Thursday, April 30, 2015

April (and the trip to Tallinn)

April 2015. This was a not so good month because a painful prostatitis that lasted 20 days but, despite the problem, I didn't give up and I kept on training. Of course the treatments with antibiotics made me become weaker, so I ran shorter distances at a slower pace (a little bit under the 6:00/km - 9:40/m).
Stats: Running 94.7 km (58.8 m) in 10 workouts - Swimming 11.200 meters in 7 workouts. 
Tallinn. I also spent 3 days in Tallinn (Estonia) to attend an ESPO meeting on the sustainable development in the maritime transports. Here are 3 photos of the city: 

And here are some memories of the "Medieval night" organized by the local Port Authority: what do you think about the "orbs" in the 2nd photo?

April 1987. 28 years ago! See how different my outfits, the cars and the building were. My shoes were the famous Nike Elite Classic. The stats of that race: 11 km in 50:47 (my slowest race of the year). I was 61° of 73.

Have a good running, swimming, biking May 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vivicittà 3 km

On a sunny spring sunday I have run a 3km no-competitive race. Why this decision and not the competitive 12 km? First of all because the second is a crazy path: 4 laps with a heartbreak uphill and a similar downhill; too easy to get injured. But the most important reason is a boring prostatitis for which I have been taking antibiotics (and not only) since last tuesday, so I am weaker and with a higher heart rate. The cure will last, if I am lucky, other 13 days.
However this morning I received a call from Sir Giorgio who offered his services as personal photographer. This is the only photo of my race (I am the last in black armor):

Was I too fast or he ........... What do you think? Your opinion is very important.
The finishing time was 14:30 (4:50/km - 7:47/m). I know the distance was short but at least I have run!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


March 2015. This was a not so bad month for running despite I didn't have the time to race: too busy in this period! The pace was a little bit faster and the runs easier.
Stats: Running 123 km (76,4 m) in 12 workouts - Swimming 12.900 meters in 8 workouts.
On 27th I went to Olbia (Sardinia) to attend a meeting on the Port Community Systems. Here are some photos of those beautiful places.

March 1991. Yes, 24 years ago! I established my PB on the half marathon with 1:31:58 and I was 993 of 2542 overall. Now in that half there are more than 30.000 runners!

Have a good running, swimming, biking, hiking April!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Running again

At last I succeed in following a regular routine with no pain, no stress and no scheduled training (I mean specific works). To stay healthy is my only goal. The routine contemplates 3 days of sport in a row (when possible, because in this period I travel a lot for work) and 1 day of rest: swimming or running are the same for me. It depends by the weather or the swimming pool opening hours.

Running. The mileage is low, about 120 km (74.5 m) per month but the speed improves by itself. Now my training pace is more or less 5:40/km (9:08 m). It is important to stay injury free and enjoy every single run.

Swimming. Never been a problem, I have been swimming since I was a baby. Every session is about 1600/1700 meters and the situation is good because in early morning (07:30 am) we are no more than 2 persons in each lane.

Photos: these are other photos from the Parkrun in Scotland that I have run with my son last month.

Have a good week end and enjoy the spring

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Edinburgh Parkrun

Prologue. Last week I went to Edinburgh with my son to see the rugby match Scotland – Italia and with the opportunity to run the Parkrun and to visit again the city and the Rosslyn Chapel.

Parkrun 5 km. A wonderful flat path near the sea inside a green park full of  trees, daffodils and birds. 531 runners at the start. My son, without a specific training, was 439° with a finishing time of 29:28. I was 275° with a finishing time of 25:10, I ran with a regular pace enjoying the atmosphere and the scenery. It was a beautiful morning of sport in good company.

Rugby. In the afternoon we went to Murrayfield to see the rugby match and Italy won 22 – 19!!!!!

Have a good week-end ..... spring is coming!!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated for the One Lovely blog Award by Karien over at Running the Race. She is a runner and lives in South Africa (the rugby nation!!!!!!) with her husband (a cycle racer) and 2 wonderful babies (future runners). I am sure you will like her blog.
Thank you Karien for the nomination.
 Along the honor of accepting this blog award also comes the following responsibilities:
- Thank the person who nominated you for the award;
- Add the One Lovely Blog Award Logo to your post and/or blog;
- Share 7 facts about yourself;
- Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and duly inform them by commenting on their blogs.

    And now here are my 7 facts:
- I like to travel (as Karien does too) and the object of my next post will be the scottish vacation with my son of few days ago to watch the rugby match Scotland - Italy (19 - 22);

- I love the animals. My daughter and I are members of 5 associations for their protection;

- I left the Coast Guard 18 years ago after 20 years of service. I miss a lot that kind of life;
- As I am a former rugby player and now a supporter of my national team, I don't like soccer (football in Europe). But what a delusion, my grandson, a flanker on my dream, plays football;
- My favorite meal is pizza and coca cola. I don't like seafood and I prefer not to eat meat;
- I like the medieval history. I read many books about this topic and I often visit medieval places. My son has the same interest;
- I retire on Nov. 1st, 2017 when I will be 61 y.o.

I like all your blogs so, if you haven't been nominated, please go ahead and do it

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?