Mattia Pirotti

Mattia Pirotti

Runner and Business Consultant

What got you into running? And what keeps you doing it?
I started running with my friends when I was at high school. In the afternoon, we used to go on the gravel tracks in the countryside around my home town, following a path of five kilometres, passing through a short airstrip and near some farms.

I got into competitions only in 2011, thanks to my colleagues wanting to run “The Media Running Challenge”, a non-competitive 5 km race starting from Milan’s famous Arena. I really enjoyed myself and that was the official start of my running career. I keep doing it to improve, but also to release the stress of the day and to keep healthy.

What is your typical weekly training routine?
I usually run 2 to 3 times a week, trying to fit training in around work. I run in the evening, but I can schedule my workouts early in the morning if necessary.

On Monday and Friday I usually run to a village near home and back, following an easy 10 km route. When I am training for a competition Wednesdays are dedicated to intervals on the track, otherwise I just do a tempo run.

Beyond these sessions, Saturdays and Sundays are race days, recently though I dropped some competitions in favour of non-competitive runs.

Do you run with a club or a group?
I have been running wearing GP Melzo “pistachio” uniform for three years and since 2014 I am also a board member of the society as head of communications.
I also run with a small group of friends: we call ourselves “Orange Sox”, because the first thing we had in common was that piece of clothing.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve run?
During one of the last races I found myself in a gallery with no lights and no windows. It was very strange because the situation was absolutely unexpected and it was very difficult to orientate without causing damage to myself and to the other runners.
Fortunately, there were some cars of the civil protection trying to light the way to the exit as best as they could. Only at the end of the run I discovered that the cause was an act of vandalism.

What song, if any, is guaranteed to make you run faster?
I do not listen to music while running, I prefer to concentrate on my breathing and the sound of my footsteps.

Is it just for the fun of it? Or for the results?
The right mix of both.

What is the best bit of advice you’ve had from another runner?
Rest is an integral part of training.

What simple advice would you give to a new or novice runner?
Do not go too fast! Let yourself become confident with distance and velocity before facing a longer or faster run.

What is your favourite piece of SOAR kit?
The Gilet is great for the fall season, especially when the weather is rainy or windy!

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