Monday, August 31, 2015


August 2015 - This month both the swimming pools have "vacation times" and open in late morning for few hours. For this reason the only possibility is the open sea .... but my wife loves the sand beach and with such depth it is difficult to follow a direction while swimming. I prefer the rocks because the water is cleaner and I can see where I am going. Never mind, less swim more runs.
Stats: Run 150 km (15 workouts) at the pace of 6:00/km (9:40 m). Swim who knows? I think 7/8000 meters in open sea.
Programs: a monthly race but only for fun, to spend a different day in some beautiful town and eat special local food. I could say "running tourism".
Here are 2 photos by night that I have taken this month:

August 1987 - On august 30, 1987 I ran the Vivicittà World, the event that opened that IAAF Championship in Rome. You can imagine the heat: the start was at 10.00 a.m., crowded and all the route under the sun. Because of a mistake of the organization, the 12 km became 13,7 (wrong indications) and they didn't succeed in filling the ranking. I remember how tough it was, the divings into the historical fountains of Rome to refresh the body and the high number of dnf. A nightmare not to forget. My finishing time was 1:02:08 (4:32/km - 7:18/m).
   Have you ever lived a nightmare like that?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Running Update. I keep on running cautiously every other day with no special works to avoid injures and no long distance runs because of the unusual heat. The pace is quiet (6:00/km) and the workouts are always a little bit more than 10 km. Usually I run from my house to the beach (11 km).
The swimming pools open late so my swims are in open see when possible.
In July I ran 113 km (11 workouts) and swam 11500 meters.

Clandestines. In these latest days I received the visit of 2 gentlemen. The seagull now is the owner/guardian of the garden and the cat, more courageous, found a comfortable accommodation inside my dining room.

Vacation again. Here are other 3 photos of the trip to Valle D'Aosta.

Nice week to everyone or as Jill says: run strong my friends

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

A short vacation in Valle d'Aosta

I just got home after a short vacation (one week) with my wife in Valle d'Aosta (northern Italy). We also did 2 stops at half way in Chiavari (Liguria) before and, on the way back, in Montecatini (Tuscany).
The places are wonderful and we could see, from short distance, the highest mountains of Italy: Monte Bianco and Cervino. I also had the possibility to run twice through the city of Aosta but, both the times, I never met other runners. The workouts were easier because of the perfect temperature and the altitude. Unfortunately I didn't find "normal" swimming pools.

Here are some images of the trip:

1) While feeding a blackbird and a sparrow outside the hotel:

2) The castle and the promenade of Chiavari:

3) A rainbow over Aosta after a rainy storm:

4) The mountains over Courmayeur:

5) The medieval Fenis castle:

6) The Blue Lake near Cervinia:

7) The ancient town of Montecatini:

8) Monte Bianco, the highest mountain of Italy:

9) The Prè St. Didier river:

10) The Cervino mountain over the town of Cervinia:

11) And this is a shame, a slaughter of rock goats in the Sarre Castle (former property of the italian kings until 1946).

Where will you spend your summer vacation?