This morning I virtuously ran 5K at 5.30am.
I did not do this alone.
Actually there were probably about 3000 people running around town at the crack of dawn…
Longtime readers may recall that a few years ago Sergio Bezzanti had the idea to organise a race at dawn during the first days of summer. He called it Run 5.30 and gave it a 5.30 am start, covering 5.3km. Some people thought he was nuts but a thousand people showed up in the dark for that first event. Since then it’s grown to nine Italian cities with sold out status in every one of them.
Two years after my first Run 5.30, getting out of bed at 4.30am to be at a starting line an hour later is still not exactly my idea of fun. But then there you are before the sun is up surrounded by thousands of fellow citizens… running. It is awesome! Just a little after 6am, your workout for the day is finished and you can walk around feeling one step ahead of the bed dwellers. That is my idea of fun!
P.S. Our Summer 5K Course starts on Monday, if you’d like me to coax you out of bed for your own morning run. Promise there’s no megaphone involved!