Posts Tagged ‘Running In Italy

04
Jun
10

gotta fly

It’s our last day in Italy and as such necessitates much rushing around. Mrs eatingtrees has had to go to Rome for a meeting leaving myself, SonNumberOne and SonNumberTwo carless and with time on our hands. We spent the morning walking around the open land around where we are staying trying to see how many lizards we could find (we found 10). We then had a few games of hide and seek during which SonNumberTwo found a “good hiding place” and repeatedly hid there thinking “if it worked once…”. So SonNumberOne and I had to feign surprise when SonNumberTwo reappeared from under the bench each time we “failed to find” him.
A traditional Italian lunch, 3 courses – pasta then salad then cheese followed by coffee is probably not the best preparation for a hastily crammed in run less than 20 mins after eating but we leave for the airport at 4 and didn’t finish lunch until 1.30. Once again, a measly 5kms but it was hot and I am trying to pace myself. I want to run every day (I’ve even vowed to myself I’ll do a mile run along Brighton seafront after the London to Brighton cycle ride to try to ensure I get a run each day throughout June) so don’t think I’ll be tackling any great distances. I’m off to shower now… Tomorows run will be the Muscle Warrior 10km back in the UK in less than 20 hours.

Juneathon so far: Run – 17kms

03
Jun
10

i can’t get no sleep

Still in Italy and this morning’s run was a shock to the system. In order to squeeze in a run before going to Rome today, I needed to get out by 7.30am (6.30am UK time), which was fine except that I’d only managed about 3 hours sleep due in part to the run late yesterday evening. I’ve had similar before – when I run late, my body takes a while to “warm down” which often means I lay looking at the ceiling for a good portion of the night. This morning, I gave up pretending that I may fall asleep again and fumbled around in the dark for my running gear (we are all staying in the same room whilst in Italy) so as not to wake everyone else up. Once dressed, I was out the door for a quick 5km before anyone else awoke. I managed to add a few extra loops of one hilly section of my run and at one point ventured into a car park for a lap to get the distance up to something approaching reasonable. Even after 3 days of consecutive running (and perhaps coupled with the large amounts of walking we’ve been doing) my legs feel tired for the first few kilometres. I’m wary of overdoing it (a peek back at my blogs from last year brought it all flooding back to me – the loss of enthusiasm for running, sore knees etc.) not least because of my impending 10k race on Saturday morning less than 11 hours after landing back in the UK.

I managed to catch up on a few of your blogs last night and am impressed by the myriad of ways people are finding to Juneathon (rowing machine for iliketocount, even foregoing lifts and stairs – yes, I’m talking about you, Hot Shoe Shuffle) and am, perversely, looking forward to a return to a more reliable internet connection so I can catch up on a few more. Until then… Ciao a tutti!

Juneathon so far: Run – 12kms

02
Jun
10

two short runs, a borrowed computer and no internet connection…

…is how I ended up starting this years Juneathon. I flew to Rome to see relatives on Sunday so the first few days of this years exciting Juneathon escapades are carried out in Italy. Which is great but means that I am a little limited to where/when I can run and how I post my efforts. Yesterdays run (1st June) was a short 3.5km effort in the Rome sunshine. I was limited to 3.5km as a) we were planning to leave to drive to Perugia and b) it’s as far as I can happily go without getting lost. So my runs whilst here will be loops of the same route and distances will be multiples of 3.5km!!! As soon as I am home, I should be able to upload my route but as there is no Garmin software on this pc, I can’t do that either. I am typing this on my wife’s laptop (which is Italian and has all the punctuation in different places – it has just taken me almost 2 minutes to find the apostrophe!!!) and Internet access is intermittent. So 3.5km yesterday morning, a 350km round trip with an overnight stay to Perugia and back, then a 3.5km run just before dusk today. I dare say tomorrows attempt will be another 3.5km first thing in the morning as we are planning to get a day in Rome in the bag.
This year I plan to start off slow… and stay slow knowing that I have the London to Brighton BIke Ride at the tail end of Juneathon. The last thing I want to do is peak too early (or at all!!) and then struggle on a 54 mile cycle ride! So the runs will be short but (hopefully) frequent as I plan to run every day throughout June this year.




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