Week 22 – Another Travel Challenge and Unexpected Mileage

This week is the last travel interruption for a while so the last travel + eating challenge!  Obviously if I am home and following a schedule and my food plan then I have a higher chance of being successful with my weight loss goals.  Traveling is something I choose to do and it’s really a luxury problem so I can’t complain too much.  This time around we were headed off to Spain – my dad and stepmom had been on a cruise and then decided to stop off in Spain for a bit – San Sebastian, Madrid and then Málaga.  Since we had already been away (and the travel budget slightly depleted) in Liverpool for 5 days, we decided to just go for the weekend to at least see them for a couple of days.   I have never been anywhere on the Costa del Sol, but knowing how much I love Spain in general, it did not disappoint!

But first let’s look at the week –

Week 22 Plan:

Monday – AM Workout
Tuesday – AM Workout
Wednesday – gym (spinning? Bodypump?)
Thursday – AM Workout OR bodypump
Friday – EARLY (and I mean early) morning flight from Dusseldorf to Málaga
Saturday – lie in sun
Sunday – lie in sun

The Actuals:

Monday – AM Workout DONE!  I also decided late Sunday afternoon to take part in a cooper test offered by Runiversity and this would be a good indication where I am at, for training purposes.  To my very pleasant surprise I had a +22m improvement from the last time I did the test (more than a year ago I think – I do not like doing the cooper test because either there is no improvement at all or the last time I had +7, which I consider pretty much no improvement).  Also was surprised to see my friend and dedicated cat sitter Gerrit at the test as well!

Steps: 15679
Running: 2.2KM (cooper test, not included in steps)
Biking: 4.4KM

Gerrit and I neck and neck.


Tuesday – AM Workout DONE!  begrudgingly I may add, but I did it.  Had a very stressful day at work, went to the psychologist as well (nicely timed since I had a lot of stress in the office), then I had 3 clients on my last Tuesday night for massage. Of course I biked to and from the Health Center giving me extra bike commuting kilometers that day.

Steps: 9731
Biking: 12.50KM

though I was stressed I still managed to say NO to these little cakes…

Wednesday – Rest day.  Tired, still a bit stressed from work.  No desire to do anything. So I didn’t.

Steps: 6275
Biking: 4.4KM

Thursday – Ended up doing neither the AM workout nor bodypump; got up early for a 4KM run. Had a walk at lunch as well, and of course had to tidy up at home after work and pack for our trip.

Steps: 12138
Running: 4KM
Biking: 5KM

Ready to Rumble at 6am

Friday – We may as well have not gone to bed because the alarm went off at 2am to leave by 3:15.  Interesting ride to the airport in the pitch dark as well where we discovered our main headlamps were both out.  UGH.  (crisis averted but it was scary once we had no highway lights).   Flight was delayed as well but we still arrived around 10am, and met up with my parents at 12 for lunch!  How awesome is that!  Lunch, catching up and soaking up some sun.  Around 3pm we all agreed that a siesta was necessary.  We were staying only 1 min walk from where my parents were staying so we all walked back to our places together and then met up with them again at 8 for dinner.  There is a theme here.  It revolves around Food and Drink (and some sleep).

dad and I being silly

Steps: 18354

Saturday – Instead of lying in the sun we opted for an early morning run!  The evening before we thought it would be good to go and run a bit around the harbour and the beach and just see where the road took us.  Plans with my parents were for lunch so we had plenty of time.  It was beautiful, the temperature was perfect 17C/ 63F and there was a tiny bit of a breeze.  Plenty of runners out and by the time we got back it was already much warmer.  Once again my paces were much faster without even trying so I’m going to chalk that up to rest and already being a tiny bit lighter. In the end it was 8KM.

Saturday Morning Run View

Once we were back in the apartment, we ate a bit, had some coffee and leisurely got ready to go eat again.

In the afternoon it was lunch, the Pablo Picasso Museum (he was born in Málaga) where there was also an additional Andy Warhol exhibition (I did both but I was the only one interested in Warhol).  My parents went back for their siesta and once I was done in the museum Ron and I went and had a drink sitting on a lovely terrace near the cathedral.   We just stayed out and then met up with them later for… you guessed it… dinner.

it’s almost like there are 3 Debbies, right? haha!

Steps: 13954
Running: 8KM (not counted in steps)

Sunday – we WERE going to go to the beach but … we loved the run so much Saturday that we decided to run again on Sunday.  Torremolinos is “only” 16KM  / 10 miles from Málaga, why not run to there and then take the train back?  (Fun Fact:  I have been a Soft Cell/ Marc Almond fan since the early 80’s.  A song called “memorabilia”  mentions Torremolinos, so naturally I *had* to go there)

It looked easy enough on the map.  It was a series of boardwalks, bike paths and normal sidewalks and then eventually beach.  Or so we thought!  Going out of Málaga was easy enough and it was pretty far along a boardwalk out of town.  There was a triathlon going on as well so we stopped in admiration, watching the swim portion kick off.  Then we had to start running towards the airport, but apparently the bike paths had either been changed or just not completed yet!  So at some stage we had to cross the highway!  Thankfully the triathlon WAS taking place – this was exactly where the bike portion was happening and there were no cars on this section of the road!   In the end there were dirt paths, rocky paths, sidewalks, half sidewalks, partially on the road (thankfully only for like 2 minutes) and beach that didn’t have a boardwalk so we had to backtrack and hit Torremolinos from another path.  But it was AMAZING.  Like, really, best morning ever!  But so surreal, because we were there, then we were on a train back and then suddenly we were in Málaga again like nothing ever happened!

malaga triathlon – half and sprint
playa los alamos
YES!!! Torremolinos!
pretty much sums up how I felt about this run – happy, excited and a spring in my step!
view from the top

We showered, changed and met up with my parents at 1pm and, you guessed it had lunch and then later made our way to Centre Pompidou to check out the latest exhibition there, followed by a beverage overlooking the harbor, a very slight siesta and… DINNER.

Reflection from the Cube of Centre Pompidou

Dinner of course runs quite late in Spain, so around 10:30pm Dad was in search of his last ice cream cone of the day (and Ron and I followed suit – though it was also my first one thankyouverymuch) and with cones in hand we all walked back towards our temporary lodgings and had to say goodbye until next time.

Steps: 13361
Running: 16KM (not included in steps)



We had such an amazing weekend – and though it was short, after the week I had at work, it was just what the doctor ordered.  Plus, all those extra kilometers!  And feeling GOOD whilst running.  Total bonus.

Coming up Week 23:
I am leaving plans a bit open this week as it’s my last week before training starts officially for the Warsaw Marathon.

On Wednesday I’ll sum up May and touch on what I think went well and what could be changed/improved, and in general what my plans are this month.  Wednesday is Weigh-In Day of course as well but I’ll just touch on it high level so that you won’t get bogged down in all the details



So tell me – How was your week? Have you been to Spain?  Have you ever stumbled upon a cool outdoor sporting event? Have you ever done a Cooper Test?


18 thoughts on “Week 22 – Another Travel Challenge and Unexpected Mileage

  1. This looked like a great mini vacation and you rocked it! You look awesome in the running pictures! Way to go!

    1. ah thank you Alinda!!! I’m totally in my element in the sun!! I keep saying to Ron I’m sure I was Greek, Spanish or Italian in a previous life!!

  2. How wonderful to meet up with your parents in Spain! I’ve been a few times but somehow only to Barcelona so far. I so feel you on the weightloss. The struggle is real but it sounds like you’ve made some progress. How cool to run into that triathlon. Hooray for Warsaw Marathon!!

    1. yes it was truly wonderful :) slowly but surely on the WL thing. and yes seeing the triathlon just as they were getting in the water was so cool!!

    1. it is awesome, right?? oh my gosh it’s hard to leave there once you have been! I haven’t been to Ibiza or Mallorca yet!

  3. What an amazing week for you! So cool that you were able to see your parents and visit Spain. Spain is on my bucket list and I hope to visit one day.

    I think it’s awesome that you were able to run while on vacation. It really is the best way to explore a new area.

    1. yes I was very happy to see my parents again! it certainly helps when they are on this continent! I absolutely love to run when I go somewhere new – it truly is the best way to explore! of course it can be tricky and you have to be flexible of course (and always have your id and some cash on you just in case!!)

  4. Oh my gosh, you are so adventurous and your adventures turn out so well! LOL on the ice cream and props on resisting the cakes at work. ;-)

    1. thanks! the ice cream was a tough one to avoid! my dad and Ron didn’t even bother. they just gave in… twice a day…

  5. This is fantastic! My husband and I visited Barcelona several years ago and I would definitely go back to see more of Spain. Good luck on the marathon training!

  6. Color me jealous! I visited Barcelona once when i was in high school, but I would love to return. Your photos are gorgeous and I am sure that you had the best time! So glad you were able to get away!

    1. thank you!! Barcelona is awesome, if you can return one day I’d say go for it – anywhere in Spain really!!

  7. Ok, so here I was all excited about my weekend in Wisconsin and you were in Spain! Wow! Looks amazing and you look so happy. And cute in the new Inknburn top.

    1. your trip looked really fun!! thank you very much – it’s the Resonate. I originally tried to order the Glass tank but it wasn’t available in my size. I think I like this top even more.

  8. I love reading about all of your travels and adventures! I have never been out of the US (except for an over nighter in Canada, the honeymoon in Cancun, and a couple of trips to Hawaii. That’s it. SO, do keep traveling the world and sharing…it’s fun living vicariously through you ;-)

    1. ah, thanks Kim, I feel very lucky that I can travel so I will definitely share as long as I can continue! (by the way I’ve never been to Cancun or Hawaii! so you’ve got me on those!!)

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