So, this past week and a half ish (since my last post) has been taken up mainly by some full-on training days. And I don't mean the usual sort of training that I write about here (you know, the running variety, or strength training, or cross-training). No, this was actual WORK training, as in I have taken up a teaching position again (here in Vietnam) which I will be doing in the evenings (and writing and nutrition consulting during the days, never fear Lou's Weight Online clients - I am DEFINITELY still here!!) and they have their own specific systems and technology to get to grips with. Hence the overwhelmed feelings, and yes, at times, I've also felt horribly HOMESICK for Australia and certain amazing Australians too. This has surprised me, as I was ecstatic to arrive back here and to be here (and still am).
However, simply getting out and running or cycling through this amazing and exciting city has once again renewed my sense of why I'm here and why I came back here. I love Vietnam, and I have only just scratched the surface I know. So, the things that have made that unexpected and unwelcome homesickness dissipate and disappear completely have been: cycling around exploring new streets and new cafes, running around West Lake (past the cyclists, the fishermen, the people playing hacky-sack, and the odd dog walker or fellow runner), trying ever new exciting coffee and tea concoctions, and eating delicious fresh fruit and exciting street food:
One thing I'm also missing, and I'm sure if you're here in Hanoi you'll no doubt feel the same, is the SUN! Yep, can't believe that the pollution has already got to me - it's only been just over a week! But there you go... Missing the sun and bright blue skies, so currently looking into where the nearest national parks are outside of Hanoi - got to get me some trail running and exploring further afield! But, as I keep telling myself (and others have told me too - such wise advice, thank you): one step at a time. Think I'll settle in a bit more into Hanoian life and the new job and new neighbourhood, and I'm sure there's a trail run on the horizon in the not too distant future. Actually, have found an EPIC looking race held in September near Sapa, further inland (about 300 ish km from Hanoi) - there is a 10, 21, 42, and even 70km option and it's all on the mountain there!! So pumped! Seriously considering the 70km option!! Might make up for missing that 68 Hounslow Classic I was all set to train towards this year. Watch this space, but I am KEEN AS for this Vietnam Mountain Marathon! Check it out, and please come and join me! (No pressure to do the long distances either, you could do the 10km and still enjoy the amazing scenery and people and food etc.) http://vietnammountainmarathon.com/
Well, that's all folks from me here in Hanoi. Off to order another coffee and do some work. On that note, to all Lou's Weight Online clients, as you know I won't be available for face-to-face consults in Newcastle for a while but we can continue to Skype and fb chat of course. To any Hanoi residents: if you prefer face-to-face chats with your new nutritionist (ie. ME!) then please get in contact, as you now have that option (or Skype or fb too of course, if you prefer).
Have a WONDERFUL week one and all! Chao :) xx