Looking forward to a week of vacation and running/exploring!
|Yes, I'm in Holland!|
|Along the many canals and footbridges that I ran today|
|I would need Hammett help to identify this one|
|My run took me along Dutch countryside|
First ever visit to Italy didn't start off on the right track when I was swindled out of 40 Euros by an unscrupulous taxi driver with a sleight-of-hand trick with my bills that I didn't realize until later. At first, I was angry for a few hours, but pickpockets and con artists are notorious in Rome, so it could have been worse and I just have to be more vigilant and move on.
5 miles. Evening run on local narrow roads near hotel (I miss the extra wide roads in Amsterdam with bike path lanes and pedestrian lanes), but it got better once I got into a local park.
500 yards. Outdoor pool swim with Mark & Matthew, until Mark ditched us to use the Roman Baths at the hotel!
|The highlight of the day today was inside the famed Roman Coliseum,|
completed in 80AD, where many gladiators met their demise
|Back at the hotel, Matthew gets some Crabman|
practice and fun in the outside pool
(no running today, busy on long travel day in coastal Italy)
Late night watching Netherlands-Argentina game; after all that Netherlands lost on penalty kicks. Slept in and went for a run before more city exploration:
|In sharp contrast to Amsterdam, running on roads|
outside the hotel here in Rome is a tad precarious
due to narrow congested streets.
|Fortunately, after less than 1/2 mile, I can turn off into a park|
that goes on and on with many trails (dirt trail in foreground).
|Surreal to see this statue inside a cave|
on my run
|This stunning villa (Villa Pamphili) replete with Roman|
statues built into its walls was inside the park as well.
(Note the park is runner-friendly with 3 coming towards me)
11 miles. Villa Pamphili park run. Hot sweaty run. Tried to go for a couple of Strava segments, but it's tough to know where trails line up, and my choices didn't align.
0.3 miles. Final outdoor pool swim, before catching a late night flight to London.
|Kids enjoyed climbing through Castel Sant Angelo:|
Lower portion a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian (138AD);
upper portion built in 6th century
|Hard to find things that aren't "lame" for teens and you|
never know what will be a hit, but this catacomb with 7 miles
of tunnels 27 feet underground with thousands of human burials
from 2nd century was a hit with them
Slept in after late flight, then busy day sightseeing. Pink Floyd blasting in the subway system before departing London. Cool! My kids asked me who Pink Floyd is. Not cool.
|Spent the afternoon walking through light rain and sheep poop|
in the English countryside
11 miles. 65 degrees and light rain. I'll take this weather for running anytime. Ran past the major sites in London, mostly inside parks. Along the Thames, there were barricades along the roads as they were preparing for 15,000+ runners in the British 10K. I just ran in the road before the start of the race. British police were everywhere, but they just smiled. Cool, I get 2 - 4 lanes of primary roads in downtown London to myself for running.
Funniest point was when I came up on a water stop staffed with dozens of volunteers and thousands of water bottles (yes, bottles, odd). A boy about 7 or 8 yelled out "We have our first runner coming" and sprinted out into the middle of the street to hand me a water bottle. How could I turn his offer down? Later in the day, I saw a runner wearing a really neat British 10K technical shirt emblazoned with the Union Jack. I would have loved one of those, but I ran most of route alone, avoided 15K+ plus people and a whopping entry fee of 50 pounds! (~$90).
Week recap: Not a huge mileage week by any means, and obviously no biking, but a really, really fun week of running and exploring in neat places.