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Run Melbourne, Run Vale Run! What’s it like to run your 1st 5k? // Run Melbourne: Corri Vale corri! Come ci si sente a correre la prima 5km?

Run Vale Run (Photo credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

I started running maybe 3 years ago, but not constantly. 3-4 months of running, then nothing and so on. My longest run has been just a bit above 6Km and never repeated so far. And for the last year or so I’ve been wanting to challenge myself with a real run for my level: a 5K run! I’ve been procrastinating, forgetting and so on till last Friday when I realised The Age 2014 Run Melbourne was on SUNDAY 27TH July.

Even without real training, maybe 3K a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do it! It’s now or never! A friend of mine was doing the 10K and other people were busy or not up for it, so I did it by myself, for myself, to challenge myself.

Before the start I was feeling happy, Carlo was there to support me, but a bit nervous. Then getting closer to the Start Line, the music, loads of people (almost 5,000 for the 5K), I started getting really excited.

Carlo supporting Vale at Run Melbourne 2014 (Photo credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

The run: we started climbing a little hill and soon after I could feel I didn’t train, but never the less I told myself: “I’m going to run all the way!” Around Km No 2, I took a couple of sips of water, always running, then I reached the 3K with a good pace. Soon after I started feeling a bit tired, but one of the Staff girls really encouraged me, another big smile on my face and an increased pace. Toward Km No4 I was really getting tired again and trying to avoid the people that were walking. 1Km left, the end was close and I felt again the energy, increased the pace, maybe too late, although ‘Los 40 Principales’ music (a Spanish radio) was getting boring. I reached my goal of staying under 40’, having not trained. It was my 1st run and I’m really happy I made it! I’m proud of myself.

Run Melbourne - Finish Line (Photo Credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Run Melbourne – Finish Line (Photo Credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Bottom line: a bit of effort, felt sometimes I lacked exercise, but I want to do it again! I want to keep training!🙂

Give it a go! Generation Better!

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Ho iniziato a correre forse 3 anni fa’, ma ad intermittenza. 3-4 mesi poi niente di nuovo. La volta che ho corso di piu’ ho corso poco piu’ di 6Km ed ero molto contenta. Per ora mai ripetuto! E nell’ultimo anno o poco piu’ ho deciso che avrei voluto provare a fare una gara alla mia portata, cioe’ una 5Km. Per una ragione o per l’altra non mi sono mai iscritta fino a venerdi’ scorso per la ‘Run Melbourne 2014’di domenica 27 luglio, promossa da The Age, People’s Choice ed altri.

Non ero allenata se non per aver corso 3Km due settimane fa’. Un’amica correva la 10Km, ma per me al momento fuori portata. Il reclutamento ‘last minute’ non e’ stato efficace ne’ ci ho speso molto tempo, quindi ho deciso di correre da sola, per me stessa, per sfidarmi.

Run Melbourne - Seeing the Start Line (Photo Credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Run Melbourne – Seeing the Start Line (Photo Credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Prima di iniziare ero contenta, ma un po’ nervosa. Carlo era con me prima della partenza e man mano che mi avvicinavo alla partenza, ero sempre piu’ carica, grazie anche alla musica e alle molte persone (circa 5,000 per la 5Km).

La corsa: e’ iniziata veloce, ma in salita, ed ho subito sentito che non ero allenata. Da subito ho deciso che non avrei mollato e avrei sempre corso durante tutto il percorso! Due sorsi, sempre di corsa, al Km 2 e poi al Km 3 la stanchezza iniziava a farsi sentire. Una ragazza dello staff a bordo percorso mi ha incitato e subito mi e’ ritornato il sorriso e ho aumentato il passo. Quasi al Km 4 e, tra lo sforzo di evitare chi partecipava camminando, e la fatica fisica, avevo decisamente rallentato. Mancava solamente un solo chilometro e non potevo mollare. Ho ritrovato l’energia nonostante la musica di ‘Los 40 Principales’ (una radio spagnola) avesse perso di ritmo, ho iniziato a correre piu’ velocemente. Finalmente l’arrivo, sotto i 40’, il mio obiettivo raggiunto. Molto contenta e soddisfatta della mia prima gara.

Conclusioni: nonostante la fatica fisica, lo rifarei e non vedo l’ora di rifare una gara e continuare ad allenarmi.

Run Melbourne 2014 - Before and after (Photo credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Run Melbourne 2014 – Before and after (Photo credit: lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com)

Provateci! E’ fattibilissimo!

 

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6 Comments

  1. Bravissima!!
    Ripetoooo: mi mordo le mani perche’ avrei partecipato volentieri!!🙂
    Anche se non sono allenata, eheheh…😀

    • Oh grazie! Sono proprio contenta!
      Mi sono accorta della gara pochi giorni prima, ho deciso di vincere pigrizia e paura e mi sono lanciata ad iscrivermi!
      Ora sono motivata ad allenarmi di piu’ e a continuare, spero!

      A Melbourne e dintorni organizzano molte gare, sicuramente l’occasione non manchera’! La prossima per esempio e’ questa:Sandy Point, il 24 agosto, per registrarsi http://www.starttofinish.com.au
      Ma sicuro ce ne sono altre! E per te sara’ facile!🙂
      Ci sentiamo!

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