Italian Ultramarathon Festival
Italian Ultramarathon Festival was an amazing experience. Now a few days after, when I’m writing this blog, the disappointment to my performance is huge. I didn’t reach the finish line of 100km and tiers are falling from my cheeks, I just feel so bad.
As an athlete it’s hard to take these kinds of disappointments, they feel so big, that it’s hard to handle them.
I’m not a quitter. Quitting has never even been in my vocabulary. Yesterday I had no choice but to quit at 52,83km. My hip hasn’t healed and the pain from it was unbearable. I didn’t want to harm my body for the rest of my life, all I could do was to decide to quit with tiers, my competition ended straight to the physician’s table.
Four months ago I had to take a yellow fever shot in Brazil, because of the African marathon. I lost my balance completely because of it and fell to the stone floor. I hurt my hip badly in this. It hasn’t healed before the marathon, I knew it, but I just wanted to go and run. After all, I had trained for the whole year for it.
I am really glad that I participated. The atmosphere was so inspiring. Runners were breaking their boundaries and did records by running 500km to 700km or even more. Some of the runners had already been running a full week without proper sleep and they were aiming for the 1000km. Unbelievable!!
Italian Ultramarathon was nicely organized event, I can recommend this.
Facilities were in really good shape. Food was available 24/7. They had bungalow where the runners slept. There were physicist and masseuses for the runners also available around the clock. Pools, jacuzzis, etc. for the relaxation.
From the spectator’s point of view its also nice event. You run close to the camping area so all your family and friends can enjoy the pool when runners are performing their thing.
Did I mention, that the food was good and healthy. Everything was thought through and nicely executed. Runners didn’t need to care about anything, they could just run.
Also, they had these big screens where you could follow your time after every loop or how are the others doing. The competition was warm-spirited and uplifting. If you think to participate in an ultra run, then this Italian event is something to experience.
Then, How did I do:
I was running with Adidas UltraBoost19 shoes and I had put effort to think about my pace. I had decided that first 25km I would run on the ball of my foot. The beginning was asphalt so feet, hip, and knees were in for a hard time. The beginning went smoothly I had a smile on my face and there was no pain at all before 35km mark.
I changed my pace into neutral and could continue till 42km mark, everything went well.
After this point (marathon length) my feet started to hurt a lot so I changed into the Adidas Trail shoes. For a moment that was enough ease but the change was bad for my hip, and it started to hurt. I had a different position now so I couldn’t push my pelvis so forward that the pain would stay away. at the 48km mark, I changed back to the Adidas UltraBoost19. The pain was getting worse. I could only run 500m at the time. Walking was feeling as bad as the running. I had a lunch break. I thought that a small pause would help and I could continue. Even when I was staying still, the pain was there so I thought that I would take some painkillers to ease the pain.
I continued, but after tumbling away for 4 km I came to the result, after all, I needed to run a full marathon, that if I would continue I might get damage to my hip which would be there for the rest of my life. I didn’t want to risk my feet or my knees… soooo the last opportunity would be the physician’s table if he could do some magic… But that’s where my competition stopped. There came the first cry and it was really hard to accept.
I wasn’t tired, I haven’t given my all. Felt stupid to stop. Only thing was the pain in my left side hip, I also knew if I would continue I would have pain in every joint. Looking at all the other competitors, everyone was taping the ice bags around their legs, putting plaster to the blisters, etc… I was thinking did I stop for the reasons that were so little?
I didn’t have any blisters, no rash, thanks to the extra good Adidas clothes and shoes. I didn’t know, how would get over the finish line, did they suffer as much as I did or did they have more injuries than I.
Did I just have bigger balls to say, this is where I quit. Healthy body is the most important to me at this point. The disappointment was just too much.
Best athlete is always a healthy athlete, I wasn’t that yesterday.
I managed to reach everything I was after.
I ran the hardest marathon in Utah Bryce Canyon and also in Africa Safari Marathon. I participated in the ultra run in Italy and made it past the 50km mark. 100km is still a dream, but I ran many different events, that most of the people are just dreaming of. I did it! and I’m proud of myself.
Thanks for all the supporters, sponsors, friends and everyone that has participated in my journey. You are dearest to me and without you guys, I wouldn’t have made it.
Special thanks for the Adidas, with your gear I feel that I can do anything.
I learned a lot about myself, got to see the world, test my limits. Thank you!
Now I’m heading towards the new adventures, I do think I need my limbs so stay tune.
Stay healthy and believe in yourself!