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Update posted by Felice Valente On Oct 14, 2018

Scientists say that our brains deliberately make us forget things to prevent insanity.

I would add and remark that in case of runners the brain is superlatively able to filter experiences and retain the great memories of a good run, discarding the ones related to the extreme fatigues and efforts needed to get to the peak.

Or better, rather than forget, it grinds and compound every drops and tiredness into one unique vague feeling. That feeling that unites all the marathoners and let them agree that the famous 42.197mt is not an endeavor for everyone.

Today I confronted once more myself with my brain. And I can confirm the theory. Human beings tend to forget that the road to the glory is paved by incredibly fatigue!

742km run so until today. And today the 4th and last 30+. A 36km to train and prepare the body for the race.

"Time Volume" my trainer Matteo keeps saying. It means I should go slower.

I have skipped the Lisboa Half Marathon and the Parma 32km today because I have to go....slower. Easy, right?

Well, It is tough. It is tough to slow down and keep a easy pace. You want to push hard, you feel that the goal is near (only 21 days), you know it is the last 36km, you know you have been working out hard during summer evenings, in every location, waking up at 4.30 in the morning, doing 3 great 30+km (with 2 bests), and then today you have to....slow down.

Hard, very hard. But the best you can do is follow your sensation, and think that it is still not over yet. Still 3 hours. Only 3 hours and then New York will be visible at the horizon. But not now.

I did as planned. I did as my body knows already since the previous 6 Marathons. I relaxed and enjoyed the the journey.

First 10km in control (52.20), second 10km exactly at the same pace (52.24), third 10km again as a machin (51.55).

After 30km the Marathon starts. And you finish it with your HEART.

And that is what I did after 30km, I trained my heart. I started warming it up and living the dream.

Roughly 70 km in 3 weeks divides us from the day when NY will move us.

Next Sunday, I will run the Amsterdam Half Marathon as the final fine tune.

And then the train will be over. Saturday Evening in the Village. As the old poem of Giacomo Leopardi says, now is the most exciting time.

Fly Felice Fly!

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Update posted by Felice Valente On Sep 30, 2018

September. What an interesting month. After summer break, sliding into daily activities might carry us believing that the "transitioning" September is a short month.

Fewer warm days, fewer chilly days, and you lose yourself searching the way in the changing seasons.

So, it looks short but in the end I have run my 235km. Which is approx the distance from my house to Venice. Well, not bad indeed. New York is still far ahead in the training but getting closer in my mind.

3 long run this month. Every other Sunday for the whole month I trained 30k+30k+32k,by spacing 15/17k.

Muscles are aching, but slowing getting fit and molding for the upcoming effort.

My mental strength can achieve the 30/32, Still I have to work out more my ability to disconnect and focus on something which is not running after the 28th km.

It is going to be a long journey still.

Today I did my 3rd 30+. Slowly, steadily and focused. Completing 32km in 4.59, which is the second best time ever for a training 30+. After the one of September 2nd (4.56). Hence, I can start picturing the finish line in my brain, and shortly will solve the puzzle of how it will look like crossing the finish line in Central Park!

Fly Felice Fly!


LEGA DEL FILO D'ORO NEW NATIONAL CENTER

In Italy, the cases of deafblindness are far more common than historically perceived. According to the results of a recent study, "The Italian people with vision and hearing problems" created by ISTAT, in collaboration with our association, there are approximately 190,000 individuals suffering from sight- or hearing- related problems, which amounts to 0.3% of the Italian population. The problems affect all age groups, including children. A hearing and visual impairment is often associated with developmental delays, and intellectual and physical disabilities. Although the Lega del Filo d'Oro has expanded its services throughout the country over the past 50 years, the association is facing increasingly complex needs.

On the one hand, cases with sensory disabilities are more severe than in the past, while on the other hand, individuals with these deficits have a high life expectancy and often outlive their parents.

While the Lega del Filo d’Oro has made an increasingly greater and more complex commitment to expand its services year after year, the wait times for treatment and the number of families seeking assistance have continued to grow.

In view of these considerations, the Lega del Filo d'Oro decided to undertake a project to construct a new National Center, a highly specialized facility for treating the deafblind.




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Update posted by Felice Valente On Sep 05, 2018

60 days left to the dream.

31 days from the campaign kick off. And almost 2.000 Euros raised.

Wow. 2.000 Euros. It's a lot? It's not? it depends. 31 days ago there was nothing but a dream and a lovely thought of helping and supporting less fortunate lives. Today this thought generated a great sense of help and generosity.

There was nothing. Now there are books, toys, clothes, smiles, devices, working out stations. Probably not as many as we would wish, but enough to make a family having the proper medical (and entertaining) support for the lives of their beloved.

No, 2.000 Euro is not enough yet. We have to step up and seriously raise the stake. It's about a very serious cause and we all have to contribute.


Training is going as planned. The "specific" phase has started.

Sunday Sept 2nd I did my the first round of 30km+.

Result: Distance 30km - Time 2h.28' - Pace 4'.56" WOW!

The fastest 30 I have ever run (out of 25) so far! The first 30 has been always a fast race for me. It's the first time and I coming from a very good summer preparation. Hence my body is fit and my mind want to show me how strong and (apparently) ready they are.

There is still good time ahead to feel the tireness and the fatigue of the overall training. As my Coach Matteo uses to warn me everytime "Felice, don't go overboard! You are in a good shape but NY is still too far ahead..." and I know very well that he is right but how is it possible to cage a passion?

60 days: roughly 35/40 training session....New York I have you in my radar screen!

Here is the recap of my last sunday training! Enjoy the video!

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Update posted by Felice Valente On Aug 19, 2018

11 weeks to go:

Today pre-session before 10 weeks of “specific” training. Today I run a wonderful 24km on the shore of Termoli. Plan was supposed to be 5’.15”/km. I did 1.58.44 (4’.57”/km).

Extremely happy and satifisied with the result, unexpected considering the loads of training I recently did. And the “awful” weather, how could a man better forge his willingness if not running at 34C? Go Felice! Stamina is building up. Mental and muscle strenghts are carefully treated.



Did you know that deafblind impaired kids could enjoy lovely nursery and toddler tales like the old famous Pinocchio, Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel house, Shrek etc thanks to the tactile perception?

Watch this video (I am sorry it is only in italian) to find out more about these special, unique and incredibly strong children.

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Still 77 days. Approx 500km to finish line. Almost half way to finalize the work out for the event.

It’s a lot. It seems a lot. But is nothing compared with the big hearts who have decided to run with me this amazing journey. 1.136 visitors. 31 donors.

You mean a lot to us. THANK YOU

till the next update!

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