Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!

I'd like to show you this picture taken yesterday while I was running in the hills near to the town. We (my wife and I with our friends) have planned to spend there Easter Monday. As you can see in the picture, yesterday the weather wasn't sunny enough and it still is so cloudy. I hope it will be better during this Easter weekend, considering that my daughters have planned to go on the beach.   

Happy Easter to all of you!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Vivicittà 2014

Yesterday I ran a 12 km race on a sunny Sunday. My average pace was 04:20 min./km and it is the same pace I did when I ran the two races last month. 
Maybe I tend to run the same routes and repeat the same kind of training week after week. 
Before I had run the race I got a purple shirt with the logo which you can see in the picture. I'll post the pictures of the race as soon as possible. 
Have a nice week!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Running in the green hills

The third week of Spring is upon us and we can't enjoy the typical sunny weather of this season, as you can see in the picture below: cloudy and rainy weather since March 21st.

This post shows three pictures which I took while I was running though  the  countryside. I did running reperats and tempo runs there during the last two weeks. The picture below shows three olive trees which are 200 years old. As you can see the running path is soft: that's great because I don't like to run on concrete or asphalt.

I've planned to run  a 12km  race tomorrow and  I will be careful because the track is mainly up-hill and down-hill. In addition to this, information about weather forecast aren't good enough.
Nice weekend to everyone! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

plate street name

Vatican Square

I'd like to share two pictures which I took last week while I was in Rome for job: The first is about a seagull walking in the middle of Vatican square. Vatican square is located about 30 Kilometres East from the sea! How can that seagull go there? The second one shows a snapshot of one of the main streets of Rome without cars or trams. In addition to the subway, Rome's urban environment offers beautiful streets to be walked. 

Via Ottaviano, Rome

Marienkirche, Berlin

I have been reading many posts about benefits of running, such as cardiovascular health, endorphin production, enjoying environment and so on. And with regards to this topic I would like to highlight another benefit that I have recently thought: running through the urban environment in the early morning gives us the opportunity to discover some details of the town such as corners, particular buildings and landmarks. Of course, we couldn't see those things while we are driving or going shopping. For instance, the third picture here above shows a small church that I discovered (and I took the picture) while I was running along Berlin's streets in the early morning. It's Marienkirche and it is one of the things I like most about Berlin because it wasn't distroyed during the II World War. I discovered it thanks to running.

Borgo Odescalchi, Civitavecchia

Last week while I was doing a warm up session, I saw a particular plate street name which I had never seen before. It indicates the name of an old Civitavecchia's neighbourhood. Names of streets are written on white marble plates in Rome and surrondings.
There are beautiful plates with the names of the most important streets around the world and each town has its typical colours and specific written characters.
Rue de Seine, Saint Germain des Pres, Paris

The picture here on the left, which I took in Paris (Saint Germain des Pres) three years ago, shows a typical French plate with the name of the street. 

I'm so curious to see some plates street name of the towns were you (blogger friends) live. Could you post a picture of a typical plate from your town? Of course, only if you have time. I took the two pictures of the plates  (Borgo Odescalchi and Rue de Seine) while I was running and you could do the same.

I am still trying to maintain my running shape: this morning I ran 15 km at 5 minutes per kilometre and this running session may be useful for the next race.

Nice week to everyone!

Monday, March 17, 2014

A flat 10km race

Another place, another race. A well organized 10km race was held yesterday in Ladispoli, near to Rome. The runnning event was really successful considering that more than  1400 people crossed the starting line (I ran with the number 1427). The Spring weather and the soft running path were wonderful. The race started at 10:00 am and I ran its main part  through a pine forest near the sea. The track was mainly flat and I crossed the finish line after 43 minutes and 23 seconds. My average pace was 04:20 min./km.
Nice week to everyone!

Sunday, March 09, 2014

2014 Montalto's 11 km race

It was the first time I had ever run a 11 Km race. I have heard about 10, 12 and 15 Km races but not of 11 Km. Anyway, this morning I ran my third race of the year on a sunny Winter Sunday. The main part of the track was along the sea and through a particular oaks forest. I also ran about three kilometers up-hill through a strong cold wind that originates from North. On the contrary, while I was running down-hill the wind was behind me.
The time taken was 48 minutes and 31 seconds. I've learnt that the small investment of time I have been making in repeats workouts, tempo run and up-hill training has paid off today: I am really delighted with my average pace of  04:21 min./km. Good weather conditions and beautiful environs: perfect for running a race. I still feel relaxed completely.
Nice week to everyone!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Still in Rome on a sunny Saturday

Since last week I have been making a small investment of time in running repeats. And I hope it will pay off next month when I will be running a 10 km race. I have been enjoying both the workouts and the sunny weather which is unusual in February here in Italy.
Although Saturday is usually my day off, this morning I went to Rome for job. I saw thousands of people from Scotland who were gathering the oldest  Rome's streets. They were going to watch the match Italy vs Scotland game of 6 nations rugby. It was a precious  victory for Scotland over Italy in Rome. 21-20 that's the score.
Scottish rugby supporters were friendly and wore their typical clothes, the kilt, as you can see in following pictures.
They asked me some information about the location of the stadium. And while I was talking about the underground I didn't remember the difference between the words subway and tube. 
They were very kind and said that  tube is British English and subway is American English. Of course the meaning is the same.
How do you translate the word underground in your language ? I'm curious!

In addition to the underground, we can still travel through Rome by an old public transport, trams (or streetcars), which you can see in the picture on the right. It is really useful and looks great on the cobblestones through some Rome's narrow old streets. When I go to Rome I sometimes use the transit system, struggling to cope with severe traffic congestion.    
Next week, on Wednesday, I shall go to Naples and visit my mother and relatives. I shall travel by high speed train which takes one hour from Rome to Naples
The picture shows the Frecciarossa (red arrow). They are  high speed trains in Italy which get us from Milan to Rome in under 3 hours. At the moment Frecciarossa are among the most luxurious trains we can find anywhere in the world. I'd like to show this picture because our blogger friends, Johann, always loves watching pictures of trains and railway (or railroad). The picture below shows the exit of the main Rome's railway station.

Nice weekend to all my blogger friends!