Monday, April 24, 2017

snorkeling close to ancient roman ruins

The Spring temperature this week gives me the opportunity to go running. It's definitely good to be outside! The two pictures show the route close to the sea, where I sometimes run with my friends. Ancient Roman ruins are still there in the sea, although people don't care about them. It is a good place to go snorkeling and have a nice underwater adventure. The water is so clean, and it is located 60 km North from Rome. 
The pictures were taken from the helicopter, and a colleague of mine gave them me.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Social lives of networked people

Nowadays we can always see people attracted by texting, Facebook,  Twitter, instant messaging, and other social media. We see them completely "networked" everywhere: along the streets, in open plan offices, and inside restaurants and department stores. Sometimes we can see them inside the church. We are surrounded by awkward images of people who now go online to connect other people in their community. They don't  see the world around them. Since the late 2000s I have seen people who send text messages while they are running. How do they carrying mobile phones while they are running?





I would like to carry a camera while I am running instead of a mobile ... I took the picture of the seagull above while I was running this week.
Happy Easter to the blogging community!














Sunday, April 02, 2017

Tuscania 10 km race

I hadn't run race through the rain since February 9th, 2014. And I wouldn't have thought I can still running a 10 km race at a good pace, as I am not adequately trained at the moment.





After I had run the first km through the old town of Tuscania, along dangerous hilly roads covered with wet cobblestones, I ran close to organic farmlands and through green fields.
I enjoyed a beautiful countryside and at least 2 km of soft running path. 
I crossed the finish line  completely wet  because of the rain. 
My average pace was 4:40 min./km.







The three last pictures have nothing to do with the 10 km race which I ran today. Some friends of mine sent me them after they had run the 2017 Rome's Marathon today ...  They also ran in the rain!












Happy outdoor adventures!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Rice and potatoes instead of white flour

Although wheat is the most widely grown cereal grain, occupying 17 percent of the total cultivated land in the world, people in many countries are dropping familiar grain for other food, such as potatoes and rice. This trend is mainly related to health, social behavior and agricultural technology.
Many runners sometimes try to avoid white flour because it makes them feel bloated (I do the same), and other people in Western countries favour  brown rice, quinoa and amaranth. Furthermore, the rise in coeliac disease and gluten intolerance shows  that wheat may be dangerous.  For this reason, peoples in developed  countries are eating other grains, such as quinoa and amaranth, millet an sorghum, which are healthier, and rice production has more than doubled since 2000s around the world.
According to the FAO, rice consumption is growing faster in Africa and Europe. On the contrary, in some West Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand, rice consumption has fallen since 2000: wealthier Asians are switching to another grain.
Also in Italy it's easy to see that people, who are eating less white flour, will consume more brown rice and quinoa. Unfortunately, such healthier food, which provides carbs, is more expensive.














I always try to get carbs mainly through potatoes and rice before each running session. I have  white flour at lunch twice a week. Do you eat more rice or white flour? 

Post script: I took the picture above in the local market in my town. It has nothing to do with rice, white flour, carbs and running. It shows some types of beans: red beans, small purple, green beans, red speckled beans, white American type, long shape, ect.  The picture  is simply related to healthy food ... there weren't any beans labelled as organic production.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Leisure trip to Edinburgh

As requested by Stefano, I wrote down this post with the aim to show some pictures which I took in Edinburgh and its surrounding areas. I was there last week, four days, and visited the main part of Lothian, a region of the Scottish Lowlands, lying close to the southern shore of the Firth of Forth river. Edinburgh, located in the Midlothian area, is a clean,  functional and businesslike town, and its people is really friendly.


Edinburgh's castle was the focal point of the old Edinburgh and has been the site of some sort of fortress since Roman times. It is Edinburgh's most famous attraction, which contains the Crown jewels, the stone of destiny and the ancient dungeons.






The weather was a little bit cloudy, but not too cold. I saw a stunning view from Edinburgh's castle, and after I had left the town, I realized it is one of the best town in Europe for environment and infrastructure  ...  and there are beautiful  places to run and walk close to the town.  Perfect!




















We also visited some places through Edinburgh's surrounding areas, such as  Cramond village, Rosslyn Chapel, Newhaven and Leith.
I think I will go there once again.



Sunday, January 15, 2017

How getting older affects our running

I've just read an interesting post about things only runners, walkers and bikers  "who are getting older will understand". The blog's author is a runner who is turning 50 on February 22, and she mainly explains how getting older affects our running: recovery takes longer, sleep times decrease, and hormonal deficiencies slightly rise. The good news is that by running, we are decreasing our risk of so many other conditions such as diabetes and various cancers. It also strengthens our joints.
Unfortunately, in relation to hearth disease, she wrote that, according to statistics issued by marathontrainingacademy.commarathoners over 50 are twice as likely to have a heart attack while running a marathon than those under 40 years old.
She summarizes very well in her post those interesting points above mentioned. This is her link: 
www.shutupandrun.net

In the meanwhile, Winter cold is increasing here in Central and Southern Italy, and I am not so able to run outdoors three times a week.
Naples, Vesuvius volcano with snow on the top.
The old building on the left is the Royal palace. 
And last but not least, this month I joined a new running team in Rome, ASD ATLETICOM, that's its name.
Happy running, walking and cycling to everyone!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year

This is my first post of the new year. It shows Vatican Square in the morning ...
... and the same Rome's landmark at night.


Happy New Year!