In Northern Italy, on the other hand, the summer has been rather unusual; I could easily say one of the wettest and worse ever recorded since few decades ago.
On September 4th, I flew to Italy. From the physical point of view I was still blaming the race I ran the weekend before (Fjällmaraton Sälen). Despite, as I said, from muscular viewpoint trail running is less traumatic than road running, I was still feeling the long effort. In my life I haven't had any three hours race/training. Nevertheless, I planned to run a race before spending few days in Croatia. Unfortunately I could not run Primiero Ex3me relay because the cyclist who had to make the first leg got injured just few days before the race. So on Saturday 6th I got the entry for Marcialonga Running (just to stay on topic, after I ran Vasastaffetten through Vasaloppet track...). I had run Marcialonga Running two years ago, when I had just started the preparation for Reggio Emilia Marathon. Marcialonga Running is a 26.5 km road running race that follows part of the well known ski race track. Its peculiarity is that the first 22 kilometers are slightly downhill, while it ends with a climb that should reflect "La Cascata" (i.e. the last and feared climb of Marcialonga), before arriving in Cavalese. I ran together with my friend Massimo Leonardi (quite good marathon runner, also member of Saucony team) and the young Nekagenet Crippa. I managed to stay with them for more or less 10km. I wasn't feeling that strong, both because the pace was too high for my standards (31' on the first 10km) and because my legs were not that responsive when the road turned into short uphills. Therefore in the second I slowed down until the beginning of the last climb, where I tried to run relaxed and keep the pace as high as I could.
|Marcialonga Running 2014: Men's podium|
|1||LIMO Kiprop||01:17:58||M 18/29|
|2||BOUDALIA Said||01:21:51||M 45/49|
|3||MOKRAJI Iahcen||01:22:29||M 30/39|
|4||GUALDI Giovanni||01:22:32||M 30/39|
|5||NSHIMIRIMANA Joachim||01:22:58||M 40/44|
|6||CRIPPA Nekagenet||01:23:52||M 18/29|
|7||LEONARDI Massimo||01:24:04||M 40/44|
|8||KIPNEGETICH Simon Rugut||01:25:51||M 30/39|
|9||SIMION Giancarlo||01:26:55||M 18/29|
|10||VILLA Lorenzo||01:27:53||M 30/39|
Right after the competition, I left for Croatia. I needed a few days relaxing at the beach with friends, without thinking about work and training, and I can say that holidays in Croatia have been a wonderful.
Just one week is left before Lidingöloppet, and I hope to find good sensations next week to get ready to enjoy it.