Friday, April 01, 2011

The doubt

Training. Last week I wrote that the things go well and I can also run 2 days in a row but I must learn to shut up. Since monday I feel pain on the back, into the neck and in the operated leg, for this reason I have only made 2 slow workouts (11.9 km and 12.1 km) and 1400 meters in the pool. To heal I am following a series of physiotherapy and thermal baths.

Memories. When I changed house I lost all the cups, the trophies, the plaques and a lot of medals. Yesterday I took this photo of the "survivors" and, as you can see, I received the unexpected visit of an alien.


The races and the doubt. From may to june, every sunday there are many events and I have to choose carefully the best. On sunday the Vivicittà (12 k) in my city, on april 10 the City of Montalto (10 k) and on april 17 the Appia Run (13 k). The first (Vivicittà) is a question of honour because it is in my city; the second (Montalto) is the main event because I can enter in the top 10 of my age group; the third (Appia) is a wonderful lap through the most ancient road of Rome, near roman monuments and through a beautiful park. My plan could be to save energy in the Vivicittà (goal 5'00"/k - 8'03"/ml); to push "over the limits" in Montalto (goal 4'43"/k - 7'35"/ml) and to enjoy the sunny morning in Rome (goal 5'05"/k - 8'11"/ml).

What would you do? Is this a good plan or do I have to push in every race?

29 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm sorry the pain is back. I hate when it hears us say it's gone and then reminds us "I'm still here!"

    Your plan sounds good to me. Definitely take your time in Rome so you can get lots of pictures for us! :) Good luck in your race this weekend! I have no races in April as I finish up training for my marathon, and here where I need to do my final push for miles I'm trying to decide whether or not it would be smarter to skip the long run since my foot has been hurting a lot. Grrr.

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  2. So sorry the back pain is back...I hope you feel better real soon.

    I say, enjoy the tour of Rome and then push on the other races. Sometimes, it's okay to just have fun :)

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  3. Sounds like a good plan to me. I love the alien!

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  4. I don't think you should push it, you plan for those sounds perfect. Hope your back feels better soon! Enjoy your weekend : )

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  5. splendido, t'aspetto all'appiarun, saremo un botto di gente ma resta forse la gara più bella di RM... anche con le salite introdotte l'anno scorso! :/

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  6. so sorry about the pain you are feeling, I hope that you heal quickly. That's a cute little alien. Sounds to me like you have a perfect plan!

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  7. I don't think I would push every race, your body would protest and you may get injured (Hello! Said from one who pushed too much and am not paying dearly for that!!). Your plan sounds like a great one.

    Sorry you lost your medals and such - I lost my first marathon medal and it just makes me sad sometimes. Love those you do have, and the alien invading is awfully darn cute!

    Hope the back feels better soon!!!!!

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  8. Very cute alien!
    I would take one or two races easy - you don't want to get injured!
    Take good care of yourself!

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  9. I think your plan sounds perfect, especially with the potential for a top 10 finish! Take care of yourself!

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  10. Your plan sounds good but since you have pains in your back, I would play it by ear and adjust accordingly.
    What does your cute alien have to say about your plans? :-)

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  11. Take care of yourself as you make those race plans! I'd pick one or two targets, rather than pushing in each one.

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  12. I like your plan. I would not push in every race. Take your time and take pictures to show us!

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  13. I think you have a great plan. Above all: Have fun at every race!

    I hope you recover quickly!

    Cute kitty!

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  14. That happens to me too - I say everything is getting better and then you find you're back to square run. I hope it's only a temporary set back for and the pain settles quickly.
    Your race plan sounds good and sensible.

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  15. Even before you said alien I was thinking, "Gosh, that cat looks like an alien!" They are so darn curious!
    I always say I won't push every race and I do so I'm not good on giving that kind of advice!

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  16. So sorry about the back pain! I do hope you feel better soon! Take care!

    I completely agree with you: Civitavecchia, Montalto and Rome will be our next races.
    Tomorrow I'm saving enrgy and I'll run at 5.00 min./km. too.

    See you tomorrow at 09:45 near the "Gran Caffè" bar. Paola will be there too.

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  17. Sorry to hear about your pain.

    I would choose one race where you push and see how the other two will be going, you will know once you're running if you can push yourself a bit further.

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  18. How sad that you lost your medals in the move! I almost thought I did that, but eventually we found the box amongst my old roommate's stuff in the basement...

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  19. Bad backs are a pain in the back. Sorry to hear that Stefano.

    That's a reasonable plan. I do the same thing - I like using some 'races' for tempo training or enjoyment. Only go 'all out' when you are ready. Imagine you are escaping from the alien ;)

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  20. Oh man, I am so sorry that the pain has returned! I hope it goes away again soon and you are feeling much better.

    I think that you have a good plan. I think you can end up having an injury if you push yourself to go all out at every race.

    Love the alien! ha ha

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  21. So sorry to hear the pain has returned! With the pain you are experiencing I would consider listening to your body. Possibly do Rome (with lots of pictures of course) if you can really take it easy and not push.

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  22. Your plan is a wise one. Too much risk involved in pushing too much!
    Love that alien!

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  23. I would be so sad about losing all of my medals and bibs!! I hope you find them...

    I might take it easy in the race if you are having some pain. But only you will know. I am sure you made a good decision.

    Your alien is too cute! I have one too =D

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  24. I think your plan is good! And I like your cat :)

    enjoy the run!

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  25. Sorry to hear about your set back hope things get back on track soon. Can you tell me why are all the good races on Sundays!! look like you have a nice line up good luck and take it easy in some of them. Remeber this is coming from someone who race to finish not race to win :) have fun Stefano.

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  26. I like your plan. Go for it and don't hold back. Only you know how much you can push it. You only get one chance to live this moment!

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  28. I share your struggles. I too am feeling pain in an old, debilitating injury and on the eve of a big race. When will we learn, Stefano? I'm planning to enjoy a new experience, not try to push for a PR. Maybe that approach will work for you too.

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  29. Ah, yes, the pains... Sometimes we have to listen to our bodies.

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