Category: Julia’s Training and Racing

How I cured my insomnia

I love the holidays. I hate cleaning up the aftermath. I’m not talking about the empty smudged champagne glasses or the popcorn kernels littering the carpet after watching the twentieth Christmas movie. What I mean is how utterly crapola I feel after too many holiday indulgences and an off-the-rails sleep pattern. The festive indulging this year was… [Read More]

25 years of running (Part II)

In Part I we established that Spandex was not yet in vogue in the 90s. Today we move into the 21st century! 2004 – In this Olympic year, my husband Piero was head of the Italian Olympic Marathon Team for Athens. We spent most of our summer in St.Moritz, Switzerland and Predazzo, Italy. Evan was learning… [Read More]

25 years of running (Part I)

Happy New Year’s everyone! While thinking back on how great last year turned out to be, accidents and all, I realised I’d forgotten an important milestone: in 2015 I celebrated 25 years of running! Twenty five years! My immediate thought was, I should write about that. I kept procrastinating though because, well, I couldn’t quite decide what to say. Was it… [Read More]

How to run while travelling (and keep peace in the family)

Last weekend Shauna and I had a meet up in Amsterdam to discuss some very very important Up & Running business. 😉 We try and see each other in person at least once (ideally twice) a year, and Amsterdam is one of our magic cities. The positive vibes are strong, new ideas flow. and our energy gets… [Read More]

Julia’s Ironman Barcelona Race Report – Part IV

Today we conclude Julia’s epic Ironman tale. Here’s Part III if you missed it. The run course was crowded and crazy. We were about 8.5 hours into the race and the pro athletes were finishing up. There were almost two thousand triathletes running on a ten kilometre loop fighting for space. On the narrow parts of… [Read More]

Julia’s Ironman Barcelona Race Report – Part III

Continued from Part I and Part II. I did a complete clothing change in T1. I wanted to be comfortable on the bike since I’d be on that saddle for most of the day. My left hand strength is still not what it used to be before the accident so it took a little more… [Read More]

Julia’s Ironman Barcelona Race Report – Part II

Today we continue Julia’s epic race report. Here’s Part I if you missed it! Ironman Barcelona is not actually in the city of Barcelona but rather a beachside resort town thirty miles east called Calella. Our hotel in Calella was smack in front of the finish line with a view of the beach. During lunch… [Read More]

Julia’s Ironman Barcelona Race Report – Part I

I signed up for Ironman Barcelona last December while traveling home by train after Christmas. As I checked my email, an advert popped out saying there were only fifty places, hurry and grab one. After Ironman Zurich I thought I wanted to wait another two years before racing another, but Ironman Barcelona was to be held… [Read More]

Run for Elio (Corro per Elio)

On the day of my hit-and-run bike accident I got an email from my friend Vito Palmiotti who works for  the company 3M (think post-its!) in Milan. He’s full of enthusiasm for running and has spread the love to his colleagues by creating a running team of more than sixty employees. The Milan 3M headquarters has a private park… [Read More]

Life lessons from a badly broken arm

A couple of weeks ago I had an accident. It’s crazy how life can change in a split second. As I passed a line of (illegally) parked cars on my city bike, a van driver opened their door without looking. I went flying and took the fall on my left forearm. It broke in five… [Read More]