Turkey: Antalya and Cirali

The Mongolian and I headed to the beach after a few days in Istanbul.  

Our first stop was Antalya.  We stayed at a nice hotel, but all of the beaches in our area were off cliffs.  It made for a fun party, where every day there were dj's and partying on this huge massive deck where we could dive into the ocean and swim.  
I have to confess, though, the water was too cold for me there.  It was the perfect excuse to rent a scooter and go in search of the other beaches.   Anything under boiling is too cold for me.
The view from our balcony

As we drove to explore other beaches, we discovered an amusement park! We just had to go back to it that night.  And it was the worst thing we could have done.  The Mongolian rode the tall tower zipper hammer ride -I don't really know it's name.  It was great to see him fly up there.  Then came the mistake: that pirate boat ride. We were the only people on that ride and the operator let the ride go FOREVER.  We stumbled off the boat of death and I was sick for two days. Gross.  I would go back today if I could. 

Another place we discovered while looking for other beaches: 
Duden Waterfalls

Which had yet another surprise for us.

Sometimes it pays off to jump on a scooter, get lost and discover your new surroundings.  (If the town is safe for tourists to explore, that is)

After a few days in Antalya we headed south west to Cirali, a tiny village next to Olimpus with inns, or pensions as they prefer to call them.  While it got a little more crowded on the weekend, the beaches were practically empty during the week.  
I called it pebble beach.  

We took a boat ride, snorkelled, (the Mongolian spotted some sea turtles) and had lunch on the boat.

Most of the pensions, or pansiyons had relaxing courtyards like this.  Some had chickens running around. We had ducks. Pebbles and Marble as another couple staying there with us names them.

I'm torn with wanting to tell everyone about Cirali and wanting to keep it all to myself.

Hugs, Kisses and Shoes,
Rocio Ildemaro


No Stag Parties While Training

Lesson learned.
This weekend was my friend Jen's hen night and three glasses of champagne mean I had not my best run so far.  While I did not have the hangover of drinking a lot, I had that drag-like tiredness all weekend.  I'm officially old.

But I did run on a trail in my neighbourhood.

Istanbul Part 2 Good Answers to some Headaches and Heartaches

I was in Turkey during the months of June, July and part of August, the hottest time.  

I love the heat, but I always feel badly for the stray dogs and cats out there.  Not for Turkish dogs, cats and birds though.  These sweet loving creatures are not forgotten by Istanbul's citizens. I noticed everywhere I walked were the bowls of water and food left for dogs and cats.
Waiting for dinner

The cats were waiting for him.

All dogs I saw out were tagged. At first it made me very sad but then I realised, these dogs have been fixed and they all get very clean water and food.  
 I constantly saw people pouring their water from their water bottles into these public, home made water bowls for the city's pets.  

The other thing that I loved was the parking lot lights.
This is so helpful.

If you see a green light on top it means that parking spot is free.  Blue light means it's a free handicap spot and red means they're taken, keep looking.

How about that? Perfect!
Hugs Kisses and Shoes,
Rocio Ildemaro


Turkey: Istanbul Part 1

Last summer I had the pleasure of spending two months in Turkey.  The reason: shoes, of course. Haha, I'm a dork, I know, but it's true, it was for shoes.

While there are many tough aspects to creating a shoe line (the waiting. Oh the waiting) the silver lining to that are the places I travel to in search of factories, work shops and materials to finally end up with the final product, my shoes.

Two months in Turkey meant many different trips around the country.  I will explain each one in its own post as they were all so different.

I'll start with Istanbul.  
One of the views from Galata Tower

It's such a large city, I feel it has several city sky lines. It's the only city in the world to lie on two continents.  The European side felt more Asian, and the Asian side had neighbourhoods that reminded me of some neighbourhoods in Milan.

You get around the city in taxis, trains, buses, trolleys, trams and ferries -for public transport. And yet I felt it was so crowded we could have used another mode of transportation to get around.  I love busy crowded cities.  I love the energy the crowds bring.
Spice Bazaar
Outside at Grand Bazaar
I like going to places that are new to me. Istanbul felt that way. When I lived in Italy it didn't feel like a new place, I say this in a very good way: it felt like Venezuela; it felt like home.  But Thailand and Turkey are entirely different from home for me and that was exciting.

A very crowded Monday night out.
This taxi driver had a collection of model cars on his dash.  Also, notice all of the traffic. This was 2am on a week night. Tuesday morning to be exact.  I would hate to see what Friday night looks like.

Istanbul is such a large city that I will have to write more about it in another post tomorrow.  In tomorrow's post I'll show some things I wish America would hurry up and copy.  Some very civilised answers to some everyday headaches and heartaches.  

Hugs Kisses and travel Shoes,
ps I will update on my marathon training later this afternoon.  I learned a very rich lesson this weekend about training for a marathon.  


Team Running Late Update 2

Guess what? I can run.  I've been running.  I can do 2 miles and feel great. I can even do 2 miles and do an hour of hot yoga later on and still feel great. This is weird.  It still feels weird to see other real runners out there with me. Weird like I'm crashing someone's wedding weird.

I'm planning my future training and will visit a dear friend that moved Colorado.  I'm planning my visit around one of two marathons that way I can get some miles under me by running at altitude.

One is the Color Run and the other is the Colfax Marathon.

 Happy Image from http://thecolorrun.com/denver/  

The Color Run seems playful and fun while the Colfax is a little more real and their half Marathon goes  through the Denver Zoo.  That sounds like literal practice for my Kenya trip, Elephants + Running!

So, get hit in the face with colours or practice a halfie through the zoo?  I will talk it through with my dear friend and see which she prefers.

My average now:

The numbers:
Miles run: 2.24 Miles
Average Pace: 14:29 Min/Mile
On the playlist: This American Life
(it was Surrogates episode 485 for my fellow TAL nerds)
Tracked by RunKeeper app

Ps I went with my mom and did an hour of a Hot Yoga class a couple of hours after running as well.

Hugs kisses and Shoes,


Team Running Late! Training update 1

First time to run

As I walked then sped up gradually to a trot, I made it about ten or so houses before my lungs started  to feel a little warm. I continued past a few more houses when my lungs started to burn. I slowed to a good walk and tried to calm down my lungs, reassuring them that we we not inside a burning building, but outdoors, with fresh (city) air and doing something really good for them/me.

I pride myself  in being an excellent breather. In every yoga class I've taken, I'm the one that's doing the proper breathing. Iyengar. Bikram. Hatha. Power. All of them, I'm that jerk in class the teachers always compliment.  I'm good at yoga and great at breathing.
So I read Hal Higdon's tips. I read Jeff Galloway's tips. But my lungs didn't get the memo.

I don't feel spent and I could have probably pushed myself to do more, but my dad said start with a kilometer and Hal Higdon says start with 1.5 miles. And Jeff Galloway says a lot of things! Too many for my first timer's ass to follow, but I think he's got some good stuff in there. Run/walk, which is what I did.

Oh and I have finally learned to run across the street.

The numbers:
Miles run: 1.14 Miles
Average Pace: 14:46 Min/Mile
Current Pace: 11:55 Min/Mile
On the playlist: This American Life
(it was the Valentine's Day episode 486 for my fellow TAL nerds)
Tracked by RunKeeper app

I did an hour of a Vinyasa Flow class a little after running as well.

*another update on the update, no soreness the next day. Yoga?

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