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Parampampoli

I met Manuel in Novi Sad and we went running together. He was doing competitions then (it was 2009) and suggested that if I wanted to do the same I should stay away from alcohol, sleep regularly, and eat healthy. But then he also told me that his best race was the one he ran right after pulling an all-nighter. He concluded that at the end of the day there is no way we can fully control our human body.

I think of that story every time I am badly out of shape and still decide to embark in some kind of sport activity that is clearly beyond the reach of my limited physical possibilities. Which is something that happens more and more often. Last weekend I abruptly resolved to run the four-men relay of the Livorno marathon after a forced four-month stop from running due to several injuries to my right leg. I was out of shape, out of sleep, and definitely not on a alcohol-free diet. But, hey, I/we did it. Next time I should try the all-nighter and see what comes out of that.

We are the Parampampoli and one year after running the Firenze-Fiesole together we finished this 42K race in 3 hours and 13 minutes.

Foto di un pirlotto che corre

There are times when I start off very motivated with an ambitious resolution. And then I forget about it. Then there are other times when I start taking my resolutions a little bit too seriously. I experienced the former situation when I forgot to run a race, which was one of my resolutions for the year 2014. Instead, I am afraid I am going through the latter situation now.

So in the last few months I got a little bit fanatic about running races. I started in December with the Firenze – Fiesole – Firenze (17k), then in April I ran the Firenze Half Marathon (21k) and the Maratonina del Partigiano in Sesto Fiorentino (13k); finally, I signed up and completed the DeeJayTen (10k, as the name intuitively suggests) which was held in May – yesterday, in fact.

The thing with these races is that there is a local NGO whose photographers attend every single event and take plenty of pictures of all the participants, even the least professional ones like me. With a contribution of 20 euro everybody can sign up and download them. Which I did, so that now I can keep track of the evolving savage expressions in my eyes in the pursuit of my resolutions.

Disclaimer: the second last is a picture of me taking a sip of Gingerello just after crossing the finish line of my last race. Woah, what a refreshing experience that was. If you want to know more about Gingerello, stay tuned and keep reading this blog.

Step two

There is no step two

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.

2015: resolutions

Go ski touring. Keep playing tennis. Start beating Fabio, Giallu, and Martijn at tennis. Write three good chapters for the Ph.D. dissertation. Publish one paper I can be proud of. Teach in high schools. Enjoy Florence with Thomoose. Buy a typewriter and use it to write letters. Spend time with Camilla in London. Bring the Ladybirds to the Coppa Pavone. Keep reading The Economist. Read all of the seven 1000-page classics of the literature books I bough last month -just kidding. But seriously: read at least three of them. Take the Dolomiti del Brenta Tour with Manuel, Mindo, Dani, Giallu and sleep under a sky full of stairs. Visit Prague, Beirut, and Jerusalem. Work and volunteer in Israel. Volunteer abroad with Legambiente, anyway. Run half a marathon in less than 1h45′. Spend my fifth new year’s eve with the Canadians. Keep writing. Also on the blog.

1:28 and something

Smooth run – in spite of the expression of pain and dismay on our faces – and then off for a day full of polenta, black cabbage, sausages with tomatoes, orzetto alla zucca, hummus, quiche, gingerbread houses, banoffee cake, carrot cakes, time’s up, wine, grappa, and aleatico.

Firenze – Fiesole – Firenze

So there is one thing in particular from my 2014 resolutions I really wanted to do and have not managed yet: the half marathon. Only problem: there is no chance of finding a half marathon anywhere near here at this point of the year. So I have decided I will go for the only run possible, which turned out to be a bit harder than a half-marathon.

Firenze - Fiesole - Firenze run

The Firenze – Fiesole – Firenze run is 16.5K, with a 370 elevation gain that makes it is a real tough uphill race. It is on the 14th of December, five days from today. Not much time for proper preparation. BUT! this shall be done! I found five brave volunteers who will run with me: Ludvig, Pauline, Niels, Martin, Giallu. Everything considered, my (our?) target is to finish it. To nail it in less than one hour forty-five would be nice.

Challenge #2 accomplished: run

distance: 10 kilometers
time: 43’13”
speed: 14.3 km/h
ranking: #233 out of almost #4000.

Uccle

In 10′  Mindo and are starting the 10km run in Uccle. The objective is to finish it in less than 50′. Here’s what guided us through our trainings in the month of April.

Apollo Creeds meets the Italian stallion

It is settled. We have decided the theme that will guide our team (the B52 team, headlining Mindo, Vaida, Matic, and myself) on our way to the 10KM of Uccle, May 5th. I maintain that my objective is to finish the race in less than 50 neat minutes.