The Divine Comedy: It seemed a little obvious... - Bridge to 10K

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The Divine Comedy


It seemed a little obvious and prosaic to write under the title of Dante Alighieri's magnum opus, but the correlations were too great to resist.

Last night I sat and watched the Salerno sun fade and cooled myself with a couple of litres of vino rosso locale to hydrate for today's bumble.

At 5.30 am, my son Oliver awoke me and I thought it was perfect timing to get out for my day break run, just as advised by @ju-ju-. Naturally, I was feeling a little dusty, so reached out and hit the 5 hour snooze button! And so at just about 11am I set out for my crack of dawn amble in the cool morning air. 🔥

"They yearn for what they fear for" - Dante

It was a warm day, mercury pushing 30, beautiful panorama across the mountains to the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea and a precipitous climb to the local village.

It was hellishly hot in the broad sunlight and the road upward and unforgiving. I approached the ancient and tiny cobbled village of Perdifumo and stopped for respite at the Convent de Santa Maria and to guage my bearings to the next level of the Inferno. And so through the village and onwards up the melting path. Out into the wilderness, barren lands, stray dogs barking, water evaporating and into a wooded field of dust.

"Abandon all hope you who enter here"

And sure enough at that point my iPhone failed. GPS gone. Map perished. Route unknown. Relentless inferno sun.

"In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost" - Dante

And again, so it was that the straight way was lost and I bumbled along a winding hair pin track, past Via Dante (if you don't believe me see the photo!) and the Perdifumo sports centre!

The once great Azzuri, now failed to qualify for the recent world cup, and I had stumbled upon the root cause of such national humiliation and anguish. This great and passionate footballing nation, clearly need to invest more in grass roots football. Or just grass! Ivy climbed through the broken goal nets and lizards bathed in the dust bath pitch. Onwards down the winding path and finally a road I recognised that would lead back to the salvation of the villa pool.

"Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars" - Dante

A very slow run to this point, given the heat and agony of the 7th level, hills, photo stops and navigation delays, I now had the gentle slope home and finally found a respectable pace for the final kilometre.

And swim. Drink cold beer. And rejoice in escaping the torture.

Different today, but utterly fabulous and rewarding and I was the fastest ever through a certain segment (level 4 with the twisted heads of envy,) that no one had ever been daft enough to run before!

I'll be back in my plague mask later this week, to conquer this hell in a better time!

One final thought... If Oldfloss had to have a welcoming note to C25K, and we know how she loves a quote, I thought it may be this...

"I am the way into the city of woe,

I am the way into eternal pain,

I am the way to go among the lost"

. - Dante Alighieri, Inferno (The Divine Comedy part 1)

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Wow, stirring stuff that.

When I saw Divine Comedy I initially thought it would be aboutNeil Hanon and his group. 🤓


Fantastically entertaining!! 👏👏🤣🤣

Poor you... What heat!! Lucky you got through it ok 👍

Loving the neon top, I do like me some eye-blinding gear! 😁🌟

in reply to GoGo_JoJo

It's quite bright! I claim that it is just so I can be seen by traffic, but the truth is I love it!


Superb...simply superb... what a great post.. and a run to remember in the depths if a cold winter's night!

My welcome quote however, would be far more positive...because as we,all know if we follow the C25K plan.... we are fortunate enough.. to experience...

"...Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears,

Where we came forth, and once more saw the stars.”

― Dante Alighieri, Inferno

Enjoy my friend:) x

in reply to Oldfloss

Brilliant as usual! xx


Blimey Marvo! Sound scenic but painful. No one can fault your dedication to the running cause! At least you had a pool to throw put out the hellfires 😁

in reply to Saartjie

I can assure you I was in that pool very very quickly! xx

in reply to Marvo69

Dont blame you!


And you have a divine glow around you in that photo. Well done for running in the heat, though hopefully not as humid as back in dear old Blighty.

Great run, great post, great read. Thanks Marvo😎


Did you forget to pack the bumblebees? 😉

in reply to pianoteacher

Their turn will come! I was worried they would clash with the neon green shirt! x


Oh that sounds heavenly! What a stunning place to run, Marvo. I could never run in that heat, you must be super fit! x

in reply to Sadie-runs

Super fat and super daft!

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