Valencia Marathon 2018: Let the Training Begin!

The weeks after the Paris Marathon were an anticlimax. It was no longer socially permissible to wear my medal, I'd already told everyone who cared to listen (and perhaps those that didn't, too!) about my experience and my legs were on the way to recovery. 

So what did I do? Signed up to another marathon, of course!

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Running the Paris Marathon

Forget hop-on-hop-off bus tours. What’s the best way to see a city? To run it, of course!

After a year of planning and months of training, I ran my first marathon in Paris on April 8th 2018. It was an exhilarating adventure, culminating in the best race I could have ever have wished for.

Here is my race recap of the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris; something I wanted to do to ‘tick off the bucket list’, but has in fact ignited a passion for endurance running.

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March {Loves}

March 2018 will forever be remembered as the month that spring didn't spring and we were instead treated to one final laugh from winter: the so-called 'Beast from the East'.

That didn't dampen our spirits though! March was a jam-packed month of fun, travels and trips.

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How To Spend A Weekend In Nuremberg

Fresh back from a weekend in Nuremberg and I don't think there are sufficient adjectives in my vocabulary to express how much this city captured my heart {but I'll give it a good try, anyway!}.

It might seem quite a random choice over the more popular German destinations of Berlin, Hamburg or Munich, but for the first time since getting married and having children I was going to be travelling alone. I fancied somewhere that ticked all my boxes: cultural, historical, beautiful and with great food and coffee - but with the added bonus of being safe and easily navigable. My weekend in Nuremberg {or Nürnberg to the locals} offered all of the above but with an extra shot of unexpected cool.   

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Why The Michelberger Hotel is the Coolest Place to Stay in Berlin

Berlin pulsates a understated coolness unparalleled by any other city on earth.

It's no secret that Berlin holds the keys to my heart. I was born and brought up in the city, and try and head back at least once a year to get my fix. What can I say? I'm a Berlin junkie.

On our most recent trip, we stayed at The Michelberger Hotel and I've got to say - it's the hippest hotel in Berlin, by far.

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January {Loves}

Unlike the majority of the population, I usually look forward to January. If a month could be introverted, it would be January, wouldn't it? A month of quiet reflection and fresh starts.

It usually indicates a trip to Germany in the Sharples household. This year was no exception, and we duly headed off to Berlin a couple of weeks into January for my annual pilgrimage to the motherland.

But, I can't help but feel... well, a bit flat, to be honest with you. 

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An Intentional Valentine's Day

We've always been one of those couples who proclaim that we don't need a clichéd Hallmark-card day of flowers and chocolates to profess our love for each other. After all, love is shown in the little things, isn't it? A cup of tea brought to you in bed in the morning. A foot rub after a hard day. Taking the bins out, even.

But as time goes on, you realise that time has indeed gone on

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December {Loves}

Let's see how far I can get with this post without mentioning the elephant in the room, shall we?!

We've had plenty to celebrate in December with the month kicking off with a special little lady's 4th birthday. How can Sophia be 4 already? She had a wonderful day, topped off with a tea party with her friends.

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