All Roads Lead to Rome… 1 October

So why am I running in the opposite direction?

Because after my last run using a new 10K training app and having sought the wise counsel of the C25K runners, I came to the conclusion that I was better off following my own plan. This plan is to extend my distance by 0.5km for one run each week and consolidate at the previous distance for two runs. Today’s distance challenge therefore was 7.5km. I decided to give myself a break and run predominantly downhill avoiding the heavy hills for a change.

Today’s route is the three villages challenge (excluding my own) I had to run through three villages en route, finally stopping for a well earned coffee, before tackling the Bitch of a Pitch as warm down walk. The route takes me along the Via Flaminia which goes from Fano to Rome, as the heading, except I would be running along it towards Fano.

Warm up walk down the Slope of Hope, it’s always busier on Sunday mornings when people are going to church. Start my run heading towards the Bendy, Scary Road, which true to its reputation gave me my first fright as I was heading round a right hand bend and the oncoming car despite having oodles of room to move over, thought it would be fun just to stay on line to force me onto the cambered part of the verge…

Mmm not a great start, I decided to play Runners’ I-Spy (this is how tragically narrow my life has become!) to give me something else to focus on and not that plonker of a driver. Today’s I-Spy challenge was; how many people wearing fluoro orange tops would I see on my route, as I am wearing my usual Fluorescent orange top, with fetching blue and orange diamond shorts (They are not diamante, just in case you wondered).

At the 2km mark two cyclists coming towards me one in full club kit, the other in what looks like odds and ends from his mother’s dressing up drawer, but result – he was wearing an orangish top. Tango Score 1.

I get overtaken by a cycling club all wearing red and black, no orange, but one of them put his hand up. So that was nice and friendly. Heading into my first village square I see a lady cyclist and yes she is wearing an orange top. Tango Score 2.

Lone cyclist coming towards me on a sweeping right hand bend, he is black and white all over, but he says Ciao Signora. So again no tango, but I got a Ciao.

Running downhill towards the second village, there is an awful lot of people around and I turn the corner past the bikers’ caff, and remember that today is the Festa di Micrologia, which is to celebrate all things fungal. Perhaps not athlete’s foot, but porcini mushrooms, that kind of thing. It’s a little busy around here as parking restrictions are in place, so I do a ‘Strictly Comes Prancing’ move with a Fiat Punto and its owner who couldn’t decide whether she was going into the car park, reversing out of it or doing a three point turn. My mirroring of her moves would have scored me a perfect 10.

I ran on towards the third and final village, which is not so pretty as it was pretty much destroyed in the war and so is mainly new housing. I am running parallel to the Via Flaminia, (the road is frighteningly fast and there are no pavements) but there’s one small bit I can’t avoid and that’s on the approach to the cafe for my coffee. I turn onto the Flaminia to do my last .5km.

And then I see him in the distance, a cyclist wearing perfect Stabilo Boss marker pen kit, an orange top and black trousers. So my Tango Score for today’s run is 3. All fine and dandy, except that this last Tango Man was an absolute git, he cycled and kept hugging the right hand side so I had nowhere to go and had to stop to avoid colliding with him. He knew he’d done it as he smirked when he cycled past me – yes I told him to eff off (in English) and yes I gave him the finger. Not my nicest of finishes…, but up to the cafe stop I had run 7.8km, and my 5k time was about 32 minutes. So my Last Tango In Le Marche, left a very nasty taste in the mouth. I think next time I’ll do a different ISpy.

p.s. The warmdown walk, takes me about 3km uphill with a 200 metre gain to tackle, so it’s actually a warming up warm down walk, but I did see two lady walkers, one of whom was wearing  an orange and red top and they both nodded. That sort of made up for Orange Git Man. However I messed up on Map My Run again and kept it on pause, so I lost those stats too…

Face Colour : Salsa Red

This Week’s Download Treats recommended by the Retro Runners…

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Playlist

Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution

Temptation  – Heaven 17

Mr Brightside – The Killers

Beat It – Michael Jackson

Girls and Boys – Blur

Blasphemous Rumours – Depeche Mode

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

This Girl – Kungs

Reap The Wild Wind – Ultravox

Alison – Elvis Costello

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Get Dancin’ – Disco Tex & His Sex – O – Lettes

Uptown Funk – Ronson and Mars

When Doves Cry – Prince and the Revolution

Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution

Stats

Distance 8.36km (I stopped for coffee at 7.8km)

Duration 55.25

Average Pace Km/mins 6.37

Elevation Gain (37 metres)

Fastest km 6.18mins

Confession

I’ve missed two days of the 7 day squats challenge, so that’s a fail too. Ho hum.

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