Gifts & Race

Star came back from Barcelona on Friday afternoon and look all the gifts he brought for me! šŸ˜†


Although everytime he goes for business trip I tell him not to “waste” money and that I don’t need anything. I love that he completely “ignores” me. And what’s even better, I love everything that he got for me!!! So… actually there’s no “waste” šŸ˜‰

Let’s start: two fridge magnets (paella and la sagrada familia)


The cutest cup set ever!!! I love Gaudi’s work and cups! Magic combination!


another cute mug (I collect mugs)


two oven holders


an apron




bread holder


baguette holder



biscuits (I’ll save these for mom)


and dark chocolate covered almonds.


these are all for me šŸ˜‰


and then… a race!!! My first race in 2011! By George 5 & 10 K.


Our running group planned to do a 5k & 10k on Saturday. I wasn’t sure if I’m prepared to participate because of my knee issues. But after talking to Star, he encouraged me to go anyway. Because I have such great time with my running buddies, also my best friends, so even I have to finish the race walking, it worth it! šŸ˜‰ I’m so glad that I went!

Stretching. Our coach/leader Carlos insists that stretching before running is important! I never do but he’s a pro so we all did.


It was a beautiful day and flat course, just besides the river. But the wind was terrible. As Carlos put it: it was the IDEAL day to NOT run a race. šŸ˜€


The 5k group before the race.


it was a small event, no t-shirt and a little disorganized but whatever šŸ˜‰

I started slow and paid specially attention to how my knee feel. The first half was good, no pain. But when I turned back, I started to feel some pain on the left knee (again), so I slowed down. The pain persisted so I didn’t want to push it too hard. I switched to 1 min running, 1 min walking mode. 3-4 times of that and I reached the end point! I still have some comforts afterwards, but not too bad. I’m definitely going to the doctor this week. Something is going on there for sure.

We found another friend with his wife when we finished. So here’s the expanded group.


and then Carlos and Pablo arrived, they did 10k. Good job! šŸ˜€


Once again I had so much fun with my friends. They’re all soooooo funny, specially Cesar, the funniest man in the world!!! Both Star and I love him!!! šŸ˜€

I need to solve the knee problem ASAP because running is something that I really LOVE, both alone and with good friends!!!

Why something so good is so bad for us (all the runners out there have some kind of injury)?

Why we tend to love things that are bad for us?

Why we have to make tough choices in life (joy of running vs. pain)?

Q: What’s something that you truly love but you know it’s bad for you?



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7 responses to “Gifts & Race

  1. thedelicateplace

    i love surprise gifts! that cup set is amazing! i love bread even though it’s bad for me (i’m allergic to gluten). it takes so much will power for me not to eat a slice of sourdough sometimes haha

  2. star is sooo sweet!!

    I truly love tv but i know its bad for my eyes!

  3. I love running but as you know it’s not really working for me right now!

    Have you considered that your knee issues are related to a tight IT band? That’s what happens to me.

  4. Wow, so many great things from Star!! That was so nice of him to bring such beautiful things back for you. I love the tile work on that mug and plate, it looks great.

    So, I think running (a lot) is actually not good for us. I have never posted my thoughts on running because I know I would probably get streamed at by many other bloggers, but I truly believe that running can do more harm than good (especially when people run a lot). All I ever hear from runners is that they have some type of injury!! I stay away from it, and only do it every once in a while.

    Something I love but I know isn’t so great for me would HAVE to be ice cream!! Yes, I do have a major sweet tooth šŸ™‚

  5. DiningAndDishing

    That is such a great question when it comes to running! I enjoy running but try to incorporate many other forms of activity to I don’t end up injured. Not worth it to me!

    – Beth @

  6. Hope your knee feels better, Coco! Such sweet gifts from Star! I love that mug set. šŸ™‚

  7. I love that cup set Star briught back! Beautiful! And I sure hope the doctor can sort out your knee problem and that it’s nothing serious….

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