Monday, June 11, 2012

Rome - Formula Run Cup 10 K

The Race in Rome. On Sunday the Black Knight (#159) and Sir Giorgio (#158 - see his report too) went to Rome to run the Formula Run Cup 10 K through the business district named  Eur famous to be planned and built under the fascist period.


The boxeur pays homage to the Black Knight:


While going to take the bib:


The organization was perfect, the volunteers friendly and the loot very good (cakes, yogurth, tea, fruit juice, milk and a tech New Balance t-shirt) but the route very difficult: only uphill and downhill (again!!!!) in narrow streets as you can see in the elevation chart below. Also the finish line was at the top of a uphill. As usual I had to forget my competitive spirit not to injure more my left leg.


Stats. 10 km in 49:46 at the pace of 4'59"/km (8'01"/m); 630 of 1127 overall; 590 of 940 men and 60 of 118 age group.

Question: do you prefer a flat  or a hilly race?

HI (CIAO) FROM SUNNY AND WARM ITALY

31 comments:

  1. Woa, that is quite the elevation chart. I'm running a really hilly race next weekend. Of course, I do prefer flat, but hills are a nice challenge once in a while.

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  2. abbiamo rischiato di beccarci, poi quei saliscendi in pieno sole mi hanno fatto desistere — peccato per la maglietta....

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  3. You did great, congratulations! That's fast on those elevations! I don't mind hills, but it depends on the race and the objective of the day. I think for a marathon, I prefer less big hills but like some elevation change.

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  4. Ridendo e scherzando stai tornando competitivo

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  5. I do like hilly! The loot sounds delicious...

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  6. With those hills you did great...after my recent canal run I am looking forward to some hills :-)

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  7. You can keep the hills for the races! I might like one or two, but it has to be in a special race. For a PR, it needs to be pretty flat. :)

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  8. Great job on this tough course, BK! I love that you ran through the part of town designed by the fascists. That would make me run faster too.

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  9. Congrats - a good time!1 Flat, of course. I stink at hills.

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  10. I am noticing there was no wine in the loot. For a hilly course like that there ought to be wine, I think. :)
    You did great!
    If I manage to pace myself well, I prefer hills so I different muscles get to do the work. Flat trails tire me too much.

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  11. Great job and a big congrats. Hills, hills, and more hills. Wouldn't want it to be easy!

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  12. Awesome job at the race, and great pictures! We have lots of downhill races in our area which are very fun during the race, but I always feel much more sore for the week afterward.

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  13. That's a fantastic time on a very hilly course...all while babysitting your left leg. Congratulations!!!

    I used to like hills in my past life, but just haven't been doing enough of them lately. Must get on that!!

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  14. Wow, that's very hilly. I like the challenge of hills, but not tooooo many

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  15. That wasn't all that slow. Sub-5 minutes/ k is great.

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  16. Oh my gosh! That was a brutal course! Find me a flat one to run around the end of December/beginning of January :-)

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  17. All Italian races seem to be tough! The organisers are mean - they must like to see runners suffer ;) 49:46 is a good time on that course - well done!

    I prefer FLAT FLAT FLAT courses for PB attempts at 5k, 10k, half marathon. Very hilly courses (where you HAVE to walk up the hills) are OK for 'fun events'.

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  18. Well done Stefano! that is still a very respectable time for you and on a tough course as well. I prefer hills on longer races but don't mind flat on short races like 10, 15 and 21km. On long races flat courses become very hard work as you don't get any downhill to relax a little.

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  19. Of course, flat running path! Running downhill may be dangerous ... I don't like it, I'm afraid I can get knee pain.
    The Ladispoli's 10 km is the flat race I like the most.

    I'm still dealing with my wart under my left feet and today, at 04:45 pm, I am meeting the doctor.

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  20. That is a hilly course! I prefer flat.

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  21. that is seriously hilly....
    I do well in hills...I dont know why but my 3 best Half marathons were all on hilly courses

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  22. Hills are good for you! I'm catching up with your blog. Some of your last blog posts have the most beautiful photos. I am a little envious. I hope to visit Italy in the near future.

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  23. Wow, your slow pace looks so fast to me. I don't LIKE hills, but they make a course more fun. I do kind of like the rolling hills you sometimes find in trail races.

    I REALLY, REALLY didn't like the hills in my bike race. Not 160 miles worth, anyway! :)

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  24. What would I give for a sub 50 minute 10k right now? COngrats S on a great race, a very hilly one no less. I don't mind rollers but can do without giant hills. Glad to hear your weather is nice!

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  25. What a nice thing to say to keep blogging. I worry no one will want to read but I know you will.

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  26. una diecik è sempre tanta roba.

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  27. Wow - great time over a difficult course with a wonky knee! The race loot sounds wonderful :) .

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  28. That elevation chart is crazy!! I prefer rolling hills. It keeps it interesting without being as hard as a really hilly course.

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  29. That's one speedy 10K for such hills...you rock!!!

    I prefer a flatter course, but it gets boring...rolling hills and beautiful scenery is what makes my runs more interesting and enjoyable ;)

    I love the humor in your blogs btw...

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  30. I must say, after the issues with race organizers in posts past, it is refreshing to read this was a pleasant experience.

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  31. Your a rock star buddy...thanks for all the encouragement on my blog especially regarding my pelvic stress fracture...you are one of my favorite blog friends!

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