Saturday, February 21, 2015


Cyprus - Please forgive me for the long silence and not commenting your blogs. The life was so hectic in this period: too many travels for work and the last was to Larnaka (Cyprus) for an european meeting about the Infomobolity. Here are some pics of the city:

Despite the bad weather forecasts I succeeded in running twice on the promenade (see below). A Black Knight under the medieval castle: the best possible epic imagine!

Question - Running and swimming are improving. The pace now is under 6:00/km and swimming is easy. On feb. 28th I will be with my son in Scotland for the rugby match Scotland – Italy and in the morning I enter the Edinburgh parkrun.
I am thinking about my “uniform”: the usual black armour or the shirt of the italian rugby team? What do you suggest?

Saturday, January 31, 2015


January 2015. At last, after a lot of time, I have spent a "normal" month with no injures or big limitations. I succeed in alternating running and swimming with 1 or 2 days of rest per week. Of course the long distances and the speed works are only beautiful memories of the past. In the meantime I keep on doing postural exercises twice a week under the supervision of an expert rehabilitation physiotherapist: thanks to this activity my back feels better.
Stats: running 132 km (82 m - 12 workouts and 1 race), swimming 13900 meters (9 workouts).
Pictures: my grandsons and the sunset from the window of my office.

January 1997. After some days off for a flu I entered a short cross 5.5 km long. Finishing time 23:22, pace 4:15 km (6:50 m) despite I got lost and I ran some seconds through a wrong way. 6th of 50 overall.

Have you ever run on a wrong way during a race?

Monday, January 05, 2015

The first race of the year (Acilia cross)

Prologue: Yesterday I have run with Giorgio the first race of this year. It was organized for a social cause, to give food to the homeless. We payed a little fee but we had also to donate food to participate. No swag and no official prizes: only a lottery with 20 items. I won one of them, swimming glasses but….. for kids! The days was sunny and warm, perfect for a race.

The race: a cross through a park in Acilia, near Rome, 5.3 km long with 203 runners at the start. It was an unexpected high number and the organization didn’t succeed in filling the finishers list; never mind, as I wrote above it was for a social cause. Finishing time 27:51 (5:15 km – 8.27 m), yes slow again but in december I have only run 80 km (49.7 m) and the path was challenging (see the elevation chart). However at the moment I prefer to run short races not to get injured again. After we had a special lunch in a typical restaurant on the hill with wonderful local food.

Have you already run the first race of the year?

Thursday, January 01, 2015

2014 in numbers and pictures

2014, one year to forget because of the many injures: one fall in january, the fracture of the collar bone and the lesion of the tendon in february, the fracture of the D7 vertebra in june. However I am recovering but by now running is only for fun, I will not be anymore competitive.

- Running: km. 570 (354 m); 64 workouts, 3 races;
- Swimming: km. 62,2; 43 workouts;
- Days off: 109 for injures; 4 for flu.

One year in pictures


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Liberty Run Christmas

Liberty Run Christmas: Last sunday I ran a 10.3 km. race through the industrial part of my city. The path was very challenging with many uphill. See the scary elevation chart:

Of course I raced only for fun because all the injures don't allow me anymore to be competitive and to follow a scheduled plan. It was a slow run to enjoy the atmosphere and the company. I started in the middle of the last pack and there I stayed. The swag was a bling and a technical singlet.
Stats: finishing time 56:26 (5.29/km - 8.49/m), 115° of 128 overall and 13° of 14 age group.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

November recap, rugby memories and one day in Rome

November 2014. The things go better, I have run 11 times and now I succeed in finishing 10 km in 60/61 minutes (my PB on the distance is 39:30 in 1990 when I was 34 y.o.). The longest workout was 11.5 km (7.14 m). I also swam 10 times and I keep on following the corse of postural exercises (back school - twice a week). Stats: running 109.4 km (68 m - 10 workouts), swimming 13.500 meters (10) and walking 9,9 km (2).

November 2009. After the 2 surgeries for the broken femur, I made a 10 km test during an official half marathon. The finishing time, without pushing, was 51:20 (the B.K. is the 547).

Rugby memories. In november other 2 friends of the "old guard" passed away. This is a 1974 photo (against a french team, the B.K. is under the arrow. Nowadays that place is full of buildings, shops, an open market and the ground is in grass) and now 5 of these 15 players are playing rugby in heaven. Ciao Mario, ciao Francesco.

Roma. I spent a wonderful sunday in Rome with my wife. Here you can see Via Condotti, the main shopping street where the most important brands are, and Spanish Steps.

Are you ready for Christmas time?

Saturday, November 01, 2014

October recap, a dog and a bird

October 2014. Coming back to life! I have run 10 times and the last workout was 8.6 km long (5.34 m) in 52:38.  I also swam 3 times but for no more than 800 metres because the back hurts again. Moreover I am following a course of postural exercises (twice a week) and I am doing physiotherapy (once a week). Stats: running 63,5 km (10 workouts) – swimming 2200 metres (3) and walking 59,5 km (11).
October 1999. I ran the Urbs Mundi half marathon in Rome in 1:48:27 and, at that time, it was my personal worst. 1689 of 2523 overall.

The dogThis week I went to Olbia (Sardinia) for a conference and at the end, in the parking near the building, some foreigners told me that they must leave their dog. Well, I bought the dog for 20 euros and I gave her to a dog shelter in the same city. Very nice people who take care of thousands of animals. Here is the photo of the B.K. before the conference.

The bird. The week before I found a wonderful throstle on a dock. He was very tired after a long migratory flight. He was so kind to come with me and to spend some hours in my office to drink a little of water and to have a light lunch. Later a voluntary of an association for the protection of the birds came and, after some medical check, gave him the freedom. Here is the throstle in my office.

Have a good sunday