Arts and Culture, Running

This Week In Photos

Since Baby Turtle’s return from Hua Hin, Thailand a week ago, the Ninja Turtle has been spending a fair amount of time playing catch-up-over-Skype with her little sister. This makes for brilliant personal bonding, but lousy blogging material. As such, the following photos shall do some of the talking…

8 Mai a.k.a Victory Day celebrations in France, where American GIs (despite lack of actual proof, we highly suspect they are not really Americans, which kind of spoils the fun) in trucks roll through little French villages declaring liberation.

8 Mai a.k.a Victory Day celebrations in France, where American GIs (despite lack of actual proof, we highly suspect they are not really Americans, which kind of spoils the fun) in trucks roll through little French villages declaring liberation.

Meal of the week - an orange and fennel salad topped with sesame and walnut oil

Meal of the week – an orange and fennel salad topped with sesame and walnut oil

GodzillaPin's surprise gift to the Ninja Turtle, who has a serious tin box habit

GodzillaPin’s surprise gift to the Ninja Turtle, who has a serious tin box habit

Yet another producers' market the duo have been visiting; can one ever have enough of artisanal bread, cheese, honey, biscuits and wine?

Yet another producers’ market the duo have been visiting; can one ever have enough of artisanal bread, cheese, honey, biscuits and wine? (There is only one correct answer to this question.)

The Ninja Turtle was VERY bummed with the Rock 'N' Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon was cancelled, especially AFTER she had booked her flights and accommodation, which came to an obscene amount of tourism $$ for naught. However, the organisers have sent this through the mail, which brought very little consolation but at least it's pretty to look at.

The Ninja Turtle was VERY bummed when the Rock ‘N’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon was cancelled, especially AFTER she had booked her flights and accommodation, which came to an obscene amount of tourism $$ for naught. However, the organisers have sent this through the mail, which brought very little consolation because what’s a medal without a race? At least it’s pretty to look at.

Since it's almost impossible to find English books in Metz, mail order books = happiness. The Ninja Turtle bought one for each race of the season as rewards.

Since it’s almost impossible to find English books in Metz, mail order books = happiness. The Ninja Turtle bought one for each race of the season as rewards.

The best for last: a new running route discovered! Can't wait to explore this area on the next scheduled long run.

The best for last: a new running route discovered! Can’t wait to explore this beautiful area on the next scheduled long run.

To wrap up, here’s a wonderful link the Ninja Turtle’s discovered: http://www.runsmartproject.com/calculator/. It works out what your pace is “in an ideal world with perfect conditions”. Of course, training doesn’t occur in a vacuum (or else you would unquestionably die), but it’s nice to hypothetically isolate certain variables and see how your performance is consequently affected. When one has been running against headwinds of 25mph (40kph) like the Ninja Turtle, those watering eyes are less the result of the wind and more because the resulting average splits look unbearably awful…

Have a fabulous weekend!

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