More exciting news! We have a brand new swanky video, which explains to the world what we do here at Up & Running in one minute flat.
Thank you for all your good cheers for the Up & Moving launch last week. The Moving movement is growing by the day and now my mission is to coax more of you out of Lurk Mode on the Forum! Hehehe.
And finally, countdown to Spring courses – ONE WEEK TO GO! We start next Monday for the 5K, Thursday for the 10K. Come along and join the (sweaty) (but totally rewarding) fun!
Since we launched Up & Running three years ago we’ve had scores of requests for a stepping stone course between the couch and our 5K Course. So today we are chuffed to bits to bring you… Up & Moving!
… then Up & Moving was made for you, baby!
We give you all the tools to get moving on a regular basis… and enjoying it too! It’s a six-week e-course that combines walking and simple resistance exercises, plus the U&R trademark coaching support + dedicated cheerleading. It’s self-paced, so you can dive in right now and progress at a pace that suits you. It’s also totally adaptable to your fitness level, whether you’ve got your eye on our 5K Course or you simply want to get fit.
This course is very near and dear to my heart, being something I’d wished had existed to sign up for myself! I’ve been the guinea pig for the training plans and had a blast, now I cannae wait to help our Movers get moving and grooving.
St. Valentines is a worldwide event but the Italian city of Verona, the Shakespearean setting for Romeo & Juliet, has taken it upon itself to become the city of love.
The entire weekend is dedicated to it. They decorate the streets with hearts and red ribbons. Chocolate and flower stands are set up in open air markets in every piazza. It’s a beautiful romantic atmosphere…
…which is why someone thought that a running event would be a great way to cap off the weekend!
This was the 7th year for the Giulietta e Romeo Half Marathon. The website claims that it’s a race of “21,097 meters of adrenaline and sweat…” which, um, I don’t really think is a great way to sell the event. I mostly signed up to run with friends and because the last metres are actually run inside the Arena. Cool!
This year it was also the Italian Half Marathon championship, which means we’d get to see a lot of really fast athletes at the start.
The race is divided into two groups – half marathon runners and relay duo. It wouldn’t be true romance if two runners couldn’t run together! One completes 8k then hands the chip off to his or her partner who completes the remaining 13k.
I was at the very back of the start and began my race with two runner friends. I’d heard that it was a beautiful course… that they decided to change this year! I didn’t ask but can bet that they decided to make it more spectacular for the bystanders since it would really be a great professional race. I just kept seeing that we went but the same places a few times, crisscrossed the pro racers and it felt like we were always going up a hill.
It was however absolutely worth every metreto be able to run down a purple carpet into the Arena! Please note that my outfit matches the carpet. I’d like to say I planned it that way but I didn’t. Actually, that might be a great idea for all my future races…
If you fancy running the Giulietta and Romeo Half next year, I give it two thumbs up. Here’s a few handy links to help you plan out your trip:
Our 12 week Half Marathon course… you’ll need to start training on 24 November!
Verona Airport, to check out which airlines fly direct
One of the things I love about running is what a big chain of friendships it creates. Not just in our own running courses but with the many people I’ve met around the globe.
About a year ago my good friend Kathrine Switzer shot me an email to let me know that a friend of hers was making a film in Italy about marathons and she thought we should make a connection. By the time Jon Dunham and I wrote each other back and forth he was almost wrapping up his film, but said he’d keep in touch.
Fast forward a year later, Jon sends me an email to let me know that his second film “The Spirit of Marathon II” would be screening in Milan (Italy) and would I like to come? Better yet, would I like to bring a few friends? GIRLFRIEND TIME! I immediately called two running friends and had them block off a thursday afternoon in December.
I had heard of “The Spirit of Marathon” but hadn’t seen it, so I was very touched and excited when I found out that Jon had not only brought me a copy of TSOM II, but also the missing TSOM I which was filmed around the Chicago Marathon. Now I can watch them over and over for inspiration.
Inspiration is definitely what you’ll get if you watch either of these excellent movies. I had to wipe away tears several times as I sat in the screening room watching the runners tell their stories from the streets of the Rome Marathon. Yes, there’s running in the movie but mostly there are stories. Stories of sadness and death and overcoming all odds. Stories of compassion, friendship and persistence.
I was especially happy to be sitting next to Cliff Scott. His story touched me so much, I was happy to be able to give him a hug afterwards.
The Boston Athletics Association has just announced that Jon Dunham will be making a film about the historic Boston Marathon! Considering that this year will be the Boston Marathon’s 118th run, it’s unbelievable to think one hasn’t been made to this day.
I know that Jon will do Boston justice and I cannot wait to see it. Maybe I’ll even try to organize a screening here in Italy!
By the way, while I was hopping around getting links and images for this post I saw that a screening of The Spirit of Marathon I or II can be organized anywhere through TUGG. Check it out and organise your own event or find one already set up near you!
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