Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Final Plan

The many injures (3 fractures in 6 years for stupid incidents + the inflammation of the sciatic nerve) and the age, made me realize that the competitive runs are definitely part of my past. Now running must be a way for me to stay, if possible, fit and healthy; a good complement for swimming and not the contrary. This means no more speedworks and long distance runs. Yes, I will enter some race but with the only goal to finish and enjoy the event.
The next scheduled plan includes 5 weekly workouts: 3 swimming (between 1600-2000 meters) and 2 running (9/10 km at 06:00-06:10/km – 09:39-09:45/m). If I can run pain free, now the problem is the sciatic nerve, I will alternate the workouts every other week.
These are my “jobs” since the 1st of September:


And now 2 photos: the 1st a very welcome guest that I met at the restaurant; the 2nd the sunset in my city 2 days ago:



16 comments:

  1. You're right, your mission is to stay for and healthy, to the extent that you can. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. As your photos show, sometimes seeing a beautiful sunset or meet a friendly cat whilst running can give you more satisfaction than winning any race.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Stay healthy. Enjoy running! And keep posting pictures please.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful pictures! Good luck with the plan. Hopefully being able to still run, even more slowly than you'd like, will be a comfort. And fun!

    ReplyDelete
  5. If you ask me, the whole purpose of exercising is to stay fit and healthy. Nowhere does it say that we have to do long runs or speed sessions to achieve this. We have to work within our limitations and you're doing just this.

    ReplyDelete
  6. caro mio, prima o poi il conto arriva... almeno le alternative esistono, anche all'età nostra ;)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Slower running is still running, and exercising daily is the best way to keep fit and healthy, as long as you're doing it in a way that is not hurting your body. Good for you for keeping all this in mind! And even though it's not easy to give up the level of activity we used to love so much (believe me, I know, I went through the same thing), after a while you find out you can also enjoy a different way of exercising. The bonus is, you won't be hurting your body anymore.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Smart decision even though it's a hard one because I know how much you love racing. But I've been reading blogs for a couple of years now and to many times I've seen stubborn people that kept on running despite their injuries and end up in an even worse condition.

    For me running has always been about staying healthy, about doing something active. I don't do many races because I get nervous before a race. I prefer just the training runs.

    ReplyDelete
  9. It must be very frustrating for you not to be able to train and race hard - you loved it so much! I admire your attitude: At least you can still run for enjoyment and to stay fit and healthy - a blessing in itself!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Sounds like a great plan and an even better attitude!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Fit and healthy sound like great goals to me. Whatever it takes to help you enjoy life to the fullest!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I know it's a hard pill to swallow when you love to compete and that is taken away from you. Savor the times now you get to workout and keep healthy....I learned trail running this summer that it doesn't have to be all about a time on a display clock.

    ReplyDelete
  13. First of all, running makes us feel good and healthy. In addition, you can sometimes run a 5 km race and enjoy the atmosphere. Those short races through Rome are wonderful. I still remember 10,000 runners close to the starting line of the 2013 Rome's Race for the cure in Spring.

    I am afraid I can't run next race on October 6th.
    Have a nice weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Beautiful photos!! I know you are grateful to be healthy. It's a blessing to run, ride, swim and have friends.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Nice 'jobs' Stefano. Running in races for fun is a good goal. You'll be in the middle of the field I'm sure. One job is not so good - your cheering for the Wallabies - not LOUD enough!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I know it is so hard to step back when you love competeing - but running for yourself and to be fit and healthy are such important things too - maybe you will find that you love running in a new way.

    I love the photos!!!

    ReplyDelete