Morning Run

I love my routine, so I’m incorporating the greatest hits from my home routine into its Italian counterpart.  Today I went for a morning run.   My fellow gym-rats at home may be surprised to know that I got off the  treadmill and into the glorious fresh air.

My “running” route starts with a hill that is is too steep to even jog.  I’ll revisit that after my 6 weeks here, but I  think it will always be too steep.  At least it’s short and provides a nice view.  My favorite photo of Benano  is taken from a switchback about mid-way up the hill.  I walk up that hill and call it my warm-up.

The reward at the summit is a long stretch of open and gently rolling road.  It’s a near-ideal walking, jogging, or running  route.  In different seasons, I have seen people working the fields,  but the sheep are my most consistent companions up there.

I ran to the end of the road and back to Benano, where some of my  neighbors were gathered outside.  Had I stopped there, I probably would have gone about 2.5 miles.  My neighbors, who I assume were waiting for one of the merchants to drive up in a truck with produce, bread, cheese, and/or meat, waved to me.  I waved back and signaled “UP!” as I ran by and away from Benano in the other direction.  They laughed.  Were they laughing with me, knowing I was in for a workout, or at me, because I didn’t look capable of running up that hill?  Discuss amongst yourselves.

Mercifully, the worst part of that hill is short, too.  Here it is in a photo I just took of it from our dining room window:

My neighbors were still out as I came back in, and I remembered an important Italian word in time to make conversation with them.  I started with, “basta.”  (enough.)

This morning’s routine certainly didn’t feel very routine.

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6 Comments on “Morning Run

  1. When you signaled “up,” did you point or use your thumb? The “thumbs up” sign can mean different things in different cultures. I’m just saying…

  2. Ah, yes. Thanks for the reminder, but I was fine on this one. I had a question at lunch, though. I ate alone and would normally have whipped out some reading material, but I don’t know if Italians would consider that rude. Another question: right turns on red? I’m saving up my questions for our favorite expats.

    • Gimme a break – it’s steeper (shorter, though) than Monastery St. You should bring your gang over here and YOU try it!

  3. Hi Karen, Tory shared the link to your blog with me after the Executive Committee call! I am starting backwards so I don’t miss the crescendo of your life in Italy. Enjoy every minute and I’ll catch up with you at a board meeting somewhere. Nancy

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