Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Life in Tokyo and Brussels

Week 334 - November 30, 2015

LifePosted by michael Wed, December 02, 2015 06:06:05

If you associate 3 man alone in San Sebastian (Spain) for a long weekend with wild nights, lots of alcohol and extravagant parties then think again.

Peter, Tom and I went to San-Sebatian for 4 days to participate in the marathon on Sunday. We went to bed every night around 22h30, got up between 6 and 8 walked around, had some pintxos (Basque tapas) and some drinks of course. But all of it very moderate.

If you have never been to San Sebastian then put it on your todo list. It's a littel city in the Spanish Basque country. It's located at the sea-side and thus has some very nice beaches and a wild sea perfect for wave surfing. It is also close to the Pyrenees Mountain range and allows for skying in winter. The city center is clean with neo-classical buildings, the highest number of Michelin stars per capita in the world (so serving great food), a vibrant night-life and it's citizens seem to enjoy life.

The marathon run went very well for the three of us. Peter was fasted and ended in just under 3h30; Tom did his first marathon in 3h41 and I (after not being able to train a lot the past weeks due to my Achilles Tendon infection) still finisched in 3h42'00. So all of us were very happy.


Peter had promised us that he would invite us for a Pintxos tour on his expense on Sunday evening if he managed to finish under 3h30. So he took us to 5 different bars where we enjoyed delicious tapas with some glasses of beer and Txakoli (a sparkling Basque white wine). But since we were all three pretty tired of the run we were back at the hotel at around 10pm and fell fast asleep.

The rest of the weekend we spent walking around the city, watching the power of the waves at the beach and lots of relaxing. After the marathon run Peter and I even went to the beach and entered the freezing cold water as a relaxing treatment for our tired legs.

The water was a bit too cold for us to actually jump in and we also found the waves and current in the water a bit too strong to venture more than knee-deep into the water. But even then we almost lost balance a couple of times. It's impressive to see the power the sea actually has. You can see some of it in the pictures of this week.



Tom did not join us. He was too tired and had too many cramps; so he just went to the hotel to relax.

We had a nice time and are ready to do this again next year. We just need to select one of the many marathons and get ready.

My Achilles Tendon is not hurting after the run which is great news. Last Wednesday I went to the sports doctor and he told me that I indeed have a light infection on the Tendon, but that it is light enough not to worry to much. According to him the infection comes from the fact that I intensified my training (with much more interval training (intended to increase my speed)) and also because my core strength (the strength in my abdominal and lower back region) is insufficient and all of this further accentuated by the fact that my right leg (with the infection) is about 1,5cm shorter than the left one. This last point is of course no news to me and has not hindered me the last years when running. But his recommendation is to run with extra soles of 0,5cm in my right shoe to limit the height difference. Further to this he is sending me to the physiotherapist to work on my core strength and gave me some exercises to train my calf muscles and Achilles Tendon. Lots of things to do, but the good news is that I can keep on running, and the successful completion of the marathon shows that this will work.

Last week I spoke about the terror alarm and the fact that all schools in Brussels would remain closed on Monday. Finally the schools remained closed for 2 days and when they opened on Wednesday it was with extra police in front of the school, no parking allowed close to the school and a recommendation not to let the kids play in the schoolyard. This is still the case today. In the meantime the terror alarm was reduced to level 3 but police and the army are still on high alert and present at various locations in the city. In our neighborhood which is full of bars, restaurants, students and a lively night-life there are also soldiers walking around at night. It's unclear how much longer this situation will remain but i can tell you it's not really fun.

The pictures of this week are here.