Thursday, June 04, 2015

Snapshot on the finish line



On June 2nd I wrote down a post about the 9k race which I ran on the same day in my town. Unfortunately, I didn't show any picture of the running event, because  two days ago I hadn't it. Now, I've just got an image of the race,  as a friend of mine has just sent it. The picture, which he probably found through the web, was taken while I was crossing the finish line (I'm on the left with Yellow shirt). 
Happy running, swimming, and biking to everyone!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Weather is warmer: more fruits and veggies


I've just run a 9 km race here in my town. Today  the weather has been sunny and  perfect for running. The race started at 7 pm, and there were about  220 runners. Today four races have been held in Rome and its surroundings.
I crossed the finish line after 41 minutes, and my average pace was 4:40 min/k.
Unfortunately,  I am not adequately trained at the moment, and I am aware that  I would get injuried if I had run faster than 4:40 min./k. Moreover,  I haven't been running a race since January 4th.   
Meanwhile, I have already changed  the food because weather is going to be warmer. The main part of the meal consists of fruits and veggies, such as lettuce, asparagus and white cabbage finely sliced. They will be on the table in the next weeks.
Nice week to all my blogger friends!



 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sunset along the running path

Just a note to show you the scenery that I enjoyed last week. I saw that sunset while I was running on the way back after I had done 1 hour and 10 minutes. I didn't run as fast as I should, considering that my average pace was 5:30 min./k ... In additon, I was running with my camera :)

Happy running!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

We have just spent our 25th Wedding Anniversary in Ravello

On April 26th we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary. So we spent three days in Ravello, South Italy, and before we left the kids had given us white roses and orchids.
Ravello is located at more than 300 Kilometres South from Rome, and it's a very relaxing place. We stayed in a nice hotel located next to the car parking and the main town's square and landmarks. The room was comfortable enough, and its window offered us a wonderful scenery. You can see it here below: absolutely stunning! We also enjoyed the same landscape while we were having breakfast.



Have you never eaten such a big lemon as you can see in the two pictures above? We found those big lemons there. We also saw narrow staircases through the old town (picture on the right), That's why I didn't try to wear my running shoes while I was enjoying Ravello's environs :) ... All the running paths were up-hill and down-hill.
Here on the left you can see two of the Ravello's ceramic street plates. They give the possibility to reach other villages simply following the steps.
Tomorrow I will be back running. Nice runs to everyone!

Monday, April 06, 2015

Cold wind on Easter Monday

Today is Easter Monday. And this morning the weather was colder than normal, so I had no choice but running with scarf and hat. I ran 50 minutes through a strong and cold wind ... although this is the second week of April, and we saw the beginning of Spring on March 21st.
The chart below shows the running path where I ran last week. I was delighted with my training as I did 12 km at 05.30 min./km pace.

I would like to post four pictures that I took today after I had run. We spent this cold and windy Easter Monday in the hills, here in Central Italy. The first one shows a very small stone house in the countryside.

An old farm house has been transformed into a restaurant. We had lunch there with other friends.
 The  picture below shows its old wooden ceiling.
After we had had lunch, we went walking through a village called Tuscania, about 100k North from Rome, where we visited the old church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Its rose window, also called wheel window in Gothic architecture, gives to the church a somewhat English character. Absolutely stunning! If you were to visit me I would be honoured to take you there. 
 Nice week to all my blogger friends!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Easter cakes are ready

As usual, the South Italy's Easter cake is still ready: we'll have it tomorrow at lunch. We've planned to go in the hill with other friends on Easter Monday.
My running shape is slightly increasing: this week I ran three times, and I did 32 km (10k on Monday, 12k on Wednesday, and 10k yesterday). I hope to run a 10k race in Tuscany on April 18th. 
Happy Easter to everyone! 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Can you go running with your boss? It depends on a number of factors

No one could think otherwise about advantages to being friends with our boss. But how do we know when it's a good idea to be friend with our boss? I am writing down this post about the relationship between boss and subordinate after I had spoken with my boss about running, races, and average pace. I noticed that my boss is a runner (sort of). So last week while I was speaking with him about running he said he would like to join my running group once a week. He  doesn't live in the same town where he works, that's why he would like to discover new running paths as he doesn't know Civitavecchia and its outskirts. Maybe, he is looking for new places to run or he doesn't like to run on his own. Anyway, my answer was: "Yes, of course. I would be honoured. You can join my running group whenever you want ". 
In my opinion the main question is: are we going together because we genuinely get along?  I have to think how to make sure that the friendship-boss line doesn't get blurred. In addition, some colleagues might perceive  the relationship with the boss as  favouritism.
I'd like to put on this post two pictures which I took on this rainy Wednesday. I took the first picture from my office (pink houses). The second one shows pink colours of both the trees along the sidewalk and the buildings in the middle of the town.  I took it this morning  while I was going to work.

 
Can you go running with your boss? I'd like to know your point of view about this topic.