Prologue - At last, after 5 months, I'm back to racing. Summer was bad and complicated for my running: weakness and hot weather were my main problems. September was better, the workouts became longer and less slow so I decided to try to race again.
For the return, I chose a race in Tarquinia on oct. 6th. Tarquinia is the most important ancient Etruscan city, a place full of history.
Race recap - The route was easy and flat but totally under the sun, with no shady parts and a temperature of 21,5°C (70,7 F.). Before the start I felt good and ready for a decent performance but, I don't know why, after 4 km I was left without strenght and I thought to stop myself and to come back walking. Despite that fixed thought in my mind I didn't give up and with a terrible effort I arrived exhausted to the finishing line. Immediately I sat down for more than 15 minutes drinking a lot. At home I spent all the day resting on my bed and in the evening a terrible headache occurred.
Stats: km. 10 in 58:48 (my personal worst all time on the distance) 5:53/km - 9:28/ml - 215/238 overall - 15/18 a.g.
Split: 5:19 - 5:28 - 5:49 - 5:34 -5:55 - 6:06 - 6:08 - 6:03 - 6:19 - 6:07.
The good: Despite the terrible performance, it was a beautiful day because my son Paolo come to Tarquinia with his family (wife, 2 wonderful sons and Nathan the dog).
Paolo and Nathan ran together the 6 km. not competitive race and as you can see Nathan wore with pride his bib.
At home I had dinner with all the family (my grandma, my wife, my son's and my daughter's families): my wife cooked a delicious meal and I forgot for a while the unsuccessful race.