I wouldn´t call myself the epitome of health or fitness by any means (I live in Italy and subsist mostly on cheese, bread, wine and chocolate) but one of the more healthy habits I adopted at a young age and am so thankful to be able to continue is running. I´m thankful to continue because when I lace up my shoes and get outside, no matter how much I don´t feel like it, I thank God that I have two working legs that allow me to practice my sport of preference, no matter where in the world I am.
One of the projects I´ve been working on since 2014 is the Firenze Marathon. My relationship with the Firenze Marathon team and organization is something I´m very proud of and happy to have been able to continue consistently. I got started with the Marathon in 2014 when Diego Petrini, the event´s Project Manager, approached Stanford University (where I was working at the time) looking for student volunteers to assist at the event: the marathon and other associated events run with the help of thousands of volunteers, something that is not lost on the organizing committee.
Knowing that American students tend to spend most of their free time traveling I had to tell Diego that I doubted he´d get any volunteers for weekend running events, but that I would be happy to help in any capacity I could. A runner for years, I dreamed (still do) of one day completing a marathon, so what better way than to hang around with the organizers and athletes, and learn as much as I could from them?
I even got so comfortable with the marathon idea that two years ago I decided to begin training for my own. Through the Marathon organization I was set up with Training Consultant Fulvio Massini who gave me a full plan to train for the marathon in one year. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I had a fall after about three months of training – you need to be careful on the Florentine cobblestones — and got completely discouraged from completing the race. I´ll be sure to write if I decide to pursue that dream.
A lot has changed since my initial meeting with the Firenze Marathon organization. I´ve had different jobs, changed apartments, and traveled a lot. The marathon itself has changed, with new race routes and increased visibility in Florence and the world over, I hope, in part, to my small contribution as a translator during the off season and a volunteer at races when possible during the running season. The Firenze Marathon has remained one of the consistent projects I have come to look forward to, and most definitely one of the reasons I´ve stayed sane during my expatriate experience in Florence. Running literally has kept me sane.
The Firenze Marathon typically takes place over Thanksgiving weekend, a time when Turkey Trots are going on all over the United States. Have you ever dreamed of running the Marathon? Do you want to come to Florence and experience this beautiful race for yourself? Let me know and I can put you in touch with race organization, and help you with planning your visit to Florence! I´ll also continue to update this site with new sports events in Florence and Tuscany, and hopefully elsewhere as I continue my travels. Stay in touch and let me know how you stay fit when you´re on the road! I always need new workouts!
This is just part 1 because, if you know me, I´m frequently literally running around Florence.