Friday, March 30, 2012

Bling

The Future. I run again carefully, slowly (about 6’00/km - 8’03/ml) and for no more than 10/12 km. I don’t know if I will be able to increase the mileage: perhaps the limit is the half-marathon but for sure I have to forget forever the tempo-runs and the speed-works. All the doctors and the PT agree on this prohibition. I would like to race again but around here the pack is too fast, the participants are very few and the paths dangerous with uphill and downhill. All considered my decision could be to enter some race in Rome where I can run slowly because there are thousands of runners.

Training Log after my last post:

Bling. Here are some running memories: my 3 marathons (PB 3:34:09 in 1991) and 8 of my 30 half marathons (PB 1:31:58 in 1991). Unfortunately I have lost, while moving to this house, all the cups, all the plaques and many medals (included my favorite that I got in Edinburgh for a 10 miler race):


Question: do you have a special running trophy?

27 comments:

  1. I have a very good medal from the Antarctica marathon, with penguins - only they are zoologically incorrect, as the designer chose to use the Emperor penguin with its distinctive yellow splash at the throat, whereas the 3 species of penguin that live in the part of the continent that we ran in are Adelie, chinstrap and gentoo!

    Yes, if you choose races wisely you should be able to slot in at 8:30 mile pace and run very safely. If you did a race in England or America you would find yourself still at that pace in the front quarter of the pack! See if you can find someone rather slower than you who wants pacing to try and hit a particular 10K or half-marathon goal...

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  2. Those are some excellent stats concidering what your poor knee was like a few weeks ago.

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  3. I'm guessing running trails is not an option for you! I find that community to have a really varied pace and everyone is so friendly. The fast people are competitive, but also really supportive of people of all abilities.

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  4. I'm glad to hear you are doing some running. Any is better than none, right? And maybe you will exceed your expectations.

    I guess my favorite running bling is my medal from my IronMan.

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  5. So happy that you are running again!

    Love your medals! Wow, and those are some pretty amazing PRs :) .

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  6. Ho una moglie che vorrebbe buttarmi tutte le coppe(vinte nelle classiche della società) e tutte le medaglie di oltre 30 maratone e moltissime mezze medagliate(tipo 15 roma-Ostia ..ma anche molte altre.
    Comunque hai fatto 2500 metri di nuoto quindi ...tanto di cappello.
    Il 30/9 c'è un triathlon sprint a Santa Marinella ...io te l'ho detto così ...per scherzare.

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  7. ridendo e scherzando.... :) ci sono runners che se li sognano i tuoi pb! il mio trofeo lo vinco ogni volta che infilo le scarpette: cmq vada, avrò superato me stesso.....

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  8. very good to read you are able to run!!
    my favorite medal is the one from the Beach Cities Challenge!

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  9. So glad to hear your knee is getting better!! :-) You are doing an amazing job!

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  10. I'm not sure if I'll be ever able to do more than plod along so I can understand how you're feeling. But I'd rather plod along than not be able to run at all.

    My favourite running trophy came from my squad and it's not for running, it's for baking. I don't know what that says about my running ability.

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  11. I'm glad you are running again, and I do believe you still have some satisfying races ahead.

    My favorite trophy is at my mother's house. I won it in the late 1990s for finishing third in my age group in a 5-mile race in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. I never thought I could *ever* win a trophy, and in fact I didn't even hear them when they called my name because they mispronounced it and I wasn't expecting it. It was supposed to be for 3rd place in the 20-29 age group, but they had a mix-up and gave me the one for 15-19. It didn't matter to me. I still loved it and will keep it forever.

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  12. Those are some nice medals! My favorite medal is the one for my first half marathon, the Disney Half - the medal is shaped like Donald Duck!

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  13. Any trophy I have won is my favorite because I am still amazed that I have become somewhat athletic as I have gotten older. I love all my medals for the most part but I like pretty ones the best. There is a half marathon I am looking at for the summer that has a boat medal that is quite cool,

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  14. The three marathon's medals are really beautiful!
    Didn't you had a medal after you had run the Berlin half marathon? I haven't seen it in the picture.

    On the running front, we will find 10 km races in Rome and surrondings without uphill and downhill and with thousands of runners. Meanwhile, tomorrow I'll try to run 16 km. Next Monday I am running at 1 pm (relaxing run): would you like to run with me? Please, let me know!

    Have a nice weekend!

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  15. You have a beautiful collection of medals! My most special one is from my first marathon. It will always remind me of the test of the distance and training for such a big goal.
    I also treasure my Prefontaine 10K award, since it's such a challenging course.

    I am really glad you are back to running again. Running gently is good! Rome would be a nice place to run a fun race.

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  16. That's great news Stefano. Yes, seek out races on flat courses in the 5 to 10k range at first. Don't completely rule out tempo running. It can be fairly safe on flat dirt roads or smooth grass if you VERY gradually increase the speed after 2 to 3k of jogging.

    My most prized 'trophy' is the belt buckle I recieved for completing six 6-foot track 45k marathons.

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  17. these are beautiful medals...the work and training towards "earning" them is really what makes them even more impressive!! so glad to hear you are running again...slow and steady can still win the race, right?

    My most favorite medal is from when I was 12 years old and competed in the Arco jesse Owens games in Los Angeles...it was only for the 100 meter dash...and I did't win...but in my heart and in my home state...I already had ;)

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  18. Those look like some beautiful medals! Well earned I'm sure! Good luck with the running....the fact that you are still out there is what counts!

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  19. I'm glad you're able to run, and if I lived in Italy I'd be glad to be your "slow" pacer. :) Because I never imagined I'd be a runner it doesn't hurt me to be slower...I imagine it's worse to know you have that speed in you and not be able to use it. Still, the ability to run at all is a gift.

    I love my marathon medal bc it shows I crossed that finish line, but I think I love the shirts and memories from my adventure races more because they were such amazing experiences.

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  20. Still good news for me to see you are running. Anything is better than nothing. Run for the joy of being able to do it. After nearly 31 years of running I have lots and lots of badges, medals and trophies. I do have a few special ones and thanks for giving me a great topic to blog about!

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  21. Total terrible that you lost some of your medals :( I would be heartbroken to lose some of mine.

    Glad to hear you are running again!

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  22. Nice bling. Not nice to lose bling!!

    Even though you are running again, I tagged you in my post today to answer some non-running related questions: http://ihaverun.blogspot.com/2012/04/tuesday-randomness-about-me.html!

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  23. I am thrilled to hear you are running again! I love seeing the bling. Many great memories and PRs. I guess my most special bling are my Boston medals as I never dreamed I'd ever get there.
    Happy Easter!

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  24. You had quite some speedy PRs! I'm sure you will be back out there smashing them, sooner or later. At least you are running again, so that's a huge positive step!

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  25. I'm glad that you're on the road back!

    I have a few special medals. One was from my first Marathon, one was the Tiffany Necklace from the Nike Women's Half Marathon in San Francisco, and the other was from my last half marathon, because it was a wonderful experience. :)

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  26. My most special trophy is one I received from Civitavechia--Team Anna Baby. :-)

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  27. I'm glad you are back to running. I have to agree with you on the speed work. I've stayed a lot healthier since I stopped doing track workouts. You are still very speedy by anyone's standards and I'm sure you have many more races and medals in your future!

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