Would You Like To Join Me For a Run?

I have a love-hate relationship with running.  I love the feeling of finishing a five or six mile run.  I hate the agony I get in my calves the next day.  I love pushing myself to run a distance further than I’ve ever run before.  I hate pushing myself through that first mile after foolishly taking four months off during the winter.  Currently, I’m learning to find a proper balance in my on-again off-again relationship with running.  Since living abroad, I’ve discovered a renewed commitment to running.  I am lucky enough to have some of the most amazing routes in my own backyard – a benefit that definitely keeps me on the trail a little longer.

“Please, come join me along my run”
Julia loves to join me on an occasional run

We have been really lucky with some wonderful weather this fall.  Just this morning, I went for a jog in shorts and a lightweight jacket.  I understand it’s a lot colder at home, so I would like to invite you to “come for a run with me”.  I have several routes that I take on a regular basis depending on how long, how far, or how much of a vertical climb I want.  Or sometimes, I’ll just go out and try to find something new.

Running along the trail
“I want to go for a run with you guys!”
“Here I go!”

One of my favorite routes (and probably the one that I take most consistently) is a 5K loop (3.1 miles) around the neighborhood.  I have taken many of the friends and family that have visited with me on this very same run.  And now you can join me!  I’ll map the distances, using mapmyrun so that you know how far we’ve gone.

Let’s get started…

WE TURN RIGHT OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, HEADED DOWN STRADA PROVINCIALE – WATCH OUT FOR CARS DURING RUSH HOUR

.15 miles

SOON WE’LL COME UPON A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF ITALIAN CYPRUS TREES

.27 miles

SUBSEQUENT TO THE TREES WE’LL SEE THIS FIELD, WHICH MEANS YOU WON’T HAVE A PLEASANT AROMA FOR THE NEXT 1/10 OF A MILE

.29 miles

WE PASS A LAVATOIO (WASH BASIN) THAT IS AT LEAST 120 YEARS OLD – THIS WAS ONCE USED TO CLEAN THE CLOTHES OF THE PEOPLE NEARBY

.33 miles

AT THE TOP OF THE HILL WE COME SMACK INTO THE DANGER ZONE!  THE DOUBLE ROTONDA (ROUNDABOUT) – BE CAREFUL HERE!

.47 miles

THIS IS ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PARTS OF THE RUN, WHERE THE VIEW SPANS FOREVER AND AN ANCIENT VILLA REACHES FOR THE CLOUDS

.75 miles

WE START A MILD DESCENT

.84 miles

QUICK!  LOOK LEFT – THERE IS A BRIEF OPENING WITH A STUNNING VIEW

.87 miles
.87 miles
.87 miles

KEEP ON MOVING, BUT BE SURE TO HUG THE FENCE LINE TO YOUR RIGHT.  CARS ARE LIABLE TO FLY BY

.90 miles
.91 miles

GET READY TO ROUND THE BEND – WATCH OUT FOR CARS AND BICYCLES

.93 miles
.99 miles

CONGRATULATIONS – WE JUST FINISHED OUR FIRST MILE!  PEEK TO YOUR LEFT FOR A UNIQUE VIEW OF THE VILLA

1.02 miles

DON’T FORGET TO LOOK LEFT INTO THIS OPEN FIELD AND BEYOND TO THE MOUNTAINS…

1.13 miles
1.15 miles
1.15 miles

NEXT, LOOK AHEAD AS THE VILLA MATERIALIZES IN FRONT OF YOU

1.15 miles
1.16 miles

I OFTEN WONDER HOW MANY THOUSANDS OF TRAINS THIS LITTLE HOUSE HAS SEEN PASS BY

1.18 miles

CROSSING OVER THE RAILROAD TRACKS – BE CAREFUL

1.19 miles

YOU’RE JUST AS LIKELY TO PASS A TRACTOR AS YOU WOULD BE TO PASS A CAR

1.25 miles
1.27 miles
1.27 miles

I LOVE THIS GROUP OF UNIQUE TREES ON THE PROPERTY

1.27 miles

NEXT, WE WILL START OUR ASCENT UP AN ANCIENT ROAD

1.32 miles
1.41 miles

A GLANCE BACK OVER OUR SHOULDER LETS US KNOW WHERE WE’VE RUN

1.44 miles
1.44 miles
1.44 miles

HERE, WE CAN CHECK OUT THE LOCAL EVENTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY

1.47 miles

LOOK TO YOUR LEFT TO SEE ONE OF THE MANY CHURCHES IN THE AREA

1.48 miles

WE HAVE AN IMPORTANT DECISION TO MAKE HERE… I DON’T SUPPOSE MY LEGS WILL CARRY US THE 40 KM (24 MILES) TO MILANO, SO WE’D BETTER GO LEFT

1.58 miles

THE ROAD CROSSING IS A LITTLE DICEY HERE – LOTS OF BLIND SPOTS.  I ALWAYS HUSSLE PAST THE CRYPT TO OUR RIGHT

1.61 miles
1.65 miles

HERE, WE PASS A BAR THAT IS “ALWAYS” OPEN

1.65 miles

THE BAR – FEEL FREE TO STOP FOR AN ESPRESSO IF YOU FORGOT TO HAVE YOURS BEFORE OUR RUN 

1.65 miles

WE WILL NEXT PASS A SECTION OF TOWN THAT EXPERIENCED IT’S HEYDAY 50 YEARS AGO… 100 YEARS AGO… 200 YEARS AGO?!

1.75 miles
1.77 miles
1.78 miles

BE CAREFUL – THE ROAD IS VERY NARROW – TOO TIGHT FOR TWO CARS TO PASS AT ONCE.  IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO GET PINNED AGAINST THE RIGHT WALL

1.79 miles

LOOK TO YOUR RIGHT – QUITE A VIEW OF THE VALLEY.  TO OUR PREVIOUS GUESTS… DO YOU RECOGNIZE THE BENNET (OUR GROCERY STORE)?

1.83 miles

WE HAVE TO MAKE A SHARP LEFT OFF THE MAIN ROAD AS WE APPROACH ANOTHER FAVORITE STRETCH OF THE RUN

1.90 miles
1.92 miles

THIS TWO LANE ROAD BECOMES EXTREMELY NARROW – I PREFERRED WHEN IT USED TO BE MUCH MORE RUGGED.  THEY RECENTLY PAVED IT… WELL HALF OF IT

2.05 miles
2.08 miles
2.11 miles
2.11 miles
2.11 miles

 CONTINUE ALONG THIS REMOTE ROAD

2.19 miles

WE PASS A CORNFIELD ON OUR RIGHT – THIS WAS JUST HARVESTED THREE DAYS AGO – I THINK THEY USE IT AS CATTLE FEED

2.25 miles

WE APPROACH AN INTERESTING PART OF THE RUN… ANOTHER SECTION OF HOUSING WHOSE HISTORY ENDED LONG AGO.  I OFTEN WONDER WHEN A NEW STORY WILL BE WRITTEN FOR THESE ANCIENT PROPERTIES

2.38 miles
2.40 miles
2.41 miles

WE PASS THROUGH OUR FINAL STRETCH OF OLD, VACANT PROPERTIES

2.47 miles

NOW WE WILL TURN ON TO VIA KENNEDY, WHICH ALWAYS CRACKS ME UP

2.53 miles

NOW THAT WE’RE BACK IN TOWN, IF YOU GLANCE OVER YOUR RIGHT SHOULDER, YOU WILL SEE OUR FAVORITE FRUIT STAND – YOU CAN SEE THAT ZUCCHE (SQUASH AND PUMPKINS) ARE THE SEASONAL VEGETABLE

2.70 miles

OK – DIG DEEP.  WE’VE GOT AN UPHILL CLIMB, BUT WE’RE IN THE FINAL STRETCH.  WE’RE GOING TO RUN RIGHT THROUGH THE CENTER OF TOWN

2.83 miles

LOOKING LEFT, YOU’LL SEE MY FAVORITE STREET IN OUR TOWN OF ALZATE BRIANZA

2.89 miles

THIS IS IT… NEARLY HOME.  A SLIGHT DOWNHILL DESCENT HELPS US – TIME TO PICK UP THE PACE… MY BROTHER-IN-LAW CALLED THIS MY FINAL “KICK”

2.91 miles

WE’VE ARRIVED AT THE ROTONDA BY OUR HOME – FULL SPRINT NOW WITH WHATEVER IS LEFT IN THE TANK

3.03 miles

TURN RIGHT DOWN OUR STREET… 

3.05 miles

WE DID IT!!  WE’VE ARRIVED HOME JUST IN TIME FOR LUNCH.  PASTA IT IS – HEY WE EARNED IT!

3.10 miles – nicely done

IF YOU’D LIKE TO REWARD YOURSELF WITH A NICE DRINK LATER IN THE EVENING, HEAD BACK INTO TOWN TO THE AB CAFE

The best “happy hour” in town
Don’t forget, gang – there’s always time to stop and smell the roses

I hope you enjoyed coming with me on my run today!  I certainly appreciated the company!

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2 thoughts on “Would You Like To Join Me For a Run?”

  1. I have never noticed how beautiful the country side around Alzate Brianza is, perhaps because I have never run. It pays to ruin wish I could have my motorcycle there to really explore the area. Actually “Brianza” is known for the luscious green landscapes. One advantage of having a lot of rain. I want to come back and visit the town again.
    I especially love to go to the fruit stand. Thanks for the beautiful pictures. I can’t get tired of looking at this over and over.

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