Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer plan

Summer. This is a city on the sea and it’s time to go to the beach, often I go there running, because the distance it’s only 10,5 km. With the heat the weekly long distance runs become shorter (15 km. more or less) and there are more chances to swim (the sea besides the pool). Here are 3 summer pictures: 3 little cruise ships in the port, a sunflower on my balcony and my tired/lazy lady cat Gioconda (devon rex breed).

Training. I noticed that in the latest races I have lost some positions on the uphill so I decided to include more hilly workouts. No speedworks but a weekly tempo-run. This is the training of the last week: sat. 15.4 km, tue 10.6 km and today 15 km.; mon and wed swimming 1400 and 1350 meters.

Races. This is not a good period because the races are organized in little towns where there are terrible uphill/downhill and I don’t want to risk my legs. In Rome there are only crowded events with thousands runners and a very poor swag (a t-shirt in cotton for the first 400/500 and, if you are lucky, you receive a "s" or "xxl" size because it is impossible to get a normal “medium”). The ultimate decision is: the Black Knight Army, waiting for September, will only enter 1 race for month.

Question: Do you change your running/swimming/biking schedule in summer?

23 comments:

  1. I think you made a good call on the races. There is no reason to risk injury. During the summer I have to make sure that I do my outdoor workouts early in the morning. - I don't do well in heat.
    I love how your cat is watching what you are doing with one eye.
    Have a good weekend, Stefano.

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  2. Gorgeous pics as always!
    I too do my workouts as early as possible to avoid the heat...plus the kids are home so running later is pretty much impossible.
    Good luck with the hill training!

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  3. Beautiful pictures!

    I tend to run/ride later in the summers because I'm off work and don't have to get up. That means I'm stuck doing things in the worst heat of the day, but I figure it'll just help me if my race is on a freakishly hot morning. Or that's what I tell myself. :)

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  4. in questa stagione prenderei in considerazione anche qualche trail, ne trovi anche di non estremi, uniresti l'utile al dilettevole.... forse il 3 sono a lariano, appunto...

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  5. The cat is quite a beauty!

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  6. If I was just doing running, I'd run in the morning. But I need to fit in two workouts several days a week so I can't avoid the heat of the afternoon. Ick.

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  7. I never plan races in Summer. It's so hot and humid that racing is just too uncomfortable. I also run at a lower intensity. I still run the same number of days.

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  8. You really had a great training! Good job, considering that next month we are running the Santa Marinella's 9.5 km race!
    http://www.podisticasolidarieta.it/podistica/home.nsf/web-prossimegare!openform

    Of course, during the summer I'll go swimming too!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  9. lovely pictures! I love Europe it reminds me of Quebec a lot.

    summer...ah yes changes...here the heat is brutal so earlier start for outside running and with the kids being home it also means more running at the gym on the treadmill. the weeks that they go to summer camp are easier for training outside but that is only 4 out of 10 weeks, have a nice weekend!!!

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  10. Looking out for your legs is smart, nice call.
    I'm going to try to swim twice a week this summer. I am not too talented in that area but I do need the cross training. Enjoy your time outside!

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  11. Beautiful photos once again! Good thing you are taking care of your legs by not putting them at risk for injury.

    Summer is prime time for running here in Minnesota, so a lot of my training comes to fruition during the summer months. I've got several races on the calendar for the summer.

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  12. We usually don't have very hot summers here so I'm not really adjusting anything. I run in the morning during Winter too so that doesn't change much either.

    You mentioned on my blog that my pool was small and yes it is. A lane is 15 metres, it's not an "official" swimming pool. It's a part of my gym and I can use it because I'm a member. We do have a pool in my village with 25 metres lanes but I have to pay to swim there and therefore not use it.

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  13. My routine definitely changes in summer - I always get to the gym more since I am less busy getting the boys off to school. I also don't really sign up for many races.
    Nice pictures!

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  14. I find that running up hills gets harder with age. I take more time to recover at the top of them. Love the cruise ships ... they remind me of home.

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  15. I think that our bodies cannot handle the stress of constantly racing, they need a little downtime and slower paces for a bit...I'm sort of testament to doing way too many races and being injuried for way too long. So I think you're making the best choice.

    That sea water is just a gorgeous shade of turquoise!! So pretty!

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  16. That's a good training schedule. I'm doing a hilly loop as a tempo run and have noticed improvement. Shame about the lack of races.

    In summer, yes, shorter long runs. 15k (early morning) is plenty long enough for me!

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  17. I think it is good to take a break from racing every once in a while. Then they are more fun when you go back!

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  18. Good idea to take a break from your racing this summer. No need to hurt yourself or get trampled by the huge crowds. I usually venture indoors for the summer months (though I'm trying to run more outside this summer).

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  19. Great pictures!! Wish I could just do beach running and hanging out by the beach for my summer workouts!! Bliss!!
    This summer I'm keeping runs short and focusing on form so i will be in better shape for an ultra attempt in the fall.

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  20. In the summer I am able to run early more and I love it.

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  21. In summer I just try to race more, because there seems to be more opportunity. For training, I like the daylight hours of summer and can more easily run in the evenings, but I still prefer the winter days when there is no rain. 45F is perfect racing/speedwork weather as long as it's dry and not windy. :)
    The ocean looks beautiful. I'd be doing a lot of swimming too! Ours is very cold.

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  22. Taking a break from racing sounds like a great idea! In Maine, we only can really race in the summer/fall because it is so cold other times. SO in the summer I race and train harder than the winter.

    As always, love your pictures!

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  23. Wow, You are so lucky/smart to live so close to the sea. It's beautiful! Better to avoid races that are crowded and have crummy t-shirts. I get very upset when they run out of my size.

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