Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rome - Vivicittà 12.2 km

The Race. This morning Sir Giorgio and the Black Knight have run a race in Rome, the Vivicittà, 12.2 km along the banks of the Tevere river. As I cannot push because of my damaged knee, we planned to do only a (different) relaxing workout, a bit faster than the usual, but that dream didn’t come true. A lot of surprises were waiting for us: only 504 runners and an unbelievable path: cobblestones at the 6° km, deep mud from the 7° until the 10° km where we could run (and in part walk) only in single file. 11° and 12° km on the cobblestones! There we also met our friend TheYogi.

Stats. We finished shoulder to shoulder because Sir Giorgio was so kind to run all the race with me. My stats: finishing time 1:04:09 at the pace of 5:15/km (8:27/ml); 292 of 504 overall; 263 of 408 men and 28 of 48 age group. Here are my first pic I have found on the web and the landscape around the path (see St. Peter). The B.K. is the first on the left - almost invisible - with the n° 131.



Training. This week, before the race, I have done 4 workouts: running 10.2 km and 11.5 km (I cannot increase the mileage to prevent worst injures); swimming 2100 meters and 1800 meters.

Have a good week full of great workouts!!!!

24 comments:

  1. Considerando quanto stai correndo poco direi che è ottimo

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  2. infatti, ti ho ripreso solo alla fine e solo grazie alla fanga.... fammi sapere dove trovare le foto! ;)

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  3. Nice work, Black Knight!
    I was talking with another American today about the Rome marathon and he said that the cobble stones are hard to run on with flat shoes.
    I am so glad that you are back to running races as fun workouts and can enjoy it! Sounds like a good training balance with the pool.

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  4. That is great - you ran at a fast pace considering your knee problems - good for you!

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  5. That second picture is stunning. It is so beautiful where you live. There is so much history. How nice of Georgio to run with you.

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  6. I thought you were supposed to be running slowly - 5:15 is really not that slow. Well done and I hope your knee has pulled up well today.

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  7. that is not slow at all!!!! well done! arent you happy you are running! I am happy for you!

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  8. Sounds like a fantastic race!

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  9. I hope your knee held up on the cobblestone and mud!

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  10. I'm such a baby, I hate running on uneven surfaces ...I think the old slate sidewalks here in North Jersey are tough. I can't imagine running on cobblestones! That's a great time, especially for those conditions! Congratulations!

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  11. Great comeback Stefano!

    The cobblestones sounds like you were doing Paris-Roubaix instead of Rome-Vivicitta :)

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  12. Congratulations on your run!

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  13. Congrats on a strong race Stefano! Wow that pic is beautiful--makes me want to return to Rome for a visit. The kids would love it!

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  14. Cobblestones and mud and single filing to boot. Sounds like a tough course; glad you were just doing it as a workout.

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  15. I'm so glad to see you running! I would not want to run on cobblestones if I had a choice, but it didn't appear to slow you down much.

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  16. Great result! 5:15 ks on such a course is very respectable. Fine tuning your training and continued consistency is all you need for improvement.

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  17. Not slow at all!!! Good job!

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  18. Sweet delight! Another fabulous duel with the pavement. Congratulations on that and how kind of your running mate to tag with you. Cheers

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  19. Ciao Stefano!
    Sei una sorpresa che mi ha fatto YOGI nel suo ultimo commento nel mio blog.Purtroppo anche il mio ginocchio destro è malato della sindrome femoro-rotulea e da qualche mese non riesco a correre.In questi mesi ho provato di tutto senza risultati.Ora sono alla 4° infiltrazione di acido ialuronico ma i benefici non si vedono.
    Ti aggiungo alla lista dei cattivi da leggere e buona fortuna per le tue " rogne".....se trovo la cura ti scrivo eh eh eh eh!!

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  20. You are still incredibly fast! Congrats on your great race and so nice to have a friend by your side. The courses there sound so tough. Here, runners complain if there is a speed bump, let alone cobble stones. I'm so happy you are wearing a race number again. Way to go!

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  21. I go constantly back and forth with how I feel about my swimming. Tonight I feel better after my lesson. I have improved but not gotten faster but tonight I feel I may have been given a glimpse into how to speed up a bit. After my lesson I sat in my car and wrote down the drills I want to work on and what I should do. I always think I will remember and then I don't. I don't have a lesson for two weeks but I am looking forward to my own practice on Thursday which I haven't been. We shall see.
    My bike on the other hand..........I can't wait to ride that as much as possible.
    What kind of swim race did you sign up for?

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  22. Cobblestones?!? That's crazy! And you still ran much faster than what I would call a relaxed/recovery run. Well done, sir!

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  23. Congrats sounds like you had a great race! Your event descriptions are the best and the photos are awesome...what a beautiful place to be able to run.

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  24. Sounds like a nice race. Beautiful photo!! I've got to get to Italy (hopefully to run!!).

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