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!