Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Edinburgh Park Run 5 km.

The Place. A well organised race by volunteers on Cramond. We (my son Paolo and I) arrived 30 minutes before the start and we could not believe how beautiful is the place: it is a seaside village located in the north west corner of the city of Edinburgh at the mouth of the river Almond where it enters the Firth of Forth. We didn't bring the cameras because the runners had to leave the bags unattended on the road.
The Report. It was a flat lap 5 km. long, near the river and through a wonderful green country. The finishing time was 23'13" (4'38"/km - 7'27"/ml), 104° of 252 overall. I was included in the wrong age group 5 year younger (8° of 16), in my a.g. I would have arrived 5° of 22. My son Paolo ran a good race with a finishing time of 27'02" (5'24"/km - 8'42"/ml), 166° of 252 overall.
In my opinion the 5km is the toughest distance to run because we have to push from the first to the last step.
Pics from Scotland. The first in the medieval burgh of Anstruther, the second in St. Andrew, the third and the fourth (crazy!!!!) in Anstruther again.

Rugby: Scotland - Italy 21 - 8. We made this long trip to see a shameful defeat against the brave Scottish. I think we have an inappropriate head coach. However Murrayfield is a glamorous stadium with a special atmosphere and friendly home-supporters (see the photo before the match):Question: What is for you the toughest distance to run?

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations on such a nice finish! Edinburgh looks beautiful. Sorry that your team didn't reward your travels with a win, though. Still, I bet it was a fun trip with your son. :)

    The most difficult distance for me is whatever I'm currently doing. They're ALL still really hard for me!

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  2. Greta pics!! Someday a trip to Scotland in definitely on our bucket list!

    Hmm..toughest distance. I think those first 3miles are the hardest when legs are still not loose the body just wants to chill.

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  3. i'm glad to see you had a good time in Bonny Scotland - it's great to travel and run (i love this). Never mind that Italy lost, you beat the French !
    My most difficult race/distance - the one i am doing at the time !!! i found trail running the toughest of all i've done - a 72km trail was so hard, and a 100km road race much easier ! a marathon is even harder because you try to run a fast time... i avoid the short distances (5 and 10km) for this reason.
    all the best
    marti

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  4. Great average pace considering that you don't like those kind of races. Moreover, you was 5th in your "real" age group. Congrats!

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  5. What a cool trip! I actually love 5 km races. The marathon is the hardest for me.

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  6. che posti suggestivi.... pensare che con quell'amico italo-gallese abbiamo corso la mezza di cardiff, gara altrettanto bella che ti consiglio!

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  7. Congrats on a great race! How wonderful you run with your son.
    TOughest distance for me any I allow to be by pacing incorrectly.
    Love the Edinburgh pics!

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  8. A great race and a good match for Italy! I think 5k is indeed hard. All out for 3.1 miles (in U.S. speak) take it out of you.

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  9. Per me la gara + difficile è proprio la 5km perchè si corre troppo con il cuore in gola.
    nel 1984 ero ad Edinburgo in camper con degli amici... giocavamo tutti a calcio e sfidammo dei ragazzi del luogo in un posto fuori citta ... un immenso prato verde dove avevano delle porte mobili. Noi giocando 5 contro 5 eravamo abituati a campi lunghi 25 max 30 metri loro lo fecero di oltre 50 metri. Risultato dopo 15 minuti vincevamo 3 a 0 (tecnicamente eravamo troppo + forti) ..ma alla fine perdemmo 10 a 8 e eravamo distrutti.

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  10. What a nice way to do some Father-son bonding. I totally agree that 5ks are tough races. But the good thing is that they don't last very long.

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  11. Congrats to you and your son on an awesome race! It sounds like a scenic and beautiful run. Congrats to Italy, too!

    Half-marathons are tough distances for me, usually. The last three miles are always the hardest.

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  12. Too bad your team lost but at least you made up for it with a nice 5K!
    I think 5Ks are pretty tough, too.

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  13. What a fantastic opportunity to run in a beautiful place in another country! Well done both of you on good races! Too bad about the rugby, but I’m sure you still enjoyed the trip. I find 10km quite tough but maybe because I haven’t run a 5km race. Obviously nothing above 80km is ever easy as well.:)

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  14. So good to see you racing regularly again, and this one went much more smoothly than the last race. For me, 5k races are tough because they are super fast.

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  15. Glad you had a better organized race to run! 10k is by far the hardest distance for me to run.

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  16. I've been to Edinburgh, and it looks exactly the way I remember it!

    My hardest runs are anything over 15 miles. Then I need chocolate : )

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  17. The first mile is always the hardest beacuse my body is warming up... lol.
    A whole room dedicated to running?? Wow what fun!!!

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  18. Too bad Italy lost...sounds like it was still a nice trip. You did great on that 5K! I'd have to say I also find 5Ks the most difficult to run :)



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  19. Wow! What a neat looking place! I know what you mean about the 5k. I feel like I'm just getting up to speed when it's all over. Also thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  20. I think I always have a hard time with the first mile. For sure actually. I tend to do better at the end of a run.

    Love the pictures as always. Awesome 5k!! I find them the hardest races!

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  21. It sounds like a beautiful place to run! I never made it far out of central Edinburgh when I was there. I agree with you, a 5K is the hardest distance.

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  22. Well done Stefano - 23:13 is good running and you haven't practised for 5k speed. Shame you missed out on the 5th place.

    For me, there are two tough races: 800 metres on the track and the 45k 6' marathon over two mountains - http://sixfoot.com/

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  23. How is the Scottish QB that threw 3 TDs? Way to go Italy to score on the 3-point PAT. The toughest distance is...the one you're running, when you think, there's no hiding out here, you run what you do & you effect what you will because no one is going to come & make any of this any better & I can't fake any of this because no one is actually watching any of this & if you cheat there's only one person you're cheating.

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  24. Nice time Stefano, you did good and to have your son running with you priceless you both did great congratulations.

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