Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Run man run

After a day of rest, this afternoon at 02.00 p.m. during the work-pause I ran a 12 k loop from my house to the Riva di Traiano marina (see the photo) and back again. Strong wind, only 6 C° and many uphills made this training a challenge. The final time was 1.00 but I didn't want to push more in such weather conditions. Tomorrow another day of rest and after a couple of tough days: the program is thursday a 10.6 km tempo-run with my usual run-mate and friday 14/15 slow km before catching the flight to Amsterdam. I am lucky, in the hotel there is the gym with the treadmill so I will be able not to stop the training.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

The pictures of the Ordeal

At last I can show some pictures of the Civitavecchia Half Marathon, at the 18° km
and few metres before the arrival:
This is a period of hard training because I will have to drop my mileage during the week I will spend in Amsterdam for work (Nov.25th - Dec. 1st). Will I find a treadmill in the hotel, will I be able to run on the streets of Amsterdam? Well, the decision was to put on km before the departure so until today I have ran, in November 170 km., and yesterday I made a long distance training only 6 days after the "ordeal". Many races are on the way and the Marathon of Rome is waiting!!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

After the ordeal

The Civitavecchia Half Marathon is in the past and the final time of 1.42.57 was better than I could hope. After 2 slow relaxing "touristic" runs on monday and wednesday (8.5 km. and 12 km.) on the promenade and the breakwater (see the photo), to recover the tiredness of the race, the tough train is back. Today I pushed for 10.6 km. and for saturday is scheduled a long distance run of about 23 km before the easy hour of sunday. The goal is to train for not less than 250 km. in November and a 10% more in December where I will race in Fiumicino (near the international airport of Rome) to test my speed on a 10 km. I learned that a very good performance is important to run easier and with happyness toward new targets. By the way the forecast "says" that by tomorrow the temperature (today 17° C) will drop of 10° C because cold winds from the Pole are on the way. The heavy running clothes are ready!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Civitavecchia Half Marathon: the ordeal (13 Nov 2005)

On a sunny sunday the two Black Knights Stefano (left in the picture below) and Giorgio (right) arrived in time and ready to fight on the battlefield of Civitavecchia, where almost 1.300 enemies were waiting for challenging the invincible legion. The battle was terrible, the enemy very cruel and coward but after 1.42.57 of siege the barbarian troops surrended and the glorious Black Knight Army entered through the gate of the port in the now conquered Civitavecchia!!!!

The split of 1.42.57 (4.53/km.) is:
1. 4.40 (flat) - 2. 4.45 (flat) - 3. 4.47 (flat) - 4. 5.01 (short uphill) - 5. 4.34 (flat) - 6. 4.55 (flat) - 7. 4.54 (flat) - 8. 4.53 (flat) - 9. 5.02 (uphill) - 10. 5.09 (uphill) - 11. 5.05 (flat - recovering a bit) - 12. 4.49 (flat - short downhill) - 13. 4.49 (flat) - 14. 4.49 (flat) - 15. 4.42 (flat) - 16. 5.11 (uphill) - 17. 5.01 (short uphill) - 18. 4.52 (flat) - 19. 5.01 (recovering a bit before the final rush) - 20. 4.46 (flat) - 21. 4.46 (flat) - 97 final metres (uphill): o.27
The final score was: 672° on 1122 runners and 115° on 187 in my age group (45-50 y.o.).
Let me know if some friend would like to receive for souvenir (it is free) my race number (1126).

As soon as possible I hope to show the pictures.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The day of the ordeal

The great day is coming. On Nov. 13rd, 10.00 a.m., will start the Civitavecchia Half Marathon with about 1400 runners. This is the first hard event to prepare at the best the Marathon of Rome (March 26, 2006) http://www.maratonadiroma.it/ that I hope to finish under the 4 hours. The next will be 3Comuni Half Marathon (January 29, 2006), Tarquinia Half Marathon (February 12, 2006) and Roma-Ostia Half Marathon http://www.romaostia.it/ (March 5, 2006).
The appropriate training began in october with weekly long distance runs (about 20 km.) and 3 short races:
Oct. 02: Città Di Montalto Km. 7.3 - Final time 33.46 (4.37/km)
Oct. 10: Civitavecchia Memorial Jacoponi Km. 10.6 - Final time 48.50 (4.36/km)
Oct. 23: Civitavecchia S. Liborio Km. 8.3 (hilly) - Final time 37.56 (4.33/km.)
The monthly mileage was in August 162 km, in September only 95 km. because of a terrible flu and in October 211 km., in the first 5 days of November I have already ran 54 km.
The final expected time in Civitavecchia is 1.45
N.B: In the picture you can see a training path on the Civitavecchia promenade

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Why the Black Knight International Running Team?

If you cannot stand anymore the assholes join the Black Knight International Running Team because people must not piss off the Black Knight!

The beginning:

The White Knight and the Black Knight make a duel, the Black Knight kills the White Knight. Now the White Knight had 3 sons and all of them (3) challenge the Black Knight, but the Black Knight kills all of them. Now these 3 sons had 3 sons each and all of them (9) challenge the Black Knight, but the Black Knight kills all of them. Now these 9 sons had 3 sons each and all of them (27) challenge the Black Knight, but the Black Knight kills all of them……..Ehy, stop it, what is the moral, what do you mean???? The moral is that you must not piss off the Black Knight!!!!

The main goal of the Black Knight Team is to gather runners from all the world to exchange running experiences and to tell the stories how if the races were medioeval battles.