Friday, March 04, 2011
Roma-Ostia Half Marathon
Prologue. This was my second half after the surgeries (the first one was a 1h56'16" in november 2010) and my goal for the Roma/Ostia was 1h49'49". I followed exactly the scheduled program and on sunday morning I was in Rome, with my new squire Francesco, ready to race. Unfortunately I had to wait in the last corral because that 1h56'16" was not considered sufficient to get a bib to be included among the "real runners"; this meant to begin my run 20 minutes later than the top runners (and 15, 10 and 5 later than the other ones).
Report. Finishing time 1h46'12" at the pace of 5'02"/km (8'06"ml); 5238 of 9486 overall and 363 of 781 a.g. The route was not flat and the pack always crowded. Thanks to this finishing time for all the 2012 I will start my halves in better corrals. As you can see the loot was rich and I also got a k-way. The sunglasses (on the right over the 2 bottles in the picture) are the prize for the business run included into the Roma-Ostia (special category for manager).
The Treadmill. It is a rainy period in this part of Italy. Monday I took a day off to recover after the race, tuesday I went to swim because of the stormy weather, wednesday always storm and thursday heavy rain again, so I prepared my treadmill for the training. Very sad and bored I ran for a long minute on it but immediately I decided to go out and to run under the storm: it was a nice tempo-run 12.2 km long!!!!! I hate the "dreadmill"!!!!! At last today there is the sun so I could run a slow 10 km.
Which was your best "loot" after a race?