Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Race. Last Sunday, Giorgio and I (both in the 2nd photo), have run the Corsa del Ricordo a 5 km in memory of the italian victims of the sinkholes after the WWII. It was a very challenging race (see the elevation chart) totally run under a rain storm through a flooded neighborhood with narrow streets full of turns.
I have entered the race despite I only made one workout in the previous 10 days because of the pain in the knee. I keep on following my decision: the races must be a reason of fun to enjoy the atmosphere; no more competitive events for me, the pace doesn’t count anymore. Always for this reason I didn’t plan to rest the day before, in fact I swam 1800 meters Friday and 1800 meters Saturday: fitness is more important than the performance (now, but not in the past). Moreover I have lost some seconds because the finishing line was not at the finish but … at the start for a mistake of the organization!
Stats: finishing time 25:55 (5:11 km – 8:20 m), 81° of 120 overall and 8° of 10 age group.
Before coming back home we had the usual lunch in a typical restaurant on the hills to celebrate the last battle and the conquered loot.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
January 2014. Not a good month because the pain and one whole week off for the fall during a run. The numbers. Running 92.2 km (57.3 m) in 9 workouts and 1 race (see the photo with Sir Giorgio before the start); swimming 8600 meters in 5 workouts.
January 2006. This is the photo of a challenging race 22.6 km (14.1 m) long. The finishing time was 1:53:21 and I was 795 of 1417. The race was so tough that I and Sir Giorgio (on the right in the photo) got both an injury inside our knees. As you can see at that time we used to run again with clothes in cotton.
Have you had a good January?
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Monday, January 06, 2014
Yesterday the Black Knight and Sir Giorgio went to Ostia, near Rome, for a 7 km race organized to collect food for the homeless. The path, mainly flat, was very challenging, full of puddles and with many pine roots under the asphalt. Because of a rainy storm the distance was cut and became 5.3 km long. There we met TheYogi who arrived late at the start and didn't race.
At the end we had lunch in a typical restaurant on the hills eating special local dishes near the fireplace. A very nice day!
Stats: 5.3 km in 26:41 (official time 26:31) at the pace of 5:02/km (8:06/m); 51° of 92 overall (no age-groups).
Have you already raced this year?
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES
December 2013. This was a good month for running with no injures and only one short trip abroad: 13 workouts and, at last, 1 race for a total of 134.3 km (83.4 m) at the average pace of 6:01/km (8:04/m). As I promised myself I took it easy, going slow and with no long distance runs, in fact the max single mileage was 12 km (7.45 m). Also the races are now only a way to make a different workout. Swimming: only 7 times for a total of 11800 meters because the swimming pool, during the holidays, has an opening time not compatible with my work schedule. This is a picture of the Black Knight/St. Claus at the start of the last race on Dec. 15th:
December 1986. Yes, 27 years ago! It looks like another era: see the cars, the buildings and the running clothes. On the right at that time the railway and now an open market with a big parking; the old houses now are modern buildings with shops. It was a tremendous hilly 14.4 km (9 m) race and I lost more than 3 minutes because I had to wait for the passage of the train: other times, different organization! Finishing time (I didn’t stop the clock during the passage) 1:06:47 at the pace of 4:38/km (7:27 m), 63 of 86 overall.
Monday, December 23, 2013
The Black Knight is in the history. In September 2011, to celebrate the promotion in the 2nd division, the local rugby team invited all the players since 1950. 2 years later, last wednesday, the President organized again a reunion in the Club House where we have the “hall of fame” with the historic photos. What a surprise, there is the Black Knight with the team of 40 years ago!!!! And always as friends how long time ago.
The sad moment came when we called the old friends who now play in heaven. As you can see the Black Knight is in the history forever!!!!!!!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES