I’ve been the last 6 days in Italy. This place is Montabone, Asti region, some 10 kilometers from Acqui Terme. Today I had a feeling this could be my training base camp for the next 2 months. It is basically countryside from the front door in a very hilly region known for the vineyards. Roads are great for running with very low traffic.
This morning I made the longest run so far here: something like 19-20K in 1.23. I have to buy an altimeter because I must have climbed hundreds of meters in that run. Montabone where I started is in 386m and Bistagno, the lowest point, in 180m. In between I climbed at least 100-200m more. Legs were aching after 10K like hell. Wonder if I can run anything tomorrow. Yesterday was off, and the previous days 5-10K. I really need to build strength now.
I think the run today clearly showed I cannot imagine a sub 1.15 half or sub 2.40 marathon anytime soon. It will take obviously months to get myself back on track.
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