There is no step two

by Lorenzo Piccoli

I am running the Florence Half Marathon tomorrow. Which might not be a good idea, for the reasons I am now about to explain.

I started off very ambitious, about two months ago. I changed my old running shoes and I even printed a personalized training table, which I never read because it was in German. I went running twice. And that was it.

Then around the last week of March I had my epiphany. Hei, I am actually running a half marathon in two weeks – crap. And so in the following five days I tried to catch up with the amount of training you are usually supposed to do in two months. On Tuesday I run for almost three hours in a row and I was just glowing. It seemed like such a good idea.

Turns out it wasn’t. I woke up on Wednesday with a pulled muscle, which got much worse over the next couple of days. Accordingly, I have not been able to run for the last four days before the race and I am not sure I will be able to do so tomorrow. But hei, I will try and I will go Barney style.


Until one week ago my objective was 1h 45′, but given the evolving circumstances I would still regard finishing the run in less than 2h a respectable achievement.