Friday, July 22, 2011

S. Marinella - Perla del Tirreno Trophy (km. 9.5)

Prologue. Saturday night the Black Knight Army - Sir Giorgio, his insolent squire Massimo and the Black Knight - went to S.Marinella, a beautiful city on the sea, to run the 9.5 km. race. Here you can see the Odescalchi Castle in S.Marinella:

The Report. We thought to race near the sea on the flat promenade but we were wrong, the path ran at the borders of the city and was tough and hilly. All things considered (hills, poor age-groups prizes, heat, fast pack) I took the decision to make only a tempo-run, slowing down my usual racing pace.

Finishing time 48'09" at the pace of 5'04"/km (8'09"/ml); 223° of 324 overall and 18 of 22 in my age group (!!!!!!).

Question. Have you ever changed your plans few minutes before the start? Was it a wise decision?


21 comments:

  1. miii, pensare che ci avevo fatto un pensierino! mi ha trattenuto solo l'orario, avrei fatto troppo tardi....

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  2. The loot wasn't bad considering that the race was held in support of organ donation which is an important social cause. 324 runners in that small town: that's really great!

    I'll find the right punishment for the insolent squire as soon as possible! A punishment for Paola too who didn't run the Santa Marinella's race :)
    Great photo of the Odescalchi castle!

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  3. Sounds like a good change of plan. Heat is the thing most likely to cause me to change my plans on the day, though often it only dawns on me a few miles into the race that I have been unrealistic! I remember I did a 10-miler in Philadelphia last year, early in May, that was unexpectedly extremely hot and humid; I had intended to do it as a tempo run at 9:00 pace, but in fact after 3 miles at 9:00/mi. it was clear that the weather was going to get the better of me, and I slowed down significantly. Was glad I did so - in the last mile or so I saw at least half a dozen people on the ground receiving medical attention...

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  4. I haven't done that many races, but I think only one has gone according to plan! My plans have changed a km or two into the race though, never at the start line.

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  5. Typically my body changes the plan for me.

    When I did my marathon, we probably started out a little too strong instead of making a more conservative plan. Oh, well, we finished.

    Your loot is always so good, and your pictures are wonderful. That different route definitely would've thrown me, although I might have been happier not knowing til I got there. I tend to make things worse in my head than they really are.

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  6. Great question! I actually did right before Boston in 2007; it was pouring down rain and about 50 degrees. I was debating between shorts and capri tights. I went with the tights and regretted it the whole way--too hot!!

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  7. Well done on the race. You have to adapt when the circumstances aren't what you expected so you did what you had to.

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  8. Evening races, we dont see that here. Again you loot is impressive. change of plans...yes I did once I changed clothes at the last minute..only to regret it at mile 8 or 9. Like Kate my body sometimes make the chabges for me. Tomorrow might be a day for change of plan..96F on the forecast...We will see...!

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  9. There have been instances where I should have changed my plan right before a race but didn't. In one or two of those situations, the non-decision came back to bite me in the butt.

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  10. What a beautiful place! I think I need to do some traveling.

    OK...right before the race, I just don't do a lot of thinking.. I do warm up, but my brain is not working too well.

    You were smart to go at tempo, but that is a fast group of men in your age group for you to place like that with a 48.

    What were the age group prizes? There are never prizes for age groups here. Only in very big races.

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  11. See, wine in the loot.

    Yes, I change my race plans at the start and usually I go from thinking I'll run a workout pace to racing it.

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  12. I have never been in a race where an 809 pace puts you so far back in the pack. must be something about italy!

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  13. I wrote recently about changing from walking to running at the start and it was a life changing decision in many ways.

    And that was one fast race.

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  14. Sounds like this worked out for you!

    The heat is the reason I change my race plans, it seems to help so much to walk in the heat.

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  15. Sometimes last minute decisions are the best ones. Good job on keeping it a tempo run for you.

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  16. Wow, that sounds like it was a tough race. And, yes, I've stuck my wet finger up and decided the wind wasn't blowing my way and changed strategies. Never regretted it.

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  17. That is still a good pace for the race, well done! I have changed my plans on the fly a few times. Most of the time for the better. I think with experience you learn when it would be good to change plans, but only after learning the hard way sometimes.

    As I said a while back, I am not very proud of the Springbok rugby at the moment. I hope they get their act together for the world cup. I want to be a proud supporter.

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  18. Wow, you had a fast race! Way to go!

    I started out way too fast at my last half-marathon, and halfway through it, I paid the price. My energy levels were very low and I had to walk a lot for the remainder of the course.

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  19. Hi Stefano! Nice job on the race! Yes, I have changed plans during a race...it happens. We just have to listen to our bodies and go with it. Holy cow! Look at that wonderful loot you have from your race! I love it! Take care of yourself Stefano!

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  20. nice job Stefano! Especially with the heat and hills, it was a smart decision to make.

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  21. Pretty nice loot! Too bad the course wasn't as you expected, but I think you made the right choice changing strategy. With so many races to do, no pointing in setting yourself back over one that isn't just right. Take care!

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