Friday, September 30, 2011
Grosseto Bio Half Marathon
Prologue. Last sunday the Black Knight Army - the Black Knight, sir Giorgio and his humble squire Massimo, went to Grosseto (Tuscany) to run the half marathon. I decided to do this race (and other 3 in the near future) as a training run for the Florence Marathon, reminding myself to slow down to avoid injures. In the past I was too proud to take this kind of decisions: better few races but at my max speed. Now I have changed my mind, I want also enjoy the atmosphere but I always worry not to be the last because in these places the pack is very fast.
Good Things. Perfect organization; flat path; beautiful landscapes through the downtown and the country; rich loot and rich post-race refreshment.
Bad Things. The heat (33° C - 92° F in the shadow) with 10 km totally under the sun; because of the tootache sunday was my 7th day of antibiotics and the 3rd of aninflammatory so I was very very weak; for staying on the running schedule I did a 18 km (11,2 ml) and a 10 km workout on thursday and friday: it means no tapering at all before the race; only 257 runners at the start with the risk to finish last.
Finishing Time. 1h57'13" my personal worst on the distance!!!!!! Average: 5'33"/km - 8'56"/ml.
Final Stats. 207/257 overall, 190/233 men, 12/17 age group.Question: Do you do any race as training run for another more important event?