When Wellington House teach Luis Lanfranconi is not in the classroom, he likes to get outside and run the streets of Barcelona.
From Poble Sec to Forum
There are many reasons why people might take up running. For most adults, the objective of an occasional jog can oftentimes be the enormous benefits that daily exercise and a healthy life provide.
Then, apart from all the “health perks” that running brings about, why do we run? Perhaps because we want to be in good shape for the summer? Because it makes us feel good, physically and mentally? Maybe just because we have the possibility of doing it? Needless to say, not everybody can run, that’s for sure. Some people simply don’t have the physical means, others lack time or willpower.
I think I practice this sport simply because I enjoy running, and everything that comes with it: the training sessions, the necessary workout that helps us avoid injuries and, above all, the races.
Last Sunday nearly 17,000 people gathered at the Arc de Triomph for one of the world’s most prestigious half marathons: La Mitja de Barcelona. As a resident of Barcelona, I was lucky enough to be able to take part in this demanding competition, while enjoying some amazing sights from a completely different perspective.
The 21.1 kilometre course takes you around various important streets and landmarks of this beautiful coastal city. It also involves some nice long stretches that go through the city center, the districts of Sant Marti and Poble Nou and along the coast.
Cover bands and percussion groups enliven the event at various points while supportive friends, family and neighbours emerge from the crowd to cheer on the participants.
I got a real kick out of running this race. Whether you have been practicing this gratifying sport for a long time or not, this is undoubtedly an event I highly recommend if you haven’t tried it yet.
And what about you? What’s your secret talent?