Monday, August 31, 2015


August 2015 - This month both the swimming pools have "vacation times" and open in late morning for few hours. For this reason the only possibility is the open sea .... but my wife loves the sand beach and with such depth it is difficult to follow a direction while swimming. I prefer the rocks because the water is cleaner and I can see where I am going. Never mind, less swim more runs.
Stats: Run 150 km (15 workouts) at the pace of 6:00/km (9:40 m). Swim who knows? I think 7/8000 meters in open sea.
Programs: a monthly race but only for fun, to spend a different day in some beautiful town and eat special local food. I could say "running tourism".
Here are 2 photos by night that I have taken this month:

August 1987 - On august 30, 1987 I ran the Vivicittà World, the event that opened that IAAF Championship in Rome. You can imagine the heat: the start was at 10.00 a.m., crowded and all the route under the sun. Because of a mistake of the organization, the 12 km became 13,7 (wrong indications) and they didn't succeed in filling the ranking. I remember how tough it was, the divings into the historical fountains of Rome to refresh the body and the high number of dnf. A nightmare not to forget. My finishing time was 1:02:08 (4:32/km - 7:18/m).
   Have you ever lived a nightmare like that?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Running Update. I keep on running cautiously every other day with no special works to avoid injures and no long distance runs because of the unusual heat. The pace is quiet (6:00/km) and the workouts are always a little bit more than 10 km. Usually I run from my house to the beach (11 km).
The swimming pools open late so my swims are in open see when possible.
In July I ran 113 km (11 workouts) and swam 11500 meters.

Clandestines. In these latest days I received the visit of 2 gentlemen. The seagull now is the owner/guardian of the garden and the cat, more courageous, found a comfortable accommodation inside my dining room.

Vacation again. Here are other 3 photos of the trip to Valle D'Aosta.

Nice week to everyone or as Jill says: run strong my friends

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

A short vacation in Valle d'Aosta

I just got home after a short vacation (one week) with my wife in Valle d'Aosta (northern Italy). We also did 2 stops at half way in Chiavari (Liguria) before and, on the way back, in Montecatini (Tuscany).
The places are wonderful and we could see, from short distance, the highest mountains of Italy: Monte Bianco and Cervino. I also had the possibility to run twice through the city of Aosta but, both the times, I never met other runners. The workouts were easier because of the perfect temperature and the altitude. Unfortunately I didn't find "normal" swimming pools.

Here are some images of the trip:

1) While feeding a blackbird and a sparrow outside the hotel:

2) The castle and the promenade of Chiavari:

3) A rainbow over Aosta after a rainy storm:

4) The mountains over Courmayeur:

5) The medieval Fenis castle:

6) The Blue Lake near Cervinia:

7) The ancient town of Montecatini:

8) Monte Bianco, the highest mountain of Italy:

9) The Prè St. Didier river:

10) The Cervino mountain over the town of Cervinia:

11) And this is a shame, a slaughter of rock goats in the Sarre Castle (former property of the italian kings until 1946).

Where will you spend your summer vacation?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

S. Marinella Running Trophy

The Race. Last saturday I went to run with Giorgio the S. Marinella Running Trophy, 7.150 km on an impossible path full of uphill (see the elevation chart). 

The evening was hot and humid and we had to race through some crowded streets full of people (there was a fair) and near columns of cars with the engines running. After the 1st km I understood how tough could be to push so I was so wise to take it easy like a normal workout. I made the right decision because many runners "surrendered" and someone needed the ambulance. I remember one of them 1 km far from the finishing line sitting down on the ground with the head between his hands and another one fallen after the end of his run. I don't understand how it is possible to organize such races. Moreover there were not appropriate drinks to recover the lost fluids but only water and, of course, no official photos. This is the only one I have found on a local magazine: 

Never mind, later we enjoyed a good dinner with pizza and coke.
Stats: 128 of 180, finishing time 39:11 (5:29/km - 8:49 m).
I spent all the day after to rest: the morning lazy on the beach, a nap in the afternoon and evening at home. 
Have you ever had similar experience?

Marc Knopfler - 3 days after I went with my wife Daniela to the Marc Knopfler's concert. Two hours of great music!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The visit

Yesterday I received the welcome visit of Marcia and her family: the husband and 2 beautiful girls. They arrived here on board the Emerald Princess, a big cruise ship. We spent a nice day together in Rome where we met Sir Giorgio who planned with me the "touristic tour". Unfortunately our wives could not come with us for last minute problems. 

We visited Piazza del Popolo,  Spanish steps, Trevi fountain, the shop streets (Via del Corso e via Condotti), the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Coliseum (see photos below). We had lunch near Campo Marzio, the historical place where Julius Caesar was killed. Thank you Marcia (and family) for your much appreciated visit.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Orbetello Night Run

Prologue: At last I have raced. Last friday, with Sir Giorgio, I went to Orbetello, in the green part of Tuscany named Maremma, to run the Orbetello Night Run, 6.9 km (4 laps) through the narrow streets in cobblestone of the beautiful ancient town. The start was at 09.00 p.m. but the weather was still hot and humid. Of course I have run only for fun and I was so wise not to push to avoid possible injures. After the race a good italian dinner in a typical restaurant.
Stats: 6.9 km in 35:14 (5:06/km - 8:13/m) my PW on the distance. 141° of 162 ... almost the last.
Here are some photos of the place, before and during the race, the well deserved swag.
I hope to race again soon, but no more plans!

Thursday, July 02, 2015


June 2015. June started well with regular sessions of swimming and running but, in the second half, I had a 4 days stop for a little injury on my back due to a stupid effort to lift my scooter. For this reason I couldn’t participate the duathlon in Tuscany. Now the things go well but the weather is very hot and I am a little bit tired because too busy at work. I don’t want to shedule races, I will do them when possible.
Stats: Running 126,9 km/78,8 m (12 workouts) – Swimming 9300 meters (6 workouts) + a swim in open sea.
During the stop I spent one day in Rome with my wife. Here you can see a wonderful pizza and pepsi that I had for lunch and a very welcome guest who appreciated a lot a cookie with ice cream.

June 2005. The glorious, invincible, fearless Black Knight Army was founded 10 years ago. This is the photo of the first official dinner (see the “uniforms” on the table).

Have a good July