Sunday, September 30, 2012

Awareness about water resources

Since last week I haven't been running as much as I should! I did on Monday 1 hour relaxing run and on wednesday 45 minutes tempo run instead of 4 x 6 minutes repeats. Yesterday I did 15km long run on my own. I'd like to go back to the pool and swim at least once a week because it might be a good stretching exercise.    
I was really delighted to read my  blogger friends' comments about  fast food: with regards to my last post, most friends wrote that if they were abroad they would want to try the local food.  For instance,  Christina explained that people go to fast food when there are lot of local restaurants to choose from. In my opinion typical restaurants are more beautiful and cheaper than fast food chains.
As I mentioned in my last post the weather is hot and humid here in Italy and I'm still compelled to drink a lot of water after running. I always change water's brand although the tap water is drinkable and the water bill is half the typical cable TV bill. People who live in developed countries still think that water is unlimited, while water bill in European countries is going to increase slightly. In the meanwhile, millions of people, who live in the third world countries, every day walk to get water.
People who live in developed world don't care about water resources.
The photo below shows a water pollution crime that I discovered last year. Unfortunately, the Italian Environmental Code contains only few specific penal provisions regarding activity dangerous and the environmental liability in case of  water and  soil contamination. What's missing is political will!
Do you usually drink tap water or bottled water?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

slow food

I've been working  in the port of Civitavecchia since Monday, 24th, and it seems that the air tells us that Autumn will be good. The weather is really sunny and hot as you can see in the photo below. Yesterday,  after I had run 1 hour I drank the same water as I drink in July and August:  a liter for an adequate rehydration,
considering these weather conditions.
The photo on the left shows the port above mentioned.
My 8-week training schedule goes well and tomorrow, wednesday, 26th, I'm running 4 x 12 minutes repeats after the warm-up.
In the second photo you can see two advertising messages which provide very different levels of food: fast food and slow food. People who walk along the port can see those two pictures and, fortunately, most tourists choose to support traditional and local trade.  They think and act for the benefit of local people, producers and the environment. In the town there is a market that offers visitors a selection of home baking, crafts and garden produce.

What I'm trying to say is that global branding causes damage to local trade and traditions!      
Do you like eating fast food when you're abroad?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

8-week training schedule

I’ve took a little blogging break since September, 7th,  although I've been reading your blogs last week. This week was very busy for me. I've been dealing with environmental crimes as you can see in the photo. How can someone deteriorate a forest with dangerous waste?
I can say that I've just planned my next two races: they are, firstly, the Fiumicino Half Marathon on Novermber, 11st, and, secondly, the 10km Liberty Christmas run, which will be held here in my town on December, 16th. Consequently, since Wednesday, September, 12nd, I've been following a 8-week training schedule for running the half marathon above mentioned and I will be running  4 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays): repeats workout on Wednesdays,  long runs on Sundays and easy runs on Mondays and Fridays.
This Morning, Sunday, September,16th,  I did 14km long run at an average pace of 05:40 min./km.
Nice week to all my blogger friends!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Valmontone's roller coaster

Last week my two daughters and their friends went to the Valmontone Rainbow Magicland, which is a big theme park located in a town that's a hour and 20 minutes drive away from home. I had gone there on the night, at 11pm, and after a while I took them home. Unexpectedly, when I met my two daughters they asked me to ride the roller coaster. Obviously, I couldn't show how I was scared of roller coaster and I didn't pretend I had to go to the bathroom in order to get out of the line. Although I tryed to stand fifty feet away from the ride entrance they asked me once again the same question. So I decided to give it a try ... rather I was compelled to ride it!
In the photo below you can see me sitting last on the right with my astonished expression. My two daughters are on the left side.
The park is part of the integrated tourism resort of Rome which offers its visitors 35 attractions of various kind, such as powerful wizards and skilled adventures. It is in part fueled by the photovoltaic panels whch produce clean energy.
Happy weekend to all my blogger friends!