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Trofeo delle 7 contrade

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Location:

Rome,Italy

Member Since:

Dec 13, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Best marathon 3:14:40 (2011)

Best Half-Marathon 1:26:38 (2013)

Best 10k 40:22 (2009)

Best 5k 20:18 (2004)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Marathon under 3:10:00

Half marathon under 1:25:00

2013 Races


Long-Term Running Goals:

Carpe diem

Personal:

My name is Eugenio I was born near Rome, Italy, in 1972 and lived there for 29 years, then in 2001 I moved to Salt Lake City for work and for seven years and one month that was my home, since 2008 I am back to Italy. I started running in 2003 when I realized I could not ride my bike throughout the Utah winter.



Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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Total Distance
164.12
Race: Trofeo delle 7 contrade (7.767 Miles) 00:50:37, Place overall: 59, Place in age division: 12
Total Distance
15.00

Today I had a good reason to celebrate, 10 years ago on september 1st 2003 I decided to cross the line and started training for my first race, the Thanksgiving turkey run in City creek canyon. I was running during the winter and biking during the summer during the previous three years, but that day I decided to be a runner and use the bike as a crosstraining tool. At that time I was logging my miles on a paper calendar until january 1st 2005, when I made an Excel file, that I am still using, where I recorded all my mileage. At that time I thought it was very difficult to be consistent in my training during all 4 seasons, but surprisingly enough I am still here. Since 2005 I logged 17995 miles, I have done lots of races in US and in Italy, and I don't know if it's good or bad, but right now I am in the best running shape of my all life. I was blessed with a really good health with only two major injuries, the first one in 2005 when after Des news marathon I had a (stress) fracture of the second toe in my right foot, in about 2 months I was back on the road. The second injury was last year, with bilateral plantar fascitis/calcaneal spurs, this one never stopped my running but made my all life really uncomfortable. I have never lost my running motivation I had highs and lows but running was always my safe refuge where to go when life presented challenges. More miles and more races are in store for the future.

Today's race was a perfect way to celebrate.

This race is long 12.85k, but this year there was a major celebration on the main piazza so the organizers had to cut it short at about 12.5k. It is a fast 10k (flat with some small rollers) followed by a 2.5k steep climb in the old part of the town. My only plan was to go out hard, not all out and see if I could finish at 4:00/k without killing myself. I ended up not killing myself but 37 seconds too slow, the last climb during the last km killed my desire to stay on pace. I need some work before 4:00/k will be my HM pace.

PM 7 easy miles tonight to keep celebrating 10 years of running.

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8.10

Progression run from 5:00/k to 4:40/k. Considering my latest marathon performances it was a MP run. I was not fatigued by yesterday race.
 

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0.00

No run today, left very early in the morning back at night, I was really tired to even thinking about running.

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3.10

Extra long hours at work, tonight I went for a short run just to breath some fresh air, relax my body and clear up my mind. Somehow it worked.
 

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Race: Barbarano race (3.473 Miles) 00:21:11, Place overall: 32, Place in age division: 7
Total Distance
6.20

I decided to do this race because last year the first edition was very well organized, it is short and relatively fast considering our usual races around here, and I actually like the idea of doing 4 laps with some pretty decent crowd support.
I went to Barbarano at 7pm I got my bib and then I did an easy 5k as a warm up. The race was supposed to start at 8:30 pm but the RD was still arguing with the local police because they did not receive the authorization to shut down the whole road for 10 minutes. You have to consider that this small town has 1000 people, half of them were on the street to watch the race, the town is in the middle of nowwhere and there is no traffic at that time going anywhere. This was a nonsense and everybody, from the local administrators to the runners were mad, many people proposed to run on the whole road anyway because there was no one around. The RD decided to cut the 1.65k loop to 1.1x and have the runners do 5 laps instead of 4. The first 350m were a mess because we were running in just one lane and it was a giant bottleneck, but quickly after the first left turn and the 30m long bump we were spread out enough. The loop was very smooth 350m slightly uphill, left turn, small bump up, left turn, long stretch slightly downhill half of them in the old part of the town on cobblestone, nice and smooth actually, two more left turns, slightly uphill going to the start/finish line. I wanted to finish under 3:50/k, for this reason I took off like crazy, to find some room and to settle in a do or die pace. I am not used to this kind of short fast races so the only way to gauge my effort was to pass the pain treshold and then keep going at that level. Running at night on cobblestone doesn't gives you the possibility to check your splits, your footing is more important, for this reason I really went by effort and not by time. I felt a little bit "lost" during the forth lap, kind of mentally tired, especially because at that point I had to lap several slower people and it was hard to keep moving left and right, while screaming "on your left" or "on your right", but I forced myself to keep pushing and I finished really strong during the final one. I finished per my Garmin with 5.59k in 21:11, I did the 5k in 19:01, 7th in my age group, 3:48/k AP. I was really happy about the outcome, in retrospective, if I maintained my concentration a little bit more during the forth lap I could have finished under 21. In spite of the original mess with the course the rest of the race was very well organized, with the dinner in the main plaza, it was hard afterwards falling asleep, with so much adrenaline still in my body, but it was a fun race.

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Total Distance
7.00

Easy recovery miles, I was more tired from the lack of sleep than from the race itself.

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Total Distance
16.22

Longish run, with 2k warm up at 6:00/k then the whole HM course around Lake Vico in 1:36 and change, 3k cool down for a total time of 2:04:47. I would be happy just the final 4:47/k AP, but the HM with lots of rolling hills in 1:36 it is a real strong MP training run. In a week two good races, lots of good miles and two long days at work, overall everything was perfect.

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7.00

Easy recovery miles, it is still hot, hopefully the last day.

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7.00

Another easy run, I was really tired tonight after a long day, finishing 7 miles was already a significant goal.

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8.00

Tempo run night, after a 3k warm up I started, my goal was a 10k in 40 minutes. Everything went smoothly until km 7 when I had to stop for a bathroom break. Restarted for the last 3k and finished in 40:13. Without the stop it would have been an almost perfect run. When I was driving home started raining really hard I got lucky tonight.

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Total Distance
7.00

Easy miles but I was not tired from last night run, this is a good sign. The real check will be tomorrow night when I will attempt a 10X400. One of the last few runs with some residual natural light until 7:45pm, next week I will retreat to the winter running area, the industrial zone, with a 1.6k loop with wide roads and well lit and boring like hell.

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Total Distance
7.00

Fast workout night, I was feeling recovered from tuesday run, but I had doubts. My plan was 10X400 with 200m recovery jog. My plan was to do a  progression to see how things would go, I was definitively feeling better as I was progressing and I was completely in control until the end. These were my splits: 87, 88, 85, 84, 84, 85, 83, 84, 83, 80. During the last one I opened up the gas to see what I could do. The average pace is 84.3, that is a couple of seconds slower than last time but I was really in control and pushing the pace without struggling. I never felt so relaxed at the end of a 10x400, it is time to push the pace a little bit.

 

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Total Distance
6.20

Easy recovery miles, nothing special about it.

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Total Distance
13.10

Easy half just to keep my mileage above 50/week. With one tempo run and one fast workout per week it is hard to stay above 50 miles. I am just hoping to maintain this rhythm for the next couple of months.

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7.00

Easy miles on a warm beautiful morning.

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0.00

Rest day.

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Total Distance
6.20

Easy miles to restart running after a rest day. I moved to the winter training area, boring as hell, but at least is well lit with wide roads and no traffic.

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Total Distance
5.00

Easy miles.

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Total Distance
7.00

Fast workout night, 5X800 with 2:30 recovery jog.

I wanted to start on the faster side and see if and how long I would be able to keep it up. These were my splits 2:53, 2:53, 2:55, 2:58, 2:58. By the time I reached the fourth interval I was really working to maintain the same pace, I am just glad I stayed under the 3:00 mark for all five intervals.

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Total Distance
5.00

Easy miles

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7.00

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4.00

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4.00

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8.00

I started this month with great plans, right now it is going to be a blah month. I have just passed a stressfull deadline, a few more things to do by the end of this week and then I can resume a more normal schedule next week. Tonight I did a tempo run 5k in 20:01, I didn't have the mental energy to keep pushing past the 5k mark.

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Total Distance
164.12
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