Monday, April 28, 2014

The last two weeks of April

Since Aprile 6th I haven't been running as much as I should, that's why last week I visited my mother on April 20th and decided to do a long run up-hill.  The  road  passes through the countryside and  it even becomes a dangerous track as you can see below. 
While I was running on the way back I saw those two street plates representing a cow and a landslide. 

... and two  minutes later I saw those two cows along the street.
 It may be dangerous especially in the dark

Saturday,  April 26th, was our 24th wedding anniversary and we spent all the day with the kids in Rome where we  visited  the exhibition of  a selection  of  seventy works created  between 1848 and 1914  by the  great French masters, such as Monet and Van Gogh.  Those extraordinary works were  in  Rome for  the first time and will be there  until June 8th.
Paradoxically, although we have been to Paris twice since 2001, we haven't visited the "Musée d'Orsay" yet. As it is known, there are many things to visit in Paris, such as Saint Germain de-Prés, Montmartre, Le louvre, and Notre Dame, but we hadn't enough time. So last Saturday we visited a small part of the "Musée d'Orsay" in Rome. I had took three photos of the paintings before I learnt that it is forbidden to take pictures. I was sorry for that although I took the pictures with my mobile phone and without light which might damage the painting. Here below on the right, I post a picture of a wonderful work made by Claude Monet in 1878, the "Rue Montorgueil" in Paris. The photo doesn't represent the painting nearly as well as it should: while I was watching that work it seemed that those flags were moving. Extraordinary!

The picture above on the left shows  the Geoffroy's work "Visit day at the Hospital", made in 1889.

As you can see through the following pictures, the weather was perfect for a walk along the old side of the town. The streets close to the main Rome's landmarks were really crowded. In addition to the usual tourists, there were hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world who were filling the town (and they are still filling St. Peter Vatican square) for a historic event involving four popes.

Nice week to everyone!

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!