Monday, April 16, 2012
Rome's Vivicittà 2012
I have never run a race along a river and, yesterday, the 2012 edition of the Rome's Vivicittà 12 km race was held along the river Tevere (Tiber in latin language). Rome is located on that river and hundreds of runners enjoyed that race. The scenery was beautiful and I could see other people who enjoyed that river: rowing, canoeing, birdwatching, hiking, biking and walking. Spring weather was perfect. From the 1st to the 7th km the running path was in good conditions because we ran along the cycle track next to the river. After we had run seven km we crossed the bridge and reached the left bank of the river where there was a refreshment point: water and ... chocolate cake! I would have never tought chocolate cake during a race. How can I eat a cake while I'm running? While I was drinking some water Stefano rushed ahead because he didn't drink. Anyway, I took a cake but didn't eat it. So, I left the refreshment point and I ran down hill from the bridge to the left bank of the river where there were a lot of potholes. I realized I was running down a dangerous path! I reached Stefano at the 8th km and gave him the cake which was packed. Maybe he needed energy! Unfortunately, while we were running along the left bank of the river, exactly from the 8th to the 9th, the running path was muddy and we had no choice but to run through the mud. From the 10th to the 12nd km there were cobblestones on the running path: terrible! After 1 hour and 4 minutes we crossed the finish line: that race was really challenging. I'm in the photo below close to Stefano ... although you can see my red pants only :)
Happy running to all my blogger friends!