Friday, June 10, 2011

Run for the Acorp

Prologue. Last Saturday (June 4) the Black Knight (n° 7) and Sir Giorgio (n° 8) went to Rome to run, through the beautiful park of Villa Pamphili, the Corri per l’Acorp (6 km – 3,7 ml) an event to help the children in Brasil. There we met the blogger GIAN CARLO (n° 108) and we took a photo all together. We ran in a hot afternoon (30° C - 86°F) on a dirty patch full of dust.

The report. It was a total failure, I don’t know what happened but after 4 km I was already tired. The last 2 km were a real ordeal, a nightmare. Sir Giorgio ran all the race near me because he noticed that I didn’t feel good. Finishing time 30’02” at the pace of 5’00”/km. (8’03”/ml), 102° of 170 overall and 18° of 25 a.g. Here is the photo of the final “rush”:

Question: In case you don’t feel good: is it better to finish the race or to withdraw? Have you ever had a similar experience?

31 comments:

  1. a 2km dalla fine scegliere un percorso + breve per tornare era quasi impossibile...quindi hai fatto bene così.

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  2. 30 min for 6km is still very respectable, well done! I only withdraw because of injury. If I feel bad I just reduce my pace and push through to the end. Hope you are feeling OK now. Have a good weekend!

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  3. I agree with Johann I think you did well despite how you felt. Me? I tend to always finish no matter what. Hope I didn't jinx myself by saying that. Boo on the heat.

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  4. I think a DNF is worse than a bad time! So unless I risk hurting myself by aggravating an injury, I always finish.

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  5. Pat yourself on the back for finishing.
    Running in hot weather is always tough.

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  6. Wow, way to finish - I always have a tough time in hot weather. It is hard mentally to DNF, but sometimes it might be for the best. That said, I have yet to have to do that.

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  7. Sorry you had a bad day! it happens to everyone at one point. Good for you for finishing--you would have felt worse if you didn't.

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  8. la corsi anch'io: una fatica bestiale! quei saliscendi sono un must, per questo chi si allena in villa ha una marcia in più....

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  9. So sorry this was so hard. but I agree with the others this was a very good time.
    My last race was hard, dry heaves for the last mile and complete dehydration. for me not finishing is worst then a bad time. it would take an injury or passing out for me not to finish a race. heat is the enemy for me. I don't do well with the heat.

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  10. You really ran a great race, Stefano, considering the hot climate, the two up-hills and the dusty running path.

    We are running 15 km on Sunday and you are welcome

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  11. ugh, sorry the race wasn't the best. I push through and finish, unless like Johann said, there is an injury involved.

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  12. Sounds like you had a tough day at the office. It was so nice of Giorgio to keep you company through the tough bits. You need more good knights like him.

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  13. Ugh, what a hot race! So sorry that it didn't go as well as you had hoped. I always try to finish the races I enter, unless I get injured. If the weather conditions wear me out, then I run slower.

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  14. What a tough race. But you finished! I guess I feel like finishing slow is the better option unless you are really injured, then it is better to drop out.

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  15. Just like a (normal) Australian summer in Canberra - hot and dusty!

    You could have a virus or something. That does seem a little slow, especially the last 2k. I believe in never DNFing unless one is suffering a serious illness (in which case one shouldn't start!) or injury. Once one DNFs a race, that always becomes an option. Best to be strong and not have that option.

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  16. I think you did great, 30 minutes for 6K is a success in my running book.

    I only quit once and that was at my half in April. After passing out almost 3 times I said to myself "enough is enough". I think you have to decide for yourself if you want to stop or not, you're the only one who feels your body. And in the end we are all running for ourselves and if we don't feel good it's not shame of quitting.

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  17. You did great, especially in the heat and not feeling it. I have raced a few times when I didn't feel well. As long as I do not think it will make me worse, I usually run. Of course, if I'm completely run down then I do not even leave the house.

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  18. Finish.... Even if it kills you.

    Gotta run.

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  19. Under the conditions you describe!! that is why you had a bad race. last year I was doing a 9 miler in the middle of summer it was torture I quick. DNF was not sad about it.

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  20. I would want to finish but man does that sound hot. I think you did quite well.

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  21. I finish the race if don't feel well, but it's never pretty.

    You still did great.

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  22. I see I am going t have to use the internet traslator again. :)
    Sorry that you weren't feeling well. I have been really fortunate lately and have never DNF'd. I have DNS'd, though.

    You ask a very complex question.
    The decision would come down to how much time I spent training, how long the race distance is, and if there was another race I might use the training for. If it were a marathon and I had lots and lots of money, I might DNF if I thought I could get in a race soon and use the training. For a 5K 0r 10K, going the full distance in bad conditions probably wouldn't leave me hurt for another race. If it's injury during the race, I would stop, unless I was sure I could still PR or get a similar goal.

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  23. Also- I hope you are feeling better now and that your training is going OK- are injuries healing??

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  24. Yes, I believe in finishing wherever possible, though there have been one or two times when in retrospect I see that I probably should have just stopped!

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  25. you see? that's the beauty of running. I take your 8 min mile right now and be happy with it. I struggle and can't keep 9.
    Thanks for your kind words on my post. I was writing about what it feels before I go for my exam. But thank you for your concern

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  26. Tough race, I hope you're better and moving on.
    I have felt horrible and finished a race slowly but I haven't ever stopped. I would if I needed to. It's hard to know when that is but I think we'd know. Great job, hang tough!

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  27. You did well given the circumstances.

    To finish or stop, depends a lot on how important the race is and how bad I am feeling, I think. Usually, if I don't feel well, I won't even start.

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  28. I think it's better to finish. Then you can say, "At least I finished on a bad day" - that means you won the mental race.

    Gee, that sounds pretty good - I should listen to my own advice!

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  29. It's hard to determine whether you réally don't feel good, or if it's just that whiny little voice complaining.

    But if you really don't feel well, you should listen to your body.

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  30. I'm so sorry you didn't feel well, but I am very impressed with your time on such a bad day!! I tend to stick through a race to the end, no matter what....only one time did I seriously think I could not make it do to an imbalance problem with an ear infection....but I did push though it. Hope you're feeling better now...and what an awesome friend you have to stick by you no matter what!! :)

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  31. I think you turned in a good performance. And, my feeling is you should finish, even if you blow your time, unless you risk great injury or illness. So, I think you did the right thing.

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