Run Like a Roman
I often plan vacations and trips around stair climbs, obstacle course racing and running events. I've run up the stairs at Sears Towers and the World Trade Center, swam from Alcatraz and earned the Sparta Trifecta the first year it was available.
When it comes to running events, I try to stick with marathons. It tends to thin out the herd as it were. But none of these were an option. I would have to settle for a 10K, which worked out just fine because I hadn't been running in a couple of years and really didn't have the time to prepare. Plus I was around 30 lbs heavier than I'd ever been.
It was super crowded like 10K's tend to be which is another reason I avoid them. Marathons might start out crowded but after the first 6 or 7 miles it has thinned out and the next 20 miles are pleasant.
Veni, vidi, vici
I Came I Saw I Conquered
OK, conquered is a bit much, but I did finish.
After I collected my medal and did my photo-op, Cindy and I went on to start exploring Rome.
We usually spend weeks and sometimes months exploring a country, but we only had a few days. So we did what we also rarely do.
We booked a couple of guided tours.
And what a great thing that was.
For starters we didn't have to wait in the lines of the other bazillion tourists who wanted to see the Vatican or the Colosseum.
We could have spent 5 weeks in that city and just scratched the surface of the city's history.
I took a bunch of pictures, but again it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface.
We will return to Rome to continue the discovery, exploration and education that one can only do by being there in person.
Jon Danniells is an adventurer and traveler, a teacher and student, a husband and a father, a cook and a farmer, a "week-end warrior" (very amateur athlete) and has not earned any money on these labors of love.When I googled myself what showed up first was my IMDB listing, which is basically a resume for my 20 and then some year career in film, for which I fortunately do get paid.