That's because I haven't run in more than two weeks, during which time I was busy prepping for, going on and recovering from a week-plus visit to Italy with my sister!
|At the Forum — one of my favorite spots — in Rome. We'd already done the Colosseum, which you can see in the background.|
I don't know why the sight of runners surprised me. I'd seen running tours for Venice advertised, and I've read about marathons in Rome.
Maybe it was the contrast with la dolce vita that caught me off guard — and before anyone suggests that Italians might need to burn off all that gelato and pasta, let me be the millionth person to point out that they do a lot more travel by foot and by bike than most Americans do.
|Authentic margherita pizza in Naples. This restaurant — L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele — was the one featured in "Eat, Pray, Love" and was every bit as delicious as depicted.|
They're a very well-dressed nation, no doubt, but why ruin those stylish tops with sweat? At least the odd outfits I saw in West Des Moines were athletic-gear-based.
Unlike when I went to London, I didn't feel the slightest twinge of envy watching Italian runners, though.
I was getting enough exercise not just walking, but also climbing monuments and ruins on sometimes-uneven pavement, and I think my mind needed a break from my 5K dud and from training during the polar vortex.
But I was happy to see runners. I'm so used to feeling like my leisure activity is scorned (even I call it a stupid hobby) that if a nation known for appreciating the finer things is engaging in it frequently, that's a huge selling point for our community.
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Did you miss posts because I wasn't plugging them on Twitter and Facebook? Here's what went up in my absence.
April 5: Reflections on 5K training plans
April 7: Upcoming race: Grand Blue Mile
April 9: Running crafts are complete
April 11: Upcoming race: Woofin' It 5K
April 13: Second installment of 2014's quarterly goals