Thursday, May 07, 2015

Tag your IT

I was tagged by Karen of Fair and Freckled to share my running favorites with you.
She has many great posts about running on her blog
Thank you Karen for tagging me.
I will tag Amy, Giorgio and all the blogger friends who would like to join.
Favorite running place. My favorite running place is a path who runs between my city and S.Marinella inside the green country and near the sea. The scenery is wonderful and the only noise you hear are the singing birds.
Favorite RaceI don’t have a favorite race even if I miss the races of the past (no more organized now) with few runners when we were pioneers of this sport: I mean early 80s. Below a photo of a race I have run in 1986:

Now I like to run where I can enjoy the scenery and the atmosphere. I can say: some races in Rome near the ancient monuments or inside green parks, the Florence marathon most of it through the historic centre, Edinburgh 10 miles and Parkrun, Athens 10 km and Berlin half marathon. Below the photos of my Marathons in Rome (1991) and Florence (2006):

Time of the day. I would like to run in the middle of the morning to enjoy the warm sun (obviously not in summer) but as I must work as the common humans have to do, I usually run at 07.00 a.m. before going to my office.
Ideal weatherConsidering the local weather: not summer because too hot and not spring because I have some allergies. Winter and fall are ok but I give my best at sunset under a light rain: it reminds the glorious time when I played rugby (middle 70s). Below a photo after a workout under the snow in 2012 (rarely it happens here):

Fuel. During the workout/race only natural water, after the effort a simple dose of magnesium and potassium to recover:

Rewards. At the end fresh water, but I also consider a special reward the fountains during a workout in summer. After a race Coca Cola with lemon. However a good swag is always well accepted if it contains nice memories such as t-shirt, keyring or something else.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

April (and the trip to Tallinn)

April 2015. This was a not so good month because a painful prostatitis that lasted 20 days but, despite the problem, I didn't give up and I kept on training. Of course the treatments with antibiotics made me become weaker, so I ran shorter distances at a slower pace (a little bit under the 6:00/km - 9:40/m).
Stats: Running 94.7 km (58.8 m) in 10 workouts - Swimming 11.200 meters in 7 workouts. 
Tallinn. I also spent 3 days in Tallinn (Estonia) to attend an ESPO meeting on the sustainable development in the maritime transports. Here are 3 photos of the city: 

And here are some memories of the "Medieval night" organized by the local Port Authority: what do you think about the "orbs" in the 2nd photo?

April 1987. 28 years ago! See how different my outfits, the cars and the building were. My shoes were the famous Nike Elite Classic. The stats of that race: 11 km in 50:47 (my slowest race of the year). I was 61° of 73.

Have a good running, swimming, biking May 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vivicittà 3 km

On a sunny spring sunday I have run a 3km no-competitive race. Why this decision and not the competitive 12 km? First of all because the second is a crazy path: 4 laps with a heartbreak uphill and a similar downhill; too easy to get injured. But the most important reason is a boring prostatitis for which I have been taking antibiotics (and not only) since last tuesday, so I am weaker and with a higher heart rate. The cure will last, if I am lucky, other 13 days.
However this morning I received a call from Sir Giorgio who offered his services as personal photographer. This is the only photo of my race (I am the last in black armor):

Was I too fast or he ........... What do you think? Your opinion is very important.
The finishing time was 14:30 (4:50/km - 7:47/m). I know the distance was short but at least I have run!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


March 2015. This was a not so bad month for running despite I didn't have the time to race: too busy in this period! The pace was a little bit faster and the runs easier.
Stats: Running 123 km (76,4 m) in 12 workouts - Swimming 12.900 meters in 8 workouts.
On 27th I went to Olbia (Sardinia) to attend a meeting on the Port Community Systems. Here are some photos of those beautiful places.

March 1991. Yes, 24 years ago! I established my PB on the half marathon with 1:31:58 and I was 993 of 2542 overall. Now in that half there are more than 30.000 runners!

Have a good running, swimming, biking, hiking April!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Running again

At last I succeed in following a regular routine with no pain, no stress and no scheduled training (I mean specific works). To stay healthy is my only goal. The routine contemplates 3 days of sport in a row (when possible, because in this period I travel a lot for work) and 1 day of rest: swimming or running are the same for me. It depends by the weather or the swimming pool opening hours.

Running. The mileage is low, about 120 km (74.5 m) per month but the speed improves by itself. Now my training pace is more or less 5:40/km (9:08 m). It is important to stay injury free and enjoy every single run.

Swimming. Never been a problem, I have been swimming since I was a baby. Every session is about 1600/1700 meters and the situation is good because in early morning (07:30 am) we are no more than 2 persons in each lane.

Photos: these are other photos from the Parkrun in Scotland that I have run with my son last month.

Have a good week end and enjoy the spring

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Edinburgh Parkrun

Prologue. Last week I went to Edinburgh with my son to see the rugby match Scotland – Italia and with the opportunity to run the Parkrun and to visit again the city and the Rosslyn Chapel.

Parkrun 5 km. A wonderful flat path near the sea inside a green park full of  trees, daffodils and birds. 531 runners at the start. My son, without a specific training, was 439° with a finishing time of 29:28. I was 275° with a finishing time of 25:10, I ran with a regular pace enjoying the atmosphere and the scenery. It was a beautiful morning of sport in good company.

Rugby. In the afternoon we went to Murrayfield to see the rugby match and Italy won 22 – 19!!!!!

Have a good week-end ..... spring is coming!!!