driving along the narrow, crooked hills of the Italian Coast gives me nightmares of driving straight off a cliff - but I have been assured that the views and experience will be worth it.  Besides it will be my husband driving, thus significantly reducing our chances of ending up in an Italian Emergency Room.  I am really looking forward to checking this off of my list and, of course, reporting back with photos and stories of the whole experience!

Become an Expert Packer:

I had mentioned this in a previous post, but I will say it again so that I will for sure stick to it: I will be travelling through Italy for three weeks with only carry on luggage.  No checked luggage for this Noob!  The challenge will lie in the fact that we will be travelling North through our trip, meaning that I will likely need to bring a wardrobe for both hot and cool weather - a stiff order for carry on only!  I feel up to the challenge, and am confident that if I can succeed in this then I can official cross myself off as an expert packer.

Start Jogging:

My most dreaded item on my 30 things to do before 30 list has always been to become a regular jogger.  I used to love jogging in my University days, and tried to get out for a run at least every morning - sometimes jogging twice a day.  Those days are long behind me, and with the biggest form of exercise that I participate in lately being getting up to get a drink between HBO episodes, I need some serious help.  Well, I am happy to say that today this Noob went for a jog.  The route was not long, and my technique was anything but elegant but dammit I was jogging!  I have yet to experience the famous runners high, but I know that it will come with time.  I'm just glad that I broke my own habits and actually got out there.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to soak my battered, out of shape body in a tub of Epsom salts.

Until next time,

Joëlle
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  1. Can't wait to see all of your photos from your trip to Italy! You will totally make carry-on only work. I believe in you girl!

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    1. Yay! Thanks for the comment, now I'm even more pumped to tackle carry on only!

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  2. Italy will be amazing, can't wait to see pictures! I am TOTALLY the same way with jogging. I feel like I fell off the wagon. About a year ago I was doing 10 milers, cross fit and regular jogging and I think dealing with moving to a new city made me put jogging on hold- or maybe being lazy too haha. For the last couple weeks I've been going on daily 2 mile walks to get going again and now I'm back to jogging!

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    1. That's fantastic Cassandra! You give me hope that I can start developing a jogging habit again!

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  3. Sounds like a summer well spent! Wishing you well. (:

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    1. Thank you Carsla, I hope you've had a fantastic summer :)

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  4. Italy is on the top of my list after my husband and I head to Napa this Fall. Packing can be such a challenge, especially with just carry on luggage!!

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    1. That's so funny, since our next big trip is going to be a Californian road trip - we're on opposite schedules! Can't wait to follow along through your trip

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  5. I got very spoiled by my parents with a (too) nice first car, which made me love driving everywhere... then I moved out, realized I'm a public school teacher, and had to downgrade significantly. I totally get you on not being the biggest of road trip fans, but seriously, road tripping in a foreign country is AMAZING (I just did it in France).
    Hang in there with running, girl. You can do it!

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence Allison, I appreciate it!

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  6. Since last week I started jogging again as well, my first run (in like 5 years) was more a first walk than a run, and like you mention; technique zero, elegance zero, and I couldn't really do it long either. So I went from running, to walking, to running. I've gone jogging now for 5 times, and each time goes better so it's a matter of pushing yourself to go outside each time, but so far so good. Good luck with the jogging, remember you're not alone ;)

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