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?

27 comments:

  1. If I lived in Italy I could go run races with you and you'd never, ever have to worry about being last. :)

    I've done some races in the place of training runs, but it's more a case of running in them bc I wanted to, not bc of my training plan. Really, I'm more likely to do a race in spite of my training plan than one that fits in. But maybe that's why your personal worst in the half marathon is a minute faster than MY personal best. :)

    And speaking of that, good job doing the run you needed to do and not letting your pride get in the way. That's a hard thing to do, but so smart when you're working to hold off injury.

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  2. un buon test, direi... come ti dicevo per me sarebbe stato un suicidio, ma stai sicuro che alla prox ci sarò.... famme sapè per ostia!

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  3. Yes, the pack in your neck of the woods is always very fast!

    I've done races as part of training, but usually only on a pretty casual basis - I agree with you that it is difficult to have the self-control to pace properly...

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  4. 33C? Stefano you're a rockstar for running in that heat. Here I am whining about 22C on Sunday when I have a race and you just do a half in hot weather. Great job!

    I never really did races as part of training up till now while training for my first half. Did 16K 2 weeks ago and 15K on Sunday.

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  5. A good run under the circumstances, well done! I think going sub 02:00 is still very good. The loot looks fantastic.
    Well, the Springboks got passed Samoa and we'll see what's next. Hope Italy can also deliver something good for the fans.
    Have a good weekend!

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  6. That's hot! I think it would be tough for anyone to perform at their best at that temperature!

    I do indeed do races along the way to bigger goals. I'll give myself a mini-taper for them and then see how it goes. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Great job on your training run. I have tried racing as training but I usually cave to being competitive. Whoops!

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  8. Sorry about the PW but you had so many forces working against you. Heat is tough!
    I definitely sneak in races as training for my A race. Usually a half or two before a marathon.

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  9. Toothache, antibiotics and no taper don't make for the best pre-race build up. You were so sensible to run the way you did.

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  10. Heat really takes it out of you, so don't sweat the PW.

    Is that a bottle of wine I see among the things you got for the race? Wow.

    And yes, I am planning a 10K and a half-marathon as part of my ramp-up for the Houston Marathon in January. It's a good check on my progress.

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  11. Again I want to say thank you for the package you sent me.

    The heat is the enemy. for me it is a real struggle to train or race in it.

    This is a very nice loot! Wine! only in Europe right?!

    Yes I do races as training. they are in the training plan I follow for the half marathon, 1 or 2 5k and 1 10k.
    The 10k is a good way for me to see where I am at for race pace.

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  12. I have tried to do races as training runs but it is hard not to get caught up in the excitement and race, not just run.
    That heat sounds awful. But the scenery sounds great.

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  13. Your "slowest" half-marathon time is still incredibly fast, especially to some of your regular readers. Congratulations!

    Some of my races are used as training runs for other races. I will often use local races as training for destination races.

    I would NOT do as well as you did running in the heat!

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  14. Nice loot!
    I didn't used to race at all during training for a race. I do race for training now- if it doesn't cost much.

    How much does it cost to enter a race in Italy?

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  15. I think you did very well, considering the injury and hope the teeth are doing better!

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  16. I'm sure it's hard for you not to run too fast, but probably a good thing you didn't in that heat! Hope the tooth is feeling better!

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  17. You had a lot stacked against you with the meds and the heat. I'm glad you slowed down and were able to finish, even if it was your slowest half. I think you did wonderfully, all things considered.

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  18. Heat + antibiotics sounds miserable! What was that about taking it slower to avoid injury??? :)

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  19. Sensible running Stefano - 33C is HOT! Sounds like a lovely event. At 1:57 you can enjoy the scenery - if Ruth was there, that would be her pace - so a nice conversation too.

    Yes, I've run half marathons as training runs for other half marathons and 10k races. Sometimes last year I run 5k races at 'lactate threshold' for training too. I think one needs to make a pre-race decision about how one is going to run. If racing, it should be 'all out', no easing off and no excuses.

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  20. Ciao Stefano, sembra che corri molto bene. La maratona di Firenze dovrebbe essere favolosa- buona scelta! Vedo che hai passato un bell'estate....hmmm bene cosi.

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  21. Considering the heat and your weakened state from antibodics, you did well...under 2 hours too.

    I have used a half before to train for the full.

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  22. Yes, I have ran other races to prepare for more important ones. Our track club runs 10k and a 15k races during marathon training.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Yes, the guys raised money for the charity by dressing up!

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  23. Considering the heat, the antibiotics (always a run killer for me!) and everything else, you raced very well! I love the race picture where you're alone, too...you look so strong and determined!!!

    I like to use shorter races to prep for a marathon, they give me an indication of my fitness level, and they are excellent speedwork!!

    Nice job, Stefano! :)

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  24. ugh, that's hard heat to run in!! I tend to stay away from races when training, I want to save all my race energy for the big day.

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  25. Oh man, I can't run in heat at all - you raced so well!! What an amazing race you had!

    I don't sign up for lots of races just because they cost so much to sign up for. So basically I am cheap. :)

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  26. But it was a personal best with a toothache and 90-degree temperatures, right? :)

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  27. You weren't even close to last!

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